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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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,200 words.)

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