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the ultimate guide to Sihanoukville
The ultimate guide to Sihanoukville
June 6, 2022, 11:44 a.m.
Sihanoukville, or Kampong Som in Khmer, is the fourth-largest city in Cambodia. It sits on the southern coast and is a hub for trade, business and tourism. The coastal city is the capital of Preah Sihanouk province. Over the last few years, Sihanoukville has exploded with development. This is mainly due to skyrocketing tourism and foreign investment from China. Indeed, Sihanoukville is a vital part on China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.Realestate.com.kh has put together this guide which covers Sihanoukville from A to Z; everything from the biggest industrial developments down to the layman's needs are all covered here.ContentsSihanoukville basicsEconomy and industries in SihanoukvilleSihanoukville tourismThe Sihanoukville real estate marketAttractions and activities in SihanoukvilleTransport in SihanoukvilleSchools in SihanoukvilleSihanoukville hospitals, clinics and pharmaciesSihanoukville basicsFirst, let’s start with a bit of basic information about Sihanoukville. The following section will tell you where Sihanoukville is, the history of the area as well as the weather.Where is Sihanoukville located?Sihanoukville province is located in the southwest of Cambodia, approximately 232 kilometres from the nation’s capital, Phnom Penh. It sits on a peninsula within the Gulf of Thailand and is the Kingdom’s premier seaside destination with various beautiful beaches along the coastline and tropical islands scattered about offshore.Sihanoukville’s location makes it a convenient getaway for almost anyone in the region. It’s just a short flight away from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea, Japan, India and many other countries in Asia. The city has its own international airport and seaport that can also dock cruise ships. It takes about 6 to 7 hours to travel from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.Weather, climate and geography of Sihanoukville, CambodiaSihanoukville spans approximately 868 square kilometres in the surface. Preah Sihanouk province borders Kampot province to the east, Koh Kong province to the north and the Gulf of Thailand to the south and west.Sihanoukville, like the rest of Cambodia, experiences a dry season and monsoon season each year. The dry season is from November to April, and the monsoons come starting in May but peak from August to September. The total annual rainfall average ranges between 100 and 150 centimetres.The average temperature in Sihanoukville fluctuates between 30°C and 24 °C. Sometimes it gets as hot as 38°C. Here is what the weather is like in Sihanoukville right now:History of SihanoukvilleSihanoukville was carved out of the jungle by the French in the 1950s. After a short period of growth, the coastal city became entangled in the Vietnam War and subsequent Civil War which precipitated a period of decline that only ended after the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords.Cambodia’s international sea trade was originally carried out through the Mekong delta until the mid-1950s. After the Mekong came under the control of the Vietnamese, a decision was made to construct a new port for continued access to sea trade routes.Sihanoukville (in Khmer “Kampong Som or Kampong Saom”) was established in 1964 in order to create Cambodia’s one and only deep-water port. It was chosen as a port city for its depth of water, protection from the elements and accessibility. Since the initial establishment, the province has experienced steady growth. Lately, that growth has exploded in terms of real estate development and tourism.The provincial capital, Sihanoukville was chosen in honour of King Norodom Sihanouk, who fought for the independence of Cambodia from the French and later on rallied the Khmer people after the time of the Khmer Rouge.Today, Sihanoukville is an economically vibrant city filled with tourists and foreign workers. It has earned the moniker “Rising Star of the Southwest”.Back to top Economy and industries in SihanoukvilleHome to the Kingdom’s only deep-water port, Sihanoukville is an economic corridor and hotspot for several trades. Main industries include transportation and logistics, tourism, fisheries and manufacturing. Sihanoukville has been on the government’s development agenda to expand the regional coast to become the kingdom’s next tourism hub after Siem Reap.Sihanoukville has become a significant part of the country's economic growth due to the rapid flow of foreign direct investment into the province, particularly from Chinese investors. Sihanoukville is now viewed as the next big investment hotspot and prime land for development is being snapped up quickly. The province contains the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ), which is 3 kilometers from an international airport and 12 kilometers from a deep water port. The SSEZ's proximity to international transportation hubs make it an attractive area for companies looking for easy access to South East Asia's busy trading routes.Sihanoukville’s current economic renaissance is mainly due to its strategic location and presence of important businesses and industries.Preah Sihanouk province natural resourcesSignificant reserves of offshore oil have been prospected near Sihanoukville and are currently being sold by the Cambodian government to various international extraction companies. KrisEnergy, a Singaporean company, is set to begin oil extraction in late 2019 or early 2020. Sihanoukville special economic zones (SEZs)Preah Sihanouk province has eight special economic zones. They are:Kampong Saom SEZ which sits on 255 hectares and was backed by developer Kith MengSNC SEZ on 155 hectares in Bet Trang communeStung Hav SEZ in Otres commune spanning 192 hectaresSihanoukville SEZ 1 developed on 178 hectares by Lav Meng KhinSihanoukville SEZ 2, the largest in the province spanning 1,113 hectares, also developed by Lav Meng KhinSihanoukville Port SEZ, which encompasses 70 hectares and was developed by Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PASHKT SEZ on 345 hectares in Teuk Thla communeCambodia-Sino Metallic Material SEZ in Keo Pos commune spanning 55 hectaresSihanoukville SEZ 2 is one of the largest SEZs in the country. It is currently owned in majority by Chinese investors. What’s more, it is currently pursuing having itself listed on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX). Map of Sihanoukville SEZsSihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS)The Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS) is Cambodia’s only deep water port. First opened in 1960, the port is perhaps one of the most important places of business in Preah Sihanouk. The port currently has nine available berths and employs over 1,000 workers.In 2018, the Sihanoukville port handled 541,228 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of cargo. Port authorities expect traffic to surpass 1 million TEUs by 2023. The port’s newest berths are 400 metres in length and can accommodate ships with up to 8.5-metre drafts. Read more about the port facilities on the official PAS website.In addition to sitting in the Sihanoukville Port SEZ, PAS is also listed on the Cambodia Securities Exchange. Foreign investment in SihanoukvilleAlthough investment in the province has traditionally flowed from westerners, Chinese investment in Sihanoukville has seen an influx and has thus dominated Sihanoukville over the last few years. Mr. Thim, the sales and leasing manager of Sihanoukville Property, explained the reasons for this dominance, stating:“Currently, Chinese investors are dominating the real estate market in Sihanoukville with the goal of turning the province into a prime destination for Chinese tourists and expats in the future.” Casinos, condominiums and hotel complexes are the major focus of Chinese investors. To learn more about casinos in Sihanoukville read our guide to casinos in Cambodia. It’s got a full list of all the major gaming venues in the country, maps information and more.Back to top Sihanoukville tourismIn the last few years, Sihanoukville has emerged as one of the most popular travel destinations in Cambodia. Millions of visitors from all over the world visit every year. People from China, Korea, Japan, the US and Europe savour its pristine beaches, historic temples and coterie of casinos.The province’s popularity grows year after year because it offers white sand beaches, eco-tourism spots, islands, marshlands, waterfalls and the Ream National Park. Sihanoukville's potential as a tourist destination has been recognised at a global scale, and in January of 2018, the New York Times ranked the beaches of Sihanoukville number 13 out of 52 for international tourist destinations to travel to in 2018.Sihanoukville developed into a hot tourist destination in a relatively short space of time. What was once a city defined by scattered bungalows is quickly becoming a place filled with high-end resorts and beachfront condo developments, casinos, world-class golf courses and mass tourism networks.Most tourists opt to visit Sihanoukville during the dry season, avoiding the local monsoon season. The high season for tourists begin in November and ends around March. Sihanoukville is generally is sunny but is relatively cool in the mornings and evenings due to the fresh sea breeze. The afternoon heat will still have you craving a dip in the ocean, however.Over the course of 2018, over 6,200,000 tourists came to Cambodia and stayed for an average of seven days. Total visitors have been increasing by between 5 percent and 25 percent every year since 2008.Where to stay while visiting Sihanoukville As a leading tourist destination, Sihanoukville has tons of places to stay for local and foreign visitors. The type of accommodations available in Sihanoukville can be divided into luxury, mid-range and budget categories.Sihanoukville keeping it classyThere is a coterie of luxury hotels and resorts in Sihanoukville. Most of these accommodations are located within the city, though a few are situated in some of the islands off the coast. These usually have amenities like swimming pools, gyms, saunas and jacuzzis.Among these are Song Saa Private Island, Sokha Beach Resort, Moha Mohori by Sokha Beach Resort, and Lakeside by Sokha Beach Resort. Staying at places in this category can set you back between $120 and $900 a night.Booking info:Song Saa Private Island - map - 023 886 750Sokha Beach Resort - Street 2 Thnou - 034 935 999 The middle pathDominating the mid-range accommodations in Cambodia are boutique hotels, which first appeared on the scene in the 2000s. Sihanoukville currently hosts more than 80 hotels, most of which are boutique hotels or similar accommodations.While prices and amenities vary, a typical boutique hotel in the Kingdom has a rooftop bar, a swimming pool, and a restaurant. Boutique hotels here are known for their luxurious rooms and facilities, a wide variety of fine dining options, excellent in-room service with a personalized touch, and way cheaper than similar accommodations in other countries.In Sihanoukville, hotels and other accommodations falling under this category include Venice Resort, Deluxx Boutique Hotel, Queenco Hotel, Naia Resort, Legacy Hotel & Resort, and Mary Beach Hotel & Resort.Staying at these accommodations will cost you approximately $60 to $120 per night.Booking info:Venice Resort - Marina Rd, Krong Preah Sihanouk - 066 292 526Deluxx Boutique Hotel - map - 034 934 854Queenco Hotel - Victory Beach, Mohavithey Krong - 034 933 733Naia Resort - Marina Road, Otres II Beach - 069 337 900 Budget stays in SihanoukvilleSihanoukville does not lack in budget accommodations. As of 2019, the city hosts more than 300 guesthouses and similar accommodations.There are dorm-style shared rooms favoured by many backpackers and other budget travellers that can be rented for $10 or less a night.For a better and more comfortable stay, there are private rooms available in many guesthouses. Prices here range from $12 to $40 a night. You can choose the number of beds, air conditioning or fan and other amenities. Popular spots include Onederz Hostel, Wish You Were Here Backpackers and Mushroom Point.Booking info:Onederz Hostel - Ekreach st - 034 933 433Wish You Were Here - Otres Beach - 097 241 5884Mushroom Point - Otres Beach - 097 712 4635 Back to top The Sihanoukville real estate market Sihanoukville city is growing rapidly and is an increasingly important Cambodian economic center. The real estate market is diversifying as a result of the boom. Fortunately, in contrast to the neighboring beach/port areas in Thailand and Vietnam, Sihanoukville does not suffer from the threat of major flooding, typhoons, tsunamis or earthquakes.Preah Sihanouk province is made up of four districts:Preah Sihanouk Municipality also known as Mittapheap districtStung Hav districtPrey Nob districtKampong Seila districtNote: It can get a bit confusing as simply saying “Sihanoukville” can variously refer to either the city, the district or the entire province.In 2019, Koh Rong and Kong Rong Sanloem islands were established as their own combined municipality made up of two communes. Previously, they were classified as communes within Mittapheap district. Read the whole story of the Koh Rong islands forming Kingdom’s newest city.Mittapheap district is where most of the development is going on. In turn, it is the area with the highest demand from developers and buyers alike. Communes within the district are numbered. Sangkat Buon, or commune 4, is home to Ochheuteal Beach and is arguably the most popular area in the city.Popular areas of SihanoukvilleThere aren’t as many housing options in Sihanoukville as in Phnom Penh, however, residences are growing bigger and better by the day. The main areas foreigners choose to live are:Victory Beach might be most reminiscent of old Sihanoukville. Things have grown, of course, but the vibe is still similar.Central Sihanoukville (near Gold Lion statue). Just off Ochheuteal Beach, this area has tons of backpacker hostels and casinos. Live here to stay close to the action.Otres Beach is a 20-minute ride from the Gold Lion Roundabout. Aspiring beach bums will want to live here. Koh Rong is an island connected to Sihanoukville by ferry. This is mainly a backpacker island. Many expats have been known to lay down roots there. If you want to start your own hostel or bar, this is a great place to do it.How much is rent in Sihanoukville?Though rents have been rising over the last few years it’s still easy to find an affordable place that meets all of your needs. Rental fees usually vary between:Around $300 or $400 on the low end for either an apartment or one room in a small villa with roommates.Up to $800 per month for a more luxurious apartment or a room in a larger villa with roommates.Keep in mind that rent will decrease the further away from the centre you are. It is possible to find rooms for as little as $200 per month.The official electricity rate for Sihanoukville is 720 riel per kWh. Some landlords will try to tack on extra charges here. Internet fees are usually around $30 per month. Water rates are between 1,500 and 2,000 riel per cubic metre, depending on usage. This shouldn’t be higher than $5 or $10 per month, normally.Types of housing in SihanoukvilleYour experience in Sihanoukville can depend a lot upon what type of housing you choose. You can get a head start on your search by browsing on our page for real estate for rent in Sihanoukville.Or maybe you want to narrow down your search a bit first. Choose what type of housing you want to live in. Here are the main kinds of accommodation in Sihanoukville:Long-term stay at a Sihanoukville hotel or guesthouseIt’s common to hear expats say they came to Cambodia just for a visit then ended up staying for years. Maybe this is why so many guesthouses in Sihanoukville offer their rooms up for monthly rates.You can usually find rooms or even bungalows for around $300 a month. This includes cleaning, too. It can be a good option if you are still deciding whether you want to move here long term.Villas in SihanoukvilleVillas are freestanding concrete houses located on their own plot. They are usually fenced in by a wall and sometimes even have trees and a pool.If you need more than three bedrooms and want a bit of privacy, villas are great. They are especially great for hosting barbeques or other functions. Smaller villas can be rented for between $1,000 to $2,500 per month. Bigger villas with more than six bedrooms and luxury features can go for as much as $9,000 per month. If this is the way you want to go, just click over and start searching for villas for rent in Sihanoukville or villas for sale in Sihanoukville.Sihanoukville apartmentsFor most expats, apartments for rent in Sihanoukville are the gold standard. These can be found in a wide range of setups. Most have either one or two bedrooms, a kitchen, and, most likely, a balcony.Simple spaces can be found for as little as $400 per month. For a building with more amenities, you will pay more, of course. A luxury two-bedroom can be rented for between $1,500 and $2,000 per month.Houses in SihanoukvilleMain roads have tons of shophouses for rent in Sihanoukville. They are the tall skinny buildings that are often used as shops on the ground floor. Landlords often rent them out by floors. If you want to live in a place with two or three bedrooms, this could be the option for you. Full shophouse buildings are three to four floors high. The whole property can be rented for $8,000 to $10,000 per month. Of course, it will be a fraction of this if you are just renting one floor. Is this the option for you? If so, start searching for houses for rent in Sihanoukville. If you want to put down roots, look at the houses for sale in Sihanoukville.Condominiums in SihanoukvilleAs development progresses in Sihanoukville, more and more condo complexes are sprouting up. These types of properties are usually on the high end of the market. They tend to have all the bells and whistles included. Buildings usually have pools, gyms, cleaning service and more.Most of these buildings are currently being marketed toward buyers, but renting them is not out of the question. If you’re a buyer you can start scoping them out on our page for real estate for sale in Sihanoukville. Otherwise, we chose a few of the ones we think are the best in Sihanoukville right now.Prince Golden BayThe Prince Golden Bay complex is nearly finished and sits right off Sokha Beach. There are a whopping 2,000 units here in addition to shopping areas and entertainment venues. Condos here range from 45 to 72 square metres. Of course, the buildings feature all the amenities you could want such as fitness centres, parking, gardens, pools, and amazing ocean views.The Blue BayBlue Bay is right off Independence Beach in Commune 4. Five buildings make up this complex. This is another mixed-use complex that hosts residences, hotels and retail space. Handover of completed units began in late 2019. Nearly 1,500 units make up Blue Bay. They range from 55 to 142 square metres each.New LandmarkNew Landmark is a new mixed-use complex that spans 200,000 sqm just two minutes from Ochheuteal Beach. There are over 3,000 units in this complex that range in size from 31 to 106 square metres. The development boasts a rooftop pool, cultural activity centre, tennis court, mini-golf course and a public meeting room.Back to top Attractions and activities in SihanoukvilleBeing the tourist Mecca that it is, Sihanoukville has tons of amazing places to explore, relax, celebrate, and more. Of course, most activities in Sihanoukville centre around the ocean or the beautiful landscape.Here are the top attractions in Sihanoukville, starting with the seven most popular beaches:Ochheuteal Beach Ochheuteal Beach is often considered the most popular oceanside spot in Sihanoukville. Expats from Phnom Penh and holidaymakers flock there on weekends and holidays. It’s roughly four kilometres long and sits adjacent to tons of hotels, bungalows, restaurants and bars. This beach is very busy and seems to be the most popular in the area. The northern part of the beach serves a number of well-established mid-range hotels and high-profile residences.Serendipity BeachSerendipity Beach sits on the northwest end of Ochheuteal and is the location of the main ferry pier. There are several backpacker bars and guesthouses right off this beach. It’s just a short stroll down the road from the Gold Lion Roundabout.Otres BeachConsidered one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Otres was once ranked by Forbes among the top 22 beaches in Asia. Otres is almost five kilometres long and sits south of Occheuteal. It’s just a ten-minute ride from the centre of town.Previously an undeveloped bohemian oasis, Otres is now exploding with boutique hotels and huge resort complexes. However, it still has some of that beach bum flavour. Sokha BeachLocated north of Serendipity and Ochheuteal is the 1.2-kilometre Sokha Beach. Sokha Beach is privately owned and occupied by the luxury Sokha Beach Hotel group, the first five-star coastal hotel in Cambodia. The area is secluded and beach hawkers are not permitted.Independence BeachThe 1.3-kilometre Independence Beach is situated at the northwest end of Sokha Beach. The beach takes its name from the Independence Hotel, which towers on top of a rocky cliff at its northern end. Despite a large portion of it taken over by massive new property developments, Independence Beach is still one of the best beaches in Sihanoukville. Victory BeachSituated in the most northern tip of the peninsula is the 300 meter long Victory beach. A favourite with budget travellers, it’s also located right near the Sihanoukville port.Ream BeachTo the south of Otres beach lies Ream beach. At 7.7 kilometers long, this extensive stretch is composed of several parts with portions containing rocks and vegetation. Ream Beach is without a doubt the most untouched beach in the area. It’s perhaps one of Sihanoukville’s best-kept secrets for now.Ream Beach is about an hour’s drive from the centre of town, but it’s totally worth it if you’re looking for Sihanoukville’s natural beauty. Plus, if you’re just visiting you’ll probably be the only tourist there.Islands off SihanoukvilleOff the coast of Preah Sihanouk province sits 22 islands. Many of these islands are at some stage of development. Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem have undergone the most development and are two of the most popular islands in the region. Here are Sihanoukville’s most popular islands:Koh Rong Koh Rong is an island 25 km off the coast of Sihanoukville, in the Gulf of Thailand. It spans 78 square kilometres and is the second largest island in Cambodia. Its permanent population is just over 1,100. However, it has a booming tourism industry.There are tons of restaurants, bars and guesthouses just off the ferry pier on the south end of the island. It also has regular shops, laundry service, ATMs and pharmacies.Most people take one of the speedboat ferries to the island. These services run multiple trips a day and cost around $25 per person for the 45-minute trip from Sihanoukville.Koh Rong Sanloem Similar to Koh Rong, nearby Koh Rong Sanloem has developed rapidly in the last few years. While the interior is mostly covered by dense jungle, the coastline features an array of beautiful beaches. The crescent-shaped Saracen Bay is the leading tourist attraction of Koh Rong Sanloem. Other notable tourist spots in the area include Lazy Beach, Sunset Beach, and the village of M'pai Bai. The island boasts of more than a dozen guesthouses, private beach bungalows and villa resorts.  Lovers of luxury can rent villas with full amenities, while shoestring travellers can easily find dorm beds.The ferries that go to Koh Rong stop at Koh Rong Sanloem first. So, tickets there are just $20 round trip.Koh PuosThis translates in English to Snake Island. It’s less than a kilometre off of Sihanoukville and is connected by bridge.  