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What currency do you spend in Cambodia?

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1. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

Hi just a quick question.

I know there are no atms in cambodia but what currency do i need to spend there?? Are US dollars the only form of money accepted, im not sure?

Also, we have booked accomodation for our stay in Siem Reap already, but what sort of daily budget should we allow for our 5 night stay? We will be booking a 3-day Angkor pass, so besides this amount what should we allow for food, drink, travel etc?

Any help/advice would be much appreciated on this and any other aspect of travel in Siem Reap & Phom Pehn.
Thanx
Lou

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 11y

Hi Lou,

They actually do have an 'official' currency - the Riel. Basically, it seems people only use it for very small purchases and in Phnom Penh / Angkor, you are unlikely to need it at all..

Mind you, I haven't been, so someone else probably has a first hand account which may be more reliable.

Cheers,
Peter

3. Posted by gordonC (Full Member 17 posts) 11y

Hey louloul -

Cambodia's official currency is the riel, as Peter said. It can come in quite handy for paying for small things, motodops, etc. 4000 riel equals one dollar (thought the actual rate fluctuates between 3800 and 4100 riel)

There are no ATMS but you can get cash advances from banks in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh with a credit or bank check card (if it has the visa or mastercard logo), so you don't need to worry about bringing wads of cash.

As for budget in Siem Reap, it's entirely up to you. You could get by quite comfortably on $10 per day, except for travel to and from and around the temples. You can hire a car (about $20 per day) or a tuk tuk (not sure the going price...) The temples are the biggest expense in Siem Reap (unless you happen to book a room at any of the 4 or 5 star hotels which can go for +$1000 a night...)

Phnom Penh is cheaper than Siem Reap - you can sleep and eat and get around on $10 - $15 per day if you really wanted to. It depends on your budget really...

Have fun

Gordon

4. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

Thai Bhat are accepted also, but just notes, not coins.

5. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

Thanx alot guys. so do you suggest taking some Riel as well as US dollars?
Lou

6. Posted by gordonC (Full Member 17 posts) 11y

Lou -

you'll pick up plenty while you're there - you won't need to change any.

7. Posted by YerMan (Full Member 66 posts) 11y

Peter's right. Riel are only used for small things, people much prefer USD to the local currency.

Thai currency is also accepted but moreso in the areas near the border, obviously.

I wouldn't bother taking riel with me.

8. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

Thanx again guys, another query settled for me.

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Lou

9. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

Quoting louloul

Thanx again guys, another query settled for me.

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Lou

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10. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

regarding the currency situation in cambodia, is that the case with the currency in vietnam, ie do they perfer USD or would they go for the thai baht?: neutral: