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

Our monthly round up of events is back, for November!

Siem Reap November Events Round Up

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 town. Subscribe to our Facebook page for the latest event announcements.

Phare Circus, Cambodia’s innovative social enterprise supporting education and performing arts training, has announced its November schedule of performances. Book now for the dynamic and high-octane performances in ‘Eclipse’, ‘Khmer Metal’, ‘Same Same But Different’ and their new show ‘White Gold’. In addition to the year-round, nightly 8pm show, there will be an early show at 5pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from November 2018 through March 2019.

Made in Cambodia Market features free live shows at the performance space amid the colourful craft stalls. Check the schedule here. November performances include traditional dancing and local musicians, on weekend evenings from 6pm. 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

November 9 : Independence Day

Celebrations to mark the anniversary of independence from France in 1953 include parades and fireworks.

November 21 – 23 : Water Festival Ceremony Holiday

Cambodia celebrates the annual change in the courses of the Mekong River and Tonle Sap River, a naturally-occuring phenomenon. Cambodian victory by the Navy under King Jayavarman VII during the Khmer Empire is also commemorated with boat races, fireworks and community festivities.

Coming here soon – our upcoming feature on the Water Festival, including a schedule of races and special events. Stay tuned!

Social Calendar

November 1- 3: HOWL Presents the Poet weekend

Kosal Khiev will take the audience on a journey – from his home in Thailand to becoming a refugee in USA. His experiences of prison and, later, deportation, led Kosal to express his experiences, anger and regret, through poetry and open mic spoken word performances. Kosal shares his story through four FREE events and a workshop in HOWL’s Presents the Poet weekend in Siem Reap.

  • Thursday 1 November, 8-10pm: Cambodian Son, a Poet’s Odyssey: A documentary telling Kosal’s moving story will be screened at The Village Café. More info: Facebook event page
  • Friday 2 November, 6-8pm : Fill the Void, an Exhibition by Kosal Khiev at The Little Red Fox Espresso. More Info: Facebook event page
  • Friday 2 November, 9-11pm : Temple and Verse, a spoken word performance with Kosal Khiev. Enjoy a rooftop performance of Kosal’s inspiring poetry at The Little Red Fox Bar & Café at Lub d. More Info: Facebook event page
  • Saturday 3 November, 2-4.30pm: Writing Through – Writing Workshop. Email info@writingthrough.org to secure your space on this creative writing and poetry writing workshop. In collaboration with HOWL and Kosal Khiev, the group workshop will also advise on performance techniques for your work. Why not take part in the Word Jam later that same evening at Lub D’s co-working space. Cost: $10.
  • Saturday 3 November, 7-11.30pm: Word Jam & Open Mic With Kosal Khiev. A unique platform to present your work in relaxed open mic fashion in the safe haven of The Hangout. Entertain the friendly audience with your short presentation (maximum 3 mins) of poetry, comedy, rap or play, in any language, and you could win a prize. Email wayne@songsaa.com to secure your spot on the stage. More Info: Facebook event page

November 2: Industry Night

Courtyard Siem Reap invites everyone working in the travel industry to their ultimate hospitality night! Expect special rates on food and beverages all night long from 6pm to 1am with banging beat’s from their local band!

Where: Upperdeck at Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort
When: Friday 2 November, 6pm – 1am
Cost: free entry
More info: Facebook

November 3: Artisans Wonderful Saturday

On the first Saturday of the month, you can get Artisans Angkor’s finest silk and crafts items at up to 70% off! For more choice, come early for the bargains!

Where: Artisans Angkor, Stung Thmey Street
When: Saturday 3 November, 8am – 6pm
Cost: free entry
More Info: Facebook

November 3: Samadhi Yogashala Masterclass

Have you always wanted to try Yoga, but didn’t find the courage to join a regular Yoga class? Do you feel stiff, are you suffering from occasional back or neck pain, and want to learn gentle exercises that help you improve your posture? Would you like to learn more about the basics of Yoga – or do you simply want to try something new? This workshop is designed especially for beginners of any age.

