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Moving to Sihanoukville, Cambodia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 06, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Sihanoukville?

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

"Sihanoukville is a popular destination for expats due to its beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle. However, before moving there, there are several things you should know. Firstly, the cost of living in Sihanoukville is relatively low compared to Western countries, but it's rising due to the influx of Chinese investment. 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. Healthcare facilities in Sihanoukville are limited and not up to Western standards, so it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The city is generally safe, but petty crime like bag-snatching and pickpocketing can be a problem, so it's important to take precautions. The climate is tropical, with a rainy season from May to October and a dry season from November to April. The local cuisine is a blend of Thai, Vietnamese, and French influences, with seafood being a specialty in Sihanoukville. The visa process for Cambodia is relatively straightforward, with visas on arrival available for most nationalities, but it's advisable to check the latest information with your local Cambodian embassy or consulate. The infrastructure in Sihanoukville is developing, but power outages and water shortages can occur. Finally, it's important to respect local customs and traditions, such as dressing modestly and removing your shoes before entering someone's home or a temple," explained one expat living in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

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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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