Phnom Penh: Chinese Investment’s Impact on Expatriate Life

    Feb 05, 2020 @ 02:17 PM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

    474.CambodiaSunset over Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Rose Allen.

    Increasing options for Expatriates

    There is a strong Chinese presence in Phnom Penh. Chinese investment is expanding the limited recreational activities in Phnom Penh by funding hotels, resorts, and casinos. According to recent reports, Chinese firms are planning to fund bigger and better 5-star hotels and serviced apartments in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, hoping to bring more tourists and potential investors to Cambodia.

    This is exciting for expatriates, because better serviced apartments offer more possibilities for rental housing, especially for those with short-term assignments. Overall, as more Chinese invest in large developments, expatriates can look forward to more commercial centers and luxury hotels.

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    Topics: Housing, On-site Insight, Expatriate Housing, Insights and Experience, International Housing Guide, Site Summaries, Cambodia, Phnom Penh

    Lakeisha St. Joy

    Written by Lakeisha St. Joy

    Lakeisha joined AIRINC in 2019 as a researcher and analyst. She comes from an education non-profit background, where she served youth and families in Boston and San Jose, California. At AIRINC, she conducts international cost of living and housing research. She also assists the Social Media Team in curating Instagram post graphics. She recently worked on the Research Department portal page on SharePoint. She graduated from Boston College with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Faith, Peace, and Justice. She speaks Haitian Creole and is based in Dorchester.