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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.

Travel through Cambodia with Virak Buntham buses

Virak Buntham buses is known as the first bus operator to offer night buses in Cambodia. It boasts of having comfortable and quality service to all its travelers. With its many routes, travelers can journey to any place of their choice and simply rest while on the way.

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What do you get when travelling with Virak Buntham buses?

In case you wish to travel on board Virak Buntham buses, you are often provided with the following perks:

  • complimentary WiFi
  • complimentary water
  • comfortable accommodations

Other important information are as follows:

  • Passengers should be at the terminal 15 minutes before departure.
  • Tickets are VOID if passengers do not arrive on time.
  • Children over 5 years of age require tickets.
  • Passengers availing Pick Up services should be ready at the hotel or guesthouse’s lobby an hour before departure.
  • Passengers MUST present printed Online Tickets for inspection at the terminal prior to boarding.
  • Smoking inside the bus is prohibited.
  • Pets, weapons, illegal products and substances, and hazardous materials are not allowed on the bus.
  • Strong smelling food items (i.e., durian, prohok) are not allowed on board the bus.

Route updates

To avoid confusion regarding certain routes from Siem Reap, here are some updates that might be helpful when booking bus tickets with Virak Buntham buses:

  • Siem Reap to Bangkok/Pattaya route departs at 4:00 AM and uses the sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (15 seats) at the border.
  • Siem Reap to Bangkok route departs at 8:00 AM and uses a 41-seat bus. It is a direct bus. The bus will stop at three different locations namely Kao San, Train Station, and Pharum Kao (airport).
  • Siem Reap to Sihanoukville route:
    • Departs at 10:30 PM and uses a luxury bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
    • Departs at 11:00 PM uses a Sleeping bus, but it is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to other bus in Phnom Penh.
    • Departs at 12:00 AM uses a Hotel bus, but it is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
  • Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh route departs at 7:00PM, 10:30PM, 11:00PM and 12:00PM, but is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred bus in Phnom Penh.
  • Siem Reap to Koh Kong route:
    • Departs at 7:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred bus in Sihanoukville.
    • Departs at 11:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
  • Siem Reap to Mondulkiri route departs at 12:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to VIP Van (11 seats) in Phnom Penh.
  • Siem Reap to Kampot, Kep, and Ha Tien routes depart at 7:00 PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to Van (15 seats) in Sihanoukville.
  • Siem Reap to Phu Quoc Island route departs at 7:00PM and uses a sleeping bus. It is not a direct bus. Passengers will be transferred to Van (15 seats) in Sihanoukville on to the ferry.

These are not the only routes available for Virak Buntham buses. You may check out more information from this page on our website.

Discover unknown cities near Angkor Wat

While many have traveled far to come visit Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, the wonder of the ancient temples has just begun. Recently, there have been advances in technology which have revealed that there are a vast unknown cities near Angkor Wat.

How were unknown cities near Angkor Wat discovered?

Through the use of airborne laser scanning technology, a vast number of unknown cities have been revealed. These buildings made of thatch and wood that has been rotting away is hidden under the Cambodian jungle. What the images show are what looks like several objects that are spread across the area.

More reasons to visit Siem Reap

As previously mentioned, Siem Reap is perceived to be one of the main attractions in Cambodia. This is for the famed Angkor Wat alone. But through this new discovery, even those who have once visited the temples just might come back for another round of exploration.

It is true that research has been ongoing for several years, but only recently has more proof been shed, along with further information. In fact, while original theories perceived an already large scale complex of cities, the current findings describe a significantly bigger sprawl than what was initially reported.

What is the Angkor Wat?

The Angkor Wat, for those who do not know yet, is known as an UNESCO World Heritage site. It is considered as one of the ancient wonders of the world.

Constructed during the mid-1100s during the reign of King Suryavarman II, the Angkor Wat came about during the height of the Khmer Empire’s military and political power. It is known to be one of the largest pre-industrial cities of the world.

How to see Angkor Wat?

In order to visit Angkor Wat, travelers must make a trip to Siem Reap and acquire tours. There are several trips from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, or Sihanoukville to Siem Reap several days a week. You can check out the website for more information.