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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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)


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