Best time to visit Cambodia
The country with the perfect year round climate
A place of plush greenery, ancient monuments and temples and beaches stretching golden and perfect along an impressive coastline.
Welcome to The Kingdom of Cambodia.
Cambodia is referred to as The Kingdom of Cambodia and when you visit this diverse country, you will easily see how it gained this regal and royal title.
History, versatile countryside, perfect year round climate and the incredibly friendly people make Cambodia a destination you will want to visit and spend time getting to know its hidden secrets.
Its mysterious charm will offer you the chance to visit vine clad temples, walk rope bridges to spectacular waterfalls and breath in the nightlife and exotic markets its cities have to offer.
A visit to Cambodia is an experience of a lifetime. As recent as the 1990’s dirt roads once connected one city or town to another, but thank you to increased tourism and investment is now has a modern road network.
Can you believe the history of Cambodia can be traced back to the 5th century; where Hindu emperors formed the early basis of the Kingdom of Cambodia we know today. The early royals were know as the Khmer Empire and ruled Cambodia from the 9th - 16th Century.
Officially named The Kingdom of Cambodia in 1953, it gained its independence and has since seen growth from tourism and investment in infrastructure and technology. Its a country that is still growing and from one year to the next it is ever changing and diversifying.
Thankfully the country is typically warm and pleasant all year round.
However as with any country there are several seasons affecting the best time to visit Cambodia, some people prefer to travel when the climate is cooler and rainy and others will want to wander new cities in the sunshine.
If you prefer to see the sun and explore new destinations in the warmth of the midday sun there is little rain between November and May, and it is aptly named the so-called dry season.
However if you want to dress up warm the cool season then November to February is the best time to visit Cambodia.This time of year is also the peak time for tourism so prepare to be bustling along with other tourists looking for the next hidden gem.
Amazingly November to February is mild enough to explore the temples in comfort but warm enough to sunbathe by the coast.
The hot season is typically March to May when the humidity and temperatures rise slightly during the day.
This time of year is an excellent time to visit the coast, although be warned some locations can get very hot and uncomfortable.
The rainy season usually falls from June to October and visiting Cambodia during the rainy season can present certain practical challenges. Some of the roads have not been improved and you may find journeys take longer than usual. Dirt roads can quickly become water logged.
The North - Angkor, Siem Reap & Battambang
The north offers a fantastic chance to visit one of the eight wonders of the world and the city of Battambang. In the dry season you will experience daytime temperatures of 33–35°C, so if you prefer cooler weather avoid these destinations from March to May.
The eighth wonder of the world - The temples of Angkor are incredibly impressive no matter what time of year you to choose to visit. Angkor temples are the largest religious monuments in the world and measure an impressive 402 acres. Wonder through the vast buildings and marvel at what the Khmer dynasty left behind thousands of years ago.
The river city of Battambang is located on the Sangkae River and often overlooked by tourists flocking to Cambodia. However this hidden destination holds acclaim to boutique hotels, fabulous restaurants and some of the best places to people watch and engage with the locals. Battambang is free from tourists and traffic and is a great place to relax.
Siem Reap is referred to as the gateway to to Angkor temples. A city located on the coast and known for a place to stay when visiting the famous temples. The city itself is buzzing, vibrant and full of tourists looking for their next adventure.
The South - Phnom Penh, Takeo and Kampot
The south can hold acclaim to milder climates and beautiful hidden cities.
Phnom Penh is the countries biggest city and full of its sketchy and troublesome past. Located on at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers you will be able to stroll through its many parks, restaurants and bars. The city is also graced with the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, displaying artifacts from around the country.
Takeo is a small southern town which will give you the chance to experience a true taste of Cam-bodian life. The impressive Phnom Da are a fantastic opportunity to walk a vast incredibly well pre-served temple. The town also holds acclaim to the most amazing french restaurants, all waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.
Kampot is a city on the Preaek Tuek Chhu River in southern Cambodia. The area surrounding Kampot is known for its pepper plantations and the vast salt fields.
The city is flecked with buildings datingback to the colonial period. The perfectly preserved gover-nors house is now the Kampot Museum, which holds a wealth of local artifacts.
To the west of the city you will stumble across Preah Monivong Bokor National Park which has a cool climate with forests, waterfalls and wildlife including gibbons and big cats.
Whichever time of year you choose to visit Cambodia you can be sure to find a destination perfect for you.