How to send money to Cambodia

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If you want to send money to loved ones in Cambodia, your options are limited. Since the Cambodian riel is considered an exotic currency it’s not one most forex providers deal in. Western Union and MoneyGram both have a presence in Cambodia and can send a cash payment quickly, but rapid transfers can be expensive. An online specialist like World First could save you money with lower fees and stronger exchange rates.

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Use our comparison calculator to assess transfer fees, exchange rates and other details for sending funds to Cambodia with our money transfer partners.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
USD 10,000 1 day HKD 0.00 524.092 KHR
26,204,580
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Disclaimer: Exchange rates change often. Confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

Banks vs money transfer companies

While you’ll be tempted to visit your bank for a wire transfer to Cambodia, a reputable money transfer service can typically offer better exchange rates, lower fees and faster delivery — often without you having to leave your home.

Banks don’t often publish exchange rates, but you can sometimes find the rate you’ll receive by logging in to your online bank account.

Steps to send money to Cambodia

  1. Register for an account with a provider, supplying your name, address, contact details, proof of ID and information about your selected payment method.
  2. Provide your recipient’s contact information and account data if required.
  3. Select the amount of money to transfer.
  4. Keep a record of any transaction reference number you receive so that you can review the progress of your transfer.

To get the best value for money when sending money from Hong Kong to Cambodia, compare the benefits and features of competing services before selecting a provider.

How do I compare money transfer companies?

When sending money to friends, family and businesses in Cambodia, you’ll want to compare these details to get the best deal for your situation.

  • Exchange rates. Nearly all providers skew exchange rates for a profit. Compare the rate you’re offered to the mid-market rate — the rate banks and transfer services use when they trade among themselves — and look for the smallest margin between them.
  • Transfer fees. Find out whether the provider charges a flat fee or a percentage of your transfer. If you’re sending a large amount, ask whether you qualify for a fee-free transfer.
  • Payment and delivery options. Some transfer companies allow you to pay with a credit card online, by phone or through an app. Others offer agent locations for cash payments and pickups. Also ask how your recipient can receive your funds: bank account, cash pickup, mobile wallet and more.
  • Transfer speeds. If it needs to be there fast, companies like Western Union and MoneyGram allow for quick cash pickups, often in minutes. If you have more time, you’ll get better rates and fees with an independent provider.
  • Transfer limits. Your best option might depend on how much you want to send. For large transfers, weigh the best exchange rate —especially since providers encourage large transfers by offering low fees. For smaller amounts, consider the fees you’ll pay on top of the exchange rate.
  • Flexible transfer options. Ask whether you can schedule payments ahead of time or protect your transfer against market fluctuations with a limit order or forward contract.
  • Customer support. Most companies offer customer service by Internet chat, phone, in person or by email. Make sure help will be available if you need it.

Foreign exchange rates explained

The exchange rate determines how much a country’s currency is worth in another country’s currency. A strong currency yields more money when exchanging it in a country with a weak currency. Cambodia’s exchange rates is flexible and can change from moment to moment. Factors that influence the exchange rate include interest rates, economic stability and inflation.
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What are the ways that I can send money to Cambodia?

  • Bank transfers. Confirm whether your bank will allow you to send money to Cambodia.
  • Money transfer providers. Providers like Ria and World First can help you quickly and easily transfer your money online.
  • Providers with cash pickup. Western Union and MoneyGram allow you to send funds for cash pickup at agent locations.
  • Cheques and money orders. Although not a quick option, you could send an international cheque overseas, obtained from your bank.

How safe is a money transfer?

When you use a reputable provider, your funds are safely tracked until in the hands of your recipient. Banks, credit unions and money transfer companies to, for example, disclose all fees upfront and give you 30 minutes to cancel a transfer, assuming it hasn’t yet been picked up or deposited.

Emergency cash transfers in Cambodia

You might need to send an emergency cash transfer to Cambodia — for example, if a relative travelling through the country loses their wallet. When you need to transfer funds urgently, review the exchange rate and transfer fee that will apply to your transaction.

The fastest possible transfer will often be your most expensive option, so compare the details of your transaction before you commit.

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Tips for picking up cash in Cambodia

Whether picking up funds in Phnom Penh or anywhere else around the world, take a few simple safety precautions to prevent yourself becoming a target for thieves.

  • Call ahead. Learn the company’s business hours and choose a safe time to pick up your cash. Daylight hours are best.
  • Bring a friend. Carrying money when alone can be dangerous. Ask a friend to come along.
  • Deposit your money immediately. The likelihood of losing your money to theft or simple carelessness grows the longer you have it with you. Go straight to a bank and deposit your cash as soon as possible.
  • Keep your cash hidden. Place your money in your purse or wallet before leaving the office. Carrying cash out in the open could make you a target.
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