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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.

Water Festival 2016: All about Bon Om Touk

As November goes forward, many people living in Phnom Penh are getting excited for the Water Festival 2016. Known as “Bon Om Touk,” the festival usually occurs yearly, and majority of the festivities happen in Phnom Penh. This, however, does not mean that other towns and provinces does not celebrate it.

Throughout the years, there were instances when the festival was cancelled. However, there are plans that it will surely go on as planned this year.

What is Bon Om Touk about?

For those who do not know what it is about, the Water Festival 2016 lasts for three days. It commemorates the end of the rainy season of Cambodia. It also marks the unique reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River.

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photo: Tharum Bun

During the festival, there are several events that are held to celebrate. In Phnom Penh, there are several concerts and special events that are held, as the city is teeming with locals and tourists alike. The most attended ones are the boat races and concerts which draw in millions every year.

Water Festival 2016: Traditional Ceremonies

Throughout the course of 3 days, there are also 3 main traditional ceremonies that happen. These are the following:

  • Ak Ambok – This ceremony is named after the rice dish “ambok.” The dish is made out of rice that is fried in the husk and then pounded. It is then mixed with banana and coconut, after the husks are removed.
  • Sampeah Preah Khae – Sampeah Preah Khae is a ceremony that brings tribute to the moon. The ceremony involves praying tribute to the moon and ushering in the next ceremony. Incidentally, this year is known to have the biggest supermoon on Nov 14, 2016.
  • Bandaet Pratip – This ceremony starts at around 7 p.m. with illuminated boats going into the water. Each of the boats signifies a ministry. And this is known to gather crowds to see the different boats.

With the many festivities happening within a week. It is really important to start planning ahead. Whether you are headed for Phnom Penh or going out to the provinces during the Water Festival 2016, it is best to think ahead. For sure, there will be a lot of travelers going around at this time.

Check out our website for bus tickets that are headed from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, Kampot to Phnom Penh, and many more.