One of the few buildings on the island is Treasure Island Seafood where you can get heaps of crab, fish, shrimp, lobster and squid.Koh TouchKoh Touch, or Small Island, is a small and picturesque island off Koh Rong’s main beach. It offers some nice snorkeling areas due to clear and shallow sea water. There is an interesting pagoda on the island. This makes Koh Touch a great day trip from Koh Rong.Koh TangThis largely uninhabited island is just three square kilometres and sits four to five hours off the mainland. Though it has limited tourist facilities there are plans to develop it. Several tour companies operating out of Sihanoukville run overnight trips to the island.Koh Song Saa Koh Song Saa, or Lover’s Island, sports petite atolls northeast of Koh Rong. The island is home to the exquisite private Song Saa Resort. This resort offers an exclusive hideaway just 35 minutes by boat from the mainland harbour - which takes luxury to a whole new level in Cambodia.Additional Sihanoukville attractionsSihanoukville has great beaches, sure. But it’s not all about the ocean. Here are some of the other great attractions in the area:Wat LeuWat Leu is a famous Buddhist temple located in a forested area atop Sihanoukville Mountain 1.5 kilometres from the centre of the city. Many visitors looking for peace and solace trek up the mountain to make the pilgrimage to this sacred site. Wat Leu is visited a lot by photographers hoping to capture the magnificent view it offers of Sihanoukville.To reach Wat Leu you can take a moto or tuk-tuk. A moto ride from the city centre costs around $2. A more scenic tuk-tuk ride costs a bit more, however.Ream National ParkThis vast area is a paradise of exotic flora and fauna. Located around 18 kilometres east of Sihanoukville, Ream was established on 210 hectares by the King in 1993. The park hosts pangolins, sun bears, dugongs, dolphins, deer, wild boars and birds. Tour agencies offer full-day tours that cost around $15 to $20 and include transportation, food and a guide.Ream National Park is a popular tourist destination. Easily accessible from the Sihanoukville town center, the park offers a diverse landscape with marsh plains and waterfalls, and with pristine mangroves, wildlife and beaches. This is a haven for keen birdwatchers with almost 200 different bird varieties living within the park. Take a cruise on the Prek Tuk river via the many tour operators in Cambodia and check out lush mangrove forests and all kinds of wildlife.Sihanoukville foodSihanoukville has excellent dining options. Both Khmer and international food are abundant. Indeed, restaurants run the gamut from budget eats to luxury dining. You’ll surely want to try the seafood at Treasure Island. Ernie’s Burger is purported to be amazing and Douceur du Cambodge offers up loads of French pastries.If you want to dine while also supporting a humanitarian cause, head to Sandan. Part of the Friends International Group, the restaurant serves local fare and trains underprivileged youth to be food industry stars.Want to take a culinary journey? Try falafel at Sok San Village, Mediterranean food at Olive & Olive, Kamasutra’s Indian food or the pizzas at Papa Pippo's on Otres.Sihanoukville is best known for its fresh-caught seafood with a plethora of eateries to enjoy these local flavours - from seafood shacks that line the beach, to more upmarket restaurants aimed at holidayers. On the beaches, you will find excellent value for money on popular evening BBQs, and the freshest seafood in Cambodia.Restaurants:Sandan - Street 10311, one block south of 7 Makara Street - 034 452 4000 - 11:30am-11pmOlive & Olive - Serendipity Road - 097 444 1945 - 7:30am-11:30pmPapa Pippo - Otres Beach - 010 359 725 Shopping in SihanoukvilleCompared to the capital, Sihanoukville shopping options are a bit limited. Though there are no international-grade shopping centres there similar to Aeon Mall, that could soon change. Construction of Furi Times Square Mall is currently underway. It is expected to be completed before the end of 2019. For now, the best shopping options are Samudera Market, Orange Market and Lucky Ocean Supermarket. Orange Market has a wide selection of imported goods, as does Samudera. Want to pick up some souvenirs? Stop by Unique, or M’Lop Tapang. If you want to truly shop like a local make sure to visit either Phsar Leu or Central Market. Shopping:Samudera Market - No. 064, 7 Makara St - 034 933 441 - 7am-9pmOrange Market - Ekreach st - 069 350 005 - 7am-11pmM’Lop Tapang - map - 034 399 050 - 6:30am-5:30pm Sihanoukville nightlifeSihanoukville is a town that knows how to party with no shortage of bars and night spots. There are a variety of beach bars and off beach options, including live music venues and hostess bars. Alcohol is highly inexpensive.Sihanoukville has one of the best nightlife scenes in all of Cambodia. Many beach bars host all-night parties. Foreigners seem to congregate there nightly.Five Men Fresh Bar is modeled after German beer halls. They make all the beers on site. Other popular haunts include Moonlight Bar, The Big Easy and Otres Corner Beach Bar. Some of Sihanoukville’s main attractions are casinos. Currently, there are more than 30 with a whopping 70 more in the works. The Holiday Palace Casino sits near Victory Beach while Fortuna is adjacent to Serendipity and New Macau by Ochheuteal.Nightlife:Five Men Fresh Beer - 19 Mithona Street - 012 913 346 - 7am-11:30pmMoonlight Bar - St502 - 096 633 7291 - 9pm-4amThe Big Easy - 800 Mittapheap Street - 081 943 930 - 8am-12amOtres Corner Beach Bar - map - 097 579 5329 Map of Sihanoukville beaches, islands, restaurants and attractions Back to top Transport in SihanoukvilleTransportation options in Sihanoukville are surprisingly diverse. You can get there by plane, train, bus or even boat. For getting around town most people stick to the roads, or boats if you’re heading to one of the islandsHow do I get to Sihanoukville?There are many buses, minibuses, and minivans that travel to and from Sihanoukville. Capitol Bus, Mekong Express, Giant Ibis, Mey Hong, and Larryta Express are among the companies plying the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville route daily. On average, foreigners pay around $10 for the trip, while Khmers are charged less.For between $45 and $60, you can hire a private taxi to bring you to Sihanoukville from the capital. These taxis can usually seat four people with luggage. There are also shared taxis you can get at the Central Market in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville's old bus station. These are usually cars that charge $7 to $10 per seat.A bus, minibus, taxi, or minivan ride from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and vice versa takes anywhere between 3.5 and six hours.  Trains on the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville line run three times a week (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The train trip, which costs $7, usually takes seven hours. In Phnom Penh, the trip starts from the Cambodia Railways Station and makes stops in Takeo and Kampot.Flights to and from SihanoukvilleThere are regular international flights to Sihanoukville from China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. Local carriers Sky Angkor Air, JC International Airlines, Cambodia Angkor, and Bayon Airlines have regularly scheduled domestic flights to Sihanoukville from Siem Reap and vice versa. Meanwhile, the Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville air route is served by Bayon Airlines which flies to the port city three times a week.Sihanoukville International Airport has been undergoing major renovations, whilst the construction of a new terminal promises to increase capacity to 500,000 passengers per year. Once completed, Sihanoukville Airport is set to be the Kingdom's largest airport. Already new flight routes have been added, with additional ongoing international flights from Vietnam and Malaysia.To scope out the carriers making daily trips to Sihanoukville, check out the arrivals and departures page of the Sihanoukville airport's website.Further to this, Grand Union Group, the developer of Dara Sakor Seashore Resort Casino in Koh Kong received permission in 2017 to build another airport. Read our full story about the proposed Koh Kong airport.How can I get around Sihanoukville?There is a wealth of transport opportunities in the city. The traditional remorques and converted trucks are still the most common. Stiff competition is coming in the form of auto rickshaws and motorcycle taxis, however. These moto taxis usually charge $1 to take you from the city centre to any of the beaches. If you have more people a remorque will cost around $2.Interestingly, the local ride-hailing service PassAp is now being used in Sihanoukville. This is a local equivalent to Uber or Grab. Using the app you can map out where you want to go and choose anything from SUV to a moped. The fare is all calculated for you as well, so there’s no need to negotiate the price.If you love the freedom of the road, renting your own motorbike is a great option. Traffic isn’t as hectic as the big city so adventurous visitors often do this. Stray Dog Adventures, Mr Yeat’s, Mottah Cambodia, DH Cambodia, Lim Henghoo and Wonderful Travel and Tours all have motos on offer. Guesthouses can usually arrange rentals for you and fees are between $4 and $7 per day.Getting around by boatKoh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem islands have daily ferry services. Access to smaller islands is generally provided by local holiday resorts, dive operators or private operators. Additionally, small long boats and medium-sized cruise boats can be hired privately for sightseeing, fishing, and diving at guesthouses, travel and transport agencies and diving operators.Back to top Schools in SihanoukvilleSihanoukville’s educational facilities still remain somewhat limited with the concentration of quality international schools still in Phnom Penh. However, as the population grows the offerings are becoming more and more diverse as the years go by. In this section, we'll give you a full list of all the international schools, universities and technical schools in Sihanoukville.List of Sihanoukville international schools, universities and technical schools SchoolLocationTypeCurriculumTuition (per month)PhoneSummaryBuild Bright UniversityStreet 810Private UniversityGeneral research 034 934 024Build Bright has schools across the country including this branch in Sihanoukville.Don Bosco Technical SchoolMitta Pheap StreetVocational schoolTechnical education 092 769 287Don Bosco Technical School one of the only vocational and technical training schools for disadvantaged Cambodian youthEcole Francaise de SihanoukvilleSantepheap streetFrench schoolFrench curriculum$200097 745 646This is an official French language school in Sihanoukville similar to Phnom Penh's Rene Descartes.Excellence International SchoolStreet 214International School (Primary)Mixed curriculum$25 to $100010 222 400Excellence International School provides primary education across subjects such as English, Chinese, Khmer, math and more.Idea Source SchoolNo 206, Sereypheap stInternational School (Primary)Mixed curriculum$100 to $270081 916 932Idea Source is a school that covers a range of subjects for youngsters in Cambodia.Life UniversityMapPrivate UniversityVarious majors$500 to $2,000 for full degree program034 934 498Life University is a private Christian university in Sihanoukville. It offers a wide range of majors.Regent SchoolBuilding 093, Ekareach StreetInternational School (Primary)Mixed curriculum 012 824 545Regent School is a primary-level school offering a mixed curriculum.Singapore Amicus International School (SAIS)Mittapheap st.International School (Primary and language school)Singaporean curriculum$25 to $120015 588 598In addition to offering Singaporean-style primary education, SAIS offers part-time classes in English and Chinese for all levels.Sovannaphumi School7 Makara StInternational School (K-12)Mixed curriculum$20 to $50015 838 068Sovannaphumi operates schools all around Cambodia.University of Management and Economics216, street 210Private UniversityManagement 034 933 909This university offers courses that cover business, tech and finance.Many people in Sihanoukville opt to send their children to school in Phnom Penh. If that’s the option you’re taking, read out full comparison and list of Phnom Penh international schools and universities.Map of Sihanoukville international schools, universities and technical schoolsBack to top Sihanoukville hospitals, clinics and pharmaciesHospital and medical service in Sihanoukville have markedly improved in the last few years. However, facilities in the province are still relatively limited. For anything more than a routine visit, most people suggest either going to Phnom Penh or even off to Bangkok. If you're searching for the best medical facilities in Cambodia look at our guide to Phnom Penh hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. If you want to find a local place, however, keep reading.Here is a list of the best hospitals, clinics and pharmacies in Sihanoukville:Note: Facilities marked with a + are open 24 hours. NameLocationTypeSpecialtyCostPhoneSummaryChakangre Clinic Sihanoukville+Ekareach street (next to HC Int'l Hotel)Hospital/ClinicGeneral$015 700 002 Chamroeum Chanlida PharmacyEkarareach Street near Gold Lion, and street 104 and EkareachPharmacy  017 500 056Chanlida has three locations around town and is one of the more well-organised pharmacies in town.CT Clinic+No. 47 Borei Kamakor streetClinicGeneral$$089 886 666CT Clinic has good equipment and a few English-speaking staff. Services offered include minor operations and doctor visitationsHappy Pets Veterinary Clinic2 Thnou StVeterinary clinic $098 215 104This is one of the only vet clinics in the countryKhmer American Dental ClinicEkreach StreetDental clinicDentistry$087 999 898Dentists here speak English and offer affordable service.Naro Dental Clinic138 Ekareach StreetDental clinicDentistry$012 333 741Cost of most services are displayed on their Facebook page.Pharmacy EkareachEkareach street (next to Orange Market)Pharmacy $016 930 331 Sihanoukville International Clinic+#085 Ekareach StreetClinicObstetrics, dermatology, and gynecology$$034 933 911Sihanoukville International Clinic has the best reputation and is a favourite among expats. It offers 24-hour medical care.Sihanoukville Referral HospitalNo. 031 Ekareach streetPublic HospitalGeneral$034 933 679This is a government hospital. Prices are low but foreigners usually opt for better facilites.Som Dara Clinic92 Borey Kamakor StreetSingle-doctor clinicTropical medicine, vaccines and endocrinology$012 845 223This clinic is run by Dr Som Dara, a skilled Cambodian doctor who is fluent in French and English.Sonja Kill Referral HospitalNational Road 3, KampotHospitalGeneral$$012 738 888Despite being quite a long drive Sihanoukville, Sonja Kill is one of the best hospitals in the country and many opt to go there.Map of Sihanoukville hospitals, clinics and pharmacies:Government Authorities & Emergency ServicesPoliceThe Sihanoukville police’s main headquarters are located 1.5 kilometres from the town centre, near Victory Hill. The smaller Sangkats in each district also have a police station. Tourist Police (speak English etc.): + (855) 011 683 307; + (855) 068 640 416. Emergency Hotline, 24hour: + (855) 097 778 0008.PostThere are two post offices in the center of the municipality of Sihanoukville. The main office is situated on Ekareach Street, just outside of Victory Hill, and a small office near the central market. Tel: + (855) 034 933 539 or 034 933 426.Sihanoukville is like nowhere else on earthThere’s a reason that Preah Sihanouk province was originally named after the King. There’s definitely something magical about the enchanting landscape. Indeed, the lifestyle in Sihanoukville is one of leisure and calm. You really have to experience it to truly understand.If you find this guide useful you may like our other guides for areas like the ultimate guide to Chroy Changvar district or the ultimate guide to Toul Kork district in Phnom Penh. Article by:
ultimate guide to BKK3
The ultimate guide to BKK 3
May 9, 2022, 6:01 a.m.
It may be a bit smaller and more low key than heavy hitter BKK1, but Boeung Keng Kang 3 has a lot to offer. In fact, it has plenty of unique things to offer in its own right. So, without any delay, Realestate.com.kh is bringing you the ultimate guide to BKK3.BKK3 sits across Monivong Boulevard from BKK1, one of the most upscale districts of the capital. Due to the lower rent prices in BKK3, many expats choose to live here. Plus, its still centrally located.We can help you find the best expat rentals in BKK3. If you're still debating where in Phnom Penh you want to live, take a look at the rest of our real estate location profiles.There are a few key types of residences in the neighourhood. We'll give you a short brief on each of them:Shophouses in BKK3Two- and three-bedroom apartments inside Cambodia's typical shophouses are one of the most popular arrangements for foreigners in Cambodia. They're especially popular for those on a tight budget. Most are divided over two floors with the common areas on the lower level and bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms sitting above. Luckily, this style of accomodation is plentiful so its easy to find openings no matter when you're looking. There's still tons of shophouses in BKK3. You can browse our site to view houses for rent in BKK2.But who wants to waste time hunting down houses, especially in the Cambodia heat? Agents can make the process smooth and painless. Thankfully, we've got a list of the best realtors in Cambodia.Renovating and elevatingBuildings in Cambodia are being improved constantly. Landlords always want to update to attract renters, so it’s simple to find a shophouse that has been given a facelift. Landlords usually add features that you would expect in Western nations, especially if they want to attract expats.Occassionally, you'll see shophouses that have been subdivided. Landlords will often do this so they can offer one-bedroom units or larger flats, instead of leaving the whole floor as one space. For around $500 per month you can find a nicely furnished space in BKK3.If you're looking to live alone, there are studio apartments that can go for as little as $300 per month.Jihye Kim, who works for an NGO in Phnom Penh has lived in the city for more than four years. She's currently in a one-bedroom flat in a renovated shophouse in the district. She pays around $500 a month for rent.“I like that it is centrally located but is also quiet,” she said, adding that she rarely has to leave this area of Phnom Penh.The age of the condoIf you take a look around Phnom Penh you'll see tons of new high-rise buildings popping up. True, BKK1 holds the lion's share of these buildings. But there are more and more spreading throughout the surrounding districts such as BKK3.Units in dedicated apartment buildings will often be fully furnished with most of what you'd expect in a typical flat elsewhere in the world. Sofas, tables, chairs, kitchen setups, and modern bathrooms are all par for the course. If you get lucky you may even be the first person to move in, so all the appliances will be brand new. Those are the perks of living during a building boom!You can even start your search right now. Start browsing our hundreds of listings to find a condo for rent in BKK3.Luxury on lockThere's another category of apartments for those who want a little bit more luxury. In Phnom Penh, we have what are called full-service apartments. These spots look similar to the dedicated apartment buildings above. They will usually have a host of common facilities, however. Most have pools, fitness centres, 24-hour security and (as the name implies) housekeeping services. If you have a busy social life or a job that keeps you on the go, these can be a great option. Of course, you will pay a bit more. But you'll have more convenience and a great place to relax on weekends. To get into a place like this on a budget try finding a two-bedroom apartment and find yourself a roomate. Also, start your search at our page for apartments for rent in BKK3.Villa here, villa thereFreestanding houses in Phnom Penh are usually referred to as villas. These can vary widely in size from three to over eight bedrooms. They are sometimes even used for businesses. Every once in a while a nice villa will spring up on the renting market. Some can be pricey because of their size. Yet if you have a large group, they can be an awesome way to live. Many villas for rent in BKK3 are leased out for around $2,500 to $5,000 per month.But what's there to do here?If you want to live in a place where there's restaurants, bars and entertainment, BKK3 is a good place for you. Activities abound here. There's a beer garden just around the corner from the Toul Sleng museum called Five Men Fresh Beer. They serve beer that's brewed locally and some pretty good entrees.For film buffs, a local expat haunt is The Flicks Community Movie House. They have a couple venues around town but their main location is in the neighbourhood. Pay for a $3.50 ticket and you get to watch three films in a day.The owner of The Flicks, Ramon Stoppelenburg, claimed that the area has changed immensely since he bought the business in 2011.“Before, the city lacked anything besides bars and restaurants … [The Flicks] has become the escape haven for the many expatriates and tourists in town as it screens better movies, film festival winners, documentaries and has kids’ sessions," he said.Food, glorious food BKK3 is practically a melting pot of different cuisines. One staple of the area are the Chinese restaurants peppered along Monivong. They offer up awesome hand-pulled noodles as well as dumplings. What's more, many are open late into the night. This is no-frills dining, but it's also quite cheap.Want some Thai food? Look no further than Yosaya just off Sihanouk. There are also tons of local eateries if you're looking for Khmer food.Try Coin Cafe if you want a restaurant that has a mix of Western and Asian food. Living your life in BKK3Corner stores are a new development in Cambodia. BKK3 already has tons of them though. They can be great for just picking up daily needs or snacks. There's Kiwi Mart, Fresh Mart, Super Duper and a few more. Many people also like to go to the gym a few times a week. There are plenty of places in the district to do that. There's Muscle Fitness and Ming Hour Club and many others. For a guide, read our list of the top 10 gyms in Phnom Penh.Life in the cityPhnom Penh is changing and diversifying day by day. As it does BKK3 might start to look more like BKK1. But, as it is now, it still has its own feel and flavour. The atmosphere here is somewhere in between the BKK1 and ecclective Toul Tum Poung to the south. Because of this, many think it's an awesome middleground.Choosing where you live in the capital will have a lasting effect on your experience. Some want to be in a quiet place. Others want to be in the middle of it all. Regardless of your specific needs, there's plenty to find no matter where you look. No matter where you move, get to know the area. Get out and see what there is to see. Need more guides? Check out other great resources such as Location Profiles and Investor Guides on Realestate.com.kh now!
Ultimate guide to Bavet, Svay Rieng, Cambodia
The ultimate guide to Bavet
May 16, 2022, 9:54 p.m.
Countries don’t become rich by just buying and selling things within their own borders. In this modern age of globalisation, countries are more connected than ever. Bavet, Cambodia is the nexus of trade and movement between the Kingdom and Vietnam, its eastern neighbour.Bavet, the largest city in Svay Rieng province, is home to one of the four border crossings between Cambodia and Vietnam. It has become the de facto point of entry for overland shipping between the two countries. This is mainly due to its location midway between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City. Bavet has become a hub for not only trade but gambling, investment and even land speculation. It has attracted attention from many Chinese investors because of its status in the region. This guide will walk you through Bavet’s SEZs, its gambling industry, Bavet Satellite City, land prices and what the future will look like. Read on to learn all about one of Cambodia’s most interesting border cities.If you want a free crash course on the business scene in Cambodia, go and download our free Investment Guide 2019.Bavet the boomtownBavet sits right on the border that Cambodia shares with Vietnam. Years ago it was a dusty town that even Cambodians were unfamiliar with. But that was before it got a special economic zone and began developing its tourism industry. Gaming licences had been issued by the government many years before Chinese investors began pouring in. Yet online gambling is one of the main industries that investors from there brought to the town in recent years. Over the last few years, along with the development of the casinos in Bavet, the local economy has grown. A host of factories have begun operating in the province’s 10 special economic zones, and the real estate market has expanded. Currently, Bavet boasts a population of over 50,000, most of the country’s special economic zones, 56 factories, 17 casinos and hotels and more on the way. Fortunately, prices haven’t shot up as they did in Sihanoukville after the surge in Chinese-run businesses. SEZs generate prosperityAccording to a senior government official in Bavet, investments from China have been key to the development of the area’s many Special Economic Zones (SEZs).The government began its program for SEZs back in 2005. This marked a turning point for the economy of Bavet, and the entire province of Svay Rieng. The Manhattan Special Economic Zone was the first private industrial park in the country. It remains a staple of industry in Bavet. A total of four SEZs have been built in Bavet, and six in nearby areas of Svay Rieng.In Bavet alone there are nearly 60 factories in the SEZs employing more than 40,000 people.Because of the city’s proximity to Vietnam, it is a hub of cross-border trade. The rise of the gambling industry there has also jumpstarted investment in the area. Additionally, there are a couple key advantages that gives the city an edge:Being located just north of the Mekong River Delta means Bavet is drought resistant. There is an abundance of water sources.Electricity is stable. This means that the area rarely suffers from outtages.In recent years, as export markets grow, activity in Bavet’s SEZs has increased. Manufacturers from the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Hong Kong have also set up factories in the SEZs to manufacture garment, shoes and other products, providing a large number of employment for the locals.Bavet's booming gaming industryOn the way from Bavet to the Vietnamese border, there are many casinos scattered along National Road 1. Indeed, Bavet seems to mirror the activity of Poipet on the other side of the country. Read more about that area in our ultimate guide to Poipet. Both areas have many casinos that cater to foreign visitors. You see, gambling is illegal in both Vietnam and Thailand. It’s illegal in Cambodia, too, but only for its citizens. Foreign visitors are free to lay bets. Because of this unique situation, Cambodia has become somewhat of a gambling Mecca for Southeast Asia in recent years. Tourist travel from all over the region to visit. To read more about the gaming industry in Cambodia, read our Ultimate guide to casinos in Cambodia.Interestingly, Bavet’s casinos seem to be geared towards visitors stopping in for a day or two. Since the city is at a crossroads the turnover is quick. The growth of Bavet’s gaming industry has led to a renewed interest in hotels, restaurants, markets and other key types of real estate.Land prices on the rise According to the chairman of the Cambodia Real Estate Association, demand is growing for more residential options in Bavet. This follows the growth of businesses and a population growth, as well.At the moment, the price of land near the centre of town area or adjacent to the casinos is between $1,000 and $2,000 per sqm. On secondary roads in the city land costs between $400 and $500 per sqm. Land off National Road 1, on the other hand, goes for just $100 to $200 per sqm. Bavet Satellite CityIn October of 2018, three Chinese companies announced joint plans for a satellite city project in Svay Rieng province. Empire World City, Bauing and China CFMA said they were planning a development that will cover 800 hectares and cost roughly $500 million. According to local media, a 50-hectare residential development within the satellite city is already in the works. Eventually, the satellite city will have houses, parks, entertainment venues and factories. A timeline of 15 years was initially laid out for the project. Estimates claim the project aims to host around 200,000 people.The future of BavetIn February 2018, representatives from the Cambodian and Vietnam governments met to discuss the development of roads and railways linking the two nations. Sun Chanthol, the minister of Public Works and Transport for Cambodia, at that time suggested that Vietnam build a railway connecting Bavet and Ho Chi Minh City. Luckily, the idea is progressing forward. An assessment has been done. Findings show that the 130-km line would cost around $3.8 billion. High costs were attributed to the fact that 80 km of the line would have to cross lakes and floodplains.Another light on the horizon is the plan to create a highway linking Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh. Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Taiwan and Japan have all pledge to support efforts to boost trade links in the region.  As we see more an more of these projects come to fruition, the future looks ever brighter for Bavet and Svay Rieng in general. There’s no doubt that it will become a key area in regional business in the years to come.If you liked this guide make sure to browse through out Investment Guide 2019. It has tons of profiles and covers all aspects of doing business in Cambodia.
Ultimate guide to Chroy Changvar
The ultimate guide to Chroy Changvar
June 7, 2022, 2:58 a.m.
