Cambodia is a country steeped in history. In spite of years and years of struggle, the country has emerged today as a nation with an infectious spirit seen in its people and a tourism business that is flourishing. Home of the famous Angkor Wat and numerous other temples, this country is intoxicating in its beauty, to say the least. Apart from the historical and the cultural, Cambodia is also urbane, boasting of beautiful Phnom Penh, its capital, and tonnes of restaurants serving delicious cuisine. Cambodia is an amalgamation of the old and the new and a gentle reminder that the two can indeed co-exist and do it graciously.
Generally and most commonly, Cambodia is divided into Phnom Penh and its surroundings, Battambang and the North-western area, Siem Reap, Eastern Cambodia, Sihanoukville and the Southern area. Visit Banlung in the North if you love the great outdoors. Go South to explore the beautiful architecture of Kampot. Eastern Cambodia is rife with ecotourism opportunities, while the Northwest is known for Siem Reap, the largest city and the gateway to the famous Angkor Wat.
November - January is the best time to visit Cambodia
November to March is the best time to visit Cambodia; however, during this time, the streets of Cambodia remain crowded, and the hotel accommodations are expensive. Hence, if you wish to dodge the prices, you can book your tickets for Cambodia anytime from May to October. The country is generally warm, and there are two seasons per se, wet and dry. The average temperature ranges between 21 – 36 degrees. The wet season is from May to October, and hence, you can get some respite from the heat with a bit of downpour in the afternoons. This is locally termed as the green season because the countryside blooms to life! During the dry season, which is from November to March, the days are hot and dry.
Delicious Food. Old world charm. Temples.
Some dirty street corners. Not much nightlife. Bag snatching.
Architecture lovers. Explorers. Those who want a peaceful holiday and are not looking to party all night.
There are numerous hotel options in Cambodia, depending on how much you are willing to shell out. However, the hotel rates are not very expensive. Budget hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs are also available.
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