(All money in USD) Stevo and I earn less than $35,000 combined annually. We recently moved to a 1-bedroom apartment in a western-style building east of the Russian Market, one of the more popular expat areas.
For us, the cost of living in Cambodia is pretty cheap. We only pay $400 per month in rent (including utilities) plus $50-$80/month for electricity. Our rent includes housekeepers who come twice a week.
Previously we lived in a 3-bedroom Cambodian style apartment for $350 per month on the west side of the Russian Market. There we paid $75-100 for utilities (trash collection, internet, water, electricity) and $40 for a housekeeper who came twice per week.
We eat at restaurants about four to five times per week ($5-15 per meal for two). Cooking a majority of our meals at home with produce bought from a local outdoor market in Phnom Penh and meat from “western-style” grocers helps to keep our cost of living in Cambodia down.
We go to events around the city several nights per week. We both go to a gym in Phnom Penh. Stevo does cross-fit , and I do yoga . If you’re looking for a cinema, Phnom Penh has many to offer. From laidback independent movie houses to one of the few 4DX screens in the world, you’ll definitely be able to get your movie fix.
Because of the cheap cost of living in Cambodia, we can afford to travel around Cambodia about once per month to Kampot, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap, and other provinces in Cambodia.
We have taken trips around the region to Thailand Myanmar Vietnam Malaysia , the Philippines Singapore Taiwan , and Laos , and are planning for more international travel.
We live better and feel happier than we did back in our hometown in southern California. Our life in Phnom Penh is simple, fulfilling, and never dull.
Eating deep-fried tarantulas, some of the best food in Phnom Penh, at Romdeng , one of our favorite restaurants.