Phsar means market in Khmer and this is where locals buy everything, from fish, fruit, vegetables and meat, to motorbike parts, textiles, clothes, DVDs and home décor. At a fraction of the price of their counterparts in stores, there are bargains to be had at every corner. However, the quality of items like knock-off movies and electronics can’t be guaranteed.
Whether you’re into shopping or not, a trip to the market while you’re in Siem Reap is a must, if just to get a glimpse into local life, especially at the crack of dawn when Cambodians haggle for the freshest and best bargains of the day. After all, the early bird catches the worm.
Despite stiff competition from many copycats since it opened over a decade ago, Angkor Night Market is still standing as the city’s top night market. While the site is currently undergoing upgrades, it remains open and offers stall after stall selling everything your imagination could desire. It is also home to the lively Island Bar, which goes on until the early hours, and a selection of stalls selling food and drinks. There is also a spot to enjoy a massage in between hitting the shops.
Not to be confused with Angkor Night Market, Noon Night Market is just down the road but is smaller. However, it still boasts more than 100 stalls selling everything from ornaments, silverware and carvings, to movies, clothes, food and even a tattoo parlour, Skin Art Shop. There are also various vendors serving up local dishes, and a bar that serves up alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Referred to locally as Phsar Leu, this is Siem Reap’s largest market – and its most authentic. Located slightly out of town on National Road 6, locals flock here daily to bag the best bargains. Local to the core, it is a maze of stalls selling raw meats, flapping fish and seafood, phones, clothes and household items. While prices are definitely cheaper here, expect very little English to be spoken.