What is the best thing to bring home from Siem Reap?

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Natalie Bailey

If you leave Siem Reap with just one item, it should be one of the ubiquitous cotton plaid scarves worn by locals as hats, skirts, baby slings and more. The utility of this cloth knows no bounds and it will prove to be handy in your travels as well as at home. The scarves are a symbol of national pride and solidarity in this battered nation and while it might be going out of fashion for the young, hip Cambodians, having a scarf packed among your things does give you a sense of belonging. You can also buy some beautiful handmade items while in Cambodia, anything from a silk ball gown to a gorgeous new rug. Consider having something custom made or shop the boutiques and workshops for gorgeous wares.

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