Every country in the world celebrates New Year (Bon Chol Chhnam Thmey) in their own unique way, and Cambodia is no different. This time of the year marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of a fresh new year. What makes Khmer New Year so special is that the celebrations do not only last one night, and it falls on different dates each year.
For 2019 it is celebrated from 14th April to 17th April, with the public holidays lasting till the 18th.
There are a few things to note during this time, seeing that the usual 24-7 impression changes and most places in Cambodia come to a halt. Places, including but not limited to restaurants and shops, close for the new year while people visit their families in the province.
It is of utter importance to book all accommodation and transport in advance as people are travelling all over the country, and it is buzzing with tourists and locals. Most of the cities are, however, considerably less busy because most inhabitants close their businesses to visit their families back in the provinces, an