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Uber cool open plan apartment near Royal Palace for rent | Daun Penh

HW5M+VJ8, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


  • Air Conditioning
  • Close to Aeon 1
  • Close to Independence Monument
  • Fully furnished
  • High ceilings
  • Natural light
  • Open plan living space
  • Separate street access
  • Tourism location
  • TV Cable
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi


Open plan apartment (near Royal Palace and Independence Monument) is now available for rent in Daun Penh, Riverside. The owner has done it again – like many other tasteful properties in Phnom Penh, his style is back! Living in a stylish 3rd floor apartment will seldom be as cool as this. Bassac Lane, BKK and Riverside are all within walking distance too.

Open plan apartment features:

  • A short walk to the Royal Palace, BKK 1 and Independence Monument
  • Near Himawari Hotel and Cambodiana Hotel – great pools and gyms!
  • Excellent access to apartment from street level (safe and clean)
  • Brand new appliances and stylish furniture throughout
  • Natural light and ventilation
  • A/C and hot water
  • Refrigerator and washing machine
  • Pet friendly
  • Rent includes water usage, garbage, cable TV and Wi-Fi
  • Rent excludes electricity ($0.25/kwH) and cleaning
  • Minimum lease 6 months
  • 2-month deposit
Original ID: DP5.Z12

The real downtown

Riverside, the real downtown is the old city – Wat Phnom, Old Market, Kandal Market and Chaktomuk. Many generations’ footprints are here – Angkor kings, French colonists and UN troops. It is where the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac rivers meet and where the Water Festival takes place each year.
The river front is always stunning especially at sunrise and sunset – day and night it is busy and a popular tourist spot for locals and foreigners.
Sisowath Quay (in honor of King Sisowath) is the riverfront road. It starts at the Buddhist Institute and continues north to Japanese Bridge. There it becomes Road 6 and out of the city. Riverside has a wide choice of restaurants, wellbeing services, hotels, shops and bars. Among the restaurants, you will find Italian, French, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Malaysian.

A personal reflection

Street 172 is punctuated with $3 massage joints and bars occupied by grey faces framed with light grey hair. Yet, just around the corner, Street 178 is now arguably the rising art gallery district of Phnom Penh with the University of Fine Arts and National Museum only a stone’s throw away.

Friends Café has made a bold statement and the Mansion House seems to be waiting for reincarnation. Now the Hyatt has opened its doors to the Jet set, it may well be a different designer-schmick precinct to what is currently now.

In fact, when you look up along 172, the standard of shophouses is somewhat ‘better’ than in other parts of the city: it could be the rising star of Daun Penh and Riverside.

In the surrounding streets in this part of Phnom Penh, there is a sense that there are too many hostess bars, each vying for a shifting slice of the tourist and expat pie. Rents will rise with the inevitable escalation of land values and the ROI of each vendor’s patch will become more and more critical as the clock ticks.

Looking at Phsar Kandal and the open block where Prey Sar prison once sat. one can’t help but wonder what’s coming next. Given its proximity to Riverside and the 172 and 178 ‘sweet spot’, maybe there is something special waiting in the sidelines, something for the inspired new generation of architects and artists.

In early August, digging for the foundations has started. My guess is a shopping centre, possibly with apartments too!


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  • ID: 12665
  • Published: August 6, 2022
  • Last Update: August 9, 2022
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