What to do before you move to Cambodia?

I would recommend registering with your local government organisation to let them know you are travelling abroad or will be living abroad. This way they will know you are there and can better assist you should there be any kind of natural disaster or emergency. Here are a couple of them:

Australia - http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

USA - https://step.state.gov/step/

Canada - http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration

UK - https://www.gov.uk/moving-or-retiring-abroad

If you own your own home I would strongly recommend leaving it in the hands of a trusted Property Manager, this way you can relax and enjoy your time abroad and let them deal with the day to day runnings.

I think it is important to also leave your Power of Attorney in the hands of a trusted friend or relative so they can act on your behalf should you need them to. This is easy to arrange and can be done through a lawyer. I would tidy up your Will while you are there (not to sound morbid but these things are best taken care of).

Leave a copy of all important documents at home with a trusted friend or relative. I also email a copy of everything to myself so I can always access them. These include copies of my passport, visa card, and any flight tickets I have, etc, etc.


In terms of what vaccinations to get I would always recommend you visit your travel doctor or your local doctor. What I had to get will be completely different to what you may need to get and I could write something here today that may be null and void tomorrow. As a result, please visit your doctor preferably at least 6 months prior to departure to get the most up to date information.

What to bring:

Cambodia has Vegemite (one for the Aussies)!!! Hahaha, honestly you can find almost everything you are going to need to start your new life in Cambodia once you arrive, especially in the larger cities (Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville). Here are a few things we missed/could not find:

Tea towels - Random I know!

Clothing - You can get pretty much anything made and there are some Western chain stores such as Mango (41 Preah Sihanouk Blvd), but as a size 12-14 young lady I would recommend bringing a few things - like enough underwear to last a good 6-12 months, as this can be hard to find if you are not petite.

Natural deodorant - I am a bit of a hippy in that I only use natural products on my skin. They are very hard to find in Cambodia. You can find my full packing list HERE

For more tips on what to do before you arrive check out my book - Inside Phnom Penh: A Guide to Moving to the Kingdom's Capital and be sure to sign up for weekly updates for more useful info!

Ducky xoxo




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