Renting a house in Siem Reap is the perfect option for those who want to live in this beautiful city in Cambodia. There are many houses and villas to choose from, so you can find one that suits your needs. If you’re looking for a house for rent in Siem Reap then read on and we can help you choose the ideal place to live.

You can find houses for rent to fit any budget. You can find both furnished and unfurnished houses depending on your needs. We know that many people are worried about finding a place to live when they move abroad. It is for this reason that we aim to provide local knowledge, insight and information about living in Siem Reap.

Angkor Wat is always nearby when living in Siem Reap
Angkor Wat is always nearby when living in Siem Reap

What are the benefits of living in Siem Reap?

Siem Reap is a perfect place to live if you love nature. There are many villages and temples nearby you can cycle through, or visit over the weekend.

One of the best things about living in Siem Reap is being able to try different types of cuisine. There are plenty of opportunities to do this in the city because it has an international feel with tourists arriving from all over the world.

What is the cost of living like in Siem Reap?

It is cheaper to rent a house in Siem Reap than in the capital city Phnom Penh. Property rental prices in Siem Reap are also much lower than most other countries, there are some beautiful houses available for rent at very affordable prices.

Siem Reap has a wide range of properties available for both furnished, and unfurnished options that will fit any budget. The cost to rent an apartment would depend on the type of residence you are interested in and the location. For example, renting a house for long-term stay or for a short trip can affect the price.

Many houses for rent in Siem Reap have large gardens and traditional styling
Many houses for rent in Siem Reap have large gardens and a traditional style

What type of houses can I find to rent in Siem Reap?

Terraced houses in Siem Reap are often “shop houses” with a shop on the ground floor and typically several floors of residence above. You will find this type of house more often in the centre of town where space is at a premium. Sometimes each floor can have a different owner, but sometimes it is possible to rent the entire house and open your own business on the ground floor. You will find terraced houses without the “shop” and these can be a good place to live.

There are many villas and detached houses available outside of the city centre. Some villas can even have its own private pool and garden for you to enjoy. You will also find houses in the more rural countryside areas that have large outdoor spaces and are extremely quiet and peaceful – but still only a short drive to the city.

Kulen mountain is a popular thing to do in Siem Reap
Kulen mountain is a popular thing to do in Siem Reap

Things to do in Siem Reap

Siem Reap has many world class tourist attractions such as Angkor Wat, Kulen mountains, Tonle Sap Lake and its floating villages, and more. Siem Reap is also home to various museums showcasing Khmer art and history. You can discover lots of things to do in Siem Reap on our Cambodia map.

If you like to shop, there are plenty of markets and shopping malls in the town.

Exploring Siem Reap by tuk tuk, bicycle, or on foot is a great way to get a better sense of what the city has to offer.

The weather in Siem Reap is hot all year round and the rainy season runs from May to November. If it’s too hot or too wet to go with the usual outdoorsy stuff, why not head into one of Siem Reap best shopping malls? There are also a variety of restaurants in the city.

Safety and security in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is quite a safe town to live in. Authorities aim to keep Siem Reap clean and safe for tourists. Locals are very friendly and the city centre streets are usually busy, so it is quite safe to explore Siem Reap at night. If your house is outside of town or are travelling a long way then take your own transport or a tuk tuk.

Getting around Siem Reap is easy
Getting around Siem Reap is easy by tuk tuk

Travelling to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh or elsewhere

Getting to the airport is quick and easy. A taxi or tuk tuk ride between the city centre and the airport will take about half an hour.

When travelling between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh or other destinations in Cambodia, you can use one of the various bus operators or hire a private taxi. As it is such a popular destination it is easy to find transport to and from Siem Reap. You can discover more in our Travel in Cambodia guide.

House rental contracts in Siem Reap

Rental contracts in Siem Reap are flexible and negotiable, so you can ensure they meet all your needs.

Renting an apartment vs a house for rent in Siem Reap

When considering a place to live in Siem Reap, many people wonder if you should choose an apartment or house? There are many people who have a preference on the type of place they wish to live in, regardless of their location preference. Understanding the differences between the two types of properties can be helpful in making your decision.

With a house in Siem Reap you will usually get more space and a garden or yard that is not possible with an apartment, but usually at the expense of being further from the city centre. There are some “borey” housing developments in Siem Reap that help to address some of the safety and security aspects of living in a house. Some borey in Siem Reap have management you can contact for any issues and community facilities for shopping and leisure.

Families with children would likely benefit from the extra space available in a house or villa. Many apartment complexes also do not allow pets. If you have pets then you might get more flexibility renting a house or villa.

You can also enjoy the rural lifestyle finding a house further from the city centre. For those looking for a more tranquil lifestyle, the countryside is a perfect location and is still within easy reach of Siem Reap town for shopping needs. Since Siem Reap is a small town it is surrounded by countryside, within just 20 minutes you can go from the town centre to a rural setting.

Siem Reap is a fast developing city that offers a range of affordable and luxurious houses to live. If you’ve been looking for the perfect house for rent in Siem Reap, then contact a reputable real estate agency such as Knight Frank, IPS, or Pointer who can help you find exactly what you need. You can find everything from budget homes with basic amenities to luxury villas fit for royalty. No matter what your needs are, we are confident that you will find a suitable house for rent in Siem Reap. For more information, consult our Real Estate in Cambodia guide.