Chinese New Year in Sihanoukville

16 Feb 2018
Serendipity Beach

Southeast Asian countries uphold their prevalent Chinese ancestry and cultural and historical ties by celebrating the Chinese New Year.

  • When? 16th February 2018
  • Where? Accross Cambodia, including Sihanoukville
  • Price: Free

We all like an ongoing party right? If you're planning to visit Cambodia at the beginning of the year you might be in luck; as soon as western New Year ends, Chinese New Year celebrations begin.

Whilst Phnom Penh dons lion and dragon costumes, Sihanoukville fires up barbecues and prepares freshly caught fish on the Serendipity and Independence beach fronts. Sandy raves last until sunrise and customary firecrackers, fireworks and assorted explosives go off continuously. Homes are decorated with plum blossoms, thought to bring good luck and wealth. Festivities can be raucous, lasting long into the morning, so get ready for some seriously fun and lively late nights. 

Serendipity beach is known for its overcrowding at the best of times, so a visit during the Chinese New Year isn't exactly going to be a quiet one. Prepare for the crowds by arriving early, or watching from a slightly further-afield location. Don't let that put you off though, as the party atmosphere will definitely make up for it.

Roughly 80 per cent of Cambodians have Chinese heritage and, although it isn't a national holiday, many shops close for the weekend so everyone can join the celebrations.

So if you're looking to keep the party spirit alive, head to Sihanoukville - you might need the pro plus though.

  • Get there: Fly to Sihanoukville International Airport and take a taxi to the city centre.
  • Stay: Accommodation tends to be centred around Krong Preah Sihanouk, but will fill up quickly so make sure to book in advance.

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