Most people like to gaze out over the river the runs through Phnom Penh. But if you look at the opposite bank you’ll see one of the most up-and-coming districts in the city. Chroy Changvar district encompasses the peninsula formed by the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, as well as Koh Dach, or Silk Island.Khan Chroy Changvar was a part of Russey Keo district until 2013. It’s made up of five communes:Preaek LiebPreaek Ta SekChroy ChangvarBak KaengKoh DachNational Highway 6A runs through Chroy Changvar. It provides a direct route to the important provinces of Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, and Kampong Cham.This guide will give you a crash course about real estate in Chroy Changvar, what’s there, and how the area will grow. Let’s get started!Where is Chroy Changvar?Part of Phnom Penh, Chroy Changvar is the name of both the district and the peninsula it encompasses. Chroy Changvar is across the river from central Phnom Penh. It is connected to the centre of the city by a pair of bridges. The Cambodia-China Friendship Bridge and Cambodia-Japan Friendship Bridge were also instrumental in the neighbourhood’s rise. The latter was originally built back in the 1960s, but saw major renovations in the first half of 2019.There’s also a bridge to the peninsula farther north in the Prek Pnov area of the capital.Chroy Changvar: From marshland to boomtownThe decade has seen Chroy Changvar turn from marshland into one of the fastest-growing areas of Phnom Penh. Change is being led by hospitality businesses like hotels and restaurants.The transformation of Chroy Changvar has astounded many. Yim Socheath, Director of CDN Property, said Chroy Changvar is developing faster than any other suburbs in Phnom Penh.“You have comparatively large and famous investment projects there,” he added.Getting around Chroy ChangvarThe main ways to get around Chroy Changvar are motorbike, tuk tuk and car. Luckily, there isn't nearly as much traffic and congestion as central Phnom Penh. This means that driving is hassle-free. You can easily hail a ride in almost any part of the district. A bus route to Chroy Changvar (and back) is now available via Line 06. You may refer to the infographic below, courtesy of the tourismcambodia.com.Property development in Chroy Changvar taking offChroy Changvar hosts some of the biggest property development projects in Cambodia. One of the leading projects is the Chroy Changvar Satellite City.Developed by Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC) to the tune of $1.6 billion, the complex is spread over 300 hectares. This includes riverfront power plants, supermarkets, exhibition centres, sports facilities, government buildings, schools, and a clubhouse.Chroy Changvar is also becoming a hub for borey developments. Borey projects there include Borey the Flora, The Botanic City, and Borey the Mekong Royal. These landed properties are massively popular for low and middle-income Cambodians.Cheng Mony, a new homeowner who bought a hybrid villa at The Flora's project in Chroy Changvar, said:"I want to live in this area because it has big roads and no traffic jams. I see several large projects that have started in this area. I think we can expect good growth here."Chrek Soknim, CEO of Century 21 Mekong, said Chroy Changvar is a good place for residential developments. He added that there are currently more people moving into the area and that housing developments in the area have been very successful.There are projects courting the high-end of the market as well; La Vista One, The Peninsula, Morgan Enmaison, SH Condo, and Wealth Mansion are a few of the big names in the area.Land in Chroy Changvar at bargain pricesCurrently, much of the focus of development in Phnom Penh is focused on outer districts like Sen Sok, Toul Kork and Meanchey. Chroy Changvar falls squarely into that category. Indeed, it’s got a strategic advantage over most areas.The district has large parcels of undeveloped land. Much of it is far cheaper than in other parts of the city. It still has good access to the centre of the city too, and the two rivers mean it has an eco-friendly feel.In early 2019, Jiayuan International Group, a major Chinese property developer, purchased five plots of land in Chroy Changvar for $35 million. The land is planned for use in residential and commercial projects.Residential land in Chroy Changvar sells anywhere between $50 and $1,400 per square metre. Meanwhile, commercial land for sale in Chroy Changvar is usually between $550 and $2,250 per square metre. Chroy Changvar commune is the most expensive; land there can be as high as $3,000 per square metre along main roads. On smaller roads, however, it can be found for as little as $800 per square metre.Koh Dach, or Silk Island, has the cheapest land in Chroy Changvar. Along main roads expect to pay between $90 and $300 per square metre, or between $20 and $100 off minor roads.For rent or saleAs demand for more diverse types of properties increases, more condos, apartments, villas and shophouses for sale in Chroy Changvar are popping up on the peninsula.A typical fully-furnished condo unit in Chroy Changvar sells for $68,000 to $238,000. The usual rental price for such property is between $1,000 and $1,500 per month, depending on the number of rooms and available amenities.Expats living in Chroy Changvar usually choose serviced apartments. These offer cleaning service and usually have pools and gyms. You can find these in Chroy Changvar for as low as $700 per month with larger units costing upwards of $2,000 per month.If you’re shopping for villas for sale in Chroy Changvar, the price varies widely. Most are between $100,000 and $1 million. Conversely, if you’re just looking to rent a villa, aim to pay between $1,000 and $3,500 per month.Shophouses are still widely available in Chroy Changvar. They can be purchased for between $55,000 and $380,000, or leased for less than $2,500 per month.Chroy Changvar attractions worth a visitChroy Changvar has more than a few tourist attractions, including Cambodia’s largest wildlife park. Here’s a few of them:Chroy Changvar BridgeAlso known as the Cambodian-Japanese Friendship Bridge, this is the most well-known landmark in Chroy Changvar. The bridge, which spans the Mekong River, was originally built with Japanese aid in the early 1960s. Mined and partially destroyed by the Khmer Rouge during the Cambodian Civil War, the bridge remained closed for more than two decades until it was repaired and put back into operation in the 1990s.Win-Win MemorialOne of the newest tourist attractions in Phnom Penh, the memorial commemorates Cambodia’s struggles and the successes gained after the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge in 1979. Prime Minister Hun Sen described it as a symbol of independence, unity, national reconciliation, and development. The main feature of the memorial is a 54-metre high monument. Spread over 8 hectares, the memorial also includes a picture gallery, movie theatre, fountains, and a library.Koh Dach (Silk Island)Koh Dach is among the most popular tourist destinations in Phnom Penh. This beautiful island on the Mekong River is noted for its silk production and weaving industry. Mostly secluded, the island is popular with locals and foreigners seeking peace and solitude. It is also a good place to buy silk products, wood carvings, pottery, and other handicrafts.Safari World Phnom PenhThe largest zoo in Cambodia, the Safari World Phnom Penh, houses more than 800 animals including deer, a tiger, a giraffe and kangaroo. It also features daily animal shows that are popular with many visitors, especially children. The $9 million zoo was previously located in Koh Kong province before moving to Phnom Penh.Map of Chroy Changvar's best attractions:More attractions on Chroy Changvar's horizonSet for completion in 2020 is the Morodok Techo National Stadium. The 60,000-seat venue has a price tag of $200 million and will host the 2023 Southeast Asian Games. It is being built with Chinese assistance.Chroy Changvar is also where you can find Cambodia’s first-ever dinosaur park. The park, which was built by the Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC) to the tune of $2 million back in 2018, is open to the public from 9:00 am to 20:00.Options are blossoming for shopping in Chroy ChangvarChroy Changvar has just a few markets, but many think more will be added as international investment there grows. Among the most prominent of them are Vathanak Super Market, JR Mart, Point One Commercial Center, and Phsar Preak Leap. These have a good selection of wet and dry goods.Chroy Changvar: New street food kingChroy Changvar was never really known for its food. But that has changed recently. There are tons of restaurants right along the riverside near Sokha Hotel.Yet most notably is Food Palace, the biggest street food centre in Cambodia. It’s inside the Chroy Changvar Satellite City and hosts over 200 food stalls. They serve up Khmer, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Western food.Among the best restaurants in Chroy Changvar is Theato Restaurant. Located inside The Bale Phnom Penh, Theato Restaurant serves Khmer, Asian, and Western cuisine. Several indoor restaurants in Sokha Phnom Penh are also known for serving a wide and excellent variety of Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and Asian dishes.Less lively nightlifeThe nightlife in Chroy Changvar is less lively than places closer to the centre. The most famous names in the district’s nightlife scene include Dream World KTV, Bokor Lounge & Bar, and Spean Meas Karaoke.  These mostly cater to the local population.The best is yet to come for Chroy ChangvarChroy Changvar undoubtedly has what it takes to become an economic powerhouse. Packed with potential, Chroy Changvar is headed and pushing itself in the right direction.And with it hosting Southeast Asia’s biggest sporting event, it is just a matter of time that Chroy Changvar will join the list of Phnom Penh’s most progressive districts.Search properties for sale in Chroy Changvar and current properties for rent in Chroy Changvar! 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ultimate guide to Daun Penh
The ultimate guide to Daun Penh
May 13, 2022, 1:08 p.m.
You look out and see the murky waters of the Tonle Sap River mixing with the Mighty Mekong. Tuk-tuks are zooming past you almost non-stop. A few tourists with backpacks slog past. You can only be in one place: Daun Penh. Located in the heart of the capital, Daun Penh is full of retail shops, markets, shopping centres, and other businesses. It’s also a tourism hub. The riverside area, Royal Palace and Wat Phnom are a few of the country’s top draws.Daun Penh also distinguished itself as a magnet for real estate. As one of the largest districts of Phnom Penh, it hosts a huge variety of properties. Everything from residential to commercial is here. What’s more, local legend says it’s the place where the capital was founded.Spanning over seven square kilometres, Daun Penh is made up of 11 sangkats:Wat PhnomSraas ChakPhsar ChasPhsar Kandal IPhsar Kandal IIChey ChomneasChaktomukPhsar Thmey IPhsar Thmey IIPhsar Thmey IIIBoeing RaingRead on to see what you should be paying if you are shopping for real estate for sale in Duan Penh, apartments for rent in Daun Penh, or even villas for rent in Daun Penh.A place for prime landDaun Penh has some of the highest demand in Phnom Penh. Thus, it’s not surprising that land commands premium prices.On average, residential land is selling for around $3,500 per square metre. Commercial plots, meanwhile, cost about $6,100 per square metre.The most expensive commercial land for rent in Daun Penh is around the Central Market. The average price for commercial land there is pegged at $9,000 per square metre. For residential plots, the priciest ones are in Phsar Chas, where the average rate is $4,000 per square metre.Sorn Seap, founder and CEO of Key Real Estate, attributed the high land prices to the area’s commercial significance and the presence of popular tourist destinations.Premium office spaceDaun Penh is home to some of the highest-grade office space in the capital. Canadia Tower, Vattanac Capital, Exchange Square, Raintree, Aura Condominium and Phnom Penh Tower have some the best office space you will find anywhere in Phnom Penh.For now, Vattanac Tower and Exchange Square are the only property developments in Cambodia that offer Grade A office space.Renting office space for rent in Daun Penh will typically cost between $10 and $30 per square metre a month.High-end apartments and condosDaun Penh is one of Phnom Penh premier residential areas. Its location close to the centre of the city and proximity to many amenities makes it popular among many locals and expats. Many of the condos and apartments in Daun Penh are considered high-end.Naturally, condos for rent in Daun Penh are more expensive to rent than their counterparts in the outer areas of the city.Rents start at around $300 per month. But many places are much more. High-end condos will usually be over $900 per month. However, you will usually have access to a pool, gym, parking and work space. For a more detailed breakdown on what you should be paying, read our expat rental guide to Phnom Penh.Aura Condominium, for instance, is offering fully-furnished units for around $1,200 per month.Skyscrapers in sightThe price of land has not deterred property investors and developers from choosing Daun Penh as the site for their projects.In fact, the number of property developments in the district is increasing by the month. Daun Penh is awash with condos, apartments, villas, commercial buildings, and other residential and commercial development projects. And there is still more to come.Yuetai Group has commenced work on the Phnom Penh Harbour, a $2 billion project that will see the construction of more than 20 high-rise buildings on an area facing the Tonle Sap River.Meanwhile, Royal Group, a local business conglomerate, is proposing to build a 600-metre skyscraper on the site of the historic Cambodiana Hotel. Once completed, this would be the tallest structure in Southeast Asia.Our site has listings for all the new developments in Phnom Penh.Villa, villa, viciThe age of the villa may be on the way out in Phnom Penh. More plots are being used for high-rises. But there are a handful of villas for rent in Daun Penh if you want to have a home in the centre of town.Rent is usually between $2,500 and $4,500 per month depending on the number of bedrooms. Small ones can be found for as little as $1,200 per month, however. Buying a villa for sale in Phnom Penh can be a bit tricker, but it’s still possible. Prices here will vary a lot based on location, size and many other factors. For between $25,000 and $40,000 you can snag a villa but bigger ones have been known to go for over $1 million.Attractive attractionsSo we know that Daun Penh hosts most of the capital’s major attractions. But how do these sites fit into the city? Here are the major jewels of the area:Royal PalaceOriginally built in 1866, the Royal Palace serves as the residence of Cambodia’s royal family. The Royal Palace is a splendid example of Khmer architecture. The Khemarin Palace, Throne Hall, Silver Pagoda, and Moonlight Pavilion are some of the buildings inside the palace compound. The Royal Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cambodia, with hundreds, or sometimes thousands, of tourists from all over the world visiting it every day.Chaktomuk TheatreShaped like a hand-held fan, the Chaktomuk Theatre is a landmark of the style known as New Khmer Architecture. It was designed by the late Van Molyvann, Cambodia’s most famous architect. Completed in 1961, the building hosted the 6th Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists that same year. The People’s Republic of Kampuchea (PRK) also used it as a venue for the trial in absentia of senior Khmer Rouge leaders in 1979. Today, Chaktomuk Theatre is used as a venue for conferences and cultural events organised by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MCFA).Wat PhnomBuilt in 1372, Wat Phnom Penh is a historic hilltop temple sitting in the centre of Phnom Penh. Wat Phnom is the tallest religious shrine in the city, standing some 27 metres above the ground. Wat Phnom Penh serves as a venue for major religious ceremonies during Khmer New and Pchum Ben. Wat Phnom is visited by hundreds of foreign tourists every day. Also, many locals visit Wat Phnom to pray and seek divine intervention. National MuseumThis is a must-visit for people who are interested in culture and history. In place since the 1920s, the National Museum is Cambodia’s leading historical and cultural museum. The museum is a repository for the world’s largest collection of Cambodian art, housing more than 14,000 sculptures, ethnographic objects, and other artifacts dating from the prehistoric times to the post-Angkorian period.Shopping here, shopping thereDaun Penh is among the most popular shopping destinations in Phnom Penh. Several of Cambodia’s most well-known markets and shopping centres are located in the district. Central Market, O’Russey Market, Pencil Market, and Sorya Shopping Center are all here. Daun Penh is also host to an impressive array of retail shops and supermarkets selling everything from jewellery, handicrafts, artwork, souvenirs, footwear and clothing. Oh, and don’t forget about the groceries stores like Lucky and Super Duper if you just need a snack or a soda.A food lover’s paradiseIf you are a food lover and would like to try the cuisines of many different countries, Daun Penh, is the place to go.Along the riverside, you can find restaurants serving: Western food like French, Greek, Italian and AmericanOther Asian specialties like Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Singaporean and MalaysianIndianMexicanAnd even Middle Eastern foodChinese House, KFC, Lucky Burger, Le Point Café, 5 Drunk Men, Hops Craft Beer Garden, Le Deli Bistro Gourmet, Gulai Restaurant, Mother India Restaurant, and Hummus House are some of the most popular names. There is even a Cuban restaurant along the riverside called Havana Café & Bar and a Filipino restaurant named MeMates Resto Bar.If you are looking for an inexpensive yet delicious local meal, the Small Restaurant & Bar is an excellent choice. For $3, you can have such favourites as pepper squid with a plentiful heap of rice.There are also numerous coffee and beverage shops in Daun Penh, including such popular brands as Brown Cafe, KOI Cafe, Costa Coffee, and Café Amazon. See our list of the top 10 cafes in Phnom Penh to learn more. A Mecca for exercise buffsFor people who want to exercise or shed a few kilograms of weight after a sumptuous meal at one of the restaurants nearby, Daun Penh has much to offer. The district is host to numerous gyms and fitness centres, including Prokout Fitness & Fight Center, Advoyer, and Four Seasons.Nightlife-centric districtDaun Penh, especially the area along the river, is well-known for having a vibrant entertainment scene. The district hosts the highest concentration of bars and similar establishments in Phnom Penh.As soon as the sun sets, Streets 51 and 172 come alive, as the many nightclubs, pubs, bars and other entertainment joints in the area open their doors to customers, both locals and foreigners. The dancing, singing, and drinking last well until the morning.The most well-known in Daun Penh’s nightlife scene include Pontoon, Vito Club, The Wall, and The Red Fox. The Phnom Penh Pub Street is also a good place to hang out at night.Safe, but beware of petty criminalsWhile Daun Penh is generally a safe place, phone snatchings and other petty crimes targeting foreigners do happen from time to time in the district, especially in the area close to the riverside. Serious crimes, however, are rare. The next ‘Orchard Road’From what everybody hears and see, investors are not discouraged by the hefty price tag for land and other property in Daun Penh. In fact, the opposite is happening. More and more local and foreign investors are investing heavily or developing major property in the district and surrounding areas.Barring some unexpected disaster or tragedy, the next few years point to Daun Penh becoming the most progressive and developed strip of Phnom Penh.Many people say that Daun Penh will become the "next Orchard Road”, referring to the iconic shopping and tourism belt in neighbouring Singapore that is famous the world over.What do you think? Is real estate for sale in Daun Penh overpriced? Start browsing properties in Daun Penh or check out our other Phnom Penh location profiles for every area of the city.
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ultimate guide to Kampong Cham
The ultimate guide to Kampong Cham
May 28, 2022, 10:04 p.m.
Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Kampong Cham is most well-known as the home of Cambodia’s Muslim population, the Chams. It’s also home to the world’s longest bamboo bridge. Kampong Cham is something of a crossroads in the middle of Cambodia. People traveling to the provinces of Kratie, Steung Treng, Ratanakiri, and Mondulkiri often make a stop in Kampong Cham. Kampong Cham is one of the most populous provinces in the Kingdom with a current population of nearly two million. It’s the 18th largest province in the country with an area of 4,549 square kilometres. In 2013, land in Kampong Cham was carved out to create Tbong Khmum, the country’s newest province. Kampong Cham is divided into nine districts and Kampong Cham city is the provincial capital.Real estate in Kampong Cham is limited and mostly based on land sales. However, the province is also a key area for agriculture.If you want to learn more about the other provinces of Cambodia and what they can offer to visitors and investors, you can read through our guides and location profiles. And our property listings are a good reference if you want to buy or rent land, house, apartment, or any kind of property in Kampong Cham. Kampong Cham’s colonial pastKampong Cham is mostly an agricultural province. Residents usually make a living from farming or fishing. The province is an important producer of rubber, cashew nuts, and rice. It also has an abundance of fruit orchards brimming with mangosteen, lychee, durian, and rambutan. Except for the capital, most of the province is quiet and has a laid-back atmosphere. The streets are clean, traffic jams are non-existent, and there is less pollution compared to Phnom Penh and other urban areas.In the centre and outlying areas of Kampong Cham, you can still see many old colonial buildings that harken back to the time when Cambodia was still a French protectorate. Read our complete guide about colonial buildings in Cambodia to learn more.Land and other property in the cheapKampong Cham has an abundance of land that is selling at rates much lower than what you will find in other provinces of Cambodia. Land in the capital, of course, commands a premium. The same is somewhat true for any land along main roads.In Kampong Cham’s capital, commercial land is selling for $850 to $2,800 per square metre. For residential land, the price is between $200 and $300. Despite huge progress across Cambodia over the last few years, land prices in Kampong Cham have remained mostly unchanged. The province has yet to see any large-scale development plans that have sprung up in other areas of the country. But that could change in the coming years. Kampong Cham has a scattering of apartments, houses, and villas for sale or rent, with most of them concentrated in the provincial capital. Average rental rates there for flats or apartments are between $400 and $1,200 per month. Rates are significantly cheaper in the rest of the province.A short ride from Phnom PenhKampong Cham is easy to reach, being only 123 km away from Phnom Penh. There are two major roads connecting Kampong Cham to the Kingdom’s capital:National Road 6National Road 7Both roads are in excellent condition compared to highways across the country. Several bus companies have daily trips from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham and vice versa. These include Capitol Bus, Giant Ibis, Mekong Express, and Sorya Bus. A bus ticket to Kampong Cham costs between $5 and $7, and the trip usually takes from two to three hours. Aside from buses, there are also mini-buses and mini-vans plying the Phnom Penh-Kampong Cham route. Taxis can be hired, but they are quite expensive, with prices for a single trip running between $60 and $100. A much cheaper alternative is taking shared taxis. Underrated tourism destinationCompared to nearby Battambang and Siem Reap, Kampong Cham doesn’t usually pop up on the list of Cambodia’s tourist locations. Yet many who stop here say there’s more than meets the eye. Here are some of the biggest draws in Kampong Cham:World’s longest bamboo bridge The Bamboo Bridge is by far the most popular tourist attraction in Kampong Cham. The bridge, which leads to the island of Koh Paen, has a length of more than one kilometre, making it the world’s longest bamboo bridge.The bridge is not permanent. During the rainy season, it’s dismantled and then reconstructed again during the dry months. The bridge has been in place for the past 50 years, save for a short interruption during the Khmer Rouge era. Many people visit Kampong Cham just to see the Bamboo Bridge. On average, 500 to 1,000 people, including many tourists, cross the bridge every day.Home of the KingOne of Kampong Cham’s most important tourist attractions is a former royal residence. The stately home sits on a sprawling compound. It was abandoned long ago but still serves as a historical sight and general meeting place.  Koh PaenA short bicycle ride from the mainland across the bamboo bridge will bring you to Koh Paen, a large, quiet island in the middle of the mighty Mekong. Koh Paen is reputed to be one of the finest places to relax in the countryside far from the din and bustle of city life. On the island are also some of Cambodia’s most beautiful villages. Abandoned B-52 airstripA leftover from the Vietnam War. Located three km west of the town, it was used by US B-52 bombers on their bombing missions inside Cambodia. Long abandoned, only the remnants of the old runway, a pillbox, and control tower can be seen today. Wat NokorLocated a short distance from the centre of Kampong Cham, this 11th-century Angkorian temple is among the favourite for many visitors coming to the province. Wat Nokor was built during the reign of King Jayavarman II. Renowned for its impressive and elaborate design, it was included in the Unesco World Heritage Site shortlist in 1992. Kizuna BridgeThe 1,500-metre Kizuna Bridge, which spans the Mekong River, was the longest bridge in the Kingdom until the completion of the 1,900-metre Thai-Cambodian Bridge in Koh Kong in 2002. The bridge, which linked together the eastern and western part of Cambodia, was built with funding assistance from Japan and officially opened in 2001.Accommodations in Kampong ChamKampong Cham does not have luxury accommodations like you will see in Phnom Penh or in other urban areas. There is no Marriott or Sofitel there. Nevertheless, Kampong Cham has plenty to offer most visitors.The top hotels include LBN Asian Hotel, 7 Makara Hotel, Reasmey Cheanich Hotel, and Kc River Hotel. They charge between $20 and $30 a night. Most of these have amenities like a swimming pool and sky bar. There are also a large number of smaller hotels and guesthouses (with private rooms and dormitory-style shared rooms) that charge between $5 and $20, depending on the amenities.  Unique gastronomic experience in waitingKampong Cham is not your typical gastronomic paradise. Nevertheless, a unique, sumptuous dining experience is not hard to find there. Kampong Cham hosts restaurants and eateries offering Khmer, Western, and Asian dishes. If you want a heaping of authentic Khmer dishes at the same time contribute to a worthwhile cause, the Smile Restaurant is a perfect choice. The restaurant is run by Buddhism and Society Development Association (BSDA), a local NGO. The restaurant and attached premises serve as a home and training ground for street kids, orphans, and other vulnerable, who get hands-on training on food preparation, table serving, and other aspects of the restaurant business. If you are looking for the best seafood in town, the K2 Seafood Buffet Restaurant will not disappoint you. You can find some of the best local and Asian cuisine at Hao An and Bamboo Café. Most of the international and Western restaurants in Kampong Cham are located along the riverfront. The names most prominently mentioned are Lazy Mekong Daze, The Pizza, Mekong Crossing, LBN Asian Restaurant, Destiny Coffee House, and Madinina Pizza. Round and aroundYou can walk or bike around Kampong Cham city, but if you want to visit or see the sights outside the city, you can rent a motorbike or ride in one of the motodops or tuk-tuks around. Motodop or tuk-tuk fares for going outside the city start from $2, depending on the distance to your destination. You can rent a bicycle or a motorbike from rental shops, hotels, and guesthouses.Kampong Cham is largely a safe and peaceful province, with only a few incidents of petty and serious crimes reported. Locals and tourists can walk at night by themselves without fearing for their safety. Don’t judge a book by its coverAt first glance, Kampong Cham is a sleepy province with little else and nary a potential for development. But if you stay longer, explore farther, and dig deeper, you will soon realise that there is much more to Kampong Cham, whether you are a traveler, a visitor, or an investor. The potential of Kampong Cham is there for the taking.  If you're ready to start shopping, browse our listings for real estate for sale in Kampong Cham. Otherwise, check out our other location profiles to read more about areas of Cambodia.
ultimate guide to BKK1
The ultimate guide to BKK 1
May 9, 2022, 5:59 a.m.
