Every year on full moon in November (different dates), the Cambodias celebrate the Bon Om Tuk (Cambodian Water Festivals and ASEAN Tourism Boat Races).
The holiday takes place for three days of color and beauty that express the residents’ joy to the end of the rain’s season. On a big fiesta that is held on Phnom Penh (in addition to other cities) night boat’s contest is held.
Thousands of people, local and tourists pour into town and the demand for accommodation is higher than usual, therefore it is advisable to check hotel prices and make reservations ahead of time.
The event takes place on the end of the rain season with the change of the water’s flow on ”Tonle Sap River”. The flow direction is changes twice a year. The change in November symbols the calm of the earth that is no longer under the water.
The holiday’s events preserve a tradition that began on the 12th century, in spite of the fact that the events as now days started only on 1990.