What’s On in January: The Best Siem Reap Events in January 2019

Our monthly events round up returns for the new year!

Siem Reap events January 2019

We gather Siem Reap’s upcoming events into one handy listing at the start of every month, so you can easily see what’s on in the city. Subscribe to our Facebook page for the very latest what’s on news.

Phare Circus, Cambodia’s innovative social enterprise supporting education and performing arts training, has announced its January schedule of performances. Don’t miss out on the dynamic and high-octane performances in ‘Khmer Metal’, ‘Same Same But Different’ and ‘White Gold’, all delivered with their trademark enthusiasm, set to high-energy live music from Phare Circus musicians. In addition to the Big Top’s nightly performances at 8pm, you can now see the same exhilarating shows at their 5pm performances on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays until March.

Made in Cambodia Market features free live shows at the performance space amid the bustling market’s craft stalls. Check the schedule here. January performances include colourful and elegant traditional dancing and talented local musicians, on weekend evenings from 6pm. Also on January 9, you can catch a free performance by Phare Circus. The philosophy behind the Made in Cambodia Market is to help create Khmer jobs; from the villagers producing the handicrafts to the sellers interacting with customers.

Public Holidays

January 1 : International New Years Day

Countries around the world welcome the new year with a countdown to midnight and lively celebrations. Get 2019 off to a good start with new years resolutions and our pick of the best New Year’s parties in Siem Reap.

January 7 : Victory over Genocide Day

Cambodia commemorates the end of the Khmer Rouge regime on this day, annually. On this date in 1979, troops from Vietnam entered Cambodia and began their assault, which ultimately led to fall of the regime.

Social Calendar

January 1: The Gatsby Latin Jazz Brunch

Celebrated on the first Sunday of every month at Kroya Restaurant, this time it’ll be on the first day of 2019! Enjoy music from Doble Impacto, a duo composed with the great Mikhail Rebrov on Flute and Sax, along with Gunter Hofmans on Bongas. They will be joined by The Havana King, a fantastic Cuban singer. A Kids Corner with several fun activities will keep the children entertained. Afterwards, from 5pm, Bensley’s Bar begins its happy hour upstairs!

Where: Shinta Mani Angkor
When: Tuesday 1 January, 11am – 5pm
Cost: $25++ includes buffet, and one Bloody Mary or Prosecco, free flow juice, coffee and tea. Add $20++ for unlimited Prosecco, Bloody Mary and beer.
More Info: Facebook

January 9: Siem Reap – Blabla Language Exchange

Join this free walk-in event run by BlaBla Language Exchange to promote exchanges and meetings between locals and expats in major cities around the world. No reservation necessary. The event kicks off with an English group, so that everyone can understand each other. Step by step, as participants join the event, different language groups can be opened up.

Where: Footprint Cafés
When: Wednesday 9 January, 7-9pm
Cost: Free
More Info: Facebook

January 10: GOLD by Teang Borin Exhibition

GOLD is Teang Borin a.k.a. Din first major solo show in Siem Reap. Born and raised in Cambodia’s Kampot province, Din had no formal training as an artist. He studied architecture, but now devotes all his time to painting. He commits his talent to selecting images from Cambodia’s religion, Culture and Society.

Where: Tribe Art Gallery & Cocktail Bar
When: Thursday 10 January, 7-10pm (opening party), the exhibition runs until 10 February.
Cost: Free
More Info: Facebook

January 19-20 : Ultra Trail d’Angkor

Register for this event online before January 11 to secure your entry to your choice of five distances in this intense and challenging race, with routes around the Angkor temples, villages, rice paddies and forests. Choose from 16km, 32km, 42km, 64km and 128km. There is also an option to do a 16km Nordic Walk or team relays as well as Walk & Hike.

Where: Shuttles to the start lines will leave from the Elephant Terrace within the Angkor temple complex.
When: Saturday 19 & Sunday 20th January. Each race has a different start time, between 4am and 8.40am.
Cost: From 55 Euro – see website for individual race entry costs. Includes Temple pass.
More Info: Facebook

January 23 : Garuda’s Song at Jaya House River Park

Cambodia’s Golden Age of Soul, Jazz, and Rock and Roll from 1959 to 1975 was one of the world’s profound musical renaissances. Yet it almost disappeared before we could hear it. Though most of the musicians of that exceptional generation were killed at the hands of a murderous dictatorship, their music lives on because of the strength of the Cambodian people in the face of genocide.

Garuda’s Song is a musical composition that aims to share the remarkable story of Cambodia’s rich and resilient musical culture with the world.

Where: Jaya House River Park
When: Wednesday 23rd January
Cost: Early Bird $ 12 per person / After 9 Jan the price goes up to $ 15 per person.
More Info: Kickstarter, or click here for the event flyer.

January 26 : Michelin Dinner with Hubert Maetz

Enjoy an exclusive gastronomic dinner imagined by the starred French Chef Hubert Maetz, featuring the best of modern French Haute Cuisine.

Hubert Maetz is the owner and Chef of his own restaurant in his native region of Alsace in Eastern France, and draws its inspiration from local flavors and terroirs. 

