River Festival

sHARE TO facebook twitter mail
expdetail

Mekong River. Image courtesy of Ministry of Tourism Cambodia, used with permission

The Mekong River, Asia’s seventh longest river covering an estimated distance of more than four thousand kilometres, plays a vital role in the lives of many people in Cambodia. It’s also the home of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin. To promote eco-tourism along the river and protect the freshwater cetaceans, the Mekong River Festival was established.

Spearheaded by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia in coordination with several government agencies and ministries, the festival was first held in 2015 in the province of Kratie. The province, with its many sleepy towns and stunning sandbars, gets roused to life as a popular jump-off point to see the dolphins. It relies on the thousands of dolphin-seeking tourists that visit as a source of income; the Mekong River Festival, which is to be held in different provinces along the river, gets to highlight the importance of preserving the home of these dolphins.

For three days in March, the festival features cultural programs and several sporting competitions and water activities. Don’t miss a chance to see an exciting boat race, Khmer boxing, traditional wrestling, paragliding, sailing, and sepak takraw (kick volleyball native to Southeast Asia). If there’s a 3 km to 5 km fun run, sign up and see the sights of the host province while you get to stretch your legs and be a part of helping the riverside towns of Cambodia depend on a more sustainable form of tourism.

You Might Also Like…

For similar festivals that honor nearby bodies of water, visit Indonesia's Lake Toba Festival; Myanmar's Hpaung Daw Oo Festival; and Thailand's Loi Krathong Festival. For alternative March festival stops, visit Thailand's Bun Luang and Phi Ta Khon Festival, and Vietnam's Elephant Race Festival.


TOUR packages

View All
See Southeast Asia Aboard the Coral Discoverer
tour packages

Book using the promo code “ASEAN@50”, and save on your air connections with an extra AUD $1,500 flight credit per...

VIEW DETAILS
Fun in the City – Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok
tour packages

Tour places you right in the heart of the action: Southeast Asia's top three cities where the sun never sets on shopping,...

VIEW DETAILS
Myanmar and Thailand, from Capital to Capital
tour packages

Trip between Myanmar and Thailand's top destinations that demonstrates how both countries are, to use a colloquialism, &l...

VIEW DETAILS

MASTERCARD'S PRICELESS EXPERIENCES

View All
Strengthen your inner zen in the Ubud mountains or seaside in Seminyak
tour packages

Learn the Art of Yoga in the privacy of your own villa. Enjoy a complimentary 1-hour yoga session every morning in the privac...

VIEW DETAILS
Naman Retreat
tour packages

Whether you seek adventure, experience, enrichment, culture or history our Namantastic Team can guide you through a wide rang...

VIEW DETAILS
Accor Hotels
tour packages

Enjoy every moment of your stay with Accor Hotels in Asia Pacific

VIEW DETAILS

AIR AND CAR BOOKINGS

View All
The Best Way To See Asean
tour packages

Go on an epic Asean journey with AirAsia Asean Pass, a travel pass that allows you to book our base fares at least 14 days or...

VIEW DETAILS
Hertz Car Rental Deals
tour packages

Rent a car for 2 days or more at participating locations in Asia and enjoy up to 15% off

VIEW DETAILS

HOTEL DEALS

View All
Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort
tour packages

SUMILON BLUEWATER ISLAND RESORT is situated in Oslob and offers free Wi-Fi. It also provides an outdoor pool, a kids pool and...

VIEW DETAILS
Peninsula Excelsior Hotel
tour packages

If guests stay for minimum of 3 nights we can offer additional 10% discount from our package below :    &nbsp...

VIEW DETAILS
Likas Square Apartment Hotel
tour packages

We offer a Luxury of Spaces of Apartment Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, your ideal accomodations for Family, Leisure, MICE. Promotio...

VIEW DETAILS