Getting to Us

Arrival & Departure

Cardamom Tented Camp Departure Lodge is located in the village of Trapeang Rung on Highway 48, the main highway linking Phnom Penh with Thailand, through the provincial capital of Koh Kong.

From our departure point in the local village here, you will embark onto a 40-minute boat ride along Trapeang Rung and Preak Tachan rivers. En route to Cardamom Tented Camp, you will experience the shift from lowland settlements, into the protected area of Botum Sakor National Park with its thriving flora and fauna. The journey itself is already an adventure and offers many wonderful photo opportunities.

Cardamom Tented Camp offers you shared minivan options with selected and quality tested suppliers, from main tourist departure destinations (Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Kampot / Kep and Trat in Thailand) with reasonable package pricing.

If you take a public bus coming from Phnom Penh, you must get off the bus before the bridge crossing the Trapeang Rung River and walk down a small track that descends to the river on the left side of the bridge. After about 100 meters turn right under the bridge (heading north parallel to the river) and walk down the track for about another 100 meters until you arrive at the Departure Lodge on the left, next to the river.

Getting to us
Public Transportation is available from:

Public buses and minivans to Koh Kong town depart Phnom Penh between 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. from the Riverside, as well as near the Olympic Stadium. These buses arrive in Trapeang Rung between 12:30 a.m. and 13:30 p.m.

Also known as Krong Khemarak Phoumin

Public Transportation is available from:

Public buses and minivans depart for Phnom Penh from the newly built central bus station and various offices in town from 7:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./14:30 p.m. and arrive in Trapeang Rung around an hour later.

From Kep

There are no direct buses for these routes. Guests need to head to SihanoukVille or Phnom Penh to take the bus from there. People can flag down a bus to Koh Kong at the junction of National Road 4/48 but it’s very unlikely that they can find a bus/minivan without calling the bus company ahead of time.

1.Public minivan: Only Champa Mekong Express has a bus to Koh Kong. It departs at 7.30 am and will arrive around 12.00pm. The Fee is approximately USD $15/person. The customer service of this company (or any bus company) may be slow at times, so it is recommended that guests book in advance.

2.Private taxi/minivan: a 4-seater costs approximately USD $120. A minivan costs around USD $155. Guests can share with other people. The price varies depending on the company.

From Kampot

There are no direct buses for these routes. Guests need to head to SihanoukVille or Phnom Penh to take the bus from there. People can flag down a bus to Koh Kong at the junction of National Road 4/48 but it’s very unlikely that they can find a bus/minivan without calling the bus company ahead of time. 

Private taxi/minivan: 4-seater costs around USD 115. Minivan costs around USD 145. The price varies depending on the company.

From SihanoukVille

1.Bus: Bus from SihanoukVille to Koh Kong departs around 8.00 AM. It’ll take about 3.5 hours (-/+30 mins depending on how many stops the bus will take) to get to Trapaeng Rung bridge. The fee is approximately USD $9/person (for Virak Buntham Bus).

2.Private taxi/minivan: We recommend guests either book a private taxi/minivan in advance to depart to Koh Kong. Private taxi (4-seaters) will cost between USD $50-80 (depending on the company and the vehicle). Minivans will cost around USD $110. Takes about 3.5 hours (-/+ 30 mins) to get to Trapaeng Rung.

If guests leave the camp at 10 AM they will get to Sihanoukville ferry around 2 PM (+/-30 mins), depending on the traffic.

Private Minivan/Taxi

After guests cross the Thai-Cambodian Border, a Private Minivan/Taxi is available and can be booked through Cardamom Tented Camp. Guests can get a Visa on arrival at the border, or obtain an e-visa online prior to arrival. From the Cambodian border, it takes around 1 hour to reach Trapeang Rung village.

Public Transportation is available from:

Public minivans leave Trat from 8:00 a.m. hourly; the journey to Hat Lek and Cham Yeam check point on the Thai-Cambodian Border takes around 1.5 hours. After passing through immigration to Cambodia, guests have to arrange their own transportation to Koh Kong town´s newly built bus station (around 8 km), where the last bus to Cardamom Tented Camp leaves at around 14:30 p.m.

***Please note that we are trying to operate only 1 boat departure per day to keep our environmental impact as low as possible. We therefore like to ask guests to arrive at the Departure Lodge by 14:00 pm; any other departure times are only possible with privately chartered boats at additional cost during daylight hours.

***You can indicate to the bus driver that you will get off the bus in Trapeang Rung Village, before the third bridge heading for Koh Kong / after the second bridge coming from Koh Kong. You can further tell / show the driver the following Khmer Phrase:

“bong Khum chos nov kulspean Trapang Rung treuy khang nis“
បងខ្ញំចុះនៅគុលស្ពានត្រពាំងរូវត្រើយខាងនេះ