Festivals & Holidays - November 2013

Independence Day - November 9
Cambodia achieved independence from France on November 9, 1953.

Bonn Om Touk - Water Festival - on Siem Reap River

Bonn Om Touk - Water Festival
- November 16 - 19
Three or four day festival that is celebrated almost anywhere there is enough water to hold a boat race. Streets will be filled with a carnival type atmosphere, food, games, concerts, it is just a big party all over Cambodia.

Angkor Photo Festival - November 23 - 30
Annual Photo Festival in Siem Reap with workshops and exhibitions though out the town. http://angkorphotofestival.wordpress.com/about/

Angkor Wat Bike Ride
- Bike4Kids - November 30
New Prizes for Top Funders - http://eepurl.com/EG1dn
Meet our cause partner, the Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children - http://eepurl.com/CEFVn
How to Help, Ride, Read, Share, Donate - http://eepurl.com/CIjLX

Angkor Wat Int. Half Marathon - December 1
Annual Half Marathon run through the ruins of the Angkor Archaeological Park - http://www.angkormarathon.org/

New Years Eve
- December 31 - January 1

Festivals & Holidays - October 2013

Pchum Ben Festival
(Feeding the Spirits) - later part of September to beginning of October
The most important religious holiday in Cambodia. When the ghosts come to receive offerings from their living relatives. This festival actually lasts about two weeks with a lot of visits to the temples with offerings, with the last two days considered to be the most important.

Commemoration Day of HRH King Norodom Sihanouk
- October 15
Also known as the King Father of the Country, HRH King Norodom Sihanouk died on the 15th of October, 2012, sixteen days before what would have been his 90th birthday. Look for elaborate floral displays at important shrines around the country.


Father's Restaurant

Now that I have a better understanding of Khmer food, thanks to the Royal Khmer Cuisine course I took at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, I feel more confident about eating Khmer food in small restaurants around Siem Reap. My favorite so far, is a small but very clean food stall, in the food court section of the Central Market (on Sivatha Boulevard).

If you know where I am referring to but haven’t been there in awhile, you must be thinking that I have lost my mind. Yes I am referrin to those food stalls that employ a bunch of very forward girls and off-duty tuk-tuk drivers to drive (or actually drag) customers into their concessions. Read More...

Royal Khmer Cuisine - Samlor Machu M'noas

Samlor Machu M’noas - Sour Fish Soup with Pineapple

This is one of a series of Royal Khmer Cuisine dishes that I recently learned to prepare, at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor - Link to schedule of the COOKING CLASS AND THE ROYAL KHMER CUISINE

Royal Khmer Cuisine available from the Restaurant Le Grand - Explore the exotic tastes of fine Khmer cuisine at Restaurant Le Grand. In an idyllic atmosphere you will be able to enjoy the delights of original Cambodian dishes. Candlelight and a superb selection of wines available will make for a memorable night. Should you fancy Western cuisine, Restaurant Le Grand also offers a selection of Western dishes. Opening hours are 6.30-10.30pm. Read More...

Siem Reap Festivals & Events - 2011

Siem Reap has many holidays throughout the year, but even when there are no official holidays on the calendar there are many opportunities to celebrate and enjoy the local culture. After a long day of exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat you can always enjoy a traditional Khmer meal and Khmer Apsara dancing shows, available at many major hotels, restaurants and Traditional Khmer Dance Theaters. The Pub Street area of Siem Reap also has many lively entertainment and drinking venues that will allow you to wind down the evening hours or even keep going all night long if you so desire. Read More...