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Tips to Survive the Rainy Season in Cambodia

If you are planning a trip to Cambodia anytime soon, please be advised that rainy season has started. It is quite rare to have a day without a single drop of rain these days, so it is best to start preparing for rain – just in case. Cambodia rainy season should not stop travelers, from stepping outside.

You can survive. And here are some tips how to:

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What to wear in the rainy season

  • Ditch the umbrella – More often than not, rains in Cambodia are windy. If you bring an umbrella along, you often end up with an upturned one in a matter of minutes.
  • Wear flipflops – If you find yourself in Phnom Penh, then chances are, you might waddle into some flood. It does flood in Phnom Penh, despite best efforts to control the waters. Wearing fancy shoes is not really ideal, and you just might end up with soggy shoes and socks.
  • Buy the plastic ponchos – One of the things that is GREAT about being in Cambodia is that there are plastic ponchos sold everywhere. Okay, getting fancy raincoats might come to mind, but if you are just on a trip, then these plastic ponchos are very useful. One plastic poncho is often sold at 2,000 riels or $0.50.
  • Dress appropriately – Moving around can be cumbersome in wet jeans, so shorts are ideal. Most people travel in shorts or pants that are easy to roll up during this time. In most cases, bringing additional clothes to change into is always a good idea.

Transportation during the rainy season

There are many ways to get around during the rainy season. However, if you are visiting a part of Cambodia that is prone to flood, getting around on tuk tuk would be your best option. Most tuk tuk also have covers that will protect passengers from the strong rain and wind. Best way would be by taxi, although it is more expensive.

Bonus tips

  • Get a rain cover for backpacks that are not waterproof
  • Put electronics and important things (i.e., passports and documentation) in plastic bags
  • Remember to have fun!

Roam Cambodia by Bus

The article below is a guest post by Fie of Travel Chameleon, one of the BookMeBus Affiliates.

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Whenever anyone mentions Cambodia, the first two things that come to mind are Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat, the popular spots for tourists and travelers visiting the Kingdom of Wonder. However, as you get to know the country better, you’ll realize that there’s more to Cambodia besides its’ capital city.

There are 24 provinces in Cambodia that are connected by highways and roads. If you’re like me and plan to visit other parts of Cambodia by bus, then what you’ll need is to read up on the bus schedules, the hotel stay options and figure out things to do when you get there. I prefer this as it’s more stress free and I get to travel with the locals together. The bus would usually stop at a restaurant or a gas station for a quick break before it goes on its way again.

Here are a few places where you can travel to by bus, which is usually the affordable option.

1. Kampong Som (KPS) or known as Sihanoukville

Where is it: South coast of Cambodia.

What is it known for: Premier beaches and islands. Friends have been raving about Sihanoukville, which has beaches like Serendipity, Victory, Otres, White beach, waterfalls, seafood and the island hopping tours to Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloeun. It is definitely a beach paradise for those whole the sun and sea.

How to get there: Buses go to Sihanoukville daily via National Road #4 in a 4 hours journey.

2. Kampot

Where is it: South coast of Cambodia

What is it known for: Kampot is famous for its black pepper and salt fields, which can be seen just a few minutes away from the town centre. You can also cruise down Kampot River on a boat while waiting for sun to set or rent a motorcycle to Kep which is a beach city just 40 minutes away.

How to get there: Buses go to Kampot daily via National Road #4 in a 3 hours journey.

3. Kampong Cham

Where is it: North of Cambodia

What is it known for: The historical bamboo bridge on the south of Kampong Cham can be found on the south of Kampong Cham. This bridge has been constructed and repaired every year by the locals living here. It is made of solid bamboo structure (100%!) for locals to cross the Mekong River to Koh Paen Island.

How to get there: Buses go to Kampong Cham daily via National Road #7 in a 3-4 hours journey.

4. Kratie

Where is it: East of Cambodia.

What is it known for: The journey to the east is longer than the west as the roads there are still in development. This province is known for its live Irrawaddy dolphins, that can be seen in the Mekong River. According to friends, these dolphins are pink in color and lately it has been a challenge to spot them. There’s also the Mekong Discovery Trail, which takes you to village homestays and a chance to spot rare species along the way.

How to get there: Buses to Kratie can be taken from Phnom Penh or Kampong Cham. The journey takes 5 hours (from Phnom Penh) and 3 hours (from Kampong Cham).

