Central Market (Pasah Thmay), Phnom Penh

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    Central Market (Pasah Thmay): experience local life at its hectic best

    by richiecdisc Written Mar 29, 2005

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    the buzzing honeycomb of the Central Market

    Phnom Penh’s Psar Thmei (Central Market) is a bustling place to just wander about and do some shopping. You can find most anything you might need and if not looking to buy, it’s a fun place to just people watch.

    What to buy: The best part for us was checking out the local foods. It’s a great place to stock up on supplies for a bus journey too! Try the savory pancakes and a host of local beverages at prices you can’t refuse (generally around 10-20 cents).

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    Central Market (Pasah Thmay): Psar Thmei

    by SirRichard Written Sep 23, 2003

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    The market at night

    This huge building with a central dome is the central market. Here U can find books, jewelry, watches, flowers, stationery... each item has its own zone, come, have a look and bargain!!

    The other main market of the city is the russian market, so called because some years ago, most of the goods of Cambodia came from the USSR. After the collapse of the empire, it kept its name, though now there are not many russian goods there...

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    Pasar thmai: Markets

    by jmmorgan Written Apr 15, 2003

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    An Art Deco style yellow building in the centre of town. The centre is a domed structure with arms radiating from it. There are also plenty of stalls outside of the main building. This is a great place to come and browse for a couple of hours and if there is anything that you need I would say it is probably on sale here.

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    Central Market (Pasah Thmay): Central Markets

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Mar 19, 2011

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    Central Market (Phsar Thmei, which means New Market) is on the corner of Street 67 & Street 136.

    The building these markets are in is a landmark in Phnom Penh due to their unique style.

    The vaulted ceiling up to 30 metres in places give the place a spacious feeling, so walking around in here is nice.

    Walking up the entrance to the markets on either side you will find a huge selection of vendors selling all sorts of souvenir type products.

    T Shirts, silver curios, kramas, postcards, copy books, snacks, drinks etc.

    On the left just before you go into the markets are some stalls selling all sorts of bugs, cockroaches and nice fried tarantulas - yummy.

    One of the girls with us decided to try one of the fried bugs, it made it partway down her throat and decided it wanted to go no further, so out it came.

    Inside there are many stalls selling jewellery, gold, electronic goods, stationery, clothes, and flowers, we couldn’t believe the price of the flowers, huge arrangements for $10.
    I also looked at some rings here but was not that impressed with what I saw.

    Some of them felt so light and the gold bands were so thin I’m sure I could have snapped them in half if I tried.
    (Russian markets jewellery is much better)
    There are also lots of money changers at the Central markets.

    Some of the prices we paid at the Central markets were:
    Ladies Nike tops $2.50 - $3.00
    Ladies collared tops $3.00
    Ladies Ralph Lauren polo shirts $3.50
    Cambodia T-Shirts $2.00
    Books $3.00 or 3 for $5
    Assorted wooden compasses $2.00
    Singlet's $2.50

    We also did some fresh food shopping here at the wet markets for a dinner party at our friends house.

    What an experience!
    It was decided that Gary would cook this night for 8 people.

    We didn’t want to upset our friend’s Khmer cook, Sokchea, so we involved her as well. She thought it very funny that this Australian man was going to cook Khmer food.
    The menu was organized, Gary was to cook Khmer Chicken curry, I was doing a Khmer prawn soup and Sokchea would show us how to make Vietnamese cold rolls.

    A huge shopping list was prepared and off we all went to the central markets.

    Well this was my first time in what seemed like a huge, grotty, smelly, slippery, stinking hot wet market.
    But it was so much fun, we told Sokchea what we needed and she picked out the food, shaking a fly off here and there, having a sniff of it to make sure it was to her liking.

    We needed chickens, so there’s this wooden table with plucked (dead) scrawny chooks just laying there in the heat, the cleaver made a few strikes and within seconds we had our breast meat and thigh meat.

    Now I thought we would have to go to a supermarket to buy our cans of coconut cream but no… of course not..

    There are fresh coconut stands, we select a coconut, a man puts it through his machine and there we have it, 2 little plastic bags of fresh coconut cream.

    We ended up buying 2 kilo of prawns, 2 kilo of chicken meat, lots of vegetables, spices, fruits, actually everything we needed from scratch for 3 courses for 8 people.

    The total cost was about US$18.

    Word had also got around that an Aussie bloke was cooking, so during the day there were lots of people popping in to have a look and a taste. We had everyone checking in, housekeepers, cooks, workmen and security guards.

    It was so funny.

    Sokchea also found it amazing that Gary was helping wash up dishes etc as Cambodian men just do not help with cooking and cleaning up.

    Anyway the dinner party was a huge success, the food was great and everyone enjoyed it.
    (Including all the staff eating the leftovers the next day).

    What to buy: Lots more photos of shopping in Phnom Penh here.,

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    Central Market (Pasah Thmay): Central Market

    by Blatherwick Updated Mar 27, 2005

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    Central Market

    The Central Market is a large building built in the 1930s in the centre of town. It is painted yellow and kind of reminds me of a beehive with its shape and the number of vendors and shoppers buzzing about. Prices are a bit higher here than other markets but it does have the best selection.

