Psah means market in Khmer.
Located roughly mid way between Angkor and the remote jungle temple of Beng Mealea, and far from the tourist heart of Siem Reap, is one of the largest Psah’s in the area, where villagers from surrounding hamlets buy and sell produce.
No sign of tourist tat here, no souvenir T shirts or statuary. This was pure village barter. Of mostly fresh produce, ranging from vegetables, molten jaggery and tamarind, to fish paste and lotus seeds!
But most captivating of all were the people. Simple, happy rural folk, who seemed totally amused by my curiosity and apparent delight.
Take my advice, skip the night market in town….this is the original Psah.
Don’t believe me? Come see for yourselves…..
Until next time………..happy travels, no matter where life takes you 🙂
40 thoughts on “A Walk Through A Khmer Psah”
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This looks wonderful. I can smell and taste the delights here.
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This is beautiful. I think sometimes we forget that it’s ok to live simply. Simplicity doesn’t always equate to unhappiness or poverty. We can try to fix the world, but that doesn’t mean that we need to impose with our Walmarts and MacDonalds.
Wow the colors are so inviting and vivid. Everything looks yummy especially that cute baby in the basket LOL! 🙂
It looks fascinating, Madhu. What a cutie, that little boy on the serving platter!
Si hai proprio ragione, i mercati veri sono quelli di giorno, a tutte le latitudini. Complimenti per i colori intensi.
Looks like you got the “real” experience in village culture. Cute little boy.
I just love markets and your images show why – all that colour and vibrancy, I can almost smell the produce 🙂
Fascinating Madhu, I’d be very happy there!
Amazing photos – loves this market atmosphere and lacks a similar sentiment in Europe – where it often becomes too cold not cool factory-like – excellent captured… 🙂
I’ve not visited Angkor – on my “to do” list.
Love to visit a raw village in action – barter? That would be fun.
Thank you Madhu,
Colorful, festive and fabulous photo’s.
Wow, I would like to see a market like that. I certainly would take your advice if ever I have a chance to visit!
I love those veggies. Ooooh fish…!
We love to peruse local markets and this one looks fabulous. Your photos have definitely captured the flavor of the area Madhu. Your new header photo is quite lovely.
Such a captivating collection of images — those little clams “cooking”! Curious how they tasted! ~ Kat
Awesome! I would love to wander through this market.
Love these shots Madhu – each one so vivid and full of life! I can almost imagine the sounds and smells you encountered inside the psah. That pork-stuffed crepe looks very similar to what I had in Vietnam; I think the Cambodians call it ‘bahn chao’.
I would love to see this place. It has such a sense of place and the colors. I love them.
What can I say…. your pics are worth a thousand words…. and these, they climb right out and sink into my heart like a wish…. beautiful post… again!
I love the colours of SE Asian markets and all the strange items you can’t quite work out what they are!
I love the large baskets. Wonderful photos.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Sounds, scents, colours and people – wonderfully alive!
As usual wonderful pics. Even that head of some animal..tag you are it. Come and see why.
I have to say, of all the pictures of markets in the world, the eastern markets are my favorite. There is just something about them that isn’t like any other place. These are wonderful photos Madhu. Thank you for sharing them!
That baby in the basket!!! Could kiss his face off!!! The pig head, not so much. Margie
I love these markets too, so much more interesting than the more commercial ones and so full of cultures and characters
Your pictures really transported me there. All the little details of daily life. I loved it!
I want to go there!!!! Madhu, you keep doing this to me!!!
I think markets are the best way to get a sense of the people and culture of an area – your photos capture the colour, feel and sense of this area beautifully.
Love that baby on the wicker basket, and all that fresh food. Excellent photos – the Psah looks a lot more fun than markets I’ve wandered thru.
Awesome shot of “human being”… 🙂
I love markets especially local ones like this! Great captures Madhu!!!!