The Siem Reap Provincial Administration has announced that certain roads in Siem Reap town will be temporarily pedestrianised from December 30 to January 1 for New Year celebrations.

In a December 28 notice, the administration said the suspension of traffic would avoid congestion, and ensure better security and public order, in the provincial town renowned for culture and a vibrant nightlife.

The provincial administration has organised boat tours, exhibitions, water markets, a firework display and concerts for the New Year 2023 celebrations at Preah Reach Damnak Park in Siem Reap province and the riverside and Pub Street areas of Siem Reap town.

The special events – run in collaboration with departments of the town and provincial administrations, the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC) in the province and a number of companies – will run for three days from December 30 to January 1.

“The programme will be held to celebrate International New Year 2023 and attract greater numbers national and international tourists to Siem Reap province.

“To avoid traffic jams, and ensure security and public order, we will temporarily suspend traffic on some stretches of road,” the notice said.

Sivatha Road from the front of the Major Cineplex to the intersection of Sreet 10 and Sok San Road, Pub Street, Old Market and 2 Thnou Street, Pokambor Road and West Road by the river from the roundabout at the Preah Reach Damnak Stone Bridge to the Wat Reach Bo bridge will be temporarily closed to traffic.

The notice added that traffic along other roads could also be temporally suspended according to the situation.

The administration also listed locations for parking, such as the CPP provincial headquarters, 10 January 1979 High School and the volleyball court behind the Angkor Hospital for Children.

The Ang Krapeu bus terminal, the Chea Sim Primary School, Stung Thmey Primary School and the National Road 6 parking lot would also provide parking for people coming to enjoy the festivities, as could other areas depending on practicalities.

UYFC has organised boat trips to celebrate the New Year from December 25 until January 1.

The UYFC committee in the province said the events programme – intended to promote understanding of the culture and traditions of the Cambodian people – had been designed to attract national and international tourists, and stimulate the Siem Reap economy.

UYFC will also hold an Angkor Songkran event during Khmer New Year in April in Siem Reap province.

The event will celebrate the Kingdom’s important intangible heritage, providing, particularly for national and international tourists, opportunities for learning more about Cambodian civilisation, cultural diversity, traditions and religions, said UYFC president Hun Many.