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.
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.
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...
“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.”
Once famed as the “Pearl of Asia”, the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, has lots to offer expats. You’ll find a stunningly low cost of living, bustling markets and a thriving food scene, set to a backdrop of colonial French architecture and Buddhist temples. Expat John Grady, 65, discovered all this and more when he moved here. It was Phnom Penh’s beauty, and its people’s warmth, which inspired him to start taking photos as a way to supplement his retirement income.