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

Our monthly event guide is back with plenty to keep you busy this May - music, shopping, street dance and partying - there's something for everyone!

Siem Reap events May 2019

We compile a round-up of Siem Reap’s upcoming events to make it easy for you to plan ahead. Follow our Facebook page for the latest announcements and information on new events, and don’t forget to join our welcoming community!

Phare Circus, a social enterprise supporting education and performing arts training in Cambodia, will perform two exhilarating shows during May. Book now for ‘Same Same But Different’ and ‘White Gold’.

Made in Cambodia Market is the intimate setting for free live performances of traditional dance and talented local musicians on its central stage. Check the schedule here. Choose from music on Fridays from 6pm and dancers on Saturdays, also beginning at 6pm, during May.

Siem Reap’s annual Pride events take place between May 10 – 12. Check our special Pride week feature, with news of great cocktail parties, themed talks, yoga sessions, a fun pool party and the much-anticipated tuk tuk race!

Public Holidays

May 1 – Labour Day: A day to celebrate the economic and social achievements made by the workforce.

May 13-15 – King Norodom Sihamoni’s Birthday: HM King Norodom Sihamoni was born on May 14, 1953. Cambodians celebrate this three-day public holiday to honour their leader, who has became monarch in October 2004.

May 18 – Visak Bochea Day: A special day to celebrate the birth, the enlightenment, and death (nirvana) of Buddha.

May 20 – National Day of Remembrance: On this day, Cambodia remembers the massive genocidal killings that took place during the days of the Khmer Rouge regime.

May 22 – Royal Ploughing Ceremony: An ancient rite held in many Asian countries marking the beginning of the rice planting and growing season.

Social Calendar

May 3: Retro Electro – Cinco de Mayo

Balthazar with DJ Adam Scott are celebrating all things Mexico! Come down for maracas and fresh electro beats at their third instalment of the Retro Electro series.

  • Where: The Balthazar at Street 24 Wine Bar
  • When: Friday 3rd May, from 8pm
  • Cost: Free entry, order from the usual menu
  • More Info: Facebook

May 45 & 11: Hyun Joo’s Street Dance Workshop

Hyun Joo Kang is a singer, choreographer and producer from Korea, and is offering budding stars of stage and screen an ‘Idol Experience’ here in Siem Reap. Sign up to the classes to experience shooting a music video.

  • Where: TBC
  • When: Saturday 4th May, Sunday 5th May and Saturday 11th May
  • Cost: $2 per person ($3 for the 11th May session)
  • More Info: Facebook

May 5: Sunday Family Getaway at Lotus Blanc

Looking for a relaxed way to spend a Sunday afternoon with the whole family? Enjoy poolside food and drinks from the new menu, and spend the day at the hotel’s beautiful pool and spacious gardens while the children have great fun with a cooking lesson and lotus flower folding.

  • Where: Lotus Blanc Hotel & Resort
  • When: Sunday 5th May from midday to 3pm
  • Cost: $15 per adult and $10 per child age 6-12 and under 6s go free. Fees are exchanged for credit against poolside dining and refreshments.
  • More Info: Facebook

May 5: Cinco de Mayo at Cambo Beach Club

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Siem Reap’s very own beach club! Head down for sundowner Margarita pitchers, Mexican food, music and fun.

  • Where: Cambo Beach Club
  • When: Sunday 5th May, 6-9pm
  • Cost: usual $7 weekend entry fee applies, to be redeemed against food and drink purchases
  • More Info: Facebook

May 11: Single Party at Hard Rock After Dark

Hard Rock Cafe Angkor is calling all fabulous single ladies and men on May 11 to meet and mingle and their first singles party! HRC’s Garuda Band and DJ Nitch Aka will get the party started! Enjoy $1 oysters, $2 BBQ goodies and 50% off on wine, cocktails and house spirits all night long! Ladies, don’t miss your free Classic Margarita available from 8 – 9pm only!

May 11: The Kimsans’ LAB first event

The Kimsans’ LAB is a pop-up gastronomic venue and will open its doors for the first time, joined by two French chefs – the former and the current chefs at Abacus. Enjoy the buzz of this exciting new venture, with accompanying music, fine wine and a 12-dish set menu. Seats are limited to just 10 guests who will be seated in the middle of the laboratory, at the Chefs’ table.

  • Where: Embassy Restaurant
  • When: Saturday 11th May from 6.45pm
  • Cost: $145 per guest, includes a 12 dish set menu with wine pairing. Reservations via online
  • More Info: Facebook

May 12: Mother’s Day Barbecue at Le Meridien Angkor

Indulge in a scenic poolside BBQ with the family in celebration of Mother’s Day.

  • Where: Le Meridien Angkor
  • When: Sunday May 12th, from 11 am – 3 pm
  • Cost: $15 net per person. Add $12 for free flow sparkling wine, soft drinks, and juices for two hours.
  • More Info: Facebook

May 13 – 15: Royal Khmer Dining at Hunkaar Table & Lounge

From 13 to 15 May, in celebration of the King’s Birthday Hunkaar Table & Lounge is serving a royal Khmer tasting menu for lunch and dinner. Get your friends and family together and indulge in set platter for only USD 17 / person, including one drink of choice (soft drink, beer, wine, or whiskey):

  • Where: Hunkaar Table & Lounge
  • When: Monday 13 May – Wednesday 15 May for lunch and dinner
  • Cost: $17 per person, including one drink (beer, wine, whiskey, or soft drink)
  • More Info: Facebook

May 31 – June 2: Kids Fair Expo Siem Reap

The first ever Kids Fair Siem Reap will bring fun for kids and parents with special discounts, freebies, games, performances, and educational activities. If you are a business looking to secure a booth at the Expo, call 012 230 140 or 010 911 776.

