Photo: Bright lights big market.

Phnom Penh Night Market

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Phnom Penh’s only formal night market, Phsar Reatrey overlooks the riverside from the central reservation that separates downtown and northern Phnom Penh, and it is popular with foreigners and locals alike.





The market is easiest to enter by the gate at the northern end of riverside to avoid scrambling between lines of parked scooters. As with Phsar Orussey, the Night Market is chiefly oriented towards the local market, but is definitely worth a dip to pick up some very reasonably priced clothes—there’s not a huge lot else really aside from some tacky and generic souvenirs.

Need to re–wardrobe? Photo taken in or around Phnom Penh Night Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Need to re–wardrobe? Photo: Stuart McDonald

A quick stroll will find you a selection of Asian fashions, impossible designer brands with misspelled names, sparkly jewellery, cushions and beautiful paper flowers. Prices are often advertised but if you’re buying multiple items, you’ll probably get a discount.

The market also gives you an excellent chance to sample some live local pop music, and discover why most Cambodians are hearing impaired. In the centre of the market is a stage which hosts members of the Night Market band, who would probably do well in a wannabe K-pop star talent contest. They’re usually engaged in cutesy choreographed dances, belting out dance numbers and Khmer love songs. It is LOUD.

Plenty of stuff on a stick. Photo taken in or around Phnom Penh Night Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Plenty of stuff on a stick. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Behind the large central stage with its banks of monster speakers, there is an array of food stalls and a big space laid out with matting on which to tuck in to your nosh alongside dozens of local families and young couples. There is everything here from spring rolls to Cambodian sausages, grilled meats and more, and the lovely family atmosphere just makes everything seem even better than it already is on a balmy evening. It is still very ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Phnom Penh Night Market
Between Streets 106 and 108, Phnom Penh
Wed-Sun 17:00-00:00
Admission: Free

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