Cost of Living in Phnom Penh

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 50.56
Rent Index: 19.37
Groceries Index: 54.90
Restaurants Index: 25.87
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 35.27
Local Purchasing Power: 21.48
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.00 $ 2.00-4.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 18.00 $ 12.00-25.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 $ 4.00-6.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.00 $ 0.80-1.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.00 $ 1.50-3.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.15 $ 1.50-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.59 $ 0.50-1.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.27 $ 0.25-0.50
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.38 $ 7.19-13.25
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.23 $ 0.91-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.40 $ 0.34-0.91
Eggs (12) 1.65 $ 1.50-2.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.51 $ 2.72-6.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.14 $ 1.36-3.63
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.98 $ 3.63-6.35
Apples (1 lb) 1.65 $ 1.13-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.32-0.68
Oranges (1 lb) 1.51 $ 0.79-2.04
Tomato (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.36-0.68
Potato (1 lb) 0.80 $ 0.54-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.49 $ 0.34-0.68
Lettuce (1 head) 0.76 $ 0.30-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.85 $ 0.50-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 $ 8.25-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.27 $ 0.75-2.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.82 $ 1.00-3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1.50 $ 1.50-2.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $ 1.00-2.47
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 22.50 $ 10.00-29.69
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.00 $ 1.00-1.25
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.61 $ 1.00-1.61
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 5.00 $ 2.00-5.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.42 $ 3.03-4.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 $ 25,000.00-40,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,333.33 $ 20,000.00-53,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 94.62 $ 60.00-180.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.06 $ 0.03-0.10
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 25.61 $ 15.00-50.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.50 $ 35.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.86 $ 5.00-29.69
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 5.00 $ 4.00-6.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 200.00 $ 200.00-200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,050.00 $ 3,600.00-4,500.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 24.62 $ 15.00-50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 24.67 $ 15.00-39.59
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 70.58 $ 40.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 42.33 $ 30.00-70.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 456.67 $ 300.00-800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 215.38 $ 150.00-400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,370.83 $ 1,000.00-2,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 716.67 $ 350.00-1,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 141.91 $ 92.90-232.26
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 64.58 $ 39.58-120.77
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 331.22 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 9.17 6.00-12.00

Prices in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Last update: May 2017
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19 Comments so far

#TravelTellers on May 03, 2017 :
Since moving to PP 6 months ago, rents & food prices have increased substantially. While "local" rooms or tiny apartments for rent may run $150-300/month in outer areas, or $300-500 central, if you expect a "real" bathroom (instead of miniscule closet with shower nozzle on wall or "wet bathroom"), an airconditioner in the bedroom, expect to pay $600-3000/month for 1 BR, depending on location & facilities. Electricity is 30 cents per kwh, and using AC in bedroom at night, small fridge, one load per week in washer, and some lights, my electric bill is running $150/mo. Power outages, blackouts & brownouts are frequent in most areas. 1 kg boneless chicken breasts - $5.90 (Lucky Supermarket). 2 liter bottle of milk just went up to $5.50 at KiwiMart, $4.20-4.40 at Lucky. Swiss cheese - $30/kg & up. Stall food - 2 grilled chicken drumsticks & scoop of rice, $2.00.
#jana on Sep 17, 2016 :
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#Khmer Guy on May 29, 2016 :
Prices are out of date or are for westerners who must live exactly as they do at home.

Bottled water: o.25 usd for 330 ml, ice cold from an orange tub.
Food: o.50 to $1 USD Street cart food is 2,000 to 4,000 riels for a meal in a takeaway styrene container.
Rent: Unfurnished rooms for rent are $60 to $110 per month with an ensuite bath and an aircon unit. You will walk the stairs. Pay 2.5x as much and get a place that looks western. Pay $800+ to live like an NGO Director.
#Mohan on Dec 02, 2015 :
Anyone can advise for the salary
Site survey engieering manager for mecahnical and electrical jobs -- per day cost or monthly cost?
#user on Apr 12, 2015 :
"Government must control everything..."
They tried that not long ago:

