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Published: December 16th 2014
I've been to many markets around the world, so I think I've seen about everything. But the p'saa tmai, or the central market, in Phnom Penh is different. The market is housed in one of the coolest looking buildings around. Some say it resembles a Babylonian ziggurat, because the central building is a huge dome. Decorative cutouts in the walls promote ventilation which makes it quite comfortable year round for the shopping experience.
I was overwhelmed by the spacious feel, the soft golden light inside, and the dazzling displays of reflective jewelry and stones and knickknacks beckoning to pack rats from around the world.
I bought nothing shiny. I intended to buy a pair of elephant pants, the loose pajama-like printed pants from Thailand that usually feature elephants tromping on them. I walked out with a multi colored pair of pantaloons that looked fetching when I first looked at them but now I'm not so sure. I dangled them in front of my tuk tuk driver's face and asked him if he liked them. He grinned broadly and said he liked them. Of course, what else was he going to say? I had not yet paid him his fare.
He knows what he's supposed to do to keep his customers happy!
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