A Walk Through A Khmer Psah

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…..

Village market, Siem Reap
Fish vendor
Village market, Siem Reap
Fish Paste Vendor
Village market, Siem Reap
Shy casava and fruit seller
Village Market, Siem Reap
No this one was not for sale, or I would have snapped him up 🙂
Village market, Siem Reap
Buying fish
Village Market, Siem Reap
tiny clams ‘cooking’ in the afternoon sun!! I believe they are eaten straight from that tin sheet!!


Village Market, Siem reap

Village Market, Siem Reap
Pork stuffed crepe….I forget the name.
Village market, Siem Reap
Pretty lotus seed seller

Until next time………..happy travels, no matter where life takes you 🙂


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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

40 thoughts on “A Walk Through A Khmer Psah

  1. 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.

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