Buying Electronics in Phnom Penh: a Shopping Guide

It’s this time of the year again that you want to buy some of electronics and gadgets yourself, your family members and friends. This mini guide will help you discover great gadgets as well as shops you can buy them in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Where to Buy Gadgets, Computers, E-Readers, Electronics, Accessories, and Gears

Sometimes on a fine day the best thing to do is curl up with a good book — or every book, as the Kindle lets you do, without the distractions of a tablet. If you have your heart set on the latest Kindle Paperwhite, head over to Sweet Memory Store. Since 2012, the store has been the first choice for those who want to buy the best-selling e-book reader.

In addition to Kindle e-readers, you can find some other niche, good gadget products like Chromecast, Google’s most popular streaming device, as well as Raspberry Pi 3 starter kit. Sweet Memory Store also has Sandisk memory cards on sale. You can ask for wrapped gifts (free).

Best Books About Cambodia

Living in a city like Phnom Penh, you can now have a lot of choices. You can easily buy new print books, although some time it’s hard to get the ones you want. Monument Book Store is probably the largest place you can go and find a copy of your wanted books. However, some newest titles may take longer to be available in the book stores.

An ideal way to get to read is getting an e-reader like a Kindle. Below you’ll find 10 reasons why you need a Kindle, especially when you live and work in a Southeast Asian country like Cambodia. This blog post will also point out where to buy the Kindle in Phnom Penh.

Currently there are 4 models of Kindle e-readers. The Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite, the Kindle Voyage, the Kindle Oasis. The Kindle Oasis is the most expensive with the same resolution to the Kindle Voyage and the Paperwhite.

It is time we all admit it: if you are a book reader then the Kindle is a lot better for you than an iPad. Did you know that there are no apps on a Kindle? No App Store. No Play Store. No App World. No Marketplace. Just things to read.

It weighs less than a physical book. You can hold it for an hour or more and read without having muscle cramps. The iPad won’t give you that. The iPad is humongous. At 10” it requires a bag. You can take your Kindle everywhere, and at times you put it in your pocket.

Do you get sore eyes reading on your iPad? That won’t happen with the Kindle – there’s no back lighting on it, so it feels just like reading a real book. With the Kindle it is second nature. That e-ink technology that is about to pass from this world just works better for a reading experience.

1. It’s great if you travel. If you travel, the Kindle is a godsend.
2. You can put anything you want on it. You can easily email DOC, TXT, and PDF files to your own Kindle email address for conversion to the Kindle.
3. It looks great. The Kindle is an amazing improvement over the previous Kindle generation. If every manufacturer took cues on build quality and product life cycles from Amazon, we’d all be better off.
4. It feels great. This new version has excellent button placement and is thin enough to cut cheese. It’s eminently portable.
5. Almost any book at any time. Except for a few esoteric reference books I’ve found just about everything I need on the Kindle store.
6. It works in inclement conditions. I was in Mexico with the wife and kids and I wanted to test the Kindle out near the pool.
7. The bookmarking and highlighting systems are vastly improved.
8. The dictionary is now in-line. When you move to a word, its definition appears at the bottom of the page.
9. You can almost see and understand the illustrations.
10. It is the future. Sorry, it is. Amazon nailed the ebook and they’re going to own the space for the next few years.

Where to buy a Kindle in Cambodia? Go to Sweet Memory Store! This small store also offers small discount to students. The store also offers free delivery service to customers across Cambodia, using reliable courier service like Kerry Express.

Phnom Penh’s Phone Shops

Every year, I cover this favorite topic, the best shops to buy the best smartphone in Phnom Penh. A new major update to last year review is that you can easily buy a Motorola phone. From Moto C to Moto G, these budget smartphones with Motorola brand are available in most phone shops in the Cambodian capital city.

