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20/12/2022

Book bus from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri [Your Ultimate Guide]

Mondulkiri, one of Cambodia's northeastern provinces, is well-known for its distinctive hilly landscape ('kiri' means hill in Khmer), indigenous ethnic minority groups, and beautiful, if rapidly disappearing, wildlife corridors. The trip from Phnom Penh to Sen Monorom, the capital of Mondulkiri province, is a dream compared to a decade ago when the trip could take more than a day. Mondulkiri can now be reached in less than 6 hours by bus. And this post will give you a detailed guide on how to get a bus from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri.

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Going from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri by bus will take you through remote places in Cambodia
Going from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri by bus will take you through remote places in Cambodia

What You Need to Know about Bus from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri

The express vans (also known as minibuses) generally arrive in Mondulkiri in 5 to 6 hours, depending on traffic, allowing you to settle in Sen Monorom and see the sunset on your first day. To avoid traffic in the capital, we recommend returning the morning vans to Phnom Penh.

Express vans typically seat between 9 and 15 people (four in the back, three in each of the middle two or three rows, and one or two in the front with the driver), providing a reasonable amount of personal space when compared to local vans that pack passengers in like sardines. However, we recommend avoiding the back row, which can be crowded.

Buses (vans) are the most common and cost-effective transportation to get to Mondulkiri from Phnom Penh
Buses (vans) are the most common and cost-effective transportation to get to Mondulkiri from Phnom Penh

How to Book Bus Ticket From Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri?

There is a wide choice of bus companies like Virak Buntham, Senmonorom Express, or Rithya Mondulkiri. You can also choose whether to go by minivan or sleeper bus. Buses from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri depart all day long from 07:00 AM to 07:30 PM. Prices start at 9 USD, and it will take you around 7 hours to go to Mondulkiri, depending on traffic.

TCT Mondulkiri Express and Kim Seng Express buses leave Phnom Penh at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, and Virak Buntham minibuses leave at 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The schedule from Mondulkiri to Phnom Penh is the same.

These companies may advertise later morning buses (8 a.m. or 9 a.m.), but be aware that these times are only sometimes available and are generally only available when more than two vans' worth of people have booked in advance and during peak season.

You can book the ticket and check for detailed agenda via the ticket websites: Camboticket, Bookaway, Bookmebus.

 

Go to the bus ticket booking website recommended to see the detailed route that fits you
Go to the bus ticket booking website recommended to see the detailed route that fits you

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a bus ticket from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri cost?

Among other factors, this depends on the day and time of travel. The cheapest bus ticket for this route starts from $9.00 and takes 5h 30m to get to Mondulkiri. Save money by comparing bus tickets!

On average, how many daily bus routes are available from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri?

Each day, the bus route from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri is offered by about 6 connections. 

How long does the Phnom Penh Mondulkiri bus route take?

Kim Seng Express offers the quickest bus from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri, which can take five hours. Tickets for this connection cost $12.50. However, remember that the bus route can take longer when there is traffic.

When does the first trip depart for the Phnom Penh Mondulkiri bus route?

The earliest bus to Mondulkiri departs from Phnom Penh at 7:00 AM. However, bus schedules may vary on weekends and holidays.

When does the last trip depart for the Phnom Penh Mondulkiri bus route?

The latest bus trip from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri departs at 8:30 PM. Please keep in mind that departure times may vary on weekends and holidays. 

Which companies are running for the Phnom Penh Mondulkiri bus route?

When taking the Phnom Penh Mondulkiri bus route, passengers can choose between companies, such as Virak Buntham, TCT Thy Socheata Express, and Kim Seng Express.

Remember to contact and book the ticket with the agency as soon as possible if you wanna save your seat and get a reasonable price
Remember to contact and book the ticket with the agency as soon as possible if you wanna save your seat and get a reasonable price

What to do in Mondulkiri?

Mondulkiri is a Cambodian province bordered to the west by Kratie, to the northwest by Stung Treng, to the north by Rattanakiri, and to the east and south by Vietnam. It is a location with large and dense tropical forests. Mondulkiri, Cambodia's most significant but sparsely populated province, was initially inhabited by the Bunong people. Lower temperatures will refresh you in Mondulkiri. This region is ideal for those who enjoy nature. Visit the magnificent Bou Sra Waterfall and book a day or two with one of the elephant conservation organisations to meet this wonderful endangered animal... and go trekking in the woods.

 

As you get into Mondulkiri, you are welcomed by rolling hills, evergreens, rubber and cashew, and the remains of what was once a jungle
As you get into Mondulkiri, you are welcomed by rolling hills, evergreens, rubber and cashew, and the remains of what was once a jungle

Mondulkiri is Cambodia’s most sparsely populated province and home to dusty red roads, raging waterfalls, elephant sanctuaries, and just the correct dose of adventure. And that's all there is to it when it comes to booking a bus ticket from Phnom Penh to Koh Kong. Have a wonderful day travelling there! More activities in Mondulkiri after a long day of travelling can be found in our travel guide compiled by Khmer locals!

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