Located in the Southern side of Phnom Penh city, Russian Market aka Psah Toul Tom Poung is a bustling bazaar that offers travellers spectacular glimpses of local Cambodians’ livelihoods, comprehensive variety of value-for-money souvenirs and endless photographic opportunities.
The Russian Market was extremely popular amongst the Russian expatriates in the 1980s, hence gaining its apt name. From processed fishes, motorcycle spare parts, knock-off merchandise to even nail parlours, you can find virtually every item and service available here.
When in Cambodia, Psah Toul Tom Poung is a must to visit.
Getting lost whilst navigating through the haphazard Russian Market is part of the package for first-timers, so put your guidebook down and simply let your senses lead you around!
The interesting thing about the Russian Market is that it is simultaneously local and touristy. Every section of the market is inherently different, and after a thorough exploration, the vastness will impress you.
Every item thinkable can be found at Russian Market (well, almost) and all you have to do is to look around and put your bargaining skills to test.
Fashion-centric shopaholics can congregate themselves in the narrow retail segment, where endless garment stalls lined up at both ends await.
While authenticity is evidently questionable, you will be surprised that originals from Calvin Klein and Gap etc are up for grabs too. They have been stitched in local Cambodian factories and somehow ended up in these messy piles.
If retail therapy is not your cup of tea, wander away from the commercial areas and venture into the gloomy mechanic shops. We were blown away by the sheer amount of motorcycle spare parts that were for sale and how these stores were actually thriving. We soon learned that the Khmer natives would actually purchase various individual parts to assemble a motorcycle.
Sure, you are unlikely to be purchasing any spare parts, but it is still worth a shot to explore.
Feeling peckish? Street food vendors are situated in the middle and outside of the market, where you can get your hands on delicious meals at unbelievably low prices.
Beyond clothing, food and spare parts, there are still heaps of stuff to browse through at the Russian Market. Visitors can allocate approximately 1-2 hours of their time to check out this vibrant attraction.
It is recommended that visitors visit in the early morning or late afternoon to escape from the unbearable heat.
Russian Market (Psah Toul Tom Poung)
Corner Street 163 and Street 444, Phnom Penh
Daily: 7am – 5pm
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About the writer:
Hui Jun Ng is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She previously worked in the food and marketing industry. She loves traveling and enjoys exploring underrated destinations. In her free time, you will find her indulging in coffee and her all time favourite local dish – bak chor mee.