Where: Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness
When: Saturday 3 November, 11am – 1pm
Cost: $ 12 ++ per person
More Info: Facebook

November 4: Sunday Brunch & Pool

Sundays are for brunch, and for pool fun. Hunkaar Table & Lounge at Anjali by Syphon combines the two and invites you to indulge in their brunch buffet and then chill out poolside in a hidden green oasis.

Where: Hunkaar Table & Lounge at Anjali by Syphon
When: November 4, from 11am – 2pm (also available on November 18)
Cost: $15 ++ per adult, $7.50 ++ for children below 7 years old
More info: Facebook

November 9: Free tapas night

Enjoy a taste of Spanish hospitality in the heart of Siem Reap. Get 1 free tapas with each beverage at Casa Sur.

Where: Casa Sur
When: Friday 9 November, 6 pm – 8 pm
Cost: Free tapas with every drink
More Info: Facebook

November 10: Drops

Opdus International and Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort in collaboration with Angkor Beer invite you to the first installment of “Drops”. Get ready for the ultimate Siem Reap Pool Party featuring live performances from local and international DJ’s including Cambodia’s superstar Cham Nou “Jimmy”!

Where: Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort
When: Saturday 10 November, 3pm – 8pm
Cost: $5 / ticket including pool access, 1h unlimited Angkor Beer and meet & greet with Jimmy Nou
More Info: Facebook

November 10: Opening Party – Babel Eco-Shop and Refill Station

Join the party celebrating the opening of this new store selling locally produced natural products at this eco-friendly guest house! Enjoy live music with legendary CAMBOJAM. Purchasing raffle tickets will raise funds for Naga Earth’s program to provide free soap to children in need. Their range of soaps will be available to buy too. Win exciting prizes!

Where: Babel Guest House, Wat Bo Road
When: Saturday 10 November, 5pm – 11.30pm
Cost: Free entry
More Info: Facebook

November 10: Espresso Yourself

Do you love coffee and have you always dreamt of becoming Cambodia’s next Nation Barista Champion? Join Piseth Seng, Cambodian National Barista Champion, and his frinds Kim and Kakada as they explain their passion for coffee, the journeys that brought them there as well as the latest industry trends and their top tips for competition.

Where: Footprints Cafes
When: Saturday 10 November, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Free, but spaces are limited. Reserve yours by e-mailing georgie@footprints.org
More Info: Facebook

November 9 – 10: Das Fluff’s ‘Freakasia’ tour

This Berlin/London based post punk electro pop band are on tour in Asia this month to launch their new album, their fourth, entitled ‘Anxiety Dreams’. See them live at two venues over the weekend, before they head to Vietnam for the Quest Festival.

When & Where: Laundry Bar on Friday 9 November, X Bar on Saturday 10 November, 11pm
Cost: Free entry
More Info: Facebook 

November 13 – 15: Aman Journey to Peace

Amansara Angkor is honored to welcome Tibetan monk Gashe Yong Dong for three days of unique spiritual sessions, reflecting the main pillar of Aman, which means “Peace”. Grab this unique opportunity to find your inner peace in the beautiful surroundings of Amansara.

Where: Amansara Angkor
When: Daily, Tuesday 13 November – Thursday 15 November
Timetable, Cost & More Info: Event brochure

November 16 – 18: Japanese Film Festival

Enjoy 11 Japanese films, all of which have recently been popular in Japan, and will be subtitled in Khmer and English. Admission is free to the screenings in this three-day, annual event. Titles include ‘Laughing Under the Clouds’, ‘Colour Me True’ and ‘The Crimes That Bind’. See the Festival’s website for a full schedule.

Where: Major Cinexplex, Sivatha Blouevard
When: Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November.
Cost: Free entry
More Info: Facebook

November 17: Hunkaar Rhythm in the City

Something exciting is cooking at Hunkaar Table and Lounge. Join the launch on November 17th, during which Yiannis Neufeld will perform a live guitar session. With your bellies filled, it’s then time to hit the floor and dance the night away at their electro swing dance party with DJ Lady C.

