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Phnom Penh provides a range of accommodation for foreigners, along with a unique and lively environment. The options are seemingly endless when it comes to finding accommodation in Cambodia's capital, but they can vary considerably depending on your budget, needs and general tastes. Keep reading to find out more about what's on offer in the play Penh.

Types of accommodation in Phnom Penh

The housing options in Phnom Penh range from modern condominiums with pools, gyms, 24-hour security guards and cleaning services, to simple apartments in dilapidated buildings that don't have lifts or any facilities. Prices vary significantly depending on what you want, but even at the high-end of the spectrum, you can expect to pay considerably less than what you would for comparable accommodation in most developed countries

Western amenities and comforts, like grocery stores and coffee shops, are available in several neighbourhoods around the city for a reasonable budget, but you can also take part in local conveniences like wet markets and shopping for a cheaper and more invigorating way of life.

There are several gated communities located on the outskirts of the city, but they are very far from the city and much maligned by locals for displacing thousands of lower-income families.

Choosing your neighbourhood in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is divided into districts, some of which are more popular amongst https://www.expat.communities than others. The majority of foreigners live in Boeung Keng Kang 1 or 2 (these are more commonly referred to as BKK1 and BKK2), or the Riverside. BKK1 and BKK2 tend to be the most expensive residential areas, due to the nice houses and apartments on offer, as well as the array of trendy restaurants and bars that are aimed at expats. The Riverside is very touristy, and it's not for everyone as it can be noisy, crowded and seedy. The backpacker haven formerly known as Lakeside has also relocated to the Riverside, so the area tends to be more attractive to younger party crowds, rather than families. However, there is a lot to do here and, if you want to have your pulse on the Phnom Penh nightlife, you will be in walking distance of many popular bars and hangouts.

BKK3, which is near the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and the Russian Market are also relatively popular neighbourhoods, where you can often get more for your dollar. Both of these areas offer the best of both worlds in that they have a nice balance of western and local amenities.

Another area of the city that is growing in popularity amongst expats is Tuol Kork, which is just under twenty minutes from the Independence Monument. Phnom Penh is rapidly expanding outwards, and each enclave is developing its own offerings. You can often rent accommodation much cheaper in more outlying areas, so if you want a bigger house or more land, it can be worth the extra journey.

Rent prices in Phnom Penh

Accommodation in the capital can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the location, size and style of abode.

A state-of-the-art, serviced apartment with a gym and 24/7 security, or a spacious, newly renovated villa with a pool could set you back up to USD3,000 per month, while you could also find a small Cambodian-style apartment for under USD300 per month.

Generally, many single expats spend from USD150 to USD500 per month on their rent, depending on if they live on their own or in a houseshare. If you are renting as a couple or are moving to Cambodia with children, then you are likely to need a bit more space and can expect to pay USD450 - 1,000 per month for a nice flat or small house, depending on the amenities, standards and location you require.

House hunting in Phnom Penh

One of the best ways to find accommodation in Phnom Penh is through Facebook groups like Phnom Penh Housing and Phnom Penh Real Estate. They are very active and provide the best up to date information on housing in the city.

Alternatively, there are many estate agents in Phnom Penh that will be able to help you to find accommodation if you explain what you require, you don't have to worry about paying the agent a fee as it's up to the landlord to pay the commission. Most estate agents speak decent English and have experience dealing with foreigners. You may wish to enquire amongst colleagues and friends to find out if there is anyone they would recommend in particular.

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