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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

What do I need to know before moving to Kampot?

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

"Kampot is a small city known for its relaxed atmosphere, colonial architecture, and stunning natural beauty. Before moving there, expats should be aware that the local language is Khmer, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas. It's important to respect local customs and traditions, such as removing your shoes before entering someone's home and dressing modestly. The cost of living in Kampot is relatively low compared to Western countries, but it's still important to budget carefully. The local currency is the Cambodian Riel, but US dollars are also widely accepted. Healthcare facilities in Kampot are basic, so it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The climate in Kampot is tropical, with a rainy season from May to October and a dry season from November to April. It's advisable to prepare for high temperatures and humidity, as well as frequent rain during the wet season. Kampot is famous for its pepper plantations and salt fields, and it's also a great base for exploring the nearby Bokor National Park. However, it's important to be aware of potential safety issues, such as petty crime and road accidents. It's recommended to take precautions, such as not displaying valuable items in public and always wearing a helmet when riding a motorbike. The food in Kampot is a mix of traditional Cambodian cuisine and international dishes, with plenty of fresh seafood and tropical fruits. However, it's advisable to be cautious with street food and tap water to avoid potential health issues. Finally, it's important to have a valid visa to live in Cambodia. The process can be complex and time-consuming, so it's recommended to seek advice from a professional or from other expats who have gone through the process," remarked one expat living in Kampot, 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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