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Best time of year to go to Cambodia

Cambodia is best known for being home to Angkor Wat, one of the most stunning religious monuments in the world. But the ancient kingdom of Cambodia has much more to offer to visitors-from sandy shorelines with crystal blue waters to great café culture and historical places.

Whether you're planning a trip just to see the magnificent ancient temples or want to explore more of what the country has to offer, deciding when to travel here will help you make the most of your trip. The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and January, as the temperatures are lower, there's little rain and spending long days outdoors exploring is more comfortable.

Within this article, you will learn more detail about the guide for Cambodia weather by month, by season, and by some main tourist sites, that will help you create a smooth Cambodia travel plan.

What to do in Cambodia

Admiring the temple of Angkor

No trip to Cambodia is complete without a stop-off at Angkor Archaeological Park. The sprawling UNESCO World Heritage site is peppered with hundreds of ancient temples, religious structures and crumbling relics dating back to the Khmer Empire. Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm are the main draws, with tens of thousands of tourists flocking to them daily.

However, their allure comes with the downside that is mass tourism. These three sites are overcrowded, to the point of being unbearable at times during peak season. However, a simple shake-up to your itinerary can ease this. For example, the typical trail starts with sunrise at Angkor Wat, spending a few hours exploring before moving onto Bayon and then Ta Prohm. Do things a little differently and you may be able to find a slice of peace.

Don’t forget, these are a fraction of the temples found throughout the 400-square-hectare site. Banteay Srei is nestled amid pristine Cambodian countryside about 25km from the main trio. This striking 10th century temple is built from red sandstone, etched with hundreds of ornamental carvings. Roluos, about 15km from Angkor, is a small collection of 9th century temples – Bakong, Lolei, Preah Ko and small Prasat Prei Monti – that visitors have pretty much to themselves.

If you have a bit more time, a day trip to remote Koh Ker, about 120km from Siem Reap, is well worth it. The area is home to several small temples and religious sites that are open to the public and sit in varying states of ruin. The main attraction is pyramid-like Prasat Thom, with stunning vistas of the surrounding jungle and countryside found at its top tier. Apart from a handful of locals, you can pretty much expect to have this site all to yourself.

Sun, sand, and sea at the southern beaches

Cambodia has a pretty cool collection of deserted tropical islands, and the best part is hordes of tourists are yet to discover the majority. Koh Rong is the largest, most developed and popular. The term “developed” is used loosely, so don’t expect an island akin to Thailand’s Phuket. Infrastructure is basic, with electricity and Wi-Fi limited.

The liveliest part of the jungle-clad island is the stretch of beach at Koh Touch, which is packed with guesthouses and backpacker bars. Southwestern Long Beach boasts kilometres of powder white sand, barely any people and the more exclusive Sok San Beach Resort and super-luxurious The Royal Sands Koh Rong.

Koh Rong Sanloem sits about a 10-minute boat ride from Koh Rong and is quickly picking up in the popularity stakes. Saracen Bay is home to a collection of resorts that range from basic wooden huts through to luxury villas. The clue is in the name – Sunset Beach is the best spot to catch mind-blowing sunsets and the small fishing village of M’phey Bei is home to several budget accommodations.

Koh Ta Kiev is slowly starting to emerge with travellers seeking to escape it all. Home to a small smattering of rustic resorts, life on the island is simple, with a few resorts offering camping options for guests wanting to sleep below a sky of twinkling stars.

Exploring the rural Cambodia

Rural Cambodia is the real Cambodia. It is in the Kingdom’s countryside that visitors will come across the warm hospitality Cambodians are famous for, stunning natural landscapes and a slower pace of life.

Thankfully, escaping the city is easy, with rural landscapes making up more than 85 percent of Cambodia. If you’re spending a few days in Phnom Penh, head to Koh Dach (also known as ‘Silk Island’). The small island sits in the middle of the Mekong River and despite being about 40 minutes from the capital, it feels a million miles away. Here, time seemingly stands still with agriculture and silk weaving being the main money-makers. Hire a bicycle and cycle through traditional villages, stopping off for a refreshing coconut along the way.