Believe it or not, you can buy any smartphone in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There are thousand shops across this Southeast Asian city. From Apple to Samsung to Huawei, you have a lot of choices. This year, Motorola made a comeback to Cambodia after a long absence from the market. Apple iPhone is probably the most popular smartphone among Cambodian users.

Android smartphone fans

After Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and soon Motorolla are dominating the smartphone market in Cambodia.

The best smartphone: Apple iPhone vs. Google Pixel vs. Xiaomi smartphone
In Phnom Penh, you have a lot of choices when it comes to buying an Apple products, either a MacBook, or an iPad, or an iPhone.

The iPhone 7 became available as soon as Apple announced. Early customers can have their hands on the iPhone 7 as long as they’re willing to pay the high price tag. Check out these three smart phone shops for iPhone prices and order: Sokly Phone Shop, HAKSE, Apsara Electronics.

Not an Apple iPhone fan? Then go for Android. Google made its own brand-name smartphone, which is called Pixel. It’s been received positive reviews since its official launch in October this year. One of the downside of buying this Google’s flagship smartphone in Cambodia’s Phnom Penh is the price.

It’s probably due to the fact that Apple products are more popular than Google gadgets. Google Pixel is available at Koungy phone shop. At the time of writing this, the Xiaomi’s latest smartphone Mi MIX isn’t available in stock at any shop yet. We’ll update this as soon as we get it.

Where to Buy Raspberry Pi in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is becoming a new tech hub in Southeast Asia. Good gadgets and electronics are more accessible than five or ten years ago. A set of Raspberry Pi 3 starter kit is under $100 at an electronics shop in Phnom Penh. Raspberry Pi 3 with starter kits are available on sale at Sweet Memory Store in Phnom Penh.

The Raspberry Pi 3 is the third generation Raspberry Pi. Pi 3 has an identical form factor to the previous Pi 2 (and Pi 1 Model B+) and has complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 and 2.

The Raspberry Pi 3 added Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to the ultra-popular, ultra-cheap tiny computer (you have to use third-party dongles with the older versions), but the software support for Bluetooth was lacking until now. The underlying drivers were there, but today’s update to the default Raspbian Linux distribution adds much-needed GUI tools to manage your Bluetooth connections. It’s highly recommended for use in schools, or for any general use.

The Raspberry Pi 3 is not hurting for operating system choices. The tiny ARM computer is supported by several Linux distributions and even has a version of Windows 10 IoT core available.

Highlights:

  • A Raspberry Pi is a computer the size of a credit card.
  • You can use this low-cost device to hack together cool projects.
  • We put together a media centre, game console, and smart assistant.

The top 10 projects to try out with your Raspberry Pi 3
1. Build a classic games emulator
2. Build a network of Raspberry Pis
3. Get the full version of Minecraft up and running
4. Boot up Android or Chrome OS’ open source cousin
5. Build a media center
6. Build your own virtual assistant
7. Build a mobile phone
8. Build a Raspberry Pi laptop
9. Wirelessly control your hi-fi
10. Build a wi-fi extender

Where to Buy LED Light Bulbs in Phnom Penh?

If you’re looking for some quality LED light bulbs to bright up your new home or office, please read on for the list of selected lighting shops in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There are actually many choices of lighting products you can shop in the city. However, in this list you’ll find only the stores that offer good quality products.

How did I come up with this list of lighting shops? Well, as I had to shop around some of the best quality LED lighting products for my own home, I decided to do some research. The outcome is this list I can share with you here on Cambopedia.com.

Sweet Memory Store

A small shop house near TK Avenue in Tuol Kork district, this is where you can buy the IKEA LED light bulbs.

moOod Lighting Showroom

If you’re looking for some vintage lighting product designs, this shop/showroom is one of the best for you to go and check out.

