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  • Mirsha O
    Indonesia11 contributions
    The only real reason to come here is for the building itself. Most of the stalls are not selling tourist type merchandise but I had a fabulous hour or two here marveling at both the building and the food market. The food market has an extraordinary range of seafood and you can sample some of it at the food stall that run along one edge of the market- it is clearly fresh as all the seafood is alive!
    Written 25 October 2022
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  • s_biback
    Toronto, Ontario7 contributions
    Reconnecting after a visit in 2016. Seeing all new & wonderful products to bring home for gifts. Spending time with staff. Purchased earrings/bracelets/t-shirts/bags. Doing good to help Daughters while bringing home great gifts from Cambodia. Great tour of all they do--thanks again
    Written 8 November 2022
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  • Samantha L
    7 contributions
    nice alley to meet people, have a night of fun, laughter, talks, it is located not far from naga and in the center of the city.
    Written 4 September 2022
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  • Diti
    5 contributions
    Russian Market has a lot of options for shopping. The quality is average though. Fun place to shop! We found some good winter wear and stoles. Lot of options in T shirts as well. Wish we could also have found good quality cotton dresses and Tshirts.
    Written 13 November 2022
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  • megacity
    Kathmandu, Nepal8 contributions
    As all parks and green spaces have been turned into construction sited the Riverside is the only space to enjoy a nice walk without being run over by motorbikes or luxury cars.
    Written 9 November 2020
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  • nsl115
    Singapore, Singapore1,155 contributions
    It’s a big mall with many well known brands, a big food court, Aeon department store and even a cinema. I liked a small shop on the second floor, Amazing Cambodia, that had specially selected gifts that were iconic for this lovely country - Pepper seeds, teas, candles, silks and more.
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • Deanna J
    10 contributions
    It is small area near river side but it is good to walk a long river bank and see. It has 2 side of shops inside market. It is possible to see until 10 pm
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • Stuart B
    Christchurch, New Zealand51 contributions
    Standard shopping mall.Quite upmarket and luxurious for Cambodia. Quite a few vacant shops esp in the market section.
    Written 5 September 2022
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  • john F
    Birmingham, UK274 contributions
    The Post office requires only a quick visit but is interesting to observe from the inside as there are many unique features.
    Written 25 February 2020
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  • Frances H
    New York City, NY20 contributions
    The Cambodian Art scene is wonderful. Thriving and energetic. Come and visit on of the famous local artists.
    Written 31 January 2020
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  • Reza Sattarzadeh
    Muscat, Oman2,161 contributions
    Phnom Penh is full of Buddhist temples throughout the city and Wat Ounalom is one of the biggest in the city centre. The interior of the temple is accessible only at certain hours of the day but the area is worth a visit. It's full of colour.
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • Pietro M
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia110 contributions
    Kept seeing Samai pop up on recommendations for nightlife and wasn't sure if the Thursday only thing was because of Covid or something else. Think it's mainly just so that they focus on the actual business side of things a full 6 days.

    They do offer tours of the distillery but when we got there (around 8:30) I'm pretty sure it wasn't available to go on at that point.

    Either way the section that is open is a really neat space with the rum barrels hanging on one side and the bar on the other. I had ordered two mixed rum drinks that were both very good; one was a rum and coke type of drink called 21 Points and the other was a sweet and sour drink called Passionate Distillers.

    Crowd seems to skew more young working professionals, but also saw a decent mix of Western expats, Western and Eastern tourists and some Cambodians as well.

    Overall a fun first stop on our night out.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • Pietro M
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia110 contributions
    From a historical standpoint this is an important piece of Cambodia's history, although once you get past that you aren't going to be spending very much time here.

    What I will say is that during the evening and night it's a very nice place to go for a jog or just walk with friends and family. The reason it has a lower score though is that it's not very accessible due to the busy intersections it is in the middle of, as well as the fact that a evening / night walk along Riverside is just as nice and way more accessible.
    Written 15 June 2022
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  • Yus R
    13 contributions
    Two years ago, exactly at the same time,  my wife and I were deep in concentration in completing the hajj manasik,  the hajj rituals in mina and mecca. Today, we are celebrating the eidul adha in other ways.  We arrived in Phnom Penh,  the vibrant capital of Cambodia in the of afternoon of yaumul nahr, the first day of muslim worldwide sacrificing the animal as the mark of submission to the Almighty and as sign of selflessness as the meat of the sacrificial animals distributed to the poor and less fortunate.

    Upon arrival we perchance a visit to the Al Serkal Mosque in Phnom Penh , the newest and biggest , which to me exhibited the tolerance of the government and particularly the solidarity that of the HE Prime Minister Hun Sen towards the minority muslim community of Cham people in Cambodia. The Muslim are truly grateful to the HE graciousness.

    The next day we proceeded to Kratie Province, about 280 km from the capital, where few pockets of communal muslim Cham people reside. The Muslim Cham constitute  2 percent of the total population of about 15 million Cambodian. We brought along with us money entrusted to us by few friends and families to buy sacrificial animals. The cows were sacrificed at two kampong namely kampong Ro and Tenot and the meat were expeditiously distributed among the kampong inhabitants. It was delightful and joyous day for the kampong folks as some of the poorest of them will only  chanced to taste beef during the eid celebration.

    Yes, many are poor though not destitute.  Their dwelling and houses speak for itself. Some still depending on water from the great Mekong river or underground water which have to be drilled and pumped out and many are still without proper sanitation. Many are without fixed job and income. 

    The seasonal flooding of the Mekong river affected a large swath of land in the area for months. The flood water receded painfully slow, sometime will takes months to dry up and thus affected the economic activities and livelihood of the whole community.  We are however told that we are lucky as the seasonal flooding was delayed this time around. Otherwise, our visit will somehow be very much inconvenienced.

    We actually have factored in all inconveniences we may faced in the trip. We are not here for leisure after all.

    Seeing the joy of the children and the sparkling in the eyes of the kampung folks are the best reward. 

    Next year, by the grace of God we will come again to celebrate Eid with these simple kampung folks and we hope to do more for these people even not during the Eid. 

    Any one interested to join us ?.

    Let's spread the spirit of Eid al Adha in a more meaningful way. I'd like to quote President Duterte's Eid celebration message :

    "...Now, more than ever, we are called to lend a piece of ourselves to endeavours that redound to the common good and benefit the most number of people".

    Written 15 August 2019
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  • Jonnie K
    Siem Reap, Cambodia306 contributions
    Vattanac Capital
     tallest building in town.
    Makes your mind think of a penguin.
    Excessive banter from the bar.
    Definitely worth a visit
    Written 23 April 2020
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