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Phnom Penh Events

Victory over Genocide Day

Ceremonies to celebrate the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979 take place on 7 January to honour the memory of the thousands of people who died. The main event takes place at the Independence Monument with many small ceremonies of remembrance in pagodas across the city.

Date: 07 January 2019 - 07 January 2019
Venue: Throughout the city
Cost:

Free.


Cambodian New Year

This is one of the most important festivals of the year and lasts for three days with celebrations right across the city. Many visit pagodas and offer food and drink to bring good fortune for the new year. It also involves a lot of good-natured water throwing.

Date: 14 April 2019 - 16 April 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free


King's Birthday

Festivities to celebrate the birthday of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni.

Date: 13 May 2019 - 13 May 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Ceremony to celebrate the start of the rainy season when court soothsayers predict whether it will be a good or bad harvest, depending on what the royal oxen eat. The colourfully decorated sacred cows plough a farrow and are then taken to trays of food, including rice and corn. Predictions are made according to the order in which the food is consumed. It also welcomes the beginning of the rice growing season.

Date: 22 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
Venue: Held close to the Royal Palace.

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Juliana Hotel

This long-established, resort-style hotel is located at the heart of the city, making it a great base for exploration as most of the major sights are just a few minutes away. The 97 rooms are contemporary in design with Khmer silks and textiles accenting the décor throughout. The swimming pool is surrounded by lush gardens and the hotel's Vanda restaurant serves Asian and Western food and is famed for its barbecued seafood buffet.

InterContinental Hotel

Located in the new business centre of the city, the InterContinental is the first 5-star business hotel in Phnom Penh. With 346 rooms, it's the ideal place for those visiting for work as it has a range of meeting rooms. Its good selection of restaurants offer pan-Asian, Western and Chinese cuisine as well as a popular patisserie.

La Maison D’Ambre

With a superb location on the corner of Sisowath Quay, La Maison D'Ambre has quickly become one of Cambodia's hottest hotels, especially thanks to its river views. Its 10 luxury rooms are individually decorated, while the rooftop bar, Fifth Element, is a huge draw for those after a cool drink at the end of a day. A tree-lined pool and private dining terrace round out a compelling package.

Cozyna Hotel

It's the location of this hotel that makes it such a winner. Right on the main quay, with great access to sights and the city's best nightlife, it's perfect for those on a tight budget. The rooms are simple, but clean, and the staff friendly.

Sunway Hotel

A longstanding favourite, the Sunway Hotel has an excellent location in an upmarket part of Phnom Penh, close to Wat Phnom. The 138 rooms are all large and stylish, some with balconies. The restaurant serves local and international cuisine with special themed nights and there is a patisserie in the lobby. With its own fitness centre and spa, this hotel remains popular.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

This is a beautifully restored French colonial hotel featuring a blend of Khmer, art deco and French styles. Established in 1929, it boasted an impressive guest list in its heyday including Charlie Chaplin and Jacqueline Kennedy. This sophisticated Phnom Penh hotel has 208 rooms, five restaurants and bars, a pool and spa. The Raffles high standards of service are combined with modern comforts throughout.