The best time to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Cambodia is a small country with a big history. Now a modest player on the world stage, this was once the seat of one of Asia’s most magnificent early civilizations, the mighty Khmer empire of Angkor, whose legendary temples continue to provide a touchstone of national identity – as well as attracting millions of visitors every year. Part of Angkor Wat’s allure is its role as the largest temple in a complex of ruins that make up a literal lost city in the middle of the Cambodian jungle. That tropical rainforest’s climate is as much a part of the experience of Angkor as the ruins are. The steamy, sticky weather is as bad or worse than the most sweltering summer weather in Louisiana or Florida. So choosing the appropriate time to visit Angkor Wat is very necessary to have a perfect travel. Visit Angkor Wat with Indochina tours Cambodia

Choosing the best time to visit Angkor Wat makes your trip more pefect

Choosing the best time to visit Angkor Wat makes your trip more pefect

Peak Season

Peak season at Angkor Wat runs from December to March, when the weather is at its best, making it a pleasant time to visit the ruins. During this time, temperatures range from the 70s to the 90s Fahrenheit and rainfall is at its lowest, making it cool and dry compared to the rest of year. However, this is also the most crowded time, according to the website Asia for Visitors, and rates at guesthouses and hotels will be at their highest.

September and October

To avoid summer heat and the arrival of peak season crowds, visit Angkor Wat in September and October. In early autumn, temperatures are tolerable and usually in the mid 70s and 80s. However, this is also one of the rainiest times of year in Siem Reap – more than 30 inches can hit the area in October alone — but downpours typically last just a couple of hours. Pack for wet weather and check local forecasts frequently to avoid trouble. Tours in Cambodia

During Chaul Chhnam Thmey

Chaul Chhnam Thmey is the name of the Cambodian holiday that celebrates the New Year

Chaul Chhnam Thmey is the name of the Cambodian holiday that celebrates the New Year

Though April at Angkor Wat is hot, it is also when Chaul Chhnam occurs, providing a chance to mix temple exploration with Cambodian culture. A new year’s celebration, the holiday takes place from the 14th to 16th of April and is marked by locals making offerings at temples, decorating their houses and spraying each other with water to celebrate. Special performances are also popular at this time, and the town of Siem Reap is always colorfully decorated.

Time of Day

Sunset at Angkor Wat

Sunset at Angkor Wat

Though visiting Siem Reap at the right time of year is important, going at select times of day is also wise. Sunrise at the temples is a stunning sight, but many tourists leave shortly thereafter, making it a quiet, peaceful time until the daytime crowds arrive. Sunset at Angkor Wat is also gorgeous, so consider heading out to the temples, even for a short visit, when dusk nears.

The Indochina Voyages team.

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