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Russian Market

Russian Market © Xiaojun Deng
Russian Market © Xiaojun Deng

Not to be confused with the Central Market (Psah Thmay), the Russian Market (Psar Toul Tom Poung) is located south of Mao Tse Tuong Boulevard, and offers tourists a great range of bargains. The market is home to an impressive array of silk scarves, silk hammock, and motorbike parts. Apart from these treasures, it is easy to find curios, souvenirs, jewellery, and almost anything else that may take your fancy. There are some very good tailors who can fit you for custom-made suits and shirts for very reasonable prices, although you will have to wait about three days to collect them. There is also wonderful local food on offer and the fish soup is particularly appetizing.

Like all sizeable markets in Cambodia it can get very crowded and a little overwhelming so it's best to go early or later in the evening. The market is undercover so it is ideal to miss the midday heat which makes it almost unbearably hot inside. If you get tired or need a break head to one of the nearby cafés lining the market for a delicious fruit cocktail. The market got its name from the plentiful Russian tourists who shopped there when visiting Cambodia just after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, and it remains the city's most popular market for tourists.

Address: Corner of Street 163 and Street 444, Phnom Penh