If you’re in Siem Reap, then German development organisation GIZ recently launched its Siem Reap Beyond the Temples campaign. The aim is to encourage visitors to extend their Siem Reap stay and explore the province’s growing collection of community-driven projects. A website and map have been produced outlining the wide variety of activities available, from sampling local food and meeting the artisans behind traditional handicrafts, to spending the night with a family in a homestay and engaging in village life.

Kampot and Kep are also great bases to see something a little different. The two sleepy towns are surrounded by stunning countryside that takes in stretching paddies, pepper farms – Kampot is famous for its pepper – and salt fields.

Sail along the mighty Mekong

The Mekong River is a Southeast Asian icon, slicing through six countries as it makes its way from Tibet to Vietnam. In Cambodia, it enters at the northeastern province of Stung Treng from Laos, passing through Phnom Penh on its way to Vietnam.

Trans-country cruises are available that take passengers along the Mekong from Laos to Cambodia and onto Vietnam, or a mix of the countries. These tend to span several days, or a few weeks, depending on the itinerary.

Alternatively, a sunset cruise along the Mekong is a must while in Phnom Penh. At dusk, the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers light up with boats of varying sizes hitting the water for an evening of cruising. Many include food and drink options. Kanika Boat is a popular choice. Of course, if there’s a group of you, then there’s the option of hiring a private boat, bringing along your own booze and refreshments and sailing solo.

Cambodia annual events & festivals

Bon Chaul Chhnam – Khmer New Year

Bon Chaul Chhnam marks the end of the harvest and the start of the New Year with three days of brightly decorated streets and cultural and sporting events. Cambodians clean and decorate their homes, make offerings at temples and throw water over each other as a blessing.

Meak Bochea Festival

Observed by Buddhists across Cambodia, Thailand and Laos, this important religious festivals is celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month with many attending local temples to celebrate Buddha and his teachings. A candle procession is often held in temples in the evening.

Royal Ploughing Day

The land and agriculture are highly significant for Cambodians, and the ox plays an important spiritual role in farming. Each May, next to the Royal Palace, an ox is given a choice of foods, and what he eats is interpreted as a prediction of the success – or otherwise – of the following harvest. Look out for people in colourful Khmer clothing.

Pchum Ben Festival

This vibrant religious festival is one of the most important festivals in the Khmer calendar with Cambodians visiting local temples and pagodas with offerings of food, candles and prayers for the monks. It's also a time for families to remember their ancestors.

Bon Om Touk Water Festival 

Tonle Sap River is the only river in the world whose flow reverses at certain times of year, depending on the level of the Mekong River. The change of direction in mid-November is celebrated with the Bon Om Touk Water Festival – three days of boat races, fireworks, parades, music and dance.

Cambodian Independence Day

Held on the 9th November each year, Independence Day is a national holiday with many Cambodians travelling to the capital of Phnom Penh to watch colourful parades and firework displays though such celebrations occur all over the country in order to celebrate Cambodia's independence from France.

Cambo Challenge

Cambodia has its very own tuk-tuk overland challenge with the Cambo Challenge offering intrepid motorists the chance to travel across rugged and often off-road terrain with 1,000km travelled over 9 days. Teams of 2-3 must register for the event.

Seasonal weather guide

Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons: the rainy season from May to November when the countryside is lush and green, and the dry season from late November to April when there are long days of glorious sunshine and clear skies. Temperatures in Cambodia remain fairly constant and warm throughout the year, apart from in the north when winters (December to March) are generally colder.

Dry season

The dry season in Cambodia is without a doubt the most popular travel time for holidaymakers. The best weather conditions of the year prevail during the dry season. 

From November to mid-May, the northeast monsoon brings cool and dry air. Cool here means that the temperatures are not quite as high as in the Cambodian summer, but it is still hot. In particular, the months of March, April and May stand out once again from the winter months. 

They count towards the heat during the dry season which can lower the circulation with temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius. November, December, January and February score 30 to 32 degrees Celsius a day and 21 to 23 degrees Celsius at night.

The dry season gets its name due to the low rainfall. Rain falls on 1 day of the month in January, February and March. This is not worth mentioning compared to months of the rainy season. A low humidity, below 50%, favors the high temperatures and it feels less oppressive and humid. 

