As elsewhere in Cambodia, US dollars, and to a lesser extent, Thai baht are preferred over Cambodian riel except for the very smallest purchase. Using riel for small purchases can be better than using dollars as retailers tend to round up USD prices.
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International ATMs in Siem Reap are plentiful and most banks will do cash advances from credit cards.
Arts and crafts
Artisans d'AngkorStung Thmey StPhone: +855 63 963 330Hours: 07:30-17:30A workshop in the city centre. Showcases traditional Cambodian handicrafts such as wood and stone carving, lacquering, gilding and silk painting. Visitors are conducted on a free guided tour where they can see the craftsmen in action. The boutiques display the many items produced. Tours available in Khmer, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. Bloom BagsSturdily made totes, messenger and and laptop bags made from recycled fish feed sacks. Though you can buy cheaper knock-offs from the market, these are genuine and you can be assured that your money is going to the women who made your bag. McDermott GalleryFCC Building, Pokambor AvePhone: +855 12 274 274Hours: Daily, 10:00-22:00Elegant, friendly gallery with photographs of Angkor by John McDermott, called "the Ansel Adams of Angkor" by the New York Times. Also McDermott Gallery 2, on the passage between Pub St and the Old Market with world class photography of Asia by several different artists. Art buffs will want to pick up a copy of ArtVenues, a free guide to the galleries of Siem Reap. Theam's House GalleryVeal Village, Khum KokchakPhone: +855 78 20 81 61Hours: Daily, 08:00-19:00Exhibits paintings and art created by the artist-designer Theam Lim, who has studied at Ecole Boulle and Ecole Suprieure des Beaux-Arts. Theam's House Gallery and atelier are located in the house of the artist, built by himself, inspired by Khmer rural architecture, surrounded by a luxurious and tropical garden.
SombaiEmail: email@example.comThe only local drink produced in Siem Reap, Sombai is made from rice wine infused with local fruits and spices. It comes in 8 different flavours: ginger-red chilli, mango-green chilli, pineapple-lime, anise-coffee, lemon-lemongrass, green tea-orange, galanga-tamarin, banana-cinnamon. Sombai bottles are beautifully painted and hand-decorated by local artists, reproducing the views of temples, the Cambodian countryside, Tonle Sap Lake and its floating villages as well as Khmer statues. It is available in 70 cl and 35 cl.
Angkor Trade CentreThe mall, Cambodian-style. A reasonably extensive selection of packaged food, drinks whitening deodorant, imported alcohol and the familiar feeling of shopping in air conditioned comfort.
Central MarketEclectic collection of clothes and trinkets. Bargain. Most stalls carry the same selection so you can shop around and find the cheapest price.
Psar ChasA range of knick-knacks and tourist junk. Some items purport to be antique, but they probably aren't. If so, most likely it has been stolen.
D's Books82 Hospital StPrice: Most novels USD7An extensive selection of poorly organised novels to exchange for the one you just finished reading. Generally the books here are in better condition than other places in town, though many new books are simply pirated photocopies that they sell for USD6. A few shelves of books in languages other than English can be found.
iOne1776 Silvatha BlvdPhone: +855 63 761019Hours: 09:00-19:00Cambodia is possibly the cheapest place to buy a Macbook or iPod. Prices are in US dollars at same prices as in other countries, but there is no added tax. Lex Roulor Tattoo ShopIn the X Bar, at the end of Pub StPhone: +855 97 3042827Hours: 10:00-18:30Lex Roulor's Tattoo Shop Siem Reap features a French artist with a personal and professional approach to each project. European hygiene standards. Interesting combination of Western old school style and traditional Khmer designs.