Siem Reap, a province in Cambodia, is gearing up for the biggest Khmer New Year celebration in its history. The three-day Angkor Sankranta or Khmer New Year will be celebrated on April 14-16, and the province is preparing to attract visitors with various fun-filled activities. The major attractions include two Guinness World Records attempts in Madison Dance and in the greatest number of people making paper heart shapes.
Preparations are in full swing in the hospitality sector, with hotels and guesthouses all set to welcome visitors, and bookings already started. The Siem Reap Administration’s Facebook page will provide a list of hotels and guesthouses with names, price, location, and contact number, making it easier for visitors to make bookings.
To ensure the safety of the merrymakers and tourists, all the roads will be lit up with decorative and LED lights, with a total of 9,616 lights adorning the roads, including 4,389 LED lights. Additionally, provincial police and military police will be deployed everywhere, and mobile health care units will be set up at major tourist attractions for the public.
Siem Reap Provincial Police Chief, Major General Teng Channath, said that patrols have been increased, especially at night, in both the city and the communes. The number of police forces will be increased during the KNY days, and they will be on standby 24 hours to provide any assistance to visitors.
Siem Reap has 237 hotels with 15,538 rooms, of which 144 hotels with 7,733 rooms are yet to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic. The province also has 286 guest houses with 5,149 rooms and 243 restaurants with a seating capacity of 20,166. Some of the guesthouses and hotels that have remained shut since the pandemic are expected to reopen during the KNY.
Siem Reap tourism department director Ngov Sengkak said, “Some of the guesthouses and hotels are preparing to open to serve visitors during Khmer New Year 2023.”
In conclusion, Siem Reap is gearing up for a memorable Khmer New Year celebration, with preparations in full swing to attract visitors with various fun-filled activities. The province is ensuring the safety of the merrymakers and tourists with increased patrols and mobile health care units. Visitors can also enjoy the city at night, with decorative and LED lights adorning the roads. With a list of hotels and guesthouses readily available, visitors can book their stay with ease and enjoy the festivities.
Source: Khmer Times, Photo Credit: Angkor Sankranta