Boeung Keng Kang 1, known simply as BKK1, is one of the most fascinating districts of the capital. BKK1 is outlined by four of the city’s biggest roads: Sihanouk Blvd to the north, Mao Tse Tung to the south, Norodom in the east and Monivong to the west. Searching for real estate for rent in BKK1 can be tricky. No worries, this guide will help you.It is often called the “foreign quarter” of the city. When international NGOs first began coming to the country in the ‘90s, they set up headquarters here. Along with Tonle Bassac, Toul Tum Poung and BKK2 and 3, BKK1 is still one of the most popular expat areas. After you narrow down where you want to live, make sure you read our expat rental guide to Phnom Penh. Nowadays, BKK1 is an area known for business, international brands, restaurants and luxury residences. This guide to BKK1 will take you through all the housing types. We’ll even spill the beans on a secret to lower your rent. Let’s jump right into it.Where is BKK1?The government announced early in 2019 that BKK would soon become its own district. It was previously a commune within Chamkarmon district. Read the full story on BKK becoming a district and see what communes make up the new BKK district.Many wonder if the area will look the same in the coming years. The expat demographic, after all, is changing as expats from countries like China, Korea and Japan are now more prominent than Western expats.Knight Frank Cambodia’s country head, Ross Wheble, contended that it will remain a foreign quarter, though perhaps for short-term housing.“BKK1, along with Tonle Bassac, are still generally the first ports of call for most expatriates moving to Phnom Penh whether they are Asian or Western expatriates. However, what we are beginning to see is that people that initially move to these locations but stay for more than one or two years, are now looking to relocate to areas further out of the city centre.”Types of real estate in BKK1Everyone will think of luxury apartments when they think of BKK1. Most refer to these as condos for rent in BKK1 or serviced apartments if they include housekeeping. On the other hand, there are still mid-range and even affordable apartments on the market here. A villa or two might even pop up for rent if you keep your eyes open. BKK1 apartmentsMany of the apartments for rent in BKK1 fall into the “full service” category. These places will be fully furnished, have weekly or even daily cleaning and probably host parking, a pool and a gym.If you’re coming to Cambodia for work this can often be the best option. You don’t have to buy any furniture, and can leave it just as you came. These places range from one to three bedrooms. You may be able to find places for as low as $500 per month. But usually these are in the $800-$1,200 range.Expat Yuko A. said she chose an apartment complex in BKK1 because of the convenient location. “I liked living in BKK1, because it was convenient in terms of length of commute to work, and shopping. However, I did feel unsafe sometimes if I had to go back to my building at midnight,” she said.Affordable housing in BKK1Don’t be fooled by the glamour. There are still affordable places to live in BKK1. One of the best options is to enlist the help of a trusted agent. Tell them your budget and they will find something to fit.If they can find you an affordable apartment or a converted shophouse your rent could be less than $500 per month.Villas in BKK1Villas for rent in BKK1 can fit a variety of different needs. You can split them with a few roommates. If you have a small family they can be a safe housing choice. Also, they can be used as office spaces for your business.Villas vary a lot based on size and location. You can still find them in BKK1 for $1,500 per month. More expensive ones go for up to $8,000 per month. BKK1 office spaceThere’s no doubt that many businesses and startups want to have their offices for rent in BKK1. Its location means you’re close to common meeting places and other amenities.Renting a typical office usually costs between $15 and $20 per square metre per month. BKK1 land pricesThere are very few vacant lots left in BKK1. If you do happen to find land for sale it will probably command a high price.According to data from Key Real Estate, plot land for sale in BKK1 averages between $4,000 and $9,500 per square metre along main roads. Land off smaller roads averages between $3,000 and $4,500 per square metre.Amenities are everywhere in BKK1Entertainment, convenience stores and restaurants in BKK1 are second to none. Heck, it even has a killer local wet market and some awesome street food.As far as cafes go, your choices are nearly unlimited in BKK1. The biggest names are: AmazonStarbucksBrownKoi They all have multiple locations. Almost every type of foreign cuisine is represented. Read more about Cambodian cafe culture in our list of the top 10 cafes in Phnom Penh. Or,  just browse this map we created:You can get burgers, Thai food, sushi, Korean BBQ, pizza, and much more in BKK1.BKK1 market has everything you would find at Central Market or Russian Market. They have tons of second-hand clothing too. Convenience stores seem to be multiplying every day in BKK1. There’s Super Duper, Aeon Express, A to Z mart and Circle K. And, of course, Aeon Mall is just down the road.If you work for a major company, chances are you will have meetings in BKK1. It’s just a few minutes south of the CBD in Daun Penh. Many businesses, banks and organisations have headquarters here.Secrets of living in BKK1Cambodia may be an obscure country for most Westerners. But strolling through BKK1 will wipe away any notion of it being an underdeveloped slum. Every week it’s looking more and more like nearby metropolises. Think Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong. In the past few years, however, many people are now wanting to live in outer districts like Toul Kork, Sen Sok and Meanchey. Indeed, Knight Frank’s Wheble mentioned that congestion is a big challenge in BKK1.“We forecast that rental prices will continue to become more competitive in view of increasing supply, thus being more accessible to a wider demographic. Secondly, due to increasing traffic congestion, we anticipate that an increasing number of existing residents will look to relocate to newly developing areas.”So, in light of this increasing supply we have one piece of advice: Negotiate your rent. Chances are, there will be more vacant places than renters in the coming years. That gives you the power to try to get a better deal.Do you think BKK1 will fade in prominence? Or will it always be the pride of Phnom Penh?If you liked this guide check out our page of real estate location profiles. We’ve got them on every area of the capital and the country. Article by:
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The ultimate guide to Poipet
June 4, 2022, 4:33 p.m.
Tourists traveling between the two countries often make a short stop in Poipet. The town is well known to outsiders as a gambling hub. Boasting more than 10 casinos, Poipet is considered Cambodia’s number two casino destination after Sihanoukville.Poipet has an area of 262 km2. The municipality is divided into three communes: Poipet, Phsar Kandal, and Nimeth. It has a population of more than 140,000.Khmer Rouge strongholdPoipet was one of the last strongholds of the notorious Khmer Rouge. For much of the 1980s until early 1990s, the town saw much fighting between the Khmer Rouge and forces loyal to the government and their Vietnamese allies.It was only after the Cambodian Civil War ended in 1997 that the town experienced an economic renaissance of sorts.Sear Chailin, CEO of CL Realty, noted that cross-border trade is thriving, thanks to the lifting of tariffs as part of the Asean Integration initiative. “This is bringing economic prosperity to Poipet,” he told the local media.The recent opening of a Chinese-funded highway connecting Poipet to other parts of Banteay Meanchey province is also a boon for Poipet’s development.Present-day PoipetToday, Poipet is considered one of the fastest developing towns in the country, with the potential of becoming a centre for manufacturing, tourism, and real estate development. This is helped by the fact that it hosts three special economic zones (SEZs):Poipet O'Neang Special Economic Zone (POSEZ) hosts around five factories across 467 hectares.Sanco Poipet Special Economic Zone spans 83 hectares.Poipet PPSEZ sits on 68 hectares.Factories in the SEZs produce electronics, footwear, clothing, jewelry, and many other products. Two additional SEZs are also in the works in the Poipet area. For more info on SEZs in the Kingdom, browse through our Investment Guide 2019.Poipet will also have its first condominium complex once the construction of Sokha Residences Group is completed. The complex will include 543 condo and borey units, a superstore, commercial and office space, sports club, swimming pool, sky bar, and penthouses.Poipet is also host to 19 Borey projects and 50 firms engaged in the subdivision of residential plots for resale.Property prices still low, but rapidly increasingLately, property developers and investors have set their sights on Poipet. The town’s appeal to these people is enhanced by the presence of huge swaths of land selling or leasing at a bargain:The latest information pegs the price of commercial land in the centre of town at between $1,500 and $2,000 per sqm. Residential land in the same area fetches from $200 to $300 per sqm. Land in the suburban areas is cheapest at between $30 and $100 per sqm.Land along National Road 5 and the Poipet Roundabout currently fetches between $800 and $1,000 per sqm. In areas near the Thai border where casinos are located, land costs from $1,300 to $1,500 per sqm.Land prices in Poipet have increased by as much as 50% in the last two years. For instance, land near the casino area that used to go for around $400 per sqm is now worth $1,400 per sqm.Economic development, Chinese interest, new and better roads, and the presence of casinos have are often cited as the main reasons for the rapid increase in land prices in the town.The same thing is happening with property rentals. Typical shophouses along Poipet’s main roads could be rented for as low as $150 a month in past years. Now, the same places can be as much as $800 per month. Apartments also used to go for around $150 per month. Average rents are now hovering around $350 to $400 per month.'Little Las Vegas'Casinos have become such an important part of life in Poipet that some people have started calling the town “Little Las Vegas”, in reference to the gambling capital in the United States.The most well-known gaming venues in Poipet are: Grand Diamond City Hotel & CasinoTropicana Resort & CasinoStar Vegas CasinoCrown Casino.The casinos have contributed immensely to the local economy in terms of tax revenues and tourism. Every day, hundreds of Thai cross the border to play and gamble in the casinos. Chinese gamblers have also started coming.While the casinos have mostly been welcomed by residents, there are some who blame them for the social ills plaguing the town and nearby localities.To read more about the gambling sector in Cambodia, read our guide to casinos in the Kingdom.On the road to PoipetPoipet has good road connections to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Battambang.Poipet is 408 kilometres from Phnom Penh, and a bus trip usually takes eight hours. Tickets usually cost $15 or $20. Minivans and taxis also make the trip, but fares cost more.Regular passenger train service from Phnom Penh to Poipet will resume soon after a 45-year hiatus. A renovation was recently undertaken on the 385-km northern line.Passenger air service to Poipet is also on the way after the government recently approved plans to build a new airport in the town.Tourism still limitedMany tourists pass through Poipet on their way to Thailand or Cambodia, but few stay more than a day. Except for casinos, there are few attractions. However, plans are afoot to convert 500 hectares of land into a tourist attraction complete with a golf course, a giant garden, artificial river, and even a floating market. Government officials are banking on this plan to bring Poipet on the tourism map.Most food and beverage offerings in Poipet are inside the casinos. They mainly serve Chinese or Thai food. Other reputable restaurants include Destiny Café, Palm Coffee, Border Restaurant HARU, and Hangout Restaurant/Café. These restaurants serve a mix of Cambodian, Asian, and Western cuisine. Most other restaurants or food stalls in town cater to travellers stopping for a meal on their way to or from Thailand.Accommodations in PoipetThere are no major Western brands like Sofitel or Marriott in Poipet. Many of the casinos offer luxury accommodations, however.Grand Diamond City Hotel & Casino, Poipet Resort Casino, Holiday Poipet, Holiday Palace, Lee Hotel & Spa, Omeas Hotel, and Tournesol Boutique Hotel all offer rooms for between $25 and $75 per night.Near the border crossing, there are also budget hotels and guest houses such as Phnom Pich Guesthouse, Chao Phaya Guesthouse, and Huy Kea Hotel. These places offer stays for $6 to $20 per night.Poipet is relatively small. Many visitors can walk between hotels and casinos easily. There are also moto-taxis and tuk-tuks. What lies ahead?Poipet is still way behind Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and other developed areas of the Kingdom. There is still much to do for Poipet to catch up.但随着泰国和柬埔寨经济以前所未有的速度蓬勃发展,波贝的经济增长和繁荣没有更好的时间和机会。在泰国和柬埔寨去的地方,Poipet也去了。对于这个地区的边境城镇来说,这是一个现实。如果您正在购物,请务必浏览我们的波贝搜狐网站列表  ,继续或者阅读我们的其他  位置资料。
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The ultimate guide to Meanchey
May 9, 2022, 5:59 a.m.
With a total area of 43.8 square km in the capital’s southeast, Meanchey is one of the largest districts in Phnom Penh. It is also one of the most populated, with residents numbering more than 200,000. Because of this, many in the industry are talking about the potential of real estate for sale in Meanchey.Meanchey comprised of Steung Meanchey, Boeung Tumpun, Chak Angrae Leu, and Chak Angrae Kraom communes. It used to be a sleepy, underdeveloped area. Its fortunes slowly changed for the better after Cambodia emerged from a tumultuous period in the early 1990s. Since the early 2000s, Meanchey has experienced an economic renaissance. The emergence of industrial factories and international property developers means the district is changing quickly.In just a short time, Meanchey has become one of the fastest developing districts of Phnom Penh. This guide will run through all you need to know about Meanchey real estate. If you’re shopping around check out all of our real estate location profiles.Boreys blossomingCurrently, Cambodia hosts more than 5,000 boreys (gated community) projects. Several of these residential developments are located within the borders of Meanchey district. Prominent names include:Woodland ResidencesBorey Prek ToalBorey Chip MongBorey Peng Huoth The Star EternalBorey Penh Huoth The Star Platinum Athina.Not only do we host tons of listing for new developments in Meanchey district, but we also have listings for boreys for sale in Meanchey. And our guides tell you everything you need to know about the buying process.Linkhouses and villas in boreys can range from $120,000 up to over $1 million. Condos for sale in Meanchey, on the other hand, can be found for as low as $30,000. Most are on the market for between $50,000 and $100,000, however.Getting land fast and cheapHuge tracts of land that are cheaper than what you will find in other parts of Phnom Penh are available for leasing or sale in Meanchey district.Generally, commercial land is more expensive than residential lots. Land along the main roads also fetch a higher rate compared to the ones found along the sub-main roads.According to Key Real Estate, the price of land along the main roads in Meanchey is between $650 and $3,800 per sqm. Along the sub-main roads, it is between $400 and $1,300 per sqm. All the communes tend to be fairly uniform in price. However, Stung Meanchey commune can fetch the highest prices.Taking advantage of the affordability, Chinese developers and investors have been snapping up land in the area for various residential and commercial developments.With more investors interested in Meanchey, it is expected that the price of land will increase substantially in the next few years.The ‘factory district’ Meanchey and surrounding areas in the suburbs are known as the “factory district” of Phnom Penh.There are more than 1,500 registered factories in Cambodia producing garments, shoes, beverages, plastics, and other products. A lot of these industrial facilities, mainly garment factories, can be found in Meanchey district. Because of this, many speculate that developments for sale in Meanchey will focus on affordable housing in the coming years. All these workers want a convenient place to live, right? For now, many rent shophouses for sale in Meanchey or apartments for sale in Meanchey. But boreys could become the future of the area.Houses for rent in Meanchey can be rented for between $250 and $2,000 per month, depending on size and location.Magnet for investorsMeanchey, particularly the area along Hun Sen Boulevard, is a favourite spot for many property developers, both local and international. Among these are some of the biggest names in the industry. Here are some key factors that investors like:Land here is affordable and there’s a relatively large supply (especially as the capital expands southward)It’s one of the few flood-free areas of the capitalThe location means that transportation to and from the city is quick and simpleAttracting labour both from the city and southern provinces is easyLeading these developers is ING City, which is the largest single development in Cambodia. ING City, whose development is ongoing,  is composed of an array of residential, commercial, and retail facilities spread over 2,600 hectares of land. Meanchey is also host to other major residential and mixed-use developments like Urban Village, Lingnan Garden, and R&F City. And perhaps the most blockbuster name investing in Meanchey is Aeon Mall. Reports have said that the company plans to build its third capital shopping centre there. What’s more, the plan is to make the mall bigger than both of its first two outlets combined.More infrastructureInfrastructure development is often key to the economic growth of an area. Meanchey is no exception. In the last few years, the district has seen many new roads, sewer systems, and other infrastructure. Much activity has focused around Hun Sen Blvd.In addition to Hun Sen Boulevard and several other major road projects, the government has also built several flyovers in a bid to ease traffic congestion.To lessen the possibility of flooding, a pumping station was installed between Boeung Tumpun and Hun Sen Blvd. Canals and sewer systems in the area were also repaired and improved. Getting around Khan MeancheyKhan Meanchey has a good road network, save for some potholed roads in interior villages. This makes moving around the district quite easy. The city bus service runs through the district, and there are also many tuk-tuks and motodops for hire. Tons of marketsFor your shopping needs, there are many markets, shopping centres, and retail shops in Meanchey. These include New Steung Meanchey Market and Boeung Tumpun Market where everything from fresh produce to dry goods is available. Western-style shopping is available in such establishments as Lucky Supermarket, Smile, and Phnom Penh Superstore. Centre of educationMeanchey is host to two big universities- Asia Development University (ADU) and Cambodia University for Specialties (CUS). Other well-known educational institutions that have a presence in the district include International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP), Beltei International School, Brighton International School, and Khmer British International School.Dining, drinking and recreationThere is no shortage of eating places in Meanchey. In the past, the area was dominated by small-scale eateries offering local fare. But things have rapidly changed in the last few years. Now, local eateries and restaurants are facing intense competition, particularly from an array of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Restaurants. It is not hard to find restaurants with such names like Le Seoul or Korean BBQ in Meanchey.  There is also an abundance of coffee shops in Meanchey, including well-known names like Amazon, Koi, Brown Coffee, and Chatime. Lesser-known names like Coffee Today and Coffee Premium also have a presence in the district. The district is host to a number of sports and recreation centers, including Meanchey Sports Club, Camko Sports Club, and Akira Sports Club, which is reputed to have one of the best football pitches in Phnom Penh. A bright future aheadIn just a short period of time, Meanchey has been transformed from an insignificant corner of Phnom Penh to one of its fastest-growing. The question now is whether that trend will continue well into the future. At the moment, all positive things are aligned in Meanchey’s direction. It is sure to continue its march as the industrial heart of the capital and an overall everyman’s district. Make sure to browse our listings for real estate for sale in Meanchey if you're shopping, or keep reading with the rest of our real estate locations profiles.
Ultimate guide to Toul Kork district, Phnom Penh
The ultimate guide to Toul Kork
May 31, 2022, 10:25 a.m.
