Shopping Corner of Street 163 and Street 444, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Russian Market is special ?
Phnom Phen's Russian Markets The Russian Markets are busy and full of life, as well as being able to buy thousands of things you don't really need... This market became the foreigner’s market during the 1980’s when most of the foreigners in Cambodia were Russians, hence the name ‘Russian Market.’ It is of far less architectural interest than the Central Market but has a larger, more varied selection of souvenirs, curios and silks. Like the Central Market, there are several jewelers and gold-sellers, but it also carries huge selection of curios, silks and carvings, it is one of the best markets in town to buy fabric.
Corner of Street 163 and Street 444, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
We've been to the Central Market and this place is equally as good, you can find everything under the sun but the place is a little crowded and harder to navigate. Try to bargain your way if you find something you'll like to buy and you'll be surprised.
The Russian Market sells literally EVERYTHING under one (particularly leaky) roof! We visited during something of a monsoon, but wading through gullies and ducking indoor downpours only added to the thrill of the experience. Strings of colourful and ornate tea pots are strung up on display alongside stalls of captivating artworks next to stands selling tools and car parts. There's something really authentically Cambodian about the experience of browsing the vast range of goods as well as watching the locals go about their shopping. Souvenirs are on sell, but it seems remarkably less touristy than other markets and has much more character than Central with its nooks and crannies full of unexpected delights! A must do, even if you have nothing to shop for its worth a look and to go and grab a bite to eat (i recommend trying a Khmer dessert)!
Market is the same you will find in most Asian countries. The surprising thing about this market is the vendors would not budge much on the price. They would stick to the cost and refuse sale. The market is rather large and isle ways are very small. It gets very hot and the smells continue to grow with the heat.
I absolutely loved this place! I kept going back for the delicious local food! Loved the baguette, avocado shake, and iced coffee! I had a great time trying out all the different fruits that can't be found in my country either. It wasn't as hot as most reviews have written about. Don't just shop around the souvenirs, but also check out the food and groceries that the locals shop for! There is also a not-so-hidden temple near the market which is gorgeous as well! Don't forget to check that place out while you're around the area!