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Impressive Bon Om Touk ~ Cambodian Water Festival 2018

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawingย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย is gonna sharing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ here about her impressive ๐Ÿคฉ & unforgettable experience gained from the annualย Cambodianย ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง Festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ, Phnom Penh, Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ

So, it was all started withย a short queue to get her ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป cheap โฌ‡๏ธ flight ticket โœˆ๏ธ during the AirAsia BIG Xchange & BIG Fest event โค๏ธ in Sept (as shown in the short clip ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅbelow). It was with only a limited choice of destinations๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“available

She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has chosen โœ… for Phnom Penhย ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ under Lane B with a very 1๏ธโƒฃst intention to meet & visit 1๏ธโƒฃ of her girlfriend ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ who is working there as an expatriate currently. However, sadly ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ that her friend ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ wasn’t around โŒ Phnom Penh ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ during her travel dates ๐Ÿ—“ Sigh…From a friend visit๐Ÿ‘ญ, then she had it as 1๏ธโƒฃ of her annual solo travelsss ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿงข๐Ÿ•ถ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

๐Ÿ’— ~ Everything Happens For A Reason ~ ๐Ÿ’—

Also initially she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป did plan to let go this solo trip because of a clash to a tourism event ~ MITA Sarawak, Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ that she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has always supporting ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปโœŒ๐Ÿปthe tourism authority ๐Ÿ˜Š in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ๏ธ

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

Her trip is gonna be during the annualย Cambodian ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง Festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠย named Bon Om Toukย in local Khmer language ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ from 21 Nov to 23 Nov 2018 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ It also known as The Pirogue ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Racing Festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠย or Water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง & Moon ๐ŸŒ‘ Festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ & Boat Racing ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ


It was really a coincidentโ€ผ๏ธ Once she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย has decided โœ… to stay with this solo travel ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ•ถ๐Ÿงข๐Ÿ‘Ÿ due to the complicated & difficult flight change ๐Ÿ˜Ÿโœˆ๏ธย Also this gonna be her 1๏ธโƒฃst visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodiaย ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ

This biggest celebrationย marks a 12th century naval victory with boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ racing along the Sisowath Quay ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง with the boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ racing on the Tonle Sap River, in particular the area stretching from street 104 to street 178 of Phnom Penh city centre ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ

Many hostels ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜, hotels ๐Ÿข, restaurants ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด & bars ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿป๐Ÿธaround this area ~ Very convenience for all visitors ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ

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In the morning ๐Ÿ”…๐Ÿ”† & before the race ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ starts during this 3๏ธโƒฃ-day festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ€, the riverside & streets were much more peaceful ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Once the race starts around ๐Ÿ”Ÿam, the huge crowd ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ at the riverside will be observed ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

However, in 2015 this celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ was cancelled โŒ due to the low โฌ‡๏ธ water level ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง

Hurrayโ€ผ๏ธย She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป always wanna appreciating & experiencing a country’s tradition culture during her travels โœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ•ถ๐Ÿงข๐Ÿ‘Ÿย This is just so a lovely ๐Ÿ’“ coincidenceย ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, what’s this water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง festival ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰ all aboutโ“โ‰๏ธ

It’s a 3๏ธโƒฃ days non-religious celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ & symbolised as an ancient appreciation ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป for centuries to the river ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’งfor providing a source of livelihood to the farmers ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ & fishermen ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŽฃ

Hmm…It’s a kind of local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™ celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

The Cambodian boat crews ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ were face forward. Many of the boat crews ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ were complemented with a colorfully-costumed lady ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธat the prow dancing to the beat of the drums ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ

However, from her observation, majority of the boats now don’t really practising this tradition though. Hmm…From her 2๏ธโƒฃ days visits to the festival, she only noticed for 2๏ธโƒฃย boats with a colorfully-costumed lady ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ at the front of the boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

For the 1๏ธโƒฃst 2๏ธโƒฃ days, races ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ are run with 2๏ธโƒฃ boats ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ถ each, with the big race ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ happening on the last day, when all the boats ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ถ take to the river ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง to compete ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

There were carnival, rides, traditional music ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต performances, dances ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ•ด๐Ÿปetc. in the evening ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒƒ๐ŸŒŒ

There were many stall vendors, definitely food ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฅ˜๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด& drink ๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿป๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿธ๐Ÿนoverflow on the streets, Khmer pop bands ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽตentertaining the crowds ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ etc.

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Personally, she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป was impressed how the local vendors actually earn their living ๐Ÿ’ฐby selling drinks ๐Ÿฅค& snacks ๐Ÿฅก๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅง๐Ÿฅช to the huge crowds ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ at the riverside during the boat racing ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

There were approximately 300 boats ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ถ with 19k pax of boat rowers ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Wow!!

