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

1. 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 welfare of young children and women in Cambodia.

Cambodian weaving Pidan

Cambodian weaving Pidan

2. 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.

3. 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 traditional style, Krama with its wide shade of color can match perfectly with your normal suits.

4. 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 trips, 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

5. 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 culture of the country, Khmer tailor made clothing, crafts, accessories, bags are more interesting than ever, particularly to women.

6. Silver
Night market in Siem Riep is best place to buy products made from silver from silverware and silver jewellery to betel nut boxes. Widely used in 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 jewellery 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

7. 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 kind of scents for example candle, home perfume and incenses that let your beloved friends and relatives enjoy the air filled with Cambodia senses even when they haven’t been there.

8. 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 with very reasonable prices here in Cambodia.

9. Sculptured works
The one that is carefully made by local artists is unique. You may see images of Cambodia cultures such as 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

10. 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 souvenir’s list.