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.
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 $15,000 per year to send her to a top international school.
Even easily treatable illnesses can quickly become life-threatening if Cambodian doctors get involved.