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.

I personally believe that there are significant drawbacks to moving to Cambodia that could probably fill an entire book. Yetter, I don’t have the necessary work ethic or attention span to write a whole book about anything. Unofficially, the average life expectancy for Western expatriates living in Cambodia is 57.4 years old.

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.

Expats like to ride motorbikes, often helmetless, presumably because they think it makes them look cool.

This can be rather dangerous in a country with reckless local drivers, no enforcement of traffic laws, and poor emergency medical care.

Any drug is easy to find and meth cigarettes are popular among the working girls, it makes their life more bearable.

The women are sweet but hard lives and little education has had a disastrous effect.

They play pool and sit around tables, scanning the men, looking for eye contact, seeking a few more dollars for the night.

Her pleather purse painted with Louis Vuitton symbols holds a packs of cigarettes, the papers torn and tobacco leaking out, stuffed inside, buried deep in the thick, are small flakes of Methamphetamine. A spark, a flame, the tobacco lights, the meth burns.

Her batteries recharge, and her pains subsides as rich endorphins flood her dry nerves and drench her poor brain. She passes Phnom Penh’s only clubs, its raunchiest bars and dozens of other women, men and ladyboys looking for tonight’s paycheck.

She stands up, a slight stagger but no one notices. She passes full tables of men with whores, she’s fucked them all, she passes empty tables, seats she has sit in for years, seats she has been picked up in and picked up from. or a fuck, or if they are lucky, or if the men are stupid. She lies down, and cries, she will never see his father again.

Private ambulances in Cambodia will actually refuse to take patients who are seriously injured, because they don’t want to risk transporting a dying patient who won’t be able to pay the hospital bill.