Toul Kork district is quickly becoming an extension of the capital’s Central Business District. Often referred to as a “suburb”, this area prominently features family residences as well as business and retail. Buyers are flocking there for affordability, convenience and security. The area is projected to triple in size over the next decade.This guide will show you what Toul Kork district has to offer. We’ll touch on average prices in the area and show you all the amenities. Also, we will try to predict where the neighbourhood is headed over the next few years.ContentsWhere is Toul Kork?Toul Kork plot landCost of living in Toul KorkTypes of Toul Kork real estateTop new developments in Toul KorkTransport in Toul KorkToul Kork schoolsFood, shopping and nightlife in Toul KorkWhere is Toul Kork?Toul Kork is a district in the northwest of Phnom Penh. This part of the city, just a few years ago, was mostly undeveloped and looked more like the Cambodia countryside than the capital city. As the city's commerce expanded, Toul Kork has modernised at an incredible rate. The area has seen many mixed-use projects pop up over the past few years. The Gateway, TK Avenue and Phnom Penh City Center (PPCC) are just a few examples of the the district's booming commercial growth.Of course, we can’t forget about Aeon Mall 2. The second outlet of the country’s most popular mall is right down the road in Sen Sok district. Sen Sok and Toul Kork are very much connected and they have similar trajectories as well. Back to top Toul Kork plot landPhnom Penh is developing and pushing outward from the centre. Because of this expansion, many buyers want land in Toul Kork. According to yearly numbers from Key Real Estate, land prices off smaller roads can average as low as $1,700 per square metre.In high-traffic areas, however, land can go for over $5,000 per square metre. This might seem high, but it’s still less than half of what some plots are going for in the Daun Penh district.Back to top  Cost of living in Toul KorkSimilar to land prices, rents are still low in Toul Kork compared to elsewhere in the city. Modest rooms can start at just $300 per month. Places with more rooms, near to main roads can go for up to $2,000 per month.The district average for one-bedroom apartments currently sits around $500 per month, $700 per month for a two-bedroom space and $1,000 for a three-bedroom unit.Serviced apartments with full amenities will, on average, be slightly more expensive than traditional counterparts.Back to top  Types of Toul Kork real estateBeing one of the main areas of the city, Toul Kork has a healthy mix of housing types. You can find anything from traditional wood houses to high-end condos. If you’re not picky about what kind of housing you want you can start searching our listings for real estate for rent in Toul Kork or real estate for sale in Toul Kork.Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about the different types. This section is a breakdown of all the types of real estate in Toul Kork district.Condos in Toul KorkIf you’re keen on owning your own space, there are tons of condos in Toul Kork. It seems people expect prices to rise further in the future, so they are eager to own spaces.On the other hand, renting a place is affordable as well. You're still connected to the city and you don't have to shell out a huge amount of money in one go.Sorn Seap, the CEO of Key Real Estate, said the condo market is growing in demand in Toul Kork. They could easily be broken down into three different tiers based on price, he said.Low-range condos are currently going for between $800 and $1,200 per square metreYou can get mid-range places for between $1,200 and $3,000 per square metre.High-end condos sit at the top, going for over $3,000 per square metIf renting a high-end place is what you’re looking for, click over to our page for condos for rent in Toul Kork.Toul Kork has affordable villasIt can be easier to find a villa on the market in Toul Kork than in other places in the capital. Just like elsewhere, however, they are becoming rarer and more expensive.Villas could be rented in Toul Kork starting at just $500 a month. But prices are likely to rise in the following few years!“Prices of villa houses have increased from 5%-10% year-on-year. Average prices of villas range from $700,000 to $4 million,” Seap said.If a villa is what you’re looking for, then look no further. Browse options now on our pages for villas for sale in Toul Kork and villas for rent in Toul Kork.Boreys on the rise in Toul Kork Just like in other areas of the city with more affordable land, boreys are popular in Toul Kork. Many boreys are marketed towards the low and middle portions of the real estate market. Since the property is affordable, this can be a good option for new homeowners.Anthony Perkins, director of special projects, finance & investments at the Royal Group of Companies, says that, "If you have a family and are not particularly concerned about your travel distance to work, Toul Kork should definitely be considered as a prime place to find a home for rent or sale."Perkins notes that Toul Kork "appears to have far less electricity cuts than other parts of town, and the various "Boreys" (gated communities) dotted around Toul Kork also offer security and a guarantee of no ongoing construction adjacent to your house."Back to top  Top new developments in Toul KorkIt should come as no complete surprise that new developments have started in Toul Kork for new residential and commercial complexes. This is mainly because Toul Kork is still connected to Phnom Penh while offering land and space at affordable rates.Here are some of the top new developments in Toul Kork:TK Royal OneTK Royal One is a mixed-use complex that sits right off Russian Boulevard. It offers up both residential condo units and office space as well as all the amenities you would expect from a building of this calibre. There’s a pool, gym, lounges and more.Units here start at just under $200,000. You can also rent for around $900 per month.The GatewayThe Gateway, also located right along Russian Boulevard, is a multi-purpose complex that combines office space, retail space and residences - with a tower dedicated for each function. The Gateway is geared toward the life of businessmen and families alike. Units here range from one to three bedrooms and start at just over $160,000.Back to top  Transport in Toul KorkToul Kork district has some of the best new roads in the capital. Luckily, living there means you can quickly get to the centre of town and back home on newly paved roads that your car/motorbike will thank you for. Russian Boulevard cuts right through Toul Kork, and Mao Tse Tung Boulevard runs north to south.Going for a stroll or a bicycle ride is easy in Toul Kork since the paved streets are made to be pedestrian-friendly.Some complain that traffic can get congested on the main roads. However, more businesses are setting up shop (even headquarters) in Toul Kork. For this reason, living here is slowly becoming more like the city center, so, keep that in mind.On the other hand, businessmen who travel frequently will be glad to know living in Toul Kork will give them a head start on their way to the Phnom Penh International Airport as compared to the districts closer to the city center.Those who don’t own cars or motorbikes in Toul Kork can use ride-hailing apps. Grab and Passapp are the big names in Cambodia. Back to top  Toul Kork schoolsIn addition to businesses, more schools are setting up shop in Toul Kork. Most international schools in Phnom Penh have a set up there. Known international schools in Phnom Penh such as American Intercon, Western International, Golden Gate and Paragon International University all have schools in the area. As far as higher education, the Institute of Foreign Languages, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC) and the Royal University of Phnom Penh are all within a few kilometres of Toul Kork.Northbridge International School, one of the most well-known schools in the country, is right around the corner ready to accommodate Toul Kork's residents.For more info on international school in Phnom Penh, check out our full list of Phnom Penh international schools and universities. Or, zoom around the map below:Toul Kork hospitals and clinicsThere is no shortage of medical facilities in the area. Toul Kork has the Cambodian Red Cross, National Pediatric Hospital, Khema Clinic & Maternity Hospital, Toul Kork Clinic & Maternity, Biomed Phnom Penh Laboratory, and the National Institute of Public Health. It’s also the location for Cambodia’s Ministry of Health. There is also the Preah Kossamak Hospital, a public hospital, available for those looking for medical attention.For your dental needs, you can pay a visit to the Dental Clinic Le Sourire that’s located along the Russian Confederation Boulevard or the American Dental Clinic at Street 289.If you want a more detailed look at medical facilities in Phnom Penh, move over to our complete list of Phnom Penh hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. There we’ve got the info on all the best spots you should know.Back to top  Food, shopping and nightlife in Toul KorkAs the population grows, a variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment centres are showing up in Toul Kork. There is, of course, TK Avenue. It boasts a cinema, a huge supermarket, as well as tons of international brands for food and shopping. Aeon Mall 2 in Sen Sok City is right down the street, as well. Nearly every major brand in the country has a shop there. There is no shortage of cafes in Toul Kork. All the big names like Starbucks, Koi, Brown, Amazon and Chatime all have stores there. For our pick of the best coffee spots in the city read the article on the top 10 Phnom Penh cafes.Food options are nearly limitless. Local restaurants are on almost every road. Tons of international options are there too. It has some of the most Korean restaurants in the city. Seoul Myeon Ok Restaurant and Dae Jang Geum are a couple of the big names.There’s Chinese and Japanese food, too. Try Dim Sum Emperors or Ajisen Ramen. And if you’re craving something American, there’s even a Burger King.What’s the nightlife like in Toul Kork?Though known to be a quiet area, Toul Kork has plenty of places to wind down after a hard day’s work. If you want to go out for some fun, karaoke, food, and good company, you can go to the numerous KTV bars and restaurants located here. You can choose between the Romantic KTV, M2 Restaurant & KTV, Moonlight Restaurant & KTV, and many others.If you’re looking for dance parties, there’s also the Egypt Nightclub on St. 112 in Boeung Kok II. It has an ample dance floor, good local songs playing, food, and drinks. It’s open from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am.Everyday needs while living in Toul KorkToul Kork has one primary traditional market just north of Russian Boulevard and several other small wet markets such as the Daem Kor Market, the Neak Meas Market, and the Phsar Plaecher. You never have to travel far if you want fresh produce and everyday goods.There’s also Thai Huot and Lucky supermarkets for more Western-style shopping. One of the biggest shopping centres in the area is TK Avenue. It boasts tons of shops, a cinema, and restaurants. Is Toul Kork suburb or centre?Sure, Toul Kork is more family-focused than the rest of Phnom Penh. And it’s a place where more affluent families are choosing to buy land, homes and condos. Given how fast the neighbourhood is growing, however, it might soon be considered the heart of Phnom Penh. But let us know what you think: Is Toul Kork a suburb or is it becoming part of the city centre?Did you find this guide useful? Check out all our other location profiles for all areas of the capital and across the country.Or, if you're interested in business in Cambodia, read through our Investment Guide 2019. Article by:
Ultimate guide to Toul Tum Poung (Russian Market)
The ultimate guide to Toul Tum Poung 1
May 17, 2022, 2:04 a.m.
Toul Tum Poung 1, or Russian Market, is one of the most rapidly changing Phnom Penh neighbourhoods. Because of this, it’s an exciting place for expat’s craving diversity. Realestate.com.kh is dedicating to following the Kingdom market. So, we are glad to bring you an updated expat guide to Russian Market.Finding a place to live in TTP isn’t hard, either. Simply search on our site for expat rentals in Toul Tum Poung!On the other hand, if you’re not picky about where to live, take a look at our other location profiles.Maybe you’re looking for a Western-style furnished studio or a three-bedroom apartment to share with roommates. Whatever it is, Russian Market likely has something for you. Shophouses in Toul Tum Poung 1Two- and three-bedroom flats inside traditional shophouses are one of the most common kinds of spaces for foreigners in Cambodia. Floorplans are very similar. Because of this, be sure to take pictures when you go on visits so you can compare each place. Many are split into two levels with kitchen and living areas below and bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms above. Most come at least partially furnished, making the transition to a new apartment hassle-free. Rooms can be found for around $200-$300 per month depending on specifics of the space. You can use our website to search for shophouses for rent in Toul Tum Poung. Toul Tum Poung 1 has tons of renovated shophousesSome landlords are specifically targeting expat renters. This means they’ll trick out the space. Often these will have new furniture, beds and kitchen appliances. Instead of a shophouse’s tile floors and walls, many will have wood, brick, and new paint.Some landlords even choose to subdivide the house and will offer one bedroom units next to larger ones. The price here can vary a lot. They will usually be more expensive than typical shophouses. You can still find a great place for less than $500 a month. It can be tempting to snatch up the first place that fits your needs. The writers of this expat guide to Russian Market recommend shopping around, however. It’s definitely a renter’s market.Apartments are getting more popular in Toul Tum Poung 1New tower blocks seem to be popping up daily throughout Phnom Penh. Hence, it’s no surprise that there are more apartment buildings now than ever before. Complexes will usually have common parking areas, and units will resemble typical apartments in the West. Couches, tables, cabinets, and chairs will be standard and bathrooms will have modern showers. Sometimes, it can be easier to have an agent help you find a suitable condo. We have a whole list of the best agents in Cambodia.Avigal Orha, a Phnom Penh expat from Israel who has lived in the Kingdom on and off for over four years, said she always comes back to Russian Market because of the market, the food, and the community. She resides with a roommate in a Western-style apartment near Russian Market.“People are always friendly and helpful and there is a nice community feeling to the [Toul Tum Poung] area,” she said.If you want to search on your own, however, we have listings for you to find a condo for rent in Toul Tum Poung.Toul Tum Poung serviced apartments are for life on the goFull-service apartments look similar to the condominium units described above. On the other hand, buildings will have more luxury features. Pool, fitness centre, 24-hour security, internet connection, and housekeeping services are part of the package in this category. Because of this, many expats who maintain an active lifestyle often opt for these types of spaces.Luxury buildings can still be found on a budget. If this type of housing suits you check out our page on apartments for rent in Toul Tum Poung.The villa lifestyle in Toul Tum Poung 1These freestanding houses are often used for businesses, but occasionally one will pop up on the renter’s market. To that end, they can be expensive. Nevertheless, if you have a large group and want more seclusion than a typical shophouse, this can be a viable option. Villas can be found both furnished and unfurnished and most have spacious balconies and small gardens. Prices vary based on size and location. Lastly, most villas for rent in Toul Tum Poung are between $1,000 and $2,000 per month.Toul Tum Poung 1 has so much varietyThe market this area is named for is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of convenience. Often described as Phnom Penh’s most up-and-coming region, Russian Market is chalk full of restaurants, bars, shops, and recreation spots.Any expat guide to Russian Market would be incomplete without mention the vibrant neighbourhood culture.In Russian Market, you can travel the world without leaving the neighbourhoodThe Russian Market neighbourhood is the place to go if you want to travel the world through food. Indeed, everything from Armenian to Japanese food is served at restaurants here. For local fare check out 72 Restaurant on street 123 or, for a mix of everything, stop into Eleven One on the corner of street 460 and 123.Nathan Headlam, the co-owner and managing director of the neighbourhood’s Long After Dark pub, said they chose Toul Tum Poung in 2015 for the distinct community feel. When asked to contribute his thoughts on the area for an expat guide to Russian Market, Headlam said:“I think it’s the community and accessibility that makes [Toul Tum Poung] stand out. It’s so easy to get around and there are so many fantastic places to explore,” he said, speculating that the areas breakneck growth was first driven by expats, but has since led to the development of local enterprises.“The number of new apartments has skyrocketed along with the number of retail shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, and supermarkets,” Headlam added.Undoubtedly, Tuol Tum Poung definitely doesn’t have the same vibe as BKK1 to the northeast. Given the lower rent prices, it is often easier for new entrepreneurs to start businesses here. For that reason, new venues are always popping up.Plenty of coffee shops in Toul Tum PoungWithout coffee, the world would be a dire place. Certainly, this expat guide to Russian Market wouldn’t exist without it.Coffee shops are everywhere in Phnom Penh. Russian Market is no exception. Of course, the big names like Joma, Brown, and Amazon all have branches in the neighbourhood. Many recommend the java at Lot 369 or smaller shops like Cyclo Cafe or Deja. Do you like a well-stocked pantry? Toul Tum Poung has lots of options for groceries. Specifically, there is a spate of 24-hour convenience stores popping up.Le Marche sells food and home decor and Angkor Market has a wide selection of snacks and alcoholic beverages. We can’t forget the new Lucky 24 on street 155.Gyms and recreation in Russian MarketThe activity of Russian Market isn’t all about eating and drinking. To be sure, activities are everywhere. Crossfit Amatak and Kettlebell Cafe host a great community of fitness fanatics. There’s also the Phnom Climb rock climbing centre on street 460. Sonivid Sports Club hosts dodgeball two nights a week. This program is quite popular with expats. If you’re just looking for an affordable place to do quick workouts, Core Explore or Fit Zone will do the trick.Russian Market on the riseRussian Market seems poised to take the title of “expat quarter” from nearby BKK1. Rents are generally cheaper here, so both businesses and renters are streaming in. Furthermore, many claim Toul Tum Poung still has that rustic Cambodian charm.Granted, the Kingdom and been growing and progressing at breakneck speed. It seems that even Russian Market is changing day by day. No one knows what Cambodia, let alone this corner of the capital, will look like in a few years.Finally, we hope this expat guide to Russian Market serves to inform anyone choosing to relocate.  Looking for real estate for rent in Phnom Penh  or real estate for sale in Phnom Penh?Need more guides? Check out other great resources such as Location Profiles and Investor Guides on Realestate.com.kh now!
Ultimate guide to Battambang
The ultimate guide to Battambang
May 9, 2022, 6:01 a.m.
Located in the northwest of Cambodia, Battambang is one of the most important provinces in terms of economy, tourism, and agriculture. Heck, it hosts the Bamboo Train and the country’s only winery!Battambang is the third most populous province in the Kingdom, with a present population of more than 150,000. It is also Cambodia’s fifth largest province with a total area of 11,702 square kilometres. Battambang city is its capital.Battambang is bordered by the provinces of Banteay Meanchey to the north, Pursat to the east and south, Pailin to the west, and Siem Reap to the northeast. Battambang also shares a border with Thailand.Read through our location profiles and guides if you want to gain more insight and know what you can find in terms of tourist attractions, etc. in the other provinces of Cambodia. And don’t forget to check on our property listings if you want to find apartments for rent in Battambang, houses for rent in Battambang, or any other types of real estate for rent in Battambang.Bit of backgroundUntil a few years ago, Battambang was largely a sleepy province visited only by a few adventure-loving tourists. Today, however, Battambang ranks as one of Cambodia’s top tourist destination, while its economy has been one of the best-performing in the country.The province is also known as the “Rice Bowl” of Cambodia, producing more than half of the country’s annual rice output.  Head over to our Investment Guide 2019 if you want to hear more about agriculture in the Kingdom. By bus or boatBattambang does not have a commercial airport, so visitors must fly to either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap then travel to the area by car, bus or train.Mekong Express, Capitol Tours, Phnom Penh Bayon Express, and Phnom Penh Sorya Transport all make trips to the town. It usually takes five to six hours along National Highway (NH) 5. A bus ticket usually costs $6 to $12.From Siem Reap, on the other hand, buses take just 3.5 hours and tickets can be had for around $5. There are also daily boat trips from Siem Reap to Battambang and vice versa. The trip can take from four to 12 hours depending on the time of year and costs around $20.Bakeries and backpacker barsLike the other top tourist destinations in Cambodia, Battambang does not lack in dining options. If you want to savour mouth-watering Khmer food while also contributing to a worthwhile cause, Jaan Bai, which is run by the Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT), is a choice you will not regret. Unlike Siem Reap or Sihanoukville, Battambang is not known for nightlife. Still, Battambang has some good bars and watering holes where you can drink a beer or two. The names most prominently mentioned are Riverside Balcony Bar, Lotus Bar & Gallery, Here Be Dragons, Vintage Wine Bar Mezze, and Madison. Beds from budget to boutiqueVisitors will find that there is no shortage of places to stay Battambang. Offerings run the range of price, as well.Battambang doesn’t have as many luxury brands as Phnom Penh. Nevertheless, hotels like Bric-a-Brac and Bambu Hotel have stunning and well laid-out rooms and provide access to swimming pool, sky bar, gym, and other luxury amenities. They charge from $80 to $120 a night.If you have a budget of $30 to $70 Battambang will not disappoint you. Delux Villa, Classy Hotel, and King Fly Hotel the most well-known in this segment.Like the other touristy places in Cambodia, Battambang hosts a large number of budget accommodations. Of course, there are dorms where you can easily stay for $10 or less per night. Buying or buildingBattambang has been getting more attention lately as a key secondary market in Cambodia. Real estate for sale in Battambang is quite affordable and there is potential for many industries.Sear Neardey, senior valuation officer at Key Real Estate, which has an office in Battambang, said that the Sangkat Svay Por area is growing in popularity. Plots near the centre go for between $2,400 to $4,000 per square metre while prices are just $100 to $300 per square metre further out.Shophouses for rent in Battambang are currently going for around $150,000 to $180,000, Neardey said, adding that new developments for sale in Battambang were often cheaper. He cited Borey Rom Chek, which had spaces on offer for as low as $40,000 or up to $80,000 for a two-story house.There are tons of villas for sale in Battambang. Many are outside of the city centre, however. Neardey said villas varied widely in size, lot size and level of luxury. Small ones can currently be found for as little as $50,000. Larger ones on big plots are going for up to $600,000. Some are being used for businesses, while small ones are often holiday homes.As far as plot land, Neardey said that plots were starting at around $3,000. Development is still a bit slow, he said, but many areas are being developed for business not residential purposes. Busy and bustling BattambangBattambang has a wide range of markets, retail shops, and other business establishments. You can find a rich variety gift and souvenir items at La Fabrik Shop & Gallery. At Heng Chhay Ly Mart, a wide variety of locally-made and imported goods are available. Fresh fruits and vegetables and many other products can be bought from Psar Nath Market.Below is a sampling of the most well-known and visited tourist sites in Battambang: Boarding the bambooIt’s probably the most well-known attraction in Battambang. Locally known as “Nori”, the trains are bamboo platforms running on wheels and powered by a small engine, usually a tractor or motorcycle engine. The trains provide a unique and thrilling way of seeing the Battambang countryside, with its beautiful and interesting scenery. Along the route are the Banan Mountain, forests, orchards, caves, and other scenic spots. A ticket to ride the bamboo train costs $5 for foreigners and $2.5 for locals.Built by a history buffFor people interested in ancient history and culture, this museum is a must see. Established in 1963 by the prominent French historian Madeleine Giteau, the Battambang Provincial Museum houses pottery, musical instruments, and artifacts from the Angkorian and Pre-Angkorian periods. Bottles of the best brandyIf you are a wine connoisseur or just want to try locally-produced wines, you may head to Chan Thai Choeung (Banan) Winery 14 kilometres out of town on the banks of the Sangkae River. Every year, the place, which is Cambodia’s sole winery, produces several thousand bottles of Cambodian brandy, red wine, white wine, and grape juice.  Banan, before becoming BuddhistLocated around 20 kilometres from the centre of Battambang is Wat Banan. Built between the 10th and 13th centuries by King Udayadityavarman II, the temple sits on a hill overlooking the Sangkae River. One has to climb up on a 358-step staircase to reach the temple. Wat Banan is the best-preserved of Khmer temple in Battambang, despite being pillaged and looted in the past.Big batches of batsPhnom Sampeau is a historic, 100-metre tall mountain 15 kilometres outside of Battambang. The spot is peculiarly shaped like a ship, hence the name Phnom Sampeau or “ship mountain”. Overlooking Battambang, the site offers stunning views of the city and localities nearby. At dusk millions of bats fly out of the caves, making for a spectacular scene. Boating and birdwatchingKamping Puoy Lake was formerly a reservoir built during the Khmer Rouge era. Is now a popular recreational area located just outside of Battambang. It’s a good place for picnics, boating, and swimming. Visitors can hire a boat to explore the lake and its surroundings. Is also a good area for bird watching with the area inhabited by many different kinds of birds.. Bumming around on bikesWant to take a freestyle tour around Battambang? Simply hire a local tuk-tuk to drive you around and point out all the sights. A half-day costs just $10 to $15 and a full day $18 to $25.If you’re free-spirited, however, it’s easy to rent a bike, either the motor or pedal variety.You can rent motorbikes from $6 to $8 per day or bicycles for around $2 per day. Becoming one of the best Battambang is sleepy no more. In the last few years, the province has steadily climbed the ladder to become one of Cambodia’s most important provinces. Barring some unexpected and tragic happening, there is no other way but up for Battambang.Andrea Suteu, the manager of La Villa Boutique Hotel in Battambang, said the area is like no other place in the country.“Battambang is one of the last standing towns, where you still have a taste of real Cambodia,” she said, adding that when the highway connecting the city to Phnom Penh was finished in two to three years the story could change.“ I would urge people to visit now.”Need more information about real estate for sale in Battambang and across the country? Download the Cambodia Investment Guide. It's the cheat sheet for doing business in the Kingdom. And it's FREE!
ultimate guide to russey keo
The ultimate guide to Russey Keo
May 9, 2022, 8:48 a.m.
