Photo: Dirt road travelling near Sen Monorom.


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Taking the bus to Mondulkiri is easier than ever, thanks to the new road connecting it with Phnom Penh. Several bus companies now operate routes to Mondulkiri from Phnom Penh, including Sorya Transport. The journey will take around eight hours.

Cambodian buses often run late, so don't expect promptness. From Sen Monorom, buses can be arranged to Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kratie, Stung Treng, Memot, Snoul, Soung, and Kompong Cham.

Sorya Travel: 08:30, $8, T: (012) 631 545 T: (023) 210 359

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Express minibuses run from Sen Monorom to Phnom Penh, and can make it in between five and six hours under ideal conditions. Tickets are $13 and, unlike their larger counterparts, the schedules are strictly adhere to. They will leave without you if you're not on time.

The minibuses are much more comfortable than the local transport minivans, which tend to be crowded, uncomfortable and poorly air-conditioned. Some of them saw their last good day many, many years ago. But they are more frequent and flexible than scheduled routes. These are best for getting to and from Kratie, $7 and two hours, or Banlung, $10 and three hours.

You can catch a ride from Phnom Penh on Street 70 near Wat Phnom and the French Embassy. Be there early -- before 08:00 - and be ready to wander from driver to driver to negotiate a fare. Some waiting around is to be expected. Prices are usually highly negotiable depending on the driver, the vehicle, and everyone's mood at any given time, but run around $15 to $20. Both taxis and trucks are always packed to the gills with people, and the front seat will often hold three or more people. If you're concerned about comfort, or simply aren't Cambodian-sized, buying two seats is a good idea.

On the way out of Sen Monorom, a share taxi stand is located on the strip of road running parallel to the airstrip, near the town market. You can catch a ride to Phnom Penh for $10, but be prepared to feel like a sardine and stop a lot on the way. Get there early and be prepared to negotiate, as one does in Phnom Penh.

A private taxi is by far the most pleasant way to reach Sen Monorom. Taxis to Sen Monorom can be easily arranged by your Mondulkiri accommodation ahead of time. Prices are generally around $100 to or from Phnom Penh.

These days the roads from Phnom Penh to Sen Monorom are in great condition except for a few bits here and there. It can easily be done on a rented touring motorbike and makes a pleasant, if lengthy, ride as there isn’t much traffic. You might want to consider an overnight stay in Memot or Snoul to break up the journey. There isn’t much of interest in either place but otherwise it can be a long day of riding if you’re not used to motorbike trips.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Sen Monorom? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Cambodia.

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