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Border processing in some countries in South East-Asia (round trip) (Part 1)

Editor’s note: We continue with our favorite traveler, Hugo, and his adventures in Cambodia. This time, he talks about border processing.

Recently, we’ve been having requests for information regarding Visa or border processing at the gates between Thailand-Cambodia, and Vietnam-Cambodia. This series is split into three, with this post as the first one. 

We hope you find this useful and entertaining.


This story and those tips are based on my own experience on crossing border, which is subjective. Thus, this is just a shared experience and habits, feel free to not take them in consideration if they are not relevant for you. ~ Hugo

My Golden Rules for crossing border:

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  • Always check on internet opening hours of the crossing point
  • Always be aware of the Visa application (which are different depending on your citizenship) – refer to your Embassy
  • Be careful of the Visa validity: FYI: overstay cost you 10 USD per day in Cambodia & in Vietnam if you have 2 weeks free tourist entry, once you leave the country you have to wait a month before coming back.
  • Be aware of the time you will cross the border (night or day time)
  • Be patient and polite, even if something went wrong, you will for sure avoid problems.
  • https://www.canbypublications.com/cambodia/overland.htm

New Years Eve 2017 in Cambodia

With the New Year fast approaching, it is time to decide where you want to be for the countdown on New Years Eve 2017 in Cambodia. If you are still undecided, here are some places you might want to consider as the place to be when ushering in 2017.

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Phnom Penh

This year’s countdown to 2017 is expected to be big in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. While many gather to the streets to witness the fireworks display at the strike of midnight, several people will be celebrating at the main hotels that are hosting festive events.

Sofitel will host its “Gala Dinner in the Phokeethra Grand Ballroom,” which promises fantastic entertainment to go with their feast. On the other hand, Raffles will also have their “Kingdom of Wonder Gala Dinner,” which will be held poolside. Also hosting events are Nagaworld and Hotel Cambodiana.

If the big hotels are not appealing, several bars and pubs along the Riverside are sure to have their own countdown festivities – showcasing a great view of the river and the fireworks display.

Sihanoukville

Although Sihanoukville has just had its Cambodia Sea Festival, the party never seems to stop at this beachside province. As it is, Sihanoukville is easily one of the most popular places to go to when one wants to celebrate a New Year’s countdown.

Every year, fireworks color the sky when welcoming the coming year. A walk along the Occheuteal Beach showcases fun, partying, and merriment for those who are celebrating New Years Eve 2017.

Since Sihanoukville is quite popular during this time, it is best to book bus tickets ahead of time so as to ensure you have a ride going there. Bus tickets can be purchased with BookMeBus for more convenience.

Siem Reap

Yet another favorite of locals and expats alike, Siem Reap promises its guests with a night of partying especially in the famed Pub Street.

While Pub Street is already a party scene during regular days, the fun increases on countdown night, making it THE place to be with friends and family. Siem Reap usually runs out of hotels to stay due to the yearly crowd that gathers. So it would be best to start checking for rooms and booking ahead.

Travel to Siem Reap is also expected to be almost full, so if you plan to travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap or Bangkok to Siem Reap, you should start checking for flights or book bus tickets online through our website.

 

It comes as no surprise that everybody wants to welcome the New Year with much revelry and celebration. Thus it is important to beat the crowds and book ahead. Take care and book ahead to beat the holiday rush at BookMeBus.

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.

The Flicks: Community Movie Theaters
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

Messages from BookMeBus team

We at BookMeBus are excited about 2017. In 2016, we’ve been hard and smart at work to serve our growing number of customers who use BookMeBus. Everyday, we serve hundreds of customers, helping them to book bus tickets easily. The website, www.bookmebus.com, has been one of Cambodia’s most favorite websites for travelers to get bus trip information, schedules, and even prices. In addition to the website, we also launched the mobile app, which is available on both App Store and Play Store.

To conclude 2016 in style, we’d love to share some thoughts from our team members:

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Lorselle, CDMO
At BookMeBus, 2016 was:
In a word, “whirlwind.” I believe it has been a challenging year, but has nevertheless been FUN. BookMeBus has grown massively in just one year.
In 2017, my 3 wishes for BookMeBus are:

  1. To become the primary provider of bus tickets in Cambodia.

  2. To win more awards for its ingenuity and technological advancements.

  3. Energy for Langda to continue leading BookMeBus to higher heights and achieve his vision.

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Tharum Bun, CIO
At BookMeBus, 2016 was:
Tremendous! New territories to explore and exploit. Some great things to bring with to the new year. Being the winner for the Cambodian ICT Awards, we really feel the pride.

In 2017, my 3 wishes for BookMeBus are:

  1. To win more awards locally and internationally. And to get into the front page of The New York Times.

  2. To sell many many more bus tickets than 2016 by 10x.

  3. To be known as a Cambodian startup that is a model for young Cambodian entrepreneurs that they can start here and even expand successfully in Southeast Asia.

Some selected highlights of the year that was:

Around Cambodia through the eyes of travel bloggers

Thinking of places to visit in 2017? Here’s a list of 10 blogs about traveling in Cambodia. With this list, you’ll get to know 10 travel bloggers who share their journeys and experiences. They go to places (some you may have never been to) and write about their travel experience, tips, and advices. These 10 travel blogs will be your good read and inspiration.

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Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace – photo: Tharum Bun

1.

Ayana Journeys – A blog by a responsible travel company
Last year I met Ayana Journeys team when they took a group of university students from Japan to visit and learn about technology and innovation in Phnom Penh. One of the latest posts on Ayana Journeys’s blog I like is this one: Transformative travel, which Amy McLoughlin described that “Travellers feel that their life has been improved by this experience; lasting memories have been created, and travellers feel more connected to and empathetic towards a global community.”

2.

When In Phnom Penh – Do as Cambodians do!
When you’re in Phnom Penh, you always want to get the most of out of your time to experience and explore some of the most interesting things and places like the locals. With a network of Cambodian bloggers and contributors, When In Phnom Penh blog provides local insights into the trend of cafes, restaurants, and places.

3.

Mad Monkey South East Asia Travel Blog
This blog is not about hostels. While you can find some practical guide for backpackers in Battambang, the blog also covers other cities and best spots in Southeast Asia.

4.

Rusty Compass – Blog Tales from the road
Rusty Compass covers Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. I’ve never been to Sapa in Vietnam. But this blog post, Village walks around Sapa, Vietnam (with video), is just amazing.

5.

Blue Lady Blog – A lifestyle blog by a Cambodian blogger Kounila Keo
A blogger friend of mine started her popular since 2007. She’s been invited to stay at luxury hotels and dine at restaurants. In addtion to this, she’s also a jetsetter, hopping from one flight to another to visit places and share those travel notes with the world.

6.

Hands on Journeys – Share our journey through stories and travel tips
This travel agency’s blog offers some interesting stories and travel tips. This blog post argues “Why we shouldn’t give up on supporting Orphanages.”

7.

Hanuman Travel blog – Travel with a personal touch
I learned about this Huanuman Blog since it was launched in 2009. This blog reviews accommodations and discusses local travel news: Cambodia’s Sam Veasna Center a finalist for 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards.

8.

Travel Chameleon – A Travel Lifestyle that suits anyone
The blogger describes herself as a Malaysian working in Cambodia. She also has “a big heart on traveling.” She has been to 26 countries and counting. In August, she also wrote a nice review about BookMeBus.

9.

Move to Cambodia
Almost any travelers who set their foot on Cambodian soil, they may have visited Move to Cambodia. The blog/book author is Lina Goldberg, a freelance writer who travels extensively around every corner of Cambodia. So there isn’t much to describe her blog here. But it’s worth to mention BookMeBus is fortunate to have Move to Cambodia as one of the affiliates. So if you’ve got a travel blog, you can also join our affiliate program here.

10.

Cambodia Explorer Blog
This blog is quite new and rare. The blog author is Sanya, who described himself as 100% Khmer, who’s born and raised in Cambodia. If you’re looking for perfect places to eat, I’d suggest you visit Sanya’s blog!


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