Monday, April 12, 2010

Celebrate the King's birthday on a visit to Siem Reap

Source: Response Source

Anyone who has booked themselves hotels in Siem Reap next month might end up witnessing a national celebration.

From May 13th to 15th, Cambodia will be celebrating the birthday of its king.

Born in 1953, this year will see King Norodom Sihamoni reach the age of 57. He was crowned Cambodia's monarch in 2004 after his father retired.

Although the celebrations are considered low-key by Cambodian standards, there will still be plenty for any visitors to the country to enjoy.

The highlight of the festivities is a fireworks display on the banks of the river in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

Colourful rockets will light up the night sky and all stunning explosions will be reflected in the waters of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers.

King Sihamoni is well-respected in Cambodia and around the world, having spent many years living in countries such as France, China and the Czech Republic.

He speaks French, Czech and English as well as his native Khmer and is known for promoting Cambodian culture to the international community.

Other royal birthdays are also marked by the nation, including those of the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk on June 18th and the King Father Norodom Sihanouk on October 31st.

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