When To Go
The best time to go to Cambodia is during the dry season – from November to early April – when the temperatures average between 68F and 82F and second to that – from May to October with temperatures averaging 75F to 90F.
The rest of April and all of May see temperatures hover around 100F with high humidity. One note: April 13th through 15th is the New Year celebration and festivals of all types are to be found across the country– no matter how rural.
What to Do
Of course, touring the temples of Angkor Wat, which can take several days, is an absolute must do for any tourist. To add variety to your trip, here are some other things to do that you won’t find anywhere else.
In Siem Reap:
Phare, the Cambodian Circus is performed nightly and is great fun. The performers use acting, music, dance and circus skills as part of each performance, telling stories of their culture.
If you don’t want to merely watch the Aspara Dances, you can take lessons and show off your newfound talent when you return home. There are airboat tours, helicopter rides over the temple complex, fly a 2-seater light plane or go up in a tethered helium balloon for an aerial view 200 ft. above Angkor Wat.
The Tara Riverboat Cruises are one of the ways to tour a floating village and stop at the crocodile farm on the way. There are half-day cruises and a sunset cruise, which includes a 2-course meal and all beverages– including beer, wine and champagne.
Modulkiri Elephant Sanctuary Project in Sen Monorom offers a 1-day or 2-day elephant jungle trek where you can walk with a guide and bathe the elephants along the way. The sanctuary does not allow elephant rides because of the abuse that so many of the elephants in Cambodia are overworked with insufficient food and water for tourist money. This Sanctuary is part of the effort to save elephants.
You can spend a few days at one or both of the beaches that offer more than family living quarters. Kep and Sihanoukville have long been tourist favorites and with the interest in Cambodia now spreading to the west, these locations offer the most modern facilities.