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Money & Cost

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ATM & Cash

Since 2005, the ATM network has steadily increased in most major cities including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Battambang and Kompong Cham. US dollar is widely used in Cambodia, Khmer riels is the local currency, but US dollar is sometimes the best choice when you travel to Cambodia shortly.

ACLEDA Bank has the most extensive network, with ATMs across the country and even in the smallest of places. ATMs of ANZ/Royal Bank are concentrated in the capital Phnom Penh and in tourist places like Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.

Cambodia’s official currency is the riel, but you’ll see many people using the US Dollar to pay for everyday expenses. Don’t be fooled into changing dollars into riel at the land border crossings! The touts will tell you that the dollar is now not used anymore, so you have to change into riel at their ridicolous low exchange rate.

Coins are not used in Cambodia. The riel fluctuates around 4000 riel to a dollar

The riel comes in denominations of 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10.000, 50.000 and 100.000 (although the latter two are very rare).

Check your US dollars carefully as notes with a small tear are not accepted, especially the larger denominations of 5 dollars and more.

You don’t need to change dollars into riel when entering the country as you will inevitably pay a lot of things in dollars and receive change in riel, which you can use for smaller purchases.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are still not widely accepted in Cambodia, but are gaining in acceptance, mostly at more expensive venues. Sometimes you must pay for high bank fees if paying this way.

Money Exchange

Money changers are concentrated at the markets and change all well known currencies into US dollars. They usually offer a better rate than the banks. But if you have small amount of money, don't need to go there. You can do at your hotel if acceptable.


Tipping is not traditionally expected here, but in a country as poor as Cambodia, tips can go a long way. Salaries remain extremely low and service is often superb thanks to a Khmer commitment to hospitality.


Shopping in Cambodia is not like in Bangkok or Singapore in the South East Asia. But when you travel to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, don't miss some local market to buy some local souvenirs.
Cambodia have many different public holidays, Like the Western countries, the people work 8 hours a day at the office, shcool (7am-11am or 1pm-5pm), and it is a Buddhist country, the people must stop working to respect their national religion.
Watch all the warning when you travel in the countryside, stay on clear pathways as there may be landmines or unexploded ordnance. At the more remote crossing points, conditions can be basic. Don't travel by yourself to some jungle without any sign of warnings. Because the landmines & unexplosive are still big problem after the war.
Cambodia is a tropical humid country, the heat and the change of climate could cause the sickness for you. If you visit in the hot season, the heat is a big problem for your touring. Wearing the hat, drinking much clean water is alway the best advice. You also never know what happens on your trip, especially some unfortunate case of diarrhoea. You should bring your pharmacy in case. Sometimes you even can not find your right medicine in the places you travel.
For most visitors to the Kingdom, visa are obtainable upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Cambodia can be visited at any time of year. The ideal months are December and January, when humidity levels are relatively low, there is little rainfall and a cooling breeze whips across the land, but this is also peak season when the majority of visitors descend on the country.
Cambodia might be one of South East Asia’s smallest countries, the country was most destroyed by Pol Pot in the 1970s, but getting to become an highlight in South East Asia. Cambodia is well- known for its Angkor Wat Temple which were built in the 12th Century, and listed as a World's Heritage Wonder.