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.If your daughter develops acute appendicitis in your home country, you can take her to the emergency room at a modern hospital. The only way to properly educate your child in Cambodia is to pay about ,000 per year to send her to a top international school.All of the diseases that kill adults in Cambodia are even more dangerous to young children.

They would kindly appreciate if you don’t fuck all that up for them by raising them in a corrupt, oppressive third world shithole. What amazes me is that the Westerners who decide to raise their children in Cambodia remain in total denial about what terrible, selfish parents they really are. You may be thinking, “But I heard I can teach English and live like a king making $1,200 per month in Cambodia.” You can’t.

Some have even started a Yahoo group called the “Cambodia Parent Network,” where they exchange tips on how to raise their doomed offspring in a country where no responsible Western parent would ever voluntarily raise a child. You’ll be able to afford a relatively crappy Khmer-style apartment with tiled walls, bars on the windows, unreliable electricity, and loud, annoying neighbors. You won’t be saving any money, and you won’t have health insurance.

If you start choking in a restaurant in Cambodia, the locals will all stand around dumbfounded and stare at you until you turn blue and collapse on the floor. If you have a child or you are planning to have children, you definitely should not move to Cambodia.

Only then will one of them spring into action and attempt to revive you by vigorously rubbing tiger balm on your forehead. World Health Organization statistics show that a child born in Cambodia is ten times more likely to die before the age of 5 than a child born in France.

Maybe not a real book, but definitely one of those silly e-books. So I’m just going to offer these 7 Reasons Why You Really Shouldn’t Move to Cambodia. There are a number of reasons why moving to Cambodia will shave about twenty years off your life.

Cambodia has a lot of common diseases that you would never catch in your home country, like Typhoid, Dengue Fever, Hepatitis, and Malaria. The ambulances are unreliable; the doctors are unqualified; the hospitals are unsanitary.

Some of the recent interest in Cambodia has come from Westerners living in Thailand.

Rising prices in Thailand and stricter Thai visa regulations have already contributed to a noticeable influx of shifty-eyed, tattooed sexpats creeping across the border into Cambodia.

A knowledgeable doctor will promptly diagnose her condition, a skilled surgeon will remove her appendix before it bursts, and she’ll be back to normal in no time. This is going to be hard to afford if you moved to Cambodia to teach English for an hour. There are no zoning laws and no effective law enforcement.

If your daughter develops acute appendicitis in Cambodia . You may fancy the idea of moving to “wild” Cambodia, but the true test of being a good parent is whether you place your child’s safety and security above your own interests. Even compared to neighboring countries like Vietnam and Thailand, the infrastructure in Cambodia is truly appalling. Main roads in the capital city are now gridlocked during rush hours, and traffic only gets worse each year. The noise pollution from karaoke parlors at 2 a.m., barking dogs at 4 a.m., and construction workers at 6 a.m. Many expats report regular power outages in their neighborhoods, sometimes lasting 3-5 hours a day. Living in Cambodia will destroy your financial future. You may be able to find a hot young wife in Cambodia, but unless you are transferred there by a multinational company, you’re not going to make any decent money working in Cambodia.

It’s the optimistic encouragement that I have a problem with. The average life expectancy for Westerners living in Western countries is about 75 to 80 years old, depending on the country.