Photo: Russian Market is easier to say.

Phsar Tuol Tom Poung (Russian Market)

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Despite the name, the one thing you can’t buy at Phnom Penh’s Russian Market is a Russian. But for almost everything else, this warren of stalls has it covered.

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The market became popular with foreigners in the 1980s when most of its visitors were Soviets who lived in the area, hence the name. Since then, it’s become a regular on the Phnom Penh to-do list because, while it may be big, busy, hot and confusing to navigate, it’s also bursting with a huge profusion of goodies and makes for an excellent one–stop–stop for all your souvenir needs.

How big is your pack? Photo taken in or around Phsar Tuol Tom Poung (Russian Market), Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

How big is your pack? Photo: Stuart McDonald

Located in the south of the city off Monivong Boulevard and Mao Tse Tung, the market is about a 15-minute tuk tuk ride from riverside. Before you dive in to the bustle of stalls, it’s worth noting which entrance you are using, especially if you hope to meet your driver again. Look for an easily recognisable landmark such as one of the big shops outside the market, or the fruit and vegetable stalls. That way, if you exit in a different direction, you can walk around the outside of the market until you get your bearings.

If you’re taking a moto or a tuk tuk there, you’ll most likely arrive on the eastern side, which is jammed with stalls vaunting clothes—that are not all size two—shoes, DVDs, souvenirs and jewellery. As you dig deeper into the warren, household stuff starts to appear, including some fantastic lamps, wood carvings, fabrics, kitchenware and more.

Fresh and delicious produce. Photo taken in or around Phsar Tuol Tom Poung (Russian Market), Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Fresh and delicious produce. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Diving further in again, you’ll find yourself ankle-deep in the wet market. if you can stand the heat, stay in this kitchen for super strong iced coffee, noodle soup, gloopy sweets and tasty snacks. And if you’re looking for a drill or an exhaust pipe, then keep heading westwards as that’s where you’ll find the hardware and essentials for your kitchen (and/or motorbike) in case you should decide to chuck it all in and move to ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Phsar Tuol Tom Poung (Russian Market)
Hemmed in by streets 163, 440, 155 and 450, Phnom Penh.
Mo–Su
Admission: Free

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