Tourists have one more reason to travel to Cambodia as the Cambodian will celebrate the colorful Bon Om Tu - the Cambodian Water Festival next month.
The Cambodian Water Festival is celebrated in November to mark the end of rainy season and the reversing flow of the Tonle Sap River. For most time of the year, the Tonle Sap River empties into the Mekong. In the months of rains, the Mekong rises and causes the Tonle Sap River to flow towards the Tonle Sao Lake. However as the rainy season ends in November, the Mekong drops and has the flow of Tonle Sap River reversed to the carry the excess water of Tonle Sap Lake to the Mekong.
The festival lasts for three days between Nov.16-18. People of every province and city celebrate it through concerts, dancing, firework, feasting and boat racing. The grandest celebration takes place in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where competitive boat races are held along the Sosowath Quay.
Check out this 8-Day Best of Cambodia tour that includes a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake.