Cambodia still viable to settle down?

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Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby ferd54 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:04 pm

I have visited Phnom Penh and Cambodia several times while living elsewhere in Asia and thought it could be another good place to settle. But I understand that things have changed a great deal over the past five or so years. If one steers clear of the business and political environment, can it still be a compelling place to be?

After more than 20 years in Asia, I know to avoid certain types of relationships, whether business or personal, whether with foreigners or locals. I have an outside income that should be sufficient.

I like the color and vibrancy of Asia in a pleasant environment. Does Phnom Penh fit the bill?

Many thanks for thoughtful responses.
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby logos » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:39 am

Yes. Just avoid settling down in sihanoukville or opening a burger joint in GSM aka Phnom Penh new vibrant Pub Street.
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby gavinmac » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:57 am

ferd54 wrote:
I like the color and vibrancy of Asia


And the temples. Don't forget to say the temples.
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby Felgerkarb » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:12 pm

No, go away.
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby YaTingPom » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:40 pm

Felgerkarb wrote:No, go away.

I can picture you cradling a coffee in Ballsack Land getting irritated by the cool hipsters being soooo random.

He might be normal.
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby rgrowden » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:30 am

I settled here almost 6 years ago after retiring. I lived in China for awhile, years back, and, though I couldn't handle the pollution, I liked the people. Lived around Riverside for a few years, grew tired of the sleaze, moved to near Russian Market. If you have sufficient income and do some dd, this is a great place to live. Locate a good clinic, dentist, make sure your health insurance covers airlifts to a country with good medical services, find a dependable tuk tuk driver for transport, and settle in. Well, that's what I did. Some caveats, though. If you're the self-indulgent type, you might end up going through garbage looking for bottles to sell. I've seen it. There are no safety nets, no one cares if you live or die, you can drink/drug/f*ck yourself to death, have medical problems, go crazy - you won't get any help. Live or die, same-same in Cambodia. Gotta have a strong grip on yourself. Here's how I live. I freely admit I'm eccentric. So. I don't drink, never been in a bar here. Haven't had sex in 18 years, 'probably won't again. Never travel around at night, or even after 4 pm, because half the drivers, including the tuk tuk guys, are usually drunk or stoned out of their minds by then. I don't eat out - 2 cases of food poisoning in Saudi Arabia turned me off restaurants. I know a few Khmers to say hi to, but don't socialize. I never go around expats or the places they frequent. I love the climate, wear nothing but underwear unless I go out. Easier to take 4 or 5 showers a day during the humid spells. When I DÖ go out, it's enjoyable to be among the Khmers, practice the language a bit - they like that. Probably stay at home 5 days a week, go out twice for food and sundries. Couldn't be happier. Others will see things differently, but perception is reality. If you settle here, give me a shout; I'll buy you a coffee.
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby violet » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:50 am

^a refreshingly honest (I assume) post. It takes all sorts. ( I mean that positively)
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby newnewnewbie » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:09 am

But Russian market is barang central, I almost got hit the other day, by some balled helmetless scooter enthusiast, coming 'asian style' around the corner at high speed, and it's full of tourists as well, learning to 'bargain' for various copied goods .. I'd move to Toul Kouk, or even further out, to avoid all the foreign scum, and just hang with the 'friendly locals', while improving ones 'conversational skills', if that is what one likes to do.
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby rgrowden » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:50 am

Russian Market is near where I am, but my neighborhood is predominantly Khmer. I'm the only barang who lives here, so far as I know. It's about a 15 minute walk. I don't want to hang out - I want to avoid. I don't like people, and vice-versa.
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby ferd54 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:45 pm

rgrowden wrote: ... perception is reality.

Sounds sensible. I don't drink either after years of the crazy life elsewhere in Asia. For the rest of the marriage/business/strange expats/bar girl stuff .. been there, done that ...

Just looking a relatively open place to settle. Cambodians also struck me as friendly.
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby AnassRamaIV » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:03 pm

dump

can't see y anyone would want to settle there unless you need to teach, take drugs, have no education/ money, nail hookers. (perhaps) easy visas?

dump - dirty, boring etc

there are way better places all over asia
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby newnewnewbie » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:24 pm

I like the people here, the dark complexion is actually a favorite of mine, so it's a sort of win/win situation,

Thailand has gone real slick, and you are right, bureaucracy here. still has its limits, and the law of the jungle rules,

In China, you are either part of the system, or a complete outsider, these days.
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby ferd54 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:48 pm

AnassRamaIV wrote:dump

can't see y anyone would want to settle there unless you need to teach, take drugs, have no education/ money, nail hookers. (perhaps) easy visas?

dump - dirty, boring etc

there are way better places all over asia

Ya, such as where?
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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby over the rainbow » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:39 am

rgrowden wrote:I settled here almost 6 years ago after retiring. I lived in China for awhile, years back, and, though I couldn't handle the pollution, I liked the people. Lived around Riverside for a few years, grew tired of the sleaze, moved to near Russian Market. If you have sufficient income and do some dd, this is a great place to live. Locate a good clinic, dentist, make sure your health insurance covers airlifts to a country with good medical services, find a dependable tuk tuk driver for transport, and settle in. Well, that's what I did. Some caveats, though. If you're the self-indulgent type, you might end up going through garbage looking for bottles to sell. I've seen it. There are no safety nets, no one cares if you live or die, you can drink/drug/f*ck yourself to death, have medical problems, go crazy - you won't get any help. Live or die, same-same in Cambodia. Gotta have a strong grip on yourself. Here's how I live. I freely admit I'm eccentric. So. I don't drink, never been in a bar here. Haven't had sex in 18 years, 'probably won't again. Never travel around at night, or even after 4 pm, because half the drivers, including the tuk tuk guys, are usually drunk or stoned out of their minds by then. I don't eat out - 2 cases of food poisoning in Saudi Arabia turned me off restaurants. I know a few Khmers to say hi to, but don't socialize. I never go around expats or the places they frequent. I love the climate, wear nothing but underwear unless I go out. Easier to take 4 or 5 showers a day during the humid spells. When I DÖ go out, it's enjoyable to be among the Khmers, practice the language a bit - they like that. Probably stay at home 5 days a week, go out twice for food and sundries. Couldn't be happier. Others will see things differently, but perception is reality. If you settle here, give me a shout; I'll buy you a coffee.


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Re: Cambodia still viable to settle down?

Postby crazyjohn » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:45 am

I would come back if I could. I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world but it’s fucking boring and expensive. I would hate PPs traffic, rats and rubbish though.
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