The Cambodia Water Festival, known in Khmer as Bon Om Touk, takes place this year from November 7–9. Witness the spectacle of three days as boat races and fireworks light up Phnom Penh’s riverfront, making it one of the most spectacular celebrations in the area. Regretfully, the boat races in the capital were postponed until 2022; ideally, they will return in 2023.
Phnom Penh is inundated with visitors from nearby villages and throughout the nation during the Cambodia Water Festival, eager to take part in the races and enjoy the celebratory atmosphere. It’s a beautiful spectacle to witness, but there’s always a chance of danger, especially from pickpockets stealing little items, so guests are urged to put valuables in their hotel safe. Although the riverbank area is off-limits to cars, it’s a pleasant although busy walk since the races pass by the core area.
Easily the best way to enjoy the spectacle is from a lofty perch at one of the riverside hotels or rooftop bars, or across the Japanese Friendship Bridge on the Chroy Changvar Peninsula.
The Tonle Sap River typically reverses course at this time of year, creating a spectacular spectacle. The water is very high and the current is swift. Anyone who happens to be in the vicinity at that time should not miss what is truly a breathtaking sight.
The Cambodia Water Festival is scheduled for 2023.
Bon Om Touk falls between November 26 and 28, 2023.
Stay at the Best Hotel in Phnom Penh
If you’re looking for the best hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, look no further than the Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel. Located conveniently by the riverside near many attractions and restaurants, you can’t go wrong booking your next stay in Cambodia with us. Join us on the rooftop for cocktails overlooking the city and Mekong River, or cool down by our shaded lap swimming pool. Stay at the heart of Phnom Penh’s waterfront scenery at the Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel.