Survival Bible in Phnom Penh - Cambodia

When you are going to live in Phnom Penh, you have to know some information.

Phnom Penh, which is the capitale of Cambodia, is rapidly becoming an international district for expatriates and travelers, as it is known to be one of the cheapest countries to live in Indochina. It is the most populated city in Cambodia with 1.5 million inhabitants. It is the economic and political centre of the country. 

Tips and advice to live in Phnom Penh

Live in Phnom Penh - Localisation

Live in Phnom Penh is quite attracting when you want to travel, as you can visit every Asian cities.

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap : 45-minute flight / 6-hour bus-travel 
Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City : 45-minute flight / 6-hour bus-travel
Phnom Penh - Bangkok : 75-minute flight
Phnom Penh - Kuala Lumpur : 2-hour flight / 5-hour bus-travel

The airport is located approximately 10km north west of the city centre. On average, it takes 30-minute to 1-hour drive, depending on the transport mode chosen and the traffic jam. Live in Phnom Penh allows you to travel by: 

  • Tuk-tuk (surely the fastest transportation): $4
  •  Taxi: $7
  •  Shuttle train: $2.50. The service starts at 05:30 from Phnom Penh and takes around 30 minutes.

Don’t believe a word a tuk-tuk driver says. In Phnom Penh, check with Grab and PassApp for a reference price. You can also book your travel on the corresponding apps. 

Live in Phnom Penh - Security

Most visits are trouble-free, but bag-snatching can happen often done by thieves riding past on motorbikes. Be vigilant, particularly in and around late-night bars. Do not leave drinks unattended.

Live in Phnom Penh - Climate

Phnom Penh has a tropical monsoon climate with a dry period from the end of November until the end of April. Rainy season starts in May and ends in November.
Best time to visit the city is during the European-winter months: from December to March, when the temperate are the appreciable

Live in Phnom Penh - Emergencies

Tourist police: 09 77 78 00 02
SOS Police: 012 999 999
SAMU: 119

Live in Phnom Penh - International Schools

ICS International School
14, Street 214, Sangkat Boeung Raing, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
Tel: 099 509 998
3 to 18 years old. English curriculum
Language of instruction : English

Northbridge International School Cambodia
Street 2004, Trapang Chhouk Village, Teuk Thlar Commune, Khan Sen Sok, Phnom Penh
International calls: 023 900 749 / Local calls: 023 900 749
2 to 18 years old.
Three-programme International Baccalaureate World School

Australian international School
76, Angkor Boulevard, Sangkat Toul Sangke, Khan Russey Keo, Phnom Penh
Tel: 092 111 136 / 015 729 007
Australian National Curriculum concept

International School of Phnom Penh ISSP
Hun Neang Boulevard, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023 425 088
From age 3 until grade 12

ICAN British International School
85, Sothearos Boulevard, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023 222 416-8

East-West International School
Corner of Streets 360 and 143, Boeung Keng Kang 3, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023 998 244
E-mail: /
Accredited to grade 10

Canadian international School of Phnom Penh
Main campus: Elite Town Street, Diamond Island (Koh Pich), Phnom Penh
Tel: 023 900 399
Until grade 9

Lycée Français René Descartes
96, B.P. 1132 Rue Christopher Howes, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023 722 044
Principal's e-mail:
The Lycée Français René Descartes belongs to the network of schools of the Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger (AEFE).
Direct instruction in French from pre-primary classes to Terminale classes (L, ES and S).

Live in Phnom Penh - Health Services

Hôpital Calmette

Le Royal Phnom Penh Hospital

Khema International Polyclinic

Institut Pasteur

Naga Clinic

Life in Phnom Penh - Restaurants

House Of Scott
29, Samdech Mongkol Lem Street 228
Refined cuisine, simple but very beautiful, refined decoration and pleasant terrace.

Pop Café da Giorgio
371 Sisothay 371, Sisowath Quay, Between Street 178 and Royal Palace
Tel: 012 562 892
Italian restaurant which make the best pastas in Phnom Penh.
Remember to book before to come.

Pizza Matteo
466 No. 21 Eo, Street, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmorn
Tel: 070 370 672
Best pizzas in Phnom Penh.

On the corner - Le resto du coin
191, Sisowath Quay
Tel: 016 744 644
You will find pretty simple but succulent dishes. Try the Amok, the Khmer national dish, it is perfectly made and is not very expensive.

54 Langeach Sros
15A, Street 178
Typical Khmer barbecue. Enjoy live music shows and authentic Khmer cuisine.

The Sushi bar 
2CD Street 302
Tel: 023 726 438
A sophisticated sushi bar where prices are reasonable and the staff very attentive.

174, # 74 Oknha Ket Street
Tel: 092 219 565
Beautiful colonial building where you can eat Khmer cuisine. This restaurant is a training restaurant helping local people gain skills and find jobs.

Life in Phnom Penh - Bars

Bouchon wine Bar $$
82, Street 174
Tel: 077 881 103
Bar and French cuisine. Located in a colonial villa, this beautiful spot is loved by expats.

Soga Cafe, Bistrot & Cafe
69b, Street 178, Phnom Penh
Tel: 081 929 632 
This place is wonderful, creative and affordable. We love their tapas. Chef Oliver conducts cooking classes on weekends in a very relaxed and chill atmosphere.

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