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Russian Market

Russian Market

Russian market is located in the south part of Phnom Penh, to the West of Street 155, between Street 440 and Street 450 and is known to the locals as Phsar Toul Tom Poung. Indochina travel

It does not look like much from the outside but when you get in you will find everything from a large selection of souvenirs, curios, antiques, carvings, beautifully hand carved Buddha statues, handicrafts, silks, fabrics, inexpensive electronic goods, colorful lanterns and handmade silk scarves to fake bags, printed T-shirts, DVDs and many other things of interest to visitors. The reason why it is called Russian market is because it was a popular market among the Russian expats during the 1980s when most of the western expats in Phnom Penh were Russian. It is a narrow and steamy market but it is still worth visiting and if you get tired you can always take a relaxing coffee at one of the cafés around the market.

Russian Market

Russian Market

This sweltering bazaar is the one market all visitors should come to at least once during a trip to Phnom Penh. It is the place to shop for souvenirs and discounted Western name-brand clothing. We cannot vouch for the authenticity of everything, but along with plenty of knock-offs you will find genuine articles stitched in local factories. You will pay as little as 10% of the price you will pay back home for brands like Banana Republic, Billabong, Calvin Klein, Colombia, Gap and Next. Cambodia travel packages

Located in the south of the city off Monivong Boulevard and Mao Tse Tung, the market is about a 15-minute tuk tuk ride from riverside. Before you dive in to the bustle of stalls, it is worth noting which entrance you are using, especially if you hope to meet your driver again. Look for an easily recognizable landmark such as one of the big shops outside the market, or the fruit and vegetable stalls. That way, if you exit in a different direction, you can walk around the outside of the market until you get your bearings.

Beautiful handmade souvenirs

Beautiful handmade souvenirs

The inside of the Russian Market contains countless stalls and shops. In the center of the market are food stalls which freshly prepare inexpensive Cambodian meals. The ingredients for these meals are all available fresh in the market as well. The Russian Market has a large section of fresh produce and the locals who live nearby purchase their food supplies here. You can see how meat is butchered and living fish are freshly prepared in the food section. Besides meat and fish, there is also fresh salad, vegetables and fruits to buy. The Russian Market has also a wide selection of spare parts of motorbikes.

Fresh fruits at Russian Market

Fresh fruits at Russian Market

Russian Market is your best bet for fascinating souvenirs from all over Cambodia. A large selection of intricately carved sculptures and wall décor as well as a number of unique, handmade silks weaves and traditional outfits are on display. Vendors will call out to you from every stall as you pass by trying to persuade you into purchasing some of their goods. Be prepared for pushy salespeople and ready to bargain hard. Prices often start at two or three times the expected selling point.

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