Cost of living/working in Cambodia
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Apr 30, 2012 1:30 AM Last Post By: mavvy
Nov 28, 2007 7:28 PM
Cost of living/working in CambodiaHello all,
I am an American who is considering a job in Phnom Penh. I am wondering if you could give me an idea of the cost of living. Can I live comfortably off of 3 million KHR per month assuming that my rent is paid for? What kind of quality of life would I have at that income level? How much could I concieveably save each month, if anything?
Also, if there is any information you wished you knew before you moved to Cambodia, I'd appreciate it if you could take the time to tell me. I've lived on three continents, so you don't have to tell me that it won't be like the States.
Thank you for your time.
Edited by: branswan
Nov 28, 2007 9:39 PM
1It's possible to get by on as little as $100 a month, but not many like to live like that.
Figure on spending about $500 a month minimum and probably a bit more until you are
here long enough to get a feel for what things cost. I know a few people who eat two
meals a day at stop Bokor restaurant and pay $25 dollars a month. They put a little bit
too much sugar in their meals for my taste though.
Nov 28, 2007 10:40 PM
2It all depends on your lifestyle choice and where and what you eat. Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are the 2 most expensive cities in Cambodia and $750 a month certainly does not go far. Its aa different story though at in the provinces. With a lot less distractions that kind of money can certainly provide a good lifestyle.
Nov 29, 2007 12:46 AM
Nov 29, 2007 12:34 PM
And start calculating in USD.
What are you looking for? Room, apartment, house? You could also negotiate very good long- term conditions with a guesthouse or hotel. Will you buy a motorbike or will you be using public transport? Ask more specifically and you'll get more answers.
I cited in my original post that rent was taken care of, therefore I am not looking for a room, apartment, or house. It doesn't get any more plain than that. I won't be needing a motorbike. From what I've heard, public transportation doesn't really exist. Is that so?
For the record, I lived off of $5 per day in Beirut, so I can hack a cheap existence here.
Thanks for your continued comments.
Nov 29, 2007 5:23 PM
5With rent paid for, and if you are used to living frugally, I guess you could feed yourself and get around by moto dop for under ten bucks a day, particularly if you cook your own food or eat from food stalls. So I guess you could discipline yourself to save two or three hundred dollars a month. If you want to learn khmer, my teacher charges $2.50 an hour. If you are interested you could PM me.
Nov 30, 2007 8:52 PM
6your 3 mil = usd$750, start using USD in trying to figure out your expences, as that is what you will have to work with when in Camb.
If accomodation and utilities are paid for, that's quite a lot of splash money you have left.
Try khmer 440 if you want to ask questions of people who are in country, but don't take attitude with you, think the question out, then ask it. Don't respond with " a I know it all attitude".
So what sort of work are you doing ? Are you based in PP ?, or somewhere else ?
The cost of living varies depending on where you are based.
Food is cheap, but grog and a good time can eat away your usd$750.00 quite quickly.
Dec 6, 2007 8:50 AM
7HI branswan, I am in the same boat as you (considering job in Phnom Penh), and thought I'd pass on what I've been told by the people who work there (it's an NGO). They are providing me with housing and $100/mo.; I will be on a fellowship that will provide an additional $500/mo. The woman who currently has my job there said I would be drinking champagne with breakfast with that much money! It makes me a little surprised that some people here seemed to be saying that $500-$750/mo. might run out. My impression is that assuming you're not expecting a lifestyle of riding in limos and eating in European restaurants etc., that's plenty to live comfortably (or even better, live on the cheap and save some money to travel), especially since rent is covered.
If that's incorrect I hope people w/ experience over there will let us know!
Dec 16, 2007 12:48 AM
8As always depends on your lifestyle, but living an average lifestyle, eating in normal restaurants, drinking an average amount, etc. etc. and the fact that your rent is covered, $750 is definately sufficient, you may even be able to save the odd $100 here and their.
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Aug 29, 2009 7:09 AM
I am an Engineer and a Malaysian. Just want to ask how much it cost to live in PP. At the moment I am working in Middle East. I just got an offer of about USD5k a month. Does the amount can go along way in PP. The amout is a lot less than I am getting now in Middle East. Since Cambodia is closer to home I am willing to take a pay cut just want to come back to a green country like Cambodia.
Sep 6, 2009 10:47 PM
10I am an expat married to a cambodia, with 1 child. Cost of living is approximately USD 2K for an expat family.
1 room fully furnished 4' x 16' flat rent = $300 pm
1 Maid = $100 pm (all in)
Electricity + water = $130 pm
Internet Connection = $100 pm
1 Child education (Kindergarden at Montessori) + Transport Cost = 370 pm
Transport (Motodop/ Tuk Tuk - I dont have car) = $5 pd = $150pm
Marketing for meals (good food ) = $15 per day = $450 pm
Titbits = $100 pm
Miscellaneous (Makeup/shirt/etc) = 300 pm
For $2000, an expat with family can have a comfortable living, assuming nothing is provided by the company.
Sep 6, 2009 11:34 PM
1 Bedroom fully furnished USD300 per month. I am sure 2 Bedroom fully furnished can be as high as USD600 right ? At the moment I am a bit reluctant to accept the offer since the amount can not go a long way if I am decided to bring along my kids and enrol them in the International School. I have checked the cost at Zaman International School, and cost me a whopping USD1700 per month for 4 kids ( 2 in primary and 2 in the secondary). There itself I have to add an extra USD2000 per month. I was left with about USD1K, which I am sure I will use it on a frequent basis on Air Asia to go back to KL. Of course the only things provided by the company is my transportation from home to the office or site.
Anyway thanks Monicamiami for giving me an insight into the cost of living.
Thanks and regards;
Sep 7, 2009 1:47 AM
Anyway, I am a Malaysian too, and also an Engineer.
You are right, 2 bedroom apartment to accomodate a family with 4 children going to school will definitely cost $600 or more in the city center . Unless you are looking at 8km outskirt of city centre..you can get within $300 pm for 3 bedroom house.
Currently the crime rate is high, so it is advisable you choose a safe area even if it is more expensive.
Education cost..yes $1700 pm or more for 4 children.
Sep 7, 2009 2:20 AM
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