Address: Street 69 BT, Phnom Penh

Cheang Sim Sound and Lighting

Address: Charles de Gaulle Blvd (217), Phnom Penh. Phone: 023 219 335

Eco lighting

Phone: 017 282 855

NVC Lighting TK

Address: #419, Street 1958 Phnom Penh Thmei, Sensok. Phone: 023 880 812

Phnom Penh’s Shopping Malls

Within the shopping malls like AEON Malls or Sorya Mall, you can also find the LED lighting products. Usually, there are small showrooms. Those are some of best places to check out and compare prices.

Buy a New TV in Phnom Penh?

Are you shopping for a brand new TV in Phnom Penh? Here’s list of the shops you can buy TV with the best price.

Kfour Group, one of Phnom Penh’s largest stores selling electronics and home appliances, is currently offering best deals for many many products, from air conditioners to smart televisions. The best deal for products like TV is to celebrate its anniversary.

We have just bought an LG TV 43″ FULL HD TV. The original price is $599. After discounted, the smart IPS screen TV is only $409. This is the model number: 43LH570T.


Why LG 43LH570T over Sony Bravia? Before we decided to go for LG over long-time favorite Sony, we took a look at a several key features. Sony 40″ LED Full HD TV (KLV-40R352D) is only now $345 (before $399). So the Sony TV is 40″, not 43″. Small difference. But the big difference is the the LG’s IPS (In-plane switching), an improved screen technology for color. This IPS technology is being used by Apple for its latest iPhone, iPad and MacBook with Retina Display. IPS panels have the best color reproduction of any standard LCD display.

Surprisingly, LCD panels that offer IPS, however, generally have a viewing angle of 170 degrees. As a result, you can watch your TV from a greater angle and the picture will look about the same. The IPS was early developed by Hitachi Ltd. in 1996, and later sold to Panasonic. Later, LG Display and other South Korean, Japanese, and Taiwanese LCD manufacturers adapted IPS technology.

Where else to buy LG products?
G Gear sells all the LG brand name products, from TV to mobile phones to home appliances. It’s worth to check out its website here: http://ggear.com.kh/.

AEON Mall 1 and 2 have showrooms where you can get the real world demonstration plus latest price (with good deal and promotion during holiday seasons).

Buying Apple Products in Phnom Penh

Although there is no official Apple Store like Bangkok, living in Phnom Penh doesn’t limit you from buying a new iPhone as soon as it’s officially available. If you’re willing to pay a premium price, you can be among the early persons to get your hands on Apple’s newest iPhone.

Apple iPhone

iPhone is much loved here in Cambodia. Cambodian people love iPhone more than anything else. Although the price isn’t so affordable, the local people save as much as they can to buy a used iPhone, if not a new one.

This popularity of iPhone use in Cambodia means that the Apple brand is also widespread across the country.

In Phnom Penh, phone shops (not really official Apple stores) have the latest or even previous models of the iPhone available in stock for grab.

If you compare the iPhone price in Phnom Penh with other cities in Southeast Asia, you can always get a better price. In addition to this, anyone in Phnom Penh with deep pocket can always buy the newest iPhone model as soon as it’s available in the US market.

This has already happened with the previous models like iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. So if you’re planning to spend money on buying an iPhone 8 or iPhone X, you will surely be able to get one as soon as it’s released.

Buying an Apple MacBook Pro in Phnom Penh

Recently I’ve bought a brand new Apple MacBook Retina. Before buying the computer laptop, I spent some hours researching into computer shops or stores in Phnom Penh. There are many shops retailing Apple MacBook laptops and gadgets. But the question is which shop is the most trusted to get genuine products. By genuine, I mean a new MacBook computer, not a refurbished machine. Getting a refurbished laptop at a new price is not just expensive, but would be a terrible experience.

You can buy the MacBook Pro Retina at Uniyoung, an Apple’s authorized retailer near the Central Market (Phsa Thmey).

According to Apple’s official web sites, I can find that some shops are recognized as Apple certified store. So it’s no longer the case to buy a MacBook laptop, an iPhone, or an iPad when you’re in the USA, or Singapore, or Bangkok. You can easily get one here. The trick is knowing the good shop to buy.

