Cambodian Festivals and Local Events in Siem Reap
Throughout the year Siem Reap and Cambodia hosts a variety of festivals and events steeped in culture and religious history - often combined with local public holidays where the whole town can relax and enjoy themselves. The most notable are probably Khmer New Year, Bonn Om Touk (the Cambodian Water Festival marking the reverse flow of the Tonle Sap River) and the Pchum Ben festival where people pay respect to their ancestors, visit the temples and spend time with their families. You will also find various culture and photo exhibitions and the annual Angkor Wat Bike Race and Rally and Angkor International Half Marathon attracts an increasing number of visitors who not only want to participate in some spectacular events, but also support some good causes... So, watch this space for local Siem Reap events and activities.
The ancient cultural Traditional Khmer dancing and Apsara dance performances are performed on a regular basis in various locations in Siem Reap and Cambodia.
First weekend of December, the annual Angkor Wat Bike Race and Ride will take participants along narrow roads, passing spectacular backdrops with ancient temples, jungles, elephants, monkeys, rice paddies and local villages.
Running to bring artificial limbs for mine survivors and help save youth from HIV / AIDS, the annual Angkor Wat International Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 1 December 2013 on the grounds of the magnificent Angkor temple complex.
Even though Christmas is not widely celebrated in the Cambodian countryside, there is a range of special events and gala dinners for Christmas and New Year's Eve in various Siem Reap hotels and restaurants during the holiday season.
The ancient Khmer capital with its spectacular temples combined with a selection of romantic boutique hotels and spa facilities offers a unique atmosphere and romantic getaway which is a perfect place to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one.
Lasting three full days in mid-April, Khmer New Year is, arguably, the most popular festival and national holiday in Cambodia with families getting together and enjoying celebrations and relaxation.