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Public Transportation in Mondulkiri

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Mondulkiri is an important step in adjusting to life in Mondulkiri. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.

Mondulkiri, a province in eastern Cambodia, is known for its lush forests, rolling hills, and rich biodiversity. While it may not have the extensive public transportation systems found in larger cities like Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, it does offer a few options for getting around. These include shared taxis, motorbike taxis, and buses. For expats living in Mondulkiri, it’s possible to get by without a car, but having your own vehicle can certainly make things easier, especially for longer trips or if you live outside the main town of Sen Monorom.

Shared Taxis

Shared taxis are a common form of transportation in Mondulkiri. These are typically cars or vans that pick up multiple passengers along a set route. They’re a cost-effective way to travel, with fares usually ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the distance. However, they can be crowded and may not always follow a strict schedule. Safety can also be a concern, as drivers often drive fast and recklessly. Women traveling alone may want to sit in the front seat next to the driver or travel with a companion for added security. Despite these drawbacks, shared taxis are a popular choice for both locals and expats due to their affordability and convenience.

Motorbike Taxis

Motorbike taxis, or “motos” as they’re commonly called, are another option for getting around Mondulkiri. These are essentially motorcycles that offer rides for a small fee. They’re a quick and efficient way to navigate the town’s narrow streets, and fares are usually quite cheap, typically around $1 to $2. However, they’re not the safest option, especially for those not used to riding on the back of a motorcycle. Helmets are not always provided, and accidents are not uncommon. Still, for short trips within town, motos can be a convenient option.


Buses are the main form of public transportation for longer trips in Mondulkiri. There are several bus companies that operate routes to and from Sen Monorom, the provincial capital, and other major cities in Cambodia. Fares are generally affordable, ranging from $10 to $15 for a one-way ticket. Buses are usually air-conditioned and relatively comfortable, although they can be crowded during peak travel times. They’re also generally safe, although like with shared taxis, driving standards can be questionable. For expats looking to travel outside of Mondulkiri, buses are a good option.

In conclusion, while Mondulkiri’s public transportation options may not be as extensive or as sophisticated as those in larger cities, they do provide a means for getting around. Shared taxis, motorbike taxis, and buses all have their pros and cons, and what works best will depend on your specific needs and comfort level. For those living in the main town of Sen Monorom, it’s certainly possible to get by without a car. However, for those living further afield or who frequently travel outside the province, having your own vehicle may be more convenient.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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