There are also 7 to 9 hours of sunshine a day during the dry season. In May, the monsoon change begins and the rainy season begins. The cool season (Nov–Feb) is the peak time for tourism – mild enough to explore the temples in comfort but warm enough to sunbathe by the coast. 

Wet season

In June the rainy season is in Cambodia is in full swing. The reason for this is the southwest monsoon, which brings rain from the sea into the country. October is the wettest months of the year. On average, it rains in 16 days this month. 

Fortunately, the rainy season ends with October. In all other months of the rainy season – June to September – it rains around 10 to 15 days. Usually the rain comes at this time in the afternoon or in the evening and night hours. 
Tonle Sap, the country’s largest lake to the west, is lucky. It rains the least here. Nevertheless, the lake grows enormously in the rainy season. Due to the large volumes of water, the Mekong, one of the 12 largest rivers in the world, grows significantly. 

As a result, the Tonle Sap River changes direction and the lake fills up. In the rest of the lowlands around the Tonle Sap there is minimal rainfall. In the higher elevations, especially on the western mountain slopes, it is raining increasingly, but the elephant mountains have the most precipitation. 

The most unpleasant feature of the rainy season is the extreme humidity. At over 90% humidity and temperatures of up to 35 degrees permanent sweating is inevitable.

Advices concerning monsoon

The country is on the path of typhoons and tropical storms and is particularly affected between mid-July and mid-October. However, with the modernization of infrastructure and weather alerts, there is no major danger.

Keep in mind that the rainy season does not mean it is raining all day and contrary to what we believe, these rains are nourishing and bring life in Cambodia!

Month-by-month weather guide to Cambodia

It is also good to know the weather detail of every month as well as the festivals that will be held during the period. Doing so, you can simultaneously get insight into both cultural and climate aspects.

Before reading further down, please take a look at the below table to have the idea of what to expect for the weather in Cambodia by regions and by months.

January

The fact that November to January is classed as Cambodia’s high season suggests January is traditionally one of the best months to visit the country. Temperatures are cool and the dry season is in full swing, meaning the weather is at its peak. However, this comes coupled with crowds as January is one of the busiest months, so tourist traps such as Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh’s riverside become way more congested than usual. Accommodation prices are also at their highest. To avoid the crowds, swop Sihanoukville’s beach for Kep’s, skip sunset at Angkor Wat and enjoy it at Ta Prohm instead, or head to the laid-back riverside town of Kampot.

Temperature: 78.8°F (26 °C)

Rainfall: 10mm

February

Weather-wise, February is still a good month to visit, with temperatures remaining relatively cool in Cambodian terms. Mango rains can make an appearance towards the end of the month, usually a surprise appearance overnight. While the heavy tourist crowds are starting to wane, Cambodia’s tourist hot spots can still remain crammed. If you’re in the country for Valentine’s Day then prepare yourselves because this Western celebration has been increasingly welcomed by Cambodians in the last few years, with heart-shaped balloons, giant stuffed bears and huge bunches of flowers dominating the landscape.

Temperature: 80.6°F (27°C)

Rainfall: 20mm

March

March is when things start really heating up in preparation for the humidity of April and the tourist crowds start noticeably thinning out. Now is a great time to head into the Cardamom Mountain’s jungle, with months of dry weather – or very little rain – making trekking paths more accessible and the blood-thirsty mosquitos less aggressive. Spending a lazy weekend on the river on the outskirts of Kampot town is another great March activity, with a drive to the top of Bokor Mountain offering refreshing breezes away from the mounting heat. While the rains are still a couple of months away, March marks the tail end of dry season so Cambodia’s vast countryside is arid, dry and dusty.

Temperature: 86°F (30°C)

Rainfall: 10mm

April

April’s sweltering heat and oppressive humidity makes walking outside akin to wading through thick muggy air and visitors should expect to sweat by the bucketload. Temperatures are known to hit more than 104°F (40°C) Despite this, April comes with a sense of celebration because it is the month of Khmer New Year. While the exact dates vary, this year’s falls on April 11, 12 and 13 – with April 14 being observed as an additional public holiday. Expect Phnom Penh to shut down in eerie 28 Days Later-style as Cambodians head to the provinces to ring in the New Year with their families. Escape the heat with a trip to Kirirom. About 1.5 hours from Phnom Penh, Kirirom is home to sprawling pine forests where the temperature dips a good few degrees lower than in the city. Bliss.

