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Phnom Penh

What do you wish you had known about this particular city/country before moving there?

I actually did a lot of research before moving but some realizations only come with time and experience. Like learning how to interact with locals on their terms rather than coming in like a know-it-all Westerner. - May 2, 2017
I think I knew what I needed to know. Like anything else your expectations make it what it is. Be open and relaxed and flexible, take necessary precautions and enjoy this place. Things will certainly drive you crazy but overall it is pretty great. - Oct 24, 2016
How dirty the sidewalks and streets were. - May 18, 2015
Our expectations were way too high. Phnom Penh is an okay place - not terrible, but not fabulous either. Phnom Penh is a concrete jungle. Most houses have concrete patios instead of yards. There is very little grass and few trees - although the U.S. Embassy grounds are a nice oasis of lawn, trees, and flowers. But if you need green space in your life, this is not the place for you. - Feb 13, 2015