After comparing prices and learning about support and services by a number of shops (see the list below), I decided to go to UNI YOUNG TECHNOLOGIES.

UNI YOUNG has a good reputation for some years for having qualified technical support for both hardware and software. I actually found Khmer Plus Computer’s offer cheaper price for MacBook Retina. But this shop isn’t listed on Apple site as an official retailer.

This is 2016 and there is no Apple Store in Cambodia’s Phnom Penh city just yet. No news and rumor just yet.

However, here’s a list of Apple’s authorized retailers (based on Apple.com). Some stores sell only computers, not smartphones (iPhone) and tablets (iPad).

For those who can wait, you’ll be able to get an iPhone 7 at Apple’s authorized retailers such as iOne and Smart (a Cambodian mobile operator). However, three phone shops, Sok Ly, Hak Se and Apsara Electronics in Phnom Penh, are popular for those who want the newest iPhone as soon the water-resistant smartphone is available on the market (wherever it is).

These two Phnom Penh-based phone shops, as in previous years, accepts pre-orders from Khmer riches or Cambodian elites who fancy to be the early iPhone 7 users.

Check out these three smart phone shops for iPhone prices before you decide to buy.
Sokly Phone Shop
HAKSE one-stop center for mobile phone and accessory in Cambodia
Apsara Electronics

Smart
Cambodia’s leading mobile operator is probably one of the best places to buy a new iPhone.

Where to Buy a Camera in Phnom Penh

Where to buy a new digital camera or drone when in Phnom Penh? Believe it or not, you can now buy a brand new digital camera in Phnom Penh without having to fly to Bangkok or Singapore. Some years back, it’s hard to find an authorized camera dealer like Canon or Nikon in Cambodia.

You’re asking: where’s the shop to buy a DJI drone? Right now, there are two DJi authorized resellers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. If you’re looking into where to buy your first best drone with camera, these shops (two of them are authorized DJI retailers) are highly recommended for reasonable prices plus services.

The most popular drone products available in the Phnom Penh markets are consumer drones like Phantom 3 Professional, Phantom 4 Pro, Phantom 4 Advanced, and the newest mini drone Spark. Prices of the drones on sale are as good as in Bangkok or Singapore.

But that’s no longer the case. I’m listing some of the camera shops you can check out and even to compare prices. These Phnom Penh’s camera shops have been recommended by many Cambodian professional photographers.

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A List of Digital Camera and Drone Shops in Phnom Penh: Where to Buy

Leng Kheang Camera Shop

This camera shop has a number of collections you can get. From Canon to Nikon to Sony, you have a lot of choices. Reasonable price is one factor that makes this shop top of the list to recommend. In addition to DSLR, point and shoot, and mirrorless cameras, you can also get camera accessories and lens. If you’re looking for a used or secondhand camera instead of the new product, you can also check it out. Doing drone photography? This photography store also has the latest model Phantom 4 Pro. A lot of Cambodian photographers prefer Leng Kheang Camera Shop in recent years.

Leng Kheang is also  an authorized retailer of DJI. So if you a DJI drone, you can can check it out. This digital camera shop has the latest models.
Address: #454A, St 310, Boeung Keng Kang 3, Phnom Penh
Online: https://www.facebook.com/LengkheangCameraShop/

Sweet Memory Store

Sweet Memory Store has some well-selected products for photographers. Digital media streaming device (Google Chromecast), SanDisk memory cards, card readers, digital storage, are among the favorites of their customers.
The shop is not a showroom, but they have free delivery service in Cambodia.
Website: https://sweetmemorystore.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SweetMemoryStore/

Nikon Cambodia

Are you a Nikonian? Nikon Cambodia is one of the best camera shop for this particular brand. Check out its Facebook Page for the latest price.
https://www.facebook.com/Nikon-Cambodia-146935158827063/

i-Qlick Cambodia

If you’re looking for a Canon camera, the i-Qlick Cambodia is one of the first shops to go. i-Qlick Cambodia is the Canon’s authorized agent as well as a retailer. The Canon camera store is on Sihanouk (St. 274), No. 146, Preah Sihanouk Boulevard. Phone: 023 996 638.

