How to be a Digital Nomad in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

How to be a Digital Nomad in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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If you live as a digital nomad in Phnom Penh, you can invest approximately $1,236 each month. When it comes to the accommodations, you’ll discover they are a little bit more costly than Siem Reap. Phnom Penh has a nice walk in front of the enormous Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers, several interesting temples, markets with strange foods, good restaurants, a crazy nightlife like almost all the places where you find backpackers, and some historical places from the recent Khmer Rouge era, like the killing fields and the S21 prison.

Above all, it is important to know its history to understand its present better. In addition to its history, the city offers an ever-growing infrastructure that provides comfortable coworking spaces, luxury apartments overlooking the river, exciting restaurants and bars, and energetic nightlife. In fact, it is undoubtedly a fascinating capital that opens the question of where it is going.

The glimmering spires of the Royal Palace, the fluttering saffron of the monks’ robes, and the luscious location on the banks of the mighty Mekong Phnom Penh are the Asia many daydreams about its beauty. This city is well known for its fascinating cafe culture, bustling bars, and world-class food scene.

Picturesque Exteriors Of The National Museum Of Cambodia In Phno

Cambodia is no longer a mere resting place for exhausted backpackers

Its amazing cultural heritage, interesting history, and grand architectural monuments are definitely among the many reasons why Cambodia is a tourists paradise. Somehow over the years, the country bloomed as a digital nomad hub. Insanely cheap cost of living, easy access, hospitable people, hundreds of cafes with high-speed Wi-Fi – there’s a thriving remote workers community in Cambodia who are not ready to leave just yet.

Generally speaking, the internet here is the most reliable and the big cities are well-serviced by LTE and 4G. The hallowed land of 5G is yet to reach these shores though. It should also be remembered that Cambodia is not Singapore. In fact, at worst it tends to be just for a few hours and you can hotspot. From your phone, if need be, but reliability can be a patch at best. To nomad in Cambodia you will also need to be in one of the bigger cities, don’t rely on a strong connection. Although I have known nomads there who have functioned, at least as best as possible within the constraints of island living.

Scores

  • 🌟 Total score 90% 3.58/5 (Rank #133)% 90% 3.58/5 (Rank #133)%
  • 🛍️ Quality of life score 85 Excellent% 85 Excellent%
  • 👪 Family Friendly Score Bad% Bad%
  • 💰 Cost of Living 😙 Affordable: $1,291 / mo% 😙 Affordable: $1,291 / mo%
  • 🖥️ Internet 😡 Slow: 5Mbps (avg)% 😡 Slow: 5Mbps (avg)%
  • 🌴Adventure 80 % 80 %
  • ☀️ Temperature 🥵 Too hot: 32°C (feels 44°C)% 🥵 Too hot: 32°C (feels 44°C)%
🗺️ Continent Asia 🏳️‍🌈 Country Cambodia
✈️ Average trip length 📅 6 days 🖥️ Internet speed (avg) 🚀5 Mbps
☀️ Weather (now) 🌧 31°C + 🥵 Sweaty (84%) = feels 42°C 💨 Air quality (now) 👍 19 US AQI  🍃 OK
🔋 Power 230V50Hz 🚖 Best taxi app* Grab

Weather in  Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Wet Season

In Phnom Penh, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is partly cloudy, and it is hot and oppressive year-round. Over the year, the temperature typically varies from 73°F to 96°F and is rarely below 68°F or above 101°F. Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Phnom Penh for hot-weather activities is from late November to early March.

Hot Season

The hot season lasts for 2.6 months, from March 11 to May 31, with an average daily high temperature above 94°F. The hottest month in Phnom Penh is April, with an average high of 95°F and a low of 80°F. The incredible season lasts 3.8 months, from September 21 to January 14, with an average daily high temperature below 88°F. The coldest month in Phnom Penh is December, with an average low of 73°F and a high of 87°F.
 
In Phnom Penh, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the year. The more straightforward part of the year in Phnom Penh begins around November 11 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around March 31. The most evident month of the year in Phnom Penh is February, during which, on average, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 48% of the time.

