Cambodia? Have you even heard of it? Obviously you’ve heard of Angkor Wat and the Killing Fields, but did you know it’s one of the best places to retire cheap in the world?
As you know my dear readers, my goal is to find the best country to retire cheap. I’ve been looking for a place with it all, gyms, cheap food, cheap beers, massages and all under $1000 a month Canadian.
Coming to Cambodia I had very little hope. Every one I talked to told me, “It’s a crappy, expensive version of Vietnam.” Or “It’s dirty and backwards.”
I’ve got to tell you after a month here it’s been mind blowing. My expectations all have been shattered. LINK TO HOW TO GET TO CAMBODIA FROM SAIGON
Arriving in Phnom Penh from Ho Chi Minh, my plan was to spend a month here, and a month in Siem Reap. (The big 2 famous cities in Cambodia).
Phnom Penh as you know is famous for the Killing Fields. I spent day one there, but I can tell you day 2 was spent doing pretty much nothing.
I did go to their famous Russian Market. But after being to the weekend market in Bangkok, the Russian Market was horribly overpriced and boring. (I wonder if this means I’m officially a travel snob?)
My plans of staying in Phnom Penh for a month were shattered quickly. The place is dirty, over priced, and really has nothing to do.
Also there isn’t a central place to stay where you can go wander around. It’s like staying in a small town that’s the size of a big city.
No mass rail system means either taking the bus (yuck) or taxi Tuk Tuks (overpriced).
This is also the city in which I saw my first dog bbq. No thanks.
I took the bus to Siem Reap after day 2, with very low expectations.
I had booked my next flight (to Hong Kong) from Siem Reap, so I was now forced to stay here for 2 months.
After Phnom Penh my expectations were pretty low. Like, drunk at 3am in a bad bar trying to find a cute girl low.
Turns out I was wrong!
Thankfully Siem Reap is amazing! Yes it has Angkor Wat (voted 2018 best attraction by TripAdvisor) LINK TO BEST WAY TO EXPLORE ANGKOR WAT and yes it’s full of tourists, but it also still has a local charm that I did not expect.
People were friendly, spoke fluent English (9/10) and always had a smile on their face.
I think this is what Bangkok was like 20 years ago.
My private room in a hostel (Warm Bed’s Hostel) was $6 USD a night because I booked it for 2 months.
Right now I’m writing this article as I drink a 50 cent draft by the pool of Blue Bar…..
…I will continue this story with a summary soon. But I can’t today because I’m out of beer, and the waitress is coming by…..
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