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A perfect bloom

A perfect bloom


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A splash of colour extends along the eastern street-side edge of Phnom Penh’s Central Market where stalls overflow with vibrant arrangements of fresh-cut flowers. Orchids, lilies, lotus flowers, chrysanthemums, twining bamboo stalks, and roses of every colour are arranged in heaping baskets, inviting passersby to slow their pace and pick out a fragrant bouquet—the perfect token of affection for a loved-one on Valentine’s Day.

Roma Flowers (tel: 012 470 785 / 016 802 647), which occupies three stalls along this outdoor stretch, has been in business for close to thirty years, supplying flowers for all kinds of festive occasions. According to staff member Srey Moa, Valentine’s Day is one of busiest times of year for the shop, with customers—predominantly young men—flocking to buy bouquets of lilies and red roses. Roma offers a wide variety of flowers, and while larger more elaborate arrangements start at $10, smaller bouquets are also available and can be customized to suit different budgets.

A few meters away, Sereyroth Flowers (tel: 012 871 245 / 011 858 394), has been providing Central Market customers with fresh-cut flowers for over 20 years. Orchids, lilies and roses are among the flowers displayed in abundance throughout the shop’s two stalls, and staff can put together colourful bouquets for any occasion. Arrangements start at around $5 and can also be customized according to budget.

Bophakiri (012 865 556 / 023 217 669), located at #306 Monivong Boulevard, is another great option for Valentine’s Day bouquets, with a large assortment of fresh flowers to choose from. Owner Lim Thonthida stocks an array of roses—her most popular Valentine’s Day item—in a variety of colours and sizes. Arrangements can be viewed on the shop’s website at www.bophakiri.com.

Floral Express (023 219 029 / 023 987 108), located at #134 Preah Sihanouk Boulevard, also offers several options for Valentine’s Day gifts, and the shop has a delivery service that serves both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Arrangements are listed on the shop’s website at www.cambodiaflorist.com.

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