Siem Reap is a small town located in North-West of Cambodia. The main attractions of Siem Reap such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Phnom Ku-Len as well as thousands of more than 800- year temples makes this town become one of the most touristy spots in Asia.
What to do?
Undoubtedly, Angkor Wat is the highlight of any visit to Cambodia, which was declared as a World Heritage site in 1992 by Unesco besides other temples and wats such as Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, the Bayon.
Boat trips on Tonle Sap River to floating villages, the Silk Farm and the war and landmine museum are often added in the program.
If you are fed up with temples, you can spend some extra days to relax at secluded beaches in Sihanoukeville or just simply strolling around the town, sitting in one of the town’s many bars and restaurants, seeing the other minor sites and shopping.
When to go?
The best time to visit Cambodia is from December to January when humidity is bearable, temperatures are cooler and it’s unlikely to rain. From early February, temperatures start to rise until the hottest month of April, when temperatures often exceed 40 Degree Celcious (104 Degree Faradise).
The wet season starts from May until Oct, when the southwestern monsoon brings rain and high humidity. Though being very soggy, this period can also be a good time to visit Angkor as the moats will be full and the foliage lush – but steer clear of the northeast regions during those months, as the going gets pretty tough when the tracks are waterlogged. And it doesn’t tend to rain for very long.
Take a torch with you if you plan to go for sunrise or sunset.