Cambodia (officially called the Kingdom of Cambodia and once known as the Khmer Empire) is a country situated in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in the Southeast Asia. The country is bordered by Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. The capital is Phnom Penh city. Being grouped into the Indochina area, Cambodia can even surpass the other members in terms of temples and wats. The Cambodia Holidays nowadays grow to be the very top choice that is in favor of many tourists worldwide.
2. When to go
2.1 The Dry Season in Cambodia (from October to late April)
The Cambodia’s dry season is featured with the dry northeast monsoon and the hot wind blowing. From November to January, the temperature is quite cool. When it comes to April, the scorching heat becomes dominant. It makes your Angkor Temple Tours ideal in the early morning and late afternoon only. Meanwhile, the hotel pool at the lunchtime is preferred by many visitors.
The hot weather doesn’t make the tourist lose their inspiration for the beauty of Cambodia. This season is regarded as the peak in Cambodian tourism with the increasing number of travelers. More and more guests arrive at the remote areas such as Sihanoukville, Kep and Kampot, Kampong Cham, etc. To make the scoring heat easier to breathe, people soon fall in love with the brilliant sunshine and the sea conditions available in Cambodia.
2.2 The Wet Season in Cambodia (from early May to October)
The Cambodia’s wet season is characterized with the southwest monsoon and annual rainfall. The rainy season brings the daytime temperatures of average between 25oC and 27 oC across the country. It’s revealed that the early months of the wet season (from May to July) remain quite hot with the rare rainfall that comes in the form of the short downpours. Then, the later months (late July – September) bring the rains that are likely to be more constant and heavier. The degree of rains becomes more serious in the coastal and rural areas.
Because of peak wet season, the trips to the northeast or any other remote corners of Cambodia turn to be almost impossible and inadvisable. Anyhow, when the dust is gone and the fresh greenery of the countryside comes back, many highlights of Cambodia become very stunning with their own advantages.
2.3 The Notable Festivals and Religious Ceremonies in Cambodia
- In 7th January, the Liberation Day is nationally celebrated.
- From 13th to 18th April is the Chaul Chnam (the Cambodian New Year).
- In 24th May, the Visak Bochea welcomes you. It features the date of birth, enlightenment & death of Buddha.
- 28th May is when the Royal Ploughing Day is held.
- In 9th November, the Independence Day inspires all participants.
- In mid-November, the Water Festival is promoted to entertain guests.
Throughout the year, there stand many other additional festivals whose dates vary annually. They are usually measured by the Buddhist lunar calendar. The times of the full moon (day one) and the new moon (day fourteen or fifteen) are typically auspicious.
3. Top Tourist Attractions in Cambodia
- Preah Vihear,a Khmer temple on the border between Cambodia and Thailand
- Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som
- Tonle Sap
- Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
- Bokor Hill Station
- Koh Ker the capital of the Khmer empire (928-944 AD)
- Banteay Srei
- Bayon Temple
- Angkor Wat
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