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When I first moved here, the word on the street was that it was more difficult to get a job (especially teaching) in SR due to overpopulation of expats and lack of schools. Basic supply and demand issues. However, the reason for the number of expats there is due to the fact it's a more pleasant place to live.
PP on the other hand, while being less attractive to foreigners, was much better for finding employment (as a teacher) due to the exact opposite issues SR encountered - A smaller population of expats and many, many more schools.
How true that still is (or ever was), I don't know.
Ive been splitting my time between Bangkok and the USA, but Bangkok isnt fun when the air is like schmog soup so what sense does it make for me to spend $1000 for a Condo AND let them hold $30,000 in their bank for the priviledge of breathing smog for a year, hey dude and show up every 90 days, OK. So last week I put on a mask, went to the airport, flew to Siem and rented a place. But, I dont need to work for a living so YMMV. Siem will suit me fine. Now I am doing a condo swap here to get a cheaper more weekendish one and as soon as that is done, Im back on a plane to Siem. Good luck in your search. BY the way, I would persoannly would not live in PP, yuck. But thats me. If I had only those two choices, I would suck up the PITA Thai Immigration and just stay in BKK and go to the Maldives or something when the air gets bad.
Naturam expelles furca, tamen usque recurret. Horace
Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they arent out to get you. Pynchon
I haven't lived in Phnom Penh yet, but currently live in Siem Reap. Being a tourist town, even though it's not a huge population, there are a ton of bars and restaurants. It's also pretty clean and friendly(compared to Phnom Penh). You'll still get plenty of garbage, but it's not like the streets are lined in garbage like the area of Phnom Penh I've been to, and it doesn't smell like garbage everywhere you go. But, if you like a big city feel, you won't get that in SR. It's more of a big town feel, but with lots of bars and restaurants.
What are you looking to do for work? Someone mentioned teaching. Being a young white female, if you have a decent teaching certificate(CELTA or equivalent) or teaching degree, you'll Likely have a job within a week making $750+ per month. If you have a degree(any degree) And a good ESL certificate you can teach at somewhere like ACE or higher end schools and make $1,200+/month. A young white girl I know was getting job offers same day just because she's in her 20s and from the US. They want young white female teachers. If you're a guy or older it takes a little more time.
Do you think the parents of baby boomers whined so much when the boomers started changing society? And yet the whiney ones like to call young people "snowflakes." Hmm...