When is the best time to visit Siem Reap?
When is the best time to visit Siem Reap, home to the Angkor Temples?
Cambodia is in the tropics which means that the weather is warm to hot all year round. The main difference in the seasons is the amount of rain that falls and how many tourists are visiting.
Having traveled there many times myself, there is never a bad time to visit Siem Reap. The temperature ranges from just below 20 degrees Centigrade in the cooler months which are December and January. So this makes it one of the best times of year for visiting the incredible Angkor temples, enjoying a cycle ride or walking tour. However as it is the high season for travelers, so everywhere you go — from temples to restaurants — can be very crowded. Just make sure you book as much as possible in advance.
From March temperatures start rising into the April and May period where you’ll get 40 degree Celsius days. Any physical activity, such as temple visits are best done early morning or late afternoon. The rains begins to arrive with refreshing afternoon and evening showers that wash away the dust and trigger all the plants into bloom.
From June through to September the temperature drops a little but the rain become more frequent. However don’t be put off as it usually only rains for an hour or two and the rest of the day is still perfect. The impressive, sometimes torrential downpours tend to come in the mid to late afternoon leaving most of your day available for visiting the temples.
The rain can be very intense but this can also be a highlight for many to enjoy watching the sudden downpour and streets becoming mini-rivers. Flooding sometimes occurs but lasts for only a few hours.
Tuk-tuk drivers and tours continue and the rain brings a freshness and cooler temperature.