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.
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.
Fortunately, a lot of those dudes haven’t made it past Sihanoukville.
There has been such an overwhelming interest in moving to Cambodia that two recent books have been published on the topic.
All of the diseases that kill adults in Cambodia are even more dangerous to young children.
Kids are also more likely to be involved in accidents requiring emergency medical care, because kids are fragile and kind of stupid.
Because you’ll have no savings, you won’t even be able to leave money to take care of your wife and kids when you die.
Keep in mind that your kids will already be well behind the financial eight ball because you raised them in an impoverished country with an inadequate school system and few legitimate career opportunities. “I’ll just move to Cambodia for a few years, then I’ll move back home and get a good job that pays well.” Not a chance.
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.