Earlier this year, the World Bank reiterated that Cambodia’s GDP growth will stay above 6% through 2020. All this growth means that Phnom Penh is becoming more bustling, busy and more international with each passing day. Because of this, land and property prices are also on the rise. The outer districts of the capital, particularly Russey Keo in the north, are becoming some of the most popular areas to live and start a business.High-rise residences and mixed-use complexes seem to be the focus in central districts like Chamkarmon, Daun Penh and Prampi Makara. In Russey Keo, however, boreys and towers are being targeted. Indeed developers seem to be using the corridor along National Road 5 and along the river for some major new projects.If you want to see examples just browse our listings for new developments, boreys, houses, apartments, condos or villas for sale in Russey Keo.Russey Keo, one of Phnom Penh’s 12 district, is partitioned into six communes: Toul Sangkae, Svay Pak, Kilomaetr Lekh Prammuoy, Russey Keo, Chrang Chamreh Ti Muoy, and Chrang Chamreh Ti Pir. Helpful neighboursAccording to Vtrust’s Landed Housing Market and Outlook Report 2016, Russey Keo district is home to an estimated number of 180,000 residents.Va Virak, CEO of Century 21 Fortuna Investment, said that rising property prices in Russey Keo have been concentrated in the more central areas.“Some sangkats [communes] of Russey Keo are priced very low,” he said, adding that there was still a lot of vacant land waiting to be developed. Toul Sangkae commune, which is adjacent to Toul Kork district, has seen a surge of interest for condominium and apartment complexes. Additionally, borey projects along Chea Sophara road, which cuts right through Russey Keo, are hot spots. These include Borey Peng Hout, Borey Chip Mong, Borey Vimean Phnom Penh and Borey Lim Cheang Hak.Virak noted that Russey Keo’s proximity to Toul Kork and Sen Sok districts means it’s benefiting from all the new activity there. In particular, he pointed to the new Aeon Mall Sen Sok City and Makro supermarket.He added that infrastructure was a boon for Russey Keo with National Road 5, a widened road connecting with Boeung Kak, Chea Sophara road and a new bridge across the river to Chroy Changvar. One interesting new project in Russey Keo is a satellite city along Angkor Boulevard which consists of high-rise houses, villas, townhouses, office and commercial space, leisure facilities, an international school and a hospital. The area was completed this year after 13 years of construction.Only a matter of timeChrek Soknim, CEO of Century 21 Mekong, said Russey Keo has great real estate potential similar to Toul Kork or Chroy Changvar.  “Several communes in the area have been on the rise in regards to new housing developments,” he stressed. Noting that there was plenty of untapped potential in Russey Keo, Soknim said the district was just waiting for investors to bring a large project to the area. This, in turn, would have a snowball effect and bring the area to new heights.Pech Socheata, a sales representative of the 133-unit Borey Pancier Residence in Svay Pak commune, said that Russey Keo is already turning the heads of potential investors and it’s only a matter of time before the floodgates really open up.“The presence of Triumph Commercial Center, a $1 billion complex which houses enterprises selling over 100,000 types of products, will impact this entire district,” Socheata said, adding that he expected a new surge of activity within the next five years.A range of price pointsAccording to a report in the first half of 2018 from Key Real Estate, showed that average prices in Russey Keo stood at $800 per square metre for housing plots and $1,500 per square metre for commerial land.Toul Sangkae, on the other hand, had the highest land prices in Russey Keo. Commercial plots there were selling for an average $2,400 per square metre and residential land for around $1,400 per square metre. Sharing a border with Toul Kork means space here is in high demand.Russey Keo commune had the second-most expensive land in the district. Commercial land went for an average of $1,800 per square metre and residential plots for $1,000 per square metre.In contrast, Svay Pak commune hosts some of the most affordable land in the district. Commercial and residential land there went for an average of $850 and $500 per square metre, respectively.Vat Vin, a research associate at Vtrust Appraisal, said that he expected Russey Keo land values to rise substantially over the next three to five years. He cited the district’s growing list of features and spillover from neighbouring Toul Kork.“Russey Keo will definitely have huge potential for more residential projects over the next five years as demand for housing rises there and the city expands as a whole.”Looking for real estate for sale in Russey Keo  or real estate for rent in Russey Keo? or Read the Real Estate Investment Guide 2019 by Realestate.com.kh
The ultimate guide to Kampot
The ultimate guide to Kampot
May 9, 2022, 6:03 a.m.
Kampot in Cambodia’s southwest has long been one of the most fascinating places to visit in the Kingdom. This sleepy river town is known for its relaxed vibe. Some speculate that it will soon attract international property developers, similar to Sihanoukville to the west. For now, however, it is a laidback oasis.To learn more other provinces of Cambodia read through all of our location profiles and guides. And, of course, check all of our listings for real estate for sale and rent in Kampot if you are shopping for real estate.Sharing a border with Vietnam, Kampot province sits along the Kingdom’s modest stretch of coastline. Also, it fully surrounds Kep province, another area known for its scenic beauty.During French colonial rule in the 19th century, Kampot was an important regional administrative centre. It suffered great losses during the murderous Khmer Rouge regime. However, normalcy returned after the signing of the Paris Peace Agreements in 1991. Today, Kampot is a relatively-prosperous province whose economy is driven mostly by tourism.Vacation or just weekend getawayEvery year, thousands of Chinese, Japanese, European, Thai, Korean and American tourists descend upon Kampot. The province is also a favourite weekend getaway for expats living in Phnom Penh who want to escape the heat and chaos of the capital.Relics of the French colonial past such as the architecture, the Bokor Hill Station and several ecotourism sites are among the most popular tourist attractions in Kampot. The region is known for having some of the best black pepper and durian in the world.Visitors often catch a tour at one of the certified pepper farms or the salt fields. Additional popular attractions include river cruises, island excursions, fishing expeditions, jungle trekking, spelunking (cave exploration) and bicycle tours.Kampot receives the highest number of visitors during the “high season” from around November to February. May and July also seem to be busy months. August, the peak of Cambodia’s rainy season is one of the slowest times for Kampot.Ticket to rideSince Kampot has no airport of its own, international visitors will have to first fly into either Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville and then get to Kampot by land. No worries, though! The options are nearly endless and landscapes in the south are some of the most beautiful in the Kingdom.Coming in a coachYou can hop on the train from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and disembark at Kampot’s station. Tickets are $4 for the 2.5 hour trip. The Royal Railways has a regular train service from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and vice versa every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check their website for more info. After arriving at the Kampot station, you can take a tuk-tuk, moto taxi or car for just five minutes and be in the centre of town.Bus, magic busThere are several bus companies with daily trips from Phnom Penh to Kampot and vice versa. These include Giant Ibis, Capitol Transport, Mekong Express, and Phnom Penh Sorya. The trip usually takes around four hours. Some even stop in Kep as well.The price of bus tickets ranges from $5 to $9. Expats often pay more for bus tickets than locals. Check the BookMeBus app or websites of the aforementioned bus companies to get more details on the schedules and prices.Riding in styleFrom Phnom Penh, you can hire taxis (usually Toyota Camrys) for between $35 and $50. Prices go up during public holidays, however, and if you need more luggage space an SUV for the same trip will cost around $60. The drive usually takes around three hours.Usually hotels or guesthouses can set up these taxis. If you are staying at The Great Duke Phnom Penh Hotel you can stroll over to Dangkor Market and there is a taxi station, too.Food galoreKampot is a gastronomic paradise. It has a ton of dining options, from local to foreign, budget to fine dining and everything in between. Most restaurants offer a mix of Khmer, Pan-Asian and Western food.There is bARACA, a Belgian-owned tapas bar serving Spanish tapas with a Khmer twist. Want some of the best noodles in town? Head over to Ecran Chinese Noodles and Dumplings, it will not disappoint. Tertulia is another excellent foreign joint in Kampot. It offers Portuguese cuisine, including Bulhao Pato clams and the traditional slow-cooked seafood cataplana.Java junkies should be sure to stop in Cafe Espresso, which brews up the best cup of joe in town. For pastries and other desserts, Kampot Pie & Ice Cream Palace takes the local crown.Laying down for the nightThere is little hassle looking for a place to sleep in Kampot. Accommodations in town cater to a vast range of tastes and budgets. Booking ahead is wise during high season but if you aren’t picky, you can usually walk in and find a suitable place to stay.Staying in styleIf you have the money to splurge, Kampot will not disappoint you. Several luxury hotels have set up camp there. They usually have pools, gyms and saunas on their premises.  Nataya Roundhouse Coral Bay Resort and Le Bokor Palace Hotel are two of the big names. They usually charge between $100 and $300 a night.Middle-ranked manorsFor $50 to $100 a night, you can stay in one of the many mid-ranged accommodations or boutique hotels in Kampot. Popular places in this section include Rikitikitavi, Auberge du Soleil and Kampot View Boutique Hotel. Many of these still offer gyms, pools and sky bars.Snoring on a shoestring budgetKampot does not lack in budget accommodations. Numerous dorm-style shared rooms cater to young backpackers and charge $10 or less per night. Private rooms can also be found in these establishments, as can rooms with air conditioning. Costs can reach up to $40 per night, depending on amenities.The vivid sights and sounds of KampotKampot has something for everyone. Whether you love nature, food, shopping or just sightseeing, the town will surely catch your interest. Here are some of the top sights:Bokor Hill StationA stunning relic of the French colonial past, the Bokor Hill Station up in the Damrei (Elephant) Mountains is Kampot’s most-visited tourist attraction. Atop the mountain is a collection of French colonial buildings, a Catholic church, Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino, a post office, and a royal residence.Kampot River ParkSet along the picturesque Kampot River, this is one of the best places to go boating, kayaking, and ziplining in Cambodia. It’s also a great area for picnics. This park is mostly visited by local tourists, but its is increasing in popularity for foreigners as well.Cave explorers’ paradiseKampot is known as as the best place to go caving in Cambodia. There are numerous caves to visit and explore in and around the province. Some of the more well-known systems in Kampot include Phnom Sia, Phnom Ta aun, and Phnom Saesar.Secret LakeAnother popular destination for local and foreign visitors in Kampot is Secret Lake, which is locally known as Tomnop Tek Krolar. Set between rice paddies and mountains, this is actually an irrigation dam built during the Khmer Rouge era. However, it has been converted into a recreation area where people can picnic and ride water cycles.Kep ThmeyThis is one of the several wildlife parks in and around Kampot. Many visitors marvel at the sight of wildlife in their natural habitats. A wide variety of wildlife can be found including wild pigs, deer, birds and monkeys.Salt museumIn addition to pepper, the province is also known the world over for producing salt. The salt is gathered from fields close to the sea and then brought to a factory for cleaning, adding of iodine, and packaging. Just five minutes out of Kampot, the Cambodia Natural Salt Production Exhibition Centre will show you more about the process of producing the Kampot salt. You can even buy a pack or two.Anlung Pring Bird SanctuaryA protected area, Anglung Pring Bird Sanctuary is home to more than 90 species of birds, including more than 300 of the magnificent Sarus Cranes, the global population of which is facing rapid decline. The Sarus Cranes flock to the area from December to April every year.Made in Kampot“Pepperland” would be an apt nickname for Kampot. Known by chefs the world over, Kampot black pepper is grown in the fertile soil and shipped globally. Stopping into one of the certified farms will let you experience the whole process.Kampot black pepper and Kampong Speu palm sugar are Cambodia’s only Protected Geographic Indication products under EU certification. Some of the more well-known farms include La Plantation, Champei Organic Farm, Sothy’s Pepper Farm and Flying Dog Farm. Tours usually run daily.What’s that smell?Durian, one of the most infamous fruits in the world is a delicacy in Cambodia. Known for its distinct odour that some find displeasing, durian is eaten raw, made into sweets or used to flavour ice cream. Kampot has long been the Kingdom’s durian capital. Heck, there’s even a giant sculpture of one in the middle of town!If you’re feeling adventurous, stop into a local farm or find a seller at the market and pick up a spiky durian. Beware, though, most guesthouses ban durian on the premises.HandicraftsAlong the beaches of Kampot are numerous shops and stalls selling handicrafts made from seashells and coral. Kampot also supplies most of the same handicrafts on sale in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap, and other parts of Cambodia.Getting around townKampot is relatively small so getting around by foot works for many. Travellers often rent motorbikes to cruise around or make the trip up to Bokor. Bicycles can also be found easily or you can hire tuk-tuks or moto taxis for mid-range trips.While Kampot is generally safe, there have been rare cases of bag snatching. Most of these occurred at night. Just be mindful while carrying cash or valuables.Future looks brightAs you can see, the list of attractions in Kampot is nearly endless. From beaches and eco-parks to pepper farms and mountains, this place has it all.Indeed, the future of this area is bright. Many people think there will be a wave of development coming to the province soon. Only time will tell, but visit now to experience the true beauty.Check out property for sale  in Kampot and property for rent in Kampot on Realestate.com.kh Need more guides? Check out other great resources such as Location Profiles and Investor Guides on Realestate.com.kh now!
ultimate guide to bkk2
The ultimate guide to BKK 2
May 9, 2022, 6:01 a.m.
It does quite have the reputation of its brother to the east. But Boeung Keng Kang 2 pack a big punch. These two districts are similar in feel, but they are still a bit different. So, here's the ultimate guide to BKK2.BKK2 sits just across Monivong Boulevard from the foreign quarter of BKK1. Due to the lower rent prices here, many expats choose to live here.Our website can help you find the best expat rentals in BKK2. However, if you’re not picky about where you live take a look at our other location profiles.The main types of housing you will find are:Shophouses in BKK2Two- and three-bedroom flats inside traditional shophouses are one of the most common arrangements for expats in Cambodia. Many are split into two levels with kitchen and living areas below and bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms above. This type of housing is what the majority of expats in BKK2 and BKK3 end up choosing. You can check our website to see houses for rent in BKK2.Using a realtor can make the process easier if you are looking for something specific. Head over to our list of the best realtors in Cambodia.Renovation in the nationRenovations seem to be happening constantly, so it’s easy to find a shophouse that has been tricked out with Western touches. Indeed, many flats are indistinguishable from those in Europe or the US.Some landlords even choose to subdivide the house and will offer one bedroom units next to larger ones. Price here can vary a lot. You can still find a great place for around $500 a month. Jihye Kim, who works for a capital NGO and has lived as an expat for more than three years, lives in a one-bedroom unit of a renovated shophouse in the area. She pays around $500 a month on rent.“I like that it is centrally located but is also quiet,” she said, adding that her two cats have plenty of space in the roomy unit.Condos and apartments are comingNew tower blocks seem to be popping constantly in Phnom Penh. While most of them can be seen in nearby BKK1, they are spreading to neighbouring districts. Units will resemble typical apartments in the West with a full range of furnishings. Couches, tables, cabinets and chairs will be standard and bathrooms will have modern showers. They will run a range of different styles, too.If you want to search on your own, we have listings for you to find a condo for rent in BKK2.All luxury, no hassleFull-service apartments look similar to the condominium units described above, however, buildings will have more luxury features. Pool, fitness centre, 24-hour security, internet connection and housekeeping services are part of the package. Luxury buildings can still be found on a budget. If this type of housing suits you check out our page on apartments for rent in BKK2.Chillin’ in the villaVillas are often used for businesses, but occasionally one will pop up on the renter’s market. They can be expensive, but if you have a large group and want more seclusion, this can be a viable option. Villas can be found both furnished and unfurnished and most have spacious balconies and small gardens. Prices vary based on size and location. Most villas for rent in BKK2 are between $2,500 and $5,000 per month.The best hangout spots are hereThese districts are small in size. They stand out in terms of activities, however. Five Men Fresh Beer is just around the corner from the Tuol Sleng museum. It serves up local brew as well as food.Another expat standby is The Flicks Community Movie House. The independent theatre’s main branch is located in BKK2. They screen three films a day and a $3.50 ticket will let you see all three. Current owner, Ramon Stoppelenburg, explained that the district has changed enormously since he took over the business in 2011. “Before, the city lacked anything besides bars and restaurants … [The Flicks] has become the escape haven for the many expatriates and tourists in town as it screens better movies, film festival winners, documentaries and has kids’ sessions," he attested.Food is fantastic This area has a few staples that every expat will know. Along Monivong you’ll find a series of Chinese hand-pulled noodle shops. Regardless of which one is the original, they all serve delicious soups and stellar dumplings.Up near Sihanouk, Yosaya will suit if you’re looking for Thai food. Want some local fare? Plenty of beer gardens around Tuol Sleng have their grills fired up by sundown. Coin Cafe and Bar can be a good place to get a mix of Khmer or Western food.Daily life in BKK2 Convenience stores can be the best way to pick up a small snack or daily groceries. Kiwi Mart and Fresh Mart are perfect for this.Life doesn’t have to be all fun and games when you live here. Stop in to Muscle Fitness for a daily workout. If you want to do a few laps, head over to the pool at Ming Hour Club.Stuck in the middle with youThere’s no doubt that Phnom Penh is changing. Every expat has an opinion on this. Most remark that BKK2 feels distinct from BKK1. The atmosphere here sits somewhere between the foreign quarter and the more local Toul Tum Poung to the south. Because of this, many love living here.No matter where you choose to live, there will be plenty to discover. Above all, get to know your area. Get to know the hole city, and venture around the country. Even if you’ve been here for years there’s always something new to see.Need more guides? 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The ultimate guide to Chbar Ampov
The ultimate guide to Chbar Ampov
June 5, 2022, 11:11 a.m.
Development seems to have Phnom Penh almost bursting at the seams. One district, however, still holds plenty of the Kingdom’s natural beauty. That’s not to say Chbar Ampov is remote. In fact, it has all the modern touches of city life. It has plenty of breathtaking views as well.Straddled by the Mekong and Bassac rivers, Chbar Ampov district sits just south of the city’s centre and is divided into eight sangkats (communes), namely: Prek Pra, Chbar Ampov Ti Mouy, Chbar Ampov Ti Bpi, Nirouth, Kbal Kaoh, Prek Aeng, Prek Thmey, and Veal Sbov.Chbar Ampov is now  becoming one of its fastest growing areas due to the momentum of the capital’s progress in the economy, technology, new developments and housing and commercial real estate. Indeed, less than 10 years ago the area was still considered to be rural.Hay Ravy, marketing and sales manager of Daily Realty Group, said Chbar Ampov has become a peaceful residential option for many home buyers. Ravy identified Chbar Ampov Ti Mouy, Chbar Ampov Ti Bpi and Nirouth as the most developed communes in the district.“These areas have connecting infrastructure including bridges, National Road 1, sewage systems, sanitation and a fresh environment,” he said.There are six major housing projects in the area, along the main corridor. Borey Peng Hout, Borey Luxury and Borey Lim Chheang Hak are just a few, according to Ravy.It’s no surprise that many new developments have chosen to highlight the district’s vast riverfront plots. Indeed, as developers seek to diversify their offerings, many are looking past more central districts in an effort to draw in buyers.James Hodge, associate director of the estate agent group CBRE Cambodia, agreed that the riverfront areas were the defining feature of the district.“Chbar Ampov in particular benefits from a large river frontage, which developers are keen to ensure is capitalized upon through the use of pedestrianised broad walks, marinas and as additional transport route,” he said, adding that both luxury and affordable options were emerging in the district.Despite the recent focus on Chbar Ampov’s natural beauty, it still hosts a wealth of modern amenities. Every day, more and more offerings are popping up along National Road 1. Most notably, the recently opened Park Community Mall seeks to be an all-encompassing entertainment plaza. It features retail space, child care and sport facilities.Hodge, of CBRE, said The Park is designed to cater to residents of the district as well as those passing through on the national road.“Most notably, The Park’s retail space focuses on food and beverage brands as well as services such as a pharmacy and salon.”He added that other retail options in the district were relatively traditional, but claimed that activity is likely to ramp up as population size and income levels both grow.Given that Chbar Ampov is a bit further from Phnom Penh’s centre, it hasn’t seen a drastic rise in land prices like districts such as Daun Penh or Chamkarmon. Many developers there are utilising borey developments to meet the growing demand in the low- to middle-level housing segment.According to a report from the Kingdom’s VTrust Appraisal, Chbar Ampov hosted roughly 10 percent of all the capital’s landed residential projects. Chief among them, the report highlights the success of the Borey Peng Hout project.Moreover, the document shows that residential linked houses make up more than 60 percent of housing options in the district. This shows the area’s status as a sort of suburb within the city.Yim Socheat, CEO of the capital’s CDN Property, speculated that Chbar Ampov could become a popular area for retirees in coming years, given that land prices there were still growing relatively slowing compared to the rest of the city.“There is still only one major condo project in Chbar Ampov where one-bedroom spaces are going for between $400 and $500 per month. Most people relocating to the district are opting for shophouses in boreys,” Socheat added.He noted that numerous Khmer buyers prefer not to live near the rivers, but developers were doing their best to change opinions and make the waterfront an appealing place to buy property.“Compared to nearby Dangkor district, Chbar Ampov is relatively cheap.”Daily Realty’s Ravy speculated that, within the next five years, more residential homes, high rises, condos, apartments and commercial spaces would be established in Chbar Ampov.Looking for real estate for sale in Chbar Ampov  or real estate for rent in Chbar Ampov? or browse through Realestate.com.kh's Investment Guide 2019.
The ultimate guide to Phnom Penh
The ultimate guide to Phnom Penh
June 7, 2022, 3:51 a.m.
