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How BookMeBus will revolutionize transportation in Cambodia

Editor’s Note: Below is the coverage of BookMeBus’ PR Guru, Tharum of the Bus5 event held last February 18, 2017.


A startup founded by a group of young Cambodians, BookMeBus takes a small pride to transform the way travellers and passengers book their bus tickets with a few clicks.

Last week’s event “Revolutionizing Cambodia’s transportation using technology,” a marriage of the best of both worlds happened when BookMeBus collaborated with pioneering mobile payment Wing to integrate the payment solution into its billing system, which aims to make it really easier for the bus companies as well as bus ticket buyers.

In her opening remarks at the event, Her Excellency Koy Sodany, under-secretary of state of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, told the invited-only participants that “moving to digital and online is crucial. It’ll take the nation to the next stage. Let’s take a look at people in our neighboring countries, they’re technology and the Internet to book tickets. It’s an advancement. I believe we’ll also adopt this new technology.”

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Chea Langda, BookMeBus CEO, said that “this technology has been proudly developed by young Cambodians not to compete with bus companies, but to complement them. We want bus operators to take more advantages from the use of technology. Also, Cambodia would be well-prepared to take on the high growth of the number of tourists visiting Cambodia.”

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In addition to this, BookMeBus’s Chief Technology Officer Ly Channa also demonstrated its newest brainchild, Bus5, probably the world’s last-minute bus ticketing app. Bus5 will make it possible for both bus operators and passengers to connect in real-time for booking bus tickets, even 5 minutes before departure time.

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Some key points during the event:

Ministry rep stated:

The ministry of public transport embrace the use of the technology the improve its service delivery. The most recent example is vehicle registration, getting vehicle plate and license.

Wing CEO added,

Wing payment solution and BookMeBus billing system for bus operators is marriage of the best to for Cambodians.

BookMeBus also stated,

BookMeBus is here to complement, not to compete. We want to continue to make easier for anyone to access bus tickets.

Regarding Bus5: It’s like Alibaba’s real-time marketplace for bus operators and customers.

Some tweets during the event:

 

 

Travel to Sihanoukville for the Cambodia Sea Festival

Do you have any plans later this month? If not, you might want to check out the Cambodia Sea Festival, which is to be held in from December 23 to 25, 2016 at Sihanoukville.

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What is the Cambodia Sea Festival?

Every year, thousands gather to the seaside provinces in order to celebrate the Cambodia Sea Festival. This year, the said event is to be hosted at Preah Sihanouk Province. As early as October, several preparations have been made, including the relocation of some vendors.

During the event, parties, concerts, water sports, racing, and fireworks are to be expected. In addition, the event will be graced by the Prime Minister himself to kick off the festivities.

Why join the Cambodia Sea Festival?

For many, this is a chance to enjoy the sea along with the many parties and festivities that are expected to happen. Many others may still want to head over to the islands of Koh Rong for a more relaxing experience. However, there are still many things to enjoy in the main island itself.

Travelers who seek a more peaceful and relaxing getaway may not want to go to Sihanoukville during this time. Instead, it may be wise to check out other destinations such as Kep, Battambang, or even Siem Reap.

BookMeBus gives discounts!

If, however, you do plan to join the fun and activities at Sihanoukville, you are in luck!

BookMeBus is offering 10% discount for tickets headed to Sihanoukville, in time for the Cambodia Sea Festival. To avail of this discount, you can click on the link below.

BOOKMEBUS CAMBODIA SEA FESTIVAL DISCOUNT

Whether your path leads you to Sihanoukville or any other province in Cambodia, since it is December, you might as well try to pave your own adventure.

Love Khmer Rock & Roll?

Documentary film, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll, will be on a Cambodian provincial tour starting later this month (see schedules below). If you’re a music lover and interested in discovering more about the Khmer music and arts, this is a good time to go to at least one of the screenings. You’ll enjoy Cambodian rock music in the 1960s and 1970s, before the Khmer Rouge regime and genocide. The documentary is about 1h 45min, which took director John Pirozzi 10 years to make.

