Siem Reap is a city located in the northwest of Cambodia. The city is popular amount tourists as it is home to the world-famous Angkor temples which include the magnificent Angkor Wat.
Cambodia’s climate is tropical, hot all year round. There are two seasons:
The wet season from May to October:
Cambodia’s rainy seasons runs from May through October. The rainfall usually comes in short showers for about an hour every day. The rest of the time, the sun is shining. It is not a bad time to visit Siem Reap despite the high heat and the rain.
Travelling during the monsoon season has plenty of advantages: it is much quieter, less crowded with tourists and the hotel rooms are much cheaper than in the high season. Moreover, the dust is gone and you can admire the lush greenery of the countryside. The moats brimming with water makes Angkor Wat stunning in the wet season. It is also the best time to visit the flooded forests and floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake by boat.
The dry season from November to April:
Cambodia’s dry season lasts from November to April. In the warmest months of March and April, the temperature can reach 40 degrees. The best months to visit Siem Reap are from December to February where you can expect cooler temperatures (around 20 degrees). It is a popular time for tourists to visit Cambodia especially from Christmas to New Year; therefore hotel rooms will be most expensive.
During the dry season, you can also enjoy peaceful cruises from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh on the Mekong and Tonle Sap River where you will witness incredible scenes. Phoceamekong Cruises will launch soon its new cruises from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh aboard Sat Toung boat.