The ancient and the contemporary rub alongside each other during Khmer New Year – one of the best times to experience the sheer vibrancy of Cambodian culture. With the temples of Angkor right on its doorstep and multiple other attractions nearby, Siem Reap makes the perfect base for all the revelry.
On the first day of this journey, guests will head to Wat Bo, one of the city’s oldest temples, to witness preparations for the festival and receive a New Year’s blessing from a resident monk. Charity is a major element of celebrations with wealthier Khmers giving to less fortunate members of society.
At Krousar Thmey, an organization assisting underprivileged kids, guests have the opportunity to witness the charity’s work and make a contribution. The undoubted highlight of New Year in Siem Reap is to pay a visit to Angkor. The historic seat of the once mighty Khmer empire is buzzing at this time of year as locals congregate around the temples to mark the turn of another year.
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