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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.

Water Festival 2016: Two million people expected in Phnom Penh

As preparations for the Water Festival 2016 ramp up, many residents of Phnom Penh are also preparing themselves for the influx of travelers coming from the provinces of Cambodia.

Currently, the expected number of Cambodians travelling to Phnom Penh are at around two million. There are, however, a number of locals and expats who have planned trips going from Phnom Penh to Battambang, Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, or even abroad. Only to escape the crowds that will surely be difficult to get around the city in.

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Water Festival 2016: On going preparations

A quick walk through the city, displays several preparations. In fact, as of tonight, the ministry boats have already been spotted floating and lit up.

  • Concert stages are being set up at the park
  • Booths surrounding the concert stage have been set up around the fountains.
  • Several cleanup drives were done along Riverside.
  • Boats have been prepared and tested.
  • Restaurants are displaying Water Festival 2016 promotions.
  • Grass has been cut and hedges trimmed.
  • Police attentiveness has increased and special vigilance is provided against possible thieves during the festival.

Safety precautions during the Water Festival

Below are some tips for safety during the Water Festival celebrations

  • Traveling at night increases your chances of being a victim, so its best to stay in groups and be vigilant at all times.
  • Pick-pocketing alert. Be aware of your surroundings and be alert when shopping or moving around town.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of money.
  • Avoid keeping all money in a single place.
  • Do not wear expensive jewelry when going around town.
  • Keep all valuables safe inside your bag.
  • It is best to have companions whenever going to somewhere unfamiliar.

For sure, the government is trying their best to keep travelers and locals safe and sound during these times. Nevertheless, a bit of common sense is sure to go a long way.

BookMeBus Water Festival 2016 Promotion

As many people head for Phnom Penh during the Water Festival 2016, BookMeBus would like to offer travelers with a little discount to help you on your journey. Get 10% discount on bus tickets purchased while the promotion lasts during the season.

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Water Festival 2016 Promo

As a token of thanks and a gesture of good will, BookMeBus is offering its loyal customers with a discount coupon. This would enable travelers to travel to Phnom Penh for the Water Festival events, or for travelers going to the countryside.

If you do not have plans for this season, this discount should at least help you reconsider. You might want to go out with friends and family to where the fun is. Or travel to Phnom Penh to completely enjoy the festivities of the Water Festival.

How to Avail of the Discount?

There are two ways that you can avail of the discount:

  1. Visit our website and book as usual. Then redeem the discount using use the Water Festival code: happy-water-festival
  2. Or, you can go directly to this LINK, and make your purchases from the page.

We hope that you enjoy this discount, and have an awesome celebration of the Water Festival in Cambodia.

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.

Krispy Kreme Cambodia is now Open

Along with the massive growth of the economy in Cambodia, particularly in Phnom Penh, numerous big name brands have slowly been opening shop. One of these is Krispy Kreme Cambodia. While another popular donut brand, Big Apple Donuts, opened previously, many have been requesting that Krispy Kreme also open in Cambodia.

Well, it seems that many wishes have been granted.

Birth of Krispy Kreme Cambodia

It was a big affair today as the much awaited branch opened along Pasteur 51, close to shops such as Costa, Brown, KFC, Burger King, and more. Prior to opening its branch, Krispy Kreme Cambodia held several promotions and taste tests with freebies for those who wanted to give the famed donuts a try.

The turnout was great, and aside from the basic opening routine, the event held other games, offers, and other interesting things. The shop also displayed a wide array of donuts to sample from on the very first day.

A familiar taste

One of the daunting things about traveling to other countries is that most tourists are not so sure what to eat. Some travelers are also wary about the new tastes that they often encounter in cuisine that is deemed different from what they are used to. With the opening of Krispy Kreme, tourists are now offered options to choose from. This is particularly comforting for those who are not so daring to try the local delicacies.

On the other hand, locals get a taste of something other than the brands that they are used to. This is definitely a step forward.

Branch location

The newly opened Krispy Kreme Cambodia is located at 217c, street 51, corner 302, BKK1, Phnom Penh. More information can be seen at their Facebook page.

Be sure to book your bus tickets in advance so that you have time to drop by the Krispy Kreme store and get some donuts for your trip!