Posted by:Lani

Lani V. Cox is an Asian American gypsy who has lived on three continents. She’s been an archaeologist, Waldorf teacher, and worked for a company that shipped large animals around the world. Currently, she lives in Thailand.

5 replies on “Why moving to Cambodia is scary and exciting

  1. Moving to Thailand later this year however will be on a retirement visa as fortunately or unfortunately depends how you look at it I am over that age LOL. I wish you all the very best and look forward to hearing about your new home. Cheers Helen D


  2. Cambodia is a terrible terrible idea. You’ve spent years in Thailand in a big city and a much smaller one yet as I understand the biggest problem there was boredom and contempt for other foreigners.

    At the end of the day, Thailand is not Sudan. Being bored sucks and doing the whole visa run thing sucks but it’s a good country. Thailand is Thailand. It’s not Sudan or Chad or Congo.
    Cambodia has many many reports and bloggers but most of it is about crime, its horrible infrastructure and poverty far worse than Thailand.

    There are also Youtube videos about some sort of mafia led by a Taiwanese man. Why would you willingly make that choice?

    You wrote your first book almost all by yourself and you are good at blogging and connecting to your readers and other bloggers. Why not try Singapore or Hong-Kong? Of course, that would take much much more planning and money AND BRAVERY but I’m certain that you’d be much happier and, perhaps, a lot more successful, while connecting to respectable people, than just surviving in a small Thai city or perishing in Cambodia.

    You LOVE connecting with people. You are very good at it! Why not connect with respectable expats living in an exciting city like Hong-Kong or tropical Singapore?

    If you settle for less in life, you’ll get less. Change is about moving forward, not backwards.


    1. I think many people feel the way that you do, that having a more “Western” lifestyle, living in “Western” cities like Hong Kong or Singapore where English is a primary language is considered upward and more positive than places like Cambodia – and even Thailand.

      However, for as many people who feel this way, there are those who enjoy and thrive under “less Westernized” conditions.

      Bravery means different things to different people. What might be brave for me, might be easy for you, and vice versa, but I don’t think this makes me or you any less brave.

      I’m moving to Cambodia and if I don’t like it then I will move again. I feel blessed to have this kind of freedom in my life. Thank you.


  3. Dear Lani,

    This morning, being in a melancholy mood, reading quotes about being alone, I stumbled across the words below, and laughed as I thought of you.

    “I, sometimes, fear that probably I’ll just keep changing cities, and may be someday I’ll also travel the world, but never find another soul who thinks exactly the way I do.”
    ― Sanhita Baruah

    I sincerely hope your new city finds you face to face with a soul who thinks almost as you do.



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