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Moving to Mondulkiri, Cambodia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Mondulkiri?

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

"Mondulkiri is a rural province known for its lush forests, waterfalls, and wildlife, offering a unique experience for expats. The official language is Khmer, but English is also widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. The local currency is the Cambodian Riel, but US dollars are also widely accepted. The cost of living in Mondulkiri is relatively low compared to Western countries, but it's higher than in other parts of Cambodia. Housing options are limited, with most expats choosing to rent houses or apartments. The climate in Mondulkiri is tropical with two seasons: the rainy season from May to October and the dry season from November to April. It's cooler than other parts of Cambodia due to its high altitude. Healthcare facilities in Mondulkiri are basic, so for serious medical conditions, expats usually travel to Phnom Penh or even to Thailand. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The province is known for its eco-tourism and conservation efforts, particularly at the Elephant Valley Project. It's also home to several indigenous tribes, offering a rich cultural experience. Public transportation is limited in Mondulkiri, so expats often choose to rent or buy a motorbike for getting around. The roads can be rough, especially in the rainy season, so driving skills and caution are necessary. The food in Mondulkiri is a blend of traditional Khmer cuisine and tribal food. There are also a few Western-style restaurants in the provincial capital, Sen Monorom. Internet and mobile phone coverage can be patchy, especially in remote areas. It's advisable to have a local SIM card for better connectivity. Safety is generally not a major concern in Mondulkiri, but it's always advisable to take standard precautions, such as not displaying valuable items in public and avoiding isolated areas at night. Finally, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Cambodians are generally friendly and welcoming, but they also value modesty and politeness. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, and it's customary to remove your shoes when entering someone's home," said one expat in Mondulkiri.

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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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