Some of the recent interest in Cambodia has come from Westerners living in Thailand.
Rising prices in Thailand and stricter Thai visa regulations have already contributed to a noticeable influx of shifty-eyed, tattooed sexpats creeping across the border into Cambodia.
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.
Kids are also more likely to be involved in accidents requiring emergency medical care, because kids are fragile and kind of stupid.
So if you get sick and and can’t teach for a few weeks, you’ll be on the verge of selling your passport for noodle money.
Unlike the minimum wage earners in Western countries, you won’t even be paying into social security, or a pension plan, or any kind of retirement benefits.
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.Lina Goldberg published the excellent “Move to Cambodia: A Guide to Living and Working in the Kingdom of Wonder” in late 2012.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.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.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.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.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.