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Phsar Chas

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Phsar Chas is a great little Phnom Penh market conveniently located for travellers to check out but targeting locals—head here instead of striking out to distant suburbs to experience a genuine Cambodian market.

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You visit Phsar Thmei as much as to see the iconic exterior as for the goods on offer and if you want tourist tat you head out of the centre of towm to the Russian Market. If you want to stock up on fruit or veg, invest in a few gold bangles or do an incense stick stock fill for your house shrine then your two best options in the downtown area are Phsar Chas and nearby (and larger) Phsar Kandal. Both are, needless to say, fascinating spots for a stroll and a bite to eat.

Need a mobile spirit house for homeless spirits? Phsar Chas is the place. Photo taken in or around Phsar Chas, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Need a mobile spirit house for homeless spirits? Phsar Chas is the place. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The name translates as Old Market and situated as it is near the old French Quarter and waterfront, it was originally Phnom Penh’s “Central Market” but when Phsar Thmei opened as the true central market for the city, this became “Old market”. It’s a small, compact site, covering a city block between bustling Street 110 to the south and elegant, tree-lined 108 to the north. Street 13, leading from Phsar Kandal and placed one block back from the riverside, forms the eastern edge, with Street 15 completing the perimeter.

Street 108 is home to the adjacent Night Market while the open park area affords views diagonally across to Wat Phnom in the distance. To the south though the activity overflows from the covered market, with numerous lively pavement cafes and food vendors—especially in the ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Phsar Chas
Between Streets 108, 110, 13 and 15, Phnom Penh
Admission: Free

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