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    Central Market (Pasah Thmay): ART DECO SHOPPING

    by wanderingbilly Updated Mar 29, 2008

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    PSAR THMEI (CENTRAL MARKET)
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    I READ QUITE A LOT ABOUT PSAR THMEI MARKET BEFORE WE WENT TO CAMBODIA AND WAS LOOKNG FORWARD TO SEEING AROUND THIS PHNOM PENH ICON.
    WHEN WE FIRST APPROACHED THE MARKET I FELT THAT WE HAD WALKED ONTO THE SET OF A STAR WARS MOVIE. THE STUNNING YELLOW ART DECO DOMED BUILDING REALLY DOES STAND OUT. THE YELLOW PAINTWORK IS FLAKING AND FADED, BUT IN ITS DAY THIS BUILDING WOULD HAVE BEEN STUNNING.
    THE MAIN DOMED HALL HAS FOUR WINGS RUNNING OFF IT, ALL ARE FILLED WITH EVERYTHING FROM GOLD AND SILVER JEWELLERY, CLOTHING, ANTIQUE COINS AND JUST ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE YOU COULD HOPE TO BUY.
    LOCAL PEOPLE SAY THAT YOU PAY OVER THE ODD'S FOR THINGS HERE BUT I COULD NOT HELP MYSELF BUYING AN ANTIQUE COIN AND MY WIFE BOUGHT A SILVER BETTLE BOX.
    THIS IS A GREAT MARKET FOR LOOKING AROUND... AND GETTING LOST IN.
    SO WHEN YOUR IN PHNOM PENH MAKE SURE YOU CHECKOUT PSAR THMEI.

    What to buy: CLOTHING.
    GOLD AND SILVER JEWELLERY.
    ANTIQUE COINS.
    FAKE WATCHES.

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    Central Market (Pasah Thmay): Like a Department Store

    by yellowbell Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    Central Market

    Central Market is housed in a yellow 1930's Art deco building. Even if there's no A/C, the little but numerous windows and high ceiling provide good ventilation. It sells a whole gamut of things: gemstones, watches, men's clothes, women's clothes and food items.

    Surrounding the perimeter of the building are stalls which sell paintings, guidebooks, pots and pans and other household items.

    What to buy: Men's polo

    What to pay: $5 dollars for men's short sleeved polo
    US $ is widely accepted here but expect your change to be in riel especially if it's less than a dollar.

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    Central Market (Pasah Thmay): Central Market

    by georeiser Updated Apr 2, 2009

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    Central Market, Phnom Penh
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    The Central market is in a large building build around 1930 by the French colonialists. It's maybe the busiest market in Phnom Penh. It's a lot of stalls both inside and outside the building.

    What to buy: Clothes, shoes, silks, bags, local crafts, CD's, DVD's, games, watch, etc.
    Don't buy anything without bargaining!

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    The Central Market (Phsar Thmei - New Market): Lots of Things to Buy in this Interesting Bazaar!

    by ZENDER Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Behold A Shopping Pyramid; ahem, I mean, Paradise!
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    Almost all types of goods can be found in this New Market which is the correct translation for this interesting Art-Deco landmark of Phnom Penh

    What to pay: As for me and my travelling mates, we often tell the tuk-tuks to alight us at the South Entrance (Entr) because it is easier for us to get our bearings personally when we are inside the Central Market (CM) because the electronics goods and games will always be on our right-hand side. He he, after all, these were the location of some of our greatest electronic buys and they are still working well after we came back from Cambodia.

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    Central Market (Pasah Thmay): Just about anything

    by stedeb Written Jun 6, 2004

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    Central Market

    This market stocks just about everything you could possibly want and many things you won't!!!!!
    Shoes, clothes, designer label stuff , luggage, watches all at amazing prices.

    We were told the Russian market was the place to visit but found this one much cheaper and more variety.

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    Central Market "The New Market"

    by Scottyj36 Written Dec 27, 2002

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    This is a large market with lots of independent shops and stalls. It is very crowded and hot in there. The building is unique.

    What to buy: In here you can buy Jewelry, be careful though about that. Homade crafts, clothes, some electronics, books and food. Cloth is also there.

    What to pay: Prices vary, bargin.

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    Central Market (Pasah Thmay): Foreign Tat at High Prices

    by saracen Written Feb 22, 2007

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    The Central Rotunda

    A big, sprawling market with a central domed rotunda, claimed to be one of the largest in the world, from which 4 large arms spread out, each jam packed with numerous traders selling all manner of imported rubbish – cheap electrical goods and poor quality counterfeit jeans and t-shirts. Worthy of a visit, but don’t expect to pick up some memento you will treasure for years to come. The fresh food section presents lots of colourful and exotic photo opportunities.

    What to pay: Apparently avoided by the locals for the high prices - more suitable for looking than buying.

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    Central Market - Psar Phmei: They are Good at Marking Up

    by so_alex Updated Feb 15, 2003

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    Jewellery Shops at Psar Thmei

    What to buy: Mostly Khmer handicrafts

    What to pay: Original Price less 25-30%.

    Most shop keepers are good at mark up, they charge you very cheap for the first item in bulk quantity. But mark up twice for the second item as you big-spender realize you can bargain more.

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    Big A Super Store: time for shopping..

    by shintarojon Updated May 29, 2006

    What to buy: (last date visited : Dec. 26, 2004)

    1. nescafe 3 in 1 - 1.75 US $
    2. head and shoulder - 0.80 US $
    3. colgate - 0.30 US $
    4. dove-shower - 3.10 US $
    5. red-bull - 0.35 US $
    6. green tea - 0.50 US $
    7. rice cracker - 0.45 US $
    8. cheese cracker - 0.35 US $

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    Central Market (Pasah Thmay): Amazing building

    by pmarshuk Written Dec 3, 2003

    You can buy almost anything in the amazingly styled Central Market, a wonderful Art Deco structure in the heart on Phnom Penh.
    Underneath and around the dome are a huge selection of stall selling almost anything you might need from from toothpaste to Apsara dresses to watches and jewellry.
    But don't forget to bargain.

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