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Protect from Dengue fever when in Cambodia

One of the greatest concerns travelers have whenever heading to Cambodia is the fear of getting dengue fever. Dengue, for sure, is something you would not want to encounter especially when on your holiday. It is a good thing, however, that there are always ways to protect from dengue fever whenever you are travelling to Cambodia.

While it is not guaranteed 100% that travelers will suffer from dengue fever whenever visiting Cambodia, but it never hurts to be on guard. After all, you would not want to get sick in a new country.

Quick information about dengue fever

Dengue fever is a tropical disease caused by the dengue virus, which is mosquito borne. Symptoms often start three to fourteen days after there is an infection. Symptoms include joint pains, high fever, vomiting, headaches, muscle pains, as well as skin rashes. When travelling and you notice these symptoms, it would be best to get checked as soon as possible.

How to protect from dengue fever

protect from dengue fever

There are many ways that you can constantly protect yourself from getting dengue fever. Some of these are cited below:

  1. Apply mosquito repellents, especially on exposed parts of your skin. – This is a basic way to protect from dengue fever, as travelers are often outside at all hours. The least you can do is just slather on some mosquito repellents to be safe.
  2. Sleep under a mosquito net. – While it does feel good to sleep under the stars when travelling, it is always a good idea to sleep under a mosquito net. Luckily, most bungalows and huts in Cambodia offer mosquito nets, so you can sleep in peace.
  3. Wear long sleeved shirts and pants. – Good thing in Cambodia is that you can always find those airy long pants with elastics at the ankles, so only your feet are exposed. There are also several breezy tops that are comfortable to wear whenever travelling or exploring temples. Not only does it protect from dengue fever and mosquitoes, but it also shields from the sun. It certainly is more comfortable than wearing jeans all day long.
  4. Make sure that your rooms do not have stagnant water. – When you get into a hotel or an apartment during your travel, be sure to check if there are any stagnant water around the rooms. This can come in the form of vases, pots, pans, and even your regular bucket.
  5. Plan your trip. – It is important to plan your trip wisely. Most cases of dengue fever happen during the monsoon season, so if you want to fully protect from dengue fever, it would be best to travel during summer or when it does not rain so much.

The treat of dengue fever should not stop travelers from exploring what Cambodia has to offer. While it is a reality that there is a possibility of getting dengue fever, protection always helps. Even if it just something as small as putting on mosquito repellent.

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!

Road Trip to Ho Chi Minh

If you are in Phnom Penh and would like to take a quick trip out of Cambodia, one of the nearest countries to check out is Vietnam. A road trip to Ho Chi Minh is always doable, for starters, since it is less than a day away.

There is much to be learned about Ho Chi Minh, and that can be covered in following posts. But for the curious traveler, the average trip would be something like this:

road trip to ho chi minh

What happens on a road trip to Ho Chi Minh?

  1. First, you buy tickets from the bus of your choice at BookMeBus. – There are several bus operators with trips to Ho Chi Minh, such as Khai Nam, Mekong Express, Kumho Samco, Phnom Penh Sorya, Sapaco, and Airavan Express.
  2. You prepare your ticket ahead of time. – Please check out the Notice area of the bus you chose since some bus companies require printed tickets, while others accept eTickets.
  3. Arrive at the bus terminal at least 15-30 minutes. – It is always important to be prompt. Some bus companies will wait for you, although most leave on time.
  4. Settle down and enjoy the trip. – You can enjoy complimentary WiFi, cold bottled water, and refreshing napkin during your trip. However, services vary based on the bus company of your choice.
  5. Bus stops at Bavet. – On Cambodia’s side, the bus often does a quick stop at restaurants in Bavet, before moving forward to the international border gate.
  6. Crossing the borders. – Passengers then cross Bavet and into Moc Bai, the international border gate on Vietnam’s side.
  7. Immigration processing and moving forward. – If you have your papers ready, you can easily cross the borders without any problems, and then you can get back on the bus.
  8. Arrival at Pham Ngu Lao. – After a few more hours on the bus, you finally reach the heart of Ho Chi Minh, which is at Pham Ngu Lao, where pretty much all buses stop.