It’s amazing to see how organizers, The US Embassy Phnom Penh and DC-Cam, came up with the locations for this must-watch documentary. The film documentary is making a homecoming again, this time with a provincial tour that includes the hometown of Cambodia’s legendary singers Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Sereysothea.

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“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” Provincial Tour

Screenings locations for:
Battambang (December 21)
Siem Reap (December 24)
Ratanakiri (December 28)
Mondulkiri (December 30)
Stung Treng (January 3)
Kandal (January 8)
Kampot/Kep (January 10, 2017)


The official trailer for the documentary feature film Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll

Ros Serey Sothea – Clip from the film Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten

Talking to NPR before the documentary release in New York, director John Pirozzi said that
“Western music for Cambodians was something that goes back to pre-rock ‘n’ roll. I mean, there were dance halls in Phnom Penh, and big band music and crooners were very popular in the ’50s. People like Perry Como, Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra were getting into Cambodia through the elite, through the wealthy Cambodians who were being educated in France and coming back with records.”

Learn more about the film: http://www.dtifcambodia.com/info

During the 60’s and early 70’s as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head – creating a sound like no other.

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Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll is a brand new documentary film about Cambodian rock music in the 1960s and 1970s, before the Khmer Rouge regime and Cambodian Genocide.

Top five: Cambodian rock’n’roll acts

BookMeBus partners with PSD Xpress

BookMeBus has partnered with one of the newest bus operators in Cambodia, PSD Xpress. Boasting of having ultra modern buses that ensure comfortable travel, PSD Xpress offers routes going between Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, and Siem Reap. You can start booking bus tickets at BookMeBus now.

About PSD Xpress

The bus company started its operations just this month, November 2016, and has already started gaining a following. PSD Xpress offers high-end transportation and comfort for travel between provinces. Coupled with their outstanding service, the bus company has attracted a number of customers on a daily basis, so booking ahead has become a trend.

PSD Xpress

Schedules

Currently, the bus company provides options for routes going to three provinces only. Below are the schedules for the routes available. You can click directly on the link to purchase bus tickets now:

Start planning your trips accordingly and see the many possibilities that each location has to offer. Have a look at the amazing temples at Siem Reap, or check out Koh Rong and other relaxing beaches at Sihanoukville.

PSD Xpress BookMeBus

So start planning your trips through BookMeBus and travel in style with PSD Xpress.

Water Festival 2016: Two million people expected in Phnom Penh

As preparations for the Water Festival 2016 ramp up, many residents of Phnom Penh are also preparing themselves for the influx of travelers coming from the provinces of Cambodia.

Currently, the expected number of Cambodians travelling to Phnom Penh are at around two million. There are, however, a number of locals and expats who have planned trips going from Phnom Penh to Battambang, Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, or even abroad. Only to escape the crowds that will surely be difficult to get around the city in.

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Water Festival 2016: On going preparations

A quick walk through the city, displays several preparations. In fact, as of tonight, the ministry boats have already been spotted floating and lit up.

  • Concert stages are being set up at the park
  • Booths surrounding the concert stage have been set up around the fountains.
  • Several cleanup drives were done along Riverside.
  • Boats have been prepared and tested.
  • Restaurants are displaying Water Festival 2016 promotions.
  • Grass has been cut and hedges trimmed.
  • Police attentiveness has increased and special vigilance is provided against possible thieves during the festival.

Safety precautions during the Water Festival

Below are some tips for safety during the Water Festival celebrations

  • Traveling at night increases your chances of being a victim, so its best to stay in groups and be vigilant at all times.
  • Pick-pocketing alert. Be aware of your surroundings and be alert when shopping or moving around town.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of money.
  • Avoid keeping all money in a single place.
  • Do not wear expensive jewelry when going around town.
  • Keep all valuables safe inside your bag.
  • It is best to have companions whenever going to somewhere unfamiliar.

For sure, the government is trying their best to keep travelers and locals safe and sound during these times. Nevertheless, a bit of common sense is sure to go a long way.