This leads to weekly reports of expats in their forties and fifties being found dead on their bathroom floors from a “heart attack” or “fall.” Cambodia is full of dangers, and very few of the locals even know basic first aid.If you start choking in a restaurant in a Western country, your waiter or another customer will quickly perform the Heimlich Maneuver on you.Last year a “mystery illness” killed 60 children in Cambodia. Raising any child in Cambodia presents grave risks that you wouldn’t have in a Western country. Let’s assume that your children are lucky and that the Cambodian diseases, traffic accidents, and poor medical care don’t kill them. The educational system in Cambodia is absolutely dire, from the primary schools through the universities.If your daughter develops acute appendicitis in your home country, you can take her to the emergency room at a modern hospital. The only way to properly educate your child in Cambodia is to pay about ,000 per year to send her to a top international school.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.Private ambulances in Cambodia will actually refuse to take patients who are seriously injured, because they don’t want to risk transporting a dying patient who won’t be able to pay the hospital bill.But perhaps the primary reason why expats tend to die young in Cambodia is that many of them “lose the plot” and develop unhealthy habits involving drugs, alcohol, and prostitution.
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.A knowledgeable doctor will promptly diagnose her condition, a skilled surgeon will remove her appendix before it bursts, and she’ll be back to normal in no time. This is going to be hard to afford if you moved to Cambodia to teach English for an hour. There are no zoning laws and no effective law enforcement.If your daughter develops acute appendicitis in Cambodia . You may fancy the idea of moving to “wild” Cambodia, but the true test of being a good parent is whether you place your child’s safety and security above your own interests. Even compared to neighboring countries like Vietnam and Thailand, the infrastructure in Cambodia is truly appalling. Main roads in the capital city are now gridlocked during rush hours, and traffic only gets worse each year. The noise pollution from karaoke parlors at 2 a.m., barking dogs at 4 a.m., and construction workers at 6 a.m. Many expats report regular power outages in their neighborhoods, sometimes lasting 3-5 hours a day. Living in Cambodia will destroy your financial future. You may be able to find a hot young wife in Cambodia, but unless you are transferred there by a multinational company, you’re not going to make any decent money working in Cambodia.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.As young Western citizens, your children enjoy the same wonderful opportunity that you had to grow up in a civilized country with good schools, quality health care, free speech, seat belts, career prospects, democracy, Fig Newtons, and long life expectancies. Cambodia does have excellent nightlife, but there’s absolutely nothing to do during the day – no decent parks, cinemas, museums, malls, libraries, etc. You’ll likely start out making about – per hour, which would be the bare minimum wage in many Western countries.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.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.Expats like to ride motorbikes, often helmetless, presumably because they think it makes them look cool.This can be rather dangerous in a country with reckless local drivers, no enforcement of traffic laws, and poor emergency medical care.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.All of the diseases that kill adults in Cambodia are even more dangerous to young children.