Camera Hut

It’s a camera shop where you can find brands like Blackmagic Design, Canon, Nikon, Samyang, Rode, Panasonic, and Samsung.
Address: #230-232, Monivong Boulevard, Phsar Thmey 2, Khan Daun Penh
Tel: 092 579 090
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Camera-Hut-242934755868819/

Sabbay Nash Camera Shop

This is one of the oldest camera stores in Phnom Penh. This camera shop has a wide range of brand name products like Camera: Canon, GoPro, Kodak, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, Voigtlander. Lenses: Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Samyang, Tamron, Tokina, Zeiss. Camera accessories: battery, charger, binocular, camera bag, and tripod.
Address:
#216, Monivong Blvd (infront of Asia Palace Hotel)
Tel: 023 217 812
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/sabbaynashcamera/

W&H investment

Not really a retailer, this company imports big brands like Black Magic Design, Think Tank, GoPro, Zeiss, Voightlander, Schneider, Tokina, and Samyang. Address: Level 22 Canadia Tower Building, 315 Ang Doung Street, Phnom Penh.

Cambodia RC Shop

Is the other DJI drone store (a DJI reseller) in Phnom Penh.
#35, St105, Sangkat Boeng Prolit, Khan 7Makara, Phnom Penh (+855) 978880931/12888031/16756675

ICE Electronics

Not a DJI retailer, but this computer shop has a good range of DJI drones and accessories. You can check out its DJI drone page here for latest prices. Telephone number: (855) 23 222 924
(855) 77 888 187.

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How to Buy Product Online from China and USA and Have Them Shipped to Cambodia

The world is flat. This is a guide to buying products from Amazon.com, Ebay, Aliexpress and other online shops and ship them to Cambodia. These days, you can buy many products from abroad and have them delivered to you.

Initially, you may think that all those major online shopping sites don’t ship their stuff to Cambodia. This is a wrong assumption. Secondly, you may think that Cambodia’s Post Office is terrible. This is no longer true. The Internet and the so-called e-commerce have opened the endless the possibility for businesses in countries like the United States of America, China (+ Hong Kong), Singapore, South Korea, or some European countries to sell their electronics products, books, clothes, and everything between to a developing country like Cambodia.

This guide is based on my experience of buying products (big and small size) and have them shipped to Phnom Penh from various online shopping stores like Amazon.com, Ebay, Aliexpress and more since 2012.

Buying products from Amazon.com and getting them delivered to you in Cambodia

Amazon is earth’s largest product store you can buy almost anything. Although most of the products could be shipped from the USA, not every product on Amazon.com could be shipped to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, just yet.

With AmazonGlobal program, international shipping for order from Amazon is possible and easy. There is also a requirement for Import Deposit Fee, which helps you not worry about dealing with the DHL deliveryman for any custom issue

According to Amazon.com, “for AmazonGlobal items, you won’t be charged additional fees if the actual Import Fees exceed the Import Fees Deposit we estimated.”

eBay also offers a similar program for international sellers to make it easier for a buyer like you.

How to buy products from online stores and ship them to Phnom Penh

  • A recipient address in Phnom Penh. Having a home address in Phnom Penh makes it easier. You also need to give your telephone number, so that the Phnom Penh Post Office can easily contact you when your package or parcel reach its destination.
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  • A Visa card (better connect it to Paypal for a more secure payment). As you have to pay for the products you buy, you need a valid Visa card. You can obtain one from one of the banks in Phnom Penh. Cathay United Bank offers a debit card (Visa) you can quickly use. It’s also easy to use it with a Paypal account.
  • A shopping list. You want to buy a book or a gadget?

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