Do I need an agency when renting in Cambodia?

Before renting in Cambodia, it’s important that you find a reputable real estate agency that you can trust so they can brief you on the current price ranges in the city. Seasoned professionals can help you acquire a fair lease agreement, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure that your expectations are met.

You could always go on Facebook and check out the buy and sell pages. You will have to negotiate and make sure that your expectations are met yourself. It’s fair to say that can be difficult when you are new to a country, have difficulties speaking the language, and don’t actually know the general price ranges.

What should I expect when renting in Cambodia?

Renting in Cambodia is pretty much the same process that you would follow back in your home country. But, while the process may be similar, the features may not.

If you’ve traveled in South East Asia before, you must have noticed that restrooms generally don’t have toilet paper. Instead you get what I like to call a bum-gun.

Most of the country’s toilets are like this, so practice and get used to it.

You need to also keep in mind that most bathrooms in Cambodia are wet floor. Wet floor bathroom means that the shower floor is flush with the rest of the bathroom. The bathrooms are tiled and water is drained through one drainage system.

Cambodian property features are certainly different and they might take some getting used to but I’ve found that people adapt and adjust quickly.

Side note: all too often I hear about ex-expats missing the bum-gun!

Standard Apartments and Houses

Siem Reap apartment for rent. Standard apartments and houses are exactly what they sound like, standard. You pay the property bills (rent, water, electricity, internet, and cable) and take care of yourself.

Expect to buy your own kitchen utensils, cookware, sheets, blankets, towels, etc. These properties generally provide you with basic furnishings such as beds, fans, or A.C. units.

Serviced Apartments and Houses

Serviced apartments and houses have a higher price range because, as the name implies, they provide you with their service.

You can expect services and amenities already included in the monthly price like:

  • Internet
  • Cable
  • Water
  • Cleaning
  • Back-up generators
  • Swimming pools
  • Gyms/Wellness centers
  • Parking
  • Security

Temple City Real Estate Property Comparisons

You need to take your time and compare what each property has for you before renting in Cambodia. Pay close attention to the utilities, amenities, and rental terms. Siem Reap apartment for rent.

Let’s compare two properties that we currently have listed.

A two bedroom apartment (ID# 180227B2) priced at $550 per month.


A three bedroom apartment (ID# 180320A) priced at $450 per month.


Why is the two bedroom apartment $100 more per month than the three bedroom?

The two bedroom is an example of a serviced apartment. They provide you with waste collection, security guards, and more, all included in the monthly price.

The three bedroom apartment simply doesn’t offer as many services as the two bedroom, hence the cheaper price. That doesn’t mean # 180320A is a bad choice. They provide valuable items such as a fridge and a dual burner gas stove top.

After looking at these two properties, I hope you start to see the difference in accommodation throughout Cambodia. It can be tough to strictly divide properties between Serviced and Standard categories. At Temple-City Real Estate we aim to be upfront, so we set up detailed property pages with photos, descriptions, amenities, rental terms, and all utilities and services.

I hope that you now have a greater understanding of what to expect when renting in Cambodia. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

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