„You wannaTukTuk, Mam? “, „You wanna Massage, Mam?I will make you a good price”, these sentence you will hear everywhere when you are going to visit Cambodia. Going shopping in Cambodia is really fun, when you consider the following shopping rules.

A Cambodian Market is a place full with different smells and goods. There you can buy a lot of things. For example they have many handmade bags, beautiful “schals”, t-shirts and sunglasses. When you are brave you can try exotic smelling dried fish.

It is a great experience of buying something on the market:  At first when you ask for the price they will tell you a little more than the double as the usual price. For example a t-shirt whichch usually costs around 2 dollars will be costing 5 when you ask the first time. Now it is your turn to say your price. Don’t be too honest; the price you really want to pay must be a little higher than the price you are calling. Now the price will go down a little, but still be strong if the price is still too high for you.  The next step is to rely you first price and to underline it with an excuse. “Oh it’s really beautiful, Mam. But I don’t know.” The best is if you touch the item you want and make lot of compliments. Now you will get the third price. At this point it is your turn to make an offer. Tell them now the price you really want to pay: “Ok, Mam. For 2 dollar I will buy this cute t-shirt”. In most of the cases you are now able to buy your item on the price you wanted to pay. If it does not work, be polite and go one or two steps away. It chances wonders when you look like you’re not interested anymore.

I hope you could follow my explanations of buying something in Cambodia. Try your best; it’s a fun way of shopping.

What about you?

Did you ever stay in Cambodia or anywhere else in Asia? If so, what was the most impressive experience for you?

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