Russian Market, Phnom Penh
I really like the Russian Markets, though it can be very hot and stifling in there, so get there early if you can. You can buy absolutely everything you could ever imagine here and the best part is a lot of the clothing is very good quality and in western sizes.
They also now have a huge selection of winter clothing, jackets, jeans etc.
Wander in further and you will find all the material stalls, what a great selection and most of it is around $2 - $3 a metre. Go a bit further and you will find the tailors. I bought 6 metres of fabric for $8, and then paid $16 to have 2 dresses made. (Copied from a dress I took with me). We picked them up 3 days later and they were perfect!
There’s also a great place to have an icy cold drink here called Tanna's Cafe, they make the best ice coffees and freshly squeezed orange juice in Phnom Penh. The shop use to be inside at the back of the markets but has now moved to outside next to the small car park.
The Russian Markets now have armed security guards inside to keep the beggars etc away.
What to buy: DVD etc $2
Men’s Khmer Shirts $6
Ladies Khmer Shirts $3
T-Shirts (Diesel, Billabong etc) I bought 3 for $5
Wrap around skirt/pants $5
Wooden Buddha (Large) $13
Large silk bedspreads/tablecloths $6
Angkor Watt Car Shades $3
Material $2 - $3 metre
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Russian Market (Psah Toul Tom Poung). This market became the foreigner’s market during the 1980’s when most of the foreigners in Cambodia were Russians, hence the name ‘Russian Market.’
Everyday from 7.00am - 5.00pm.
What to buy: Of all the traditional markets, the Russian Market offers the largest selection of souvenirs, curios and other items of interest to the visitor. The south side is the place to begin your shopping foray, lined inside and out with stalls selling carvings, handicrafts, silks and fabrics, curios, CDs and inexpensive electronic goods. This market offers the largest selection of bootlegged VCDs and DVDs in town, with vendors located near southeast entrance. There are also several fabric vendors making it a good place to pick up fabric to take to the tailor.
More commonly referred by foreigners as Russian market. It was where Russians shopped during the 1980s.
Best place in town for souvenirs and clothes shopping. It has a large range of real and fake antiquities, including miniature Buddhas, wood carvings, betel-nut boxes, silk, silver jewellery, musical instruments and so on. Bargain hard as thousands of tourists pass through here each month.
This is also the market where all the western clothing made in garment factories around Phnom Penh turns up. Popular brands include Gap, Colombia, Calvin Klein, Quicksilver, Aigle and Next but more are coming to Cambodia all the time.
Also available are inexpensive DVDs, CDs and computer programmes, as well as a host of other goodies. This is the one market all visitors should come to at least once during a trip to Phnom Penh.
What to buy: There is a good range of trousers, skirts, shirts, T-shirts, boxer shorts and shoes.
What to pay: All at around 10% of the price paid back home.
This market has been known by its English name since 1980s, probably because there were many Russians and Russian goods alike then at this covered market. Here you'll lots of tourist buying gifts and souvenirs.
Probably the city's best source of objects d'art. Items for sale include wooden and stone carvings, various ritual objects, silverware, and old Indochinese notes and coins. There is a large range of antiquities and curios for those prepared to ferret around the various stalls and there are also gold and silversmiths inside the market who can be seen custom making jewelry. This too is a good source of both Cambodian and Chinese Silk and Clothes. This is one of the most popular markets in Phnom Penh with foreign residents and tourists who can spend many an interesting hour browsing before choosing the perfect gift.
What to pay: Backpack - USD15
Pouch - USD5
Little souveniers - USD1 onwards
Shoes - USD5
It is touted to be P.P's busiest market and I can well believe it. One could spend a day here if you could stand the heat and bustle .No A/C here!
What to buy: There are lots of knockoff's and cheap cothes and some nice looking sandles .Too many for me to think about with my small carry-on .
There is also some wonderful silk and wood carvings here. I couldn't pass up the silk and wish now I had bought more. If time permitted there were tailors there waiting to fit you on the spot.
There's a section devoted to food . It looked good but at this stage I didn't think my stomach could handle it.
What to pay: Bargaining is expected and necessary.
The Russian Market is an old market from the communist era in 1980's, where you could buy mostly Russian things. Today the market is a big square a lot of small shops under the roof. The reputation of the market is a bit puffed up, but you can buy different things real cheap.
What to buy: You can buy clothes, shoes, silks, bags, local crafts, CD's, DVD's, games, etc.
Don't buy anything without bargaining!
