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1. Posted by MYLES (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

I was wondering which would be the best way to go about my $$ supply once I am am in Cambodia? How much annd of what currency should I come into the country with? I have read there are no ATM's there. Can u get cash advances through your visa at at banks? Thanks

Myles

2. Posted by liciece (Full Member 45 posts) 11y

In Combodia,Reil is the official currency,but actually US dollor is more common to use.so if it is possible,you can just bring Us dollor for your use.For using the credit card,I think you can take cash advance in ATM(i think it exists.)

3. Posted by liciece (Full Member 45 posts) 11y

Quoting liciece

In Combodia,Reil is the official currency,but actually US dollor is more common to use.so if it is possible,you can just bring Us dollor for your use.For using the credit card,I think you can take cash advance in ATM(i think it exists.)

sorry,wrong spelling."Reil" should be "Riel".

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

There are ATM's in Phnom Penh. The 2 branches of the ANZ bank (one is on Sisowath Quay) that i saw in Phnom Penh both had 24 hours ATM machines that accept Cirrus, Maestro, Plus, Visa etc. I didn't notice any in Siem Reap.

5. Posted by cdntrvl (Full Member 50 posts) 11y

Thai baht and US Dollars are easily acceptaed and exchanged. becareful taking Riel out of Cambodia as most places won't exchange it (they did for me in BKK). I didn't see any bank machines in Siem Reap and credit cards are mostly just accepted at the higher priced establishments. For $15 a night I was staying at a hotel like a king - a/c, satellite tv, double bed, western toilet. The people there are very friendly but make sure in the remote areas you do not stray off of the beaten path - still many landmines. The Landmine Museum in Siem Reap is interesting as it was started by a former child soldier that was forced to lay down landmines by the Khmer Rouge. Dengue fever is also rampant in the north of the country.

6. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 11y

carry riel for smaller purchases...and yes, make sure you dont end up with some Dong(vietnamese currency) among the pile of Riel...make sure u know the difference between the two! this can happen when u go to the money changer, banks...okay..

dana

7. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

You can get a cash advance easily enough in Siem Reap. There is a small kiosk on the corner as you hit the market. Be careful about being too reliant on credit cards, though, because even if a hotel or other place says that they accept them, the machines may not always be up and running. We had to switch hotels halfway through our stay. I normally don't recommend travelling anywhere with a lot of cash, but best just to take what you need and some extra. Exchange rate is about 4,000 riel to 1 USD (!!!), so any change under $1 is given in riel--you'll wind up with both in the same transaction.

Thai baht really doesn't do much good outside of the border areas, and ~ PP, although a taxi driver will take a combination of all three, especially if they do border runs. Costs about 28-30 USD one way from Poipet to Siem Reap. We actually did pay with a combo of riel, $, and baht on the way back.