Money and Costs in Cambodia


Many tourists are concerned about a problem before going to Cambodia. How much budget do I need to travel to Cambodia?  This travel budget includes visa fees, food and accommodation expenses, attraction tickets, transportation costs, and souvenir fees. This article will briefly describe these related costs.


Cambodia money exchange

The currency of Cambodia is Riel, the English name is Cambodian Riel, or KHR for short. 1 dollar is about 4000 Riels.

Banks and currencies CANADIA BANK's ATMs in Cambodia can use US UnionPay cards to withdraw US dollars in cash. ATMs are mainly distributed in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Overseas use UnionPay cards to withdraw funds at ATM. UnionPay debit card single card daily withdrawal of the equivalent of foreign currency can not more than 10,000 yuan. UnionPay cards cannot be used for bank transfer and withdrawal outside the bank.

There are a number of banks and ATMs on the main road in the tourist area, and currency exchanges are also available at hotels and exchange booths in the street. Generally, if you exchange money in the street stalls and the hotel, the exchange rate will be reduced by about 5%.

Many hotels, restaurants and shops in major cities such as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap now accept payment cards (Visacard and mastercard). However, there will be a certain fee for the procedure, and it is recommended to use cash settlement.


Cambodia money notes:


1. It is best to go to Cambodia to carry dollars, which is the most common currency in Cambodia. 1 dollar can be exchanged for about 4000 Riel.

2. The exchange rate of Riel against the dollar is relatively large. Generally, the payment is made in dollars. When the settlement is made, the staff will give you Riel.

3. Try to use the Cambodian currency before the end of the trip, because outside of Cambodia you cannot exchange for other currencies.

4. Although the Cambodian banknotes are large in denomination, they are not worth the money. Therefore, the 50R, 100R, and 200R notes can be regarded as a lot of money, and the tips are generally 1000R and 2000R. General hotel room 1000R tip / bed per day. There is a taboo in the local area, that is, change is given, so don't take the change as a tip.

5. When you exchange dollars in the country, it is better to have more $1, which is more convenient to use. In Cambodia, there is no need to exchange too much local currency. In most cases, dollars can be used directly.


Travel cost in Cambodia (All prices below are reference prices)


1、Cambodia Visa fee

The tourist visa is about $30, the business visa is about $35, and the Cambodian visa on arrival is about $30. Children under the age of 12 are free.


2、Cambodia food fee and hotel costs

The cost of food in Cambodia is not very high, and about $5 per person per day is enough. Popular Cambodian dishes such as amok, the price of Khmer food is about only $1 per dish.

In some cities, such as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, you can find many western and international restaurants. Prices are often reasonable, with pasta prices ranging from $5 to $10, burgers ranging from $3 to $5, and popular foods such as pizza being less than $10.

Accommodation prices in Cambodia vary by city. A minimum of $15 is expected for a comfortable budget room in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, and a maximum of $100 for a luxury hotel room in the two largest cities in Cambodia.

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have a number of small and comfortable boutique hotels offering beautiful rooms for $30 to $50 per night.


3、Cambodia drink fee

Large bottled water: 2,000 KHR ($0.50)

Big bottle of Angkor beer: 5,000 KHR ($1.25), while in some places it costs only $1 to get a beer or a drink.

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap cocktails range from a few dollars in low-priced bars to $10 or more in high-end venues.

The nightlife in Cambodia is very cheap. If you insist on a local restaurant and a popular tourist bar, you can enjoy a pleasant evening and enjoy a few rounds of drinks, each costing less than about $15.


4、Cambodia Attractions tickets prices

Tickets for the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh are about $6, and tickets for Tonle Sap Lake are about $15. Tickets for Angkor Wat can be divided into three types: about $20 a day, about $40 for 3 days, and about $66 for 7 days.


5、Cambodia price transport

Motorcycle Taxi: In the entire Cambodian city, random motorcycle men will pull up and offer the cost of taking a private motorbike. A 5 to 10 km drive costs about $1, while a 1 km drive costs less.

Motorcycle Tuk Tuk: Motorcycles are the most common form of taxis around towns. The price of short trips does not exceed $1.

Bus: Bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: It takes between $5 and $6 for a 6 to 7 hour journey on a local bus, and a travel bus for a longer time can cost around $10. The bus from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville (5 hours) is about $5.


6、Cambodia souvenir price

In addition to the cost of playing in Cambodia, it is also a fee to buy souvenirs for relatives and friends at the end of the tour. In fact, in Cambodia, you can buy some postcards and scarves. The postcard here can be said to be inexpensive, with 10 dollars, but the quality may not be very good. If you are not satisfied, you can choose more expensive. The quality is of course good. It is also cheaper to say that the scarf is about 3 or 4 dollars, which is not much different from the domestic price. In addition, Cambodia's more ethnic style should be "Krama", a step used to make hats or other things, very delicate and beautiful, bright colors, the price is reasonable, the price of different colors is not the same.

The low cost of food and accommodation in Cambodia makes it an excellent budget tourist destination. In addition to Angkor Wat, the average daily cost is about $10 to $12. If you do a lot of activities and quite a lot of drinking, you can budget between $15 and $30 or more a day.

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