Siem Reap: Still Southeast Asia's Hidden Gem for Retirement
Updated on: June 8, 2023, 2:15 a.m.
Published on: June 6, 2023, 8:02 a.m.

Siem Reap: Still Southeast Asia's Hidden Gem for Retirement

Siem Reap has emerged as an ideal retirement destination for expatriates seeking tranquillity, rich cultural heritage, and affordable living. This article explores the key factors that make Siem Reap an appealing choice for retirees.

New Airport Opening

Siem Reap will soon boast a brand new international airport, set to open in October 2023. This significant development enhances connectivity to the region and will become the largest airport in Cambodia. With a terminal capable of handling 5-7 million passengers per year in its first phase, the new airport provides seamless access to major Asian cities, serving as a gateway to Siem Reap's charms. Retirees can easily travel to and from their home countries and explore neighbouring destinations with ease.


Efforts are underway to develop an expressway connecting Siem Reap to other major cities in Cambodia, following the successful construction of the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville and soon-to-be-constructed Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway. The completion of the feasibility study and subsequent submission of the report to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport MPWT for review and consideration are significant steps in this project. Once realised, the expressway will enhance mobility, reduce travel time, and provide retirees with convenient access to the other cities in Cambodia. This development further solidifies Siem Reap's appeal as a retirement hub.

Proximity to Thailand

Siem Reap's strategic location near the Thai border makes it an ideal retirement destination for those wishing to explore the neighbouring country. The proximity to Thailand adds an exciting dimension to the retirement experience in Siem Reap, allowing retirees to easily embark on short trips to experience Thailand's hospitality.

Angkor Wat: A Special Perk for Long-Term Residents

Siem Reap is home to the renowned Angkor Wat temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Retirees who choose Siem Reap as their long-term residence enjoy a remarkable perk: free admission to Angkor Wat for foreigners who have lived in Cambodia for more than two years. This exclusive benefit allows retirees to fully immerse themselves in the region's rich history, explore Angkor Wat, and witness breathtaking sunrises and sunsets at no cost.

Retirement Visa 

Retirement visa offers a retirement visa that allows foreign retirees aged 55 and above to live in the country. The visa can be obtained through the Cambodian Embassy or Consulate in your home country or through an agent in Cambodia. To find out more about the criteria consult our ultimate guide to retiring in Cambodia here


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