5. Ratanakiri

Where is it: North east of Cambodia

What is it known for: The province is known for its lush forests, mountains and lakes, all which are hidden beauties of Cambodia. It’s not surprising that they have the Virachey National Park which has jungle trekking tours. There’s also the 700,000 year old volcanic crater lake called Yaklom that is worth exploring.

How to get there: Buses can be taken from Phnom Penh (a one day journey) or Kratie which is closer.

Visit Koh Kong on a Holiday

Just because the weather is not so sunny anymore, it does not mean you cannot visit Koh Kong for a holiday. Despite the surly weather, you can always head over to Koh Kong if you need to get away from the traffic that Phnom Penh has. It is also a great experience to check out some lesser known cities in Cambodia.

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Why visit Koh Kong?

Koh Kong is known to have a somewhat frontier town vibe. Due to its once relative isolation from the rest of Cambodia, several less legal acts such as banditry, illegal logging, and wild animal smuggling among others were rampant. However, since transportation has much improved, Koh Kong is now becoming a tourist destination.

The town is accessible by land, air, and sea. It can be accessed from Bangkok as well as through the town of Sre Ambel.

What can you do in Koh Kong?

Apart from getting a chance to relax, guests who have chosen to visit Koh Kong can also:

  • check out the Koh Kong bridge which links Koh Kong and the border crossing to Thailand
  • pass through the majestic Cardamom Mountains
  • check out some casinos near the border
  • enjoy boat tours to visit the uninhabited island
  • go on a trek up the Cardamom Mountains

Getting to Koh Kong

If you plan to visit Koh Kong, there are several routes you can choose from if you plan to travel by bus. Phnom Penh to Koh Kong is possible with trips as early as 07:45 a.m. For those leaving from Siem Reap to Koh Kong, there are schedules that leave at 7:00 p.m. If you are on your way from Phnom Penh to Pattaya, you can get a glimpse of Koh Kong as it passes through the border on the way to Thailand.

For more routes, you can try searching at our main site.

BookMeBus is joining the Cambodia ICT Awards 2016

Aiming to foster innovation within the ICT sectors, the Cambodia ICT Awards 2016 aims to provide more opportunities to aspiring innovators and encourage participants in creating new concepts for students and institutions alike. This year, BookMeBus is joining the Cambodia ICT Awards 2016 with hopes that our efforts are recognized.

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Cambodia ICT Awards 2016: Where does BookMeBus fit in?

The ICT Awards is a national event that is held yearly. Winners from the Cambodia ICT Awards will then be sent to represent the country in the ASEAN ICT Awards, which will be held in Brunei. Participants are then divided into several categories including Research and Development, Startups, Corporate Social Responsibility, Private and Public Sectors, and Digital Content.

Among these categories, BookMeBus is joining the Startups category. This category is open to companies which have been active for less than 3 years. These companies MUST NOT be a subsidiary of any well-established parent company. In addition, the founder must be a major shareholder of the company.

BookMeBus is raring to go!

Please join us in supporting BookMeBus in this new adventure! BookMeBus is still relatively young, but it has come far in terms of technology and development.

We have created the video below as our official application to the Cambodia ICT Awards 2016. We would appreciate it very much if you could help us share.

Results will be announced in June 16, 2016. Stay tuned for more updates.

BookMeBus Mobile App is Coming!

Friends, family, foes, lend me your ears. Your eyes will do, too! In order to make booking bus tickets much easily, we are in the progress of presenting to you the BookMeBus mobile app.

Yes, our very own mobile application is in the works and is expected to be available for both Android and iOS (Apple) devices. So it does not matter what device you have. Have device, can book a bus ticket as easy as 1, 2 and 3.

Why a BookMeBus mobile app?

The idea of having a BookMeBus mobile app was already conceptualized for some time now. However, there was a need to have the website up and running smoothly prior to moving towards apps.

In a world where majority of travelers rely on mobiles than computers, there is always a need to make services accessible anywhere and at any time. Although most hotels offer computers and some travelers still lug around computers, it is always to run quick checks through the use of devices. How much more booking bus tickets.

Stay tuned

We are working day and night in order to provide you with the BookMebus mobile app. Please stay tuned for more updates.

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