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Country Code

The country code for Cambodia is 855. When calling to Cambodia from overseas, dial your international access code (011 from the U.S./Canada) followed by the country code, area code, and phone number. Phone numbers in Cambodia are 8-9 digits in length. Dialing from the U.S./Canada: 011 855 ## ### ####.

Currency

U.S dollars are widely accepted throughout Cambodia. When paying with US dollars it is important to note that change may be given in the local currency. For initial convenience we recommend you bring some US dollars with you from home. It is advisable to bring newer US notes that are in good condition as some merchants will not accept those that are tattered and/or old.

ATMs are the most convenient way to obtain money in Cambodia as they are readily available throughout the country and the vast majority of ATMs dispense US dollars. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can also exchange US dollars into the local currency, the Cambodian Riel.

The symbol for the Cambodian Riel is
● Banknote denominations: 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000

Please note: US Dollars are accepted throughout the country as means of payment. For the most current exchange rates, please go to our Web site at www.globusfamily.com/currency. Major credit cards are widely accepted (only Visa & MasterCard on the Avalon cruise) but some shops and restaurants require a minimum purchase amount when using them (so they are not appropriate for incidentals such as ice creams, snacks, etc.). You might consider bringing more than one card, as some outlets may not accept all types. Due to increasing credit card fraud worldwide, be prepared to show identification (i.e. your passport or driver’s license) when making a transaction with your credit card. If you use a credit card for your purchase, most transactions will be debited in the local currency, and your bank will establish the rate of exchange on the debit.

Budgeting and Shopping

The following budget guidelines are just approximate values or starting values for meals and are per person. Actual prices will vary widely by restaurant and city within a country but below are some averages as provided by our experienced personnel. The approximate cost of a soft drink/mineral water/coffee is US $1. An average lunch consisting of a salad or sandwich and a soda or water starts at approximately US $3. A steak dinner at a mid-range restaurant with dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage starts at approximately US $25. Shopping Prices are as marked in department stores, though in Asia it is customary to barter. Start negotiating with an offer at one-third or half the vendor’s initial price. Please be warned that if you buy items on tour to be shipped to your home, customs import charges are hardly ever included in the price. Sales tax or GST (Goods & Services Tax) is normally already included on price tags; GST refunds, if applicable, are processed at the departing airport from the relevant country.

Tipping

It is customary to tip table staff at local restaurants the equivalent of 10% of your bill. A service charge may already be added to the bill, but it likely won’t be passed along to the wait staff.

  • For a taxi, pre-negotiate the price before getting in and then round up the fare as tip.
  • Tipping hotel staff for bar or room service is at your discretion but if you choose to we recommend US$1 at the most.

Temperatures

The climate in Cambodia is dominated by monsoons but in general it is warm or hot year round.

  • Warm and dry between November and February
  • Hot and dry between March and May
  • Hot and wet between June and August
  • Warm and wet between September and early November To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures in Fahrenheit for Cambodia
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