Now you are ready to prepare yourself for a trip to Ho Chi Minh. The process is really not that difficulty, in fact, after a couple of times crossing borders, you will be a pro at it.

So take a chance, go on a road trip to Ho Chi Minh, and see what the other side has to offer.

Have happy and safe travels!

5 Tips for Surviving Cambodia Summer

Cambodia summer is often described as something only the toughest survive. True enough, with weather temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius or even higher, sometimes the thought of going out makes anyone faint.

In fact, some expats have experienced sweating immediately after leaving the shower. Some even went as far as profess that they would rather stay in the shower for the whole day. But we all know there is a lot of Cambodia to conquer!

Surviving Summer in Cambodia

The truth is, there IS a way to conquer Cambodia summer, and here are a few tips:

  1. Drink up and hydrate yourself. – This is a cardinal rule for summer survival. Never mind the need the probable need to go to the toilet often. Your body needs to cool down, especially after hours of walking through temples or even the hot streets. It is always a good idea to bring a bottle of water wherever you go.
  2. Hats please! – Even if you plan to just take a short walk to the mart, it is a good idea to wear hats or caps to protect your head from the heat of the sun. Umbrellas work wonders, too. But you really do not see a lot of Cambodians walking around with a parasol.
  3. Wear loose clothing. – While you normally see Cambodians wearing layers upon layers of clothes, more often than not, it can be suffocating to have all those layers on. There are many loose fitting tops and bottoms for sale at markets that are breathable but still give ample protection.
  4. Bring a fan along. – We do not mean an electric fan – although the battery operated ones might be handy! We suggest bringing a hand-held fan that you can use to cool yourself wherever you may be visiting. Some markets offer wooden sticks that expand into fans, and these come in fun colors. Perfect for summer in Cambodia.
  5. Pop into cool cafes for some air conditioning. – Cambodia is actually a step ahead of summer since pretty much all establishments come with air conditioning. So if you lose your fan along the way, you can always go into a café and cool off for a while. In fact, it is recommended to cool off every so often, so that you do not faint from the heat.

If all else fails, you could always go for a swim at a nearby pool, or buy a bus ticket, hop on the next bus and head over to Sihanoukville. Relax under umbrellas and watch kids frolic on the sea, feel the cool breeze, and definitely have a cool Cambodia summer.

BookMeBus Goes Travelling!

bookmebus blog launch

Hello friends and fellow travelers! Welcome to the BookMeBus blog!

So a couple of weeks ago, we brainstormed and thought about how we can best offer you our services and ensure that you have a wonderful time on your trip. So we came up with the BookMeBus blog.

Due to your favorable response with our Facebook and Twitter updates on our travels, we have decided to extend our services by offering you information, tips, tricks, and other useful tidbits you can use. There is so much in Cambodia that you can explore during your travel and it all starts by buying tickets. As soon as you have booked your tickets, the rest of Cambodia is for you to conquer.

What does BookMeBus Blog offer?

We have a couple of categories, such as:

  • Tips – Simple tips for the smart traveler
  • Destinations – A compilation of locations you might want to check out.
  • Buses – Some information about our partner operators
  • Updates – Updates and news that are related to BookMeBus and its achievements
  • News – Travel related news that might help you when considering places to visit
  • Routes – We offer some route tips, popular routes taken by travelers, and some off the beaten track information.
  • Miscellaneous – These are some information that we might want to share apart from our regular topics.
  • Reviews

These are only a few categories that we have in mind. If you want us to include other information, please comment below with your suggestion. We love hearing from you!

Let us get the wheels rolling

Now we are geared up for our travels and we hope that you will enjoy learning from us and us learning from you. If you have any other information or tips that you would like to share with us as well, we are all ears.

The BookMeBus Blog is now up. We hope that you enjoy what we have to offer. And we hope you have many happy trails ahead.