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Cost of Living anywhere in the world is dependant upon you and your lifestyle.

We have had teenagers say they cannot live on that amount and we believe them. And we have had retiree's who have lived together... foreigner and his Cambodian girlfriend.. tell us that they have been living on much less and very comfortably thank you with cable tv and internet and western toilet and eating well.

The table below is an example of living costs for a single person and that includes rental apartment with internet, cable tv or satellite tv, eating well and having fun.


Cost of Living as at November/17 for Siem Reap


Furnished apartment with private bathroom with hot shower and western toilet, small TV, cable, wifi, air conditioned, includes power, water $240
2 additional meals daily including snacks of fresh fruits $160
travel by motorcycle taxi approx. 8 times a month $36
entertainment outings with some alcohol usage approximated at 6 times a month $90
movie at the mall twice monthly plus movie 8 movie rentals $14
laundry $18
miscellaneous  - toiletries, medical pay as you go, cost of visa extension etc. $92
Total $650


It does not include bar fining three times a week or drinking to excess at bars or spending money wastely. Our cost of living calculation is based on knowing how to live in Cambodia and spending money wisely.


Medical costs would be pay as you go at local clinics and hospitals unless you have some sort of coverage you can bring with you from your home country.

We remind our website visitors that the Cost of Living estimates could be lowered but we consider our estimate to be based on a comfortable living style.. not grand, not luxurious, not doing without, but living and eating well and for a single person.

What happens when we bring a Cambodian girlfriend into the equation and estimates you may ask?

Well, the cost only goes up marginally with a Cambodian girlfriend.

She can do the grocery shopping, pays less for local transportation, can cook, clean, and do some nursing. Pay her a monthly allowance and help out her family where required and it should net out .. additional costs at $200 US a month less savings of $100 US for an incremental cost of $100 US bringing the total for 2 people .. foreigner and Filipino girlfriend to approximately $750 US a month total Living Costs.

One can spend less and live happily and one can spend much more and not be happy. The key for the single foreigner who is a male is often having a nice Cambodian as a girlfriend as she knows how to deal with the two pricing system, how to negotiate, how to live with occasionaly power failures or water disruptions.

If you want to live in the largest city, or live in a secure compound, or live in fancy accommodations near the beach it will cost you more.

Often when people retire they know they have to live on a budget and if they know how then they still live happily. A matter of knowing how.

We have clients who have small pensions or savings and clients who have large pensions or savings and we can show them how to get the lifestyle that they want and are accustomed to for a fraction of the cost they would pay on their own.

We know what the prices are, where to buy things, where to get things fixed, the best value accommodations and most importantly how to get a nice gf or wife and do it affordably and successfully for those who are interested.

You can spend $1,000 to 2,000 a month to live in Siem Reap and we will show you how to live happily on $650 a month without gf/wife and $850 a month with gf/wife. Clients tend to overspend thinking many 

costs are low and good value not realizing that they can live on less and with a gf/wife once you show you want to spend big then you better prepared to keep spending big.

Get started from the outset spending what is right to live the way you want and you will benefit from that day onwards.


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