Fun Facts About Cambodia

What currency that used in Cambodia?

Cambodia’s currency is Riel. The coin has not been issued for many years. The denominations of banknotes on the market are 50R, 100R, 200R, 500R, 1,000R, 2,000R, 5,000R, 10,000R and 50,000R.

When we arrived in Cambodia, we noticed that the US dollar is also used here. If you don’t stay in Cambodia for a long time, you don’t need to exchange your local currency at all. It is very common for developing countries to use both local and foreign currencies simultaneously, but besides the experience of inflation, there are few cases where local currencies are basically abolished and they are completely dependent on foreign currencies. Cambodia is indeed a special case.

Exchange Method

People can easily exchange money at local banks such as Acleda Bank, National Bank, hotels, or money exchange shops on the street. Money exchange shops are located on many streets, easy to exchange, and the rates are acceptable, but the exchange rate at hotels is usually 5% lower.


There are many ATMs in Cambodia, and the ATMs of many banks support UnionPay cards. In recent years, there have been two options for withdrawing riel and U.S. dollars when withdrawing money.

The circulation of US dollars ensures that you can pay any kind of expenses, so please remember to bring US dollars with you. Carrying small denominations of US dollars such as US$1, US$2, US$10, and US$20 will be very useful.

Cambodian covers the tones of various languages ​​in the world

Cambodian characters are characters with 33 consonants and 24 vowels. The phonetic rules are quite complicated. Once learners can understand the rules, they are half successful. Phonetics is more difficult than English and French, but grammar, it’s easier. Like Chinese, verbs have no morphological changes and do not need to change their tenses.

The adjectives in Khmer are placed after the noun. This is the same as French. For example, red apple, in Cambodian is “apple red” and so on. When writing Cambodian, there are basically no punctuation marks, usually, only full stop, question marks, and exclamation marks are used, there is no comma, pause, etc. Some are like ancient Chinese in China, and you need to be able to read sentences. The most interesting thing about Cambodian is that it contains the tones of almost all languages, so it is easy to learn other languages ​​by knowing Cambodian.

Seven Color of a Week in Cambodia

There is an ancient and interesting custom in Cambodia. The day is represented by the color of clothing. There is a “colorful week”: Sunday: sun, red, Monday: moon, yellow, Tuesday: Mars, purple, Wednesday: Mercury, green, Thursday: Jupiter, white, Friday: gold, blue, Saturday: Saturn, black. Ancient Cambodians like to wear clothes that match the color of the week and use parasols of the same color. However, white is a symbol of death in Cambodia, so people will wear light green or white flower costumes on Thursday. Later, in daily life, Cambodia generally broke the custom of dressing, and only maintained this custom during religious ceremonies.

Surrounded and protected by mountains

The territory of Cambodia is uniquely endowed with a dish-shaped, surrounded by hills and mountains on three sides; due to the surrounding mountains, Cambodia is protected from violent storms such as those of neighboring countries. The central part of Cambodia is a vast and prosperous plain that occupies more than three-quarters of the country’s area. There is the Mekong River and the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia Tonle Sap Lake, where a large number of fish and shrimp are produced throughout the year. Nowadays, besides Phnom Penh, the major cities surrounding the lake include Battambong, Kompot, Siem Reap, Kompong Thom, and Kompong Chnang.

The Cambodian flag is one of the world’s national flags with buildings

The Cambodian flag is the only national flag in the world with buildings on four sides. The Cambodian flag is composed of three colors which are white, red, and blue, representing Buddhism, nation, and royal family respectively. The center is the epitome of the famous Angkor Wat.

Cambodia is “the world’s best rice” producer

Cambodian rice got the award four times at the World Rice Conference in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2018, and was awarded the title of “Best Rice in the World”.

The most beautiful beach in the world The Lazy Beach

The US “National Geographic” magazine recently announced the 21 most beautiful beaches in the world. The Lazy Beach of Cambodia takes the top spot among the most beautiful beaches in the world. According to reports, Cambodia Lazy Bech tops the list with soft white sand and clear water. Quiet, peaceful, and the black sand beaches of Iceland which correspond to their colors are also on the list.