Cambodian currency, money, bank cards, checks

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Exchange rate

The exchange rate is quite unstable and can change radically within a few days. It is best to exchange a small amount for real estate and change further as needed. It will be difficult to exchange the remaining real estate for dollars.

Курс обмена валюты (камбоджийский риель) на сегодня ()

10 000 риэль (KHR) = 228,13 рублей (RUB)
1 доллар США (USD) = 4 078,78 KHR
100 рублей (RUB) = 4 383,49 KHR
1 евро (EUR) = 4 413,97 KHR
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График изменения курса валюты
* Калькулятор пересчитывает суммы исходя из официальных мировых курсов валют. При обмене валюты в обменных пунктах курс будет незначительно отличаться в зависимости от комиссии обменного пункта
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Cambodia's Money

100 riels

The local currency is the Cambodian Riel, equal to 100 sous. Banknotes of nominal value are in circulation 100 000, 50 000, 20 000, 10 000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500 and 100 riels (there are also banknotes of old issues with a face value of up to 10 sous).

The American dollar is in use and is practically the second currency of the kingdom. Prices in shops, hotels and restaurants are quoted in dollars everywhere. Even in the market, the price will be called to you in dollars. Change can be given to you both in dollars and in local currency, but if you have a choice, ask for change in dollars.

In general, the local currency in Cambodia is not in high esteem, and almost all the local population prefers dollars. It is better for tourists to adhere to the same rule and exchange only small amounts for small expenses for real estate, and pay in dollars wherever possible. To do this, it is better to stock up on small bills in advance, up to one dollar (small bills of $ 1-5-10 are popular here). If the change will be given in local currency, then it will be considered, of course, at the most unfavorable rate.

100 riels

In border areas, you can pay Thaibaht, Vietnamese dong and the piles of Laos.

Attention! Be careful when paying for purchases not in government stores! Exchange in markets and streets is not recommended due to the increased risk of substitution of banknotes.

Bank cards, traveler's checks in Cambodia

Visa, American Express, Master Card, Diner's Club bank cards are accepted for payment only in banks, large hotels in the capital and other major cities (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Battambang, etc.). It is almost impossible to cash them in the province (as well as traveler's checks). Preference is given to credit cards and checks in US dollars. There are no ATMs, all transactions are carried out in bank offices.


Tipping in Cambodia is optional. Do not overstep yourself, forcing you to leave tips where there is nothing to give them for. Leaving a dollar for a tip for bringing you a mug of beer to the table, for which you already paid, is not necessary.

Another thing is if you really liked the service, paid a lot of attention to the service in the restaurant, cleaned the room, etc. In such cases, you can thank by rounding up the bill, refusing to change, or giving some money in your hands, just remembering that the salary here is very low and any amount of "for tea" will be accepted with gratitude. If you plan to visit a certain place, such as a restaurant, all the time during your vacation, a tip left once will transfer you to the category of special customers.

It is difficult to give certain recommendations on the amount of tips, it all depends on the situation. For small services, a bill of 1000 or 2000 riels will be accepted with gratitude. In inexpensive restaurants or cafes, you can add 10% or $ 1 to the bill.

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