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My trip from Phnom Penh to Mondolkiri

Editor’s Note: The story below chronicles the adventure of Alice on her trip from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri. All images and content are from the contributor.


 

Currently living in Phnom Penh, we decided with some friends to leave the capital city during Water Festival and go on discovering North East of Cambodia and especially Mondolkiri.

We booked a bus through BookMeBus to go there. The journey was great, the landscape was really beautiful and very different to all I’ve seen in Cambodia so far, with all those hills and this luxuriant vegetation. Our first impression when we got there, was this really peaceful mood prevailing in this small village surrounded by nature and animals. This is so pleasant after the spirited Phnom Penh!

We were hosted and guided by two native from a Mondolkiri village during the entire week-end, which is a great way to discover this region. We stayed in a traditional house for the first night, talking and eating with locals.

mondolkiri

The second day we left early morning to go for two days trekking in the jungle! That was an amazing experience. We swam in waterfalls, saw crazy animals, slept in hammock (in the middle of the forest), fished and eat from the river, saw elephants … Coming back in the village after this incredible 2 days trek, people invited us to a weeding in the village! That was so great!

Mondolkiri is far from being my best trip since I am in Cambodia, not only for the amazing landscape but also because it was a real interesting exchange and sharing moment with the locals. It is a place not to be missed during your trip in Cambodia!

I would recommend to go there just after the rainy season, when the landscape is entirely green and rain is not anymore an obstacle to go on discovering. You should stay there at least three days, which is I think the minimum if you want have time to appreciate this so special atmosphere. Moreover, if you want to see the elephants, I would recommend you to choose a Cambodian NGO, in order contributing to local initiatives.

I did enjoy this trip a lot because we always were with locals therefore I can only warmly recommend you to avoid guesthouses there!

Enjoy your trip in Mondolkiri!

 

Alice

BookMeBus Buses: Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

If you are planning a trip from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh, BookMeBus has a selection of bus operators for you to choose from.

BookMeBus Operators

The bus operators that BookMeBus works with are trusted operators both in Cambodia and its operating countries. They are reputable, and are known to have top of the line services. Although the BookMeBus partner list sometimes displays less than what we offer, it is merely during the heavier seasons when we have smaller resources. We are a startup after all, and coordinating thousands of tickets a day can sometimes take up all our resources.

sapaco bus phnom penh to ho chi minh

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh buses

Khai Nam buses

  • Khai Nam – Khai Nam is one of the main bus operators for trips to and from Ho Chi Minh. The staff is known for being friendly and can speak excellent English. Their buses are also known for being spacious, and easily recognizable in their standout shade of blue.
  • Mekong Express – Also known as the Mekong Limousine Bus, is a known Cambodian-owned bus operator. Not only does Mekong Express cover Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh routes, but it also has several bus routes throughout Cambodia. In addition, Mekong Express also covers trips from Phnom Penh to Bangkok as well as Ho Chi Minh to Sihanoukville.
  • Kumho Samco – Kumho Samco is one of the top bus operators in Vietnam. They boast of having offices in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and in Ho Chi Minh. Through its partnership with BookMeBus, bus tickets for trips from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh can be purchased online.
  • Phnom Penh Sorya – With approximately 200 buses operating daily, Phnom Penh Sorya has one of the most extensive routes within Cambodia. While it does cover trips to Ho Chi Minh, majority of its focus is within the country itself. One of the key points that Phnom Penh Sorya has is that it boasts of having the cheapest ticket fare among the bus operators.
  • Sapaco Tourist – Boasting of having comfortable seating for guests throughout the trip, Sapaco Tourist is one of the pioneers when it comes to travelling to and from Ho Chi Minh. They are known for easy boarding crossing, and is one of the leading providers for trips between Cambodia and Vietnam.

As is often the case, each of the bus operators have their own policies which are out of BookMeBus’ responsibilities. Before booking, take time to learn more about the bus operator and decide if it is to your liking.

Visit the BookMeBus page! From there, you can search Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh trips easily. The results often list all schedules for the day.

Visit Koh Kong on a Holiday

Just because the weather is not so sunny anymore, it does not mean you cannot visit Koh Kong for a holiday. Despite the surly weather, you can always head over to Koh Kong if you need to get away from the traffic that Phnom Penh has. It is also a great experience to check out some lesser known cities in Cambodia.

visit koh kong

Why visit Koh Kong?

Koh Kong is known to have a somewhat frontier town vibe. Due to its once relative isolation from the rest of Cambodia, several less legal acts such as banditry, illegal logging, and wild animal smuggling among others were rampant. However, since transportation has much improved, Koh Kong is now becoming a tourist destination.

The town is accessible by land, air, and sea. It can be accessed from Bangkok as well as through the town of Sre Ambel.

What can you do in Koh Kong?

Apart from getting a chance to relax, guests who have chosen to visit Koh Kong can also:

  • check out the Koh Kong bridge which links Koh Kong and the border crossing to Thailand
  • pass through the majestic Cardamom Mountains
  • check out some casinos near the border
  • enjoy boat tours to visit the uninhabited island
  • go on a trek up the Cardamom Mountains

Getting to Koh Kong

If you plan to visit Koh Kong, there are several routes you can choose from if you plan to travel by bus. Phnom Penh to Koh Kong is possible with trips as early as 07:45 a.m. For those leaving from Siem Reap to Koh Kong, there are schedules that leave at 7:00 p.m. If you are on your way from Phnom Penh to Pattaya, you can get a glimpse of Koh Kong as it passes through the border on the way to Thailand.

For more routes, you can try searching at our main site.

Paddle boarding in Kampot

One of the things that make Cambodia amazing is that locals and expats alike never run out of things to try out or discover. Take for example, paddle boarding in Kampot, spelunking in Kampong Trach, or riding the banana boat at Sihanoukville. You may not have heard of it at first, but then somebody somewhere is already trying things out.

So, with the weekend coming up, fancy heading out to Kampot and trying something new?

Paddle boarding in Kampot

paddle boarding in kampot

One of the things you can try during the weekend is paddle boarding in Kampot. Currently, stand up paddle boarding (also known as SUP) is a growing sport that is not only recognized in Cambodia but also the rest of the world. One of the companies offering a unique paddle boarding experience is Supasia, which is based in Kampot.

What do you get to do?

paddle boarding in kampot

There are a couple of things you can do during your trip:

  1. Try your hand at stand up paddle boarding – the company offers lessons for those who are interested.
  2. Take a tour via paddle boarding – after learning how to paddle board, the next thing to definitely do is to go on a tour. You get to see many waterways, mangrove forests, and even paddle next to the Irrawaddy Dolphins! A definite MUST.
  3. Relax by doing SUP yoga – if you are a yogi and want to try something new, paddle board fitness and yoga just might be something you want to try out.

What to wear?

Guests can pretty much wear anything they prefer, although the company suggests wearing swimwear and a hat. Bikinis, however, are discouraged since the area is still relatively culturally sensitive. No need to bring life jackets and waterproof camera cases though as these are readily provided.

How to get to Kampot?

Now the big question of getting to Kampot. Well, if you are in Phnom Penh, there are buses that go from Phnom Penh to Kampot at varying hours during the day. If you are in Siem Reap, there are also Siem Reap to Kampot routes available, as well as Sihanoukville to Kampot. For other routes, you can check out the BookMeBus system and book your bus tickets as soon as possible.

This is something you definitely do not want to miss out on!