To stay on topic: 3.5USD for a meal at an inexpensive restaurant? A foreign-run inexpensive restaurant, perhaps?
#Samedy on Feb 04, 2015 :
Totally wrong for some parts though, for example: Coke and Pepsi weren't that expensive. It's around $0.4 Thats it.
#Purushottam on Nov 05, 2014 :'s very good...thanks...for help..and making easy budget,....thank you very much..
#salim on Aug 11, 2014 :
#r4ms add my fb salimaway l can give u facebook a khmmer friend in phnom phen she is really kind person she can help u
#salim on Aug 11, 2014 :
karen are u serious 2014 l pay my internet unlimited wifi at room 12 dollars for my phone pay 5 dollars with 1 go data limited . 200 month wtf
#r4ms on Aug 07, 2014 :
Please anyone help me I am travelling to Cambodia soon need to know what to do where it's safe and what to see
Thank you
#Felix herge on May 02, 2014 :
to #Linda Lotta
Orphanage is not a zoo!
Orphanage visits are organized by local mafia to get your tears and your money.
Not 10% of your gift will go to Orphans.
Don't believe me?
No problem but please just do this:
go for a drink at FCC on Sisowath, take a free sample of the "Phnom Penh Guide"
Just open it and check the official warning from Unicef and Cambodian government on this topic.
then, do what you want...
But enjoy Cambodia as a beautiful place I've lived 10 years in.
#Tom on Apr 26, 2014 :
Has anyone here been living in Jakarta? How does it compare to Phnom Penh in terms of cost of living (on average)?

#Linda Lotta on Apr 02, 2014 :
We are visiting an orphanage near Phnom Penh and I was wondering if someone has some knowledge how much items such as notebooks, pens, crayons, balls and jump-ropes cost in Phnom Penh?
#Mike on Jan 07, 2014 :
Hi there EK and all : first, thanks so much for this post - really informative and I appreciate the effort. I'll be moving to Cambodia this month sometime (January 2014) from Singapore; hopefully permanently. I've been living and working in SE Asia for almost 25 years but first time to Cambodia (I was saving it)
I'd love to meet up with anyone living there for a brewski and brain-pickin' session. I will be looking to find accommodation short term and long term (no expat gloryholes), maybe a job in TOEFLA teaching (am qualified) and / or working with NGO. I'm an eco consultant and the main reason for coming to Cambodia is to try and R&D and develop my UDD toilet system and / or my bamboo & earth build system - so, basically, looking to make new friends, network, find work of some sort and enjoy Cambodia. I've already got a couple of contacts with Habit for Humanity and Lien Aid but would love to make more ... if anybody belongs to a group where I may able to help out with ideas for development please let me know.
Anybody interested can search my site at and check out my stuff under "home" -
Best regards
Mike C
#EK on Jul 21, 2013 :
While I'm at it, I may as well address some numbers that are off:

Utilities (other than internet):

Electricity is expensive in Cambodia relative to many places because they have to import much of it from neighboring countries. A regular sized 1 or 2 bedroom apartment shouldn't ever cost more than $30 to $50 a month though tops (even with lights on and appliances running a lot) for electric UNLESS you run your air conditioner constantly. If you run your AC all the time, you'll pay up to $200 or more per month. If you use fans instead of AC, you'll save a fortune.

Garbage: Electricite du Cambodge collects it now and it's 3200 Riel per month for private residences, which is less than $1 (about 75 cents.)

Water: I just got my bill for the last 6 months of usage. 6200 Riel. Less than $2 for 6 months.

Heating: HAHAHAAHA. No. It's already pretty hot, thanks.

So, as you can see, your utility bill is really your electricity bill, and you control how high that's going to be to a very great extent. A friend of mine who has a wife, a baby, and rents a room in his 3 bedroom place only pays $30 a month even with all those people. I pay a lot more living alone with less things plugged in and only 1 room with stuff turned on typically ... because I'm an idiot about the AC, that's the only difference.

The salaries given are for Khmer. The average barang (foreigner) who works in Cambodia would probably make around $1000 a month doing a job like teaching English, or about $10 an hour (working 20-25 hours, that's full time for foreigners here pretty much.) That's about the minimum people generally make who are doing things conventionally, and it's quite possible to live a pretty comfortable life off that, though emergency expenses or whatnot can really screw people up because they usually won't have anything saved.

Rents / Apartment in the city center:

I live in the city center. Find a map, locate Norodom and 130. I'm not far from that intersection, between Riverside and Central Market. I pay $150 for a large apartment - 1 bedroom, big living room, hallway w/ storage, kitchen, bathroom, nice balcony with great view. It isn't perfect or luxurious (I had to furnish it) but it's clean, comfortable, and suits me fine even if it's a little worn in places.

WESTERN STYLE FURNISHED APARTMENTS in new buildings cost the rates that are listed above. You don't have to live in one, most people find less fancy digs here for really cheap. In the less popular neighborhoods or areas you can get a 3 or 4 floor house for a few hundred bucks (furnished.)

