BookMeBus founder targets automation as key to business growth

BookMeBus founder targets automation as key to business growth


Chea Langda is a candidate in the second season of ABC beverage’s “The Exceptional” campaign, which aims to share the stories of 10 Cambodians who have both dared to dream and achieved the success they desired.

The programme seeks to inspire the younger generation to grab the opportunity to become the kind of exceptional people that the public recognises and admires.

Langda is the founder and CEO of BookMeBus, an online travel platform that provides bookings for multiple transportation types including buses, trains, ferries, and taxis across Cambodia, and even beyond the borders.

The platform also provides private taxi services for travelers in the 25 provinces and capital and neighboring countries Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.

His own experiences were the inspiration for the business. As a student, he regularly travelled between the capital and his homeland by private bus.

“It was difficult. If I wanted to buy a ticket, I had to go to the bus depot. Sometimes, I would wait for hours for a bus to arrive. Other times, the bus would not depart until it was full, which wasted a lot of time,” he said.

“I am Khmer, and I was tired of traveling like this, wasting a lot of time and never sure when a bus was actually going to depart. Imagine how frustrating it could be for a foreign traveler who does not speak Khmer! Because I was studying computer science, I decided to try and build a platform that would simplify the whole process,” he added.

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Author: Huon Silaun

Source: The Phnom Penh Post

Publication date: 18 December 2022