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Moving to Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Koh Rong Sanloem?

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

"Koh Rong Sanloem is a beautiful island in Cambodia that offers a peaceful and serene environment. Before moving there, expats should know that the island is less developed than other parts of Cambodia, which means that amenities and services may be limited. The official language of Cambodia is Khmer, so learning some basic phrases in Khmer would be beneficial. However, English is widely spoken in tourist areas. The cost of living on Koh Rong Sanloem is relatively low compared to Western countries, but it's higher than in mainland Cambodia due to the island's remote location. The island's currency is the Cambodian Riel, but US dollars are also widely accepted. It's important to carry cash as ATMs and card facilities are scarce. Healthcare facilities on the island are basic. For serious medical conditions, you would need to travel to the mainland. Therefore, it's crucial to have comprehensive health insurance. The island has a tropical climate, with a rainy season from May to October and a dry season from November to April. It's important to be prepared for this, especially if you plan to live there year-round. Internet connectivity can be unreliable, so if you're planning to work remotely, this could be a challenge. The island is known for its natural beauty, with pristine beaches, clear waters, and lush jungle. However, it's also home to various insects and animals, so it's important to take necessary precautions to avoid any health issues. The local cuisine is primarily seafood, given the island's location. Western food is available but can be more expensive. Lastly, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Cambodians are generally friendly and welcoming, but it's essential to be aware of cultural sensitivities," remarked one expat who made the move to Koh Rong Sanloem.

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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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