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Living in Phnom Penh

Typical street in Phnom Penh

Being home to between 2 and 3 million Cambodians, Phnom Penh which is the capital city of Cambodia has the great majority of the foreign expatriates of this country. Some consider Phnom Penh as an unattractive conglomeration of collapsed colonial buildings and towering architectural whimsicalities, but to the expats who call it home it is such a vibrant city tumultuous in history and full of amusement. Indochina travel Cambodia

Typical street in Phnom Penh

Typical street in Phnom Penh – source: ashaandryan.com

As being such a large, bustling metropolis, Phnom Penh provides expats who are not ready to give up the conveniences of home, with an easy life. In recent months, travelers can find dozens of coffee shops having popped up together with many better grocery stores that you cannot find in other Southeast Asian cities. In this city, you can even watch these really famous Hollywood movies in one of two brand new large-screen, air-conditioned movie theaters.

The Phnom Penh’s infrastructure is also in quite good condition. The water is pretty much clean, power cuts are rarer when being compared to other places like Sihanoukville, and high-speed internet access is disposable. Cambodia travel tours

Popular means of transport in Phnom Penh

Popular means of transport in Phnom Penh – source: neighborhoodnomads.com

Depending on a degree on location, house/apartment rental prices can range from $150 for a small flat to at least $5000 per month to rent a modern luxury villa, but a place at between $200 and $800/month is a more popular choice for most people.

For foreign residents, housing in the riverfront area as well as the Boeung Keng Kang 1 (BKK1) area is more popular, but seems to be more expensive than those in the other parts of town. The father away from the city center, the average prices seem to get lower. Remember that many parts of the city are more instable to rainy season flooding and the electricity supply is unreliable. The majority of the rental contracts require a security earnest of at least one to three months, to be applied against the contract’s final months.

Nightlife in Phnom Penh

Nightlife in Phnom Penh – source: neighborhoodnomads.com

Over the last decade, Phnom Penh has changed rapidly, but throughout the city, safety and security are still serious issues. An easy target is tourists and foreigners and bag snatching is not an uncommon incident. In Phnom Penh, beggars are hot problems. If going out eating at a restaurant and being approached by beggars, you can avoid this by staying inside.

Being home to between 2 and 3 million Cambodians, Phnom Penh which is the capital city of Cambodia has the great majority of the foreign expatriates of this country. Some consider Phnom Penh as an unattractive conglomeration of collapsed colonial buildings and towering architectural whimsicalities, but to the expats who call it home it is such a vibrant city tumultuous in history and full of amusement.

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