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Thanks again for the reply.  I went to Siem Reap some years ago and fond the 'ruins' most fascinating, but at that
time it was undergoing many changes, lots of roadworks etc.  But only being a tourist, it is far different when you live
in a place full time.
Thank you for advice regarding possible work prospects for her, we will check it out when she next has a  semester break.
We are also considering Vietnam and have had good reports there. 
I hope you are as happy with your Filipino partner as I am, they are fabulous women.

mogo51 :

Thank you for advice regarding possible work prospects for her, we will check it out when she next has a  semester break.
We are also considering Vietnam and have had good reports there. 
I hope you are as happy with your Filipino partner as I am, they are fabulous women.

You may wish to try Burma (Myanmar) as well, regarding work for her.
I lived in the Philippines for more than eleven years. I completely agree with you. They are some of the best women on the face of this planet. I would dare say the best of all the Southeast Asians - in my opinion anyway. :)

had given that some thought, but have had a dose of military rule here and seen what they are doing.  Not that impressed. 
I think they have a few more years to go before they can be looked at as a safe place to go to?  Too old for any
nonsense, what do you  think?

Surely that depends on your pension amount? We are moving there to sihanoukville next February and I am sure my pension of $1500 will be more than enough?

I can see you are currently in Philippines?  I am intending to move to Philsin a year or so, my gf is Filipino.  I have some doubts about a few things there, such as safety, utilities especially internet etc, as I need a good internet speed.

Without prying into your business, I would appreciate any view points you may have and the reason for moving toCambodia, as I am considering  Cambodia as an  alternative.

I was in sihnoukville for 6 months and as a single person I lived well on $600.00 per month but I returned to Vietnam and am much happier there and it's a bit cheaper

Thanks for your response.  I went to Sirhanoukville  some years back and not all that impressed, but from what I am
told the place has changed for the better and it growing quickly,
Did you not like it there?  I have spoken to others on this forum who live in Nha Trang as you do.  They really like it there but there is no real 'retirement visa' as such in Vietnam as I understand it?  Thailand under military rule is
sinking fast. I live in Pattaya with Filipino gf.  She is a teacher of English/Maths  and treated badly by Thais.
I am also concerned about events of the last few days in Bangkok.  I think it may be a start of a revolt by Thais against
Military.

For me sihnoukville was pretty dirty and the Cambodian food is not that good so I usually ate western food. I much prefer the food in Vietnam and I like the cafés here and for me the cafés are a better social outlet than the bar scene. I did stop for a few days in Kampot on the way back to Vietnam and liked the kampot, Kep area. The Visa situation is definitely the easiest in Asia. Vietnam visas are renewed every 3 months. I just went to a travel agent and it was $75.00 for 3 months. You do have to make a Visa run once a year. I am a single American and I live well here on 5 to 6 hundred a month

mogo51 :

I can see you are currently in Philippines?  I am intending to move to Philsin a year or so, my gf is Filipino.  I have some doubts about a few things there, such as safety, utilities especially internet etc, as I need a good internet speed.

Without prying into your business, I would appreciate any view points you may have and the reason for moving toCambodia, as I am considering  Cambodia as an  alternative.

Here is the best Internet speed i could find outside of Phom Pehn.

http://www.opennet.com.kh/home/index.ph … 6-15-22-51

Im moving to SHK NeXT month so i can keep you posted.

Cheers
/Henry

I checked out Burma. Due to the ex pat community being mainly Singaporeans, the cost of living is similar to Singapore. Ergo, VERY expensive. $600-$800 for an apartment is average. Way out of my budget.

Thanks for the information in your post.  I went to Sirhanoukville about 8 years ago and it was a dump then, full of
western beach bums.  From what I am told, a lot has happened since then.
The visa cost is very high, I just got a retirement visa in Thailand for 12 months, 1900bht, exit visa if you want to go out and in 1000bht.
Can you give me some figures on your day to day costs ie. utilities, groceries etc.also long term apartment accommodation, one bedroom not studio type please.

Apologies for delay in answering, have been moving house here in Thailand, visa stuff etc. 
We have just rented a nice Condo in Pattaya, closer to where my gf teaches, large size 96sqmts. nice views, 18000bt per mth.
I am finding living costs continuing to rise here and 45-50kmth is not living lavishly, but quite well.  Includes running a car and bike. Dont know how that relates to Cambodia?

I'm 75 yr old USA expat in s'ville .. I have a brand new 3 rm/2 ba (best bed ever used) pets ok, 2 balconies,tall refer/fzr, ac/wifi $250 + elec.(Songva Kong). Any other places like mine $350-400 mo. All infrastructures being improved. 8 casinos,7 great beaches. 5 hr bus to PP. Banking is a bit testy. no paper checks. Some banks shy away from expats all together. 1 yr business visa ($320) save running to border and lets you open any business w/out local partners. You can get a good ideas on xxx. JC checks all costs for you. I hope this helps you.

