Even though the Khmer New Year is quite popular in Cambodia, the folks also celebrate this day with great joy and fervour. Usually the Khmer New Year celebrations last for about three days, but this is not the case with this New Year which arrives in accordance with the Gregorian Calendar. People go out with their loved ones, friends and family members to celebrate this day and make the most of it. As the day remains an off day for the general population, people can go out freely and enjoy a splendid meal with their folks.
Tourists in Cambodia also have plenty to enjoy. If you happen to be in the country on New Year’s Eve, then you’re in for a treat, because popular tourist spots will be celebrating with gusto as they welcome the new year.
The atmosphere in the Cambodian capital will be sizzling as Phnom Penh’s array of hotels, clubs, bars and restaurants prepare for the midnight countdown.
Hotels, such as Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, Raffles le Royal, InterContinental Phnom Penh and Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel and Residences put on celebrations to mark the occasion, usually with a meal and after-party with music and live entertainment to ring in the New Year.
The coastal town of Sihanoukville is another lively destination, with the Serendipity Beach’s row of bars holding a host of parties throughout New Year’s Eve.