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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.”

bus5 bookmebus chea langda

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.

bus5 bookmebus ly channa

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:

 

 

You’re Invited!: Bus5 Product Preview

Calling all technology enthusiasts!

Would you like to get a chance to be one of the first few people who get to see the Product Preview of BookMeBus’ new brainchild – Bus5?

If so, we would like to invite you to join the said event which will be held on February 18, 2017 at 5:30 at the Emerald Hub.

However, since this is an exclusive INVITE only event, we are extending this invitation to the first 10 people who sign up on the form below:

Hoping to see you there!

BookMeBus Widget: Let travelers book from your website

Great news Affiliates!

If you are one of our many BookMeBus Affiliates and Partners, then we have great news for you. You can now features the BookMeBus widget right on your website.

What is the BookMeBus Widget?

The BookMeBus widget is a small form that sits on your website – at the desired page you want – and lets your visitors to book bus tickets without leaving your page. This makes it increasingly easy and less cumbersome for your visitors to book their bus tickets.

Not only that, you reduce the risk of visitors forgetting to book through your affiliate / referral link.

bookmebus widget

How to have a BookMeBus widget?

Its really easy to have your own BookMeBus widget. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Login to your account on the BookMeBus website
  2. Visit this link: Applications
  3. Click on the Create Application button
  4. Input the requested information
  5. Save

You can come back to the link above to check on the status of your application.

If you want to add the code ahead of time, you can view the instructions by clicking on the “Show” link.

If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot us an email at support[at]bookmebus.com.

Not an Affiliate?

If you are not yet an affiliate, but you would like to be one, please let us know! Send us an email at lorselle[at]bookmebus.com for more information. Or check out this page for more info.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Cambodia

The Chinese New Year is coming real soon, and BookMeBus is offering travelers with a chance to buy bus tickets at 10% off.

A quick tour of Phnom Penh these days definitely shows signs of the Chinese New Year coming close. Not only do you see SALE signs popping up everywhere – definitely a good time to shop! – but its common to see flashes of red and gold abound. Chinese lanterns are also predominantly decorating the shops around the city.

Chinese New Year

Fast Facts: Chinese New Year

  • Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival in China.
  • It is the most important holiday in China.
  • It is split between two important dates: Chinese New Year’s eve and Chinese New Year’s day.
  • The date is different each year on the Gregorian (internationally-used) calendar, but is always between January 21th and February 20th.
  • 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.

Chinese New Year in Cambodia

Although the Spring Festival is celebrated by Chinese, Cambodians and Vietnamese have been carrying the tradition of celebrating the New Year throughout the generations. In Cambodia, Khmer and Chinese, and even other nationalities do celebrate this as well. However, it is NOT considered an Official holiday in the Kingdom of Wonder.

Many locals treat this holiday with similar observance as Pchum Ben. What can be observed is that the streets would be a little bit quiet, some stores would be closed, and several employees take time off to spend time with their families.

 

Bus trip from Phnom Penh to Battambang

Editor’s Note: We once again hear from Hugo on his exciting trip from Phnom Penh to Battambang. As always, all content and images belong to the contributor.


Hi everyone! Again, here I am, after some new traveling experiences in Cambodia. I am still living in Phnom Penh, trying to enjoy as much as possible to travel around when I can manage time and money!
Last weekend, I decided to move on discovering Battambang, thus I booked a bus through BookMeBus to reach Battambang. I booked a Virak Buntham Night Bus leaving at 1 am from Phnom Penh night market because journey is quite long and I didn’t have a lot of time to go on travelling. That was the first time I had a night bus in Cambodia, one large bed for two persons! It was fun and I slept well so my requirements were totally fulfilled. The journey was great!

phnom penh to battambang

I arrived early morning on Saturday, I started looking for an hostel around the city center, I found one pretty great and really cheap, couple of streets up to Night Market (Sorry, I forgot the name). As I always do when I am on trip somewhere in Cambodia, I rented a moto for two days to go on discovering the city and the surroundings. I went down south, riding next to the river for some hours! Places there are amazing, great views and the atmosphere is so relaxing there when your daily life takes places in Phnom Penh! You can see monkeys, bats and some temples all around. I love Cambodian countryside, I can spend hours driving in there, getting lost on these incredible tiny dust roads.

battambang

After all this time spending on losing myself into Battambang countryside I decided to go to the “Bat cave”. This is one of the biggest touristic attraction in Battambang. This cave is under a mountain where you have many great temples as well as some historical places. At sunset time, thousands of bats are leaving this cave to live their night life! This is impressive but not as I expected… I expected to see a huge cloud of bats leaving at once, but finally they were leaving the cave in a thin discontinuous flow. However this mountain is really beautiful, I am warmly recommending you to go there and visit those temples. (Entrance fee is 1$ per person). You can either choose the road or the stairs, I personally took the stairs, it’s quick and not really tough to handle.

After this long trip, I just get back to Battambang and enjoy night market as well as some bars with backpackers I met on the way. The day after, I continue on discovering the countryside and chilling around the city, which was really great.

I enjoyed this place, countryside is beautiful and it’s a good place to relax and chill around. However I would not recommend you to stay more than 4-5 days there. Once you have seen the city (which is small) and the surroundings you don’t have much more to do and Cambodia is full of great stuff to see so you have plenty of possibilities to continue your trip around!

I hope I gave you the tips you wanted from this place!!

See around traveling,

Cheers,

Hugo