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Moving to Phnom Penh

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ambs12's picture
Joined: 10-Sep-08
Posts: 11

Hi there,
I'm moving to Phnom Penh in about a month. I have seen a lot of the posts about finding apts to rent and know that the best way to find a good place is to check them out when i get there.

I just wanted to get a heads up on some details about the city : Each area seems to have its own name, such as BKK1, KCKM, etc. DOes anyone have a link to a map which shows the areas of the city according to these names? It will make it much easier to at least narrow down where i would like to live.

I am also contacting some realtors so that I can have some places lined up when i reach, does anyone know of any good reliable agents? i have checked out angkor real estate, but thats about it.

Also, the sreviced apts on EAS all seem a bit pricey, does anyone know of any cheaper ones? Or will the rates be the same across the board?

Am super excited about moving to PP!


Anonymous's picture

Hi ambs12, welcome to the forums.

When it comes to choosing a place to live in Phnom Penh, location is not as important as it is in other big cities. Phnom Penh is not a huge place, and you can still get from one side of it to the other in 20 minutes at most times of the day.

I chose PP properties based on the property itself, the neighbors, and above all, the landlord. Nightmare landlords are, well, a nightmare.

I'd also recommend staying clear of real estate agents here, the vast majority of them are just scammers looking to make a quick buck, and even the genuine ones are very overpriced. The best way to find a place here is to take a moto tour of the city, and keep an eye out for houses with a sign containing a phone number, there are lots of them and they are all up for rent. Call the number, arrange an appointment, and let nature take it's course.

Hope that helps.

Anonymous's picture

Here are a few tips out of the ordinary.

Check for ;

+Construction sites next door or across the road
+Churches / Houses of Happy Clapping ( Sundays are reserved for hangovers not listening to rock bands belting out hymns)
+Excessive street dogs ( visit at night )
+ West facing apartments ( the heat will kill you )
+ Nigerian neighbours ( enuff said )
+ Large Genset boxes on the road outside ( noisy )
+ Steelworks factories (noisy)
+ Common entry shop houses ( no privacy )


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Marek's picture
Joined: 8-Sep-07
Posts: 26


Here it is:



ambs12's picture
Joined: 10-Sep-08
Posts: 11

wow, thank you all of you for your help! it definitely gives me something to start with Smile i'm sure you'll be hearing more from me soon!

Anthony Galloway's picture
Joined: 17-Dec-08
Posts: 2317

i can also do you a super good deal on these serviced studio apartments...

ahh life on the river front Laughing out loud


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