Currency

riel (r); US dollars (US$) universally accepted

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$50

  • Dorm or cheap guesthouse room: US$8–15
  • Cafe and street eats: US$1–5
  • Short remork-moto (tuk tuk) trip: US$2–3

Midrange: US$50–200

  • Comfortable hotel room: US$20–50
  • Midrange local restaurant meal: US$5–10
  • Boat cruise: from US$20

Top End: More than US$200

  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$75–250
  • Gastronomic meal with drinks: US$25–50
  • Car rental per day: from US$30

Bargaining

It's important to haggle in markets in Cambodia, otherwise the stallholder may ‘shave your head’ (local vernacular for ‘rip you off’). As well as in markets, bargaining is the rule when arranging share taxis and pick-ups, and in some guesthouses. The Khmers are not ruthless hagglers, so a persuasive smile and a little friendly quibbling is usually enough to get a price that's acceptable to both you and the seller.

Money

There's little need to turn US dollars into riel, as greenbacks are universally accepted in the capital. You can change a wide variety of other currencies into dollars or riel in the jewellery stalls around Psar Thmei and the Russian Market. Many upmarket hotels offer 24-hour money-changing services, although this is usually reserved for their guests. Banks with ATMs and money-changing facilities are ubiquitous. Malls and supermarkets are good bets, and there are dozens of ATMs along the riverfront.

ANZ Royal Bank ANZ has ATMs galore all over town, including at supermarkets and petrol stations, but there is a US$5 charge per transaction.

CAB Bank Convenient hours and location, plus there’s also a Western Union office here (one of several in the city).

Canadia Bank Has ATMs around town, with a US$4 charge. Also offers free cash advances on MasterCard and Visa, and represents MoneyGram.