Mane Village Suites is a perfect venue for intimate events to celebrate your milestones – from weddings, anniversaries to birthdays and even private parties and launches. The hotel can be closed out for you and an intimate reception or dinner set up can be customized and celebrated within the grounds, either in the poolside or in the gardens.
Occasionally, the hotel also features its own programme of events for guests to enjoy such as scholar talks, classical Apsara Dance performances, Sbeik Thom shadow theatre, Sbeik Thouch shadow puppet, classical Khmer music performances and exhibitions at the gallery.
Siem Reap, as the rest of Cambodia, is teeming with festivals and holidays that are deeply rooted in tradition and culture of which are all an interesting way to discover the inner fabric of the kingdom’s history and beliefs. Although most are religious in nature, some of these are a recent initiative to celebrate their traditions and craftsmanship nevertheless.
Visitors should keep this in mind that although the following events are deemed to be annual events, the dates (including actual day and month) may be changed – depending on lunar calendar (usually Buddhist’s and other religions’ festivities) and other organizing matters. State agents organize some events while the others are organized by private groups.
Stay within the dates mentioned below and expect a holiday surprise exclusively from your family at Mane Village Suites!
Angkor Handicraft Fair – Early January: The program to emphasize Handicraft Made in Cambodia: fashion show, workshop and handicraft demonstration, art shows, live bands and theater. The objective remains the same: to promote Cambodian skills and unique “savoir faire” in handicraft and art.
Chinese New Year – Late January or Early February: Chinese New Year is not official holiday in Cambodia but is widely celebrated anyway, primarily by those of Chinese and part Chinese descent and ethnic Vietnamese. Red and yellow are the colors of the day and celebrants decorate the homes and workplaces in tune with the holiday, preparing festive displays of offerings including red pig, drinks, fruits, cigarettes and other treats.
Valentine’s Day – 14 February: The ancient Khmer capital with its spectacular temples combined with a selection of romantic boutique hotels and spa facilities offers a unique atmosphere and romantic getaway which makes it perfect to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Siem Reap with your loved one. Mane Boutique Hotel & Spa has special Valentine’s Day packages and events just for you and your loved one!
Giant Puppet Parade: The Giant Puppet Project is a local children’s community arts project, the largest of its kind in Cambodia, providing a creative platform for disadvantaged children to foster and promote self-expression and confidence through art. Puppets are created to include unique educational, cultural and ecological themes such as road safety, endangered species, hygiene, local cultural appreciation and environmental awareness. The giant creations are produced through fun and creative workshops, charging and encouraging the imagination of the children.
Angkor Wat International Film Festival – Late February to Early March: The mission of the Angkor Wat International Film Festival is to showcase and celebrate feature films, documentaries and short subjects, both live action and animated, created in digital or film media, whose subjects and themes deal with the preservation of culture and environment.
Women’s Day – March 8: This United Nations-inspired holiday, International day for women has become a big deal.
Khmer New Year – Mid April: The Khmer New Year, or ‘Bon Chol Chhnam Thmei’ in the Khmer language, is commonly celebrated on 13th April each year although sometimes the holiday may fall on the 14th April in keeping with the Cambodian lunar calendar. This marks the end of the harvest season when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor and relax before the start of the rainy season. The New Year holidays last for three days. During this time, people engage in traditional Khmer games; they paly such games as the Bas Angkunh ‘seed throwing’, Chaol Chhoung ‘twisted-scarf throwing’, Leak Kanséng ‘twisted-scarf hide’, tug of war, shuttlecock kicking, etc. Throughout the country, people merrily dance the traditional Khmer forms of the Ram Vong, Ram Kbach, Saravan, and Lam Leav in the open. Mane Boutique Hotel & Spa has prepared a series of surprises for guests staying with us on these dates to commemorate this joyous celebration of Khmer culture.
The Visakh Bochea Day – Mid May: called “Bon Visakh Bochea” in the Khmer language, marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death, or rather parinirvana. Held during the sixth full moon of the lunar calendar, it involves chanting, sermons and a candlelit procession to wats.
