Cambodia rewards its visitors with truly memorable experiences, from awe-inspiring temples and colonial heritage to white sand beaches on secluded tropical islands. Undoubtedly the main draw to Cambodia is the spectacular Angkor Wat. Built between the 9th and 13th Centuries, hundreds of temples make up this impressive complex, with the enduring myths and striking architecture of this ancient city still enchanting travellers to this day.

Although these magnificent temples should not be missed, Cambodia is about more than just Angkor and boasts a diverse range of attractions within its compact borders. With warm hospitable people, crumbling French colonial architecture and natural highlights that range from endless rice fields, beautiful waterways, lush jungles and tropical beaches, there is something to appeal to everyone.

Top Recommendations

  • Astonishing temples emerging from the jungle at Angkor Wat
  • Settle into island life on Koh Rong Samloem
  • Take in the heart-rendering Khmer Rouge history in Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap, not only for its proximity to Angkor Wat but also for its buzzing nightlife
  • Take to the water on the Mekong River or Tonle Sap Lake

When to Visit

Cambodia has two main seasons, dry (November to March) and wet (May to September). During the dry season, the more remote areas of the country are easier to access, plus it’s the ideal time to visit the coast. However, the wet season does have its advantages, bringing with it lush, green countryside and fewer crowds. This is also an excellent time to visit the Angkor Temples and Tonle Sap Lake as water levels are at their highest.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Phnom Penh & Siem Reap.