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Best time of year to visit Cambodia

The dry season from November to April is undoubtedly more popular among tourists going to Cambodia. However, it's during the wet season that the country is most beautiful. Late October and early November is the best time to visit Cambodia to catch a glimpse of both seasons. In October you can still see the most stunning scenery in Cambodia—lotus flowers blooming around the Angkor Wat temple. The end of the rainy season is also an excellent time to explore the jungle and secluded temples of Angkor, see waterfalls, and take a boat trip down the Mekong River. Make sure you try a local delicacy such as fried spiders! And the best time to visit Cambodian beaches when they are the driest and sunniest is from December to February.

19 THINGS TO DO IN CAMBODIA (MAY 17 - MAY 26)

Kampong Phluk Floating Village

Kampong Phluk Floating Village

May–October • activity

Enjoy idyllic floating village scenery from a canoe, passing houses on stilts, floating markets and floating temple at Tonle Sap lake, near Siem Reap city

Lotus Blooming

Lotus Blooming

April–October • nature

See tons of lotus flowers in bloom near magnificent Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia

Angkor Jungles and Temples

Angkor Jungles and Temples

May–October • activity

Get lost in the jungles of the Angkor area

Wash an Elephant

Wash an Elephant

April–October • activity

Wash an elephant in a waterfall, deep in a beautiful jungle. This area is considered as the largest indigenous region in Cambodia; however it may change soon due to the tourism expansion

Beach Season

Beach Season

October–May • activity

Watch deep pink sunsets and swim in crystal clear water on one of the Cambodian beaches

Sunrise and Sunset at Angkor Wat

Sunrise and Sunset at Angkor Wat

April–October  • nature

See absolutely stunning sunrise and sunset in Angkor temple complex

Bamboo Train or Norry

Bamboo Train or Norry

May–October • activity

Ride the rails on a bamboo train

Local Tribes

Local Tribes

May–October • activity

Visit indigenous people in the rural areas

Mekong River Dolphin

Mekong River Dolphin

December–May • nature

Watch one of the rarest do​lphin species

Eat Some Bugs!

Eat Some Bugs!

May–mid-December • food

Are you in the mood for crispy crickets?

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

October–June • activity

Cambodia has two major snorkeling destinations: never sleeping Sihanoukville and alternatively calm Kep

Explore Wildlife in the Ream National Park

Explore Wildlife in the Ream National Park

May–July • nature

Peace and tranquility will get under your skin once you find yourself in the Ream National Park

Baok Chambab

Baok Chambab

November 09 | February 22 | April 13 | May 13–May 15 | May 21 • event

Ancient Khmer Cambodian martial art

Birdwatching at Prek Toal

Birdwatching at Prek Toal

January–May • activity

The sanctuary offers a great birdwatching experience and much more

Kayaking

Kayaking

October–May • activity

Take a relaxing kayak ride in the sea or explore Mekong river

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

October–June • activity

Explore coral reefs at the bottom of the sea in Sihanoukville

Durian Season

Durian Season

mid-May–July • food

Try the most controversial tropical fruit and find out whether you are among durian's lovers or haters team

Mango Season

Mango Season

March–July • food

Cambodian mangoes are among the best in the world

Perfect Swim in Yeak Laom Lake

Perfect Swim in Yeak Laom Lake

April–May • activity

Crystal clear waters of the Yeak Laom Lake are perfect on a hot day

20 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Water Festival or Bon Om Touk

Water Festival or Bon Om Touk

October 30–November 02, 2020 • event

One of the most authentic festivals in Cambodia that attracts several millions people each year and marks a unique natural phenomenon—the reversing flow between the Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River

Mekong River Boat Trip

Mekong River Boat Trip

July–November • activity

Take a boat trip down the Mekong River and explore numerous Mekong Islands or head to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam

Pchum Ben or Ancestors' Day

Pchum Ben or Ancestors' Day

September 16–18, 2020 • event

On this holy day, ask any local to bring you to the Pagoda and you will take part in the spiritual Buddhist ritual

Biking Cambodia

Biking Cambodia

December–February • activity

Exploring the country with your bike may be the most adventurous part of your journey

Khmer New Year's Day

Khmer New Year's Day

April 13–April 16 • event

Khmer New Year's Day is the happiest time in Cambodia when people wish each other peace, happiness, and prosperity

Sweet Palm Juice

Sweet Palm Juice

November–March • food

Palm juice is a delicious drink and a source of income for many Cambodians

Fried Spiders

Fried Spiders

September–November • food

Find out how Cambodian spiders taste like

Royal Ploughing Day

Royal Ploughing Day

May 10, 2020 • event

Take part in the nationwide future forecast on harvest, weather, and epidemics during the Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Swimming in the Moon Cave Pond

Swimming in the Moon Cave Pond

July–October • activity

Grab your torch and pluck up your courage to explore mountain caves with amazing pools of water in Kampot Province

Sailing in Cambodia

Sailing in Cambodia

December–March • activity

A combination of low prices along with warm tropical climate and beautiful islands makes Cambodia a superb sailing destination

Rice Harvest Season

Rice Harvest Season

December–February • nature

It may be the best time in a year to see a local lifestyle

A Helicopter Flight above Angkor Wat

A Helicopter Flight above Angkor Wat

October–April • activity

See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples within the Angkor Archaeological Park from the air

Deep Hole Fishing

Deep Hole Fishing

October–April • activity

Try the easy way to fish: dig a hole, and...there's your catch!

King‘s Birthday Celebration

King‘s Birthday Celebration

May 13–May 15 • event

Celebrate a birthday of the King with thousands of Cambodians attending gigantic celebration along the riverfront of the Royal palace in Phnom Penh

Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

December 08, 2019 • event

Enjoy a run inside the largest religious monument in the world—Angkor Wat

Gorgeous Bousra Waterfalls

Gorgeous Bousra Waterfalls

July–October • nature

Take a bath in Bousra Waterfalls – one of the major eco-tourism​ attractions in Southeast Asia

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 25, 2020 • event

Watch Lion and Dragon dances on Cambodian streets and get some luck for upcoming year during Chinese New Year’s Day

Paragliding in Sihanoukville

Paragliding in Sihanoukville

October–April • activity

Reach out for the rainbows paragliding above Sihanoukville—Cambodia’s premier beach location

Jujube Season

Jujube Season

October–February  • food

Pear-shaped and not too big in size, the fruit resembles a yellowish apple with hard skin

Visak Bochea Day

Visak Bochea Day

May 06, 2020 • event

Imagine yourself among hundreds of Buddhist monks, carrying bowls of lotus flowers in a holy procession around the city. This is how Buddha’s Birthday is celebrated in Cambodia