Along the way from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, there is a must - see destination that you should call on to make your journey complete when in Cambodia: Skoun, which is called Spideville because its market sells deep - fried tarantulas. Fresh tarantulas from the northern province of Preah Vihear are available wholesale to buyers who buy the bucket.
Hungry visitors can buy them stir fried there on the spot (along with spicy frogs, fertilized duck eggs, and various other insects). Those who’ve eaten the spiders say that spiders taste like crab, but it's stronger and slightly bitter as you swallow. But apart from that, they're not bad. There are deep-fried crickets and grasshoppers too, both savory and with no aftertaste. In the meantime, curious children or foreigners can play with live creepy-crawlers – the spiders are defanged in PreahVihear. Get ‘em while they’re hot! (or better yet, order them at Romdeng restaurant in Phnom Penh, where they are served with a nice Cambodian black pepper sauce!). They’re like any other crunchy snack served in small bags. People here like to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
At Skoun, tourists can have a chance to see little girls trying with tarantulas on their bodies to draw people's attention. Some people even hold them as if they were stuffed animals, and then try to put them on you.
There's lots of fruit on sale too, among which the notorious durian, whose cultivation and retail stay circumscribed because of its strong and penetrating smell. Even when the market is closed, the smell reminds us of rotting materials, feces, wastewater, and sweat.