The city of Phnom Penh has come a long way from the trying times under the French and the dark days under the Khmer Rouge. It has grown to be a city where people from different walks of life congregate and share their culture, making Phnom Penh a cosmopolitan city where everyone can find a piece of the city they can call their own. For you to learn more about the Kingdom of Wonder, read this guide for a glimpse of Phnom Penh through its history, politics, economy, and the daily life within.If you're an investor looking for a more business-oriented executive summary on Cambodia, you may wanna check out our Investment Guide 2019.Otherwise, you might be interested in piecing a better picture of the Kingdom of Cambodia by reading other great resources on Realestate.com.kh such location profiles on Siem Reap & Sihanoukville. Learn more about Investing in Cambodia, Foreign Ownership in Cambodia & the Cambodia Expat Experience!OverviewSituated where the Tonlé Sap and Mekong Rivers intersect, Phnom Penh has been the capital city of the Kingdom of Cambodia since the mid-1860s. Since these humble beginnings, Phnom Penh has grown to become the nation's unquestionable political and economic center, serving as the seat of government and hub for foreign investment. Phnom Penh is second only to Laos in Southeast Asia for the fastest rate of urban spatial extension, as indicated by the World Bank. An average growth rate of around 7 percent year-on-year for Cambodia continues to fuel an economic boom in Phnom Penh, and the city now offers all you would expect from an Asian metropolis. From expansive shopping centers and purpose-built retail malls, high-rise residential and commercial buildings, and five-star hotels, to a variety of eateries and eclectic F&B options, and a vibrant nightlife; Phnom Penh is drawing guests from all around the world.Extravagant modern buildings across Phnom Penh are changing the capital into a playground where a new generation of Khmers from the country's emerging middle class rub shoulders with the local elite and international investors. Yet, wealth distribution remains wholly unequal in Cambodia, meaning local tastes are ultimately decided by associated costs. Nevertheless, as this middle class continues to grow, consumer products and services are growing at a rate previously unseen in the country, and more so in Phnom Penh than anywhere else.HistoryPhnom Penh, originally, was not the main urban centre of the Khmer people. That title sat majestically at the heart of the ancient Khmer Empire in Angkor near Siem Reap. That changed in the 14th century when the Khmer king at the time, King Pohea Yat, moved the capital after the Kingdom of Siam invaded Angkor. Legends tell that Phnom Penh took its name from a local lady, named Lady Daun Penh, who found 4 statues of the Buddha inside a tree floating on the Mekong River. She took her discovery to be a sign to build a new capital away from Angkor. She placed these sacred objects in a shrine on a small hill to keep them safe, now known as Wat Phnom.Phnom Penh has been admired as one of the loveliest South East Asian cities because of its quaint appeal and vibrancy. Once a French colonial urban center, the city is characteristic of wide roads, pretty gardens, and exquisite stately homes. For these reasons, the city was titled “the Pearl of Asia” in the 1920s. Phnom Penh experienced rapid growth with the building of railways to Sihanoukville and the opening of the first international airport, Phnom Penh International Airport over the following decades. Phnom Penh's infrastructure saw major modernization under the rule of King Sihanouk for much of the early to 20th century. However, in the 1970s, within the shadow of the Vietnam War, this vibrant metropolis came under the tyrannical grip of the Khmer Rouge in 1975. To cut a long and complicated story short, the Khmer Rouge was finally driven out of Phnom Penh in 1979 by a combination of Cambodian and Vietnamese troops and people began rebuilding the city.After the war, land titles for the entire country had been destroyed or lost, meaning those that returned to Phnom Penh essentially staked claims to property than was uninhabited. Later in the 1990s to early 2000s, with funding from various governments and international institutions, the land title system was reintroduced in Cambodia. The effects of the war impact land ownership rights and disputes continue to this day, however.The US dollar was implemented as an official currency, providing an additional level of economic stability alongside the national currency, the Khmer Riel. This dollarization remains in place today; however, the National Bank of Cambodia has developed policies to encourage the use of the Khmer Riel with a view towards future de-dollarization as an attempt to eventually regain full control over monetary policy.The 1998 census-estimated Phnom Penh's population at 862,000 and the results of the 2008 census show this had risen to 1.3 million. The much-awaited General Population Census 2019 was released and showed that residents have grown to a little over 2 million people. This figure does not include Phnom Penh's expatriate population, estimated to be over 150,000.Main economic driversPhnom Penh’s local economy is mainly driven by a range of commercial endeavours like mom-and-pop shops to medium-large local enterprises. These enterprises cover a wide range of goods and services which has turned Phnom Penh into a metropolitan city attractive to Western and even other Asian expatriates.The city is also home to the Kingdom’s biggest export: garments, textiles, and footwear. The garments, textiles, and footwear (GTF) sector contribute a significant portion of the country’s annual GDP. The agricultural sector based around the plains of Phnom Penh (and other provinces) also contribute to Cambodia’s GDP as the country’s agricultural output allows it to be one of the top 10 global rice exporters and supply the international market with rubber, maize, cassava, and palm oil.In the past few years, the flow of foreign investment has given way to a construction boom in the capital. As a result, real estate prices across Phnom Penh have been rising year-after-year. The boom in the construction throughout Phnom Penh has fed into the development of residential, retail, office, and industrial sectors in and around the city.Tourism is also a major contributor to Phnom Penh’s economy as more shopping centers and entertainment attractions open; complementing the multiple tourist spots in the city.With Cambodia’s integration into ASEAN, Phnom Penh is in a particularly enviable position as it is surrounded by robust regional economies that are increasingly outsourcing manufacturing operations. Cambodians are also more and more connected to the global community through access to technology via high mobile phone and internet penetration, with Phnom Penh being the epicenter of this evolution.Since 2010, foreigners have also been allowed to own apartments and condominium units in Cambodia - but not land, and, accordingly, not the first floor of buildings. Immediately after the passing of the law, tax revenues from property transactions rose. The floodgates of a new market were opened and several developments, specifically targeted towards foreigners, are being built in Phnom Penh every year.Weather, Climate, and GeographyPhnom Penh lies south of the country and is enveloped by Kandal Province. The city, however, operates as a separate, fully-independent municipality. The Phnom Penh municipality is situated where the waterways of the Tonlé Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers meet. For generations, these channels have served as an economic lifeline to the city and continue to do so today. Monsoonal flooding is a seasonable problem where the river sometimes overflows its banks. The cool season takes place in Cambodia during November and March (temperatures ranging from 22c to 28c); hot season, or summer, takes place between March and May (with temperatures ranging from 28c to 38c); and, finally, rainy season occurs between May and October (with temperatures ranging from 24 to 32c, with humidity up to 90%). The temperature in Phnom Penh can range from 15 to 38 degrees Celsius and the city experiences tropical monsoons intermittently.Monsoons generally blow from the Southwest inland, bringing winds from the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean between May to October. The dry season lasts from November through to March. In short, the city of Phnom Penh experiences the most substantial rainfall between September to October, and its driest time is the two months of January through to February.Population and DemographicsPhnom Penh City is a municipality in itself covering approximately 678 square kilometers. Its administrative government’s status is equal to that of any other Cambodian province. The municipality is subdivided into twelve administrative divisions called Khans, meaning districts - all of which fall under the governance of the Phnom Penh Municipality. Of these twelve Khans, the districts of Dangkao, Meanchey, Por Sen Chey, Sen Sok, and Russey Keo are considered the outskirts of the city. These 12 Khans are then subdivided into 76 Sangkats (communes) and the city has 637 Kroms, meaning villages within communes.The Phnom Penh metropolitan area, as of the General Population Census 2019 is home to around 2 million of Cambodia's total population of about 15.3 million. The Khmer makes up the majority of ethnic groups in Cambodia and in its capital city, comprising approximately 90 percent of the total population. The next three largest minor ethnic groups are the Vietnamese, Chinese Cambodian (Khmer Chen) and the Cham (Muslim).Phnom Penh, along with Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, has remained significant global and domestic tourist destinations for Cambodia, drawing almost 7 million tourists per year. Meanwhile, the largest majority of Cambodia’s 100,000+ ex-pat population reside in the capital city, making it the nation’s cosmopolitan hub. These ex-pats are involved primarily in the private sector and NGOs.Things-To-DoShopping centersAeon Mall, Cambodia’s premier chain of malls, sees many local shoppers flocking to see the foreign brands. The $200 million Japanese-built shopping center is only one of many new shopping complexes, hotels, township and condo projects springing up in Phnom Penh from the wave of foreign direct investments in recent years. As of 2019, Japanese mall operator AEON currently has 2 malls in Phnom Penh, with a 3rd one announced to be finished by 2023. Various other new development projects are also including ground floor shopping plazas and malls in their designs, meaning the Phnom Penh market will see plenty of new options for shopaholics in the near future. LandmarksPhnom Penh is home to some of Cambodia's most iconic buildings and architecture.The oldest structure in the city is Wat Phnom, a famous pagoda located at the center of the city constructed in 1373, which has existed in Phnom Penh since its original founding. The main tourist attractions are the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, which holds a vast collection of Khmer antiquities. The Independence Monument, although built in the 1950s, is also constructed according to ancient Khmer architecture.Nowadays, most travelers also delve into the Khmer Rouge history, visiting sites such as S21 Prison/Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields.Food SelectionPhnom Penh has by far the widest selection of cuisines available compared to any other city in Cambodia. The city’s attractiveness has made itself home to people from different backgrounds. As a result, a mix of tastes has been brought about by a history of influences upon the hub city, namely Khmer, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, French, Thai, and various other cuisines.Outside of the capital, it is fair to say the world of cuisine revolves around fish & vegetable cuisines, and rice.NightlifePhnom Penh has a great selection for nightlife activities to suit all tastes. Bars and clubs are dotted all over the city, but given the compact size of Phnom Penh, it's never too far to hope between different bars and clubs on a single night out. For those that are particularly lazy though, there are some core bar streets and nightlife areas where bars, clubs and late-night eats are located together.The riverside area along Sisowath Quay has a plethora of bars and restaurants with a great view of the Tonle Sap river. The riverside is more catered to tourists, but expect to see all range of bars and upmarket lounges hosting people from different walks of life from the Wat Phnom area to the Royal Palace. Up the side streets of the riverside, such as street 136, 110 and 104 expect to see bars of the hostess variety, but also some great live music joints and intimate neighborhood hangouts. Street 172 is also a popular lane for both tourists and ex-pats to drink and eat. Street 51 and Sorya Mall is another favorite nightspot of Phnom Penh, especially those who plan to stay out to the wee hours in the morning. Centered on two of the most famous of Phnom Penh’s late-night offerings, Heart of Darkness and Pontoon, street 51 never sleeps.The Boeung Keng Kang 1 (BKK1) area is also home to some great drinking venues, especially in the Streets 278/51, Bassac Lane & Street 308 area, and these bars are dominated by ex-pat patrons - with prices to match. The prices might be slightly higher than riverside and street 51, but the variety and quality of bars and restaurants in BKK1 are some of the best in Cambodia.If you love live music, Phnom Penh is the Cambodian city for you. It offers an eclectic mix of the traditional and the imported hitting stages across the city every night of the week. The best place to find the latest gigs and information is the LengPleng music guide. Sign up to their fantastic weekly gig updates and you will never miss a beat of the Phnom Penh music scene.Schools & Educational InstitutesFor those with kids, Phnom Penh offers the best range of educational institutes of any Cambodian city, and the selection of schools is growing every year. Many of these “international” schools are accredited internationally, meaning it is easy for kids to move between associated schools within and beyond Cambodia. But be wary that not all “international schools” are created equal, nor are international standards always reflected by all school brandings.Some of the most well-known primary and secondary schools in Phnom Penh include the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP), Nira International School, the Canadian International School, Zaman International School, and Northbridge International School.For tertiary education, Cambodia has plenty of great institutions, but the core subjects tend to be limited in scope to professional degrees in many cases. However, options for new subjects and core disciplines are rising every year. Some of the top universities include the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Build Bright University, the Royal University of Agriculture, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, the Royal University of Law and Economics and Paññasastra University of Cambodia.HealthcarePhnom Penh has a number of international standard hospitals and clinics offering tertiary care – including the publicly-managed Calmette hospital which is equipped to handle most medical issues, or the Thai affiliated Royal Phnom Penh Hospital, under the well-regarded Bangkok Hospital group. Other options include the International SOS clinic offering English-speaking primary care and evacuation services, Krema Clinic and Naga Clinic are healthcare providers hosting a broad range of medical care with multilingual doctors. There is a decent range of general dentistry clinics that are also available offering full dental services including the five-star Roomchang Dental & Aesthetic Hospital and the International Dental Clinic.Key Transport ServicesAir TravelPhnom Penh International Airport is the main airport in the kingdom, located approximately 7 kilometers west of the central city. Cambodia has a few local airline companies. Cambodia Angkor Air is the national flag carrier, with its headquarters in Phnom Penh with an additional hub at the Angkor International Airport in Siem Reap province. Air Asia offers low-cost daily flights between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur to/ from Phnom Penh. Jetstar Asia Airways also offers budget daily flights to/from Singapore. Qatar Airways flies to and from Phnom Penh, via Ho Chi Minh to a variety of destinations in Europe with a stopover in Qatar. New direct flight routes around the region and the world are being announced every month. Overland TripsMotor-taxis (moto-dops), tuk-tuks, and taxis are readily available within the city of Phnom Penh A rapid bus transit network is present and as of 2018, 11 bus lines are currently operating in the capital. For a full map route, you may check tourismcambodia.com for the list of bus routes in Phnom Penh.Taxis, minivans, and buses are available to reach most destinations throughout the Kingdom and beyond to Thailand and Vietnam. These overland forms of transportation have become more accessible due to the recent rehabilitation of national roads leading to other urban centers in the country.Phnom Penh also houses the country’s central rail station that serves the line stretching northwest towards Poipet in Banteay Meanchey province and the railway heading towards the southern coastal cities. Water/River NavigationRiver ferries between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are offered throughout the year, except for April, May, and June when the water levels are too low for passenger boats. These ferries usually depart at 7 am daily from the Phnom Penh Port on Sisowath Quay, with the trip taking around 8 or so hours. The long travel time is not ideal for tourists on a rush, but if you’re taking your time, then traveling through the river offers its own unique set of sights.Key Areas of Real Estate DevelopmentCambodia’s construction boom has reached the international newsrooms in the past couple of years. Anyone looking for a guide to Phnom Penh would be well-equipped to know about what drives the dozens of construction sites that line the city’s skylines.Beoung Keng Kang (BKK) district boasts the highest prices in Phnom Penh with land prices reaching up to USD $6,000 per sqm as of 2019. Previously, home villas in this area were sought after by families wishing to live in this district, but now most of these villas have either been demolished, sold to developers, or transformed into boutique hotels, restaurants, and even offices.High-density living is becoming more common due to a lack of space within BKK with high-end condo developments, serviced apartments and hotels changing the skyline significantly. Other upcoming Phnom Penh residential property areas include the west (Por Senchey) and south (Meanchey) of the city, generally. These locations are very close to central Phnom Penh yet property prices remain considerably cheaper. In addition, growing congestion and a lack of parking in and around the city center, coupled with high prices, is disincentivizing potential residents from moving in.The Phnom Penh Master Plan 2035 seeks to drive urban planning for the expansion of the city and construct new infrastructure to accommodate the growing population. Until now, the city has had no zoning regulations of note nor identifiable urban development planning.   Commercial property and office space trends In the past, in a city without a skyline, villas were the preferred type of property for office space. This has changed in the past few years as more businesses are looking for more suitable properties specifically designed for corporate operations. The demand for first-class and mid-level office space throughout Phnom Penh is growing, with a variety of new high-rise projects being available or due to be completed in the next few years. These new office complexes are often demolishing vintage villas, flats and other types of classical real estate. Grade B and C are popular choices for local entrepreneurs as Grade A office space is generally pricey.The growth of the Phnom Penh commercial property market is only set to continue in the future, especially since Cambodia has joined the AEC, and many developers are aware of this emerging business class. Retail and shopping propertiesThe Phnom Penh retail property market is undergoing vast changes, and these changes are altering the face of the city. International brands are joining the burgeoning Cambodian market faster than ever. Some of these new brands are specifically chasing the increasingly available aspirational Khmer middle-class dollar; others are focusing on the local elite and ex-pat high-end retail market. Meanwhile, local retailers continue to grow and expand their operations in leaps and bounds.The average Cambodian has more to spend on their daily needs. In conjunction with this growth, the Phnom Penh retail properties market is growing quickly and the demand for retail space in certain areas of the city is driving rental prices higher than ever before. Yet, inner-city congestion, lack of parking and lack of affordable housing options inside the CBD is redefining the preferred retail zones around town, adjusting the Phnom Penh’s overall real estate market accordingly.Corner spaces in BKK1, Tonle Bassac and Daun Penh are very popular for retail spaces, especially food and beverage because corner properties have the benefit of having a number of parking spaces which is usually hard to come by in the city. Demand from well-known brands for properties on corner locations, especially in the Chbar Ampov.Parking is a real and growing issue in high-density areas of Phnom Penh. More vehicles get on the road and more people from the countryside move into the city’s urban areas. Congested traffic is making it harder for consumers to come into central Phnom Penh to shop.Similar retail development is happening for similar reasons in the western and northern parts of the city, around Sen Sok and Phnom Penh Thmey, next to central Tuol Kork. Another trend is in regard to the advent of high-quality shopping centers and malls.Cambodia’s first international shopping mall opened its doors in June 2014 from the Japanese mall giant AEON. The mall is full of shoppers every weekend, many of whom travel from the provinces to experience the nation’s first international standard shopping center. AEON has since seen a high demand for retail space from both international and local retailers.A new breed of international franchisers, who have for many years overlooked the Cambodian market now see the appeal of occupying retail units in places like Aeon Mall as it reflects international standards of retail space and retail space management.The entry of the AEON group in Cambodia has convinced some of these franchisers that the market is ready for international brands and that there are viable spaces for them to establish themselves. Local brands have also seen the opportunity in Cambodia’s maturing market and have put up malls such as the Chip Mong Noro Mall, a shopping center owned by the Chip Mong Group, a Cambodian food-and-beverage conglomerate.Condominium PropertiesPhnom Penh Condo and new development market trends: The condominium market in Phnom Penh continues to expand, with investors seeing anywhere from 5% to 8% annual returns as condominium development continues to expand from the high-end to mid-range offerings. The upcoming supply of condominium developments across market segments has ensured that this sector of the real estate market continues to grow and is made available to more people, particularly to middle-class Khmers who are beginning to demand condos for investment purposes, rentals returns, and/or as their new home.It is also worth mentioning the introduction of mixed-use developments in Phnom Penh. These are developments that integrate residential and commercial (office & retail) units into one complex. A prime example of this is podium-style malls where the first few floors from the ground are built for commercial purposes while the tower(s) may be allocated for residential units. Types of PropertyCONDOS & APARTMENTSThe latest breed of luxury sky rise condominiums is tailored to the demand of international investors, who are able to buy condos, apartments, and offices in Cambodia - as long as they are in a co-owned building and above the first floor. Increasingly too, budget options are available - and these are proving highly popular with local investors as live-in properties and rental earners. SERVICED APARTMENTSCatering to the high-end ex-pat market primarily, Phnom Penh has all kinds of serviced apartments available. These properties are fully furnished, and come with a range of services designed to make life easier and more pleasant - for long or short term stays. FLAT HOUSESHighly popular with locals, flat houses are the most popular kind of home in central Phnom Penh. They are affordable, able to be used for multiple purposes and usually include land ownership in the title. VILLAS FOR SALEPhnom Penh also offers opulent French-inspired villas located throughout the city's hotspots, and many new Borey developments cater to this highly popular market for Khmer buyers with hundreds of newly built villas coming online every week. BOREYSBorey homes are essentially homes within a township development, a type of gated community. They can be villas, flat houses or link houses. All infrastructure is supplied by the developer, and each buyer can buy a property within the borey with the individual hard titles over that land plot. Normally, boreys also offer community facilities for all buyers to use. Boreys are seeing huge demand from local buyers with developersOFFICESNew developments are bringing increasing options for serviced and non-serviced office space throughout Phnom Penh. There are still good opportunities for real estate developments in the middle-end office market. The Cambodian market will continue to remain significant for investment consideration among the countries in this region in 2016.RETAIL SPACESThere are lots of commercial opportunities in the capital to invest in established businesses such as bars, restaurants, and guesthouses. Land properties for big commercial developments such as purpose-built shopping malls and mixed-use properties are also available for investors who want to enter Phnom Penh’s growing demand for retailers.Contact number of emergency services in Phnom PenhFire: Toul Sleng Fire Department, Phnom Penh: 023 723 555 / 012 786 693Call from Stationary Telephone (Firefighter): 666 / 118Police: Call from Stationary Telephone (Police): 117 =S.O.S Police: 012 999 999Traffic Police: 012 896 628Tourist Police: 097 778 0002Emergency Healthcare: Ambulance (S.A.M.U): 119Call from Stationary Telephone (Hospital): 023 723 840Calmette Ambulance: 023 426 948 / 023 724 891 / 012 912 947 / 016 585 108 / 092 858 434Russian Hospital Ambulance: 023 217764Kossamak Hospital Ambulance: 016 909774Blood Transfusion Center: 023 215 949Royal Phnom Penh Hospital: 023 991 000 - full ambulance and medevac services are available.Services: Water Supply: 023 724 046Electricity (EDC): 023 723 871Phnom Penh Municipality Info: Phnom Penh Capital Hall address: # 69, Preah Monivong Blvd., Sangkat Srah Chak, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh; http://phnompenh.gov.kh/en/Administration Division, Phnom Penh Capital Hall (General Information): Tel: (+855) 23 722 054Fax: (+855) 23 725 626Email: info@phnompenh.gov.khPublic Relations and International Cooperation Office (For Foreigners): Tel: (+855) 23 430 681, Fax: (+855) 23 430 681Email address: info@phnompenh.gov.khLooking for real estate for rent in Phnom Penh or real estate for sale in Phnom Penh?Need more guides? 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The ultimate guide to Cambodia
The ultimate guide to Cambodia
May 9, 2022, 5:58 a.m.
