1. November 2015. Another Asian city, another colorful and frantic market from the Leighton Literature archives. Siem Reap has a ripe market scene, with most people heading for the Old Market right in the heart of town near Pub Street. But if you wanna strip back all the hassle from vendors and their vastly overpriced goods, take a three-kilometer tuk tuk trip out to Psar Leu, a sprawling market complex where the prices are dirt cheap and for the most part the locals leave you alone.
2. November 2015. Don’t worry, Psar Leu still has that chaotic edge, with dirt track paths between the stalls and motorbikes weaving between pedestrians, cattle and piles of strewn garbage. The fruit and veg here is among the cheapest in town so bulk up and revel in those local prices!
3. November 2015. You can get pretty much any kind of meat you want here along with a whole host of stuff you’d never want. One Psar Leu drawback is that most vendors don’t speak English, so come with a local friend, get that translation app downloaded, or maybe even put your charades skills to the test.
4. November 2015. There are a handful of oh my god moments in Psar Leu, especially for Asia newbies. Turn a corner and you’ll discover a huge currency exchange stall (simply a giant glass box with piles and piles of cash), head down another lane and you’re face to face with a woman hacking at a severed pig’s head. Are you a sensitive vegetarian? If so Psar Leu might not be the place for you.
5. November 2015. Psar Leu Market is located on National Road Six and is open daily from sunrise to sunset. A return tuk tuk from the centre of town shouldn’t set you back more than $5 including waiting time. Simply reject the service of those drivers quoting more to hang about while you do your shopping. In addition to food, the market has a huge clothing and footwear section where I picked up an amazing pair of $5 leather sandals that ended up lasting me two years on the road. Bear in mind that although you can pay for goods with US Dollars, you’ll be getting your change in Cambodian Riels.
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