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Travel to Sihanoukville for the Cambodia Sea Festival

Do you have any plans later this month? If not, you might want to check out the Cambodia Sea Festival, which is to be held in from December 23 to 25, 2016 at Sihanoukville.

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What is the Cambodia Sea Festival?

Every year, thousands gather to the seaside provinces in order to celebrate the Cambodia Sea Festival. This year, the said event is to be hosted at Preah Sihanouk Province. As early as October, several preparations have been made, including the relocation of some vendors.

During the event, parties, concerts, water sports, racing, and fireworks are to be expected. In addition, the event will be graced by the Prime Minister himself to kick off the festivities.

Why join the Cambodia Sea Festival?

For many, this is a chance to enjoy the sea along with the many parties and festivities that are expected to happen. Many others may still want to head over to the islands of Koh Rong for a more relaxing experience. However, there are still many things to enjoy in the main island itself.

Travelers who seek a more peaceful and relaxing getaway may not want to go to Sihanoukville during this time. Instead, it may be wise to check out other destinations such as Kep, Battambang, or even Siem Reap.

BookMeBus gives discounts!

If, however, you do plan to join the fun and activities at Sihanoukville, you are in luck!

BookMeBus is offering 10% discount for tickets headed to Sihanoukville, in time for the Cambodia Sea Festival. To avail of this discount, you can click on the link below.

BOOKMEBUS CAMBODIA SEA FESTIVAL DISCOUNT

Whether your path leads you to Sihanoukville or any other province in Cambodia, since it is December, you might as well try to pave your own adventure.

Trip to Sihanouk and Koh Rong Samloem!

Editor’s note: Below is the traveller’s journal of Ludi and Hugo on their adventure at Koh Rong Samloem in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. All content and images are from the contributors.


My friend and I are living in Phnom Penh and during water festival we decided to leave the capital to discover southern Cambodia and the famous island of Koh Rong Samloem!

We booked a bus through BookMeBus from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville leaving early on Saturday: sun was shining and the traffic in Phnom Penh was increasing, announcing such a busy weekend in the capital! From there we were sure that we took the best decision to leave this crazy city for the weekend! Bus left on time and the journey was great!

We arrived in Sihanouk 4 hours later, a strange city that I wouldn’t especially recommend. However, this might be the best place from which you can start to discover the region! As we met backpackers complaining about how Koh Rong has been altered by mass tourism, we changed our initial plan and headed toward Koh Rong Samloem.

After one and a half hour on the ferry we arrived at this small island of 10 Km². We strolled over Sacarem beach to find a place to stay. We visited many bungalow places and we finally settled in a tiny hostel at the end of the beach. There are places for all budgets, going from 7.5$ to 150$

Lost in this preserved island, we walked through the forest to reach sunset beach, a haven of peace! No one on the beach, transparent water and everything you would need for a lovely stay. I lost the count of the hours we spent there enjoying this amazing place, playing cards and relishing this wonderful water!!

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Sacarem Beach

 


We only spent two days on that island, and believe me we would have stayed much longer if we didn’t have to go back working in Phnom Penh. In order to visit Sihanouk countryside we rent a motorbike and got lost on those amazing roads and trust me, it worth’s it. I would highly recommend to go to Otres Beach to find an hostel, as it’s quite cheap and the mood is lovely! They are great places to visit around reachable by bike: waterfall, sea side, lake, natural reserve and many more surprises!

We had a pretty busy weekend in which we had time to visit and experience many things! In total, we spent 4 days there and I believe that this is a minimum if you want to enjoy this place at his best.

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Somewhere in the countryside…

 

During all the weekend, we bought all our bus tickets through BookMeBus App, everything worked smoothly: in total we spent less than 12$ each for all the buses, which might be the best money I’ve spent in ages: we highly recommend this website and app!)

We hope that this experience helped you!

Enjoy your trip in Sihanouk through BookMeBus and who knows, perhaps see you in our next adventure : ) )!

Ludi and Hugo

Things to do in Koh Rong

Due to our recent addition of trips to Koh Rong, we have experienced a barrage of questions on what to do when travelling to Koh Rong. So here are a few of our ideas on things to do in Koh Rong.

