Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - High cost of electricity hurting Sihanoukville



High cost of electricity hurting Sihanoukville

High cost of electricity hurting Sihanoukville

Dear Editor,

After living for more than seven years in Sihanoukville, I must say that the supply of electricity was almost perfect.

After all the shortcuts, frequency changes and not enough capacity, recently the whole system improved until the moment I received the new invoice covering the month of February.

The rate was increased by 27 percent. Earlier in your newspaper, we read about the planned increases but I can not remember reading anything about a 27 percent price increase.

For the tourist business, this is a huge increase. Most of the guesthouses and hotels cannot increase the daily room rate by this percentage without losing many guests.

Even worse, it is difficult for normal households. Rice, water and electricity are the first and basic needs for every family, and if you have to pay these kinds of percentages without a salary increase you will face a problem.

The government likes to have more and more tourists in our beautiful Cambodia, but instead of steady room rates, tourists will notice that future prices are increasing because of these kind of increases in basic costs. Besides the electricity, we noticed another increase of more than 30 percent for small bottles of water.

In some provinces the supplier of electricity became Vietnam, which resulted in a decrease of the electricity rate; so it might be a good idea for the local government to think about an alternative way to avoid higher room rates and less tourists.

I hope that one day I can write that life is really perfect in Cambodia.

Jan C de Jongh
Sihanoukville

Send letters to: [email protected] or PO?Box 146, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Post reserves the right to edit letters to a shorter length. The views expressed above are solely the author’s and do not reflect any positions taken by The Phnom Penh Post.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Hun Sen: Lakes filled in for national developments

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced continued operations to fill some lakes in Phnom Penh to create land for developments, though he is against the unrelated practice of damming rivers or blocking waterways. Speaking at the inauguration of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport

  • Koh Preus upgrades 70% complete

    Initial construction of a nearly $30 million tourism infrastructure project on Preah Sihanouk province’s Koh Preus Island is “about 70 per cent complete”, according to an official with the developer. Heng Thou, construction site manager of Angela Real Estate Co Ltd (ARE), told The Post that

  • Local media loses a giant, and The Post a great friend

    Cheang Sokha, a gifted and streetwise reporter who rose to the highest ranks of Cambodian media and was beloved for his sharp intelligence, world-class humour and endless generosity, died on Friday in his hometown of Phnom Penh. He was 42. His wife, Sok Sophorn, said he