If you are interested in Cambodian girls, think about what it might be like to live in Phnom Penh, right in the midst of the action with the rest of the expats. For those unfamiliar with the term “expat”, it is short for ex-patriot, which means you are not a citizen of a country but you live there temporarily. There are several categories of expat here in Phnom Penh. Some of the most common are retirees who come to spend their golden years (mostly men), professionals whose careers have led them here, volunteers looking to help impoverished Cambodians, and, of course, the ever present “sexpats”, the ones who come here specifically to have their pick of Cambodian girls.
For those who have never been to Cambodia, it might be difficult to imagine living here. People zip around on their mopeds, weaving in and out of traffic. Police sometimes stand on corners, but rarely enforce traffic laws, resulting in a confusion of vehicles that seemingly drive in all directions at once. Strange food is all over the place. Most streets are rarely cleaned and the city looks unkempt. Despite this, city hall has recently adopted “The Charming City” as its alias. For those who live here and love it, it is a suitable name.
There are lots of things here to do that folks back in the west are familiar with. Phnom Penh has tons of restaurants. Food from dozens of countries from around the work can be found here. There are lots of bars, restaurants and hotels with pools for those who like to swim, and it is warm enough to do so year round.
There are also malls here, though not on the sort of scale one might be used to back home, where people shop, bowl, see movies, and even ride bumper cars. There is even a great live music scene. Leng Pleng lists the latest gigs. Don’t be fooled by the name, it is for western bands and DJs playing in Phnom Penh. There are river cruises where you can charter your boat right on the river by the hour. Prices can be as low as $10 an hour for a boat. In fact, everything here is a fraction of the price it would be back home. Including a night out barhopping. Drinking seems to be one of Phnom Penh’s expats’ favorite pastimes. With beers in the corner stores (and on most street corners sold out of coolers by the locals) starting at about 50 cents a can, and most bars serving mugs of beer for $1 or $2, one can hardly wonder why.
Combine Cambodia’s affordable alcohol, and the sheer number of hostess bars here in Phnom Penh, and you have a great opportunity to get out and meet some Cambodian girls! A perfect pastime for those living in Phnom Penh as retirees, seasonal workers with the winter off, or for those who work here looking for an entertaining evening on the weekend.
Getting settled in is not hard. Upon arrival, purchase a business visa. You can pay about $250 to have it extended for a year. Simply visit a travel agency and they’ll be pleased to look after it for you. Where to stay? Find yourself a hotel or guesthouse, they are everywhere in town but you can go to riverside or Boeng Keng Kong to be in the center of tourist life where you can feel comfortable with lots of other westerners around.
When the time comes to move to a more permanent abode, find a real estate agent to help you find an apartment. Bonna Realty is the most reputable in town, but certainly not the only one. The next decision is whether or not to get a moto or a car. There are lots of documents required and it is more daunting than getting an apartment, so it may be wise to put this off until you have a few friends who can help you. Or better yet, until you land yourself a Cambodian girlfriend who can help you sort things out. Until then, a bicycle is a great way to get around, and good to burn off those beer calories too. Moto drivers and tuk-tuks will take you all over the city for $1-$5 a trip depending how many people are traveling, and how far you go.
Finding a part time or full time job may seem a bit daunting to the uninitiated. The fall back job for foreign people is teaching English. It pays about $10 an hour, which is enough to get by on, due to the low cost of living in Cambodia. If you have special education or training, you’ll find a suitable position with an expat firm, NGO, or company in due time. Failing that, starting a business here is relatively easy. There always seems to be a restaurant or bar for sale, and if you are an entrepreneur, this is the land of opportunity, but something far beyond the scope of a blog article on a site about Cambodian Girls.
Overall, living in Cambodia is generally pretty easy. Slower paced than back home and less pressure. People living here seems to be able to do what they want, and if what you want involves food, beer, and girls, you would have no trouble finding like minded people to hang out with. Those looking for a change, especially those also looking to meet some lovely Cambodian girls, may find that a move to Phnom Penh is just the sort of change they are looking for.
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