New Year in Southeast Asia: how to join the party in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos

Water fights, processions, traditional dishes, games and dancing – where to join in the solar New Year fun in three countries in Southeast Asia.

Laughter rings from young Cambodians armed with water bombs and talcum powder. The laughter quickly turns to screams as a sticky combination of water and white powder is fired through the air, drenching passing motorbikes and tuk tuks.

In Cambodia, this can mean only one thing – it’s Khmer New Year. Running from April 14 to 16, this is a time for celebration, as festivities take place in the Buddhist countries of Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.

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