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Phsar Orussey

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Phnom Penh’s primary downtown wholesale market, Phsar Orussey is a one stop shop for just about anything—especially if you want that anything in bulk.

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Orussey offers a broader slice of “Cambodiana” than you’ll find in the Russian market or Phsar Thmei; and who knows what you might pick up in the huge, two-storey hall that’s packed with everything from stationary and plastic pigs to dried fish and padding to make your bum look bigger. Oh and shoes ... lots of shoes.

You’ve arrived. Photo taken in or around Phsar Orussey, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

You’ve arrived. Photo: Stuart McDonald

No matter which country you’re in, its markets are always an interesting expression of the culture. From the sly argy-bargy of a British stall-holder flogging flaky jeans, to the almost oppressive insistence of an Indian fabric seller or the soft-spoken confidence with which French market vendors offer up the most perfectly imperfect foods, there are always hints to be gleaned of the national character. In Cambodia’s markets you’ll find crush, a little ordered chaos, a peculiarly coy approach to selling, and all-too-frequent clashes with the whiff of prahok.

A little over halfway between Phsar Thmei and Olympic Stadium, Orussey Market is very much more local than the former, which makes it much more fun in our view. Outside is chaos as delivery vans vie for space in which to offload in among the locals zipping up on motor scooters to pick up dinner, a television, flowers, clothes, or just a plastic pig. However, even with all the people that you’ll cross paths with here, the aisles are wide enough to keep the inside a reasonably comfortable, mannered experience. Until you ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Phsar Orussey
Street 182, Phnom Penh
Admission: Free

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