Where: Hunkaar Table & Lounge, Anjali by Syphon Hotel
When: Saturday 17 November, 7-9pm, followed by Electro swing party beginning at 9pm
Cost: The party is free for dinner-goers, otherwise $10 entry including one drink
More info: Facebook

November 17: Michelin Dinner with Thierry Seychelles

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra welcomes the Michelin starred French Chef Thierry Seychelles for an exclusive dinner. A true reference of French Haute Cuisine, Thierry Seychelles learned with the best, the legendary Pierre Gagnaire among others, and opened his own restaurant, Le Roscanvec. The Chef will demonstrate his talents with a Seven Course dinner of revisited French dishes such as Frogs Legs stuffed with Garlic Purée, but also succulent desserts such as an iconic Lemon Pie.

Where: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
When: Saturday 17 November
Cost: $110++ for exclusive dinner and Wine Pairing
More Info and Reservations: h3123-fb3@sofitel.com or +855 (0) 63 964 600

November 17: First Anniversary Casa Sur

A day of laughter and fun, celebrating the first anniversary of Casa Sur. The event starts with the Asado, an Argeninian style barbecue, followed by a ping pong tournement. Lots of surprises and gifts to be won, so don’t miss it.

Where: Casa Sur, Kandal Village
When: Saturday 17 November from 12 pm – 11 pm
Cost: Buy 1 get 1 for free cocktail from 12pm  to 5pm
More Info and Reservations: Facebook

November 17 – 25: Dancing Spine Workshop

Each session will focus on a different major group of asana practice and it’s recommended to join more than one session to benefit the most out from teacher Paddy McGrath’s unique approach to yoga asanas (influenced by Scaravelli spinal yoga), with the aim of ‘unbuttoning the spine so it can dance’.

Where: Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat
When: 17 & 18 November and 24 & 25 November, 11am – 1pm
Cost: $20++ for one session, or $18++ if more than one session is booked
More Info: Facebook

November 19: Raclette Party at Khema Angkor

Don’t miss the exceptional opportunity to feel cheesy! Enjoy a typical French culinary tradition through an outstanding evening dedicated to the famous raclette. And what would be better than tasting raclette in the presence of an expert? Mr. Patrice Marchand himself, from Les Frères Marchand, will be there to guide you on this gourmet journey with raclette generously melted on potatoes, served with cold cuts, and a selection of other cheeses followed by a FREE-FLOW of red or white house wines.

Where: Khema Angkor
When: Monday 19 November, 7pm – 9pm
Cost: $25++ per person
More Info: Facebook

November 20: Beatboutique presents Mr.C/Superfreq

The iconic M.C is joined by Edwardowski, Cyril Grouvel and Strangefruit at the Village Cafe’s Beatboutique night.

Where: The Village Café, Tep Vong Street
When: Tuesday 20 November, 8pm – 4am
Cost: $8 (early birds $6)
More Info: Facebook

November 22: Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet

Park Hyatt Siem Reap‘s culinary team put together a lavish Thanksgiving dinner buffet to celebrate the harvest and the blessings of the year. Dine and celebrate at the Dining Room while their Khmer acoustic guitarist serenades you.

Where: The Dining Room at Park Hyatt Siem Reap
When: Thursday 22 November, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Cost: $45++ per person (excl beverages)
More Info: Facebook

November 29: VIBE Cookbook Launch

Celebrate the health food restaurant’s début cookbook! Sample canapés made with recipes from the book and, if you’re lucky, win a copy! The book features over 50 plant-based recipes, including some of the restaurant’s best selling dishes, as well as how-to recipes for vegan milks, nut cheeses, fermented pickles, dressings, desserts, and much more. 

Where: VIBE Café & Juicery
When: Thursday 29 November, 7pm – 9pm
Cost: Free. Add your name to the guest list via the Facebook event page below
More Info: Facebook

Weekly Events in November

There’s always something going on in town. Get the scoop on Siem Reap’s regular weekly events in November 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: Limited Time Menu at Malis

What’s the deal? Enjoy a new, limited-time, seasonal menu at Malis Restaurant. This unique menu focuses on dishes that pair bamboo with seafood and 3 cocktails made using Sraa Takeo.

Where: Malis Restaurant, Pokambor Ave
When: Tuesdays for lunch and dinner (also available on all other days)
More info: Facebook

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: Mondays 7pm – 8pm (also available on Wednesdays, 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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