Skun Spider Sanctuary

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T3T
Western Norway, Norway2,397 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
This busy market town has grown up by the intersection of National Highway 6 and National Highway 7 and is visited daily by tourists travelling between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

We had a coffee-break and visited for about 30 minutes, driving north from Phnom Penh towards Siem Reap.

Skun (or Skuon as it is sometimes called) is also known in the local language as "Spiderville" and visited by international visitors for its fried spiders.

Although fried spider is a regional delicacy in Cambodia, we did not tast them,- only made some shots with our camera.

There were many trays with different types of fried bugs/insects, but the market is best known from the spiders or tarantulas.

We noticed that it is a popular attraction for tourists on buses passing through this town,- but on the road between S.R. and P.P. there is not too much to see anyway, which makes Skun a good place for a coffee/toilet brake.

Several young children chase the tourists with various fruit to sell. We bought some artificially made pineapple and mini-bananas at a resonable price.

North on highway 6 on the road to Kampong Thom there are some impressive temples.
Also near by is the town Phnom Santouk,- home to a temple mountain with small temples and Buddha statues at the top.
Written April 13, 2015
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NHANUN
Phnom Penh, Cambodia27 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Taste large spider at Skun called " Tarantula" is a new experience with local. The local is not only sell large spider but also crickets, local fruits that we feel unique and attractive for tourists.
Written April 28, 2017
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Julian S
Karlsruhe, Germany55 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
First to mention is, that the spider market is NOT at the Skun Market. Why did nobody mention thet before? We found one larger market approx. 4km away from Skun Market in direction to Phnom Penh. There is a restaurant called Restaurant 88 and a lot off insects and spider offerings surrounding it. We rented a scooter to get therefrom Kampong Cham. The street is nice and you can go for 70-80km/h all the way.

We did it and ate a spider. It was rather tasty :D

We really liked the visit. It's funny to see the kids play with living tarantulas as if they were cute hamsters.
Written February 12, 2016
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hideh0
Preston, UK227 contributions
Aug 2019
Stopped at Skuon, as part of things you need to do as a tourist.
The fist thing that hits you is tha garlic smelling deep fried flesh, all along we were going to try a bug, spider or 'boiled egg' but once there we just couldn't bring ourselves to try the food on offer. Even the super fresh spiders
Some one must buy this food judging how much of it there was.
Written October 1, 2019
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Staehlin
Saint Paul, MN170 contributions
May 2019 • Family
Stopped here on the way to Siem Reap. Lots of bugs (along with vegetables, fruits, etc) on display here. You can have fried tarantula, water bugs, crickets, grass hoppers, what have you. All fried so that the taste is no doubt destroyed.
They even have the little kids wandering around with spiders to temp/terrorize the visitor.
If it seems exploitative, it is. You are giving locals some money; it's also perhaps too tacky to be worth stopping. I'll skip this stop the next time around.
Written June 12, 2019
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Sotontraveller
Southampton, UK536 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Not to everyone's taste, but an interesting local specialist market (it's name translates into Spiderville) for the essentials in life: a bio-break, a cold drink and a tasty snack. Tarantula, anyone ?

Huge bowls of varies sizes of cockroaches, scorpions, "flies", crickets and spiders - especially tarantulas. Mostly cooked in chilli oil (to deaden the taste buds ?). Most just rather crunchy - all those exoskeletons. I couldn't face the idea of large, chewy tarantulas, though.

Salutory to think about why the Cambodians have taken to eating these critters though. As with China, starvation developed the need .....
Written June 2, 2019
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MimiYusoff
Singapore, Singapore122 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Stopped here while on the way to Kampong Cham. Basically it’s just an open market with vendors selling drinks, deep fried spiders/worms etc, freshly cut fruits.
Written March 7, 2019
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Neil W
Warminster, UK176 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
$1 to hold a spider with fangs removed
$1 a pineapple
In fact $1 for anything
However the cafe undercover is cheaper than the traders and the coffee is the best I had in Cambodia, so go there and avoid the tour buses
Written January 30, 2019
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Omara N
96 contributions
May 2017
Roasting, dirty market. Felt v hassled by people looking to sell tat. It's fine to stop and look at all the variety of insects on offer. Spiders were all gone on the day. Would not return-just not my thing. It's a roadside market/petrol station.
Written May 16, 2017
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Pong V
Bangkok, Thailand6 contributions
Sep 2016 • Business
Stopped at Skun on the way to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh. Found many interesting insects to eat in this place, esp the deep-fried spiders.So yummy!
Written November 1, 2016
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