Is the Water Festival dying?

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Re: Is the Water Festival dying?

Post by Bitte_Kein_Lexus » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:56 pm

As John said, I think the stampede and the resulting cancellations basically killed it. It's much more tame now, but I also think modernization played a role. Fewer Khmers enjoy being around hoards of people now, and many (city dwellers) would prefer to go abroad or somewhere else anyways. It's interesting to read old French accounts about it from the late 1800s though. It's still basically the same, from the paddlers and dancing guy at the front of the boat, to the rampant prostitution once on land.
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Re: Is the Water Festival dying?

Post by Duncan » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:01 am

Duncan wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:02 am
Water Festival 10-12 November 2019


Lets comment on the Water Festival crowds AFTER it's finished.

OK, It's over. . Now,,, was the attendance crowds smaller this year. With my small view of it, the crowds were smaller for the first days, but yesterday late afternoon and night the crowds were big , although not quite to the peak of those 5 or 6 years ago.
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Re: Is the Water Festival dying?

Post by Arget » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:30 am

I can only speak for the traffic on street 172 and the numbers were very much smaller than last year by half.
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Re: Is the Water Festival dying?

Post by Nicolas » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:37 am

Duncan wrote:
Duncan wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:02 am
Water Festival 10-12 November 2019


Lets comment on the Water Festival crowds AFTER it's finished.

OK, It's over. . Now,,, was the attendance crowds smaller this year. With my small view of it, the crowds were smaller for the first days, but yesterday late afternoon and night the crowds were big , although not quite to the peak of those 5 or 6 years ago.
Last night the crowd was quite big for the concert. But definitely not the crowd nightmare before the ban. Maybe this festival can be more tourist oriented in the futur, and less province mass. A great opportunity to promote Phnom Penh at the international market through a cultural event.


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Re: Is the Water Festival dying?

Post by King Keil » Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:34 am

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It was absolutely packed on the riverside around 8. Didn't feel good and I left. Nice atmosphere but I am absolutely not into crowded places anymore.
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Re: Is the Water Festival dying?

Post by Ravensnest » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:00 am

My related family and friends in a province did not come because of fear of SR showing up and some type of war popping off. same with my wife's friends, fear of SR showing up. I am a teacher and most of my students' parents stocked up on supplies so they would not need to leave their house during the festival. There was a lot of fear. It's a shame these people will not stand up.
I noticed the surge in population last night too. I credit that to the realization that SR was not coming.
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Re: Is the Water Festival dying?

Post by Duncan » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:16 pm

I am just wondering [ which is easy to do in the KOW ] if next year they could promote the Water Festival as being Eco Environmentally Friendly.

The reason being,,,, I think of all that sand that was not dredged up by those sand barges and used for reclaiming wetlands while they were sailing up and down the riverfront with lights blazing.
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Re: Is the Water Festival dying?

Post by Mishmash » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:25 pm

Duncan wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:16 pm
I am just wondering [ which is easy to do in the KOW ] if next year they could promote the Water Festival as being Eco Environmentally Friendly.

The reason being,,,, I think of all that sand that was not dredged up by those sand barges and used for reclaiming wetlands while they were sailing up and down the riverfront with lights blazing.
Are you calling the King's boat a 'sand barge' :beer3:
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Re: Is the Water Festival dying?

Post by Duncan » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:37 pm

Mishmash wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:25 pm
Duncan wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:16 pm
I am just wondering [ which is easy to do in the KOW ] if next year they could promote the Water Festival as being Eco Environmentally Friendly.

The reason being,,,, I think of all that sand that was not dredged up by those sand barges and used for reclaiming wetlands while they were sailing up and down the riverfront with lights blazing.
Are you calling the King's boat a 'sand barge' :beer3:
It's definitely not a Sand Castle.
Cambodia,,,, Don't fall in love with her.
Like the spoilt child she is, she will not be happy till she destroys herself from within and breaks your heart.
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