The Russian Market or "Psar Toul Tompong" in this City was one of the reasons for my stopovers in Phnom Penh of the past decade. With other areas having received significant upgrades in terms of their facilities and cleanliness, the upgraders overlooked this market stubbornly. Still no security present, but hordes of beggars and uneven walkways. Prices asked are inflated for tourists and real deals can be had elsewhere (Psar Kendal, Psar Thmey, Psar Olympic) - but no longer here, especially for garments and sandals (shoes). Food hygiene here is still causing for intestinal adventures, with your meat being cut, sold and kept in soaring temperatures in the open, infested by flies and other insects. These open-air butchers operate only steps away from the garment area, causing for a typical funny smell later in the day. Ventilation here is still a big issue and a deficit. One wonders how authorities can still grant permits for places like this to operate. It is like time-travel back to the 80's or 90's to look around here, but do not plan to shop anything. Chances are that you cut your planned visit short here and head out to Psar Thmey or elsewhere to do your shopping. Bag snatchers and camera/cellphone thieves play on home turf here!
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