Welcome to November’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:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 2, 3 & 4: Water Festival (Bon Om Touk). In Siem Reap, the festivities and boat races will only take place on November 2 & 3. The schedule for the boat races is as follows:
- November 2, 3pm – Start of boat races
- November 3, 8am – Semi-finals
- November 3, 2pm – Finals
- November 3, 5pm – Closing ceremony
Thursday, November 9: Independence Day, commemorating the Cambodia’s independence from France in 1953.
The festive season is in high gear this November with two major national holidays happening in successive fashion. Needless to say, the month will be packed with social activities and though we can’t list them all down, here are our top picks for events around town!
November 2: Khmer Night Market
In line with the Water Festival Celebration, Park Hyatt Siem Reap will turn its beautiful courtyard into a colorful night market where there will be traditional Khmer food and designated areas to house sumptuous dish stations that serve bread, crackers & salads, spring rolls, various meat BBQs, local specialties, ice creams and assorted Khmer sweets as well as a live pancake station. As you wine and dine, traditional performances will be on display to entertain you as you explore the Night Market. Details on the food served and the beverage packages available are listed here: https://siemreap.park.hyatt.com/.
Where: Park Hyatt Siem Reap
When: November 2, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Cost: US$ 45 per adult and US$ 34++ per child (11 years old and below), subject to a service charge and government taxes (Does not include special beverage package)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/375272979574042/
November 2 – 4: Clean Up at Water Festival
While it’s never wrong to have fun especially at big occasions such as the Water Festival, it can get messy. If you care about the environment and want to keep Siem Reap clean all throughout the 3-day celebration, you may partner with Plastic Free Cambodia in doing so. Volunteers will receive a PFC shirt and there will be free water refills. Sign up here – 100 volunteers needed.
Where: Siem Reap
When: November 2, 3, 4
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/792310470967461/
November 2 – 5: Siem Reap Water Festival Expo 2017
Brace yourselves for a torrent of events and activities by the Siem Reap River as King’s Road Angkor (by Hard Rock Café) presents a 4-day expo that is sure to be teeming with huge crowds. There will be consumer exhibitions as well as mini concerts and a small music fest.
Where: King’s Road Angkor
When: November 2-5
Cost: Free Admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/285722301931839/
November 3: Happy Water Festival & Full Moon Party
Celebrate the Water Festival with Hard Rock Café as they have a great lineup of music that features the famous Khmer singer/songwriter Adda Angel; bands such as Reckless Band and Band@Work; and party music from DJ Alfred. The revelries start at 6PM and includes other fun activities like face painting, neon-themed party and performances by expert fire throwers from Thailand. The event is powered by Angkor Beer #OurPassionOurHeart where they also offer special promotions and prices on their beers during the event.
Tables may be reserved by contacting email@example.com / +063 963 964 or 093 565 654.
November 4: Wine and Cheese Tara Boat Cruise
Tara River Boats is inviting everyone to come aboard the Queen Tara for its 1st Wine and Cheese Afternoon Cruise at the Tonle Sap Lake. World class wines will be provided by Cambodia’s first and finest supplier, Celliers d’Asie while a good selection of cheeses will be served by La Fattoria di Siem Reap along with free flowing beer, cocktails, spirits and a finger buffet. A cultural tour and smorgasbord rolled into 1? Hard to beat that! Tickets can be purchased from Rosy Guesthouse, The Local – Brew Pub & Guesthouse and Golden Gecko Villa which consists of free transfers from these locations to the boat and the unlimited food and drinks that will be enjoyed all throughout.
Where: Tara River Boat (Queen Tara)
When: November 4, 1 PM – 6PM
Cost: US$ 35 per adult, US $17.50 per child aged 5-10, Free for children under 5 years of age
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/143837909685435/
November 4: Rocky Horror Halloween
It looks as if one of the hippest spots in Sok San Road is cooking up something spooktacular on the first Saturday of November as it transforms itself into Frank N Furter’s Castle! For the uninitiated, this castle was made famous by the musical, Rocky Horror Picture Show and will be the café’s theme for the rest of the day. From 3 PM to 6 PM, it will be an affair for the kids as they get to enjoy the spooky castle with lots of party games, trick or treat stations and a costume contest. Parents won’t be left out as there will be cocktail happy hour specials for them. The evening is when the horror heats up with an interactive showing of the film and various live performances. The Hangout wants revelers on their toes with The Annual Transylvanian Convention After Party, so do make sure you are ready to party till you drop dead or undead.
Where: The Hangout
When: November 4, 3PM – 6PM Kids Party, 6PM onwards, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Annual Transylvanian Convention After Party
Cost: Free Admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/336591950119007/
November 4: CROSS OVER: The Exhibition
Fancy modern art? CROSS OVER: The Exhibition features just that with its display of graphic art, photography, contemporary dance and textile design that showcases work from up-and-coming artists as a Japanese collective. The exhibit will last for an entire month and will be held at the quaint and hip bar, The Republic.
Where: The Republic
When: November 4 (Grand Opening), 3PM – 3AM. Until December 4, 2017
Cost: Free Admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/137334800250046/
November 5: Sunday Soul Session (A Community Gathering for Global Peace)
If a slow Siem Reap Sunday is what you’re after then Navutu Dreams has what you need with their Sunday Soul Sessions (A Community Gathering for Global Peace). This relaxing event is hosted by Kindness Festival Cambodia and takes place every first Sunday of the month. The event features Samadhi Yoga, guided and silent meditations, sound healing, light yoga, chanting and group creative activities hosted by a team of seasoned yoga and wellness practitioners. While the gathering is free of charge, you may willingly donate to the Boeung Peariang Siem Reap Bird Sanctuary, a unique avian habitat that Navutu Dreams proudly supports. For more info about the Sunday Soul Sessions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 063 964 864.
Where: Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat
When: November 5, 3PM – 5PM
Cost: Free Admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/122673141736390/ and http://navutudreams.com/2017/06/26/sunday-soul-sessions/
November 5: 1st Angkor City Night Run
For an action-packed and fun-filled weekend ender, join the 1st Angkor City Night Run! It is the perfect way to commemorate the last day of the Water Festival as participants will get to experience the town like never before. While the race only covers a 5 kilometer distance, it promises to be the most entertaining run anyone could participate in. See downtown and the Siem Reap River filled with vibrant colors and music and enjoy selfie stations, give-away booths, fireworks and an assortment of party music from famous local DJs at Pub Street! Don’t be guilty as you party the night away as the proceeds from the night run will be donated to the Kantha Bopha Hospital in Siem Reap. More details about this unique event can be found elsewhere in the Siemreap.net Magazine.
Where: Starting Line: Pub Street (2 Thnou Street across Khmer Kitchen)
When: November 5, Gates Open: 6PM, Race Start: 7PM
Cost: US $35 – online registration, US $25 – foreigners – onsite registration, US $12 – locals – onsite registration
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1377422932372589/
November 11 – Pool Party at Lub d
Wondering how to kick off your Saturday night? Look no further than Lub d Siem Reap’s new Pool Party, now happening every Saturday. This collaboration between ‘Lub d Cambodia Siem Reap’, ‘The Little Red Fox Bar & Cafe’ and Siem Reap’s hottest new nightclub ‘G.O.D Club’ is shaping up to be Temple Town’s best Pool Party yet! Bring along your swim gear, receive a free shot on arrival and enjoy the awesome range of poolside specials and promotions from the team behind The Little Red Fox Bar & Cafe.
Get ready to dive in with the party starting at 4:00pm, then G.O.D Club’s hottest resident ‘DJ Krissna’ kicks off at 6:00pm till 10:00pm. But the party doesn’t stop there, be prepared for the official afterparty at G.O.D Club and dance till dawn!
In celebration of the Lub d Pool Party, take a poolside snap during the celebrations, upload to Instagram and add these three simple hashtags #lubd #poolparty #siemreap and get a FREE Angkor Draft Beer! Just show the bar team your Instagram post.
Where: Lub d Cambodia Siem Reap
When: November 11th, 18th, 25th (December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd 30th)
Cost: Free Entry
Official Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/527175374299933/
November 12 – Community Eco Fair and Recycle Drive
Go green on November 8 with the Community Eco Fair + Recycle Drive at Siem Reap Food Co-Op! Recycle unwanted materials; shop for ethical, fair trade crafts and healthy, organic produce; and get creative with numerous workshops from participating local and environment-friendly organizations around town such as Rehash Trash, Plastic Free Cambodia, Ammo, Cleanbodia, Refill Not Landfill, Kumae, Natasha Frost AKA The Bag Lady, LOY Wallet, Selong Vat Artwork, Khmer Independent Life Team, Pheakdey Yon , Husk, Saboo Sabay, Share the Wind, OFF TRACK Accessories, Hachidori Cotton Paper and many more.
Where: Siem Reap Food Co-Op
When: November 12, 12PM – 6PM
Cost: Free Admission (just do not bring Styrofoam containers!)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/286416565187154/
November 17: Victor Ang, HUGS in Siem Reap
Everyone needs a hug and renowned visual artist Victor L H Ang is bringing them to Siem Reap with his Art of Sharing project, HUGS in Siem Reap. Centered around the theme of the Teddy Bear, the Singapore-based artist will showcase original artworks in this fundraiser for the benefit of Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital and Khmer Ceramics. November 17 marks the grand opening of this event at the Templation Hotel where there will be a cocktail reception and canapes around the pool area. A separate event will be held the next day, November 18 at the Siem Reap Brewpub.
Victor Ang is a master of Chinese calligraphy but has courageously switched to abstract expression and acrylic paint specifically for this occasion. He says, “I came up with the idea of borrowing one of my wife’s wok spatulas. Cooking is sharing, too, right? And sharing is the essence of this project!” The project will run until January 31, 2018.
Where: Templation Hotel (Nov 17) & Siem Reap Brewpub (Nov 18)
When: November 17, 7PM
Cost: Free Admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/327999417663432/
November 17: “Innocence”: A Street Photography Exhibition
“Ignorance does not equal innocence.” Mirage, a new art space / shared open studio / café hopes to promote the emerging Khmer photography and art scene through this photo exhibit. Given that photography is not widely considered an art form in the country, photographers care less about having physical copies of their work. Photographers Serey Siv and Michelle Rice Chan hope to change that with this gallery. Serey is co-founder of Mirage, while Michelle is an independent curator based in Hong Kong. They invite photographers to submit their entries by November 12 and the general public to view the exhibit on November 17. The event will also coincide with Asia’s longest running photo exhibition, the Angkor Photo Festival. Apart from promoting the Khmer art scene, this gives participants the opportunity to help out the community, as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local NGO that supports Siem Reap-based artists. General enquiries may be sent to email@example.com.
Where: Mirage Cafe
When: Exhibit – November 17, 6PM until December 13. Submission Deadline for Photographers – November 12, 2017
Cost: Free Admission for General Public, US $10 – US $20 for Participants (Depending on number of submissions)
More info: http://www.artconnect.com/, http://www.miragecollective.com/
November 18: Community Yard Sale @ Rosy Guesthouse
Bargaining is back in fashion with Rosy Guesthouse’s Community Yard Sale! Test your haggling skills and see what new and used items are up for grabs and who knows, you may find your Angkor Wat of a treasure at this bazaar. Sellers are most welcome to join, just send a PM to Rosy Guesthouse detailing what you want to sell. Free tables will be provided but priority will be given to second hand sellers. Food and drinks will be available and the children’s room will be open so that parents may freely browse the area, just remember to bring small change and reusable shopping bags!
Where: Rosy Guesthouse
When: November 18, 10AM – 3PM
Cost: Free Admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1478874248864192/
November 19: Vegan and Vegetarian Food Festival
Join us to celebrate Siem Reap’s vibrant food community! The Vegan & Vegetarian Food Festival takes place on Sunday, November 19th from 12-4pm at The Siem Reap Food Co-op. The event will feature live music, a culinary raffle, drinks from the Co-Op, and 15+ local restaurants, cafes and bakeries serving up vegan and vegetarian tapas! This event is in support of Free To Shine, a nonprofit organisation working to prevent human trafficking in Siem Reap province by strengthening families and facilitating girls’ access to education.
Where: The Siem Reap Food Co-op
When: November 19, 12NOON – 4PM
Cost: $1 per person, $1 per tasting and raffle tickets for sale
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/291723964667995/