Angkor Handicraft Association is a nonprofit business association that aims to strengthen the local handicraft sector in Siem Reap, promoting and linking Cambodian artisans to local and international markets

An open souvenir market that offers a place for local artisans and rural producers to showcase their handicraft and run workshops in Siem Reap town.

A government registered label the helps visitors distinguish locally made products from fake imported items when looking for handicraft in Siem Reap

Angkor Handicraft Association facilitates commercial connections between national and international traders and participating local handicraft enterprises

Find handicrafts and souvenir shops, retailers, workshops and producers members of Angkor Handicraft Association. Look for the Official Seal of Authenticity to identify certified venues

Our members are committed to the sustainable development of the local handicraft sector, community development and to high standards of craftsmanship

Fake handicraft in Siem Reap

Although tourism in Siem Reap has dramatically increased  from around 200,000 visitors in 2005 to over 2 million visitors in 2014 with tourist expenditure reaching  USD $100 million on souvenirs, Siem Reap remains one of the poorest provinces in Cambodia. Most of the population in rural areas of Siem Reap Province lack access to the tourist market.

The influx of imported souvenirs and machine-made replicas of traditional handicraft in Siem Reap forces hundreds of artisans to turn to farming and other activities to supplement their income. Around 80% of souvenirs sold in Siem Reap are imported from neighboring countries while local artisans struggle to compete with cheap machine made items.

Often tourists can’t identify authentic products from machine-made replicas and sellers are told they are made in Cambodia.

Our mission

To support the development of local handicraft businesses and strengthen the handicraft sector in Siem Reap province.

Our vision

A strong and competitive local handicraft sector.

Our role supporting local artisans

Facilitate the active promotion of member’s products in national and international markets to develop business linkages

Provide access to training and capacity building in areas such as relevant aspects of business management, marketing, networking, and export regulations.

Represent the handicraft sector in private-public dialogue forums and articulate general problems of the handicraft sector in Siem Reap

Identify and actively develop new business opportunities for members, working closely with producers to meet customers demands.

Provide the necessary tools for businesses and producers to certify their products and venues. Making it easier for travelers to identify locally made products.

Regaining Competitive Advantage

Him Young, a highly experienced producer in Bakong District, Siem Reap tells her story while explaining the importance of community efforts in the production of handicraft in Siem Reap.

AHA supports partners of the GIZ- Regional Economic Development Program (RED) in promoting bamboo industry development in one of the most remote districts of Siem Reap province.

Bamboo industry development is of high relevance for job creation and poverty reduction, as well as in relation to climate change issues.