What’s On in January: The Best Siem Reap Events in January 2018

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Welcome to January’s edition of our monthly events roundup. Each month, we feature the latest and best Siem Reap events in our magazine. So check back regularly or subscribe to our Facebook page to get the latest updates about upcoming events in town!

As usual, we start with listing this month’s public holidays:

Monday January 1st – International New Year’s Day: Although the Khmer New Year is celebrated more widely (in April), Siem Reap still begins 2018 with International New Year’s Day as an official public holiday. Have you made your resolutions yet?

Sunday January 7nd – Victory Day: Cambodia commemorates the end of the Khmer Rouge regime, which took place on this day in 1979.

Wednesday January 31st – Meak Bochea: An important religious festival, observed on the full moon in the third calendar month of the Khmer calendar, to commemorate the final sermon given by Buddha.

January 2: Dancers – Photo Exhibition by Colin Grafton

Dancers - Photo Exhibition by Colin Grafton

View candid photographs of dancers taken by Grafton backstage at a classical dance performance in Cambodia, 44 years ago, during the Civil War. Witness the dancers’ stories of hardship and perseverance depicted in Grafton’s images at the opening reception of this month-long exhibition, which runs until February 2nd.

Where: Mirage, Siem Reap
When: January 2, 6pm – 9pm
Cost: Free admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1984538905129285/

January 5: Green-Go Garden Launch Party

Green-Go Garden Launch Party

Green-Go Garden, Siem Reap’s new vegetarian/vegan restaurant, can’t wait to welcome you to its opening party with a free welcome Prosecco. Sample their vegan taster menu, served all night, while you enjoy the natural garden environment, live music and a DJ. Green-Go Garden’s Mediterranean platters, organic coffee and ice cream are also on the menu. We can’t wait to try their craft beers!

Where: Green-Go Garden, Angkor Night Market Street, Siem Reap
When: January 5, 7pm – 1am
Cost: Free admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613247525380895/

January 11: Same Same But Different; Paintings by Julia Haw

Same Same But Different; Paintings by Julia Haw

Join the Brooklyn-based artist at the opening reception of her collection of reflective and powerful new paintings. The works examine the similarities and differences between Southeast Asian and Western cultures. See Julia’s collection at this venue until January 31.

Where: One Eleven Gallery, Traffic Circle at Old Market Bridge, Siem Reap
When: January 11, 6pm
Cost: Free admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/183112055757052/

January 19 – 20: Ultra Trail d’Angkor

Ultra Trail d'Angkor

Register online before January 9 to enter the third edition of this thrilling 128km race (with 6 courses of varying distances offered) in the spectacular surroundings of the Angkor Wat archaeological site. Ultra Trail d’Angkor takes racers through the temple complex, villages, rice fields and forest – challenge yourself, or encourage your friends and colleagues to race with you. Which category will you choose?

Where: Angkor Wat Temple
When: January 19, 8pm (128km) – January 20, from 5am onwards (64km, 42km , 32km, 16km or 8km)
Cost: Ranging from $29 to $196 depending on race category entered
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/323906568053214/ or to register visit http://www.gotorace.com/event/ultra-trail-dangkor-2018/

January 26 – Rosy Guesthouse Movie Quiz in aid of RSVP

Rosy Guesthouse Movie Quiz in aid of RSVP

Join host Stephen McMurray at Rosy for their first ever movie-themed pub quiz! Book a table for yourself and your friends, or join a team on the night. Money raised goes to Rural Schools Village Project (R.S.V.P). You might be lucky and win a raffle prize, too.

Where: Rosy Guesthouse
When: January 26, 8pm
Cost: $1 to enter

January 31: Sunday Soul Sessions by Navutu Dreams

Sunday Soul Sessions at Navutu Dreams

With guided and silent meditations, light yoga, group creative activities and sound healing, Navutu Dreams Resort tempts you all to join this community gathering. Bring your friends and family, and relax your mind and body. Don’t forget to sign up using their Facebook events page, email reservations@navutudreeams.com or call 063 964 864.

Where: Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat, Siem Reap
When: January 31, 3pm – 5pm
Cost: Free admission, but donations towards Boeung Peariang Siem Reap Bird Sanctuary are welcomed!
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/145655572864742/

Weekly Events

There’s always something going on in town. Get the scoop on Siem Reap’s regular weekly events below:

Every Wednesday: All night happy hour at Picasso Bar

What’s the deal? Buy one get one FREE on ALL Cocktails and freshly made Sangria – all evening!

Where: Picasso Tapas Bar, Alley West
When: Wednesdays
More info: https://www.facebook.com/picassobarsiemreap/

Every Thursday: Poolside cinema at The Little Red Fox Bar & Cafe at Lub d

What’s the deal? Every Thursday in January means poolside cinema with 1/2 price draft beer and wine, $2.50 Blue Margaritas & Pina Coladas all night and FREE POPCORN for everyone! Bring your swimmers…

Where: The Little Red Fox Bar & Cafe at Lub d, 7 Makara Street (Highschool Street)
When: Thursdays, HAPPY HOUR from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, movie screening 7pm
More info: https://www.facebook.com/LittleRedFoxLubd/

Every Friday: Wine, Tapas & Live Music at Sofitel Fridays

What’s the deal? Sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail whilst enjoying live-acoustic guitar music.

Where: Explorer’s Tales Bar, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
When: Fridays 6pm  – 9pm
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1677301042321248/

Every Saturday: NCA Performance

What’s the deal? The New Cambodian Artists invite you to experience ‘Apsara Fusion’ – contemporary dance performances celebrating female empowerment.

Where: NCA Studio, Men’s Road, Siem Reap
When: Saturdays, 6pm (show starts 6.30pm) until 8pm
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/186677551892635/

Organizing an Event in Siem Reap?

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