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