Currency (Cambodia)

The local currency is the riel, and is written as “r” – however the economy runs on USD. Usually you will be given riel as change for amounts under US$1. You will need to have a supply of USD notes of US$20 or less, as the locals often do not accept notes above that value.

We recommend you take cash as there are only a few locations in Cambodia (i.e. hotels) where you can exchange AU/NZ currency into USD. It is easier and you will get a better conversion rate if you buy USD before leaving home. There are ATMs in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and at each of their international airports (next to the visa issuing stations) and in most big cities or towns. Try to withdraw as few times as possible because overseas withdrawal fees can be very high. Check with your bank before departing on your tour. ATMs in Cambodia dispense USD notes only.

Here is a reference table of approximate exchange rates (for up-to-date exchange rates, please check before you travel):

1 unit of current Cambodian KHR
AU$1 2,695
NZ$1 2,507
US$1 4,109

Correct as of December 2023