Royal Ploughing Ceremony – Mid May: This is an ancient royal rite held in Cambodia to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season. The ritual is performed at the start of the rainy season in late May each year, with representatives of the king taking the role of King Meakh, who leads the yoke and plough, and Queen Mehour, who sows the seeds. After circling the field three times, the procession stops at a shrine where Brahmins invoke the protection of the gods. Sacred cows are then brought to eat from seven silver trays containing such things as rice, corn, beans, sesame seeds, grass, water and wine, and predictions are made for the coming year based upon what they select. The harvest will be good if they choose the cereals, rain will be abundant if they drink water, but trouble is feared if they eat herbs or drink alcohol.
International Children Day – June 1The United Nations established an event celebrated globally to commemorate the future they represent as well as to engage cultures in striving to protect the welfare of the world’s children. For guests staying at Mane Boutique & Spa who are bringing their children, we have fun treats for them.
Cambodian government permits celebration of Ramadan to engage Muslim communities in Cambodia and promote religious diversity. Ramadan is the day that Muslim observes fasting, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Angkor Empire Full and Half Marathon – Second or Third week of August: This internationally recognized half marathon raises relief for the victims of anti-personnel mines in Cambodia. With the support of many Japanese running enthusiasts, the Ankor Wat International Half Marathon NGO started the race in 1996, with participants from all over the world. In 2014, the event was upgraded to full marathon and is now organized every August.
Phcum Ben – Day of Feeding Spirits – Mid or End of September: Widely celebrated across the country, usually from the end of September into October. It is a special and unique festival to Cambodia. Running for 15 days, people pay respect to their ancestors, spend time with their families and make offerings in their local temples.
ABBA Bodybuilding Competition – Toward Second Week of September: The event will feature athletes from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh as well as major cities in Cambodia. Angkor Bodybuilding Association (ABBA) organizes the event with the support of Cambodia Federation of Bodybuilding as well as generous, local businesses, sport fans and supporters.
Kathina Days – Early or Mid October: A religious festival marking the end of Buddhist Lent with people all over the country conducting, reverent slow processions to their local temple to offer them robes and other items, thereby bringing spiritual merit to all participants.
Independence Day – November 9: Cambodia’s Independence Day is on 9 November and this national holiday was established to celebrate Cambodia’s independence from France in 1953.
Water Festival – Early, Mid or Third week of November: is one of Cambodia’s most exciting events, marking the start of the fishing season and the reversing of the flow of the Tonle Sap river. It takes place around the full moon. The main attraction is the three days of boat races with hundreds of entrants; and nightly fireworks along with illuminated boats and lit flotillas sailing for good luck along the Mekong in Phnom Penh. The Festival is celebrated almost anywhere, including Siem Reap, there is enough water to hold a boat race. Streets will be filled with a carnival type atmosphere, food, games, concerts, it is just a big party all over Cambodia. As one of the most awaited celebrations in the kingdom, Mane Boutique Hotel & Spa has prepared an exclusive water festival celebration for guests staying with us on these dates.
Angkor Photo Festival – Late November to Early December: Each year, the weeklong Angkor Photo Festival hosts exhibitions and outdoor slideshows, many at The FCC Angkor, by celebrated international and emerging Asian photographers in Siem Reap. The temples of Angkor become a hub for photographers to gather in a spirit of creativity and sharing. The strong educational goal of the Angkor Photo Festival sets it apart from other photography events.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve – December 25 and December 31-January 1: Christmas is increasingly widely celebrated in the Cambodian capital and countryside even it is not official holiday in Cambodia. There is a range of special events and gala dinners for Christmas and New Year’s Eve in various Siem Reap hotels and restaurants during the holiday season. Classic Christmas treats, dinner and brunch will be on offer at Mane Boutique Hotel & Spa.
Angkor Wat Bike Race and Ride – Late December: The event has gained awareness as one of the most spectacular and unique examples in the growing trend of adventure fundraisers around the world. The bike event encourages participants of all ages and fitness levels to cycle through the beautiful temples of the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Wat complex to help raise money.