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Living in Cambodia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 07, 2024

Summary: People describe life in Cambodia as a unique and vibrant experience. Expats love the friendly locals, the delicious food, the beautiful scenery, and the low cost of living. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month, depending on lifestyle. The population of Cambodia is approximately 16.2 million people, and the largest cities are Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Battambang, and Kampong Cham. The cons of living in Cambodia include the lack of infrastructure, the high levels of poverty, the lack of access to healthcare, and the prevalence of corruption. Additionally, the country is prone to natural disasters such as floods and typhoons.

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What do I need to know about living in Cambodia?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Cambodia, they said:

"Before retiring in Cambodia, expats should research the cost of living in the area they plan to live in, as prices can vary significantly. It is also important to familiarize oneself with the local laws and regulations, as well as the visa requirements for long-term stays. Additionally, expats should consider the availability of healthcare and medical services, as well as the quality of the local infrastructure. Finally, expats should be aware of the cultural differences between their home country and Cambodia, and be prepared to adjust to a new way of life," said one expat who made the move to Cambodia.

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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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