ONE NIGHT IN PHNOM PENH | Darrin Henry
It will be Cambodian Independence Day tomorrow, 9 November, when the Khmer people will celebrate 62 years since they broke away from 90 years of French rule.
There will be customary festivals across Cambodia with colourful parades and firework displays.
The Independence Monument
We were in the country for the Khmer New Year in 2015 and having then experienced the wonderful social atmosphere of Phnom Penh at night, we can imagine how amazing the Cambodian Independence Day celebrations are going to be.
Phnom Penh, the capital, will be the main focus of celebrations with a parade beginning from the lotus shaped, Independence Monument (also known as Victory Monument). The procession will make its way pass the Royal Palace and on to the large park at the Riverfront. King Norodom Sihamoni is likely to be involved with celebrations.
We Love Cambodia
Cambodia is stunning, what we saw during our two weeks there, with beautiful people who remind us of our own Saints. As sad as it was to visit the Killing Fields and learn about that tragic era from the late 70s, we were completely amazed by the intense culture of this corner of Southeast Asia. The heat, the traffic, the food, the people, the temples, the tuk tuks… all amazing and all 100% full on, all the time!
Some quick facts about Cambodia:
Official Language: Khmer
Government: multiparty democracy under a constitutional monarchy
Current monarch: King Norodom Sihamoni
Prominent Religion: Theravada Buddhist
Prominent Ethnic groups: Khmer, Chinese, Vietnamese
Population: Approx 15.5 million
Capital City: Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh at Night
To mark Cambodian Independence Day, with this post we are sharing some of our night photos as it brings back wonderful memories of that warm night on the Riverside, surrounded by friendly people, all peacefully enjoying just being out.
Happy Independence Day, Cambodia!