Learned the art of haggling in the night markets in Siem Reap. Only a couple of hours after arriving at the Bousavy Guesthouse, we proceeded to the downtown area to have dinner and dropped by the Angkor Night Market which was a playful sight to behold. So many goods being sold and at cheap prices too.
Me: How much is shirt?
Vendor: 12 dollars.
Me: Last price?
Vendor: 10 dollars.
Me: Never mind.
Vendor: Ok, how much you want?
Me: I pay 6 dollars.
Vendor: No, I give you 8. I no profit if I give you 6 dollars.
Me: Ok, thank you. I come back, I come back. *walks away*
Vendor: Ok ok! I give you 6!
…and so the item was bought. This is usually the scene whenever attendants manning their booths would catch you fancying their merchandise.
Angkor night Market in Siem Reap, Cambodia
At first, you’ll probably get confused on why they have so many labels for their markets. Angkor Night Market, Siem Reap Night Market, Noon-Night Market, Central Market, Old Public Market etc. They have so many names for every area of their markets but all of which usually carry and sell the same stuff.
colorful corners and goods in Cambodia
Earrings, bangles, Buddha statues, scarves, dresses, knock-off bags and shirts and other useful and decorative items. Prices vary as they are dependent on your haggling skills. After a series of purchases, you’ll get the hang of haggling for these merchandise to get a good price.
Note: Cambodians use Riel as their currency but during transactions, vendors quote prices in US Dollars. I guess it’s because of the number of tourists that go to the country. They will still accept either of the denominations but most of them prefer dollars as it’s more convenient too.
1 USD = 4000 Cambodian Riel/Khmer Riel
people flocking at night
If you have to buy souvenirs for loved ones, this is where you need to buy them as the prices are cheap but are of good quality (most of the items anyway).
But there was a point that got me upset when one of the vendors of scarves I fancied didn’t give in to my request. I ended up walking away. From then on, I realized I was such a cheapskate that I never thought about the money that these Khmer people make. It made me understand that I was too selfish in hording all the goods and squeezed whatever I could just to get a good bargain. I should learn to also be generous especially when the prices are reasonable enough.
jewelry, figurines, scarves, Lonely Planet books, paintings, dresses, statues
Massage shops are also abound. Rates would go as low as 1 USD. After a day of walking at the various temples, one would usually want to hire their spa services and you wouldn’t even mind the price considering how affordable they are.
massage by the street
Aside from the massage places in Cambodia, food stalls are also aplenty. I especially like those selling banana waffles and banana pancakes. It’s a nice treat to have something to munch while you check out the products being sold.
Spending time in these night markets was mostly fun because of how alive the night was and you just want to buy stuff which you don’t really need. Good thing I stuck to the things that people asked me to buy for them. I satisfied my cravings for purchasing items without sacrificing my budget as I hardly had some for shopping.
Here’s a couple of comprehensive guides about Siem Reap:
- Tips and Things to Know about Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Digital Nomad Life: One Month in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Check out my other adventures here:
- Quick Update from Bousavy Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Siem Reap and Bangkok Chronicles
- Getting There: Cebu to Manila to Clark to Bangkok to Aranyaprathet to Siem Reap
- No Ordinary Train Ride From Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
- Bangkok to Siem Reap: Avoid Scammers from Aranyaprathet to Poipet Border
- Where to Stay: Bousavy Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Where to Stay: Victory Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Cambodia Trip: Angkor Thom Gate, Bayon Temple and Elephant Terrace
- Cambodia Trip: Trees in Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Walking Barefoot at Angkor Wat Temple
- Cambodia Trip: Pre Rup, Banteay Srei and East Mebon Temples
- Cambodia Trip: Haggling Prices in Angkor Night Market
- Cambodia Trip: Those Khmer Kids Selling Merchandise
- Cambodia Trip: Chill Out and Relax at Pub Street in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Insightful Conversations Over a Fish Massage
- Cambodia Trip: Land Mine Victims
- Cambodia Trip: A Guide to Eating Cheap Khmer Food in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Engrish and Random Sights in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Shuttle Bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok, Thailand
- Total Budget Expense in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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