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7 Tips for Living in Kampong Thom

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Kampong Thom or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Kampong Thom or thinking about moving there.

Living as an expat or digital nomad in Kampong Thom, can be an enriching and rewarding experience. This charming city, nestled in the heart of Cambodia, offers a unique blend of traditional culture and modern conveniences. However, to make the most of your time in Kampong Thom, it's important to be prepared and informed. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in this fascinating city.

1. Learn the Local Language

While English is widely spoken in Cambodia, learning the local language, Khmer, can greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make daily tasks like shopping and dining easier, but it will also help you connect with the local community. There are many language schools in Kampong Thom where you can take classes, or you can opt for online courses before you arrive.

2. Understand the Cost of Living

One of the many attractions of living in Kampong Thom is its relatively low cost of living. However, it's important to budget carefully and understand what you can afford. Rent, food, and transportation are generally inexpensive, but imported goods and certain services can be pricey. For example, a meal at a local restaurant like Arunras Restaurant or Sambor Village can cost as little as $2-3, while a meal at a more upscale restaurant can cost $10 or more.

3. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Kampong Thom is divided into several neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. Stueng Saen, the city center, is bustling with activity and offers a range of accommodation options, restaurants, and shops. Baray, on the other hand, is known for its tranquil rural setting and traditional wooden houses. Spend some time exploring different neighborhoods to find one that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

4. Embrace the Local Cuisine

Cambodian cuisine is a delightful blend of flavors, with influences from China, India, and France. Street food is a big part of the culinary scene in Kampong Thom, and it's a great way to sample local dishes like amok (a coconut curry) and kuy teav (a noodle soup). There are also plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy a sit-down meal. Try the popular Sovannphum Restaurant for traditional Cambodian dishes or the Riverside Balcony Bar for a mix of local and Western cuisine.

5. Explore the Local Attractions

Kampong Thom is rich in history and culture, with plenty of attractions to explore. The Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a must-visit. The Kampong Thom Museum, with its collection of ancient artifacts, is another great place to learn about the city's history. For nature lovers, the nearby Phnom Santuk mountain offers stunning views and a peaceful retreat from the city.

6. Stay Connected

As a digital nomad, staying connected is crucial. Fortunately, Kampong Thom has reliable internet service, with many cafes and restaurants offering free Wi-Fi. You can also purchase a local SIM card for mobile data. Companies like Cellcard and Smart offer affordable plans with good coverage throughout the city.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in Kampong Thom is to get involved in the local community. There are many opportunities to volunteer, participate in local events, or join social groups. Research groups that align with your interests and get involved. This will not only enrich your experience but also help you make connections and build a support network in your new home.

Living in Kampong Thom, Cambodia, as an expat or digital nomad can be a truly rewarding experience. By following these tips, you can navigate the city with ease, immerse yourself in the local culture, and make the most of your time in this captivating city.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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