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Full-Day Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour
"Meet up with your guide just outside your Phnom Penh hotel and hop in comfortable air-conditioned transportation bound for your first stop. Begin your tour at Cambodia’s Royal Palace which stands majestically in the city centre just off the riverfront area. Several buildings are open to visitors including the ‘Silver Pagoda’ whose floor is lined with solid silver tiles. Continue to the National Museum. Located in a fabulous old build the Museum is filled with art and artifacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. At the north end of the city is the hilltop pagoda of Wat Phnom for which the capital was named. Climb the stairs to the top of the hill for fabulous views of the city below.In the afternoon take a look into the country’s tragic recent history with a tour of Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields at sobering reminders of the evils of the Khmer Rouge regime. Although not a joyful tour visiting these monuments unlocks keys to understanding the development of this still developing country. In between there is also time for a visit to the ‘Russian Market’. Test out your bargaining skills as you wander through the stalls filled with souve local handicrafts
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Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields
"Pick up from your Phnom Penh hotel by your guide and driver and transfer to the Toul Sleng Museum (Prison S21). During the Pol Pot regime Toul Sleng formerly a high school (Toul Svay Pre School) was converted to a detention center known as S21. After interrogation and often torture prisoners were transferred to ‘Killing Fields’ where they were often tortured again and brutally killed. Today the building houses exhibit paintings and photographs of many of the victims. Visitors can see the crude cells built in the classrooms and the located just outside the city center. It was a Chinese Cemetery before it became the Khmer Rouge’s best known Killing Field. The remains of almost 9000 bodies have been excavated from mass graves in this area. A memorial stupa has been erected and displays over 5000 human skulls
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Regime of the Khmer Rouge and Highlights of Phnom Penh Tour
"On this day tour will take you to a trip to Cambodia’s bitter past. You will visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Also known as “S-21” the museum was once a school but was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as detention and torture center of the regime.Next leg is Choeung Ek or more popularly known in the West as the “Killing Fields”. Although both sites are symbols of brutality and oppression they will give you a better perspective of Cambodia’s history and appreciate more the beauty the country has to offer.We will then take you to visit Stung Meanchey. The neighborhood is where you will find Pour un Sourire d’Enfant or “For the smil but you can surely drop by the center’s souvenir shop to buy some mementos.The remainder of the day we shall spend scouring the lively markets of Phnom Penh. Drop by Central Market an art deco structure presumably the largest market in the whole country. You may also want to try the Russian Market that is famous for its stone and wood carvings. You can find a variety of merchandise in both markets ranging from clothes to souvenirs jewelry
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Russian Market: Russian Markets

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
Scarves/Kramas $1
Wrap around skirt/pants $5
Jeans $5
Wooden Buddha (Large) $13
Large silk bedspreads/tablecloths $6
Angkor Watt Car Shades $3
Material $2 - $3 metre
Singlet’s $2.50

Click here for lots more shopping prices and photos including handbags.,

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Cathy&Gary
Feb 28, 2014

RUSSIAN MARKET (Psah Toul Tom Poung)

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.

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ancient_traveler
Mar 23, 2012

Russian Market: Toul Tom Poung Market

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.

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kelnsha
Apr 04, 2011

Russian Market: Inexpensive!

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

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Mar 12, 2011
 
 
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Russian Market: Knockoffs to Silk You'll Find it Here

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.

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easterntrekker
Feb 17, 2011

Russian Market: Russian Market

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!

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georeiser
Apr 02, 2009

Russian Market: Rustling up a Bargain at the Russian Market

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.

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arianne_1504
May 19, 2008

Russian Market: Silk robes and wood carvings

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

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Jul 30, 2007

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Russian Market: Don't expect too much

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.

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Emile72
Jul 30, 2007

Russian Market: Russian Market- Great deals!! Bargain , Bargain!

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

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uaflightgirl
Mar 11, 2007

Russian Market: Not a Matrushka Doll in Sight!

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!

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saracen
Feb 22, 2007

Russian Market (Phsar Toul Tom Poung): Another Shoppers' Heaven!

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.

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ZENDER
Jan 12, 2007

Things to Do Near Phnom Penh

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Tuol Sleng Museum

Tuol Sleng Museum, the complex used a secondary school until in 1975. Then the complex was occupied by the Khmer Rouge and used as a prison. The prison, known as S-21 eventually became the place where...
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Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument

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Sisowath Quay

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Russian Market

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Silver Pagoda

Located within the Palace compound sits the Silver Pagoda .Removing our shoes we stepped inside . We were immediately wowed ! The floors are covered with 5000 silver tiles each weighing over a kilo...
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Foreign Correspondents Club

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