Temperature: 95°F (35°C)

Rainfall: 10mm

May

May’s temperatures may be marginally milder than April but it’s still sweltering hot. May tends to remain relatively dry despite Khmer New Year traditionally welcoming the rains, although they may start to fall towards the end of the month. May is also littered with public holidays, with one day given for International Labour Day, the Royal Ploughing Ceremony and the recently added Day of Remembrance. A three-day holiday is held from May 13 to 15 to mark King Sihamoni’s birthday. For the longer holiday, spots such as Otres in Sihanoukville and Kampot fill up quick with the expat and local exodus. Avoid the crowds and keep cool by heading to the remote province of Mondulkiri. The temperature is also much cooler in this mountainous region, which is famous for its elephants.

Temperature: 84.2°F (29°C)

Rainfall: 20mm

June

By June, the rains should have started, bringing ripples of reprieve across Cambodia as humidity hits up to 70% during the day. While the sun still dominates the sky in between the showers, coastal areas, such as Sihanoukville and Kep, as well as the Cardamom Mountains can suffer from heavy downpours, dampening trips to these places. Despite this, June is a good month to explore Cambodia as visitor numbers are low ahead of the Western school summer holiday rush, the sun is still mostly wearing her hat, low season prices are starting and, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch one of those cracking lightning displays that flash throughout the night.

Temperature: 82.4°F (28°C)

Rainfall: 20mm

July

By now monsoon season should be in full swing – although climate change has seen Cambodia’s usual clockwork weather play up in recent years, devastating the livelihoods of the country’s swathe of farmers and fishermen. However, fear not because the rain doesn’t usually dog the entire day, comes with plenty of warning, and is a spectacle for those who have never experienced them before. Usually the sky plunges into dark and sharp winds whip up, giving you about 30 minutes to find shelter before the skies open and rain angrily hammers from the sky for about an hour. Quickly after, the skies are once again blue, the sun is shining, and the only evidence is flooding.

Temperature: 80.6°F (27°C)

Rainfall: 40mm

August

Rainfall tends to hit its peak in August, although showers are commonly shorter and heavier. While the term “rainy season” can be a turn-off for many, don’t let it put you off. In fact, this time of year can be the best to visit, with temperatures cooling, the countryside is lush and green – nothing beats emerald paddies contrasting against an angry grey sky – while the dust is washed away and the country’s many waterways are brimming and in full flow. Don’t forget to pack a light raincoat as these downpours can occur at any time. However, if you leave it behind, don’t worry because the streets are dotted with stalls selling disposable rain covers for about $1.

Temperature: 78.8°F (26°C)

Rainfall: 40mm

September

The monsoons continue throughout September, with the results of months of rain now evident across the country. Paddies are flooded and rivers overflowing, making this a great time to explore the countryside. It is also the perfect time to take a trip on the Tonle Sap Lake, which swells to more than five times its size during monsoon season and is home to many floating villages and flooded forests. If you dare to take your chances of getting wet at Angkor Wat, then September is a good time to go as the crowds are at their lowest – besides, capturing iconic Angkor in the midst of a lightning storm is pretty awesome.

Temperature: 78.8°F (26°C)

Rainfall: 60mm

October

With the rains starting to subside as the month progresses and the dry season just around the corner once more, October is another good time to visit the country. The waterfalls of Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri, as well as at Kulen Mountain in Siem Reap province, are gushing, making them great refreshing swimming spots. And the rain has started to wane on the coast, although showers should still be expected. Another major holiday falls in October in the form of Pchum Ben – again dates vary but this year it’s from October 8 to 10. This is a time when Cambodians believe the last seven generations of dead ancestors unable to move onto their next life roam the earth hungry. Many visits to pagodas to give offerings to monks to pass onto the dead take place.

