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Cost of Living in Kampong Thom

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: If you're moving to Kampong Thom, understanding the the cost of living in Kampong Thom helps you know what to expect when it comes to apartment or house hunting, grocery shopping, transportation, dining out, utilities and more.

Category Cost
Apartment Rentals
  • 1-bedroom apartment in city center: $150 - $250 per month
  • 1-bedroom apartment outside city center: $100 - $200 per month
  • 3-bedroom apartment in city center: $300 - $500 per month
  • 3-bedroom apartment outside city center: $250 - $400 per month
Apartment Purchases
  • Price per square meter in city center: $800 - $1,200
  • Price per square meter outside city center: $500 - $800
Transportation
  • One-way local transport ticket: $0.50
  • Monthly local transport pass: $15 - $25
  • Taxi starting tariff: $1
  • Taxi 1km tariff: $0.50 - $1
  • Gasoline (1 liter): $0.95 - $1.10
  • Motorbike rental (daily): $5 - $10
  • Bicycle rental (daily): $1 - $3
Groceries
  • Milk (1 liter): $1.20 - $1.50
  • Bread (500g): $0.50 - $1
  • Rice (1kg): $0.50 - $1
  • Eggs (12): $1.50 - $2
  • Chicken breasts (1kg): $3.50 - $5
  • Beef (1kg): $5 - $7
  • Apples (1kg): $2 - $3
  • Oranges (1kg): $1.50 - $2.50
  • Tomatoes (1kg): $1 - $1.50
  • Water (1.5-liter bottle): $0.50 - $1
Restaurants
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: $2 - $4
  • Meal for two at a mid-range restaurant: $10 - $20
  • Domestic beer (0.5-liter draught): $0.50 - $1
  • Imported beer (0.33-liter bottle): $1 - $2
  • Cappuccino: $1 - $2
  • Water (0.33-liter bottle): $0.25 - $0.50
Utilities
  • Basic utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, water, garbage) for an 85m2 apartment: $50 - $100 per month
  • Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable/ADSL): $15 - $30 per month
  • Mobile call tariff (1 minute, no discounts or plans): $0.05 - $0.10
Private School Tuition
  • Preschool (or kindergarten) tuition: $100 - $200 per month
  • Elementary school tuition: $150 - $300 per month
  • Middle school tuition: $200 - $400 per month
  • High school tuition: $250 - $500 per month
Please note that the costs provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific location within Kampong Thom, as well as the current economic situation. It is always a good idea to research and compare prices before making any decisions.

Monthly Budget for Retirees in Kampong Thom

"The cost of living in Kampong Thom is relatively low compared to many Western countries. Housing is quite affordable, with rental prices for apartments and houses being significantly lower than in major cities. The cost of food is also quite low, with local markets offering fresh produce, meat, and seafood at reasonable prices. Eating out at local restaurants is also inexpensive. Transportation costs are also low, with affordable public transportation options and low-cost taxis and tuk-tuks. Healthcare is relatively cheap, although the quality of care can vary and more complex treatments may require travel to a larger city. Education costs can vary, with public schools being free of charge, but private and international schools charging fees. Utilities such as electricity, water, and internet are also quite affordable. Overall, the cost of living in Kampong Thom is low, making it an attractive option for those looking to live in Cambodia," said one expat living in Kampong Thom.

Can I live in Kampong Thom on $1,500 a month?

