Most of the year in Cambodia is lovely, but some times are nicer than others to visit. Learn more about the best time to visit Cambodia.
For those who are sensitive to heat, cool season from November to February is the best time to visit Cambodia, specifically December and January. This is high season for the tourism industry in most of the country, and the popular destinations–Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kep, Kampot, and Phnom Penh–do most of their tourist business during this time. In particular, the Angkor Wat complex at Siem Reap is usually packed with visitors from all over the world.
Beach weather is perfect during this time of year, and you’d be advised to make a reservation in advance for accommodation in Sihanoukville and the Cambodian islands. During high season, rates in Sihanoukville are higher than during the rest of the year.
People are often needlessly worried about visiting during hot season. While it is hot and humid, it’s not unmanageable. You may want to do less walking and spend more time in a tuk tuk, but you’ll beat the crowds and can get some deals on hotels.
For those looking to save money and avoid the crowds, rainy season offers the opportunity to see the sights without having to fight for a spot at the Angkor Wat reflecting pool. Hotels, particular in Sihanoukville, are often empty at this time of year, so this is when you’ll find good deals. Photographers also prefer the light in the rainy season, when the sky is clear (compared to the smoky, dusty hot season) and the rice paddies are green and lush.
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