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Moving to Battambang, Cambodia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Moving to Battambang, Cambodia: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Battambang.

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What do I need to know before moving to Battambang?

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

"Battambang is a city rich in history and culture, with a slower pace of life compared to the bustling capital, Phnom Penh. The official language is Khmer, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations. The local currency is the Cambodian Riel, but US dollars are also widely accepted. The cost of living in Battambang is relatively low, with affordable housing, food, and transportation. However, it's important to negotiate prices as foreigners are often charged more. Healthcare facilities in Battambang are limited and not up to Western standards, so it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The city is known for its French colonial architecture and ancient temples. The climate is tropical, with a wet and dry season. It can get very hot and humid, especially during the dry season. Battambang is considered safe for expats, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions against petty crime. The food is a blend of traditional Khmer cuisine and French influences, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables available at local markets. The city has a growing arts scene, with several galleries and a circus school. Internet and mobile phone coverage is generally good, but power outages can be common. Public transportation is limited, so many expats choose to rent or buy a motorbike to get around. Driving in Cambodia can be chaotic, so it's important to be cautious and aware of local driving habits. Finally, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Cambodians are generally friendly and welcoming, but they also value modesty and politeness. It's considered disrespectful to touch someone's head or point your feet at someone, and it's customary to remove your shoes before entering someone's home," remarked one expat who made the move to Battambang.

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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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