For our first 3 days back in Phnom Penh, one of the activities that we partook in was wandering around some of the biggest open markets. The beauty in the vibrant colors of the souvenirs & everyday items in the markets were worth the pass-by, whether one is looking for something in particular or not. I just happened to stumble upon an item of interest whilst I was in Phnom Penh’s Central Market (Phsar Thmei), and thus the bartering began. So this is how I usually haggle (only w/ items that I know for sure are priced multiple times higher than their real price):
Central Market (Phsar Thmei) in Phnom Penh
- I generally offer about 1/3 of the asking price. This may seem cruel, but vendors price their items accordingly for a bunch of room for haggling/ potential profit!
- With a smile! Keep in mind that whatever offers you may be reaching in your haggling experience, it’s not personal, it’s business. Keep your cool, it’s just another item that you could probably live without 😉
- Start to walk away when you don’t think you can get a lower price from the vendor, they most often will then give you their absolute lowest price for the item, which is better than losing a sale!
Markets full of appealing crafts! (Central Market/ Phsar Thmei & the Phnom Penh Night Market/ Phsar Reatrey)
I’d love to know how you guys haggle/ tips in the comments section!
Running in the Khmer countryside
After a few weeks into my year in Cambodia (2015-2016), I was lucky enough to stumble upon a social “running” group. I coin the group as a “running” one loosely, because it is mostly about drinking beer and socializing :p. Upon my return to Phnom Penh a few weeks ago, I of course joined the group for some trekking in the countryside! On this trail, we went around to the Phnom Prasat temple, which has gorgeous Angkorian architecture.
Our group throughout the trail
This is also the group where I met my partner! And here we are 2 years later!
With my beau
Stay tuned for part III of this trip, for a glimpse into the dreamy and marvelous island off the Gulf of Thailand: Koh Rong Sanloem!
Fun fact: Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn.