Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Pros and Cons of Living in Cambodia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Dec 02, 2021

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Cambodia. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Cambodia

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What are the pros and cons of living in Cambodia?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Cambodia responded:

"The people are friendly when you get to know them, but there is a general consensus that all expatriates are rich It is important to appreciate what is available around you be it local fruit and vegetables, entertainment, sightseeing, health care or any else and not allow yourself to concentrate on what is not available. For instance ice skating is not available in general, nor is ballet prevalent. In my case neither of these would be of any interest to me even if they were available. as far as fruit is concerned the local fresh fruit is generally cheap and good quality and the imported fruit is extremely expensive and is generally not as good as my home country. The answer is to enjoy what is good and change your diet to suit. You can not live your life abroad always craving the things from home.," said another in Phnom Penh.

"Life in Cambodia is not always easy but in time you can learn to cope with the various problems that crop up and find an acceptable level of satisfaction. The occurrence of COVIC restrictions have added to the problem for everyone and have made family visits to my family in UK and my wife's family in Vietnam almost impossible but we have access to telephone and social media that has helped to keep in touch. The particular problems are that my mother and my mother-in-law are both very elderly and not in the best of health. In the event of serious illnesss or worse we have extremely difficult decisions to make," explained one expat in Phnom Penh.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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