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Phnom Penh: Expat Living

House/apartment rental prices range from $150 for a small flat to $5000/month or more for a luxury villa, but most find a place for between $200 and $800/month, plus utilities. Prices, of course, depend to a degree on location, but on average: flats, usually consisting of one floor of a shophouse style building (pte’ah veng) run $200-$500/month; shophouse buildings for $500-$2000 and up); modern/serviced apartments for $400-$2000 and up; villas for $700-$3000 and up.

Housing in the Boeung Keng Kang 1 (BKK1) area and the riverfront area are popular with foreign residents, but tend to be more expensive than other parts of town. Prices, on average, tend to get lower the father away from the city center. Bear in mind that some parts of the city are more prone to rainy season flooding and an unreliable electricity supply. Most rental contracts require a security deposit of at least one-three months, to be applied against the final month(s) of the contract.

To find a place of your own, spread the word, tell your Cambodian friends and they will bring you lots of options. If you have the time, just drive around desirable neighborhoods looking for 'For Rent' signs. Realty companies list rentals and can be quite helpful in meeting your exact requirements and interacting with the landlord, but these rentals tend to be comparatively more expensive.

Those staying short term or on a tight budget may consider arranging a monthly rate with a hotel. Several hotels in the BKK1 area cater to NGO/IO workers on medium-term stay, offering reasonably priced, serviced rooms.

Real Estate/Housing Agents

Bonna Realty
#209 Street 51, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-721177

The Rooftop Real Estate Co.
#177 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-218045



Himawari Hotel Apartments
Range: $2474 - $5100/month

Finely appointed and furnished rooms and suite available by the day as hotel rooms and as apartments. Meeting and banquet facilities. Restaurants and bars.

#313, Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tel: +(855)(0)23-214555

Fax: +(855)(0)23-217111

Lux Riverside Hotel Apartments

Range: $700 - $1,400
New hotel and apartment accommodations just off the riverfront in the heart of the city. Well-appointed rooms suitable for business and pleasure travelers.


#2, Street 136, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tel: +(855)(0)23-722828

Fax: +(855)(0)23-722323

Season Residence
Range: $650 - $1300

New residential service apartment, fully furnished and centrally located. One and two bedroom apartments with full kitchen. Minimum 6 month lease.
#109-135 Street 144, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tel: +(855)(0)12-457408


Fax: +(855)(0)23-990629 

St.288 Hotel & Serviced Apartment
Range: $375 - $1500

Offering both hotel rooms and milti-room serviced apartments. Studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available by the month. Fully furnished. Full kitchen.

#70AB Street 288, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tel: +(855)(0)23-999277




Settling In: Kitchenware, Furniture and Décor


Boutique shops offer high quality and custom made furniture. For something a bit more off-the-rack, there are half-dozen furniture stores on the east side of Monivong between Sihanouk and Mao Tse Toung selling quality imported home furniture. For something more local, there is also a cluster of shops along Monivong near Street 466 specializing in locally made wood furniture. The least expensive option are the wicker and light wood furniture that can be found at the little shops that line the curve of Sothearos near the intersection of Norodom.


Beyond Interiors
Beyond Interiors carries a broad range of modern and classic products including high-end furniture, stylish home décor, and sustainable design solutions for the home and office. Additionally, Beyond Interiors offers a range of services including interior design and construction, lighting design, textile design and marketing and branding solutions. Visit their showroom to learn more and help visualize décor solutions for both residential and commercial spaces.
#14, Street 306, BKK1, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tel: +(855)(0)12-930332



I Ching Décor
Offers a range of high quality interior design and architectural solutions for home and commercial business needs. Services include expert advice on architectural work, interior design, custom made furniture, home accessories and Feng Shui. I Ching Décor works with Cambodian designers to create smart and unique pieces for the home. The showroom offers a range of interior products from window dressings to kitchen ware, dining, living and bedroom suites, glassware, soft furnishings, lighting and other home accessories. Products are sourced from suppliers in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.

#85, Sothearos Blvd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-220873


Soft furnishings

For bedding, drapery, décor and interior design check out the boutiques section.



Of the local markets, Phsar Thmey and Phsar Toul Tom Poung, both have the large selections of table and kitchenware, offering a huge selection of imported Chinese and Vietnamese and local plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, pots, pans, etc. For something more stylish, boutique shops such as I Ching Décor offer quality tableware and sets. See the boutiques section for more.