"I've been living in Kampong Thom for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $1,500 a month, even if you're used to modern amenities. However, you'll have to make some sacrifices and adjustments to your lifestyle. For example, you might not have access to the same level of healthcare or high-speed internet as you're used to, and you'll need to adapt to the local cuisine and customs.In terms of housing, you can find affordable options in neighborhoods like Stueng Saen and Baray. These areas offer a mix of traditional Khmer-style homes and more modern apartments, with rents ranging from $200 to $500 per month. You'll want to avoid more expensive neighborhoods like Kampong Thom City Center, where rents can be significantly higher.When it comes to food, you'll find that eating at local markets and street food stalls is much cheaper than dining at restaurants catering to expats and tourists. You can easily get a delicious meal for just a couple of dollars, and you'll have the opportunity to try a wide variety of traditional Cambodian dishes. If you're craving Western food, you'll need to be prepared to pay a bit more, as these types of restaurants are less common and can be more expensive.Transportation is relatively affordable in Kampong Thom, with tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis being the most common modes of transport. You can also rent a motorbike for around $50 to $100 per month if you prefer to have your own transportation.One sacrifice you might have to make is in terms of entertainment and nightlife. Kampong Thom is a smaller city, so you won't find the same variety of bars, clubs, and entertainment options as you would in a larger city like Phnom Penh. However, there are still some local bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a night out with friends.Overall, living in Kampong Thom on $1,500 a month is definitely doable, but you'll need to be prepared to adapt to a different way of life and make some sacrifices in terms of amenities and entertainment options," commented an expat living in Kampong Thom.

Can I live in Kampong Thom on $3,500 a month?

"I've been living in Kampong Thom for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $3,000 a month, even if you're used to modern amenities. However, there are some sacrifices you'll have to make to ensure you stay within your budget.Firstly, you'll need to be mindful of where you choose to live. Some neighborhoods can be quite expensive, so I'd recommend looking for a place in more affordable areas like Stueng Saen or Baray. These neighborhoods still offer decent housing options, but at a more reasonable price. I'd avoid more expensive neighborhoods like Kampong Svay or Prasat Sambour, as they can quickly eat into your budget.When it comes to utilities and internet, you might have to compromise on the quality and speed of your connection. While there are some providers that offer high-speed internet, they can be quite expensive. You might have to settle for a slower connection to save some money.Eating out can also be a bit of a challenge if you're used to a wide variety of international cuisine. While there are some restaurants that offer Western food, they can be quite pricey. To save money, I'd recommend trying out the local cuisine, which is not only delicious but also very affordable. You can find great meals at local markets and street food vendors for just a couple of dollars.Transportation is another area where you might have to make some adjustments. While there are tuk-tuks and taxis available, they can be quite expensive for daily use. I'd recommend getting a bicycle or a motorbike to get around town, as they're much more affordable and convenient.Lastly, you might have to cut back on some of the luxuries you're used to, like gym memberships or regular spa treatments. While these services are available in Kampong Thom, they can be quite expensive. Instead, you can try out more affordable alternatives like outdoor exercise or local massage parlors.Overall, living in Kampong Thom on $3,000 a month is definitely doable, but it requires some adjustments and sacrifices. By being mindful of your spending and embracing the local lifestyle, you can live comfortably and enjoy your time in this beautiful Cambodian town," said one expat living in Kampong Thom.

Can I live in Kampong Thom on $5,000 a month?

"I've been living in Kampong Thom for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $5,000 a month, especially if you're used to modern amenities. In fact, you might even find that you can save some money while living here. However, there are some sacrifices you'll have to make to ensure that you can make it work.Firstly, you'll need to adjust to the local lifestyle and be open to embracing the Cambodian culture. This means being open to trying local foods, learning some basic Khmer language, and adapting to the slower pace of life. You'll also need to be prepared for power outages and limited access to certain amenities, like high-speed internet.In terms of housing, you'll find that there are affordable options available in most neighborhoods. However, if you're looking for a more upscale living experience, you might want to consider living in the more developed areas of Kampong Thom, such as the city center or near the main market. These areas tend to have more modern amenities and better infrastructure, but they can also be more expensive.On the other hand, if you're looking to save money, you might want to avoid the more expensive neighborhoods, such as those near the riverfront or in the more touristy areas. These areas tend to have higher rental prices and can be more crowded, so they might not be the best fit for someone looking to live on a budget.Transportation is another factor to consider. While public transportation is available, it can be unreliable and crowded. You might want to invest in a motorbike or bicycle to get around more easily and affordably.Overall, living in Kampong Thom on $5,000 a month is definitely doable, but you'll need to be prepared to make some adjustments and sacrifices to make it work. By being open to the local culture and lifestyle, and being mindful of your spending, you can enjoy a comfortable life in this charming Cambodian town," commented an expat living in Kampong Thom.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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