Russian Market, Phnom Penh
This market was used mainly by foreigners during the 1980s and most of these foreigners were Russians so it became known as the Russian Market. It sells a wide variety of things including souvenirs, silk, fabrics, jewellery. It is also very photogenic.
Hours: Everyday from 7.00am - 5.00pm.
You can spend a few hours wandering around the Russian Market buying souvenirs. I settled for 6 silk shirts and some well carved wooden items, but unfortunately the silk shirts were of inferior quality and came apart where they were stitched. But you can find a good selection of clothes, dvds, hammocks, carvings, sarongs, in fact almost anything you want.
Russian Market is in our itinerary, although it is very hot in the market, but it worth a visit when you are searhing and hunting for some souvenirs to bring home. Many things and any things, some are imported craft I think. The sellers are always friendly to sale what they have. Be ready to bargain for a good price if you really like the products or you may return a good smile if the price is far too high. In Cambodia, when business with tourists, traders are always smart to quote in USD instead of their currency.
When you are looking for a special item and you don't find it in the Psar Thmey, Central Market, nor in all the other local markets, like the Psar Kandal, then take a Tuk Tuk to the Russian Market.
In this place, you find really everything you could imagine. Tools, old radio's, knives, wood and stonecarvings, but I did not see old Kalachnikof guns out of the russian armee, like some pretend to find in this market.
It's an immens big place with very narrow sidewalks inside and the only problem will be to find back you Tuk Tuk driver, waiting for you outside at a specail entrance, but all the entrances are looking the same.
We found the souvenir shops at tourist sites to be exorbitently overpriced and were advised to look for souvenirs at the Russian Market.
We visited here prior to our trip to Angkor Wat which was a good thing since we got to see what certain items were worth. Even before bargaining they were WAY cheaper than at the shops in Siem Reap. So, we knew what to expect to pay when we were there.
The Russian Market consists of many small stalls, tightly packed in together with tiny walkways crowded with people. Not good if you're claustrophobic!
We purchased 15 CD's here as they had some great titles and paid US$1.30 per CD. Unfortunately when we got home and played them, about halfway through they were no good.
We did eat in the foodhall with no problems. We tried the safe option of freshly squeezed orange juice and a noodle dish with spring roll on top. It was delicious!
This is the best market in PP. The main things you can get here are DVDs, software, bags (North Face, Lowe, Adidas) and the standard tourist stuff.
It closes at about 4.30pm.
You have to be a bit careful with the software and DVDs as sometimes they do not work ideally, although they usually do. You can take them back for refunds. They will tell you which DVDs are good quality and which aren't. They have a section with British comedies such as Dad's army, New Statesman, George and Mildred etc. Don't know where they got them from...
Best market for buying anything,. Bargin and get a fair price. everything is already dirt cheap, but to get it cheaper is like a sin.