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This leads to weekly reports of expats in their forties and fifties being found dead on their bathroom floors from a “heart attack” or “fall.” Cambodia is full of dangers, and very few of the locals even know basic first aid.
If you start choking in a restaurant in a Western country, your waiter or another customer will quickly perform the Heimlich Maneuver on you.
So just plan on working in a low paid teaching job in Cambodia until the day you die.
Of course, your lack of retirement planning will be the least of your concerns when you’re lying on your deathbed in a dirty Cambodian hospital at age 57.
Sometimes expats in Cambodia succumb not to illness, but to traffic accidents or other hazards.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.
Last year a “mystery illness” killed 60 children in Cambodia. Raising any child in Cambodia presents grave risks that you wouldn’t have in a Western country. Let’s assume that your children are lucky and that the Cambodian diseases, traffic accidents, and poor medical care don’t kill them. The educational system in Cambodia is absolutely dire, from the primary schools through the universities.