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Friday, November 5, 2010

The Russian Market

The Russian Market is popular among tourists, local expatriates, and Cambodians. It is located in southern Phnom Penh, and is named for its popularity among Russian expatriates during the 1980s. It is a large indoor market hundreds of stalls.

Inside you can find hardware goods, drinks and cooked food, antique furniture, traditional carvings and handicraft, hand-woven silk, music, movie and computer CDs, silverware, gems, books and maps, backpacks and bags, and shoes and clothing, etc., etc., etc.. Everything you would want! (Except, strangely enough, moto helmets! Right Zoey?) Some shoes and clothing come from various local garment factories, hence some top labels (Puma, Northface, Hollister, etc.) can be found at very reasonable prices. Actually, everything is very reasonable and all vendors expect customers to barter prices.

For any American, shopping in a foreign market is quite the experience.

Outside:Fruits and vegetables::
DVDS:: (3 for $5)Traditional Handicrafts::

and much much more::

The smells are distinct, the sounds are distinct, and the people are distinct. I could [and have] walked around for hours, observing, just taking everything in. I still remember a young boy I met there last summer; he was selling books about Cambodia, and selling cards painted by victims of landmines. There is also the sweetest, most precious man in the cafe area that claims to serve Phnom Penh's best iced coffee [and he does by the way.] So if you're ever in the Russian Market, find the man with the big smile and all the flags! It's clean, delicious, cheap, and strong! You will definitely get all the caffine you need to shop until you drop!

Here he is:
Mr. Bounnareth

Love love love, Jewel

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