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Public Holidays Vietnam & Cambodia 2019

When are the public holidays in Vietnam & Cambodia?
While Cambodia enjoys one of the highest number of public holidays at 28 for 2019, Vietnam has it’s traditions too. During these national holidays of Vietnam & Cambodia, all government offices and institutions are closed and most businesses also close, however public services like restaurants and tourists sights generally remain open, with some exceptions.

When choosing your holiday dates do be aware that during public holidays some services may be affected and booking early to confirm your travel and sightseeing arrangements is highly recommended as even transport operators and tour guides vie for time off to enjoy the celebrations with family & friends.

Water Festival Cambodia
Water Festival Cambodia

















But it can be a fun time to be in the country, especially for the new year celebrations and water festivals.

In Vietnam, TET or Vietnamese New Year is a 4-day celebration where families come together, but its also full of flower displays and public celebrations, while in Cambodia, while the Khmer new year is more focused on family, the end of year Water Festival is a great time to be in and around Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Here dragon boat races, markets, lion dances and street parties go off with colour and fanfare – as long as you don’t mind getting wet!

To help your holiday plans to Vietnam and Cambodia, here are the offical list’s of public holidays for 2019.

Cambodia for 2019

January 01                     International New Year Day
January 07                     Victory over Genocidal Regime Day
February 19                    Meak Bochea Day
March 08                        International Women’s Day
April 14 – 16                   Khmer New Year
May 01                             International Labor Day
May 13 – 15                     King’s Birthday, Norodom Sihamoni
May 18                            Visak Bochea Day
May 20                            National Day of Remembrance
May 22                            Royal Plowing Ceremony
June 01                           International Children’s Day
June 18                           King’s Mother Birthday, Norodom Monineath Sihanouk
September 24                Constitutional Day
September 27 – 29        Pchum Ben Day
October 15                      Commemoration Day of King’s Father, Norodom Sihanouk
October 23                      Paris Peace Agreements Day
October 29                      King’s Coronation Day, Norodom Sihamoni
November 09                 Independence day
November 10 – 12     Water Festival
December 10                  International Human Rights Day

Vietnam for 2019

January 01                     New Year Holiday
February 02 – 10     Lunar New Year 2019
April 14 – 15                  Hùng Kings’ Festival
April (29*) 30               Reunification Day
May 01                           International Labor Day
September 02               Independence Day

* Most businesses along with government bodies will be closed on 29 April to allow the weekend to run into the April 30th Reunification Day and May 1st Labor Day holidays.
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