Christmas and New Year's Eve in Siem Reap

Place: Various locations in Siem Reap  (24 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 )

Western way of Christmas is not widely celebrated in Cambodia outside the main tourist areas. In fact, there is no local word or expression for this festive holiday and many Khmers still use the French term 'Bon Noel' and sometimes the English-sounding word 'Krissmass'.  You will, however, find a range of special events and gala dinners for Christmas and New Year's Eve in various hotels and restaurants in Siem Reap.

Dining and dance performance in the Angkor temples , Siem Reap, Cambodia
Dining and traditional dance performance in one of the less visited Angkor temples makes the setting for a unique and different Christmas dinner.


The period around Christmas and New Year is, however, also the absolute peak season in Siem Reap and Cambodia, so make sure you book your accommodation and make dining reservations early as many of the most popular places tend to be booked out early.

Celebrating Christmas and New Year's Eve in Siem Reap:

Whilst the whole of Pub Street and adjoining streets and alleys turn into one big party on New Year's Eve - a party where you will see people in suits and fisherman's pants merrily mingling as everyone counts the New Year in, there are also many properties that have their own celebrations.

Below we have listed a selection of properties that will have special dinners and celebrations of some sort for New Year's Eve and during the holiday season.

Dining, Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Siem Reap, CambodiaRaffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
Classic fine dining with a dash of history
Christmas Eve Dinner: TBA
Christmas Day Brunch: TBA
New Year's Eve Dinner: TBA
As one of the original hotels in Siem Reap, the historic, French colonial-era Grand Hotel d'Angkor has been renovated by the Raffles group and restored to its former glory. Its 131 rooms and suites and distinctive drinking and dining venues allow for a Christmas and New Year to remember.


Special dining, Borei Angkor Resort, Siem Reap, CambodiaBorei Angkor Resort and Spa
Inspires your five senses to the renaissance of Khmer culture
Christmas Eve Dinner: TBA
New Year's Eve Dinner: TBA
Borei Angkor Resort and Spa invites you to experience the Cambodia culture and taste authentic Khmer cuisine in their restaurants. Classy coctails and canapes will be served by the pool.

FCC AngkorFCC Angkor Boutique Hotel
Traditional menus in a chic setting...
Christmas dinner: TBA
New Year's Eve Dinner: TBA
Once more, the fine papilla’s favorite place keeps up with our gustative expectations with traditional 3-course set menus for the two Christmas Dinners on 24t and 25 December which includes a welcome Champagne Cocktail.Then if you feel like setting free the dancing fever running in your veins, the Cuban Band Warapo and their warm latino rhythm will take care of you for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve until early morning.


Sokha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap, CambodiaSokha Angkor Resort
String quartet and traditional Khmer band
Christmas Dinner: TBA
New Year's Eve Dinner: TBA
Christmas and New Year's Eve will be celebrated in style at Sokha Angkor Resort and Spa with two fine events of which will be under the form of an exquisite international buffet accompanied by a String Quartet and a Traditional Khmer Dance.

The Sothea, Siem Reap, CambodiaThe Sothea
Champagne toasts, christmas carol and violin serenades.
Christmas dinner: TBA
New Year's Eve Dinner: TBA
Christmas’Eve celebrations at The Sothea will be more of a traditional classical Christmas with fine cuisine, free flow of house wines and beverages plus a Champagne toast, accompanied with a Christmas Carol and Violin Serenade. New Year’s Eve will put the emphasis on originality and fun, with danceable music until midnight for the Champagne toast.

Lotus Resort and Spa, Siem Reap, CambodiaLotus Blanc Resort and Spa
Peaceful and elegant environs...
Christmas Dinner: TBA
New Year's Eve Dinner: TBA
Lotus Blanc Resort and Spa has special emphasis on children entertainment during the festive season and offers a choice of Asian or Western set-menus with pre and post-dinner cocktails, gift giving for children, X-mas movies on a big screen and free flow of pop-corn.

Restaurants and other dining venues

Abacus garden restaurant and bar, Siem Reap, CambodiaAbacus Garden Restaurant and Bar
Fine french in garden settings...
Christmas Eve Dinner: TBA
Christmas Day Dinner: TBA
New Year's Eve Dinner: TBA
Slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the Siem Reap town centre, Abacus, much thanks to its excellent French chefs and and outstanding customer service, is a long-term favourite for both travellers and local residents. In fact they honor French culinary excellency whilst paying respect to Khmer culinary traditions. Seeing as Christmas is one of the most important culinary events in France, it is the perfect time for one of the finest meals you will ever eat. Bringing a French touch to Cambodia, Chef Pascal and his team will offer free of charge the traditional early morning Onion Soup for hungry partiers and Abacus will remain open all night long for New Year’s Eve..

Nest, Siem Reap, CambodiaNest Angkor
Contemporary white canvas sails and comfortable loungers
Christmas dinner: TBA
New Year's Eve Dinner: TBA
Result of the union of a world-renown designer and one of the finest chef in Cambodia, Nest is the place to go for an intimate and trendy Christmas and New Year’s Eve. You will enjoy a 5-course set-menu of elaborated cuisine for prices ranging from US$ 40++ and free flow drink packages are available from US$ 65++.

The Warehouse, Siem Reap, CambodiaThe Warehouse
X-mas grub and cracking New Year's Eve party
Corner of Old Market - just off Bar Street
If you're looking for some pub grub for christmas and a cracking party on New Year's Eve, The Warehouse would be high up on a list of places to check out. Only a very short stone's throw from Siem Reap's famous Bar Street, you'll be close to the heart of the action.

You might also be interested in our list of Top 10 Things to Do in Siem Reap which includes both some of our favourite temples as well as ziplining between the treetops of Angkor.