Help and information for expats moving to Cambodia
Written by Paul Dodd on August 07, 2014.
I moved to Phnom Penh six years ago. When I first arrived I was ready for the challenge, exhilarated by the chance to blaze my own trail in a new setting. Cambodia is an exotic and fascinating place. It is exciting, young and vibrant, a country that has overcome a troubled past to become one of the friendliest and most satisfying places to live in Asia. However, the euphoria wore off quickly and soon the penny dropped that I was on my own in a foreign country and needed to settle in. Like many newcomers I didn’t have my traditional network of family and friends to rely on. That’s a situation I share with most expats and it was certainly a shock to the system. Of course, I had travelled before, but unlike visiting somewhere on holiday, living in a new country forces a completely different and more challenging set of demands on you. That’s why our team has put together the Expat Guide to Cambodia. It is a resource that I wished was available to me when I first moved here and one that is certain to help you if you have already or are thinking about moving to Cambodia.
The guide should help you to quickly settle and make Cambodia your new home. It is a comprehensive guide that is geared towards both individuals and families. There is a wealth of information that every new arrival needs to know such as visas, healthcare, living expenses, schools, and much more.
Along with lots of general country information there are also separate sections on Phnom Penh and Siem Reap that give you more city specific information including sports clubs, entertainment, and nightlife. You will find these sections to be especially helpful when you are first starting out in your new city. One of things new arrivals find hardest is meeting new friends who share their interests – the guide gives you a bit of a heads up and is a good place to start. The expat community in Cambodia is growing rapidly and you will find that it is generally warm, welcoming and friendly. So get out there and start networking early, it will only be to your benefit.
To access the guide, please visit the site linked below. I hope you find it useful, and that you will come to love living in Cambodia as much as I do.