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.
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.
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.
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.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.Lately, there have been a lot of Westerners moving to Cambodia or making plans to move to Cambodia.This is partly due to the difficult job market in many Western countries, and it’s partly due to Cambodia becoming a more “mainstream” destination for tourists and expatriates.If you start choking in a restaurant in Cambodia, the locals will all stand around dumbfounded and stare at you until you turn blue and collapse on the floor. If you have a child or you are planning to have children, you definitely should not move to Cambodia.