How Much Does It Cost to Live In Cambodia?

Choosing to relocate is a tough decision and numerous doubts go through our mind before making it.

What we should do is get acquainted with all the pros and cons related to the place where we want to move.

People’s opinions are different, but one is sure.

According to their experience, we can conclude what the right decision for us is.

Cambodia is definitely one of the cheapest destinations, and if you happen to earn salary in more developed countries, your life there will be joyful and stress free.

Cost of Living Index:

Cambodia : Cost of Living by City



Cambodia restaurants are cheap mostly for the people who come from rich countries.

The price of a meal is only $3 and you can drink a bottle of beer at the price of $1.

Those low prices are due to the poor standard of living of Cambodia’s inhabitants.



Some people prefer eating out than preparing their own meals at home, and this is quite affordable in Cambodia if you come from a rich country.

The price of milk is rather high here, while other groceries, fruit and vegetable can be found at reasonable prices at the local markets.



If you decide to drive, you may find the price of gasoline rather low, not exceeding $4 per gallon.

Affected by the low price of gasoline, public transportation is also very affordable.

Monthly ticket is the perfect option for those who commute daily and do not posses their own vehicle.



Being that the living conditions are so poor, the utilities prices are extremely high in Cambodia.

Actually, they are equally high as in some other countries where the minimum monthly wage is above $200.

The Internet is too expensive and inaccessible to many people in Cambodia.

Sports and leisure


The Cambodians who earn the minimum salary do not spend money on things such as cinemas and sports, not because they would not love to, but because there is no money left for it.

These activities are available only to those who earn much more than the average person there, being that fitness monthly fee is over $40.

Clothing and shoes


If you are spending much money on shopping for clothes, then Cambodia would cut your expenses in half, due to the fact that clothing item prices are extremely low in relation to other more developed countries.

For people in Cambodia, they are high and only 2% of monthly budget is spent on them.

Rent per month


Whether you want an apartment in the city center or away from it, to have one bedroom or more bedrooms, to be fully-furnished or not, it all depends on you.

Different options are available and the decision is yours, but pay attention to the prices.

The difference between the same size apartments in the city center and out of it is about $200.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Cambodia

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $3
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $1
Water (0.33 Liter) $0.40
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $7.86
Loaf Bread (500g) $1.21
Eggs (12) $1.57
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $2
Monthly Pass $23.75
Gasoline $3.67
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $83.66
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $0.06
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $29.77
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $43.36
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $8.57
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $5
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $23.57
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $23.61
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $63.81
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $408.98
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $244.44
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $975.65

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Cambodia?

Whenever you would want to live, finding a place to stay is very important and due to the high rent prices in Cambodia, you might have some difficulties finding the right apartment to suit your needs.

People from Cambodia are not rich, and their monthly salaries are so low, that they can barely survive from month to month.

That is why the spend money only on those things that are crucial for living, like food, rent and commuting.

All the other things, such as entertainment, sport and clothes are affordable to those who earn above the average amount.


Cambodia: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

Cambodia is probably best known for its low prices due to the low living standard.

However, rent prices are not affordable at all, especially if you get the salary in Cambodia.

Actually, a family who rents a three bedroom apartment, pays approximately $900 and earns the minimum monthly salary of $80 would not be able to survive.

Even if they have the average monthly salary, that would not be enough just for the rent.

So, the living standard of Cambodia citizens is below the minimum.

Average Salary$175.91
Minimum Wage$80
Mortgage Interest Rate10%

Cost of Living by City in Cambodia

City Cost of Living Index
Phnom Penh 45.67

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