If there is one place in Battambang where you can find authentic Russian souvenirs at affordable prices, Phsar Toul Tum Poung is the place for you. Highlights – The market is decorated by colourful lanterns, intricately carved statues, scarves, bags, printed T shirts and DVDS of various languages. During the 1980s, this place was dominated by Russian expats, whose influence can be felt at this market even today. The locals commonly address this place as Russian Market. Be prepared to bask in the sun and dirt as this market is quite crowded at all times of the day. The air circulation is quite limited here; however the goods sold here more than make up for the ambience of this place. Don’t forget to taste the local, delicious coffee from the cafes here. Location – Chamkar Mon District, Phnom Penh. Timings – Open all through the day. Price – Entry into this market is free of cost.
One of the main reasons as to why Cambodia has transformed from being an architectural marvel to a country of buzzling nightlife is due to the factor that this place has so many night bars and clubs. The Heart of Darkness is one such classic bar and is widely regarded as Cambodia’s most famous bar since its inception in 1993. Highlights – As the name indicates, the interiors of The Heart of Darkness are quite dark yet safe. Traditional Khmer style interiors and culture ooze out from every nook and cranny of this place. Tourists, expats and locals drop in at this bar just to feel the essence and vibration of this place. The fingerfood offered here is absolutely delicious. Location – Street 51 of Phnom Penh River Side. Price – Local Beer Bottle – USD2; Imported Beer & Standard Drink – USD3, Cocktail – USD4. Timings – 10PM till late into the night.
If you are looking for a bar with a great relaxing feel and lounge facilities, Pit Stop Bar is the place to be. Located in a street which is lined with other bars and nightspots, Pit Stop Bar has managed to attract customers to a great extent due to its excellent service and variety of food. Highlights – Friendly customer service, soothing music as per the requests of customers, reasonably priced food and drinks, lounge facilities that offer relaxation, free pool tables, great ambience, amazing variety of cocktails and a rich Khmer history are some of the points that work in favour of Pit Stop Bar. Location – Street 51 of Phnom Penh riverside. Price – Drinks and food are priced between USD3 and USD20. Timings – Pit Stop Bar is open from 6PM to 3AM.