Finding a bargain option

Finding a bargain option

Throughout Phnom Penh, there’s an ample array of budget accommodation, but it’s not always easy finding the ideal abode for a reasonable price. When searching for an inexpensive option, the secret is always to look at the finer details. The rent may appear cheap initially, but utility bills and other additional costs soon mount. It’s important to closely inspect appliances and fittings in cheaper apartments to minimise maintenance expenditure. Appliances such as ceiling fans and gas stoves should be preferred to reduce electricity consumption. It’s always beneficial to bear orientation in mind, as south-facing bedrooms and balconies become extremely hot during the summer months. Additionally, budget options are mostly situated above shophouses and are therefore usually difficult to access. With that in mind, below are three of the city’s best bargain apartments.

THIS brand-new, third-floor apartment is located in the heart of BKK2 and contains two bright bedrooms, one with ensuite. The well-equipped galley kitchen is separated from the open-plan living and dining area. The property comes fully furnished with modern bathrooms, built-in wardrobes, a lounge setting and LCD TV. On the market for US$500, excluding utility bills, this contemporary pad offers good value for money.

7 Makara
AN alluring, one-bedroom apartment situated in a rec-ently constructed complex conveniently located in central Phnom Penh’s 7 Makara district, it comprises a modern kitchen, well-decked bathrooms and tasteful furnishings. The property’s trump card is certainly the free cable TV, water, internet and bi-weekly cleaning service. It also has a balcony providing sweeping views of the capital, and considering that the complex boasts 24-hour security and a staffed reception area, the negotiable US$450 asking price is a great deal.

Independence Monument
THIS conveniently located, two-bedroom apartment is situated close to the Independence Monument. It features two well-lit bedrooms, both with en-suites, and a separate kitchen complete with gas cooker, fridge and washing machine. The living area is fairly spacious and includes a TV and wooden furniture. This property is perfect for a sole occupant or couple where location is key. The rent is set at US$500 excluding bills, but is negotiable.


For further information on these properties and others in Phnom Penh,  Independent Property Services director David Murphy can be reached on 077 959 861 or [email protected]. Alternatively, visit


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