  • Where: Heritage Walk
  • When: Friday 31st May, Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June, 9am – 8pm
  • Cost: $2 per person ($3 for the 11th May session)
  • More Info: Facebook

Also Don’t Miss…

Our pick of daily and weekly events at some of our favorite venues in town!

The Butterfly Pea Boutique Hotel

We’re thrilled to announce that The Butterfly Pea will be hosting live music twice a week starting from May 9! Kiss Bang Bong, Siem Reap’s acoustic duo will bring 50s to 80s mixes by the pool on Thursday nights (6pm – 8pm) and Saturday afternoons (2pm – 4pm). Free admission on Thursdays and enjoy free-flow beer, mimosas, wine and canapes for just $25 USD per person on Saturdays.

Cambo Beach Club

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a beach in Siem Reap? Guess what? Cambo Beach Club made this wish come true. Not only do they have a huge pool surrounded by fine white beach sand, they also organise themed pool parties and happening. Sundays are family days with Soma Jazz Band during sunset. On Monday afternoon starting at 2pm you’re welcome to join in their classic music pool party. Wednesdays are ladies nights, with Latino pool parties and get 2 for 1 drinks. On Fridays you ring the weekend with their disco funk pool party. See you at the beach!

Charcoal L’Entrecôte

2 for 1 Entrecôte Tuesdays: Every Tuesday evening Charcoal L’Entrecôte serves two steaks for the price of one. Make the most out of their 2 for 1 deal, including bottomless french fries, salad, and their very own secret sauce. Discover Siem Reap’s only award-winning steak. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

T-galleria by DFS, Angkor

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Courtyard by Marriott

Plenty of events to be enjoyed at Courtyard by Marriott! On Wednesdays, we have Ladies’ Night at Upperdeck (5pm – 1am), when all ladies get to order any drink and enjoy one round for free. Fridays (5pm – 9.30pm) bring us Street Food Party with authentic street food offerings, starting from just KHR 5,000! Saturdays mean
Pizza and Pasta Party at Courtyard’s Lok Lak restaurant from 11am – 2.30pm. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza and pasta offerings for $15++ inclusive of free flow chilled juice, soft drinks and 1 draft beer at Upperdeck. Start the day right on Sundays with Courtyard’s famous Sunday Brunch at 11am for only $17++ per person. Dine in style on Sunday evenings (5pm – 6.30pm) with Courtyard’s Sunset Specials: Witness a spectacular sunset whilst enjoying a special 3-course set menu curated by Executive Chef Chanrith Van. $19++ per person inclusive of 1 cocktail. Find all the details about above events on Facebook!

Hard Rock Cafe Angkor

Beat the Monday blues with live Music by X-Rays band who will rock your night at Hard Rock Cafe Angkor. Every Monday from 8pm onwards. Sundays are all about the family with HRC Angkor’s Sunday Kids Eat Free promotion. More info about both events on Facebook.

Hunkaar Table & Lounge

Sunday Brunch & Pool: Sundays are for brunch, and for pool fun. Hunkaar Table & Lounge combines the two and invites you to indulge in their brunch buffet and then chill out poolside in a hidden green oasis. This bi-weekly brunch event takes place on May 12th and May 26th and is priced at USD 15 / person. More info on Facebook.

Le Meridien Angkor

Say “aloha” to Le Meridien’s tropical summer specials, as they roll out an extra dose of refreshment with the tropical flavors of pineapple in cocktails and light food.
As the summer approaches, rejuvenate with the Ultimate Spa Packages at Le Méridien Angkor at Le Méridien Angkor Spa.

Discover the subtle flavours of Cambodian cuisine featuring carefully sourced ingredients with complementary flavours, textures and aromas taking you on a journey through Khmer cuisine. a culinary journey through Italy’s most iconic regions? Then dine at L’Angelo Italian Restaurant and enjoy 30% off. As the summer approaches, rejuvenate with the Ultimate Spa packages at Le Méridien Angkor Spa.

Khéma Angkor

Free-Flow Brunch: Enjoy an unlimited selection of eggs, Cambodian breakfasts, freshly-baked breads, danishes, cereals and homemade yoghurt, including hot and cold drinks. $10.90++ per person. Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays from 6.30am to 3pm. More info on Facebook.

Memoire Palace Resort & Spa

Weekend Pool Brunch: Relax by the pool, take a refreshing dip and indulge in a buffet brunch. Adults $18+, children $10+ and under 5s are free. Saturdays & Sundays, 11am – 3pm. More info on Facebook.

Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat

Khmer Community Class: Join the yoga community class that brings together Khmer, foreign residents and travelers. Available to all levels and body types, free for all locals. Mondays from 6.30pm – 7.45pm; Book by calling +855 63 964 864 or email reservations@navutudreams.com. More info on Navutudreams.com.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Cultural Dinner & Performance: Enjoy an enchanted evening at the beautiful courtyard with performances from elegant Apsara dancers (Mondays and Fridays), and Bokator (Wednesdays and Sundays). Set menu from $35++ per person, a la carte also available. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays from 7pm – 8pm. Book by calling +855 632 1234 or email diningroom.repph@hyatt.com.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

The Sound of Sofitel: Relax in Sofitel’s lobby while listening to the music of their pianist, playing the best of smooth jazz and classical repertoire, followed by an ancient Cambodian harp resonate. Then move to their Explorer’s Tales Bar from for a truly enjoyable evening of wine, tapas and live music. Pianist: Mondays – Saturday, 1pm – 5pm. Harpist: Daily 5pm – 6pm. Guitarist: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 6pm – 9pm. More info on sofitel-angkor-phokeethra.com.

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