Let’s imagine for a second that you have friends, maybe even families, who are foreigners living outside of Cambodia. Now, you want to bring them back souvenirs that show what Cambodia is about: the nation, the people and the culture. Where would you go?
At Senteurs d’Angkor, on Street 178 just opposite the National Museum, Cambodian souvenirs and crafts are plentiful – and made from all-natural materials.
A tidy shop painted in a simple tri-colour palette of white, green and yellow, scents of lotus, jasmine and mango will put you at ease during your shopping experience.
The array of souvenirs was colourful. The tables were stocked with soaps, perfumes, moisturising creams, aromatic candles, incense, massage oils, coffee, honey, different kinds of pepper and even food ingredients for traditional amok and curry dishes.
Many of the soaps were made from natural lotus and jasmine, while some alcohol for sale was distilled with rice and infused with mango or ginger. Famous Kampot pepper was for sale, as well as Preah Vihear’s trademark honey and Ratannakiri’s savoury coffee.
Nou Chan Somaly, 27, a member of the sales staff at Senteurs d’Angkor, said: “All of the souvenirs in the shop are 100 per cent Cambodian products. The makers are Cambodian and all the materials are produced in Cambodia.”
She added that the price of souvenirs ranges from US$1 to $14.