Typical question that every travelers deliberate for few days prior to their vacation is what souvenirs to buy in Cambodia to bring back home? If you are planning to visit Cambodia one day, you might have been no exception. In this article, we will give you a well-listed recommendation on things to buy in Cambodia so that you are in no need to worry about that matter so far and take time to think about planning your Cambodia tours.

Top 10 Cambodia Souvenirs to Buy

Top 10 Cambodia Souvenirs to Buy

Best Gifts and Souvenirs to Buy in Cambodia

Pidan Silk

Cambodian is known for its tradition of silk weaving along the history of centuries. If you are looking for a feature of Cambodian fashion, it must be Pidan silk. For those who don’t know, Pidan is a typical kind of ikat silk used in Cambodia weddings, funerals or Buddhist festivals. The silk is usually decorated with things related to Cambodian culture such as temples, Buddha, Angkor Wat. However, it is rarely found in Cambodia souvenir shops nowadays and facing extinction. Pidan Khmer is the only place selling Pidan silk with traditional ikat method and natural dyes. The pidan products are made by local residents from Takeo and Kandal provinces and also a program run by CYK (Caring for Young Khmer) – an organization working for the welfare of young children and women in Cambodia.

Cambodian weaving Pidan

Cambodian weaving Pidan

Tailor-made custom

When it comes to terms of fashion, a traditional custom must be the first ideal for tourists to think about. There are many tailor shops opening in Cambodia especially in Phnom Penh. You can be guaranteed that you have something that Cambodian wear daily no matter what sample and size.

Cambodian Krama<

Krama in Khmer language means scarf. It is incomplete when you miss Krama for your full set of Cambodian custom. If you have heard about “nón lá” of Vietnamese or Turban of Indian men, you may know what Krama refers to. This sole Khmer headwear brings you a hundred ways of using: head tie, head wrap, belt, baby carrier or just simply a scarf around your neck. Even when you are not a fan of the traditional style, Krama with its wide shade of color can match perfectly with your normal suits.

Kampot Pepper

Known for the world’s best pepper, Kampot pepper which is grown in Kampot province is featured by its long-lasting taste and appreciated by European chefs between 19th and 20th centuries for its notably floral and slightly sweet flavor. You can take a tour to visit pepper farm to see how Cambodian grow such a best kind of pepper and then buy some fresh peppercorns right in their stems. For those who do not have a chance to visit pepper farm in your Cambodia tour package, you can also buy dried pepper and other typical ingredients as souvenirs in the local markets or shopping centers.

Cambodia Red Kampot Pepper Box

Cambodia Red Kampot Pepper Box

Other Khmer fashion items

Cambodian handicrafts are always the best choice for your must-buy list of souvenir. As these fashion items display a sense of the culture of the country, Khmer tailor-made clothing, crafts, accessories, bags are more interesting than ever, particularly to women.

Silver

Night market in Siem Riep is the best place to buy products made from silver from silverware and silver jewelry to betel nut boxes. Widely used in the 11th century by Cambodian, silver is a popular metal and not precious metal as it is in other countries. However, its unique designs based on Khmer patterns make silver jewelry in Cambodia stunning and truly representative of the country’s spirit. What you bring back home is probably not a gift from Cambodia, it’s a sense of the country that you have ever landed on.

Cambodia silver crafts

Cambodia silver crafts

Natural hand-made body products

Want to bring the scents of Angkor as lovely Cambodia gifts back to your home country? Who says it’s impossible? A wide range of things for you to consider including soap, massage oils, body cream and other kinds of scents for example candle, home perfume and incenses that let your beloved friends and relatives enjoy the air filled with Cambodia sense even when they haven’t been there.

Baskets

Each country has its own way to make basketry items, which is the reason why having something made by local residents become precious though you can buy beautiful items at very reasonable prices here in Cambodia.

Sculptured works

The one that is carefully made by local artists is unique. You may see images of Cambodia cultures such as a small version of a statue, Buddha figures, heads, Khmer patterns through these works.

Sculptured works are best culture souvenirs in Cambodia

Sculptured works are best culture souvenirs in Cambodia

Rice Paper Printed

As we will think about rice paper as an ingredient in spring rolls, now Cambodian make it outstanding by putting rice paper on the bas-relief carving of Angkor Wat, for example, then rubbing it with charcoal. This decorative, meaningful and affordable souvenir is totally worth the tourist’s money and undeniably must be in the Cambodia souvenirs’ list.

Recommended Cambodia Gifts and Souvenirs

Woven mats

Traveling to Cambodia, visitors will see woven mats in everywhere throughout the country. Woven mats can be used to sleep in hot weather, sit in the living room and pray in the temples. These mats are made from grass, rattan and other materials. In the past, it takes many time and effort to create an ornate handmade woven mat. Thanks to the modern technology, it becomes much faster. Visit some villages in Cambodia like Osmose Project at Preal Toal to buy a beautiful ornate woven mat for your friend.

Betel nut boxes

Made from silver with eye-catching ornate design and crafted to different animal shapes, betel nut boxes is a unique souvenir you should buy when visiting Cambodia. These special boxes are not only the beautiful decoration but also the reflection of the owner status. Betel nut boxes are often made by hands because they require the complicated and craftsmanship traditional skills.

Mekong Quilts

Another good souvenir to buy in Cambodia is the vivid color and beautiful quilts which made by the Cambodian women in the rural area. These quilts are not only soft but also durable for a lifetime. Visit Siem Reap and choose a beautiful quilt to take back home.