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Things to do in Koh Rong

  1. Sunrise and sunset watching. One simply must not miss out on the beauty of the sunrise and sunset at Koh Rong. Someone once said that if you have seen one sunset or sunrise, you have seen them all. But I, personally, disagree. I believe that each day is unique, and as such, sunrise and sunset is never EVER the same.
  2. Diving and snorkeling in the rich blue waters. If there is one thing that visitors can enjoy, it would be the gorgeous waters and enjoy some diving lessons that are offered. Most resorts or hotels already offer diving or snorkeling lessons to guests. Finding a class is never difficult to do.
  3. Get a tour of the island. Aside from the snorkeling and diving lessons, most hotels also offers tours of the area. Although this can sometimes be packaged if you already have a tour set up prior to your trip. When in doubt, it is always good to ask your hotel if they offer this service in case you are interested.
  4. Go on boat trips. Getting around the water is easy, and it is one of the top things to do in Koh Rong. Most guest houses offer the use of their own boats and have day tours. Usually, boat trips include swimming, barbecue, enjoying beers and going fishing or snorkeling. It is simply a fun day event.
  5. Kayaking to the small island, Koh Touch. On good weather, it is really possible to get on a kayak and paddle your way to the small island. Renting kayaks can be done by hourly or daily payment.
  6. Checking out Koh Touch. This small island is popular with guests, due to its size. Although it is simply a pagoda and some monks, but it is still one of the key places to visit when on a trip to Koh Rong.
  7. Check out the adventure park. Previously, there were not many things to do in Koh Rong. But now, there is an adventure park with a zip line, rope walk, and climbing, among other things.
  8. Check out glowing plankton. One of the things that Koh Rong is known for is having the bioluminescent plankton. However, this may be a bit tricky to find, but it is possible to spot some during moonless nights and when you venture out into the darker areas of the island.

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These are only a few of the things that visitors can do at Koh Rong. If you fancy simply lounging by the beach with a good book, then that is also fine. Otherwise, it also helps to ask the locals if they have tips for you, or ask from your friendly hotels for more ideas.

Book your bus tickets to Sihanoukville and then ferry tickets from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong at our website.

5 Tips for Surviving Cambodia Summer

Cambodia summer is often described as something only the toughest survive. True enough, with weather temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius or even higher, sometimes the thought of going out makes anyone faint.

In fact, some expats have experienced sweating immediately after leaving the shower. Some even went as far as profess that they would rather stay in the shower for the whole day. But we all know there is a lot of Cambodia to conquer!

Surviving Summer in Cambodia

The truth is, there IS a way to conquer Cambodia summer, and here are a few tips:

  1. Drink up and hydrate yourself. – This is a cardinal rule for summer survival. Never mind the need the probable need to go to the toilet often. Your body needs to cool down, especially after hours of walking through temples or even the hot streets. It is always a good idea to bring a bottle of water wherever you go.
  2. Hats please! – Even if you plan to just take a short walk to the mart, it is a good idea to wear hats or caps to protect your head from the heat of the sun. Umbrellas work wonders, too. But you really do not see a lot of Cambodians walking around with a parasol.
  3. Wear loose clothing. – While you normally see Cambodians wearing layers upon layers of clothes, more often than not, it can be suffocating to have all those layers on. There are many loose fitting tops and bottoms for sale at markets that are breathable but still give ample protection.
  4. Bring a fan along. – We do not mean an electric fan – although the battery operated ones might be handy! We suggest bringing a hand-held fan that you can use to cool yourself wherever you may be visiting. Some markets offer wooden sticks that expand into fans, and these come in fun colors. Perfect for summer in Cambodia.
  5. Pop into cool cafes for some air conditioning. – Cambodia is actually a step ahead of summer since pretty much all establishments come with air conditioning. So if you lose your fan along the way, you can always go into a café and cool off for a while. In fact, it is recommended to cool off every so often, so that you do not faint from the heat.

If all else fails, you could always go for a swim at a nearby pool, or buy a bus ticket, hop on the next bus and head over to Sihanoukville. Relax under umbrellas and watch kids frolic on the sea, feel the cool breeze, and definitely have a cool Cambodia summer.