When to visit Angkor Wat

Cambodia - When to visit to avoid the crowds

Angkor Wat is the most popular of the Angkor Temples and the biggest attraction in Siem Reap. With over a million visitors a year, it is not easy to avoid the crowds. ABOUTAsia research reveals that the times of the day that see fewer tourists are just after sunrise, between 7am - 9am (the temperature is also cooler early in the morning) and between 12pm and 14.30pm (although the sun is at its highest at this time and it gets very hot). Most people tend to go to Angkor Wat for sunrise, visit other temples during the day, then come back for sunset. Sunset is magnificent at Angkor Wat but it is also the busiest time of the day (in high season expect over 2,000 people photographing the sunset). A local guide will be able to select the best of our Angkor Wat tours to fit your schedule.

When is the best season?

Cambodia has a warm tropical climate, however November to February are the coolest and driest months of the year with average temperatures in the mid twenties. These months are also the high season and they see the highest number of visitors. March and April are the hottest months with temperatures reaching the mid thirties. If you travel at this time of the year try to avoid the hottest times of the day as Angkor Wat covers an extensive area and there is a lof of walking involved. The rainy season runs from April to October and the roads become quite muddy. However, this is the best season to capture the reflection of Angkor Wat in the surrounding moat as the reservoirs fill with rain water during the monsoon.


  • Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.

    Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.


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