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Lie out on the sunbleached sands of Cambodia's Koh Rong Samloem island
Cambodia in January: Travel Tips, Weather & More

January is right in the middle of the cool, dry season in Cambodia, and it's one of the busiest months of the year for tourism. If you don't mind sharing iconic destinations like the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat with the crowds of other tourists, it's a great time to visit. Read on to find out more about traveling to Cambodia in January.

Waterfalls and forest at Mt. Phnom Kulen
Cambodia in February: Travel Tips, Weather & More

February is in the middle of Cambodia's cool, dry season, but "cool" is a relative term, and visitors can still expect warm-to-hot temperatures. The conditions are ideal for getting outdoors, whether hiking and biking or simply wandering around the ancient temples of Angkor Wat. Many other travelers have the same idea though, so expect Cambodia to be busy with tourists if you visit in February.

Visit a pepper plantation in Kampot province (photo courtesy of Bram Wouters)
Cambodia in March: Travel Tips, Weather & More

March is the final month of the cooler, drier season in Cambodia. Visitors flock to the country mainly to spend time at the unparalleled Angkor Wat complex, while the skies are clear and the temperatures warm but generally comfortable. As well as Angkor, visitors can spend time on beautiful beaches, get active outdoors, and explore atmospheric towns such as Kampot, which gives its name to the black pepper variety. Read on to find out where to go and what to do in Cambodia in March.

Take April to paddle along the Tatai River and trek the forest in Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains
Cambodia in April: Travel Tips, Weather & More

Cambodia in April is shoulder season. Although it's still drier than at other times, the temperatures are increasingly hot. It's a great time to travel if you are comfortable in hot weather, as crowds are thinner at some of the most popular places, particularly the incredible Angkor ancient city. For more on where to go and what to do, read on.

Discover the Royal Palace in May for a respite from the day's heat
Cambodia in May: Travel Tips, Weather & More

To avoid the crowds that flock to Cambodia's ancient city of Angkor, consider traveling to the Southeast Asian country in May. This is the shoulder season for travel as the weather is generally quite hot and humid. But the draw of tropical beaches and thinner crowds may be enough to entice you. Find out more about traveling to Cambodia in May below.

Wake early to catch Angkor Wat at sunrise
Cambodia in June: Travel Tips, Weather & More

June is the start of the wet season in Cambodia, and while not many tourists visit at this time, there are distinct advantages to doing so. The early wet season is also known as the green season when vegetation and crops come back to life after many months of minimal rain, so the countryside is lush and vibrant. Plus, it doesn't rain all day, every day. Read on to learn more about traveling to Cambodia in June.

Visit the National Museum of Cambodia
Cambodia in July: Travel Tips, Weather & More

July is early in Cambodia's wet season, yet as a tropical country, temperatures stay warm. This is a great time to come if you want to avoid crowds of tourists and don't mind a bit of rain. As well as having some lesser-known temples virtually to yourself, you'll also be treated to vibrant landscapes and an array of fresh food—ideal for foodies. Find out where to go and what to do in Cambodia in July.

Banteay Srei Red Sandstone Temple, Cambodia
Cambodia in August: Travel Tips, Weather & More

August is right in the middle of Cambodia's wet season, which also happens to be the low season. But these factors don't make it a bad time to visit—if you're prepared for a bit of rain, you can enjoy some of Cambodia's highlights with few other travelers around. Culture and history enthusiasts should head to the ancient city of Angkor, while nature and wildlife lovers should spend some time around Tonlé Sap. Read on to find out more.

Sculptures of Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Cambodia in September: Travel Tips, Weather & More

September is among the wettest months in Cambodia, and it's the low season for tourism. But if you're prepared for some rain and minimize your overland travel, there are benefits to coming at this time of year. Fewer other visitors at highlights like Angkor Wat are one major plus, as are the birdlife and floating villages on the Tonlé Sap lake. Read on to find out more about traveling to Cambodia in September.

Ruined temples at Banteay Samre, Cambodia
Cambodia in October: Travel Tips, Weather & More

The rainy season in Cambodia ends in October—the wettest month (along with September) of the year. But don't let that stop you from making plans to visit. Now is an excellent time to avoid the hordes of tourists at the ever-popular Angkor Wat and the surrounding ancient city. Find out more about traveling to Cambodia in October.

Explore Ta Prohm and the otherwordly trees that are now holding the temple together (photo courtesy of James Wheeler)
Cambodia in November: Travel Tips, Weather & More

With the end of the wet season and the beginning of the cooler dry season, tourists flock back to Cambodia in November. As well as highlights like Angkor Wat, Tonle Sap, and the islands off the southwest coast, visitors in November can enjoy the festivities of the Cambodian Water Festival, Bonn Om Touk. Read on to find out more.

Tropical beaches near Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Cambodia in December: Travel Tips, Weather & More

The conditions are excellent for travel in Cambodia in December, with clear skies, warm (but not-too-hot) temperatures, and little-to-no rain. Whether you want to explore the ruins of ancient Angkor, lounge on a tropical beach, birdwatch on Tonlé Sap, or hike in the mountains, December is a great time to visit Cambodia. Find out more about where to go and what to do.