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Koh Rong, Cambodia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Koh Rong, Cambodia: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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

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

"Koh Rong is an island off the coast of Cambodia, known for its stunning beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Before moving there, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the local language is Khmer, and while English is spoken in tourist areas, it may be beneficial to learn some basic phrases in Khmer. The currency used is the Cambodian Riel, but US dollars are also widely accepted. The cost of living in Koh Rong is relatively low compared to Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. Healthcare facilities on the island are limited, so it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. 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 access on the island can be unreliable, so if you rely on the internet for work or staying in touch with family, this could be a challenge. The island's infrastructure is still developing, so power outages can be common and road conditions can be poor. Koh Rong is a popular tourist destination, so it can get busy during peak travel seasons. However, it also means there are plenty of opportunities for work in the tourism industry. Finally, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Cambodians are generally very friendly and welcoming, but it's important to dress modestly and behave respectfully," remarked one expat who made the move to Koh Rong.

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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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