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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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Paddle boarding in Kampot

One of the things that make Cambodia amazing is that locals and expats alike never run out of things to try out or discover. Take for example, paddle boarding in Kampot, spelunking in Kampong Trach, or riding the banana boat at Sihanoukville. You may not have heard of it at first, but then somebody somewhere is already trying things out.

So, with the weekend coming up, fancy heading out to Kampot and trying something new?

Paddle boarding in Kampot

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One of the things you can try during the weekend is paddle boarding in Kampot. Currently, stand up paddle boarding (also known as SUP) is a growing sport that is not only recognized in Cambodia but also the rest of the world. One of the companies offering a unique paddle boarding experience is Supasia, which is based in Kampot.

What do you get to do?

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There are a couple of things you can do during your trip:

  1. Try your hand at stand up paddle boarding – the company offers lessons for those who are interested.
  2. Take a tour via paddle boarding – after learning how to paddle board, the next thing to definitely do is to go on a tour. You get to see many waterways, mangrove forests, and even paddle next to the Irrawaddy Dolphins! A definite MUST.
  3. Relax by doing SUP yoga – if you are a yogi and want to try something new, paddle board fitness and yoga just might be something you want to try out.

What to wear?

Guests can pretty much wear anything they prefer, although the company suggests wearing swimwear and a hat. Bikinis, however, are discouraged since the area is still relatively culturally sensitive. No need to bring life jackets and waterproof camera cases though as these are readily provided.

How to get to Kampot?

Now the big question of getting to Kampot. Well, if you are in Phnom Penh, there are buses that go from Phnom Penh to Kampot at varying hours during the day. If you are in Siem Reap, there are also Siem Reap to Kampot routes available, as well as Sihanoukville to Kampot. For other routes, you can check out the BookMeBus system and book your bus tickets as soon as possible.

This is something you definitely do not want to miss out on!

Road Trip to Ho Chi Minh

If you are in Phnom Penh and would like to take a quick trip out of Cambodia, one of the nearest countries to check out is Vietnam. A road trip to Ho Chi Minh is always doable, for starters, since it is less than a day away.

There is much to be learned about Ho Chi Minh, and that can be covered in following posts. But for the curious traveler, the average trip would be something like this:

road trip to ho chi minh

What happens on a road trip to Ho Chi Minh?

  1. First, you buy tickets from the bus of your choice at BookMeBus. – There are several bus operators with trips to Ho Chi Minh, such as Khai Nam, Mekong Express, Kumho Samco, Phnom Penh Sorya, Sapaco, and Airavan Express.
  2. You prepare your ticket ahead of time. – Please check out the Notice area of the bus you chose since some bus companies require printed tickets, while others accept eTickets.
  3. Arrive at the bus terminal at least 15-30 minutes. – It is always important to be prompt. Some bus companies will wait for you, although most leave on time.
  4. Settle down and enjoy the trip. – You can enjoy complimentary WiFi, cold bottled water, and refreshing napkin during your trip. However, services vary based on the bus company of your choice.
  5. Bus stops at Bavet. – On Cambodia’s side, the bus often does a quick stop at restaurants in Bavet, before moving forward to the international border gate.
  6. Crossing the borders. – Passengers then cross Bavet and into Moc Bai, the international border gate on Vietnam’s side.
  7. Immigration processing and moving forward. – If you have your papers ready, you can easily cross the borders without any problems, and then you can get back on the bus.
  8. Arrival at Pham Ngu Lao. – After a few more hours on the bus, you finally reach the heart of Ho Chi Minh, which is at Pham Ngu Lao, where pretty much all buses stop.

Now you are ready to prepare yourself for a trip to Ho Chi Minh. The process is really not that difficulty, in fact, after a couple of times crossing borders, you will be a pro at it.

So take a chance, go on a road trip to Ho Chi Minh, and see what the other side has to offer.

Have happy and safe travels!