Why Retire in Siem Reap?

The Growing Trend in Retiring Abroad

With recent challenges facing western countries when coming to retirement, many are now looking for alternative options to live a better quality of life. With increasing cost of living and higher taxes in home countries – such as the UK, USA, and Australia – it’s no wonder why people are now seeking to retire in more affordable and warmer climate countries.

Retiring in Siem Reap

In recent years, Cambodia has been considered one of the best countries in the world to retire, and it is not hard to see why. With its low cost of living, friendly locals, charming riverside and breathtaking scenery, it is a perfect destination for seniors to relax and explore.

Siem Reap has always been a popular retirement destination, offering an enchanting city filled with fascinating culture and historical attractions. With its safe and slower-paced lifestyle, retirees from all over the world are taking advantage of this unique way of living. The expat scene offers a vibrant and welcoming community, alongside a warm climate and an abundance of things to do, it’s no wonder why Siem Reap continues to be a top destination for retirees.

The History of Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat attracts millions of tourists each year, being the largest religious monument in the world and a bucket list attraction for many. Angkor Wat is an architectural masterpiece and the largest religious monument in the world, covering an area four times the size of Vatican City. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the first half of the 12th century, around the year 1110-1150, making Angkor Wat almost 900 years old.

With endless opportunities to explore these outstanding temples, it’s a perfect day trip when retiring in Siem Reap. When family and friends come to visit, you will be sure to impress them with the rich history and culture that awaits around every corner.

Local Taste of Cambodia

Food is a source of pride and joy in Cambodia, and deeply ingrained in Khmer culture.

Siem Reap offers a vibrant food scene, with a vast range of Asian flavours and Western dishes to tailor for all needs. Enjoy local tastes at the food markets, explore the local cafe culture, or spoil your loved ones with a fine dining experience – Siem Reap really does offer it all. With welcoming smiles, affordable prices, and outstanding service, Cambodians make every dining experience one to remember.

Local Attractions

You will never be short of things to do when retiring in Siem Reap, with a wide selection of museums, markets, classes, outdoor activities and much more to enjoy.

Take a cultural boat trip across Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap, or leisurely stroll down the riverside found in the city and get lost amongst the many French colonial buildings offered. World class golf courses make Siem Reap a perfect location for those with a passion for golf, whereas the beautiful mountains and trails at nearby Kulen district offer an outdoor lifestyle for those looking to appreciate nature. Take up a local pottery class with your friends, or be on top of the world when exploring Siem Reap from a hot air balloon – there is something for everyone in this enchanting city.

Embrace Local Culture

Throughout Cambodia’s long history, religion has been a major source of cultural inspiration. Over nearly two millennia, Cambodians have developed a unique Khmer culture and belief system derived from Buddhism and Hinduism.

Cambodians are very proud of their rich culture, which can be seen integrated across many aspects of life in Siem Reap. With a welcoming attitude towards westerners, it is a perfect opportunity for you to enjoy local cultural activities and events. Annual events in Siem Reap range from Khmer New Year, River Festival, Giant Puppet Parade, Royal Kite Festival, and many more.

Indulge in Spa Treatments

Southeast Asia is known for its world-class practices in massage therapy and holistic treatments. With expertly trained masseuses using traditional techniques, many westerners indulge in spa treatments when visiting the region.

Cambodia offers one of the most affordable spa and massage treatments around the world, using a range of techniques from ancient disciplines. Khmer massage involves the use of rhythmic pressure and stretching techniques to help release blocked energy and promote relaxation and healing. Whether you want to treat yourself to a day out or enjoy the experience with your loved one – Siem Reap offers plenty of choice.

Southeast Asia at your Fingertips

Southeast Asia offers some of the most beautiful countries in the world for you to explore during your retirement. Siem Reap’s newly built international airport makes travelling around Southeast Asia an affordable and painless experience for your retirement. With many direct flights to popular neighbouring countries, you can enjoy weekend getaways or long-term trips at your fingertips.

Here at Sullivan Retirement Residence, we can help you with any airport drop-offs and pickups.