People are living, doing and working for “money” and if there is no money, exchanges or goods will never happen. There are so many kind of notes and it is specific for every single countries. Some countries can use the same notes, but it’s a rare case.
As a country, Cambodia also has its own notes called “RIEL”. Khmer riel is unique and can only be used in Cambodia’s territory only. Khmer riel range from 100 riel to 500,000 riels, but 500, 000 notes rarely be seen and use.
The exchange from Khmer riel to US dollar is quite stable for this year. One US dollar you can exchange with around 4,000 riel. In everyday business or activities, people we just calculate one US dollar equal to 4,000 riel only.
However, in Cambodia you can use so many different kind of notes that you have to buying stuffs or exchange without any worries. So, what kind of notes will acceptable in Cambodia? Do you need to exchange to Khmer riel with you’re going to visit Cambodia?
The answer of this question would be: You can use any currencies or any notes that it is official accepted. You somehow do not need to exchange if in case you don’t have enough time, but small notes might be sufficient for you. These below notes are wisely accepted in Cambodia:
– US Dollars: The currency or note is very popular in Cambodia and it is wisely use any places, any shop or any markets. It sometime even more popular than Khmer riel. You might need to bring some small note ($1, $5, $10) might more sufficient for you during your time in Cambodia.
– Thai baht: Some parts of Cambodia, especially north-west Cambodia where border with Thailand. This notes use wisely. In Phnom Penh and other parts of Cambodia, Thai baht can also be use but not so popular.
– EURO: After US dollars, Euro also accepted and can be use at any shopping centers or malls, but it not as popular as US dollar due to its price is much higher than US dollar or Thai baht.
– Vietnamese dong: East-southern of Cambodia has border with Vietnam where Vietnamese dong is popular. They uses it in every exchanges or buying. Vietnamese dong’s price is lower than Thai baht, EURO or US dollar. This notes will hardly to accept in Phnom Penh or other provinces beside east-southern country.
These above currencies are use wisely, some notes can be used across the country and some can only be used at some part of the country.
Other currencies such as Singapore dollars, Australia dollar… can also be used in some cases.
However, Khmer riel is still the most popular and can be used at anywhere, any places.
Final suggestion: If in case you don’t have enough time to exchange your money, US dollar is the most and wisely accept that you can bring with you. Small notes will be best option.