Introduction of markets in Cambodia
One of the best way to identify cultures of a country and daily activities of local people is looking at its markets. Cambodia in general and Phnom Penh in particular have been attracting a large number of international tourists for some reasons like the cheap travel expense and the rich system of local markets and supermarkets. These outstanding characteristics play a role as a contributor to promoting the tour of shopping throughout Cambodia.
Almost all the markets in Cambodia are favorite tourist attractions of both domestic and foreign visitors. In Phnom Penh, we can list the name of some typical markets such as Central market (Phsar Thmei), Russian market (Phsar Toul Tom Poung), Night market (Phsar Reatrey), Orussey market and Old market, Phnom Penh . Besides, you should not miss the Phsar Chas market, also known as the Old market.
Shopping in the Old market
The Old market, Phnom Penh is a traditional shopping area of indigenous people; but nowaday, tourism industry makes the market more bustling. The Old market is located in Oknha Plong and near the night market. The main activities include the exchange for various types of goods and food.
Not similar to the complex architecture of the Central market or multi-storey floors of the Orussey market, Old Market is much simpler. The market is also quite spacious and divided into different sections, each of which specializes in a kind of goods so that customers can easily find out their cargo.
As a traditional market, the Old market mainly provides local people with familiar goods like food, vegetables and daily items. The sections covering the largest area are vegetables and fruit stores. Walking along the market, we will see different types of fresh green vegetables shown in the stalls. With the special design that all the sides show products and sellers stand in the middle, buyers can easily select necessary products. One of the types of vegetables that are regarded as specialties used for idyllic but unique dishes at restaurants is lá sầu đâu (azadirachta indica). Truthfully, if coming to Cambodia, you should get an opportunity to enjoy the salad gỏi sầu đâu with papaya at any restaurants in the Old market, Phnom Penh.
In addition, the market provides customers with a significant number of raw materials used for cooking food. Besides departments for food, the Old market has the stores selling products of old clothes and motorbikes. Many kinds of old clothes with affordable prices draw the attention of quite a few visitors including foreign tourists. Motorcycles are also displayed to customers with a variety of types of models. Due to this diversity of commodities, the Old market becomes more and more busy and crowded.
It is believed that you will have unforgettable experience when exploring and shopping in the Old market. If you spend some time in the market, it is certain that tourists will get quite a few interesting and useful products.