The Russian Market

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Russian Market Phnom Penh Reviews

tea-pot tea-pot
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Horible! May 05, 2011
Cheap but certainly not chearful, if you go make sure your not hung over!

First and last time!

I mean you will have people grab you, beg etc, its really dirty and depressing and the smell from the area where the locals eat is something else!

It sounds mean but its the truth!
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sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
The Russian Market Sep 08, 2009
The Russian Market is one of the best markets I have ever been to. It makes every other place I have ever shopped look half hearted.

It was always intended to appeal to foreigners; the name refers to the Russian ex pats who shopped here when very few other foreigers were even allowed in the country. But as the economy of Phnom Penh has recovered, the market has become very popular with locals too. As such, it sells absolutely anything. You can find whle mini streets of spare parts for tuktuks, meat, strange smelling fruit, and stall after stall of clothes and shoes. Many of the brand names here are genuine, having come from the factories foreign companies keep here. They are pretty amazing value. The DVDs, on the other hand, are pirates, and if you do want to buy them then get the stall holder to play you a couple of minutes to check they are OK. there are also countries, including France, where they will fine you if they think you have been buying fakes.

If you have managed to resist the kids in Angkor Wat, there are a huge range of better priced, nicer handicrafts here, including scarves, ceramics and paintings.

This is also the only place I have ever seen my boyfriend shop - I was getting fed up long before he was.

It is a great place to practice your bargaining. I'm not very good at haggling, but the price of goods definately drops as soon as you walk away looking doubtful. I'm sure with practice I could have been a pro.

There is also a nice street of food stalls, and this was my first real exposure to proper Cambodian/Vietnamese styleiced coffee, made with condensed milk. Also, the stall holder showed me how to deal with noodle soup. It turned out I had been doing it wrong for a week. How embarrassing...

I'd really recommend coming here.
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borneonikieta says:
Sounds good Sarah :) Thanks for showing me this blog.
Posted on: Nov 25, 2009
globalodyssey says:
i loved the place..bought a 400 year old chinese vase with a chipped top, made a new top for it in silver, and it is now one of my treasures...truly a treasure trove
Posted on: Oct 15, 2009

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