Cambodia is a tropical climate country with two seasons which are the wet and dry season. There is no exact answer to what is the best time to visit Cambodia. Whether you tend to visit in the wet or dry season, you will have a chance to witness different beautiful sides of Cambodia.

There is no best to visit Cambodia, each season has its own various things to discover

There is no best to visit Cambodia, each season has its own various things to discover

Wet season in Cambodia (May to October)

The Southeast monsoon, which blows from May to October, brings strong winds, high humidity, and heavy rains. Even in the wet season, the rain often comes in the afternoon and only lasts for one or two hours. Therefore, tourists do not have to worry about their outdoor activities will be disturbed. The short and sharp rains in Cambodia create gorgeous displays of ominous dark cloud mix with incredible sounds of thunder and lightning.
If you are a photographer or simply a person who love taking the picture, rainy season may be your favorite. During monsoon season, the Angkor temples are at their best and most photogenic. The rain clears the smoky skies of the dry season, washes away all the dust and cools down the atmosphere. After the rain, the landscape turns into lush and you can watch spectacular sunsets.

Angkor Temple in the peak season ò tourism

Angkor Temple in the peak season of tourism

Moreover, the prices are all lower – fee for accommodation is charged nearly half of high season. This season the temples are far fewer travelers, so you can slowly explore the magnificent beauties of the temples without being worry about being trampled.

Dry season in Cambodia (November to April)

Cambodia’s dry season is cool, dry and carries little rain as a result of monsoon arrives. The monsoon-like a hair-dryer dries out the country very quickly. If the temples of Angkor look green and smooth in the wet season, during the dry season they look warm and golden thank to the pleasant sun.

During this period, Cambodia is so hot and dusty that may take your breath away. Before going out, you should prepare sunscreen, a hat or umbrella to protect from getting sunburned. Dry season also coincides with Cambodia’s peak season when tourist heading to enjoy the sun. If you are a big fan of beaches, this season is perfect for you. Cambodia is extremely famous for the stunning beaches at Kep, Sihanoukville and Koh Kong.

Outskirt area in Cambodia in October

Outskirt area in Cambodia in October

And both of them are equally worth seeing!

If you’re looking for ‘great’ weather to plan for lots of activities, Cambodia visit during the dry season is in order.
If you’re looking forward to experiencing the lush greenery that makes the temples magical, and roam the ancient city under a cooler climate, then Cambodia during the wet season is for you.

Climate

Dry season: From October – April
Wet season: From May – October