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Shopping in Phnom Penh

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In a city awash with chic cafes and hipster bars it should come as no surprise that the shopping in Phnom Penh is none too shabby. Be it high fashion, low-key flip flops, gourmet pepper or just a gift for Grandma, the city can deliver on many of your souvenir and shopping needs.

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On bargaining In street-facing shops with marked prices, bargaining is not expected (not, in many cases, welcomed). If you are buying a range of goods with marked prices, it is considered ok to perhaps ask for a small discount off the marked prices, but walking into a boutique and offering $3 for a ceramic bowl with a $12 marked price is not cool.

Price tags matter. Photo taken in or around Shopping in Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Price tags matter. Photo: Stuart McDonald

In markets it is a different matter. At both Phsar Thmei and the Russian Market, especially when buying souvenirs, bargaining is often expected. You will need to drive a harder bargain at Phsar Thmei than at the Russian Market as the starting prices at the former are often ridiculously high—we were offered a t-shirt for $10 Vs $3 at the Russian Market for example.

Do keep in mind though, that bargaining is supposed to have an element of fun to it, and the purpose of bargaining is not to see the vendor lose money, rather that you both get a price you are relatively satisfied with. Shopping early can sometimes get you better prices as many vendors believe closing the very first sale of the day will bring them good luck for the rest of the day.

Lastly, if you make an offer and the vendor accepts it, it is considered very bad form to then refuse to buy it. Only start haggling down for goods you actually would like to buy.

Markets For tourist tat the above mentioned Phsar Thmei and the Russian Market are the two primary outlets for everything from fishermen pants to lacquerware bowls. You will generally get better prices at the Russian Market and the range is far larger than at Phsar Thmei. Go early (to either) before it gets too hot and crowded, In wet season both can have ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,200 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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