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Kampong Thom, 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 Thom, 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 Thom?

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

"Kampong Thom is a province in central Cambodia that is rich in history and culture, and expats moving there should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the official language is Khmer, so learning some basic phrases or hiring a translator may be necessary. English is not widely spoken, especially in rural areas. The cost of living in Kampong Thom is relatively low compared to Western countries, but expats should be prepared for a different standard of living. Housing, food, and transportation are generally affordable, but healthcare can be expensive and the quality varies. The climate in Kampong Thom 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, as well as heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. The local cuisine is heavily based on rice and fish, with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Western food is not commonly found, especially outside of the capital city, Phnom Penh. The healthcare system in Kampong Thom, like much of Cambodia, is underdeveloped. Expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation, as serious conditions may require treatment in a neighboring country. Public transportation is limited in Kampong Thom, so expats may need to consider purchasing a car or motorbike for getting around. The culture in Kampong Thom is deeply rooted in Buddhism, and expats should respect local customs and traditions. This includes dressing modestly, especially when visiting temples and other religious sites. Internet and mobile phone coverage can be unreliable, especially in rural areas. Expats should be prepared for occasional disruptions to these services. Finally, while Cambodia is generally safe, expats should be aware of petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching, particularly in crowded areas. It's advisable to take basic precautions to protect personal belongings," remarked one expat living in Kampong Thom, 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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