... I'll stop there. Take this site with a grain of salt as it obviously has a lot of inaccuracies. 5 years in Cambodia, I know the place, I speak okay Khmer, so I know what I'm talking about. And please note that things are changing - and developing - quickly here. Internet access for instance has gone down in price quite a lot the last few years while the speed has gone up. They still don't use credit cards much, and there is a lot of poverty, but it is modernizing.
#EK on Jul 21, 2013 :
Dale: Dental care is very inexpensive and the quality is quite high. I have a friend from Singapore who is pretty well off and a business owner, and when he flies to Cambodia for business he also gets his dentist visits taken care of because it's such a great deal for the quality of care you get. It has been remarked that some clinics in Cambodia have nicer equipment (more modern, high tech) than what is seen in many American clinics. Whether that's true, I don't know, but my one visit to the dentist here to have a filling repaired cost $40 and it wasn't any different from what I'd expect in America aside from price.

MEDICAL: Oh boy. Well, there are some decent clinics but they generally don't take insurance and cost a fortune. There are a couple of hospitals that are supposedly competent, like a Thai one called Rattanak, but I've never been. And, yes, for serious emergencies - complicated stuff - they'd best medivac to Thailand.

GER and KAREN: ???

Ger, you sound like you got lost and were in the wrong city or at least the wrong part of town. Yeah, it's a poor country. No, the food isn't rotten generally but there are no safety inspectors or standards for street food or markets so people do get food poisoning from something that's been left out too long or prepared unsafely but that happens in America sometimes too. Don't trust the outdoor markets? Go to LUCKY SUPERMARKET. A modern, brightly lit, air conditioned place with western products lining the shelves at inflated prices that people who are scared of their shadow and want to live in Cambodia without it being much like Cambodia for some reason will gladly pay. Siem Reap is nice and it does cater to tourists because of Angkor Wat, but anything Siem Reap has, Phnom Penh has x 20 ... All the modern amenities, paved roads (seriously, you have to get to the far OUTSKIRTS of the city, like the dike road and beyond before you hit a dirt road), $300 a night hotels if that makes you happy ... Tons of options both budget and upscale for anyone to look into.

Karen: I've lived here a while, and when you wrote that in 2012 (Dec) my internet access cost the same as it does now (see below.) Please don't assume you know how ANYTHING works here unless you've lived here long term and asked LOTS of people both expats and Khmer the right questions. It took me a month to figure out where to buy a damned mop and bucket when I was new here because I was reluctant to ask anybody such a seemingly dumb question. And a month or whatever here is not long term, please note.

I pay $35 a month to Digi for 4 MBPS internet access (cable broadband.) That isn't very fast compared to some parts of America, but it's perfectly functional and it rarely goes down - it doesn't go down anymore than Comcast Cable did in the USA, that's for sure. They have plans as low as $12 a month for 1 MBPS. Unlimited on both. I also have 3G access on my phone, and that varies per carrier but you can get 10 gigs for $20 as the other gentleman noted, as well as lower rates like $5 for 2 gigs. Want 10 more gigs or 2 more? Pay $20 or $5 more when it runs out. Data rates for mobile phones are MUCH MUCH cheaper in Cambodia than most of the world.
#Cambodia on Jul 20, 2013 :
Ok Ger Roche, I'm wondering what motivates you to write such B.S. here. Did you read about Phnom Penh in a Lonely Planet from 1995 and decide to write here ? It certainly isn't what you say. There are no dirt roads here anymore, at least in the downtown area where most people will stay. The food is certainly not rotten, I've been here 6 months and only got bad food one time. Good medical clinics are available, however they are expensive. People with serious medical issues should go to Thailand, that part is true. And yes there are many beggars if you stay in the tourist areas, it's a poor country. You can get 3G broadband internet 10Gb per month for 20 dollars.
#Ger on May 31, 2013 :
Hi all, Sidara stay away from Phnom Penn it does not come anywhere near even the basic comforts.Slums everywhere, Hot dusty roads, beggars everywhere and the food is rotten when you get it. If you want a decent quality of living try Siem Reap, this city caters for tourists and has everything you would need especially vegetables that are brought into the markets everyday by local farmers.

Karen good internet access is very expensive you must remember that this is cambodia, all things are new and developing. Dale are you joking us medical care in Cambodia is virtually non-existent. What is provivded is a very very basic service. All emergency cases are evacuated to Thailand if you can afford it, that is why it's so high, that means that the poor suffer and die and the rich are treated. Tell you friend to take advantage of the new open border arrangement agreed between Cambodia and Thailand and get his treatment in Thailand before it's to late. He can use his Cambodian visa to enter Thailand for 90 days and get treatment there. Any more questions I would be glad to help if I can, you can email me on Good luck
#Sidara Nuon on May 30, 2013 :
Dear Sir/Madam,
How do you do? Sorry how can I check daily price of all kind of vegetables in Phnom Penh market? Which web site that I can follow up everyday? Thanks, you. Best regards, From Sidara.