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What’s the cost of living in Phnom Penh?

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What is the cost of living in Phnom Penh? Generally speaking Phnom Penh is one of the cheapest and most comfortable cities to live in South-East Asia. At a push you could survive on $300 a month, and with $800 you will live well.

How much is it to rent an apartment in Phnom Penh?

How long is the proverbial piece of string? At the bottom end of things you can rent a dorm for about $60 a month, or a simple room in a hotel fro $100 (without kitchen).

To get a decent apartment in a decent area, at least if you expect something with the creature comforts of home then you will be spending about $250 for a studio,up to $350 for a decent one bedroom apartment.If you can stretch to $500 then you can get a survived apartment with a gym and a swimming pool.

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How much does food cost in Phnom Penh?

Even if you do not have a kitchen eating out in Phnom Penh costs next to nothing. Fried noodles for example can cost as little as 50 cents. You could easily dine out daily on street food and spend under $5 a day.

The great thing is though that when it comes to food Phnom Penh as everything, so if you want to go crazy and drop cash on a great steak, or sushi then you can.

To read about fried noodles in Cambodia click here

How much do groceries cost in Phnom Penh?

If you have a kitchen and are prepared to cook then you really can get away with spending very little here. Rice costs $1 a kilo and vegetables literally nothing.

But even more sexy is the seafood, which obviously varies, but a kilo of HUGE shrimp costs as little as $9. If you’re on a budget cooking is the way to go in Phnom Penh!

How much is a night out in Phnom Penh?

Another one that depends very much on you! There are high end bars and restaurants where can spend the same amount as you would in New York, but this definitely is not the norm.

A huge swath of bars offer a glass of beer for 75 cents and decent cocktails for $1.50. Yep, you can get drunk for $10.

How much is transport in Phnom Penh?

Thankfully the days of relying on dodgy Tuk-Tuk drivers are over and you can use apps like Tada to get around. Minimum charge if 75 cents, but you can pretty much get to the other side of the city for $3. Keep in mind this involves using an app, not haggling with drivers.

To read more about Taxi apps in Cambodia click here

And that is the skinny on the cost of living in Phnom Penh. Its cheap, there’s stuff to do and as things stand there really isn’t much of a lockdown

Written by Gareth

Gareth Johnson is the founder of Young Pioneer Tours, a published writer, and all round entrepreneur. He enjoys street food, and encourage others to get paid to travel the world.

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