Gem Mining

Strike it rich!

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What we say: 3 stars

If you want to see the local gem miners in action, you'll probably need the assistance of a local guide. Our guide asked around and made a few stops before we finally came across a couple of locals panning through the sands along a riverbank.

They were friendly enough to let us give it a try and gave us a few of the pretty, but too small to be worth anything chips of precious stones. Sapphires and rubies are among the sought after gems, though these days very few remain. Gems are available for purchase at the various shops around town; however, unless you are an expert it's likely that you'll be overcharged.

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Along the streams outside of Pailin City, locations vary
Last updated: 6th December, 2010

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