Cloudier Part

The cloudier part of the year begins around March 31 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around November 11. The cloudiest month of the year in Phnom Penh is August, during which, on average, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 91% of the time.
 
A wet day has at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Phnom Penh varies significantly throughout the year. The wetter season lasts 6.1 months, from May 4 to November 8, with a greater than 36% chance of a given day being wet. The month with the wettest days in Phnom Penh is September, with an average of 18.8 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

Drier Season

The drier season lasts 5.9 months, from November 8 to May 4. The month with the fewest wet days in Phnom Penh is January, with an average of 1.9 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation. Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Phnom Penh is September, with an average of 18.8 days. Based on this categorization, rain alone is the most common form of precipitation throughout the year, with a peak probability of 66% on September 28.
 
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Phnom Penh experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rainy Period

The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.6 months, from March 3 to December 23, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Phnom Penh is August, with an average rainfall of 7.5 inches. The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.4 months, from December 23 to March 3. The month with the least rain in Phnom Penh is January, with an average rainfall of 0.3 inches.
 
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier, and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night. Phnom Penh experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

Trends in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Trends in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Demographics of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

💬 LINE+173% ✋🏼 Asian+134% 😎 VR Dev+69% 🎞 Film making+67%
♨️ Hot springs+60%                                                          🍁 420+57% 💪 Fitness+51% 🎸 Metal music+51%
🎒 Backpacking+39% 🥑 Vegan+36% 🙏 Spiritual+34% 🎏 Kitesurfing+31%
🏊 Swimming+26% 🏍 Motorcycling+26% 🌊 Diving+26% 🚐 Vanlife+25%

Cost of Living in Phnom Penh

A typical meal in a Cambodian restaurant costs less than 2 USD, but you can also enjoy a first-class dining experience in a western restaurant for 100 USD. The great thing about Phnom Penh is its options and amenities for all kinds of budgets. Cambodia has a huge coffee culture. A cappuccino at a foreign coffee chain costs 3 USD, while a locally sourced drink at a street stall costs less than 0.75 USD.

To 2.000 USD per month, live in a Cambodian-style apartment for 300 USD, or share a house for 200 USD. Some apartments include all utilities in the rental price, while others charge an additional fee for water, garbage removal, cable TV, and the Internet. One thing to remember is that electricity is almost always charged separately and can be expensive. The standard rate is usually 1.000 Riel (0.25 USD) / kilowatt. If you do not use air conditioning and are very careful with your consumption, you will spend around 70 USD per month in an apartment with one bedroom and a living room.

💵 Cost of living for nomad $1,267 / month 💵 Cost of living for expat $1,025 / month
💵 Cost of living for family $2,026 / month 💵 Cost of living for local $579 / month
🏠 1br studio rent in center $467 / month 🏢 Coworking $100 / month
🏨 Hotel (median price) $345 / month 🏨 Hotel (median price) $16 / night
🏡 Airbnb (median from 1,001 listings) $1,602 / month 🏠 Airbnb (median price) $53 / night

Housing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

If you are on a low budget, a shared apartment is the way to go. It’s quite easy to find already established shared apartments to join. Apartment shares in Phnom Penh run from 70 to 250 USD for a bedroom in a shared flat. The cheaper ones are usually located outside the center in Khmer-style apartments and sometimes without Western amenities such as ovens and kitchen counter space. The more expensive ones are in BKK1 and offer all of the amenities, often including swimming pools and gyms. In a shared apartment situation all housemates split the shared bills. Because of the high cost of electricity and Cambodia’s heat, it’s good to discuss how the electricity bills will be split.

To find apartment shares in Phnom Penh, check out the Facebook group “Phnom Penh Housing”. Post what you are looking for, your price range and in what area you want to live within Phnom Penh. You can also check the old posts to see if there is something available. In addition, this is the best community to find a great apartment to rent or share in Cambodia.

