If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I love markets. I don’t totally enjoy buying things at markets (because I dislike bartering), but I do enjoy wandering around them, taking in the sights, sounds and array of colors and smells, seeing the locals do their shopping, seeing the salespeople chatting to one another, and hopefully, spotting some unique items amongst the inevitably mass-produced crap that only sells to tourists.
Phnom Penh’s market was built in 1937, but from 2009-2011 the market underwent a huge renovation, paid for by the French Development Agency. The market is covered by a giant yellow dome, filled with jewelry clothing, accessories, house hold items, and trinkets vendors. Around the outside of the market, grocery and food vendors line the sidewalk. It’s jewelry, accessory and trinket sections are mostly populated with tourists, but in the areas for food and general household items, you can see Cambodian people eating lunch, buying groceries, and just living life. We ended up doing a lot of our Christmas shopping at the Phnom Penh market, picking up cute little carved elephants, silver bracelets and more.