Editor’s note: Below is another adventure submitted to us by Paola Vega (she’s on Instagram, too!), documenting her adventure in Mondulkiri. Follow
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The eastern region of Cambodia is a place unknown to many. Yet becoming more and more popular. Mondulkiri province is now an upcoming backpackers’ destination full of wildlife and nature.
I took a mini-van from Phnom Penh directly to the town of Sem Monorom. I then walked to the office of an Elephant Sanctuary that I contacted prior my arrival. My intended purpose of coming here was to volunteer a few days and this place offered a great deal.
The first night I had to spend it at a really nice hotel called Nature Lodge. Completely immersed in the essence of the region; wide open green spaces, beautiful sunsets and clear night skies. The next day the “Mondulkiri Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary” welcomed me with their arms open. The first two days I followed them on their trekking and elephant tour just to get to know the whole organization better and to grasp their essence. After, I spent three days helping at the sanctuary with various projects.
The place is a real paradise for the elephants, they have a massive land where they can roam freely, and the best part is: they are not chained or ridden on. They really take care of them at the sanctuary. The visitors have the chance to feed them and then bathe them. And if you do the two-day program you even get to sleep one night at the sanctuary in a nice jungle-hut. A really unique experience.
Also, the jungle trek is a great way to see more of this beautiful region. There are many waterfalls and plantations around worth seeing. And at the end of the day, you feel so accomplished for walking 20k up and down hills.
I had a great time during my stay in Mondulkiri and I will recommend it to anyone who’s in Cambodia. If you are a nature and animal lover this place is for you!
Virak Buntham buses is known as the first bus operator to offer night buses in Cambodia. It boasts of having comfortable and quality service to all its travelers. With its many routes, travelers can journey to any place of their choice and simply rest while on the way.
What do you get when travelling with Virak Buntham buses?
In case you wish to travel on board Virak Buntham buses, you are often provided with the following perks:
Other important information are as follows:
Passengers should be at the terminal 15 minutes before departure.
Tickets are VOID if passengers do not arrive on time.
Children over 5 years of age require tickets.
Passengers availing Pick Up services should be ready at the hotel or guesthouse’s lobby an hour before departure.
Passengers MUST present printed Online Tickets for inspection at the terminal prior to boarding.
Smoking inside the bus is prohibited.
Pets, weapons, illegal products and substances, and hazardous materials are not allowed on the bus.
Strong smelling food items (i.e., durian, prohok) are not allowed on board the bus.
To avoid confusion regarding certain routes from Siem Reap, here are some updates that might be helpful when booking bus tickets with Virak Buntham buses:
Siem Reap to Bangkok/Pattaya route departs at 4:00 AM and uses the sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (15 seats) at the border.
Siem Reap to Bangkok route departs at 8:00 AM and uses a 41-seat bus. It is a direct bus. The bus will stop at three different locations namely Kao San, Train Station, and Pharum Kao (airport).
Siem Reap to Sihanoukville route:
Departs at 10:30 PM and uses a luxury bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
Departs at 11:00 PM uses a Sleeping bus, but it is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to other bus in Phnom Penh.
Departs at 12:00 AM uses a Hotel bus, but it is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh route departs at 7:00PM, 10:30PM, 11:00PM and 12:00PM, but is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred bus in Phnom Penh.
Siem Reap to Koh Kong route:
Departs at 7:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred bus in Sihanoukville.
Departs at 11:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
Siem Reap to Mondulkiri route departs at 12:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
Siem Reap to Kampot, Kep, and Ha Tien routes depart at 7:00 PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to Van (15 seats) in Sihanoukville.
Siem Reap to Phu Quoc Island route departs at 7:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to Van (15 seats) in Sihanoukville on to the ferry.
These are not the only routes available for Virak Buntham buses. You may check out more information from this page on our website.
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