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 April/11 for Siem Reap

Furnished apartment with private bathroom with hot shower and western toilet, small tv, cable, wifi, air conditioned, includes power, water and daily breakfasts $240
2 additional meals daily including snacks of fresh fruits $210
travel by motorcycle taxi approx. 8 times a month $24
entertainment outings with some alcohol usage approximated at 6 times a month $90
movie at the mall twice monthly plus movie 8 movie rentals $20
laundry $18
miscellaneous  - toiletries, medical pay as you go, etc. $48
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.

Once 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.

My personal cost of living costs in case you are interested are $ 150 US a month for furnished room, private bathroom with shower, includes cable tv with 3 English movies and golf, basketball and other sports from USA, and includes daily breakfast, and free water and daily cleaning and towel change.



Room has lcd tv with built in dvd player, it is like new, large queen size bed with high quality firm mattress and large fan over the bed and I find that the room is cool is during the day and fan has to be turned off at night and we are in hot season now.

For lunch and dinner I can have a soup, fruit, french bread, tea and for dinner fried chicken, french bread, eat out at local Cambodian restaurant and even dine out at Filipino restaurant for about $ 4 US a day average.

Factor in my costs to the cost of living table and my cost of living comes to $ 470 US month or less. I have looked at other larger accommodations but for now this is great as everything is nearby, the owner is very helpful with opening a bank account, he can extend my business visa and help in other matters as well.

Outcall massages are normally $ 7-8 US an hour and only $ 4 an hour for me as owner has give me his price. So all in all it is very affordable here and I am eating well, walking more than I used to out of my own desire to stay fit and lose weight, and many things which I need are nearby to my accommodations.

Would you find this place on your own? Probably not and we not only place our clients in accommodations similar to this at the outset but also help clients find larger accommodations with cooking facilities if that is what they want.

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