Cambodia is known for its rich culture, both in the past and the present. The fusion of French and Chinese influence create the country’s unique culture and atmosphere. Locals are friendly and will help you have an easier time settling down in your new home. It didn’t earn the nickname of “Land of Peace and Prosperity” for nothing. There are a lot of reasons why more and more people are falling in love with this country.
Indeed, more and more ex-pats are choosing Cambodia as a destination for their second home.
As of 2019, it is estimated that there are more than 100,000 ex-pats who have permanent residence in the country. Here are some of the reasons why a lot of foreigners are choosing Cambodia, among other countries in Asia.
1. Food Is Good and Cheap
Food can sometimes be the cheapest expense when living as an ex-pat in Cambodia. Organic food stores usually have better prices for fruits and vegetables, while restaurants can serve you good food in just $2 per serving. If you crave for food from your home, you can enjoy western restaurants, which can be expensive.
2. Iced Coffee Craze
Iced coffee in Cambodia is a must-try, wherever you are in the country. Most Cambodians like to start their day with a large cup of iced coffee. If you want your coffee sweet, you can even pour condensed milk for an even better kick. Take note that you might have to search for this coffee in more local spots and not in the usual tourist spots. Cambodia imports its coffee beans, but its local beans grown in both Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri are unique.
3. Renting Is Affordable
Rental in Cambodia is incredibly cheap; you might not believe it at first. If you have at least $350, you can already rent a comfortable apartment in Phnom Penh and other places. If you have a higher budget, something above or below $500, then you can afford yourself a place with a swimming pool near the city center. At this range, you can expect a fully furnished apartment with decent air conditioning.
4. Night Life
The nightlife is very lively and busy in Cambodia. Some streets are filled with people who are enjoying the establishments that only opens at night like night markets and bars. Siem Reap is teeming with night markets with a variety of products. You can engage in a lively conversation with the locals at Sihanoukville. And yes, there are even casinos and bars that offer cheap beers you can enjoy.
5. USD Is The Main Currency
Cambodia uses Khmer Riel only when it comes to small purchases. Pretty much everyone in the country uses US Dollars for major purchases, so you don’t really have to worry about foreign exchange differences. You can withdraw USD in almost all the major ATM providers. Don’t forget to bring Riel as small purchases use the national currency.