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Cambodia Money

Cambodia Money

  The official unit of Cambodia currency is the riel. The bank notes come in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,0000, 50,000 and 100,000 and no coinage.  

Cambodia Money
 

The official unit of Cambodia currency is the riel. The bank notes come in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,0000, 50,000 and 100,000 and no coinage.  Although the US dollar is readily accepted, it is worth keeping a few riel on your hand. The riel cannot exported, so it must be spent or exchanged before leaving the country. You should keep some 500 riel and 1000 riel notes which are the most convenient denominations to have when paying for tuk-tuk rides.

 

Although ATM posts can be present throughout major cites, there is no bank near Cambodian land borders. Traveler’s cheques can be cashed at all major banks in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and a few banks in Battambang. Visa and MasterCard are accepted in upscale restaurants and hotels. However, shops, restaurants, hotels in smaller towns do not accept credit cards and it is recommended to carry the riel or US dollars to make payments. Using a credit card often is charged 3% on the spot.

 

The Thai baht is accepted in Poipet and Battambang, however, you should remember that the riel is not accepted or changed in Thailand. One more thing to keep in mind is that banks may refuse to change US dollar notes with a slight rip or tear, but ragged riel notes is not the case.  Changing any non-US dollar currency can get at a poor exchange rate.

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