Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Siem Reap’s hotspots set to put on a big show for New Year’s Eve



Siem Reap’s hotspots set to put on a big show for New Year’s Eve

Raffles Siem Reap celebrates a past New Year’s Eve with fireworks.
Raffles Siem Reap celebrates a past New Year’s Eve with fireworks. Nicky Sullivan

Siem Reap’s hotspots set to put on a big show for New Year’s Eve

There’s a party practically every night in Siem Reap these days, but no party and no night are like New Year’s Eve.

On Pub Street, they’re expecting a cast of thousands for the celebrations being co-ordinated by Angkor What? Bar and Temple Bar.

“It was solid from end to end last year, and every bar on the street was packed inside as well. It was amazing,” said Paul Harris, the manager of Angkor What? Bar.

Meanwhile, Asana Old Wooden House is offering a barbecue and free-flow for $50, while nearby Charlie’s are going for glamour with a black and gold theme, with DJ Sakura Bloom spinning the tunes from 9pm.

Belmiro’s and The Station are offering free bubbly as midnight approaches, and both should have a view of the fireworks sponsored by Raffles Le Grand Hotel d’Angkor as well.

However, X Bar – three storeys up – is the best place on Pub Street to watch the fireworks. They have the X-Rays starting at 8:30pm, followed by DJ Island and DJ Deano until the early hours.

Of course, some celebrations are best done with just a really good meal.

At Abacus, you can tuck into fresh French oysters, at $24 for six pieces or $40 for 12, and a beef rossini with black truffle. Sky River are offering a special set menu featuring foie gras, pan fried scallops, sautéed Mekong lobster, honeyed duck breast topped off with a passion fruit and chocolate mousse – an extraordinary feast for only $35.

Il Forno’s set menu features a delicious duck confit with spinach mush and roasted pear, as well as starter, pasta and dessert courses, two glasses of wine and coffee, for just $50.

Kicking things up a level, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Le Meridien, Victoria Angkor Resort and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor are all hosting sumptuous gala dinners for the evening with special entertainments, magnificent feasts and gorgeous settings.

And if you’re still not done with all of that, you can settle your hangovers with a special New Year’s Day brunch at Raffles or Victoria. Details in this week’s What’s On.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,

  • Cambodia's poverty cut in half from 2009 to 2019: World Bank report

    A report published by the World Bank on November 28 states that Cambodia’s national poverty rate fell by almost half between 2009 and 2019, but the Covid-19 pandemic recently reversed some of the poverty reduction progress. Cambodia’s poverty rate dropped from 33.8 to 17.8 per cent over the 10