When to visit?
October to March is the dry season with cool air and clear sky. This is the high season with a lot of people visiting Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, which means a good period to visit Cambodia but crowded temples visit and dust. Plane tickets and hotels are usually more expensive during this season.
April to September is the low season with some advantages and inconveniences; Plane tickets to Cambodia and hotel rooms are usually much cheaper than during the Cambodian high season. But…..
There are less people around the temples giving better opportunities for nice photos. The sunrises or sunsets at Angkor Wat can become a much more personal experience.
The vegetation is green and the dust from the winter is gone.
The weather is usually pleasant with a late afternoon shower that will refresh the air for the evening and not disturb your travels too much – time for a shop or a massage perhaps?
Because of the rain, Tonle Sap, Asia largest freshwater lake, is in good condition to visit, some of the floating villages are beautiful and really worth a visit.
Temples visit we prefer:
There are obviously Angkor Wat temples complex only 15 minute by tuk tuk from Siem Reap including the Bayon, Ta Prohm and his famous tree that no one should miss during their stay in Cambodia.
A sunset or sunrise on Angkor Wat is one of the Cambodian experiences you will not forget and you will be rewarded should you make the effort to wake up early enough! However, our favorite temple by far is a bit outside of the tourist way. Beng Melea is an hour by car from Siem Reap, plenty of vegetation around which is very pleasant when it’s a warm day there is a great feel about it. Some days there is no one else there…..really.
The Cambodian coast is nice with relaxed towns like Kep and Kampot or the more developed Sihanoukville. The coast is not well developed yet but some projects are moving slowly forward. Those who search a little further afield will find true Asian village life, unspoilt beaches and coastlines.
Places we prefer:
Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.
Colonial inspired design hotel overlooking the Royal Gardens in Siem Reap. Stunning pool, gorgeous bar and a true exotic haven for you after a day exploring.
Faldo Golf series returns to Siem Reap “Angkor Golf Resort led by executive director Holic Tandijono and his team put up a great event in 2012 that combined top class tournament experience for talented golfers with unique grassroots activities for kids from the local community,” added Faldo, who is currently working on another 36-hole project in Phnom Penh.
|Guesthouses we prefer:|
Babel Guest House, managed by Marie from Norway. Good value for money with personalized service.
Bars we prefer:
Miss Wong is the best place for a cocktail, snacks and fun. Asia design, funky alley location in the centre of town, gay friendly and great music! Dean the Kiwi owner is a fantastic host – we’ll see you there.
Restaurant we prefer Cuisine Wat Damnak
Cambodian food revised with a great sense of creativity and knowledge by his French Chef Joannes Riviere. There is only 2 menus to choose from but you will have difficulty to decide which one you prefer.
Travel agency Exotissimo Cambodia, fantastic knowledge of Asia in general and top service.
Ecotourism projects Osmose
Osmose are operating on Tonle Sap lake, home to a spectacular array of birdlife, pristine flooded forests, traditional floating fishing villages – this is a fantastic Cambodian experience and one of a kind on the planet. Amazing well-trained guides who are funding research and protection projects into biodiversity.
Song Saa Island resort
Song Saa is a new island resort, fantastic scenery and design – true luxury in Cambodia.