Russian and Central market, Phnom Penh

There are 2 major markets in Phnom Penh which suits both locals and tourists, the Russian market and Central market. Both start early hours of the morning and run throughout the day, selling everything from food, souvenirs and jewellery.

Even though these two markets are rather similar, both have distinct features about that allures people in daily.

The Russian market is more to the South of Phnom Penh, and it is the place to shop for souvenirs. But other knick knacks include wood carving, fake DVDs and clothes.
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On the other-hand Central market is located in a ‘landmark’ building, which can be recognised from afar. The large dome of one of the top 10 largest in the world. This benefits any stalls in the dome as it is nice and airy…perfect for a hot day. The market is split under 4 wings, each with a different stalls in. There are less souvenirs, but more knock off goods like bags, clothing and watches.

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Not to forget the weekend night market, that is slightly more pleasant due to the evening temperatures and outdoor setting right by the river bank.

As with all markets, there is a food section. Which can become rather smelly if visited at the wrong time of day. But hold your nose and wonder around the stalls, as it is something you will probably not see out of Cambodia!

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