Where: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
When: Saturday 26th January
Cost: $ 110++ per person for dinner with wine pairing
More Info: Website

January 26 : Crabs Galore at Upperdeck

It’s no debate that we love anything that’s unlimited – mostly when it comes to food! This January 26th brace yourself for an unlimited crabs galore! Enjoy not only 1 but 5 unlimited kinds of crabs– soft shell crabs, blue crabs, stone crabs, local hairy crabs, and Tonle Sap river crabs!

Where: Upperdeck at Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort
When: Saturday 26th January, from 7 pm to 10:30 pm
Cost: $29++ per person, including a cocktail.
More Info: Facebook

January 26 : Restore & Replenish Retreat with Margo Colombana

Allow yourself to ease into a blissful state with a week of healing yoga and relaxation. With one hour of morning flow and one hour of relaxing evening Yin yoga, you will align, breathe and expand at your own pace. Trained in Rishikesh, India Margo Colombana is a Flow and Yin Yoga Instructor with 18 years of yoga experience.

Where: Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat
When: 6 days, starting on Saturday 26th January
Cost: 6 nights: $1000 per person based on shared occupancy/ en-suite bathroom or $1400 per person based on single occupancy/en-suite bathroom. See the event page for full details of the classes, meals and extras included.
More Info: Facebook

January 27: Sunset Specials at Upperdeck

As the evening blankets the city, Upperdeck takes on a special kind of magic. Atop the Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort, Upperdeck boasts sweeping views of the Kingdom of Wonder. Enjoy Siem Reap’s spectacular sunset whilst enjoying a special 3-course set menu curated by Executive Chef Chanrith Van, the menu promises farm fresh khmer fare elevated to the next level.

Where: Upperdeck at Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort
When: Every Sunday, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm
Cost: $19++ per person, including a cocktail.
More Info: Facebook

🤷🏻‍♂️ After a fun-filled and busy December in Siem Reap, the city sees a quieter start to the new year. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy filling their social calendar with one of Siem Reap’s tempting happy hour offerings or indulge in some retail therapy at one of the unique boutiques featured in our shopping round up. And don’t miss our weekly events overview below! 👇🏻

Weekly Events in January

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

Every Monday: Khmer Community Class at Samadhi Yogashala & Wellness Center by Navutu Dreams

What’s the deal? Join the community class for free for all locals that brings together Khmer, foreign residents and travelers. Each class differs in style, but is always available to all levels and body types. These classes are a great way to experience the benefits of yoga while enjoying the diversity that Siem Reap has to offer.

Where: Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat
When: Mondays, 6.30pm
More info: For bookings, please email reservations@navutudreams.com or
call +855 (0) 63 964 864

Every Tuesday: Happy Hours

What’s the deal? Happy Hours! Thanks to our list of the happiest happy hours in Siem Reap, you’ll be spoiled for choice for post-work or pre-dinner drinks, any day of the week. Whether you are looking for sunset views, poolside hangouts or elegant hotel bars, we have selflessly scoured the city for the very best affordable drink offers that are not just happy – they’re positively joyful!

Where: Almost everywhere
When: Daily
More info: Check our ultimate list of Happy Hours in Siem Reap.

Every Wednesday: Cultural Dinner & Performance at Park Hyatt

What’s the deal? Enjoy an enchanted evening at the beautiful courtyard with performances from the elegant Apsara dancers (every Monday and Friday), and Bokator, Cambodian martial arts (every Wednesday and Sunday). Executive Chef Pisith has created a set menu based on traditional Khmer recipes.

Set menus from $35++ per person, a la carte also available.

Where: Park Hyatt’s Courtyard
When: Wednesdays 7pm – 8pm (also available on Mondays, Fridays & Sundays)
More info: For reservations, please call +855 632 1234 or diningroom.repph@hyatt.com

Every Thursday: Yoga Nidra and Chakra Balancing

What’s the deal? Achieve deep relaxation through yoga nidra or ‘yogic sleep’. You remain in a state of light withdrawal and only the hearing sense remains connected to the instructions.

Where:  Tavoos Garden Café & Wellness Hub
When: Thursdays, 4pm
More info: Facebook

Every Friday: The Sound of Sofitel

What’s the deal? Take some time to relax in Sofitel’s lobby while listening to the music of their pianist, who will play the best of smooth jazz and classical repertoire from 1pm – 5pm, followed by an ancient Cambodian harp resonate – a magnificent instrument which is depicted in the carvings on the temples of Angkor. Then move to their Explorer’s Tales Bar from for a truly enjoyable evening of wine, tapas and live music.

Where: Lobby & Explorer’s Tales Bar, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
When: Pianist: Mondays – Saturday 1pm – 5pm. Harpist: Daily 5pm – 6pm. Guitarist: Tuesdays – Saturdays 6pm – 9pm
More info: Facebook

Every Saturday: The Pianist Wine & Cheese at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

What’s the deal? Savour a selection of imported cheeses, house-baked pieces of bread, dips and other exclusive in-house specialties with free flow wines. Enjoy a lovely night of music by our resident pianist, Raul, while he tinkles the ivories.

Where: Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
When: Saturdays 6pm – 9pm
More info: Facebook

Every Sunday: Weekend Pool Brunch

What’s the deal? Relax by the pool, take a refreshing dip and indulge in a buffet brunch. Adults $18+, children $10+ and under 5s are free.

Where: Memoire Palace Resort & Spa
When: Sundays, 11am – 3pm
More info: Facebook

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