Temperature: 80.6°F (27°C)

Rainfall: 50mm

November

As dry season starts, high season also begins. Temperatures are starting to fall, humidity levels are low, the rains are well and truly subsiding and the crowds are once again starting to trickle back in. This is a good time to start hitting the coast and islands, with the sun pretty much guaranteed to shine all day. However, make sure you’re in Phnom Penh for Water Festival – or Bon Om Touk. Dates vary, with 2018’s event falling on November 21 to 23. During this three-day event, which marks the start of the fishing season as well as the reversal of the Tonle Sap River, hundreds of colourful dragon boats from across the country race along the river. Millions flock from across Cambodia to watch the spectacle so the capital gets busy.

Temperature: 77°F (25°C)

Rainfall: 40mm

December

In terms of temperature, December is undoubtedly the best time to visit. Rainfall is very rare, humidity is next to nothing and many Cambodians are sporting their winter woollies and jackets, while complaining about the cold. If you’re coming from a cooler climate, then you don’t need to worry about the “cold”, however, it can get a bit nippy at night in the back of a tuk tuk, or if you’re heading to the coast or rural areas, where temperatures can dip so it’s worth bringing a light jumper. On the down side, December is a peak month, so the crowds are heaving, Angkor Wat is choked, and prices are at their highest. While Cambodia is a Buddhist country where Christmas isn’t celebrated, Christmas trees, decorations, festive events and Father Christmas hats dominate December.

Temperature: 77°F (25°C)

Rainfall: 10mm

Best time to visit some main destinations

Some of the regions are best visited during this period, but not good as others during other periods. Get to know the best time to visit each part of the country help you make your plan smoothly.

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Dry season temperatures, from November to April, range from a 68°F (20°C) minimum to highs in the 80s (high 20s), with maximums reaching 95°F (35°C) in March. Humidity remains around 74% and rainfall is minimal so roads can be a little dusty, while the leafy areas around the temples are easier to traverse. This is a busy time of year to travel, so some sites and temples can be crowded. April and May are hot with humidity around 85%, and it is not uncommon for temperatures to reach above 100°F (38°C). 

The green season from May to October is the best time for seeing full moats around the temples of Angkor, dramatic skies and verdant rice-paddies. Minimum temperatures are around 75°F (24°C) and maximums start to drop from May and stay around 90°F (32°C) for the rest of the season. Rain is tropical in Cambodia with refreshing afternoon downpours.

Below is the current weather of Siem Reap and the 7-day forecast:

SIEM REAP PROVINCE WEATHER

Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap Lake - South East Asia's largest - fills during the green season and, while touring is possible year-round, water levels can affect which parts of the lake you may visit. The best time to go is between July and December.

Below is the current weather of Tonle Sap area and the 7-day forecast:

TONLE SAP LAKE WEATHER

Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s capital is warm year-round with tropical rains from May to October, and hotter, drier days from November to April. In the green season from May to October, temperatures range from lows of 71°F (22°C) to highs of 93°F (34°C) in May. 

From November to April lows rise to 77°F (25°C) with highs around the low 90s (low to mid 30s), and rainfall peaks during September and October. The best time to go is November to February when temperatures and rainfall are lowest.

Below is the current weather of Phnom Penh and the 7-day forecast:

PHNOM PENH WEATHER

Battambang

Battambang has the same wet and dry seasons as nearby Siem Reap. If planning on traveling by unpaved roads, avoid September and October as heavy rains can cause delays.

Below is the current weather of Battambang and the 7-day forecast:

BATTAMBANG PROVINCE WEATHER

South coast

If you are heading to the beach at Kep or Sihanoukville, travel between November and April for the most sunshine and temperatures averaging 75°F (24°C), or December through June for the clearest water (if your main aim is scuba diving) with temperatures averaging 80°F (27°C).

Below is the current weather of Cambodia's South Coast and the 7-day forecast:

SOUTH COAST WEATHER

Best time to visit Cambodia’s neighbor countries

Vietnam

The best time of year to visit the whole Vietnam is spring (February to April) and autumn (September to November). The temperatures are more moderate, and rainfall is lighter. In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, though still cool in the far north.

It is the fact that Vietnam is a year-round destination. Every time of year, you can always find the sun somewhere (more or less).

In the broadest sense, the best time to visit Vietnam and Cambodia is from November to April. This is because temperatures and humidity falls across central and northern Vietnam and rainfall becomes less frequent in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

Here is more detail about where and when to visit Vietnam throughout the year.

