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Bonn Om Touk Festival

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Category: festival
Where: Phnom-penh, Cambodia
When: 18 Nov - 22 Nov 2016

It is believed to be the biggest Cambodian festival.
During Bonn Om Touk, held each November in Phnom Penh, the banks of the Tonle Sap River explode with thousands of visitors from across the country and forin visitors. Over 300 boat racing teams take part in the races on the river. The three-day festival - also known as the Water and Moon Festival - begins on the last day of the full moon. It marks the reversing of the Tonle Sap River current and opens the fishing season. If rivers can froth, flood or dry up, there’s every reason to believe that they can change directions too.

Lumbering like elephants, overloaded ferries appear with more festival-goers as well as racing boats. 

The open fields between the Tonle Sap River and the adjacent roads were turned into an informal market and campsite.

The main celebrations are held in Cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Even though Cambodians have been labelled as some of the friendliest people in the world, during such a huge festival with hundreds of thousands of people, pick pockets are fairly common. So avoid bringing any uneccessary baggage!!!!


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