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As a frequent traveler, I find myself getting into all sorts of adventures and lessons I learn on the road. Suffice to say, I have a lot of stories to share – ranging from bloopers to horrific encounters. One day I shall share these; however, now it is your turn to TELL US YOUR STORIES!

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At BookMeBus, we love helping out travelers especially with the multitude of questions about places and tips. Unfortunately, we can only do so much.

It is all well and good for us to list down tips, tricks, and giving pieces of advice. However, we’ve come to a conclusion that the best information comes from those who have experienced it first hand. This is where YOU come in!

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My trip from Phnom Penh to Mondolkiri

Editor’s Note: The story below chronicles the adventure of Alice on her trip from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri. All images and content are from the contributor.


 

Currently living in Phnom Penh, we decided with some friends to leave the capital city during Water Festival and go on discovering North East of Cambodia and especially Mondolkiri.

We booked a bus through BookMeBus to go there. The journey was great, the landscape was really beautiful and very different to all I’ve seen in Cambodia so far, with all those hills and this luxuriant vegetation. Our first impression when we got there, was this really peaceful mood prevailing in this small village surrounded by nature and animals. This is so pleasant after the spirited Phnom Penh!

We were hosted and guided by two native from a Mondolkiri village during the entire week-end, which is a great way to discover this region. We stayed in a traditional house for the first night, talking and eating with locals.

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The second day we left early morning to go for two days trekking in the jungle! That was an amazing experience. We swam in waterfalls, saw crazy animals, slept in hammock (in the middle of the forest), fished and eat from the river, saw elephants … Coming back in the village after this incredible 2 days trek, people invited us to a weeding in the village! That was so great!

Mondolkiri is far from being my best trip since I am in Cambodia, not only for the amazing landscape but also because it was a real interesting exchange and sharing moment with the locals. It is a place not to be missed during your trip in Cambodia!

I would recommend to go there just after the rainy season, when the landscape is entirely green and rain is not anymore an obstacle to go on discovering. You should stay there at least three days, which is I think the minimum if you want have time to appreciate this so special atmosphere. Moreover, if you want to see the elephants, I would recommend you to choose a Cambodian NGO, in order contributing to local initiatives.

I did enjoy this trip a lot because we always were with locals therefore I can only warmly recommend you to avoid guesthouses there!

Enjoy your trip in Mondolkiri!

 

Alice

Trip from Phnom Penh to Kep and Kampot!

Editor’s note: Below is the traveller’s journal of Hugo on his trip to Kep and Kampot in Cambodia. All content and images are from the contributor.


My friends and I, are living in Phnom Penh and wanted to leave the capital city for some days to go on visiting southern Cambodia, especially Kep and Kampot. We booked bus tickets through BookMeBus, easy booking and we got very good prices compared to the other travelers we met over there.

kep and kampotOnce we arrived in Kampot, the first thing we did was to rent a scooter to get ourselves outside of the city in order to find a great hostel to stay. We crossed the new bridge and went up north, following the River. After 5 minutes driving we arrived in an incredible hostel, with terrace above the river! Amazing! We booked there for a night and we get back to our scooter to discover the countryside around. We got lost but we finally arrived to the seaside where we stayed for a few hours.

Kampot city is not the most beautiful place in this part of the country but I highly recommend to book a room/dorm in one of those hostel on the river side and from there take the time to visit the countryside.

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The day after we did the road from Kampot to Kep . Once we got there we booked a room in a dorm at Kepmandou hostel and started discovering the surroundings. I recommend this hostel, it’s clean, cheap and people are nice. Furthermore, they have maps of the countryside around in which they wrote down all the amazing places to discover motorcycling!

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From there, we were hanging around during two days, getting lost on rice fields, we went to a lake way north from Kep and we got so lost that we ended at the Vietnamese border! Kep countryside is really great, diversify and easy to go all over! I also really recommend to go to the crab market in Kep where you can eat really well and for every price range.

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This region is really nice for those who wants to travel on their own and visit countryside, rice field and having a boat trip on Mekong. For those who prefers to enjoy beaches, I would more recommend Sihanouk and the islands around. There is one beach in Kep, which is alright but really crowded during weekends and holidays. We stayed 4 days in this region, which is great but not enough if you really want to make the most of this place. I would recommend you to stay about a week.

After this trip around Kep and Kampot, we had to get back to our Phnom Penh, we booked bus through BookMeBus and we got back as easily as we arrived.

I hope that I helped you and that you will go on discovering all over Cambodia!

See you around!

Hugo

Trip to Sihanouk and Koh Rong Samloem!

Editor’s note: Below is the traveller’s journal of Ludi and Hugo on their adventure at Koh Rong Samloem in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. All content and images are from the contributors.


My friend and I are living in Phnom Penh and during water festival we decided to leave the capital to discover southern Cambodia and the famous island of Koh Rong Samloem!

We booked a bus through BookMeBus from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville leaving early on Saturday: sun was shining and the traffic in Phnom Penh was increasing, announcing such a busy weekend in the capital! From there we were sure that we took the best decision to leave this crazy city for the weekend! Bus left on time and the journey was great!

We arrived in Sihanouk 4 hours later, a strange city that I wouldn’t especially recommend. However, this might be the best place from which you can start to discover the region! As we met backpackers complaining about how Koh Rong has been altered by mass tourism, we changed our initial plan and headed toward Koh Rong Samloem.

After one and a half hour on the ferry we arrived at this small island of 10 Km². We strolled over Sacarem beach to find a place to stay. We visited many bungalow places and we finally settled in a tiny hostel at the end of the beach. There are places for all budgets, going from 7.5$ to 150$

Lost in this preserved island, we walked through the forest to reach sunset beach, a haven of peace! No one on the beach, transparent water and everything you would need for a lovely stay. I lost the count of the hours we spent there enjoying this amazing place, playing cards and relishing this wonderful water!!

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Sacarem Beach

 


We only spent two days on that island, and believe me we would have stayed much longer if we didn’t have to go back working in Phnom Penh. In order to visit Sihanouk countryside we rent a motorbike and got lost on those amazing roads and trust me, it worth’s it. I would highly recommend to go to Otres Beach to find an hostel, as it’s quite cheap and the mood is lovely! They are great places to visit around reachable by bike: waterfall, sea side, lake, natural reserve and many more surprises!

We had a pretty busy weekend in which we had time to visit and experience many things! In total, we spent 4 days there and I believe that this is a minimum if you want to enjoy this place at his best.

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Somewhere in the countryside…

 

During all the weekend, we bought all our bus tickets through BookMeBus App, everything worked smoothly: in total we spent less than 12$ each for all the buses, which might be the best money I’ve spent in ages: we highly recommend this website and app!)

We hope that this experience helped you!

Enjoy your trip in Sihanouk through BookMeBus and who knows, perhaps see you in our next adventure : ) )!

Ludi and Hugo