There are only two seasons in Cambodia: a dry and
a rainy (wet) season. The dry season starts in November and ends in
May, while the rainy season lasts the other 6 months from May
untill the end of October. Despite this long rainy season, you can
still travel to Cambodia and Siem Reap the whole year round.
The best time to travel to Siem Reap is of course from November
till end of February. You have to be lucky than to have any rain
and it is also called the cool season as you will experience than
temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees. At night the temperature
can drop below 20 degrees which makes it comfortable to sleep.
March till April the temperature will raise and climb above 35
degrees and the air becomes more humid. You will feel that in these
months you start to sweat more. Also in the afternoon you can be
confronted with some short rain showers. Officially Cambodians
celebrate the beginning of the raining season already mid April
with their Khmer New Year.
The period from June till August is very hot and humid. You will
experience temperatures above 30 degrees and heavy rain showers.
The rainy season has its peak in September and October. The streets
in Siem Reap can get flooded during this time of year. The river
overflows and the drainage can't manage the heavy rainfall anymore.
The rainy season officially ends with the celebration of the Water
Festival mid November.
When you travel to Cambodia you should pack light clothing.
Don't only bring shorts and open T-shirts but also long sleaves to
protect your skin of the sun. When you come during the raining
season a raincoat and umbrella are very welcome. Most of the time
you will be walking on your flip flops but to visit the temples
bring some sneakers or decent walking shoes. Don't forget your
suncream, hat and mosquito protector. The most important don't
forget your camera to take memorizable pictures.
Normally you can travel through the country the whole year. The
best season is of course the dry season because it is cooler. You
can easily visit the temples whithout worrying about the rain. The
raining season also has it advantages, the rice fields and the
landscape look very green in this period. While in the dry season
it looks very darren. Which season you come you will have an
amazing time in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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