Just finishing our vacation in Siem Reap and felt compelled to share my experience at Theam's House....At the recommendation of other Trip Advisor reviewers, on our first full day in town, I asked our guide to take me to the main shop, just outside of the main area of Siem Reap. (According to the brochure in our hotel, there may be small outposts in a few of the hotels like the Sofitel and Amansara.) Even with the map provided, the driver had some difficulty locating the shop because the building is set back from the street and the sign is inside the main gate. (Look for the red painted gate with the red elephant - the store is behind this gate.)
Despite the challenge in locating Theam's House, once I set foot into the main building, I knew that it was worth the time and effort - and that I would be making many purchases! Right away, this store is different than most of the others that I had seen in town. The items are simple, quality-made, and unique. According to the store guide, who escorted us through the store and artisan rooms, all items are handmade by disadvantaged youth who have been trained in the various craft arts by the management. And there are so many beautiful works of art to see and choose from - lacquer paintings, regular paintings, Buddhas, elephant statues, scarfs, etc.!
I was so impressed with the quality of the items that I didn't hesitate to purchase several pieces, which are distinct and will always remind me of my journey to Cambodia. Prices may be slightly higher, but the quality received is more than worth it. And, items are available in all price ranges. I also appreciated that the store guide was present, but in no way intrusive or pushy. She let me select pieces on my own, but was always immediately available if I had questions. While prices are fixed, the store does accept Visa and MasterCard without any problem. (Previous reviewers had noted that the store was cash only.)
If you visit Siem Reap and are looking for quality, unique items to bring home either as gifts or momentos, you must make the trip to Theam's House. You will be happy that you did!
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