This is a long, long day of travel and there’s no easy way to do it, other than just buckle up, and hope that you get a decent seat on a bus (tip, book seats early and get to the bus station early). We’ve just spent 2 nights in Sen Monorom and a couple of days and a night in the jungle here in Mondulkiri province and now it’s time to get to Siem Reap to explore the temples of Angkor Wat, meet a friend, and explore further. First, though, we need to get to Siem Reap. The options for this journey are limited. Very limited. And you’ll want to book tickets sooner rather than later. There’s no train line up here, and there’s no airport, so it’s either a minivan/bus or a private transfer. Here’s our guide on how to get to Siem Reap from Mondulkiri
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We’d arrived in Mondulkiri from Kampot – well actually we traveled from Kampot to Phnom Penh and then from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri as there is no direct bus or van that runs this route. After several fabulous days up here (it’s gloriously cool compared to the rest of the country we’ve seen so far), we’re now heading to the heat and humidity of Siem Reap.
We’ve visited Siem Reap in the past, but it was a few years back and so we’re heading back to explore the Angkor Wat temples (again) and to see what there is to do in Siem Reap these days. As we’re meeting a friend who lives and works in Cambodia we’re getting to see the local side of things this time.
How to Go from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap – Transport Options
There’s not much to say about the options for going from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap – you can take a van or a private transfer. And what’s more, there are only 2 buses that go to Siem Reap from Mondulkiri each day. So book the dates that you want early.
How to get to Siem Reap from Mondulkiri
It’s 515 kilometers from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap and this monster of a travel day takes 11 to 12 hours or longer. Both of the companies that run this route leave Mondulkiri in the morning. So, unless you’re traveling by private transfer, then you’ll need to be on one of those morning buses. The departures are currently at 07:30 or 07:45.
Both buses take the same route and will drop you at their offices in Siem Reap.
Minivans from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap
The minivans take around 11 to 12 hours to do this route – and it is a through route, you don’t have to change bus anywhere. The van that we took with Virak Buntham was comfortable, the A/C was good, the seat belts worked and the driver was safe.
About 3 hours into the journey, at Krong Stung Treng we were all told to get out of the bus as the driver went off to do some deliveries. There’s a gas station here, but it definitely seems a bit like the Wild West of Nowhere, however, there was a toilet that we could use, some shade and there were a few stalls where you could buy snacks and bao buns.
There’s not much else to say about this journey. It’s long. Your options are VERY limited.
The first minivan of the day from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap leaves at 07:30 and the other one leaves at 07:45. So if you need to do this route, then you’ll want to book your specific dates asap. Check availability, prices, and book seats on minivans from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap here.
Taxi from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap
Taking a private taxi to Siem Reap from Mondulkiri is the fastest way to go to Siem Reap, as you’ll get transported from your hotel in Mondulkiri to your hotel in Siem Reap. Although once you get on the road there’s not much difference in the time it takes to do this journey. However, this is the most comfortable and convenient way to travel from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap. You can check prices for Mondulkiri to Siem Reap taxis here.
The quickest way to get from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap
The quickest way to get to Siem Reap from Mondulkiri is to take a private transfer. It takes about 6 hours to go to Siem Reap from Mondulkiri from door to door and you can book a taxi from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap here.
The cheapest way to go from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap
The cheapest way to get to Siem Reap from Mondulkiri is to take a minivan – reserve your seats here.
Popular Routes Around Cambodia
If you’re traveling around Cambodia, then check out these popular routes that we’ve taken and written up. You’ll also want to read our guide to transportation in Cambodia.
- How to Go from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc (Cambodia to Vietnam by Boat)
- Go from Kampot to Phnom Penh
- Going from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri
- How to Go from Sihanoukville to Kampot
- How to go from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap
- How to Go from Siem Reap to Battambang
- Going from Battambang to Phnom Penh
- How to go from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
- Here’s how to go from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh – Vietnam to Cambodia
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Final Words on How to Go from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap
There’s no point beating about the bush, this is a long day, although surprisingly it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The van was comfortable, the break after about 3 hours in was a little unexpected, but it wasn’t too bad. The van was comfortable, and the journey was pretty good considering how far we traveled and how long the day was.
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