The country that took the top spot for the lowest cost of living in the inaugural International Living Australia Global Retirement Rankings is Vietnam. A fascinating and vibrant destination, rich in natural beauty, steeped in history and brimming with opportunity.
One of the many benefits to life in Cambodia is I’m perfectly placed for exploring all the delights of Southeast Asia. And the low costs here mean I can live a jet-set lifestyle even on a budget. Often on my travels I’ll end up chatting with fellow passengers who want to know more about my life in Cambodia.
I’ll be honest, before I moved to Cambodia I paid little attention to clothes—fashion wasn’t really my thing. But once I discovered I could have everything made to measure here—and at such an affordable cost—I soon got into the swing of things.
“Living in Cambodia has been a game changer for me,” says Paul Howard, 68. “The lifestyle I can afford is amazing and I feel a real sense of financial freedom compared to my life back in Australia. “Phnom Penh is where I call home now because it has so much to offer.
Expats living in exotic destinations like Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh enjoy when our families and friends visit as we get the chance to show them exactly why we love our new home so much. In the decade since I moved here I have perfected my role as a tour guide with an itinerary of the best sights to visit, cool places to explore and favourite haunts that I want my guests to see. If they’re only staying for a day or two then I have an essential list of things for us to do.
One of the great things about living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city, is that even a pauper can afford to live like a prince. The cost of living is incredibly low. Rent can be as little as a few hundred dollars a month for a decent apartment in the heart of the city and the cost eating out is so reasonable that you’ll never have to cook ever again.
Here in Cambodia, it’s customary for local people to greet strangers, especially foreign visitors, with big, friendly smiles. Whether you go to a shop, visit a restaurant or are simply walking down the street, you’ll be greeted with warm, welcoming smiles.
Starting a new life in Cambodia as an expat can be a fantastic journey with all kinds of fun to be had. In the initial arrival period you will likely spend most of your time getting used to the culture, acclimatising to the weather and finding a nice place to call home...
An airport can tell you a lot about a place. Your plane lands safely and on time, everything goes smoothly as you pass through immigration with a minimum of fuss before breezing past a couple of friendly Customs officials who go out of their way to welcome you to their country.
Even 11 years ago, when I first arrived in the Cambodian beach town of Sihanoukville, everything I was looking for in an expat destination was here. Beautiful beaches with warm water and shaded, sandy coves. The costs were low (and still are) and the more people discover this once-hidden gem, the better it gets. I’m now spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out, with top-notch restaurants, bustling bars and quirky cafes to choose from...