Finding a good place to stay long-term in Phnom Penh can be hit-or-miss, but fortunately I was able to sign a lease within three days of arrival. I’d expected to spend my first month in some guesthouse, so this was a welcome surprise.
$300/month for three bedrooms & two bathrooms, split with my roommate.
I’m on the third floor. No A/C and it gets hot up here. Several fans for sure.
This deck/patio thing makes up for it. Looking for chairs & a hammock, maybe a grill too. I spend my mornings up here with a bowl of cereal and watch the action in the street below.
Closet-sized bathroom doubles as a shower. No water pressure from 6-10AM though. Gravity toilet with Asian-style water bucket & sprayer.
Adequate kitchen. Fridge, propane stove, no countertop space though. Ants can be a problem. There are also rats that get into things if they aren’t stored properly. They’re partial to bananas.
Cambodian cable TV: a hodgepodge of Khmer, English, German, French, Italian, Australian, Hindi, Indonesian, Malaysian, and American channels. Something for every expat. 24 hour highlights from Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga etc. Occasionally a random NBA game. $5/month.
Apparently this place used to be the residence of some high-up in the UN, so it was checked out by a UN security team. All windows barred, deadbolts & padlocks everywhere, razorwire & man-spikes on the gate. Gives it that special compound feel. Burglary can be an issue for long-term foreign residents. This place is safe.