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Discover unknown cities near Angkor Wat

While many have traveled far to come visit Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, the wonder of the ancient temples has just begun. Recently, there have been advances in technology which have revealed that there are a vast unknown cities near Angkor Wat.

How were unknown cities near Angkor Wat discovered?

Through the use of airborne laser scanning technology, a vast number of unknown cities have been revealed. These buildings made of thatch and wood that has been rotting away is hidden under the Cambodian jungle. What the images show are what looks like several objects that are spread across the area.

More reasons to visit Siem Reap

As previously mentioned, Siem Reap is perceived to be one of the main attractions in Cambodia. This is for the famed Angkor Wat alone. But through this new discovery, even those who have once visited the temples just might come back for another round of exploration.

It is true that research has been ongoing for several years, but only recently has more proof been shed, along with further information. In fact, while original theories perceived an already large scale complex of cities, the current findings describe a significantly bigger sprawl than what was initially reported.

What is the Angkor Wat?

The Angkor Wat, for those who do not know yet, is known as an UNESCO World Heritage site. It is considered as one of the ancient wonders of the world.

Constructed during the mid-1100s during the reign of King Suryavarman II, the Angkor Wat came about during the height of the Khmer Empire’s military and political power. It is known to be one of the largest pre-industrial cities of the world.

How to see Angkor Wat?

In order to visit Angkor Wat, travelers must make a trip to Siem Reap and acquire tours. There are several trips from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, or Sihanoukville to Siem Reap several days a week. You can check out the website for more information.

BookMeBus wins Cambodia ICT Award 2016

Friends, earlier we posted about BookMeBus joining the much anticipated Cambodia ICT Awards 2016.

Today is the final judgement day, June 16, 2016. After much deliberation and fierce competition, we are pleased to inform you that BOOKMEBUS is this year’s winner for the Cambodia ICT Awards 2016 – Startup Sector.


Given this honor, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our loyal customers, fans, and supporters who always believed in our integrity and service. We would not be so driven and inspired if it were not for all of you.

We could not have done all this without our amazing team, who have helped during countless hours improving our services and reaching out to travelers and operators alike. Thank you.

Many thanks to our partners, as well, for trusting us and pairing with our services.

Truly, it is an incredible honor to receive the award for Cambodia ICT Award 2016 – Startup Sector. BookMeBus is honored to serve.

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.

Sending Passengers off from Bangkok to Siem Reap

A month ago our BookMeBus team had a great honor to be invited by Mr. Kosal, a director of Nattakan Transportation Co., Ltd. for a visit at Mo Chit Station, Bangkok. As of now, BookMeBus stands as the top ticket agent of Nattakan Transportation with its average sale of 26 tickets daily for both routes of Nattakan, Siem Reap to Bangkok and Bangkok to Siem Reap.

BookMeBus team and Mo Chit Station's Manager
A photo of BookMeBus’ team with managers of Mo Chit Station

No more printing your E-Ticket

We also had a meeting together with Nattakan to find ways of making our passengers more convenient with their travel.  One of the results came out that BookMeBus’ passengers, who book their tickets online, are no longer need to print the ticket out. They just need to show their E-Tickets from their smart phone to the inspector in exchange for the hard-copy ticket of Mo Chit Station. This is already a great help since travelers find it hard to look for printer at their hotels or hostel.

 

BookMeBus E-Ticket Acceptance
Passenger is showing her BookMeBus’ E-Ticket to the inspector for boarding the bus

Greeting our Passengers

Meanwhile, we took that opportunity to surprise our 15 passengers, who booked their tickets online to Siem Reap on our website, by taking a photo together before they departure.

BookMeBus' founder with his customers sending them off to Siem Reap
BookMeBus’ founder, Langda Chea, with his customers taking a photo before travelling to Siem Reap

4 Easy Steps to Catch Nattakan Bus at Mo Chit Station Video

Apart from this, our team had shot a short but meaningful video to give some ideas to passengers that travel with Nattakan of what they are supposed to do until they can sit down and relax on their bus after arriving at Mo Chi Station. Please enjoy the video below!

Bookmebus at BarCamp was a Success

The presence of Bookmebus at the biggest event of the year called BarCamp Phnom Penh 2015 received plenty of interests from business partners as well as youths. More than 500 stickers of our Bookmebus‘ logo had been taken out-of-stockly in less than 10 minutes.  Many participants stopped by our booth to ask for detail about this brand new startup, and we were so busy introducing the emerging online bus ticket booking service and answering questions to the hundred Barcamp’s exciting visitors that we had to eat our breakfast at 11:30 AM.

Booking Process Showcase
Booking Process Showcase
One of our members is showing the process of booking bus ticket through Bookmebus.com to the participants

Program Contribution

Sounds unconvincing? BookMeBus’ founder, Langda Chea, was selected to be a presenter at the event under the title “How programming creates Business” which earned him 84 participants who were filling all the available seats, not to mention several other standing audience at the room door, and kept him answering questions and giving advice, exceeding the 1 hour session. All of them are from different backgrounds, yet they share the same goal that is to start their own business. Langda was happy to share his adventure at bookmebus.com–how it was started from the ground up with his own background as programmer. “I hope my speech could help inspiring them to keep their head up and start with their passion. I am sure they gonna gain not lose.” Langda said.

Startup Experience Sharing to BarCamp's Participants
Startup Experience Sharing to BarCamp’s Participants
Langda, founder of Bookmebus.com, is sharing his startup life to youths

Such a great achievement can only be made when there is a team spirit that ones never stop losing their belief on each other.

Great People of BookMeBus
Great People of BookMeBus
Photo of Bookmebus Team and hosts