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Cambodian Water Festival

Cambodian Water Festival

Taking place in November, the three-day Water Festival is the Cambodian equivalent of the Mardis Gras.

Join the carnival in November at Cambodia's liveliest festival. The Water Festival celebrates the start of the fishing season at the magical time when the current in the Tonlé Sap river starts flowing in the opposite direction.

The festival takes place over three days during the full moon in November. One of the highlights is the huge dragon boat race, where teams compete in pairs to paddle from the Japanese Friendship Bridge to the finish line in front of the Royal Palace.

At night flotillas of boats are lit up with lanterns as they float through the capital. Fireworks illuminate the sky and around the capital are open-air concerts, carnival rides and market stalls adorned with colourful bunting and flowers.

When to go: In 2017, the Water Festival will take place from 2nd to 4th November.

Cambodian Water Festival

located in Phnom Penh

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