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Tim
Amsterdam

Siem Reap, Cambodia

US currency in Cambodia- How can I get cash in Siem Reap?

Some friends that have traveled said that I should just take USD in small denominations (they give you change back in local currency). What denominations are most useful? Any benefit to having local currency over USD?

Is it difficult to find a cash machine in Siem Reap that accepts a foreign card? Do ATMs dispense only USD or do they also dispense local currency?


6 Answers

top answer by
claus

ATM's in Cambodia gives you US dollars in cash, so you can just bring some plastic and use cash machines to get dollars.

Cambodia has double currency and US dollars is just as accepted as cambodian riel all over the country.

I am in Cambodia 4-5 times a year for work and I always use ATM's and VISA and Mastercard.


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answered first by
Scott from Fort Collins

Hello Tim.  USD is the way to go in my opinion.  It is pretty much universally accepted and I found, if I remember correctly, every transaction I made in Siem Reap was with the USD. Do not accept a torn bill, and make sure none of your bills are torn.  You will receive Cambodian Riel back on some purchases, so make sure you know the current exchange rate.  You will have no problem finding an ATM in Siem Reap.  I believe Canadia Bank has the lowest transaction fees, or you can use a card that does not charge international fees.  I would certainly come with small denomination USD.  You shouldn't need any more than $20 as the largest bill.  Hope that helps and safe travels!


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answered by
cao from Paris

In Cambodia the only foreign currency acceptable everywhere is the us dollar, have small denomination like 1,2,5,10,20 us dollars for easy use. ATM in cambodia dispense local currency and us dollar so no problem for bank card (preferable Visa and Master). Have a good trip in Cambodia!


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answered by
Sina from Siem Reap

Us dollar is accepted everywhere in Cambodia. On ATM you it show both US dollar and Reil local currency. I suggest you to get USD during you traveling in Cambodia.




answered by
Vladimir from Tallinn, Estonia

Hello,

Get 1-5-10 dollars. 

No Benefit to have local currency. If you change 100 dollars to local, you will have such a big bunch of papers that they would not fit to in your pocket. 

ATM gives you dollars. 

It so cheap anywhere in Siem Reap, so no worries.

Sihanoukville is much more expensive. I was shocked. Like it is not Thailand, so why are the prices so high? To eat on the Otres Beach, which is the best and have a beer - 8-10 dollars. Quite expensive for Cambodia, but Siem Reap is much cheaper.


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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Cash machines are plentiful in or around Pub St.  You shouldn't have any issues.


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