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Travels during Peak Seasons: Tips and Tricks

If you have plans for travelling during major holidays, such as the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration, it is important to think ahead and set your expectations. What is it like?

Well, you know how much of a difficulty it is to book plane tickets and hotels during Christmas and New Years? Booking boat or bus tickets is not much different. Just because you plan to travel within the same country that is teeming with bus companies, does not make it any easier. But let us help you make it less difficult.

Viral photo taken from the Internet. This is not an actual depiction of the travel season in Cambodia.


Tips for travels during peak seasons

  • Check the Cambodia Public Holiday 2017 calendar to see if your plans fall on a holiday.
  • If travelling on a holiday, make sure to book a few weeks ahead (this is also true for hotels).
  • Do some research regarding transportation options if the expected destination will be crowded.
  • Go to the pick up point or bus or boat station early to check in on your expected bus.
  • Bring your own water and snacks. Yes, the company might promise some drinks and snacks, but remember that it is travel season, so they might run out. You never know.
  • Bring a hand fan. Sometimes some things never go right when you travel. It can be hot and crowded, so it would be hard to get decent air anywhere.
  • Keep personal belongings safe at all times. Being extra vigilant is important during these times. Crowds can easily divert your attention from your valuables.
  • Consider the type of vehicle you want to travel in, factoring the possible number of travelers you will be travelling with.
  • Travel light if you know it will be crowded. There is no use dragging a trolley around if you will be travelling for a short time only.
  • Travel ahead of schedule to avoid the crowds.

Points to Consider

There are many things that can happen during trips when its travel season or peak season. As a result, it is best to set your expectations ahead of time:

  • It can be difficult to travel when everybody is also travelling, so it is best not to expect a relaxing time.
  • Bus companies can change their schedules during these times
  • Bus companies can add special schedules to accommodate their travelers.
  • Sometimes pickup or drop off locations can change due to possible traffic or closed roads.
  • Due to increase in travelers, some bus companies will not tolerate any delays or lateness caused by travelers.
  • Bus companies may or may not move some bus travelers to other vehicles in order to accommodate the crowd.
  • Buses may sometimes carry additional passengers – depending on the bus company rules.

Travelling is definitely fun. However, it may not always be a walk in the park. That is why it is important to consider your options and plan ahead.

We hope this small information would be useful for you when travelling during peak seasons.

5 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh

On rainy days such as these, sometimes visiting Sihanoukville or Kep might not be in your plans. So how about a trip to Ho Chi Minh? There are many things to do in Ho Chi Minh that may be suitable if you plan to travel. If you read our previous post on a road trip to Ho Chi Minh, it shouldn’t be a challenge now for you to explore this city.

Here are some things you might want to do during your visit to Ho Chi Minh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh

things to do in ho chi minh

  1. Visit the War Remnants Museum – The War Remnants Museum is easily one of the top visited sites in Ho Chi Minh. The museum features exhibits that are related to the Vietnam War, as well as some exhibits that relate to the first Indochina War. A quick look at the outside area, guests can easily see tanks and airplanes on display.
  2. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels – These tunnels are well known as a key attraction in Vietnam. The Cu Chi tunnels were once used by the Viet Cong soldiers as their hiding spots during the times of combat. It also served as supply and communication routes for North Vietnamese fighters. Definitely something to note down when listing things to do in Ho Chi Minh.
  3. Check out the Jade Emperor Pagoda – Also known as the Jade Emperor Temple, the pagoda is located in Ho Chi Minh and was built by the Chinese community sometime in 1909. It is known for being one of the spectacular and atmospheric temples that Ho Chi Minh boasts of.
  4. Haggle with sellers at Ben Thanh Market – One of the better known markets in Ho Chi Minh, Ben Thanh Market offers an array of goods to sell. It is one of the historic structures that have survived in Saigon. Plus, it is one of the best areas to find souvenirs, local handicrafts, textiles, and even some local cuisine.
  5. Go around Dong Khoi – If you fancy some less local shops, you can easily find high end brands along Dong Khoi. Dong Khoi is also known for having many French colonial buildings, and was once the centre of glamour at the time when the French was in Vietnam.
Along Dong Khoi

These attractions are mostly located within or nearby District 1. It is relatively easy to access these attractions on foot, or on taxi. And if travelers arrive on bus, the buses stop at Pham Ngu Lao, which is where several major hotels are located. You can easily check bus schedules for bus routes leaving from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh, or Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh.

You can also check out the BookMeBus website if you plan to venture out and find trips from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh or anywhere else.