I took this yesterday, on the second day of the Khmer New Year.
This is the third time we are celebrating the new year this year. First was the International New Year, followed by the Chinese New Year, and now the Khmer New Year. With three celebrations in one year, it should be all good, right?
Sure hope so.
The Khmer New Year is one of the merriest, if not the merriest holidays in Cambodia. The celebration is three days long (officially) but the locals who reside in Phnom Penh start going to their hometowns weeks before that to be with their families and relatives. Most expats also take this opportunity to go outside the city or overseas. Which is why, the city is almost empty during the three-day holiday. But for us who opted to stay put, we enjoy the peace and quiet. Over the years, as Phnom Penh develops, so does its traffic problem, and it’s actually a nice time, a welcome relief to be in the city during the Khmer New Year.