Cambodia runs at GMT +7 hours, the same time zone as its neighbors Thailand,
Vietnam and Laos.
US dollars are as commonly used as the Cambodian Riel and even Thai Baht is
acceptable in many places. Most hotels and many restaurants and shops set
their prices in dollars. Small transactions are usually done in Riel. Always
carry some small Riel for motorcycle taxis, snacks, beggars and other small
Riel notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, 50,000 and 100,000
denominations, but the distinctive red 500 Riel note is the most commonly
Credit cards and travelers checks are not common but are catching on. US
dollar travelers checks are much more easily encashed than any other kind.
Money changers cluster around the markets. When accepting money, inspect the
bills. Marred Riel is acceptable tender, but the tiniest tear in a large US
note renders it worthless.
There are banks in all of the larger provincial capitals, including Phnom
Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Battambang. Banks can change money, effect
telegraphic transfers and some banks can cash travelers checks and accept
There is only two ATM in Cambodia, at the Canadia Bank in Phnom Penh and ANZ
Royal Bank in Phnom Penh, and you must have a local account in order to use
it. You cannot access foreign accounts from this.