Cambodia 2014: Psar Leu Market, Siem Reap

12/16/2014 10:06:00 PM

Psar Leu Market

Back to the Cambodia posts! I've got another picture post for you today: our visit to the Psar Leu Market in Siem Reap. Psar Leu is a very big local food market, which we visited as part of the "Cooks in Tuk Tuks" cooking class. A guide from The River Garden Hotel took us to the market, showed us around and bought some ingredients and snacks, before taking us back to the hotel for the cooking class itself. At first I was planning to do just one post on the market tour and cooking class, but as I looked back through my photos, I saw that we got so many fantastic pictures at the market that I thought it deserved its own post! Of course, when I say that "we" got lots of great pictures, I mean that Sandra took all the photos whilst I wandered around gaping at all the fascinating stalls, dodging the motorbikes, and desperately trying not to look sweaty. (Spoiler alert: I failed - it was blisteringly hot!) I don't think that lots of tourists visit - in fact, our little group of four were the only tourists we saw all morning - but if you're a food lover, I'd highly recommend making a stop there! So much great food to see and eat, a wonderful bustling atmosphere - it's a real slice of local life.


Psar Leu Market


Psar Leu Market

Psar Leu Market


Shellfish cooked in the sun

Chillies! Chilli sauce! Colours!



Chilli pastes

Dessert stand!

Grilled bananas

Tree ants


Khmer sausages

Market stalls


Pretty fruit stalls


Deep-fried banana goodness; Glutinous rice balls

I'm so glad we visited the market - it was such an enjoyable and fascinating morning! Next up: the cooking class!

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  1. Great post and photos. Looks like such a wonderful and colourful market. So many great/delicious produce. :)

  2. We definitely have to get to Cambodia one day! Your photos are really making me want to visit :)

  3. Dear Sarah,

    I love visiting these fresh food markets in South East Asia. I'm surprised there is no dog meat as I saw loads of it in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city.973

  4. I would love to experience that. I could live without the tree ants but I'd be willing to give them a go. :)

  5. You know that food markets are my favourite way to tourist. So much fun. Love the school girl smiling for your photo too :)

  6. I love the open markets that you get in Asia - it feels so much closer to the producer and so much fresher than you get here!



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