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Water Festival 2016: All about Bon Om Touk

As November goes forward, many people living in Phnom Penh are getting excited for the Water Festival 2016. Known as “Bon Om Touk,” the festival usually occurs yearly, and majority of the festivities happen in Phnom Penh. This, however, does not mean that other towns and provinces does not celebrate it.

Throughout the years, there were instances when the festival was cancelled. However, there are plans that it will surely go on as planned this year.

What is Bon Om Touk about?

For those who do not know what it is about, the Water Festival 2016 lasts for three days. It commemorates the end of the rainy season of Cambodia. It also marks the unique reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River.

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photo: Tharum Bun

During the festival, there are several events that are held to celebrate. In Phnom Penh, there are several concerts and special events that are held, as the city is teeming with locals and tourists alike. The most attended ones are the boat races and concerts which draw in millions every year.

Water Festival 2016: Traditional Ceremonies

Throughout the course of 3 days, there are also 3 main traditional ceremonies that happen. These are the following:

  • Ak Ambok – This ceremony is named after the rice dish “ambok.” The dish is made out of rice that is fried in the husk and then pounded. It is then mixed with banana and coconut, after the husks are removed.
  • Sampeah Preah Khae – Sampeah Preah Khae is a ceremony that brings tribute to the moon. The ceremony involves praying tribute to the moon and ushering in the next ceremony. Incidentally, this year is known to have the biggest supermoon on Nov 14, 2016.
  • Bandaet Pratip – This ceremony starts at around 7 p.m. with illuminated boats going into the water. Each of the boats signifies a ministry. And this is known to gather crowds to see the different boats.

With the many festivities happening within a week. It is really important to start planning ahead. Whether you are headed for Phnom Penh or going out to the provinces during the Water Festival 2016, it is best to think ahead. For sure, there will be a lot of travelers going around at this time.

Check out our website for bus tickets that are headed from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, Kampot to Phnom Penh, and many more.

Get a BookMeBus Free Ride on Pchum Ben

Now is your chance to grab a BookMeBus Free Ride during the hectic Pchum Ben season! As you all know, getting bus tickets during the heavy Pchum Ben season needs strategy. To help you grab the ride you want, BookMeBus is now giving travelers a chance to score a #FreeRide during that season. How? Read on to know.

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Scope of BookMeBus Free Ride

BookMeBus Free Ride will kick off on September 9, 2016. During that time, instructions will be posted on the BookMeBus Facebook page at approximately 5:00 p.m.

The exact mechanics of the promotion will be posted on the launch date, so it is best to keep an eye on the page for information.

If you are planning for a trip to your hometown or to any of the provinces such as Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kep, Battambang, and more, then this is your chance to grab a free ticket.

What is Pchum Ben?

For those who do not know what Pchum Ben is, here is a summary regarding this time in Cambodia:

  • It is 15-day Khmer religious festival
  • On these days, Khmer pay respects to their deceased relatives up to 7 generations
  • During Pchum Ben, it is believed that the gates of hell are being opened, and the ghosts are presumed to be active.
  • Traditionally, Khmer travel to their homelands where they will be paying their respects
  • It is a fact that during these times, it is high travel season due to the fact that many locals go home.

These are just fast facts for those who are not so aware of what Pchum Ben is. For travellers, it means that there is much activity in the provinces of Cambodia during this time, and more quietness in the city.

This year, Official Pchum Ben holidays are September 30, October 1, 2, and 3. It would be wise to start planning holidays around these dates.

Krispy Kreme Cambodia is now Open

Along with the massive growth of the economy in Cambodia, particularly in Phnom Penh, numerous big name brands have slowly been opening shop. One of these is Krispy Kreme Cambodia. While another popular donut brand, Big Apple Donuts, opened previously, many have been requesting that Krispy Kreme also open in Cambodia.

Well, it seems that many wishes have been granted.

Birth of Krispy Kreme Cambodia

It was a big affair today as the much awaited branch opened along Pasteur 51, close to shops such as Costa, Brown, KFC, Burger King, and more. Prior to opening its branch, Krispy Kreme Cambodia held several promotions and taste tests with freebies for those who wanted to give the famed donuts a try.

The turnout was great, and aside from the basic opening routine, the event held other games, offers, and other interesting things. The shop also displayed a wide array of donuts to sample from on the very first day.

A familiar taste

One of the daunting things about traveling to other countries is that most tourists are not so sure what to eat. Some travelers are also wary about the new tastes that they often encounter in cuisine that is deemed different from what they are used to. With the opening of Krispy Kreme, tourists are now offered options to choose from. This is particularly comforting for those who are not so daring to try the local delicacies.

On the other hand, locals get a taste of something other than the brands that they are used to. This is definitely a step forward.

Branch location

The newly opened Krispy Kreme Cambodia is located at 217c, street 51, corner 302, BKK1, Phnom Penh. More information can be seen at their Facebook page.

Be sure to book your bus tickets in advance so that you have time to drop by the Krispy Kreme store and get some donuts for your trip!