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Move to Cambodia: A guide to living and working in the Kingdom of Wonder [Kindle Edition]

Lina Goldberg
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The idea of fleeing the rat race and escaping the economic doldrums by relocating abroad is nothing new. But Cambodia wasn't considered by any but the most adventurous--until now. The Southeast Asian country is quickly becoming a hot destination for potential expats, from artists and volunteers to development workers and retirees.

Now those moving to Cambodia, or just daydreaming about it, have the perfect resource-- 'Move to Cambodia: A Guide to Living and Working in the Kingdom of Wonder'. It's a detailed 175-page book that explains everything from budgeting for a move to bargaining with a tuk tuk driver.

Once best known for its grim Khmer Rouge history, today Cambodia is attracting record numbers of new foreign residents thanks to its warm weather, friendly locals, booming economy and very low cost of living. 'Move to Cambodia' covers more than a hundred topics that will help Westerners meet the challenges of moving to Cambodia, with background information on Khmer culture and practical advice from how to get a local driving license to where to live, from English teaching jobs to the cost of electricity.


"A thorough and well-presented overview of life in Cambodia for expats. Move to Cambodia answers the vital questions that newcomers to Cambodia are liable to have, and contains plenty of useful info for long-time residents." Greg Bloom, author, Lonely Planet Cambodia

Editorial Reviews


"A thorough and well-presented overview of life in Cambodia for expats. Move to Cambodia answers the vital questions that newcomers to Cambodia are liable to have, and contains plenty of useful info for long-time residents." Greg Bloom, author, Lonely Planet Cambodia

"Required reading for anyone planning to move to Cambodia. Buyers will easily save ten times the cover price in heartbreaks, headaches and cash." The Cambodia Advisor

"Sure to prove a useful tool for new expats, the book explains everything from budgeting for a move to how to bargain with a tuk tuk driver." AsiaLIFE Magazine

"Move to Cambodia arms the potential expat with much-needed practical information... The unpretentious and precise journalistic writing style makes it an easy and enjoyable read... Just for its sheer volume of information, the guide is also useful to expats who consider themselves well established." The Phnom Penh Post

"Even after living here for five years I found loads of things in Move to Cambodia that I didn't know, and it's all presented in a style that's fun, concise, easy to use and seriously good value." Nicky Sullivan, Cambodia correspondent,

About the Author

Lina Goldberg moved to Phnom Penh in 2010 for what was meant to be a three-month fellowship. She fell in love with Cambodia and has been living (and writing) there ever since.

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  • Publisher: Imaginary Shapes (December 11, 2013)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Lonely Planet for expat life October 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If I'd had this book when I first moved to Cambodia, I'd have been saved a TON of time, money and confusion. Reading this is like sitting down with a really knowledgeable friend -- the writing is approachable, both non-elitist and no-nonsense, and quite engaging for how jam-packed with information it is.

Aside from all the nuggets of really practical info, I found one of the best things about this book to be its handling of Khmer culture and history. The country has a very difficult, troubled past that continues to have repercussions today; it's incredibly hard to even begin to understand the nuances and complexities as a foreigner. This book does a great job of presenting some of those in a way that is neither condemning or starry-eyed.

I think anyone coming to Cambodia -- either indefinitely or just for a short-term contract -- would find this book extremely useful. It's like a Lonely Planet for expat life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for future or present ex pats in Cambodia. October 23, 2012
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I give this book my recommendation for those contemplating, actively planning or already living in Cambodia. I've been living here for about seven months now and know already a lot of what is contained in this book. Still, i would recommend this to other ex pats living here. But most strongly to those new here or planning to move here in the future. It will make your transition here so much easier. There are plenty of tidbits and resources that i didn't know about and find useful. If you are new to Cambodia or planning on moving here, this book will save you a lot of time learning from experience and probably help you feel more secure living here knowing how to be safe. ( Yes, yes, yes... do wear a helmet if you decide to ride on or drive your own motorbike )

The author also gives enough of an overview to the history and culture of Cambodia without making the reader lose interest and gives excellent suggestions for further reading. I appreciate her discussion of tourist orphanage volunteers. Although the expat audience is not the primary target of this problem, it is never the less best to get this information out wherever one can.

I'm not sure i would be that confident of the ice in Cambodia as the author suggests. I recently got very sick from something i consumed in the provinces and i suspect it was bad ice. The shaped ice is higher quality. If it's crushed ice, it may be from the cheaper ice that has lower standards. I drink a lot of kafie tik da koo, tik ka ( ice coffee with sweet milk ) But for anyone living here, you'll most likely start taking more risks. Anyway, keep the pepto bismol and immodium handy and enjoy your drinks.

