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Moving to Kratie, Cambodia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 06, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Kratie?

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

"Kratie is a small town in eastern Cambodia, known for its relaxed atmosphere and beautiful riverside views. Before moving to Kratie, expats should be aware that the local language is Khmer, although English is also widely spoken, especially among younger people. The cost of living is relatively low compared to Western countries, but the standard of living may also be lower, with less access to modern amenities and healthcare facilities. The town is relatively safe, but expats should still take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. The climate in Kratie is tropical, with a rainy season from May to October and a dry season from November to April. Expats should be prepared for high temperatures and humidity year-round. Kratie is not as developed as larger cities like Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, so expats may need to adjust their expectations in terms of infrastructure and services. Public transportation is limited, so many expats choose to rent or buy a motorbike to get around. The local cuisine is a blend of traditional Cambodian dishes with influences from neighboring countries. Street food is common and inexpensive, but expats should be cautious about food hygiene to avoid getting sick. Kratie is home to a number of endangered Irrawaddy dolphins, and the town is a popular spot for dolphin watching. The local culture is rich and vibrant, with numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Expats should respect local customs and traditions to integrate into the community. Internet access is available in Kratie, but the speed and reliability may not be as good as in more developed areas. Expats should also be aware that Cambodia has a different electrical plug type, so they may need to bring or buy adaptors. Healthcare facilities in Kratie are basic, and serious medical conditions may require evacuation to Phnom Penh or even to another country. Therefore, it's important for expats to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. Finally, expats should be aware that Cambodia has a complex history marked by periods of conflict and hardship. Understanding this history and its impact on the local population can help expats better understand and appreciate their new home," remarked one expat in Kratie, 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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