Cambodian Water Festival (Bon Om Touk)

Cambodian Water Festival (Bon Om Touk)

The Water Festival (ព្រះរាជពិធីបុណ្យអ៊ុំទូក) is one of the most important holidays in Cambodia.   The Water Festival takes place over three days in November all over Cambodia, with the biggest celebrations along the Tonle Sap River in front of Royal Palace in...
Cambodian Independence Day

Cambodian Independence Day

Happy Cambodian Independence Day!   Today, 9th November marks the anniversary of the Cambodian independence day from France in 1953. With the arrival of the French in 1863, Cambodia became a protectorate of France. By the twentieth century, the country was...

Kind Hearts and Cambodians

We’d like to thank Cynthia Rosenfeld for her write up of Phare in the FT: “A new breed of experiences in and around Siem Reap, Cambodia – from haute cuisine and spa treatments to exclusive cultural programmes – allows luxury travellers to gear a seriously...
What is Khmer New Year?

What is Khmer New Year?

What is Khmer New Year? By Mengteang Thong Cambodian people have many holidays during the year. One of the most important is Khmer New Year (Khmer: បុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំថ្មី, pronounced: Choul Chnam Thmey). It is celebrated over three days starting from the 13th or 14th of...