Whether you’re taking a one, two, three or four-day tour of Angkor Wat, joining a bar crawl on Siem Reap’s Pub Street or hammock swinging in Sihanoukville, Cambodia has something for every traveller, from the history buff to the party animal to the beach bum.
Cambodia is possibly the most complex South East Asian nations when it comes to money management, this owing mostly to the use of up to three different currencies at once, but our handy blog aims to remove those complexities, whether it’s riel, baht, dollars or all three at once.
|Official Currency in Cambodia||Riel (KHR)|
|Unofficial Currency||US Dollar (USD)|
|Budget Accommodation||£4-8 per night for hostel/guesthouse|
|Bottle of Water||£0.50|
* Prices based on Siem Reap
Riel Banknote denominations: 50, 100, 500,1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000.
Riel Coins: 50, 100, 200, 500.
The Riel is only available once you are in Cambodia so you can not buy or exchange it before you go. However, the 2nd unofficial and more widely used currency is the US Dollar. Most purchases and cash withdrawals will be in USD.
Like almost all of South East Asia Cambodia is a cash ruled country. We found that 93% of WeSwap transactions were made with cash rather than a card. Whilst the large hotels and international brands should accept credit and debit cards the majority of places will not offer the facilities. Visa and Mastercard are the most accepted with Amex gaining popularity.
ATMs are plentiful in Cambodia, but as across the continent, there is nearly always a charge. Often around £3-£4 per transaction for most major debit and credit cards and not all foreign cards will be accepted. There’s a lot of choice though and you can end up saving a lot if you choose correctly. So, to help you navigate those costs, we’ve put together this list of the country’s most popular ATMs their fees:
Always choose the local currency (by local we mean USD or Riel) rather than your home currency. If you do not you may face a fee known for Dynamic Currency Conversion. This can really add up over the length of your trip.