Here is all you need to know about Cambodia - the country specs, key features and the latest real estate prospects and trends!The kingdom of Cambodia, located in the South East of Asia, is an exciting destination for a variety of reasons. Its rich cultural heritage, central location to other Southeast Asian countries and open market economy make Cambodia a fantastic choice for tourists and investors alike. It is comprised of 25 provinces with Phnom Penh being the administrative capital of the kingdom.HistoryCambodia has a rich and interesting history. The first civilization in the area arose about 150 AD in the Mekong River delta in South Vietnam. This civilization was known to the Chinese who called it Fu-nan. After that, around 800 BC, the Angkorian Empire rose to power; and over the next 600 years Khmer kings dominated much of present day South East Asia. During this period the Khmer rulers built most of the religious temples in the Angkor temple complex and this was a hugely prosperous time in the history of the kingdom. By the mid-13th century the Khmer kingdom started to erode and in 1431 the Thais (known as Siamese) captured the Cambodian capital, Angkor. Later it was abandoned and a new capital was founded at Phnom Penh. By the 16th century, Khmer power continued to disappear due to the growing power of the Siamese, the Vietnamese and the entry of the Europeans. By the late 18th century the French began to expand their infiltration of Indochina and eventually placed Cambodia under their full administration.After many years of French rule, in 1953 Cambodia gained full independence from the colonial French. Later, amidst the neighboring Vietnam War in the 1970s, US and Vietnamese troops invaded Cambodia and the Khmer Republic army collapsed. In this unsettle context, the Khmer Rouge rose into power. A civil war ensued for the next few years and the carnage under the Khmer Rouge regime was horrific. Almost 1.7 million Cambodians were slaughtered, worked to death or died due to starvation. The Khmer Rouge also entered into combat with neighboring countries to reclaim land that was lost over history, in particular along the Vietnamese border. Finally, in the 1990s, UNTAC intervened under the Paris Accord and negotiated with the government to ratify a new constitution restoring the monarchy and establishing a joint ruling government with Hun Sen as leader. The Khmer Rouge dissipated and their leader Pol Pot died. Since then, Cambodia’s recovery and re-stabilization was dependent upon significant amounts of foreign aid, some of which still continues to this day.Economy and Main IndustriesGDP growth is increasing consistently with a continuing improvement in consumption and investment. A robust 7 percent year-on-year consistent economic growth rate has made Cambodia an attractive country for potential investors. According to the World Bank, lower world oil prices and buoyant business confidence have driven continued strong consumption, assisted by rapid consumption credit growth (averaging around 30 percent growth for the past 5 years); which has led to an expansion in wholesale and retail businesses. Robust gross fixed capital formation growth, at 9.1 percent year-on-year in 2014, has been driven largely by durable equipment and construction. Inflation eased further to 0.8 percent in the second half of 2015 following a sharp decline in 2014 with a rate of 1.2 percent - this was despite strong domestic demand which reflected moderated food and oil prices.Within this context, the construction and real estate sector has become the most vigorous engine of economic growth within the Cambodian economy. Regional anticipation of Cambodia’s integration into the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has bolstered business confidence and continues to fuel a booming construction and real estate industry. The fast expansion of the banking and finance sector combined with continued broad money growth contributed to ongoing economic growth in the Cambodian economy. Swift and broad money growth continued its rate of 20.6 percent year-on-year by mid-2015, which has been primarily driven by foreign currency deposits. Private sector deposits also remained healthy at a growth rate of 21.1 percent year-on-year, supporting high private sector credit growth.Cambodia’s reliance on dollarization continues to impact economic performance. The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has been working hard on developing stronger supervision and monitoring policies for the banking and finance sector in order to maintain financial stability and help maintain the growth of the economy. With growing US dollar appreciation, market competitiveness is experiencing some erosion leading to growth restraint in the garment and tourism sectors which have traditionally been the main economic drivers of the nation. The appreciation of the US dollar, the rise of low wage regional competitors like Myanmar, and uncertainty surrounding ongoing wage negotiations, especially within the garment sector, are stifling external competitiveness. Hence garment exports have eased slightly to a year-on-year growth rate of 7.8 percent in value terms in the first half of 2015, compared with 9.2 percent the year before. The tourism sector has seen a decline with arrivals during the first half of 2015; decelerating to 4.6 percent year-on-year (reaching 2.3 million visitors), compared with 6.9 percent in 2014.Foreign direct investment (FDI) continues to remain healthy and is largely responsible for financing the kingdom’s current account deficit. Flowing FDI has contributed to increases in gross international reserves, which reached USD 5.2 billion by mid-2015. Investment from major economies such as China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and others, continues to inject foreign capital. Preempting future downside risks, the Royal Government of Cambodia launched late last year their new Industrial Development Policy (IDP) (2015-2025). This framework aims to strengthen competitiveness through adaptability, encourage economic diversification, productivity and inclusive growth. The IDP seeks to tackle the countries over reliance on traditional sectors and low skilled/low value jobs by diversifying industrial activities. Cambodia remains a very open free market economy with liberal trade and investment policies thus making it full of opportunities for investors. Realestate.com.kh suggests that Cambodia is an attractive destination for FDI due to the availability of low-priced labor, fast urbanization, an growing middle-class, easy, free and open policies for foreign businesses, English language as the main business language, appealing tax incentives and import/export duty exemptions, continually improving infrastructure and logistical networks, and the predominance of the US dollar. Read our articles containing all the incentives and information to invest in Cambodia.Key Areas of DevelopmentReal EstateIt has never been a better time to invest in property in the kingdom. Cambodia’s unique location between two of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies of China and India and its membership in the AEC make this nation a go-to destination. Since 2010, foreigners have also been allowed to own apartments and condominium units in Cambodia - but not land, and, accordingly, not the first floor of buildings. Immediately after the passing of the “strata title law,” tax revenues from property transactions rose 60% to around $19.5 million in 2010, from just $12.2 million in 2009. Learn more about land titles in Cambodia This foreign ownership law has aided Phnom Penh’s growth hugely, and a range of properties being built are directly aimed at this foreign ownership market. Foreigners can easily hold land on long renewable leases and also through local majority-owned companies that have been incorporated in the kingdom. These structures are more secure compared to other legislation in other neighboring countries where foreign-owned land is forbidden.AgricultureAgriculture still accounts for a large share of Cambodia’s GDP, trade and labor force. The sector has been one of the most important contributors to pro-poor/lower class shared growth in Cambodia throughout the 2000s. From 2004-12, agricultural GDP growth averaged 5.3 percent year-on- year but this rate dropped significantly in 2013-15 to just 1.0 percent. Although agriculture still contributes substantially to overall GDP and the total labor force, it is becoming less important but more productive in terms of agricultural land and labor productivity. The shift away from agriculture has been driven by vibrant and pro-poor agricultural growth and diversification of crop production. Even so, production still focuses predominantly on rice paddy; the crop mix has been changing motivated by higher profit returns on non-rice crops such as cassava, maize and vegetables. Dry season rice competes well with non-rice crops in terms of returns to labor but its expansion is constrained by limited irrigation. The share of total area planted under paddy reduced from 86 percent in 2002 to only 74 percent in 2011, while planted areas for maize and cassava crops rose significantly. Except for rice, the agro-processing industry has played a limited role in agricultural growth. Almost all crops exported to neighboring countries were unprocessed, thus indicating major weaknesses in the value chain, particularly in the post-harvest collection of raw material, storage, finance, logistics, transportation, and information. However the government’s Industrial Development Policy (2015-2025) is aiming to address this and add value to the processing chain. If Cambodia’s structural transformation continues, with agricultural growth averaging 5 percent, by 2030 Cambodia will have a relatively smaller but more productive agriculture sector. Agriculture’s shares of GDP and the total labor force are projected to decline to 17 percent and 31 percent respectively, in 2030, down from 26 percent and 51 percent in 2012. The World Bank suggests that for long-term sustainability, the agricultural sector would need to encompass elements of sustainability, productivity, competitiveness, and income growth, while shifting away from a strong focus on production. Although land cannot be owned by foreign investors, access to land is readily available via 99-year leases and joint ventures where a local partner owns at least 51 percent of the equity. Some hot agricultural areas include: fisheries, rubber processing, sugar processing, jute, palm oil refineries, and large varieties of tropical fruits and organic produce.Tourism and HotelsTourism is thriving in provinces such as Siem Reap and Sihanoukville and is only set to expand. Siem Reap was ranked as the world’s second best holiday destination in 2015 by TripAdvisor.com. The province draws in over two million local and international tourists each year. Sihanoukville has developed into a hot tourism destination in a relatively short space of time. What was once a city defined by scattered bungalows – and very little else – is quickly being replaced by high-end resorts and beachfront condo developments, casinos, world-class golf courses and monopolized mass tourism networks. The number of hotels doubled in 2015 compared to the previous year demonstrating that the tourism growth rates remain healthy and look set to continue.Retail Properties in the Cambodian Real Estate MarketThere is a plethora of commercial shop fronts and commercial buildings available in popular districts of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap & Sihanoukville for leasing or purchase.Office Space on the Cambodian Estate MarketNew developments are bringing increasing options for serviced and non-serviced office space throughout major cities in the country. There are still good opportunities for real estate developments in middle-end offices and hotels. The Cambodian market will continue to remain significant for investment consideration among the countries in this region in 2016.Residential Property on the Cambodian Real Estate MarketThere is a host of affordable apartments, flats, villas and borey houses on offer in and around the Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh. There is also a growing collection of luxury condominiums and serviced apartments which are perfect for foreign investment. The city is compact and manageable for a first time buyer, with very encouraging rules for FDI. Landed developments will continue to see higher demand as the middle income group in the population continues to grow bigger. Find out more about the about 2016 market predictions from our panel of real estate experts.Water SupplyThere are four main water plants operated by the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority. Demand varies based on climate and seasonal factors. During wet season, parts of the country are prone to flooding. But, drainage infrastructure is improving significantly, especially around the tourism hotspots.RoadsInfrastructure is developing fast in terms of road networks across the country focused mainly around tourism growth hubs. Many roads have are currently undergoing development and being upgraded.  Weather, Climate and GeographyCambodia’s climate is tropical. Cool season takes place during November and March (temperatures ranging from 22 to 28c); hot season, or summer, takes place between March and May (with temperatures ranging from 28c to 38c); and, finally, rainy season occurs between May and October (with temperatures ranging from 24 to 32c, with humidity up to 90%). Cambodia shares international borders with Thailand to the West and Laos to the North, and Vietnam to the South East/East. The dominant features of the landscape consists of the great Tonle Sap Lake, in Siem Reap, and the Bassac and Mekong river systems which cross the country from the North down to the South. The are several highlands, namely the Elephant and Cardamom mountain ranges, in the Western part of the country, the Ratanakiri and Chhlong plateaus to the East and the Dangrek Mountains in the North. The rest of the landscape is dominated by flat central plains which cover most of the country.  Population and DemographicsThe population of Cambodia is estimated to be approximately 15.9 million people at the start of 2016 with an increase of 1.7 percent from the year before. The population is expected to reach 16.1 million by 2017 based on current growth rates. The population density sits at around 87.8 people per km2. Approximately 32.2 percent of the population is aged under 15 years of age, 64.1 percent make up the majority - aged between 15-64 years, and just 3.8 percent aged over 65. Due to the past civil war and genocide, Cambodia has a very young population. The average age is 21 years old and it is estimated that around 50 percent of the population is younger than 25 which means the region has a young energetic workforce. The gender ratio is almost equal with 49 percent being male and 51 percent being female. Furthermore, the coming years will seemingly bring a “baby boom” generation, given this age demographic and cultural preferences for establishing families from a relatively young age, and the current social and economic stability the nation has achieved. The total life expectancy for both genders is around 62.7 years which is below the average life expectancy at birth of the global population (71 years) according to the United Nations. However, this is common for developing nations. Khmer make up the majority of ethnic groups in Cambodia and in its capital, comprising of approximately 90 percent of the total population. The next three largest minor ethnic groups are the Vietnamese, Chinese Cambodian (Khmer Chen) and the Cham (Muslim).Entertainment and AttractionsBeachesSihanoukville province located on the Gulf of Thailand boasts many sand white beaches and idyllic islands, making it a key destination choice for overseas visitors and locals alike. Learn more about Sihanoukville.ShoppingThe best shopping centers are mainly located around Phnom Penh, Siem Reap. The nation’s capital offers the most modern style of shopping with Aeon Mall, Cambodia’s first mega mall with the latest brands. The $200 million Japanese-built shopping center is only one of many new shopping complexes, hotels, township and condo projects springing up in Phnom Penh, as Cambodia rides a flood of high financial development rates in recent years. In addition, Phnom Penh will see the launch of The Parkson Mall in 2016, and Aeon Mall 2. Various other new development projects are also including ground floor shopping plazas and malls in their designs, meaning the Phnom Penh market will see plenty of new options for shopaholics in the near future. This is also drawing a host of new international retailers to the Cambodian market. Phnom Penh also sees thousands of shoppers visiting its traditional markets every day, like the art deco Central Market (Psar Thmei) and Russian Market (Psar Toul Tom Poung) for Khmer souvenirs, hawker-style food and just about anything else you could ever want to buy. Siem Reap offers an excellent range of options to buy Cambodian souvenirs, handicrafts, textiles and art. The various markets scattered throughout the city center cater for tourist tastes. The Old Market still has the best range of souvenirs, and more locally-accepted prices. For more quality products there are a great selection of specialist stores, boutiques and galleries selling handmade goods including silks, carvings, paintings and other crafts. A visit to a nearby silk farm is also a good idea for those curious about the production of Khmer silk where products are available for purchase directly.DiningPhnom Penh has by far the widest selection of cuisines available compared to any other city in Cambodia. Outside of the capital, it is fair to say the world of cuisine revolves around fish and rice. A mix of taste have been brought about by a history of influences upon the hub city, namely Khmer, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, French, Thai and various other cuisines, meaning that Phnom Penh foodies are in for a treat. Check out some more info on Phnom Penh best eats as according to the Phnom Penh Post, Tripadvisor, MoveToCambodia, RustyCompass, CNTraveller and TravelFish. Siem Reap also offers a large array of dining options from market street food to NGO restaurants, international fine dining to brunch eateries. Sihanoukville is best known for its fresh-caught seafood that can be enjoyed at seafood shacks that line the beach. On the beaches you will find excellent value for money on popular evening BBQs.NightlifeThe nightlife in Cambodia is not as flamboyant as Thailand but caters for both locals and foreigners with ample bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Most of these venues stay open late meaning there’s always somewhere to go after dark. Alcohol is easily accessible and inexpensive. Hostess bars and karaoke venues are mainly concentrated in pockets within Phnom Penh but can be found in other touristic hotspots. “KTV,” or Karaoke lounges, are a staple of Khmer nightlife culture and can be found in almost every town and city. Siem Reap offers a thriving nightlife and bar scene mainly concentrated around Pub Street, its adjoining laneways and the Old Market area. There are venues to cater for all manner of tastes. Sihanoukville hosts a variety of beach bars and off beach options including live music venues and hostess bars.Heritage and CultureWith so much to see and do, it’s impossible to cover all attractions here, so the following is a very brief overview of the some of the most popular:Angkor Archaeological ComplexThe Angkor Archaeological Complex, located in Siem Reap province, is described by UNESCO as “a major site exemplifying cultural, religious and symbolic values, as well as containing high architectural, archeological and artistic significance.” Each year, droves of visitors come to Siem Reap, the former capital of the nation, to discover the heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park; which contains a vast array of ancient temples from the Angkorian civilization, with the majestic 12th century Angkor Wat as the park's magnificent centerpiece. The complex is considered a living heritage site as the local population still inhabits parts of the area; and the whole complex spans a vast 400 meters squared. It houses multiple splendid remains from the Khmer Angkorian civilization with the most famous being Angkor Wat. Find out more about all the treasures in this complex.Tonle Sap Biosphere ReserveThe Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve is listed as a protected area as prescribed by UNESCO and consists of a large freshwater lake and its floodplain, approximately 10kms away from the Angkor temple complex. The bird communities are the most striking natural feature of this reserve, particularly in the dry season when they colonize every piece of open water. This is a site guaranteed to enchant avid bird watchers. The rarest stork in the world, the Greater Adjutant, can be found in the waterways here along with more than 400 species of fish, as well as many species of mammals and reptiles.Phnom PenhPhnom Penh is home to some of Cambodia's most iconic buildings and architecture. The oldest structure in the city is Wat Phnom, and this famous pagoda, constructed in 1373, has existed in Phnom Penh since its original founding. Learn more about Phnom Penh. The most popular tourist lures are the Royal Palace with its famous Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, which houses an impressive collection of Khmer art masterpieces including collections of stone, bronze, wood, textiles, gold objects and jewelry. The rich collection spans the period from the Iron Age through to the pre-modern period. The Independence Monument, built in the 1950s, was constructed in the ancient Khmer style by renowned architect Vann Molyvann and is a proud symbol of Cambodia. Nowadays, most travellers also delve into the Khmer Rouge history, visiting sites such as S21 Prison/Toul Sleng and the Killing Fields.Phnom Kulen National ParkThe Phnom Kulen National Park, located in Siem Reap province, is an area rich in cultural heritage and considered the birthplace of the early Khmer empire. The region houses an active pagoda and giant reclining Buddha, waterfalls and a river bed (known as Kbal Spean in Khmer) containing ancient carvings of “1000 lingas” - its phallic motifs pay homage to the Hindu God Shiva. It’s located about 2 hours from the Siem Reap town center and costs USD 20 to enter the park. Find out more about tourism in Cambodia.BattambangThe western province, known as the rice pot of the Kingdom, is gaining more popularity over the last few years as a place to visit for rich culture and heritage, as well as the agricultural heart of the country. Take heritage tours of the colonial buildings, visit the 11th century temples of Ek Phnom, Phnom Banan, and Wat Baset, or visit the countryside on the famous bamboo train. Learn more about Battambang.KampotThe southwestern province of Kampot is a go to spot for locals, expats and tourists as a great option for relaxation. It is just a 3-4 drive from Phnom Penh, and only an hour’s drive from Sihanoukville - making Kampot the ideal place for a weekend getaway from the big cities. Situated near the Elephant Mountains and the Bokor Hill Station, it’s within a stone’s throw to Kep Beach, Rabbit Island, Bokor Hill Station, and other countryside which is easy to tour. Learn more about Kampot.  Schools & Educational InstitutesPhnom Penh offers the best range of educational institutes of any Cambodian city, and the selection of schools is growing every year. Many of these “international” schools are accredited internationally, meaning it is easy for kids to move between schools inside and outside of Cambodia. But be wary that not all “international schools” are created equal, nor are international standards always reflected by this title. Some of the most well-known and well-respected primary and secondary schools in Phnom Penh include the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP), Nira International School, the Canadian International School, Zaman International School, and Northbridge International School. Prices for the best schools in Phnom Penh are quite high, however - ranging up to almost $25,000USD per year in some cases. In terms of Universities, Cambodia has plenty of great institutions, but the core subjects tend to be limited in scope to professional degrees in many cases. However, options for new subjects and core disciplines are rising every year. Some of the top universities include the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Build Bright University, the Royal University of Agriculture, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, the Royal University of Law and Economics and Paññasastra University of Cambodia. Siem Reap also has a number of universities, including Angkor University and Siem Reap University of South East Asia.  HealthcareMedicalPublic health facilities within Cambodia are still considered to be below international standards in general. Phnom Penh has the largest range of private clinics and hospitals but vary in quality and costs. Basic health care can be expensive with many types of treatments and procedures not available within the kingdom. A lot of people choose to travel to neighboring countries such as Bangkok, Thailand or Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, for specialist medical treatment or checkups. Emergency services in Cambodia are still extremely inadequate in comparison to first world nations. Travel health insurance is a must, and make sure you get medical evacuation cover for serious accidents or complications (medevac). Local pharmacies provide a limited supply of medications, and still many are selling counterfeit products.The quality of medical care is increasing in the main centers however, with many pharmacies standing by strict quality and patent guidelines. Phnom Penh has the best number of international standard hospitals and clinics – including the main Government funded hospital, Calmette - on Norodom Boulevard - which is equipped to handle most medical issues, or the Thai affiliated and standardized Royal Phnom Penh Hospital, which operates to high standards under the Bangkok Hospital group. Other options include the International SOS clinic, offering English-speaking primary care and evacuation services, Krema Clinic and Naga Clinic; which provides a broad range of medical care with multilingual doctors. Siem Reap also has some international standard hospitals and clinics – including the international standard Thai-managed Royal Angkor International Hospital, which is likewise affiliated with Bangkok Hospital Medical Center. For expats, this hospital offers ambulance and medevac services, as does its branch in Phnom Penh.DentalThere is a decent range of general dentistry clinics in the capital offering full dental services including the five-star Roomchang Dental & Aesthetic Hospital and the International Dental Clinic.  Key Transport ServicesFlightsPhnom Penh International Airport is the main airport in the kingdom, located approximately 7 kilometers west of central city. Visas are available on arrival. Siem Reap also houses an International Airport. There are regular flights to/from Siem Reap to international destinations such as Bangkok, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Vientiane, and domestically between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. With Sihanoukville International Airport now operating flights from South Korea, Singapore and China, as well as daily flights to Siem Reap, accessibility between this province and wider Asia is much easier than in the past. Lucky Air launched direct flights from Kunming to Sihanoukville in 2015, becoming the first Chinese carrier to offer year-round regular scheduled service to the coastal region. Cambodia has a few local airline companies. Cambodia Angkor Air is the national flag carrier, with its headquarters in Phnom Penh, and an additional hub at the Angkor International Airport in Siem Reap province. Air Asia offers low-cost daily flights between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur to and from Phnom Penh. Jetstar Asia Airways also offers budget daily flights to/from Singapore. Qatar Airways flies to and from Phnom Penh, via Ho Chi Minh to a variety of destinations in Europe with a stopover in Qatar.BoatsRiver ferries between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are offered daily. During the dry season, the ferry stops short of the dock in Siem Reap leaving passengers to travel the final short passage by smaller boats. The Siem Reap ferry Dock is located at Chong Khneas, 12 kilometers south of the city center. Ferries depart 7am daily from the Phnom Penh Port at the riverside area on Sisowath Quay, and 7am from the dock in Siem Reap. The trip takes between 4-6 hours. Boating tours are available throughout Cambodia particularly along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers so tourists can experience the Khmer life of floating villages.RoadsTaxis, minivans and buses are available to reach most destinations throughout the kingdom and beyond to Thailand and Vietnam. Phnom Penh also has a rail service, with some passenger routes opening recently. A direct passenger line from Phnom Penh to Bangkok is also under development currently. Motor-taxis (moto-dops/motorbike taxis) and tuk tuks are readily available all over the country. Phnom Penh has a bus rapid transit network in three bus lines now in operation run by the Cambodian government. Private air-conditioned taxis are easily booked and readily available throughout the country through accommodation providers, transport and individual operators. Types of PropertyCondos and ApartmentsThe latest breed of luxury condominiums are tailored to the demand of international investors, who are able to buy condos and apartments in Cambodia - as long as they are in a co-owned building and above the first floor. Many options exist in the capital city and other provinces with swimming pools and gym facilities.Serviced ApartmentsCatering to the high-end expat market primarily, Cambodia has an abundant choice available in Phnom Penh, with a limited supply also in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. These serviced apartments are fully furnished, and come with a range of services designed to make life easier and more pleasant - for long or short term stays. Learn more about Serviced Apartments in Cambodia!Flat HousesHighly popular with locals, flat houses are the still a popular choice of home in Cambodia. They are affordable, able to be used for multiple purposes, and usually include the land ownership in the title. They are a good option to combine living space with a retail or food and beverage business.VillasColonial-style villas are available for investment in and around the city centers of many provinces. Choose to make it your next home or convert into a boutique-style hotel or guesthouse.BoreysBorey homes are essentially homes within a township development, a type of gated community. They can be villas, flat houses or link houses. All infrastructure is supplied by the developer, and each buyer can buy a property within the borey with individual hard title over that land plot. Normally, boreys also offer community facilities for all buyers to use. See our boreys buyers guide.Industrial and commercial propertiesDue to Cambodia’s traditional focus on garment and shoes manufacturing, the country has a huge supply of industrial properties and warehouses. Many of these are located in centers such as Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, but likewise near the borders of Thailand and Vietnam.New DevelopmentsNew Developments in Cambodia are full of opportunities with very encouraging rules for FDI and full foreign ownership available, thanks to Cambodia’s strata law regulation. Phnom Penh has various special economic zones (SEZs). Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Cambodia are well suited to industrial ventures, and create attractive conditions for business to open in Cambodia. Phnom Penh’s largest and most-established SEZ is the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone (PPSEZ). Sihanoukville province has three operational Special Economic Zones, (Sihanoukville SEZ, Attwood SEZ, and Sihanoukville Port SEZ). Various foreign manufacturers are operating in these SEZs, utilizing the advantages of the strategic business location connecting them to international market. SEZs in Cambodia are well suited to industrial ventures, and create attractive conditions for business to open in Cambodia.Government AuthoritiesBusiness registration is now available online in Cambodia; check out the Ministry of Commerce website for more details if you are planning to start a business in Phnom Penh or learn more about trade information relevant to Cambodia. The General Department of Taxation can provide up to date information on tax regulation in Cambodia. The official department of taxation website is well designed for info-seeking foreigners.  Emergency ServicesFire:Fire (24hr) Call from Stationary Telephone: 118 Toul Sleng Fire Department, Phnom Penh: 023 723 555Police (24hr):Call from Stationary Telephone: 117 S.O.S Police: 023 366 841 / 023 720 235 Traffic Police: 023 722 067Ambulance & Hospitals (24hr):Ambulance (S.A.M.U): 023 724 891 Call from Stationary Telephone: 119 Blood Transfusion Center: 023 215 949 Airport Rescue coordination center: 023 890 192Public Utilities (24hr):Water Supply 023 724 046 Electricity (EDC) 023 723 871Embassy of Cambodia:Visas / Extension passport office for foreigners (24hr): 012 854 874 Immigration office (24hr): 012 826 025 See the complete emergency directory list.Need more guides? Check out other great resources such as Location Profiles and Investor Guides on Realestate.com.kh now!