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Kampong Speu, Cambodia: Cost of Living, Healthcare, Local Clubs and Activities, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Kampong Speu | Expat Exchange
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Kampong Speu, 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 Kampong Speu, Cambodia: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Kampong Speu?

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

"Expats moving to Kampong Speu should be aware that the official language is Khmer, and while English is spoken in some areas, it is not as widely spoken as in larger cities like Phnom Penh. 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. Healthcare facilities in Kampong Speu are not as advanced as in the West, so expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The climate is tropical, with a rainy season from May to October and a dry season from November to April. The local cuisine is heavily based on rice and fish, and while Western food is available, it may not be as readily accessible. Expats should also be aware of the cultural importance of Buddhism in Cambodia, as it is the dominant religion and influences many aspects of daily life. Safety can be a concern, particularly road safety, as traffic rules are not always adhered to. Expats should also be aware of the risk of landmines in rural areas, a legacy of the country's civil war. Finally, while Cambodia has a growing economy, job opportunities for expats may be limited, particularly in Kampong Speu, which is more rural and less developed than cities like Phnom Penh or Siem Reap," remarked one expat living in Kampong Speu, 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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