This market has a larger and more varied selection of souvenirs, curios and silks than the Central Market. It has a good selection of silver, gold and jewels, but also carries huge selection of curios, silks, carvings, etc and offers the largest selection of bootlegged VCDs, DVDs and CDs of all of the traditional markets. It’s also a good place to buy fabric for business and casual cloths to take to the tailor.
What to pay: Whatever you can barter.
Russian Market is not as interesting architecturally as the Central Market but it's main attraction would be the whole array of things made of silk - from party dresses, robes, bags.
Best of all, they're cheap and of good quality, even cheaper than those found in the markets of Ho Chi Minh.
They sell food items too but I didn't go to that part of the market. We bought 5 silk robes and that's enough for me to carry and put in the tuktuk.
What to buy: Silk robe - $5-14
Wooden business card holder and compact mirror - $ 1-2
What to pay: Cheaper than those in Central Market
After reading Lonely Planet's review, we were quite excited. But besides limited quality of poor fake clothing, stuff only for interest for locals, dvd shops, there were only a few places you could buy souvenirs. Taking that into account and not comparing it with markets e.g. in Bangkok or Bali, you will enjoy.
The russian market is a great place to get your souveniers, also they have a great selection of knockoff books, so you dont have to give in to all the kids beggining you to buy from me!!!you can get really good DVDs there too, for 3 for $5. Make sure to ask if they are good...they will tell you the truth, be careful of the very new releases, they have a better chance of not working, when in doubt, most places that sell them have DVD players...ask them to play them for you to see if they work before you buy!
What to buy: Dvds, knock-off travel books , gifts to bring home, cheap backpacks
What to pay: $3-5 for books, DVDS 3 for $5
Not some olden Tsarist market, but the place where the foreign envoys shopped in the 1980s when aid was pouring in to the country from the Soviets, this is a rather claustrophobic market resembling a large lock-up garage.
Inside, its dimly lit corridors and passageways are crammed full of antiques and jewellery, both genuine and fake. You will also find lots of clothing, apparently shipped out the back door of the incredibly employee-focused factories where all the popular western brands are made, and not by 10 year olds, oh no!
Another shopping paradise - with definitely far more branded stuffs on sale for those with good bargaining skills and also be warned - this place is not for the claustophobic.
It is definitely narrow, you will get sweaty as you ploughed through the narrow lanes in search of your shopping buys.
Press on, you must and you will be duly rewarded with great shopping buys! We should know as we survive two shopping trips to the Russian Market!
We always ask the tuk-tuk drivers to alight us at the East Entrance of the Phsar as it makes it easier for us to get our bearings in this real hazy maze of a market! Why East Entrance, because as you walk in, you will encounter the only camping bags stall in the whole of Russian Market. That makes it easier to remember where you come from.
The place to do souvenir shopping. A wide range of real and fake antiquities, wood curving, betel nut boxes, silk, silver jewelry, jewelry cases, DVDs, CDs.
You can buy backpack at a good price provided you bargain. We got two backpack for the price of US15.00.
What to buy: The place to do souvenir shopping. A wide range of real and fake antiquities, wood curving, betel nut boxes, silk, silver jewelry, jewelry cases, DVDs, CDs and backpacks.
What to pay: from US1.00 and above
There are a hundred and one stalls to shhop in here, and there are some pretty interesting stalls as well.. of course you can browse the fake brand name clothes stalls, and pirate cd and dvd shops, or if you like a bit of blood then the chicken stall where you can see the star of the nights menu meet his end... and it's not for the faint hearted.. with all stalls one can haggle the prices down..A hearty laugh and a firm price offer normal works.. if you ain't sure on the power of your haggling then watch the monty python film 'the life of brian' where you can see the art of street haggling in action.
What to buy: CD and DVDs
What to pay: not much
This market has been known by its English name since 1980s, probably because there were many Russians and Russian goods alike then at this covered market. Here you'll lots of tourist buying gifts and souvenirs. There is also a large section where you can try local dishes or buy a refreshment.
What to buy: There are clothes, shoes, silks (sampots) and handbags, woodcarvings, compact discs, antiques or pottery.
Unlike Bangkok, the clothes with brandnames are real ones here. They are manufactured in Cambodia, but due to some (mostly minor) mistake not good enough for export to the western countries. For a tiny amount of money you can get for example good quality Colombia zip-off pants.
Also backpacks are a good deal at this market!
What to pay: Don't buy anything without bargaining! Sometimes you can bargain more than 50% off.