As the sun goes down on the 31st of December 2016 my plan is to be in same place that I was last year: sipping champagne at the rooftop bar of one of Phnom Penh’s tallest skyscrapers surrounded by friends as I watch fireworks light up the night skyline of the city...
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Cambodia is known for its sheer affordability and the abundance of opportunities it offers expats to enjoy the finer things in life without the high price tag. I’ve made my home in the capital, Phnom Penh...
“What I really dig about my life now is that I am no longer stuck in a crowded and expensive city. I can enjoy retirement hanging out at the beach, with all my worries behind me,” says expat Roger Carter, 64, of his new life in Cambodia.
Sydney native Peter Jamieson wanted a better quality of life. He knew he couldn’t have it in Australia so decided to break the cycle of never having enough and move to Cambodia.
When it comes to expat living, many retirees lean toward Southeast Asia. And Michael Wells is no different. For the 64-year-old, it was a place that fascinated him.
“I have always been an adventurer and travelling has long been one of the things I like to do best,” says Kelly Williams. “This led me to a love affair with Southeast Asia, which I have toured extensively during the past five years, and when I sensed the opportunity to move to Cambodia I just knew I had to do it.”
Cambodia is known throughout the world as the Kingdom of Wonder. My life here as an expat has long proven to me that it truly deserves that title. This magical country never ceases to amaze me and nor do the many ways in which the quality of my life has improved since moving here.
The Russian Market in Phnom Penh got its name owing to the large numbers of soviet citizens who used to shop there during the Cold War period in the 1980s. Today, it remains one of the most popular markets for foreigners visiting the kingdom of Cambodia.
“I was a workaholic,” Bob Coleman says. “Then one day I thought of all the places I hadn’t seen and I decided right there and then that something had to change.” At age 55, Bob started his international travels in Southeast Asia, visiting Penang, Malaysia and the Thai capital, Bangkok. “After a few trips I realised retirement could set me free; that I didn’t have to limit myself to one location for the rest of my life.”
Tourists and friends often ask me what is it that makes Cambodia so attractive to the many expats like me who have relocated here. Usually I answer this question in two ways: Firstly, I have a great love for the Kingdom of Cambodia, there’s a sense that anything can happen here and the best things in Phnom Penh are free. The beautiful scenic backdrops of the wide Parisian, tree-lined boulevards, the water and light displays that take place nightly at Independence Monument, a stroll down the picturesque Riverside, through the city’s parks and temples, encountering friendly local faces at every turn.