Currency

Cambodia’s currency is the រៀល [riel] (KHR, ) – named after the small fish used for making the ever so pungent Prahoc.
The riel comes in notes of the following denominations: 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10.000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100.000.
There are no riel coins in circulation.
The exchange rate to the US dollar is around 4000 (read more about exchange rates in our banking section).
You can read more about the use of US dollars within Cambodia at the end of this article.

Denominations


50 riel

Front: Preah Vihear temple (Preah Vihear)
Back: Dam

50 riel note, Cambodia
50 riel note, Cambodia


100 riel

New 100 riel note in commemoration of the late King (2014):
Front: Young Norodom Sihanouk (former King of Cambodia)
Back: Wat Preah Keo (silver palace)

100 riel note 2014, front, Cambodia
100 riel note 2014 (front), Cambodia

100 riel note 2014, back, Cambodia
100 riel note 2014 (back), Cambodia

Pre-2014, still in circulation:
Front: Independence Monument (Phnom Penh)
Back: School

100 riel note, Cambodia
100 riel note, Cambodia


500 riel

New 500 riel note (2014):
Front: Norodom Sihamoni (King of Cambodia)
Back: Nak Loeung bridge (Cambodia – Japan friendship bridge)

500 riel note 2014, front, Cambodia
500 riel note 2014 (front), Cambodia

500 riel note 2014, back, Cambodia
500 riel note 2014 (back), Cambodia

Pre-2014, still in circulation:
Front: Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat)
Back: Bridge over Mekong River (Kampong Cham)

500 riel note, Cambodia
500 riel note, Cambodia


1,000 riel

New 1,000 riel note in commemoration of the late King (2013):
Front: Norodom Sihanouk (former King of Cambodia)
Back: Royal procession of former King Norodom Sihanouk’s funeral

1,000 riel note 2013, front, Cambodia
1,000 riel note 2013 (front), Cambodia

1,000 riel note 2013, back, Cambodia
1,000 riel note 2013 (back), Cambodia

Pre-2013, still in circulation:
Front: Southern gate at Bayon (Angkor Wat)
Back: Port of Kampong Som (Sihanoukville)

1,000 riel note, Cambodia
1,000 riel note, Cambodia


2,000 riel

New 2,000 riel note in commemoration of 60 years of Cambodian independence (2013):
Front: Norodom Sihanouk (former King of Cambodia) and a naga (mythical snake)
Back: former King Norodom Sihanouk’s with two soldiers and the Independence monument

2,000 riel note 2013, front, Cambodia
2,000 riel note 2013 (front), Cambodia

2,000 riel note 2013, back, Cambodia
2,000 riel note 2013 (back), Cambodia

Pre-2013, still in circulation:
Front: Preah Vihear temple (Preah Vihear)
Back: Angkor Wat and Field Workers (Angkor Wat)

2,000 riel note, Cambodia
2,000 riel note, Cambodia


5,000 riel

Front: Norodom Sihanouk (former King of Cambodia)
Back: Bridge of Kampong Kdei (Siem Reap Province)

5,000 riel note, Cambodia
5,000 riel note, Cambodia


10,000 riel

Front: Norodom Sihanouk (former King of Cambodia)
Back: Royal Palace (Phnom Penh)

10,000 riel note, Cambodia
10,000 riel note, Cambodia


20,000 riel

Front: Norodom Sihamoni (King of Cambodia)
Back: Angkor Wat, Four faces of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Angkor Wat)

20,000 riel note, Cambodia
20,000 riel note, Cambodia


50,000 riel

New 50,000 riel note in commemoration of the late King (2013):
Front: Norodom Sihanouk (former King of Cambodia)
Back: Koh Ker ruins and sculpture of baby elephant

50,000 riel note 2013, front, Cambodia
50,000 riel note 2013 (front), Cambodia

50,000 riel note 2013, back, Cambodia
50,000 riel note 2013 (back), Cambodia

Pre-2013, still in circulation:
Front: Norodom Sihanouk (former King of Cambodia)
Back: Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat)

50,000 riel note, Cambodia
50,000 riel note, Cambodia

100,000 riel

New 100,000 riel note in commemoration of the late King (2013):
Front: late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath
Back: the two monarchs and their current King Norodom Sihamoni

100,000 riel note 2013, front, Cambodia
100,000 riel note 2013 (front), Cambodia

100,000 riel note 2013, back, Cambodia
100,000 riel note 2013 (back), Cambodia

Pre-2013: still in circulation, but rare
Front: Norodom Sihanouk (former King of Cambodia) and Monineath Sihanouk (former Queen of Cambodia)
Back: Norodom Sihanouk and Monineath Sihanouk receiving homage of the people

100,000 riel note, Cambodia
100,000 riel note, Cambodia

US Dollars

In 1993, the UNTAC (United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia) injected a large quantity of US dollar into the local economy. Until this date, the US dollar is still the favoured currency. Like there are no riel coins, there are also no US dollar coins in circulation; the Cambodian riel notes function as small change and are used for smaller purchases.

Don’t expect shop venders to have change of anything more than a US$5 note, but do expect small change in riel.

Faded notes or notes with even a small tear are unlikely to be accepted, so check the change you are given carefully. Criticism increases with the value of the note. For more info, read our page on Damaged US dollar notes.

US$100 notes printed in 2009 are not accepted by Cambodian banks and business owners.

Many a time I have thought it was my lucky day, until I realised that the US$100 note fluttering along the street was in fact an offering symbol worth no more than the paper it was printed on.

As I am on the subject of luck, once in a while you will come across a US$2 note. Cambodians consider these notes auspicious and will hang on to them if they can afford it.

two US dollar note
two US dollar note


by Rikitikitavi




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