Television and Cable   (Back to top)

Phnom Penh has seven broadcast televisions stations: Apsara TV, Bayon TV, CTN TV, TVK (national TV), TV3, TV9, MY TV, all offering primarily Khmer language programming. Cable TV is also available and comparatively inexpensive. Two cable TV companies service the city offering English language channels including HBO, Star World, Star Movies, Cinemax, ESPN, CNN, Discovery, AXN as well as programming in German, French, Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese. For cable TV installation/service:

#43BC, Street 222, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

 Tel: +(855)(0)23-212888

Phnom Penh Municipal Cable TV
#3AB, Monireth Blvd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-880028



Utilities  (Back to top)

Electricité du Cambodge (EDC)
Electricity utility
Wat Phnom, Street 19, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-723871

Garbage Collection
#442D, Monivong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

 Tel: +(855)(0)23-726162

Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority
Water supply
Behind the Railway Station, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   

Tel: +(855)(0)23-724046


For telephone companies see here. For Internet providers see here.



International Primary and Secondary Schools

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High quality international primary and secondary education is available in Phnom Penh, though it is not inexpensive and class space is limited at certain levels. With the quickly growing number of expatriate families and general increased standard of living, the demand for quality international education is beginning to exceed supply. Many international schools have long waiting lists. Make sure to get your children on the list early.


ICAN British International School
International pre-school - Grade 6
#85, Sothearos Blvd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  

Tel: +(855)(0)23-222416

International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP)
International pre-school - Grade 12
#146, Norodom Blvd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  

Tel: +(855)(0)23-213103

Northbridge International School
International pre-school - Grade 12
Northbridge Road, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-886000


Sambo’s Tots Playhouse & Playschool (3m-5y)
#14, Street 398, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  

Tel: +(855)(0)23-211044


Doing Business

Business Associations and Contacts

Embassy of Australia

Tel: +(855)(0)23-213470

BBAC - British Business Association of Cambodia
#124, Norodom Blvd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tel: +(855)(0)23-218086

The Cambodian Association of Travel Agents (CATA)
#65, Street 240, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-212421

Chambre de Commerce Franco-Cambodgienne
Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-221453

German Business Group of Cambodia
#15H, Street 118, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-882201

Malaysian Business Council of Cambodia (BCC)
#113, Mao Tse Toung Blvd. (Parkway Square), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-221386

Phnom Penh Chamber of Commerce
#70, Confederation de la Russia Blvd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-880795

Rotary Club
Meeting Saturday, Almond Hotel, 9:30AM, and last Fridays at 12:30PM at InterContinental Hotel.

Tel: +(855)(0)12-569308



Go Translation
#98c, Street 108, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-986869

Pyramid Co., Ltd.
#216B, Street 63, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-217545


Legal / Investment Advisors / Accounting / Customs

DFDL Mekong (Cambodia) Co., Ltd
#33, Street 294 Corner Street 29, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  

Tel: 023-210400

Sciaroni & Associates
#56, Sothearos Blvd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-210225


Office Supplies

International Stationery & Book Center
#54, Sihanouk Blvd (next to Lucky Market)., Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-218352



3D Graphics Publishing
#3, Street 2004, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-882373

International Printing House
#23, Street 428, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-211796



Religious Services and Organizations

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ Our Pease (Anglican Episcopal Church of Cambodia)


Khmer at 8:00AM; English at 10:00AM.

# 57, Street 294, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Bahai Community

Sundays. 9:00AM.
Bahai Center, #7 Street 184, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

International Baptist Church

Sundays. English: 10:00AM; Khmer: 5:30PM.

Russian Cultural Center, Street 222, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Bethany Baptist Church Sundays Filipino-English School: 8:00AM; Morning service: 9:00AM

#19, Street 310, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Cambodia Islamic Association
#58, Street 294, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)12-865278

Catholic Mass

Mass every Saturday in English at 5:00PM at #20, Street 71; Mass first and third Saturdays in French at 5:00PM at 1788-B Ntl. Rte. #5. 

Catholic Mass

Mass in German. 11AM, Sunday. St. Joseph’s Chapel.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Sundays. English: 10AM; Khmer: 8PM

#267, Street 63, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

ICF - International Christian Fellowship (Interdenominational, Evangelical Church)

Sundays, 9.30am & 4pm
#19/21, St 330, BKK 3 (Near Toul Sleng Museum), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

International Christian Assembly of Phnom Penh (AOG)

Sundays, 10:30AM; World Vision Building.

#20, Street 71, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Non-Denominational Church of Christ

Bible study in English: Sundays at 10:00AM
Holiday Villa Hotel, #89, Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Tel: +(855)(0)23-220841


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