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Pros and Cons of Living Phnom Penh, Cambodia

✅ Affordable to live ❌ Freedom of speech is weak
✅ Pretty safe ❌ Not very democratic
✅ LGBTQ+ friendly ❌ Very sweaty and humid now
✅ Lots of fun stuff to do ❌ Quality of education is low
✅ Warm now ❌ Pretty slow internet
✅ Warm all year round ❌ People don’t speak English well
✅ Good air quality usually ✅ Nomad List members liked going here
✅ Many Nomad List members here all year round ✅ Spacious and not crowded
✅ Easy to make friends ✅ Very easy to do business
✅ Great hospitals ✅ Safe for women
✅ Family friendly ✅ Not many people smoke tobacco

Culture and Food in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The oldest food culture in Southeast Asia is Khmer gastronomy, as Cambodia’s cuisine is called. It is influenced by Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, and Chinese flavors and traditions. Sadly, much of the country’s culinary legacy was lost during the 1970s, but many new restaurants are trying to make it popular today.

Among the classic dishes you can find amok (creamy coconut milk curry served in little banana-leaf boats), lok lak (cubes or slices of beef marinated in paprika, Kampot pepper, tomato, and fish sauce with a soft fried egg on top), samlor Korko (spicy Khmer stew traditionally made with pork and lots of leafy greens), lort Char (short, fat rice noodles wok-fried with chive leaves, bean sprouts, and beef), nhoim Troyong Chiek) banana flower salad prepared with loads of fresh herbs, chopped veggies, nuts, and a light sweet-salty-spicy dressing), prahok (fermented fish paste and a Khmer food staple), pong tia koun (fertilized duck eggs steamed and eaten from the shell), grilled frog, Deep-fried tarantula, and deep-fried insects.

Among the recommended restaurants is Eleven One (street 460, Tuol Tom Poung & street 334) which uses organic seasonal ingredients whenever possible. It serves delicious smoothies and a good variety of light and healthy meals. I recommend the veal and banana flower salad, veal lok lak and the juicy chicken stir fry with mango. There is also a small vegetarian menu. Prices range from 3 to 5 USD.

People sale fried bugs, spiders, crickets and little birds

Safely Food in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

If you want to safely try some of Cambodia’s most unique ingredients, like tarantulas, silkworms, and crickets, in a fancy place, then Romdeng Restaurant (street 174) is the perfect spot to do so. It also features seafood entrees, regional dishes such as Muslim beef curry, and vegetarian options. The prices per plate are around 9 USD, and the service is impeccable.

Malis (No. 136 Street 41) is one of the finest local restaurants in Phnom Penh and is a favorite among Khmer families. I recommend you go on a Sunday afternoon to feel the authentic Cambodian culture. I recommend you try Samlor Khmer (noodle soup with lemongrass fish sauce), bor bor (congee), Kuy Teav Malis (pork and prawn noodle soup), and Kep crab with Kampot peppercorns. Breakfast costs 4 USD, and lunch and dinner prices range from 8 to 25 USD, but it’s worth it!

Phnom Penh can be challenging if you are a vegetarian or vegan, as almost every dish contains fish sauce or shrimp paste. Corn (No. 26 Street 268) specializes in Khemer cuisine made without meat or dairy. They also offer a great variety of gluten-free meals. Meat or seafood can be added to any dish, but everything on the menu is vegetarian by default. The main dishes are accompanied by black rice. I recommend you try the vegetarian char kroeung, jackfruit, and sweet potato curry. Prices vary between 3 and 7 USD.

