money, ATMs and credit cards in Cambodia
Money Though Cambodian riel (R)
is the official currency, US dollars are currently the de facto
tender in Cambodia. Most businesses, especially hotels, restaurants,
airlines, markets and souvenir shops set their prices in US dollars.
Change of less than one dollar is given in riel. Always carry some
small riel for minor purchases. 500 and 1000 riel notes are the most
common and useful denominations. Money changers tend to give a
slightly better exchange rate than the banks. When accepting US
dollars, inspect the bills carefully. Marred riel is acceptable
tender, but the tiniest tear in a large US note renders it worthless
ATMs Sihanoukville has several ATMs
with international access including:
at ANZ Royal Bank; a couple near the
Golden Lions; at the
Golden Sand Hotel
at the Holiday Palace Hotel on
Beach; at the Total Station downtown and at the convenience
store opposite Mealy Chenda Guesthouse on
Credit Cards Visa, MasterCard (MC)
and JCB cards are the most
widely accepted credit cards. AMEX
and the ANZ Bluespot card are
coming into wider use. Most businesses charge a 2%-4% fee on credit
Travelers Checks Travelers checks are accepted at most banks,
many hotels and some restaurants. AMEX in US dollars are the most
widely accepted travelers checks. Ana Internet offers
currency/travelers cheque exchange and Visa and MasterCard advances.
Cash Transfers 'Instant' cash transfers can be done through
MoneyGram or Western Union. Ordinary telegraphic transfers are
available at all major banks.
Banks Banks provide currency and travelers check exchange,
credit card advances, telegraphic transfers and all usual banking
services. Most banks are open from 8:00 to 15:00 or 16:00, Monday
through Friday. Some are open Saturday mornings until 11:30.
Cambodia Asia Bank (CAB)
Golden Lion Park
on Ekareach St,
Mon - Fri: 7:30 - 21:00
On Ekareach Street,
Bank ATM with international access,
Western Union, Visa/MC/Maestro/Cirrus/Diners
on Ekareach Street,
Mon - Fri: 8:00 -15:30
Sat: 8:00 - 12:00.
Credit cards accepted, currency
exchange, t/c exchange. Visa/MC/JCB/AMEX
Sihanouk Ville Branch:
#223, Ekareach Street,
Monday - Friday: 8:30 - 16:00
Sat: 8:30 -
money exchange. 10:00 - 14:30.
Union Commercial Bank (UCB)
Currency exchange, ATM, t/c exchange,
‘No commission’ Visa card cash advance. Visa/MC/Cirrus/Plus.
on Ekareach Street,
Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 15:30
Sat: 8:00 - 12:00