That’s why many devoted parents from third world countries will do anything possible to sneak their families into Western countries where their kids will have a brighter future. The schools, hospitals, roads, and utilities are all of very poor quality. There is no mass transit system and nowhere to park your car. That will put a major damper on your online porn habit. can be quite unpleasant due to the heat and humidity. If you’re thinking of moving to Phnom Penh, you need to know that the entire city stinks of garbage, smoke, urine, and rotten fish. Let us agree that the hallmark of a successful life is living as long as possible while simultaneously acquiring as many material possessions as you can. If you’re one of these guys who just decides to move to Cambodia to “teach English” or “open a bar,” you will guarantee yourself a life of relative poverty.
Even easily treatable illnesses can quickly become life-threatening if Cambodian doctors get involved.
Sometimes expats in Cambodia succumb not to illness, but to traffic accidents or other hazards.
Lina Goldberg published the excellent “Move to Cambodia: A Guide to Living and Working in the Kingdom of Wonder” in late 2012.
Earlier this year, Khmer440 contributor Gabi Yetter released her own very well-received manual, “The Definitive Guide to Southeast Asia: Cambodia.” Both of these books provide helpful information and optimistic encouragement to readers who are considering relocating to Cambodia.
It’s the optimistic encouragement that I have a problem with. The average life expectancy for Westerners living in Western countries is about 75 to 80 years old, depending on the country.
I personally believe that there are significant drawbacks to moving to Cambodia that could probably fill an entire book. Yetter, I don’t have the necessary work ethic or attention span to write a whole book about anything. Unofficially, the average life expectancy for Western expatriates living in Cambodia is 57.4 years old.
So if you get sick and and can’t teach for a few weeks, you’ll be on the verge of selling your passport for noodle money.
Unlike the minimum wage earners in Western countries, you won’t even be paying into social security, or a pension plan, or any kind of retirement benefits.
While children may be coddled and overprotected in Western societies, they are simply left to their Darwinian fate in Cambodia.
Cambodian children are often seen wandering the streets without adult supervision or perched helmetless on the front of passing motorbikes.
Expats like to ride motorbikes, often helmetless, presumably because they think it makes them look cool.