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.
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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...
Cambodia is known throughout the world as the Kingdom of Wonder. My life here as an expat has long proven to me that it truly deserves that title. This magical country never ceases to amaze me and nor do the many ways in which the quality of my life has improved since moving here.
“I was a workaholic,” Bob Coleman says. “Then one day I thought of all the places I hadn’t seen and I decided right there and then that something had to change.” At age 55, Bob started his international travels in Southeast Asia, visiting Penang, Malaysia and the Thai capital, Bangkok. “After a few trips I realised retirement could set me free; that I didn’t have to limit myself to one location for the rest of my life.”
Tourists and friends often ask me what is it that makes Cambodia so attractive to the many expats like me who have relocated here. Usually I answer this question in two ways: Firstly, I have a great love for the Kingdom of Cambodia, there’s a sense that anything can happen here and the best things in Phnom Penh are free. The beautiful scenic backdrops of the wide Parisian, tree-lined boulevards, the water and light displays that take place nightly at Independence Monument, a stroll down the picturesque Riverside, through the city’s parks and temples, encountering friendly local faces at every turn.