celebrate Cambodia’s Water Festival: 13 – 15 November

This year, Cambodia’s Water Festival, known as Bonn Om Toeuk that marks the reversing flow of Tonle Sap River and also ushers in the fishing season, is officially scheduled for 13 – 15 November, 2016. The nationwide festival is particularly colourful in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville where hundreds of boats propelled by precision-trained oarsmen take part in races held over the three days. The events attract visitors from throughout the country – the population of Phnom Penh doubles during the festival – as they cheer on their team and enjoy their holiday. When night falls, fireworks light up the sky and a glowing flotilla of boats sail aloft for good luck.


Please note that during the festival, riverside areas are very crowded and some streets are closed. Government offices, embassies, market shops, and many local and foreign establishments are also closed. Some select tourist attractions around Phnom Penh, such as the Royal Palace, Genocide Museum, Killing Fields and National Museum, are open only for half the day throughout the festival, however restaurants and bus stations remain open for business.


Diethelm Cambodia will have reservation staff on standby during 14-15 November, but certain inquiries might take a bit longer to process due to the fact that a lot of local suppliers will be closed for the holidays. Should you have any urgent issues pending please mention this clearly in your email and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.