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Central Market (Psah Thmay)

A trip to Phnom Penh would be incomplete without a visit to Central Market. Phnom Phen's most obvious landmark looks more in style with a Star Wars trading post then most earthly structures and its quirky architecture is part of its appeal for tourists. This famous Art Deco building consists of a huge central dome with four wings opening out into large halls. Psah Thmay contains countless stalls run by more than 3,000 merchants. When the market was first opened, in 1937, it was said to be the biggest market in Asia. It has recently undergone years of serious renovation but the newly improved Central Market reopened in 2011. Merchandise comprises almost everything imaginable including souvenirs, clothes, fresh produce, books, flowers, postcards, antiques and a lot of jewellery. As many stalls stock the same merchandise it is useful to compare prices to find the real value of goods. One should bargain hard but good-naturedly. Surrounding the structure is a ring of tightly packed vendors selling similar wares. Its central location is walkable from almost anywhere and it is visible from many of Phnom Penh's main roads but, if necessary, all taxis know 'central market'.

Address: Neayok Souk, Phnom Penh

Opening times: 7am to 5pm