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Travel during Khmer New Year

Posted by CalMorris28 on 7/3/2013 at 15:33

So I'm currently planning to visit Cambodia between the 4th April and 22nd. I understand new year falls into this month, and if anything would just appreciate some help/advice on how I should lay out my plans and how long is recommended for each area.
So a rough schedule of where I want to go is as followed:
Sen monorom
Phnom Penh
Siem Reap
Now i understand this will leave me with some extra days, but with it being new year I wasn't really sure of what to expect with bus travel? Is it still feasible to travel by bus, (not during new year, but week prior and before) without too much hassle?
Also where is the best place to be during this time? I generally get the impression its to the East, so recommendations would be helpful as well as time constraints.
Sorry that I've crammed alot into this. Any help would be great. Thanks in advanced.

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Posted by sayadian on 10/3/2013 at 10:52

It looks like no one else is going to answer this so I'll do my best bearing in mind I was based in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville and don't have a lot of idea about what the East of Cambodia is like during the New Year.
Phnom Penh becomes a virtual ghost town as most people return to their villages. Don't worry you can still find restaurants and bars open but the roads are empty. There maybe a firework display on at the Riverside.
Sihanoukville (though I notice is not on your list) doubles prices for the holiday that includes hotel rooms.
Buses used to have a surcharge during the New Year although they still run. Whether that's the case now I'm not sure but beware.
One of my best New Year experiences was staying in Kirirom and dancing at the local pagoda where there was plenty of partying and beer.
Maybe you should ask around when you get there and find somewhere where there is a bit of a Khmer celebration and enjoy a few beers with the locals and learn to romvong (is that how you spell it?)

#2 sayadian has been a member since 15/1/2008. Posts: 1,557

Posted by CalMorris28 on 10/3/2013 at 14:01

Thanks for the response! I noticed in my original post I made an error by saying "impression its to the East", and actually meaning west, so mentioning Sihanoukville and Kirinom is actually handy for me.I'll look into both a bit more.
Once again thanks for the help!

#3 CalMorris28 has been a member since 7/3/2013. Posts: 2

Posted by marianna28 on 10/3/2016 at 23:18

Hi CalMorris28,
we are going to be in Cambodia this Khmer New Year. What did you end up doing?
Any tips?

#4 marianna28 has been a member since 16/2/2016. Posts: 2

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