Hmm…๐Ÿค” How about the huge crowd ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ฌattended for this 3๏ธโƒฃ-day festival celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ in Phnom Penhโ“โ‰๏ธ


It was about 4.5million people ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ including expatriates, foreign visitors, local Khmers from all provinces etc. as shared at the closing ceremony ๐Ÿ˜

Ohh yeahโ€ผ๏ธ This year, 2018 i.e. The 3rd great successfull year with Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ has handbuilt the world ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ—บ ‘s longest rowing boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ at 87.3m long & 1.99m wide with cost of $60k. It was completed successfully ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป in Sept by more than 14k local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ in 192 days ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

Another Guinness World ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ—บ Record ๐Ÿ† won (It’s the 5๏ธโƒฃth one) by Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ as this long dragon boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ is capable of carrying 179 boat rowers ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ on itโ€ผ๏ธ Wowโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฒ This great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป news was anounced on 12 Nov at Prey Veng province of Phnom Penh ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ

From her own experience, a few points ๐Ÿ“Œ๐Ÿ“Œ to note if you’re interested to be at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap for this great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป annual celebration ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰

Ohh ya…A pair of comfy shoes ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ is essentials โœ…ย because itย was vehicles free ๐Ÿ†“ย i.e. No public transport โŒ๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿš•๐Ÿš— ๐Ÿš being available to theย festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ ground๐Ÿ“, more details via ๐ŸŒ https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50551697/city-hall-issues-vehicle-ban-for-water-festival/

In this connection, the only option would be just getting around by your own foot ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป got her sun โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒž protection from theย ๐Ÿ†•ย Petal Velvet Sunawayย SPF50 ordered & purchased ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ›’ fromย Althea Koreaย ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท You must remember to put up your sunscreen to avoid sunburn

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Next, do bring an umbrella ๐ŸŒ‚โ˜‚ (You may loan it from your hotel, it can be a weapon if needed)/ wear a cap ๐Ÿงข

Do dress up in a light modest clothing ๐Ÿ‘š to enjoy the boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ race cheerings with the local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ at the riverside under the hot sunny ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜€๏ธ day

Ohh ya…Do remember your refillable water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง bottle to avoid dehydration ya ๐Ÿ˜Œ

She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป was with the local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ on her 1๏ธโƒฃst visit & then 2๏ธโƒฃnd visit the next day at the designated area by Tourism Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ for the foreign tourists ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญย (Served with free ๐Ÿ†“ flow of drinks๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿฅคavailable)

The riversides ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง were extremely packed & crowded ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ with both the local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ & foreign tourists to cheering for their favorite โค๏ธ boats๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธduring the races, so suggest you to bring only the bare necessities & hold on tight to what you have. Also being alert with your surroundings too while in the huge crowd ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ


Hmm…You never know whether you will be being targetted by any pick-pockets/ bag-snatchers ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ‘ฟ whom may just roaming around the crowded festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ riversides ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง& streets. So, even thoughย this festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ is a free ๐Ÿ†“ celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ , however it can get really expensive if you make a mistake by carrying valuables into the crowds ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ

Always better be safe then sorry ya โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰

There were several types of rowing ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ styles observed from her visits, i.e. sitting down & manual rowing, standing up & manual rowing, standing up & auto rowing etc. She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป is curious ๐Ÿค” how the marks will be allocate within each different styles as well as the determining factors of winning ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽ– tooโ“โ‰๏ธ

Perhaps logically the shortest time ๐Ÿ•› of completion from the start till end time of each boat at the finishing line (The 2๏ธโƒฃ red โค๏ธ boats ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ as captured in the photo ๐Ÿ“ธ & vBlog ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅbelow)

There were live announcement during the boat racing ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ, however in local Khmer ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ language & โŒ no English translation. It would be good to have a live English announcement in the next year festival onwards ya ๐Ÿ˜Š

The King Norodom Sihamoni ๐Ÿคด๐Ÿป, Prime Minister Hun Sen ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ& some senior officials ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ have all attended the closing ceremony on the last day of this festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has observed from the TV screen ๐Ÿ“บ at the foreign visitors designated booth

Ohh ya…She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has enjoyed the longest & the pretty ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ fireworks ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ‡ so far from the closing ceremony of this water festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

Really amazing beautiful ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ & with the boats ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ถ decorated with LED lighting๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ’กscreens represented by each relevant authorities of organising & managing this water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง festival ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰ e.g. Tourism, Justice, Ministry of Art & Handicrafts etc. to name a few noted ๐Ÿ˜‰

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has captured a vBlog ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅ for sharing here, do click in to enjoy it ya ๐Ÿค—

Ohh ya…Some of the eateries ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด & shops ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ›may close โ›”๏ธ during this water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ (All 3๏ธโƒฃ days) & resume their operation then ๐Ÿค—

This festival ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰ also ended with lots of clean up & tidy up at the riverside by the local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ฌ

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SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป was blessed ๐Ÿ˜‡ that she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป stay with her decision to continue with this solo travel & really enjoyed this water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง festival celebration ๐ŸŽŠ ๐ŸŽ‰ & highly recommended ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿปto all travellers that would like to appreciating & participating local heritage & cultures celebration. Definitely worth your time to learn the unique local Khmers๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ’ lifestyle better

More details,

๐ŸŒ https://www.tourismcambodia.com/tripplanner/events-in-cambodia/water-and-moon-festival.htm?fbclid=IwAR32x21NsTrdH3CScoy8ayDq4oyS0T0bRYkXBh-TAOKoARcCXNc8d7_2P5k

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