For the first year ever, Siem Reap will be hosting its own sensational pride line-up of events and festivities, kicking off the 10-day Cambodia Gay Pride 2018. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit Siem Reap, this is it.
Friday, May 11th – Siem Reap
To kick off Cambodia Pride 2018 The Hangout is hosting ‘Absolutely Dragulous’ which they bill as “Siem Reap’s first and only drag competition for the ‘common folk.’” They have a packed schedule that will culminate in six fearless drag queens and six fearless drag kings competing for the title of Siem Reap’s Next Drag Superstar.
There will also be mini audience competitions, a silent raffle, music, and lots of lip-syncing. Even if you aren’t the performance type, there’s a special prize for best-dressed guest, so be sure to get dolled up. All profits go to local NGO A Place To Be Yourself (APTBY) For more details, see the The Hangout’s Facebook event page.
Saturday, May 12th – Siem Reap
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Saturday morning head to Golden Gecko Villa for the ‘Hot Buns Sausage Sizzle’ which we assume is the fabulous version of a barbecue. Entry costs $5 and includes a sausage and salad lunch, and, if you’d like, a swim. Vegetarian options available *if* you contact Golden Gecko Villa in advance.
The Hot Buns Sausage Sizzle is also acting as a Gay-Mazing Tuk Tuk Race pre-game event, so feel free to come and decorate your tuk tuk for the race at the Golden Gecko. There’s more information on their Facebook event page.
2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sick of the yearly commute to Phnom Penh for the big gay tuk tuk race, Siem Reapers took it upon themselves to set one up in temple town, and it promises to be a hoot. Teams of 1 to 4 people will compete in a 2.5 hour scavenger hunt around Siem Reap, and unsurprisingly, looks are just as important as skill, so be sure to decorate your tuk tuk! The cost the enter the ‘Gay-mazing Tuk Tuk Race’ is $15 per team. You can reserve a tuk tuk for an additional $15, or bring your own. Register in advance online.
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If the Gay-mazing Race has gotten you all hot and bothered, head to the Lub D pool party for a cool down. Cocktails will be 50% off, there’s a street food-style buffet, games, prizes, and of course, swimming. Check the Facebook event for more info.
9:30 p.m. until late
Towel off and head straight to Barcode for the evening’s entertainment at the 1st Pink Party. Don pink duds and you might win a prize! Details are still thin on this one, but if it’s anything like most nights at Barcode, there will be a fabulous drag performance, excellent cocktails, and lots of fun. Get the event info on Facebook.
Sunday, May 13th – Siem Reap
9 a.m. to noon; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
On Sunday drop by A Place To Be Yourself (APTBY) for their open house and find out how they are helping to support Siem Reap’s LBGTQ+ community. Check their event listing because they have things going on all day long, including live music, speakers, free and confidential rapid HIV testing, nibbles, games, and a “dress the gender-queer mannequin competition.” Find out more.
Head to Rambutan Resort for a lunch-time BBQ in support of A Place To Be Yourself. Tickets cost $18 for all-you-can-eat poolside barbecue, and all proceeds go to APTBY. Tickets include a glass of wine or beer and discounted tickets are available for Cambodians for $10. Details on their event page.
To wrap up the weekend Barcode is hosting a Candyland party, where they suggest patrons will be able to ‘taste the Siem Reap rainbow.’ We’re hopeful that means exactly what it sounds like, but if not, there will probably be a drag show and lots of interesting people.
Siem Reap promises to put on a fantastic pride weekend, so we’d encourage you to grab a bus ticket and head to Temple Town. If you’re coming from out of town for the festivities, Lub D Hostel is offering special rates for pride-goers.
To find out more and stay up to date with what’s happening, subscribe to the ‘I Am What I Am – Siem Reap page on Facebook which is being regularly updated with new and and increasingly exciting information.