Retire in Cambodia

Cambodia has a wild untamed intrigue to it.  It is a land of contradictions.  For those susceptible to its magic, it transfixes; it burrows into the soul.  The Mekong River is its heartbeat.  Watch out, you might get hooked.  Many retirees and adventurers already have.

Cambodia today resonates its French colonial past.  Its capital Phnom Penh is the closest you get to 1970s Asia.  Cars, bicycles, cyclos and tuk-tuks go in all directions.  Horns blast.  The bars along the main street adjacent to the river pump out Neil Young and the Bee Gees. 

You can have a beer and good wine at super low prices as duties do not exist on liquor and you can even have a ‘happy’ pizza.  The country broadcasts personal freedoms.  But if you like it very quiet, that’s just around the corner.  You can luxuriate in the tropical heat by a pool and just ooze into the totally laid-back environment.

Cambodia is very affordable.  The cost of living is about a quarter of that in the West.  It is safe, visas are no problem and life is free and easy.

But Cambodia has its challenges.  It is the least developed of the Southeast Asian countries, its infrastructure is poor, medical care ordinary and there are a number of restrictions on foreigners buying any property other than above ground level apartments.

None of these issues though are show stoppers.  It’s early days for retirees in Cambodia but maybe it is the dream spot for someone in search of a real adventure.