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Russian Market

Not to be confused with the Central Market (Psah Thmay), the Russian Market (Psar Toul Tom Poung) is best reached via tuk-tuk or car. It is located south of Mao Tse Tuong Boulevard, and offers tourists a great range of bargains. The array of silk scarves is impressive and they are dirt cheap; the $3 silk hammocks are also justified in their fame. Apart from these treasures, which make wonderful gifts for people back home, it is easy to find curios, souvenirs, jewellery and almost anything else you might want. 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 tasty. 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 a popular tourist market.

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