Cambodian Arts & Crafts are on display at the Phnom Penh Night Market.

The Phnom Penh Night Market, which debuted just a few weeks ago, is already making ripples in Cambodia’s capital. The Night Market, which first opened in November 2007, is a relatively new addition to Cambodia’s tourism industry, but it has already earned a name for itself among the throngs of tourists who visit. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s commercial and cultural capital, has long been the country’s most popular tourist destination; for many visitors, it is the focal point of their trip. As a result, in order to improve the city’s tourist potential, the government have established a night market, similar to those found in many Thai cities.

The market, which is located directly in front of the Ounalom Temple, is dedicated solely to displaying real Cambodian things including as apparel, cuisine, and handicrafts. The market is open daily from 5 p.m. to midnight during the Cambodian Water Festival. On ordinary days, however, the market is only open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. As soon as you enter the market, your ears will be assaulted by a cacophony of voices speaking in a variety of languages.

Because of the abundance of Cambodian handicrafts, the majority of visitors are foreigners who are usually too busy during the day to do souvenir shopping. Almost 150 distinct bamboo kiosks with thatched roofs display their items to the guests. Traditional Cambodian apparel, rattan furniture, and wooden souvenirs are among the products on sale.

Natural materials, such as rattan, were used in the construction of the market, giving it an organic look and feel as well as an ethnic touch. As the market’s architects strive to make the market more interactive, a lot of entertainment events are being planned for the future. Traditional Cambodian tattoo artists, Painter Of The Night, nail artists, and body painters, as well as themed parties at the bar, will be on hand soon. Raffles Hotel Le Royal, a Phnom Penh hotel with comfortable accommodations, is also within walking distance of the market.