Currency

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

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$50

  • Cheap guesthouse room: US$5–10
  • Local meals and street eats: US$1–3
  • Local buses (per 100km): US$2–3

Midrange: US$50–200

  • Air-con hotel room: US$15–50
  • Decent local restaurant meal: US$5–10
  • Local tour guide per day: US$25–35

Top End: More than US$200

  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$50–500
  • Gastronomic meal with drinks: US$25–50
  • 4WD rental per day: US$60–120

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

The faster you get used to making quick conversions between Cambodian riel, US dollars and Thai baht, all of which are in use here, the easier it'll be. A good rule of thumb is 4000r = US$1 = 30B.

Don’t change money at the places suggested by touts, no matter how official they look. In fact, there’s no need to change money at all, as baht work just fine here.

Canadia Bank About 1km east of the border roundabout.