Happy Khmer New Year!

Bayon Temple at night

Bayon Temple at night

Khmer New year is held in mid-April and is a three day affair ( April 14th-16th this year). The whole of Siem Reap comes to a halt, as people close theirs businesses and enjoy the New Year festivities. The locals get together with their friends and families, pack a picnic and head to the Temples for an afternoon of entertainment which is exactly what some of my friends and I did!    

What I did not expect, was to be able to visit the temples at night. These had been lit up for the public and was a truly magical scene (The temples are usually closed after 6pm). Most of the people were busy watching traditional performances on a main stage, which gave the rare few wanderers the opportunity to explore the temples without a crowd, not an easy feat considering the ever increasing number of tourists heading to Cambodia just to experience the Angkor temples. 

Bayon Temple stone face towers

Bayon Temple stone face towers

At the risk of gushing, it was a sight to see, and one which will never be forgotten!