Social Media in Cambodia
Social media has recently really made its mark in Cambodia. I’ve seen more users on Twitter, more businesses on Facebook, more businesses using email marketing and more Facebook groups starting.
A lot of this is down to internet speeds improving and mobile data plans becoming way more affordable. On a recent journey from Kampot to Siem Reap I could stay connected to the internet pretty much throughout the entire 8 hour journey.
Twitter use in Cambodia has definitely grown although I would still say it’s a small group of users that actively participate.
I used to be able to list my favourite twitter users but now there are quite a few so it would be hard. My list of SEA Tweeps is a fairly comprehensive list of people tweeting in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. @Peter_k440 wrote a blog post on Twitter in Cambodia earlier in the year which is well worth a read.
There are more and more Facebook groups starting now in Cambodia, many of which are great resources for the expat communities in different parts of the country.
Siem Reap seems to be the leader in this field with the community up there having the choice of quite a few.
The main group is Expats and Locals living in Siem Reap with over a 1000 members now. It is a forum for all things Siem Reap and seems to cover pretty much everything.
There is also What’s Up in Siem Reap detailing events and parties going on. Other groups include a parent board, for sale boards, an NGO & volunteer group, and other off shoots from the main Expat and Local group.
Sihanoukville has recently started a Facebook group also named Expats and Locals Living in Sihanoukville. It has over 100 members now.
Kampot and Kep also has a small but active Facebook community group called Kampot & Kep Noticeboard for Expats & Locals.
The biggest expat forum in Cambodia is Khmer440 with 23, 269 registered users. Like any large expat forum it has its supporters and its opponents. What can’t be denied is that it has lively debate on most conversations on all things concerning expat life in Cambodia.
Other forums & places to connect
You can also connect with Phnom Penh expats at
Foursquare, the location based social networking site for mobile devices, is also rapidly growing in Cambodia with more and more people getting involved.
Moving to Cambodia?
If you are planning on leaving your life in the Western world and setting up in Cambodia I would suggest spending some time on some of the above forums and communities and see if you can see yourself living within these expat communities.
A two week holiday in Cambodia is quite different to living here permanently.
*NB This is not a definitive list but just the places that I am aware of.
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