Cambodia can be practically visited any time of the year. Even during its rainy season, the weather in Siem Reap is considerably pleasant. Even better, the city is never directly affected by earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis or tropical cyclones. Whatever the weather in Siem Reap is like, visiting the Angkor temples is always possible.
But to give you a better idea on the climate of Siem Reap, here is a month by month description of the city’s weather:
January – One of the best months to visit the city as it is one of the coolest months of the year. The dry season is held during January coupled with clear skies and perfect sunrises and sunsets.
February and March – Known as the busiest months of the year for Siem Reap, February and March are the peak seasons of the city because of the perfect cool climate. Tourists flock to Siem Reap during these months as they get to experience clear blue skies and amazing sunrises and sunsets during most days.
April and May- April weather in Siem Reap can get hot and humid and even a bit unpleasant at times. April is a good time to visit the Angkor temple, though, becomes it tends to be much quieter during this month. May on the other hand marks the beginning of the rainy season although little rain is experienced. It is the rice planting season of Cambodia.
June – The rainy season in Siem Reap has finally commenced. Even though rain showers appear every now and then, it is still a good time to visit the city as the weather doesn’t get too hot. Rain showers generally cool the air, which makes it an ideal climate for a tour around the city.
July and August – Brace yourself for rainy afternoons and evenings during the months of July and August. This is also the time for school year vacation, which makes many tourist destinations quite busy. If you don’t mind the crowds, feel free to visit Siem Reap during July and August.
September and October – By September and October, watch the city turn into a wet capital as these months are the wettest months of the year. Fortunately, the rains put on a great display of lush and green vegetations that stretch for miles making the Angkor temples look so solemn and peaceful. Frog hunting is also a popular activity during the wet months.
November – Most of the rains have stopped by November and blues skies appear once again. November also marks the start of the city’s peak season. Check out the Cambodian Water Festival in November where boat races are held in the city.
December – The month of December is generally the peak season for anywhere in the world, which makes Siem Reap no different. Much similar to January, December experiences cool and dry weather with clear blue skies, making it another good month for a visit.
Whether during the highest highs or the lowest lows of the city, take into account this guide to the weather in Siem Reap in order to help you plan your trip. Don’t let weather conditions stop you from experiencing the great temples of Angkor as seeing such majestic structures will be worth whatever weather condition that comes your way.