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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.