The table of contents are in the back of the book. Maybe this will be corrected in updates.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Information October 26, 2012
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I have lived here for the past five and a half years. I still found some new information. Lina has put a lot of practical information in one easy to use volume. Pay attention to Lina's advice on security. She is right Cambodia is not a high crime country compared to places like South Africa or parts of Brazil but you do need to modify your behaviour to the country. The country is not going to adapt to you.

Sure you might find the same information on the Internet. But why bother? Lina has done the work and done it well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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As career breaks become more and more popular, many professionals are looking to move abroad for a spell to live life in another country and work independently. Others want to take a break from their homes and become an expat in a more permanent fashion. Ms. Goldberg's "Move to Cambodia" book provides resources for these and many other situations, including helping sort through the confusion that might await, from visas to banking to medical care. The book includes a resources section sorted by geographic location, as well as a great overview of Khmer history and culture, from dress to food and more. A great resource for anyone looking to relocate to the country temporarily or more permanently.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best resource for new expats to Cambodia! May 1, 2013
By Danny
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If you are new to Cambodia, or if you are even thinking of moving to Cambodia, you need this book! It will help you avoid getting majorly ripped off as a newbie in this country like many people do when they first move here and find out they're paying 10X the going rate for everything like rent to transportation fees.

I bought it even though I've already been living here for a while. It gives detailed and current prices of everything you need to know, including renting an apartment, how much tuktuks (motorbike taxis) should cost, and even how much you should pay police if you are unfortunate enough to get stopped!

It also walks you through landing a job here and tells you were to find new job vacancies here in Cambodia.

Books like Lonely Planet are fine if you are just a tourist, but if you are actually moving to Cambodia you will need this book to help you easily get set up.

It also walks you through things and makes them easy that are usually very time consuming and frustrating to do without this book and for the first time before you get familiar with the country. This includes things like getting a SIM card for your phone, how to find a place to live and what areas are best for you, and what medical options are best out here for expats, etc. These all apply to expats with any budget or income and lets you know what is probably best for you.

Again, this book is still very helpful to me even though I'm already living here, but I really wish it was available when I first came here because it would have saved me A LOT of hassle, time and money.

Good luck on your move to Cambodia!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, finished it last nite
Very good book, finished it last nite. I now know a lot more about Cambodia, I believe most of the people don't speak English which may make living there a bit difficult. Read more
Published 19 days ago by nEVILLE
5.0 out of 5 stars The best I've found so far.
Very informative and helpful. Highly recommend.
Published 23 days ago by Shaun
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good foundation
This is a decent book, which provides an outline regarding what you should do if you're preparing to move to Cambodia. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clarke Illmatical
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Bad
The (lack of) information in this 113 page pamphlet is incredible

A 5 minute search of the internet would provide more

How on earth did it get so many 5-star... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Fieldhouse
2.0 out of 5 stars I honestly can't understand how this got so many good reviews.
Unfortunately, I found this book really disappointing. I purchased it hoping to get a lot more detail than what was available on the website but a lot of it seemed to be taken... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jordan Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Retire in Cambodia?
Where can I live on a $630/month Social Security check?...certainly not here in LA. What to do? Answer: get information. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Norell
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and comprehensive
Take a look at the table of contents, covers a lot of areas in good detail and is written in an easy to read journalistic style. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Another avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Informative and pretty thorough. After I travel to Cambodia next year I’ll report on the books accuracy. If everything goes well I hope to retire to Cambodia in 2016. We will see.
Published 5 months ago by Robert Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++
This is a must read for those going to Cambodia or just interested in learning about this fascinating country. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful introduction
For anyone seriously considering Cambodia for more than a brief vacation, this is a useful book to have. It's very readable and interesting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Thoughtful Eagle
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More About the Author

Lina Goldberg is a writer based in Phnom Penh and the author of "Move to Cambodia: A guide to living and working in the Kingdom of Wonder." Lina has also contributed to publications including Lonely Planet, CNN Travel, Wall Street Journal, VICE, South China Morning Post and BBC Travel.

Before moving to Cambodia, Lina lived in the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom. She originally came to Cambodia on a three-month fellowship with a backpack and little else. She immediately fell in love with the country and nearly three years later, she's still there.

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