From November 11-13th was the Water Festival here in Phnom Penh. They predicted over 4 million people in town for the event and all crammed into the riverfront area. I was a bit wary of the whole thing but I ended up having a great time- some of the best days I’ve had in Phnom Penh since I arrived almost one year ago. I’ve got some photos of the boat races, fireworks, and the evening parade of boats after the jump!
Above: The massive crowd along the river for the Water Festival in Phnom Penh
During the day there were boat races
And at night was a brilliant boat parade featuring boats from the different ministries all covered with lights and playing music.
Above: The boat for the Royal Family
Above: A boat for the Parliment
Above: The boat for the Police
This boat is for the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports
Above: I’m not sure which ministry this boat in the foreground is for- perhaps the Ministry of Environment?
This is for the Ministry of Industry
Above: Ministry of Land Management and Urban Planning
Ministry of Economy
Above: The boat for the Army/National Defense
Above: Apsara Authority Boat
Above: Ministry of Public Works and Transportation
Above: I think this is another Parliment boat?
Above: Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
Above: National Bank Boat (a little blurry)
Above: Ministry of Tourism
Above: The boat for the city of Phnom Penh (featuring the Royal Palace)
Above: Ministry of Justice
Above: Ministry of Agriculture, Forest, and Fisheries.
Below: I have no idea what this is supposed to be- the Ministry of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
Above: Ministry of Commerce
Above: A float for the Government
In addition to the boat parade there were also fantastic fireworks
Above: The moon and fireworks over the boat parade in Phnom Penh.
The Water Festival was a great way to kick off my last few weeks in Phnom Penh. If only I could have a boat parade and fireworks outside my window every night!
Last but not least these are some photos of a mural in the Royal Palace about the Water Festival.