Shopping Neayok Souk, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmei) is special ?
The Central Market (Khmer: ផ្សារធំថ្មី, "Psah Thom Thmey", "New Grand Market"), is a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. Initial design and layouts are from French architect Louis Chauchon. Construction works were supervised by French architects Jean Desbois and Wladimir Kandaouroff.
The famous market offers items such as gems, rubies, clothing, food, and much more. Other than the quality products offered at Siem Reap's most popular marketplace, Central Market is more spread out than most, making it seem less crowded and easier to navigate. The market is also an excellent place to pick up much needed, last minute items such as extra bags or suitcases, batteries, or books, for the long flight home.
What to explore at Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmei)?
Be sure to pamper yourself with a relaxing foot massage at one of Central Market's massage parlours, after a long, hard day of shopping.
Put on your bargaining hat and haggle with local merchants at the popular Siem Reap marketplace as they offer a variety of gifts, souvenirs, and other quality products.
Take a generous amount of photographs, as Siem Reap's Central Market has a lot of unique items and wonderful scenery that are welcome subjects to any camera lens.
How to get to Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmei)?
Tuk Tuks are a popular way to get around in Siem Reap. The Tuk Tuks service the entire city and Central Market is one of their most popular destinations. Bicycles are another popular mode of transportation in the city. The White Bicycles is a non-profit agency that rents bicycles to tourists. Much of the proceeds go toward funding youth education and providing clean water to some of the poorer villages in and around the area. Motorbike taxis are another option, and they service the entire city as well. Lastly, taxicabs are aplenty in all areas of Siem Reap.
- Lively and colourful market
- A must to see a slice of local life
- A great place to hide away
- A local market for locals and foreigners
- Shop for bags and suitcases
Neayok Souk, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia