One of the most breathtaking sites a traveller to Cambodia will experience is the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap. Rated the number one tourist destination in the world by Lonely Planet readers. Dating back from 802AD, these temples are regarded as the heart and soul of Cambodia; they are an architectural feat, as well as a symbol of spiritual devotion. Many temples have been well preserved, seemingly untouched by time, whereas others have been over-run by the jungle that surrounds them. Many visitors may never intend to go beyond these magnificent temples, however, they will soon become captivated by other parts of this charismatic and welcoming country. Cambodia is blessed with unspoilt beaches, pristine forests and beautiful colonial cities like Phnom Penh, Battambang and Kep. It is also the gentle, polite and friendly people who make Cambodia such a memorable destination.
Cambodia is 3 hours behind Australian EST.
Weather and Climate
Cambodia’s climate follows the monsoon cycle and is warm to hot all year round. Cambodia’s southwest monsoon (wet season) lasts from May to October bringing with it tropical rains and high humidity. Rainfall is at its highest from May to June and September to October. During this period the temples of Angkor are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and there are fewer tourists. The northwest monsoon (dry season) lasts from November to April and spreads dry weather and high temperatures throughout the country. The best time to visit is during the cooler months of the dry season (December and January); although daytime temperatures can remain high, night time temperatures are much more comfortable.
Due to the unpredictable climate, it’s recommended you check the current weather at your destination prior to your departure in order to pack accordingly.
Visa Entry Requirements for Cambodia
Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are required for Australian passport holders and electronic eVisas are available.