Currency: Every Day Conversions

When you move to an unfamiliar country, after some time you begin to get accustomed to the foreign currency and how much things should cost. This is true for Cambodia, but there is an interesting twist on how the currency system works. Cambodia (much like Haiti, Tyler tells me) uses the US dollar for whole dollar purchases and uses the Cambodian riel as change. For example when I purchase something worth $1.50, I pay $1 and 2,000 riel ($1 = 4,000 riel) or 6,000 riel. Riel comes in denominations as low as 100 (2.5 cents) and as large as 50,000 riel ($12.50). So every day is an adventure in currency exchange!

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