Thailand

Although the climate varies throughout Thailand, you can visit all year round. The best time to visit Thailand is during the cool and dry season between November and early April. In the south, the climate differs between the eastern and western coasts. 

The west coast is more favorable during the winter months, when diving and snorkeling will be at its best. The weather on the east coast is good for most of the year, with the lowest rainfall in January and February and the highest in November.

In case you want to combine Cambodia and Thailand, the best time to do so is from November to March since it has perfect weather throughout all the countries.

Here is more detail about where and when to visit Thailand throughout the year.

Myanmar

The very best time of year to visit Myanmar is between November and February, with warm dry days bringing in the bulk of the country’s annual visitors. However, a visit in the 'green season' (the months immediately either side of these high season dates) can reward those looking to explore key sites in more solitude. 

Like Cambodia, Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate, with distinct wet and dry seasons. However, the seasons of the two countries are not perfectly coordinated with each other. The dry season in Myanmar runs from October through to May and the wet season from May or June to early October. In Cambodia, there is a little shift in the seasons, with the dry season running from October to April and the wet season from May until late September. But that does give a huge window of opportunity in which to be able to travel to both countries at their peak times, from around mid-October until late April.

Here is more detail about where and when to visit Myanmar throughout the year.

Laos

The small, landlocked country of Laos is best visited between late October and early April, when the weather’s warm and dry throughout.

River travel is best between November and January, when high water levels make passage easy along Laos’ main waterway, the Mekong River. Visiting the Bolaven Plateau is also pleasant at this time of year.

Laos’ geography plays a major part in shaping its climate, and cool temperatures can still be found in the highlands, which lie mainly in northern, eastern and central regions.

The ‘green season’ falls between late May and October, when the rains return to the country.

However, showers are usually short and sharp, having little impact on your exploration. At this time of year, the country comes to life, with waterfalls beginning to flow once more and the lush scenery attracting a variety of wildlife.

If you plan to visit the two countries, the months from December to March are the best for you. With very similar climates, and only a few differences in the seasonal changes, deciding when to visit both places together can be a lot easier. 

Here is more detail about where and when to visit Laos throughout the year.

Best travel time for a round trip: Cambodia - Vietnam - Thailand

As Cambodia borders, among other places, Thailand and Vietnam, a visit to these countries is worthwhile on a trip to Cambodia. All three countries are located in similar climates, so that similar travel times for Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam arise. The best travel times of each country overlap, so there are several months, in which it is the best travel time for a round trip through these three countries. In the table below I have listed the best travel time for Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. The bold months show you the best travel time for a round trip, where you can expect the best weather in each country.

Country and Region Best Travel Time
Cambodia November, December, January, February, March
Thailand – North November, December, January, February
Thailand – Central November, December, January, February, March
Thailand – South December, January, February, March, April
Thailand – Southeast January, February, March April, July, August, September
Vietnam – North November, December, January, February, March, April
Vietnam – Central February, March, April, May
Vietnam – South December, January, February, March, April

Frequently asked question

Q. What is the best month to visit Cambodia?

That said, November to March every year are the best months to visit Cambodia with the beautiful weather across the country and the warm sandy southern beaches.

Q. What is the worst month to visit Cambodia?

The wettest months running from July to September are the worst months to visit the country. However, it is also a fascinating time to see the country as it transforms into a waterlogged expanse of tropical green under the daily monsoon deluges (fortunately, the rains falls mainly in the afternoon; mornings are generally dry).

Getting around (particularly in September and October) isn’t always easy: dirt roads turn to mud and flooding is commonplace. Not surprisingly it’s also the quietest time for tourism (even Angkor is relatively quiet) and the countryside is at its lushest. 

Q. What is the cheapest month to fly to Cambodia?

According to Kayak.com, the cheapest month to fly to Cambodia is April. High season is considered to be May, June and July. 

Tip: Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.

Q. When is the low season in Cambodia?

From May to September is the wet season or 'off-peak season', less hot and the less expensive one – also means fewer tourists. 

Q. When is the rainy season in Cambodia?

Cambodia’s rainy season runs from May to October. But don’t let it put you off visiting, because the rains only pour for a few hours and this is the best time to visit if you are looking for the low-price holiday, less crowd, and full of lush green.

