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Can anyone give me some advice?
I will be moving to Phnom Penh in July and I will be bringing two dogs and a cat with me. I would like some advice on areas in Phnom Penh to live. I would like somewhere with a garden but I am not looking for anywhere expensive, and I am worried that there are:
No ground floor apartments with gardens
No small houses with gardens at a reasonable rent

As both my dogs are quite large and need walking I would like an area which has some open land nearby.
I need to get somewhere before I arrive as I have been told that I cannot stay in a hotel/guesthouse with pets. I may be able to come and look before my departure date but it would make it easier if I knew which area of the city I would be best focusing on.
Any help would be gratefully recieved, I did read the posting made by an expat residence telling people to come and stay in a guesthouse and look for somewhere, but this is not a feasible option for me.

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nicolascales wrote:
Can anyone give me some advice?
I will be moving to Phnom Penh in July and I will be bringing two dogs and a cat with me. I would like some advice on areas in Phnom Penh to live. I would like somewhere with a garden but I am not looking for anywhere expensive, and I am worried that there are:
No ground floor apartments with gardens
No small houses with gardens at a reasonable rent

As both my dogs are quite large and need walking I would like an area which has some open land nearby.
I need to get somewhere before I arrive as I have been told that I cannot stay in a hotel/guesthouse with pets. I may be able to come and look before my departure date but it would make it easier if I knew which area of the city I would be best focusing on.
Any help would be gratefully recieved, I did read the posting made by an expat residence telling people to come and stay in a guesthouse and look for somewhere, but this is not a feasible option for me.

The best advice I can give you is leave the dogs and cat behind and that is serious. I am a dog lover and I left mine behind ( with family thankfully) and it was the hardest thing I ever did. However, having seen the amount of expat dogs and cats that go missing here NEVER TO BE FOUND AGAIN, I am happy I did. Trust me, you lose your pet here and it is gone. It won;t just be "around the block" or "down at the butcher's". There is no micro chipping service here.

Houses with gardens here are going to cost you $1000 +++ a month. I know of one friend who has a "house" that would suit your needs and she rents for $550. She paid one year in advance top get that price. I have other friends who bought a cat and they rent a nice Villa for $1300.

Sharing a villa is an option but you then have to find either somewhere/ people that love your pets as much as you do, or you have to find the house yourself and then stock it yourself with tenants and asume all the financial risk.

You have really put yourself in the high-end of the difficulty stakes but then you don't mention what your budget is.

My advice if you insist on bringing your furry troupe would be ;

a) Concentrate on BKK1 as an area as it is close to all the parks where you can walk the big boys. Failing that....if you don't have to live in Phnom Penh central....look down in Takmeo. It is lovely down there and only a few kms/ 20 mins out of the city but a world away and rents are cheap, open space plentiful.

b) You will find a bottom floor apartment ( EO level ) in BKK1 with car space which will give the dogs some room for $300-$500 but these are usually pretty dark and claustrophobic and whilst your menagerie will have a bit of room...you will go nuts.

Sorry to paint a picture of gloom but PP is pretty hard for pets.

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Dear It,
Sorry, I wasnt sure if that was your name! thank you for your advice about the probems with pets disappearing in Phnom Penh, but I am coming from China and one of the dogs and the cat are both rescue animals from here. There is no way that I can leave them, mainly because of the very, very different way in which pets, especially large dogs are treated here and because expats do not want the responsibility of moving and having to take their pets, so understandably I cannot give them away. I have had two rescue cats dissapear whilst being here so whilst I am not happy about it I am aware of how different it is to living in Europe. Thank you for the advice about living outside of Phnom Penh, I have never heard of Takeom so I will certainly look into that.

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Dear It,
Sorry, I wasnt sure if that was your name! thank you for your advice about the probems with pets disappearing in Phnom Penh, but I am coming from China and one of the dogs and the cat are both rescue animals from here. There is no way that I can leave them, mainly because of the very, very different way in which pets, especially large dogs are treated here and because expats do not want the responsibility of moving and having to take their pets, so understandably I cannot give them away. I have had two rescue cats dissapear whilst being here so whilst I am not happy about it I am aware of how different it is to living in Europe. Thank you for the advice about living outside of Phnom Penh, I have never heard of Takeom so I will certainly look into that.

Nic,
There is the same attitude in Phnom Penh whereby people get pets KNOWING they will never take them with them. They just love the idea and assume there will be another expat to adopt when they leave. I think it sux and it is very irresponsible behaviour. These people usually have 0 idea about what it takes to truly own an animal and they should be bashed over the head with a lump of wood.

Living down in Takmeo is certainly an option but you would need a bike or car and you need to avoid peak hour travel times as there is a roundabout 1/2 way which gets jammed for an hour. The river down there is the Tonle Bassac and it is alot nicer and more peaceful than the Tonle Sap. I have even thought about moving down there on occasion myself.

Good luck with it .

it

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