In retrospect, would you move again to Cambodia?

Hi all,

If you had to look back on your expat experience in Cambodia, would you heartily say "let’s do it again"?

From the preparation stage to your actual everyday life in your new country, what did you enjoy the most?

Would you do certain things differently? Could you tell us why?

How would you describe the benefits of your expatriation in Cambodia so far?

Thank you in advance for sharing your experience. We look forward to hearing from you!


To the first question I would answer YES, i would do it again, and again.... His population is one of the nicest i met, you are always welcome by the Khmers...

What I would change ? The contacts with the expats, if the first 4 years I stayed only with Khmers relationship, doing business with tourists only and barely never went out in the expats places... I changed this last point in 2013 when I met some french people who looked nice at first, we really became close, for 6 months... then it started to be a nightmare, we committed in a partnership that collapsed 2 or 3 months after we started, which can happen... but then they shown their real face, slandering me, threating me to death and so on.... and the worse sent some personal pictures of me dressed in a local police uniform and with guns in hand... then they filled a complaint to tell i scared them and so on.... useless to say i have been in a stress for a week, going every single day to the immigration police untill they had enough with me not giving them any cash :) .... . whatever, this was the end of a first period in CAmbodia, i left for few months to get a surgery done and resourcing my bank account... I finally came back here at Kampot where I restart from ground... and happy to do so.... without any foreigner, just locals!

regarding the benefits of staying in Cambodia ? Hum the climate suits to me, the permanent smiles from the locals, the slow life we get here.... less stress than anywhere in EU....

Wow, that's a great question. I believe I would come to Cambo if I had to do it again....HOWEVER, I would definitely change some things. First off, I'd get medical insurance of some kind (no, I don't have it now and am regretting it....recovering from a fractured heel and it SUCKS without insurance!!) I'd also apply for a teaching job a lot sooner than I did. I'd also go explore the town more (Siem Reap) than I have.

I'm a  Cambodian American who has been in and out of the country for the last 15 years. 

Cambodia is a poor, underdeveloped country, and there are certain benefits that you only get from such a country.  They include things like lower costs of living, the relative simplicity of life, relief from endless taxes and bills, being pampered by the locals, and so on and so forth. 

Sometimes, you get really sick of the corruption, dishonesty, ripoffs, lack of modern conveniences, and whatnot, and feel the need to get out of this country. 

Then you'll miss all the good things about Cambodia and will want to come back again.

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