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A playground for locals, Phnom Kulen (literally Mountain of the Lychees) is a gorgeous day out. The main attraction is the waterfalls at the top of Kulen Mountain and it’s also a great picnic spot; well set up in Cambodian style with hammocks and shelters to keep you shaded from the sun. It’s around 1.5-2 hours drive from Siem Reap and if you go all the way to the top by van or car, you need to get there early, as the road is one-way traffic only.

The birthplace of the ancient Khmer empire, it is said that it was at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarman II proclaimed Cambodia’s independence from Java.

Additionally, it is a very sacred site with multiple temples easily accessible. Two sites most noted are the Thousand Lingas at Kbal Spean, within the Kulen National Park site and Preah Ang Thom pagoda with its giant reclining Buddha. The area is a magnet to “kru khmer” (natural medicine doctors), and attracts people seeking blessings from its holy waters, particularly the potent life-giving waters at Kbal Spean, that are said to help couples conceive.

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Preah Vihear Temple (Prasat Preah Vihear) is an ancient Hindu temple built during the period of the Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-metre (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over ownership, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled that the temple is in Cambodia.

Affording a view for many kilometers across a plain, Prasat Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-century-long Khmer Empire. As a key edifice of the empire's spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings and so bears elements of several architectural styles.

Preah Vihear is unusual among Khmer temples in being constructed along a long north–south axis, rather than having the conventional rectangular plan with orientation toward the east. The temple gives its name to Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, in which it is now located, as well as the Khao Phra Wihan National Park which borders it in Thailand's Sisaket province, though it is no longer accessible from Thailand.

On July 7, 2008, Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Deep in the forests of Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, the elegant spires of an ancient stone city soar skyward above the sprawling complex of Angkor Archaeological Park.

The Khmer Empire’s various capitals thrived here from the 9th to 15th centuries, while their rulers presided over an empire that stretched from Myanmar (Burma) to Vietnam. Including forested areas and newly discovered “suburbs” Angkor covers more than 400 square kilometers.

Though just one of hundreds of surviving temples and structures, the massive Angkor Wat is the most famed of all Cambodia’s temples - it appears on the nation’s flag - and it is revered for good reason. The 12th century “temple-mountain” was built as a spiritual home for the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple is an architectural triumph laden with artistic treasures like the bas-relief galleries that line many walls and tell enduring tales of Cambodian history and legend.

In other parts of Angkor such art depicts scenes of daily life - offering scholars a precious window into the past.

Reading the below epic guide for Angkor Archaeological Park, you will have all the information you need from its history, maps, best time to visit and so on to have the best out of your Angkor tours

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Banteay Kdei Temple (Prasat Banteay Kdei), meaning "A Citadel of Chambers", also known as "Citadel of Monks' cells", is a Buddhist temple in Angkor, Cambodia. It is located southeast of Ta Prohm and east of Angkor Thom. 

Built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII (who was posthumously given the title "Maha paramasangata pada"), it is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller. Its structures are contained within two successive enclosure walls and consist of two concentric galleries from which emerge towers, preceded to the east by a cloister.

This Buddhist monastic complex is currently dilapidated due to faulty construction and poor quality of sandstone used in its buildings and is now undergoing renovation. Banteay Kdei had been occupied by monks at various intervals over the centuries till 1960s.

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Just east of Angkor Thom’s Victory Gate is Chau Say Tevoda. It was probably built during the second quarter of the 12th century, under the reign of Suryavarman II, and dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. It has been renovated by the Chinese to bring it up to the condition of its twin temple, Thommanon.

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Thommanon Temple is a Hindu temple site that's covered in intricate carvings and surrounded by forests in Angkor. The temple is in relatively excellent condition, thanks to extensive restoration work in the 1960s.

It was constructed about the same time as Angkor Wat. The style of architecture is quite evident in the towers and carvings, which are in very good condition. During the rainy season, the dampened sandstone offers great photo opportunities.

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the complex dates back between the 11th and 12th centuries. It is about 600 metres east of the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom, just opposite Chau Say Tevoda. Even before restoration, Thommanon was in much a better condition than Chau Say Tevoda. Unlike the latter, which was built using wooden beams enclosed in stone, Thommanon Temple's entire structure was made out of stone. 

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