Photo: Go bananas at Phsar Chen.

Shopping and markets in Sihanoukville

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Personally, the only shopping occasions we enjoyed in Sihanoukville were checking out the wine racks at Lucky Supermarket and perusing the used books in Casablanca but each to their own and for the shopping-inclined, the town does offer some reasonable options.

Whether it’s trawling up and down a supermarket aisle selecting picnic items for a Ream day trip, stocking up on supplies to fill up your mini-bar, scouring the handicraft stores for the perfect item to take home for Mum or nipping out to pick up an overlooked essential such as a camera memory card or telephone charging cable, Sihanouk covers most bases.

A spot of shopping at Phsar Leu. Photo taken in or around Shopping and markets in Sihanoukville, Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

A spot of shopping at Phsar Leu. Photo: Mark Ord

Minimarts and general stores are ubiquitous in downtown, Ochheuteal and Otres but for more serious shopping and a wider choice then Lucky Ocean Supermarket or the more foreigner orientated Samudera, both on Ekareach, are the best bets. Rasmey Soriya Photoshop, again on Ekareach, has a very good selection of cameras and accessories though no repair service. The nearby Ekareach Book Store has very limited book offerings but does sell a wide range of stationery plus useful general hardware goods and a much cheaper and larger choice of beach-type odds and ends than you’d find in a little Ochheuteal Beach Road store. These places are all worth keeping in mind if you’re heading out to the islands where goods are both scarcer and more expensive.

While in town we’re also mentioning Sihanoukville’s excellent markets which, though not so much shopping destinations for tourists as such, are fascinating places for a browse. The two principal markets are adjacent to each other in the town centre, off Makara Street, with Phsar Chen concentrating on clothes, shoes, bags and phone shops and Phsar Leu on food products. We reckon we can say the latter is probably the busiest market we’ve found in Cambodia (and we’ve been to a few) and a truly fascinating spot for a wander. We particularly liked the highly varied fish and seafood aisles and if you’ve got friends back in Phnom Penh then buy them a kilo or two of crab before you hop on the bus, (vendors will cook and prepare them while you wait)—they’ll love you for ever.

A last but not least shopping address in town, before you head down to check out Serendipity Beach Road’s boutiques, is the delightful Starfish store attached to the bakery of the same name just down from Phsar Leu and again just off Makara Street. They have an attractive range of clothes, bags, ornaments and general bric-a-brac on display. The project aims to assist handicapped and underprivileged local people by creating work opportunities as well as assisting them financially through profits from the shop and bakery. It’s a great scheme with a range of interesting products on show; a delightful setting and a very good accompanying bakery so this would be our top souvenir shopping choice.

Put all your gear in a new bag from Starfish. Photo taken in or around Shopping and markets in Sihanoukville, Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

Put all your gear in a new bag from Starfish. Photo: Mark Ord

A similar worthy scheme in operation down on Ochheuteal’s busy Serendipity Beach Road is M’lop Tapang or just Tapang, which has an outlet on the main drag as well as a boutique in the Sandan Restaurant by the Golden Lions. They also sell tasteful hand-made clothing, bags, soft toys, table-ware, phone accessories and pottery items with the goal again to provide employment and funding for vocational training schemes for former street kids. So grab an excellent dinner in Sandan and peruse the store while you let your dessert go down and you’ll be contributing towards two very fine schemes at the same time.

On a more prosaic level, on Serendipity Beach Road, you’ll also find Bodia, Cambodian Apothecary who’ve created their own essential oils, scrubs, creams, lotions and potions to satisfy your pampering needs as well as a neighbouring Rogue outlet. Bodia also have a Phnom Penh outlet while Rogue has a Siem Reap store with the latter selling iPhones and iPhone accessories as well as what they call, “a range of laid back & funky clothing”. In addition they provide music and movie upload services and claim to stay open 24 hours.

Finally, if you’ve watched the movie, listened to the soundtrack and bought the T-shirt then why not read the book, in which case you can pop along to Casablanca—the town’s best used bookstore. The shop is owned by and attached to Mick and Craig’s Guesthouse and has a collection of fiction and non-fiction in several languages. They keep the same hours as the in-house restaurant so are open until late.

Bodia, Cambodian Apothecary Ekareach St, Ochheuteal T: (077) 322 685 Open Mo–Su 09:00-22:00
Casablanca Bookshop Mick and Craig’s Guesthouse Serendipity Beach Rd, Ochheuteal T: (017) 322 912 Open Mo–Su c.08:00-00:00
Ekareach Book Store Ekareach St, downtown T: (034) 933 876, (016) 333 442 Open Mo–Su 08:00-20:00
Lucky Ocean Supermarket 15-17 Ekareach St, between downtown and Golden Lion T: (034) 451 155 Open Mo–Su 07:30-22:00
M’lop Tapang’s Gift Shop Serendipity Beach Rd, Ochheuteal T: (034) 399 050 Open Mo–Su 10:00-20:00
M’lop Tapang’s Gift Shop c/o Sandan Restaurant Sokha Beach Rd, c. 100m from Golden Lion T: (034) 452 4000 Open Mo–Sa 11:00-22:30
Otres Market Otres Riverside, Otres Village T: (081) 790 681 Open Saturdays and occasional Fridays c. 16:00-02:00
Phsar Chen Off Omui St, next to Phsar Leu, downtown Open Mo–Su dawn to dusk c. 06:00-17:00
Phsar Leu Off St 201, between St 218 and 216, downtown Open Mo–Su dawn to dusk c. 06:00-17:00
Rasmey Soriya Photoshop Ekareach St, downtown T: (092) 232 334 Open Mo–Su 08:00-18:00
Rogue Serendipity Beach Rd, Ochheuteal T: (016) 591 472 Open Mo–Su 24 hrs
Samudera Supermarket Ekareach St, downtown T: (034) 933 441 Open Mo–Su 07:00-22:00
Starfish St 208, downtown, behind Samudera supermarket off Ekareach St. T: (012) 952 011 Open Mo–Su 07:00-17:30

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