Best Neighbourhoods of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Sisowath Quay  Among them is Riverside, also called Sisowath Quay, one of the largest and most sought-after neighborhoods in Phnom Penh. It is located in the center of the city; it has many luxury western-style apartments, restaurants, bars, and views of the riverside. It is also a costly place where rent usually costs between 800 and 1.500 USD per month with the services like wifi, cable, elevator, and cleaning.
  • Boeng Keng Kang 1 – Boeng Keng Kang 1, or BKK1, is the second most sought-after neighborhood for expats on a high budget. The apartments usually have western amenities. Here you can enjoy a lot of high-end shops, boutiques, organic food, excellent markets, local restaurants, and everything you need.
  • Tonle Bassac – Tonle Bassac is another great ex-pat neighborhood incredibly trendy with the younger and middle-aged. Here you can find boutiques, bars, cafes, and the largest shopping center in the country: the AEON Mall. Prices vary between 600 and 1200 USD per month of rent.
  • Toul Tompoung – is a neighborhood with an exciting mix of modern life, western conveniences, local restaurants, and shops. It is also known as the Russian Market area. It is the least expensive and still expat-friendly area in Phnom Penh. It has excellent views, a great atmosphere, fantastic food, and many western-style grocery stores, bars, and cafes. It is a 20-minute drive south of the city center.
  • Toul Kork – has one of the most recognized universities in Cambodia, the Royal University of Cambodia. This neighborhood also has a wide variety of local and international Montessori schools. For ex-pats with families, it is ideal because it is a friendly, safe, clean area and away from the crazy nightlife near the riverside.

Best Places to Work in Phnom Penh

Group of happy smiling young people sharing ideas in spacious coworking loft space

1. Workspace 1

Among the options available is Workspace 1 (FACTORY Phnom Penh, NR2), which is part of a factory located south of the city. It has a cozy and harmonious environment, an open hotdesk, a dedicated hotdesk, dozens of conference rooms, free high-speed wifi, standing desks, a photo studio, a projector, computer, printer and green screen, and other necessary equipment to get your work done.

They offer free beers and coffee, a nap room for lounging, air-conditioned rooms, an outdoor terrace, a lounge, a meditation room, a trampoline, a library, an art gallery, a ping pong table, a kitchen, changing room, and showers. You can have your private office for 280 USD per month or a dedicated desk for 120 USD.

2. Emerald HUB

Emerald HUB (PPIU building, 11th floor, 36th building, 169th Street, Veal Vong, 7 Makara), located in the heart of the city, has spacious rooms, an on-site cafe, outdoor terrace, library, free parking, an events community, training workshops open to all members and 24/7 access.

The meeting room is only available to members who have opted for a private room. You can reserve a hotdesk for 60 USD per month, a dedicated desktop for 120 USD, a private office for a small team for 330 USD, or a private office for a large group for 550 USD per month.

3. SmallWorld

Housed in a huge villa, it offers high-speed wifi, air-conditioned rooms, personal lockers, a coffee shop, shared accommodation, a living room, an outdoor terrace, and complimentary coffee and tea. Plus, standing work desks and ping pong tables. A hotdesk costs 100 USD per month, and a dedicated desktop costs 120 USD per month.

Sahaka Coworking Space – (Street 484) is located in a spacious house with high ceilings, lots of light, and an interior designed in modern colors. It has a kitchen area, telephone room, meeting rooms for free use, scanner and printer, fully furnished office spaces, free high-speed Wi-Fi, chill-out area, coffee, outdoor terrace, desk, and ergonomic chairs. A hotdesk costs 80 USD per month; a dedicated desktop costs 120 USD per month, and private office costs between 300 and 550 USD per month.

4. Coworking Today

(# 172BCDE E1 E2, Nehru Blvd (st. 215 Phnom Penh) offers flexible workspaces and specialized and private rooms. It has personal lockers, a restaurant and snack bar, an outdoor terrace, free parking for bicycles and cars, a lounge, blazing-fast Wi-Fi, and private call rooms. Prices for private offices start at 400 USD per month.

The Desk Coworking (Chamkar Mon Tonle Bassac, 206 D Preah Norodom Blvd (41)) provides networking workshops, events, and business consultations. It also offers a cafeteria, lounge, personal lockers, free on-site parking, high-speed Wi-Fi, and many more. The price of a hotdesk is 60 USD a month. You will pay around 80 USD monthly for a dedicated desktop, and for a private office, at least 350 USD.

