Apartments for rent in Phnom Penh are in high demand because a lot of people want to live in the capital of Cambodia. It houses most of the foreign population. Which is why there is a high demand for apartments for rent in Phnom Penh from both locals and expats.
One of the most beautiful cities in Southeast Asia, the tree-lined streets adorn the place. Palaces, museums, theaters, and luxurious French villas are around the city. Every corner you turn is excellent for a family getaway or romantic weekend.
Phnom Penh Districts
The city of Phnom Penh is a municipality with independent authority. It has the same function as any province in Cambodia. The city has 14 districts under its jurisdiction. The government declared BKK District (Chamkar Mon) and Kambol District (Por Senchey) as separate, independent districts in 2019.
There are many residential areas in Phnom Penh suitable for any budget and lifestyle. Some districts are attractive because it is near to the business areas. Other locations offer the best views like the Riverside area. Some residents choose areas based on their countryside charm.
Below are the 14 Phnom Penh districts and the characteristics of each one.
Boeung Keng Kang
BKK 1, 2 and 3 are part of Chamkar Mon district until it became a separate Khan in 2019. The four main roads of Preah Sihanouk Blvd (north), Street 163 (east), Mao Tse Tung Blvd (south), and Norodom Blvd (west) circle the land area of BKK.
Among the districts, BKK1 has the highest rental prices. BKK1 offers studio apartments, one bedroom units, and condos starting from $500++. BKK 2 and BKK 3 has a mix of shophouses, Khmer villas, and modern apartments for rent. Prices in BKK2 and BKK3 start from $400 and above.
Chamkar Mon is the center of the Cambodian economy. There are many popular areas in ChamkarMon district including:
- Centrally located with access to any part of Chamkar Mon.
- All districts are 5 minutes of Tonle Bassac.
- The district is home to most Foreign Embassies in Phnom Penh.
- It has many established International Schools, Diamond City (Koh Pich), and Nagaworld.
- Tourist destinations like Independence Monument and AEON Mall 1 are located in Tonle Bassac
- Choice housing location for many foreigners in the city.
- Many Embassy employees and non-government groups live in this area.
- It has condo units and apartments for rent from $500++ and above.
- Divided into two parts, TTP 1 and TTP 2.
- The famous Russian Market is in Toul Tum Poung 1.
- It is the safest area for foreigners in the city.
- Toul Tum Poung is a mixed residential and commercial area.
- It has many business places like bars, restaurants, retail outlets, coffee shops, pharmacies, and clinics.
- Quiet residential area with local business establishments.
- Famous landmarks are Boeung Trabek Plaza and the Royal University of Law.
- The most popular landmark is the Olympic Market.
- Apartments and other properties are more expensive than TTP and Boeung Trabek.
- The housing spaces have the same rental prices as Tonle Bassac and BKK.
- Olympic is mostly commercial
- It has high-end condo buildings and apartments for rent.
Khan Daun Penh is a major district with many tourist destinations. This area is where St 172, the best entertainment place, is located. Other tourist destinations are the Royal Palace, National Museum, Sisowath Quay, Royal Railway Station, and the Wat Phnom Temple.
Daun Penh has many houses and apartments for rent. Rental prices start are $400 - $1,500. Prices depend on the number of rooms, amenities, and furnishings. There are housing choices for any budget in this district. Many apartments have a balcony that boasts of a beautiful riverside view.
Khan 7 Makara
7 Makara, also known as Prampir Makara, is the center of Phnom Penh City. It is the smallest district in land area and population. Unlike Chamkar Mon, 7 Makara has a lesser price for land and housing spaces. Apartments for rent starts from $300 - $1,000 for one-bedroom units. Famous landmarks are the National Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh International University, and O’Russey Market.
An emerging commercial district, Toul Kork is ~20 minutes away from BKK. It has many commercial buildings and boreys (gated communities) built in the last few months. Toul Kork is one of the more popular areas but it still has a countryside feel. Rental for apartments for rent, condos, and shophouses, are not as expensive as the central areas.
Meanchey has 4 Sangkats, the biggest is Steung Meanchey. Currently, the district is for industrial use. Many factories are operating in this area. However, the government plans to move the factories to another province when their contracts expire. Talks are ongoing to convert the district to residential. This is a long-term answer to the need for more housing and commercial spaces.
The district is the second largest in Phnom Penh city. It has a land area of ~106 kilometers. It stretches from Dangkor district in the east to the Tonle Sap River in the west. Rental prices here are lower for shophouses, local apartment buildings, and Khmer inspired villas. Camko City in Russey Keo offers high-priced mixed-use development properties. It caters to foreigners and rich locals. The properties have the same prices, services, and features as BKK1.
Sen Sok is a long term solution to the brimming city center. The districts’ vast open spaces and improved infrastructure is attractive for foreign investors. It has the most number of boreys or gated communities. The most notable landmarks are AEON Mall 2 and Makro Supermarket.
Commercial land is available for $800-$2,500 per sq.m. The highest value is along the main roads and plots surrounding AEON Mall II. Residential properties are slightly lower at $400-$1,500. Studio units and one bedroom apartments for rent start from $300++.
The largest in land area, Por Senchey has 13 Sangkats and 158 phums. The district is residential, with Borey New World as the biggest gated community. The famous landmark is Phnom Penh International Airport in Pochentong commune.
Por Senchey covers almost the whole western part of Phnom Penh. It is an attractive investment area for low to mid-priced development because of its cheap land prices. Expensive residential spaces are very few. Most of the housing choices are shophouses, Khmer villas, or houses inside the gated communities.
Offering lovely views of Mekong and Bassac Rivers, Chbar Ampov is one of the districts ready for commercial use. Many Borey developments are ongoing. These developments offer more housing spaces for people living and working in the city. Aside from that, there is still an assortment of Khmer villas and local apartments that offer low-end spaces for $300 and above.
With various gated communities and mixed-use building built in the city, there is an endless supply of apartments for rent in Phnom Penh. Whether working in the city or living here for good, there is a residential space that is right for you.