Dave (gf is 32 and very pretty!)

This is not a free site, there is a free site, a payment is required.  Hope you are not involved?

Dear david gaetke,

Please don't mislead people, with your statements.
Business Visa don't allow one to open (any) business legally.

Regards
Mike

It all depends when you live in the Philippines as to how much your monthly outgoings will be. In Manila, it is approximately 100% more expensive than many of the provinces.
When I was in Manila, my electricity bill was around 12,000 pesos. (rate is about $1 = p40)
We rented a 2 bed house just off EDSA, ten minutes to MOA, ten minutes to Makati/Ayala. Cost was p9,000 but the area could have been better. In a more salubrious area, you can pay up to p30,000 and for a nice 2 bed condo in Makati, up to p60,000.
My electricity here in General averages p2200. My rent for our nice two bed house, near to the city centre on a quiet subdivision is p7500. Internet is extortion at p1500 for just 1gb and very unreliable. You can go make a coffee while you wait for a page to open!
Personally while I would love to live quietly on an idyllic beach, I also need a big supermarket, phone signal and internet! It's finding the compromise.

I'M SORRY IF I MIS-SPOKE AS TO TYPES OF BUSINESSES VISA ALLOWS. I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION WHEN I ORDERED MINE THAT IT WAS ALL INCLUSIVE. I DIDN'T CHECK INTO IT FURTHER AS A BUSINESS WAS OF NO INTEREST TO ME. GOOD LUCK!

SORRY,BUT I HAVEN'T BEEN BILLED AS OF YET. WAITING TO SEE!

malibayman :

It all depends when you live in the Philippines as to how much your monthly outgoings will be. In Manila, it is approximately 100% more expensive than many of the provinces.
When I was in Manila, my electricity bill was around 12,000 pesos. (rate is about $1 = p40)
We rented a 2 bed house just off EDSA, ten minutes to MOA, ten minutes to Makati/Ayala. Cost was p9,000 but the area could have been better. In a more salubrious area, you can pay up to p30,000 and for a nice 2 bed condo in Makati, up to p60,000.
My electricity here in General averages p2200. My rent for our nice two bed house, near to the city centre on a quiet subdivision is p7500. Internet is extortion at p1500 for just 1gb and very unreliable. You can go make a coffee while you wait for a page to open!
Personally while I would love to live quietly on an idyllic beach, I also need a big supermarket, phone signal and internet! It's finding the compromise.

Yes agree with you about the beach vs. Supermarket etc. like to find somewhere near the beach and have those facilities.  Electric is a full on rob if you are in the wrong place, internet speed is rubbish there, I get 15mps here pay
extra but still on 900bht month.

s'ville is growing by leaps and bounds and probably will someday be like everywhere else,but for now (and i feel for the next 10 yrs.) will still be paradise. nothing in town is further than 10-15 min away. (2) decent markets -orange & samadura. quietest beach (otrus 2-300 yds of waist deep water) is about 10 min by motobot. i don't think that you'll be disappointed. my 3 rm brand new apt. ($250 mo early bird 3 mos lease) has everything you could every ask for.pets are welcome (2 cats 4 me) i think (songva kong apt) might have a web site but i haven't checked. if you'd like to see them write and i'll hook-up and show you my unit ((2) 2 br. units are vacant as of today. you might get the $250 price and wait for a 1 br to vacate. i'm just sayin'!
"bon chance !",
  dave

Thanks Dave for the insight into S/ville, sounds like ithas changed quite a bit from when I was there 8 years.
I hope to get over and have a look later in the year.  Condos sound like good value, 1/3 the price of Pattaya Thailand.

Very interesting. ..cost is so relative coming from usa.  In miami it costs me 8000.00 to live and that's month by month.  Definitely excited to move with pricing but more importantly I am all about people.

Thanks Dave for the information, apologies for the delay in answering.  We are 12 months or so away from being able to s ettle there, but my mate and I are coming over end of October first to Phnom Phen then to S/ville, will be booking in the next few days and will let you know. Do they do daily stuff where you are or are we better closer into town for a few days of sightseeing?
Sounds a good spot though.

That is a lot of money per month to live on, is that living the 'high' life or modestly???  That makes it much more expensive than living in Australia.  Be careful about being a 'people person' here that is fine so long as you know who the people are, even then, all is never what is seems.  Caution and safety is the name of the game.

Was the currency here we ara talking about is USD? or  riel? we are moving in to Phon phen i am trying to figure out how much does it cost to live in PP

Hi, you said you pay 150 dollars every three months for a health insurance, can you send us the link? I am looking to get a health insurance and so far it's pretty expensive. I have found one Cygna for 480 dollars a month!

Thanks for the input

Hi Tsalakh,

This is an old thread and most of the participants haven't connected since long.

I recommend you post on recent threads so that to  make sure you get a response.

All the best,
Bhavna

Ok thks Bhavna!

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