5. The Green Penthouse

(191 Tonle Sap Street Chory Changvar Phnom Penh) Features spacious rooms with hanging plants, large windows, high ceilings, and a 360-degree view of the city. This luxury co-living space offers a gym, pool table, relaxation rooms, yoga studio, dance studio, and rooftop bar. It is one of the best places in the city, so you have to book in advance. Prices for private offices start at 350 USD per month.

Why do you need Anyplace.com for finding housing and office space in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

As you navigate through the housing and office search process, it is important to recognize that many different agencies handle property listings and viewing appointments. In addition to individual properties, most properties are divided into several different sub/branches of an agency. Thus, you need a single platform that highlights all these listings and appointments to find your new home or office space in Gran Canaria quickly and easily.

Main Benefits of Using Anyplace

  • The platform notifies you of nearby listings that may match your needs. The platform of Anyplace provides a convenient method of identifying property listings and viewing appointments. The platform informs you of property and service updates and creates an account that allows you to receive email notifications when new properties are published.
  • Use the platform to book a viewing appointment at a time that suits you. The platform provides the option to view properties and book appointments at the time that suits you. This lets you find how much other customers are paying for a property or service.
  • It adds a new dimension to property listings, with detailed descriptions and beautiful imagery. The platform provides extensive listing details that help you make informed decisions when choosing between multiple properties. If a listing is of interest, you can add it to your account and receive email notifications when other relevant properties are published.
  • The platform allows you to create an account to save your preferences and favorite listings. The platform helps you save time by managing all of your favorite listings in one place and providing notifications whenever there are updates or changes, as well as the ability to set up complete email notifications when new properties go on sale.
  • Know about changes that may affect your search. The platform provides an option to sign up for an emailed newsletter that reminds you of any changes to be aware of them and make the most informed decisions possible on your search.

Things to Remember

  1. The platform lists property inventory from multiple agencies. It is important that you know your requirements and interests before you start searching for houses or offices and how much you are willing to spend and what size you are looking for.
  2. In addition to the list of properties and viewing appointments, the platform includes useful information regarding maintenance and finding neighborhood facilities. Despite it being an incredibly useful platform as a digital nomad, it is important to remember that the platform does not handle any transactions within itself, nor does it handle payments in a property bidding process; all payments must be handled directly with third parties.
  3. The platform may list rental properties, but it does not include commercial property listings. You must seek a real estate agent or another relevant professional to help with commercial or industrial properties.
  4. The platform does not provide any services, nor can it assist with such purchases as mortgages and escrow accounts. Professional help is required for such transactions. The platform provides this information on the properties that it lists. However, suppose you require assistance in procuring property. In that case, you must contact a real estate agent or other related professionals to help you find your new home or office space in Gran Canaria quickly and easily! To learn more about Anyplace.com click here now.

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Digital Nomad in Phnom Penh Cambodia
This place was the biggest surprise of my trip to Asia. I felt very comfortable. The location between Mekong and Tonle Sap River with views of Phnom Phen and the surrounding area is breathtaking and inspiring. Definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve been!
Helux

I come here because I was looking for a co-working space. On the internet photos of Outpost Cambodia were looking very nice, but when I come here actually this place looks even more beautiful and magical. Photos cannot describe enough beauty of this amazing place. This place gives inspiration to me and many people, simply working here is a magnet for ideas. When I came the first time I felt so good because of so much positive energy.
Neang L

This is a great place to stay out of the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing and Cambodian craziness and culture. The shared living space and kitchen are enormous with plenty of private cozy nooks to relax in. The views over the city and the river are a sight to behold and and I would say it’s one of the best views of Phnom Penh.
Jules S

References:

https://www.tripadvisor.com
https://www.worldweatheronline.com/phnom-penh-weather-widget/phnum-penh/kh.aspx
https://weatherspark.com
https://digitalnomads.world/city-guide/phnom-penh
https://nomadlist.com/trends/phnom-penh
https://www.thedigitalnomad.asia
https://outandbeyond.com/digital-nomad-cambodia

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