Siem Reap's amazing markets leave you wanting more

The resort town of Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia is known for its temples and history. However, its array of markets will delight you.

Crowded Siem Reap Pub Street
  • Jetstar
  • September 2018

Old Market (Psar Chas)

Located in the old town, Psar Chas (also know as Psar Chaa) is your best bet for an authentic peek into everyday local life. In the early morning you’ll see locals getting their shopping done and the sellers vying loudly for attention. This is the only market in Siem Reap that combines fresh produce, a wet market, cooked food and tourist souvenirs in the same space. By late afternoon the food and fresh produce sellers have mostly shut down, leaving just the trinket, silver and souvenir vendors.

Group of happy Cambodian children riding oxcart.
A visit to the markets reveals how friendly the local people are.

Made in Cambodia Market

This market will appeal to hipster, artsy types and anyone who appreciates handmade originals. Although small, with only about 25 or so stalls and shops, it is very clean, with wide-open, breezy cobblestone pathways perfect for an unhurried stroll. English is widely spoken and the prices here reflect the more upmarket items available. This market is a personal favourite for its hand-sewn purses, unique jewellery, resplendently coloured silk scarves and flowing dresses. Prices for a wallet start at USD $12 (SGD $17), and a dress or top will set you back at least USD $25 (SGD $35).

Street market of Siem Reap in Cambodia
Fruits of many kinds are at street markets in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap Art Centre Market

The Art Centre Market sells similar items to Psar Chas, which is just cross the road and connected by a quaint wooden bridge bedecked with fairy lights. However, the wares here seem newer and in sightly better condition – and you don’t have to put up with the smell of the wet market. You’ll usually find street musicians playing in front of the market and inside you’ll find multiple stalls selling pieces of local art and woodwork, some of it with the paint still wet.

Old market of Siem Reap in Cambodia
Psar Chas is an authentic peek into the life of Cambodians.

Original Angkor Night Market

You can easily get lost in the sprawling and eclectic Original Angkor Night Market. Here you’ll find clothes galore – everything from cheap T-shirts to wrap-around pants and hipster clothing – plus eco-friendly and recycled wares. This is also the place to taste and buy sombal, the famous fruit-flavoured, infused rice wine liqueur local to Siem Reap.

The temple of Ang Kor Wat in Cambodia
Siem Reap is normally a stopover for the trip to Angkor Wat.

BB Angkor Night Market

Spacious but small, this market is located right at the corner of Siem Reap’s famous Pub Street, making it perfect to visit if you want a drink or two after browsing. You’ll find the usual souvenirs and clothes you do everywhere else, but there’s also a great swimwear store and a small reasonably priced outlet store for original sportswear.