Getting there and away
The airport at Banlung has been mothballed with no known plans for it to start operating again in the near future.
It is possible to go directly to and from Phnom Penh to Banlung, stopping in Kratie. Several minibuses offer the service, which costs about $12 but may be slightly higher during busy season. The road is mostly a paved, smooth path. Try:
Bona Transport T:(012) 567161
Bung Rung T:(012) 684 041
Ly Heng Express T:(023) 991 726.
Minibuses leave Banlung at 06:30 and cost $12. Minibuses also go to Stung Treng ($6), Kratie ($8) and virtually anywhere else you want to go in the country by taking you to one of these towns and putting you on a transfer.
The below companies also run regular trips on full-size buses to Banlung, most leaving at 06:15 from Phnom Penh and 07:00 from Banlung, costing about $12, and taking about 12 hours to travel the 600 kilometre distance.
Rith Mony T: (012) 818 737;(011) 823 885
Phnom Penh Sorya T: (023) 210 359;(023) 210 859
GST Express Bus Company T: (092) 389 664;(016) 998 122
Share taxis can also be arranged in Phnom Penh's Central Market or the market in Banlung, though we don't recommend these for long trips since you'll have to pay double for your own seat or expect to squish in with up to seven people.
Minibuses and taxis can be much faster -- only eight or nine hours -- although watching the drivers careen around trucks and cows might subtract a few years from your lifespan (and you also run a higher risk of getting into an accident, we know from firsthand experience).
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- Phnom Penh & surrounds
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- Sihanoukville & Cambodia's islands
- Banlung, Kratie & the Northeast