Phnom Penh Local Events & Latest News

There are a number of festivals, celebrations and Phnom Penh events happening throughout the year, including Khmer New Year, Bon Om Teuk and Bon Pchum Ben. Be sure to check below for the latest events in Phnom Penh.

Pchum Ben Day
(12 Sep 2018 - 17 Sep 2018 )

Festival of the Ancestors. Buddhist tradition demands Cambodians visit many pagodas over two weeks. Food, flowers, rice and gifts are given to the monks to convey to the afterlife so the dead do not haunt the living. This is a particularly poignant celebration given Cambodia’s recent history.

Cambodia Constitution Day
(24 Sep 2018 - 25 Sep 2018 )

A public holiday called to celebrate the anniversary signing of the Cambodian new constitution by King Sihanouk on 24 September 1993
Monday, 24 September 2012

Cambodia Coronation Day
(29 Oct 2018 - 30 Oct 2018 )

Cambodia Coronation Day is the anniversary of the coronation of current King Norodom Sihamoni.
Monday, 29 October 2012

King Sihanouk's Birthday
(31 Oct 2018 - 01 Nov 2018 )

Retired king Sihanouk is indisputably Cambodia’s most important modern monarch and still widely regarded as divine.
  31 October 2012

Cambodian Water Festival - Bon Om Touk
Place: Phnom Penh Riverside  (05 Nov 2018 - 07 Nov 2018 )

The annual water festival marks the reversal flow of the Tonle Sap River and is spectacularly celebrated in Phnom Penh. Cultural displays including traditional boat races make up a fantastic few days of celebration and fun.

Cambodia Independence Day
(09 Nov 2018 )

Marks anniversary of independence from France. King Sihamoni visits Independence Monument in Phnom Penh.
9 November 2012

Human Right Day
(10 Dec 2018 )

A United Nations-inspired holiday. Unlikely to affect travel plans but government offices are closed.10 December 2012

Christmas and New Year's Eve
Place: Various locations in Phnom Penh  (18 Dec 2018 - 01 Jan 2019 )

Christmas is not widely celebrated in Cambodia, but it is the absolute peak season in Phnom Penh and Cambodia, so make sure you reserve your accommodation early as many of the most popular places tend to be booked out early.

International New Year Day
Place: Phnom Penh  (31 Dec 2018 - 03 Jan 2019 )

The celebration of New Year’s Eve has become more and more popular in Cambodia, and although not an official holiday, many offices are closed.
1 January

(05 Jan 2019 - 08 Jan 2019 )

7 January ,This national holiday commemorates Vietnamese-backed troops taking the capital from the Khmer Rouge in 1979. It marks the end of the Khmer Rouge regime after their defeat to the Vietnamese.

Meak Bochea Day
Place: Cambodia  (05 Feb 2019 - 10 Feb 2019 )

Tuesday, 7 February 2012 An important Buddhist holy day, celebrated in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos on the full moon day of the third lunar month in Buddhist Calendar.

Wonwan's day
(06 Mar 2019 - 10 Mar 2019 )

This United Nations-inspired holiday, International day for women has become a big deal. Don’t hope to get anything done.
Thursday, 8 March 2012

EVENT: Cambodian New Year
Place: Phnom Penh, Cambodia  (01 Apr 2019 - 17 Apr 2019 )

Possibly Cambodia’s most important holiday. The cities empty as Cambodians rush to spend the holiday with family.

Chat Preah Nengkal
Place: Phnom Penh  (01 May 2019 - 10 May 2019 )

Chat Preah Nengkal, or the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, is an annual agricultural festival held near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. The Royal Ploughing ceremony is held in early May each year and all Government offices, banks etc. close for the day.

Vesak Bouchea Day
(05 May 2019 - 08 May 2019 )

Vesak Day 2012, Buddhist observance commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha
Saturday, 5 May 2012

Royal Ploughing Day
(07 May 2019 - 10 May 2019 )

Wednesday, 9 May, known in Cambodia as Pithi Chrat Preah Neangkol, this public holiday corresponds to the start of the planting season. Royal astrologers will predict the coming season’s weather.

King Sihamoni's birthday
(13 May 2019 - 15 May 2019 )

Commemorates the birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni on 14 May 1953. The current king was crowned in 2004 after the abdication of his father, Norodom Sihanouk.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012

King's Mother Birthday
(16 Jun 2019 - 19 Jun 2019 )

Commemorates the birthday of The Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. Cambodians have a deep affection for the queen mother. Even so, this is a minor holiday which does not usually affect travel.
Monday, 18 June 2012