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Pros and Cons of Living in Cambodia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 06, 2024

Summary: The pros of living in Cambodia include the low cost of living, the friendly people, the beautiful scenery, and the rich cultural heritage. On the other hand, the cons of living in Cambodia include the lack of infrastructure, the high levels of poverty, and the prevalence of corruption. Additionally, the country is still recovering from the effects of the Khmer Rouge regime, which has left a lasting impact on the country.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Cambodia?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Cambodia responded:

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the low cost of living in Cambodia, as well as the friendly locals and the abundance of cultural attractions. They also enjoy the tropical climate and the variety of outdoor activities available. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the infrastructure and public transportation lacking, as well as the lack of reliable internet access. Additionally, the language barrier can be a challenge for some," explained one expat in Cambodia.

"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," said one expat in Phnom Penh.

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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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