Consultants or carpenters, bar owners or basket weavers, this is the room to discuss any aspect of expat working or business life in Cambodia; the where's, the who's and the why's.
Thanks that was really informative and helpful.
As i said I/we are not an NGO, we are a school that would like to asssist a school in Cambodia and through a visit last year we met a particular person in a Cambodian NGO who we have been thinking of working with.
The helpful comments and information in theses postings have enabled me to write to him and say that there will be nothing happening with the prices he has quoted as they are way to high.
As we have the money here, nothing lost to date , except time to get things happening for the school.
Whilst I await their answer , I am researching other NGOs in Cambodia thinking that if this doesn't work out then I will find one that does.
Thanks to all your well intentioned comments, it was great to get some immediate responses , the good and the bad.
Just to repeat, the other thread started by jess that I linked to focuses on schools. Specifically, she is trying to build up something similar to you from scratch. I built a school 9 years ago which started exactly like hers. Supporting her and CHOICE would be an excellent use of your money.
Ain't nobody got time for that!
I have read some crap here.
Bricks have varied wildly in price over the years,lets talk cost per thousand like we do in the west.
They were as cheap as $25 once but went to well over a $100 in the boom.
Now back to about $35 I think.
the string referred to is not fucking string-ever see a khmer use a string line?
Nah-they always use nylon fishing line.
They will be referring to reo bar-I forget the khmer name.
We always refer to building costs per square metre,here is not as cheap as people assume-not for something half decent.
It all depends on how much cement or reo is used,usually not enough.
A mate recently built a block of five hotel rooms,all up $27,000.
Thats five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Overall cost less than $30,000 but included all furnishings,flat screens and air cons.
If you exclude furnishings that is about $135 a square meter-you wont get much cheaper.
A timber house in sa ang,built with second hand timber and a tile roof is $12,000.
But no kitchen and very basic bathroom.
Cheap compared to australia to build here,about a fifth of the price but quality is shit.
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