It is hard not to let the magnetic power of this maze of cut stones spread over more than 400 km2 of forests and rice fields catch on: the city of Angkor Wat (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992), imbroglio of ancient Khmer temples and tropical vegetation, is definitely an essential destination in Cambodia. While many curators - particularly those of the École française d'Extrême-Orient - have literally fought with the powerful northern jungle for more than a century to bring back foundations nibbled by nature, the battle is not over: every day, archaeologists walk the city's enigmatic corridors to refine their history. The former capital of Khmer civilization is vast, and its indisputable influence on the region from the 7th to the 14th century resulted in an impressive number of sacred sites. The Angkor tourist guide proposes an orientation plan between the giant roots of cheese makers and the millenary ruins: the architectural units are geographically grouped together, enhanced with information elements. But in the end, Angkor can be visited according to the mood of the moment, while taking into consideration the number of visitors to a particular temple depending on the time of day. Recommendations for neighbouring and more distant temples such as Preah Khan or Banteay Srei are also recorded. In any case, the smiling welcome of the Cambodians as well as the hallucinatory beauty of the place certainly leave precious memories in the hearts of those who venture there.

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When to go to Angkor?

When to go to Angkor? Three tourist seasons are to be noted in the Khmer city.

High tourist season: from November to February. Few tourists still in November, making this month the best time to visit Angkor. Then, it spoils very quickly, the worst is by far the Chinese New Year where all Asia converges towards the Khmer city. The advantage is that this period (especially December, January and February) is relatively cool, especially at night.

Middle tourist season: from March to May. Corresponding to the dry season, this is perhaps the least pleasant period. It is very hot (the worst being in April), there is a lot of dust, and the tourist attendance at Angkor is not negligible. So avoid it.

Low tourist season: from June to October. The rainy season is not what we often believe: it only rains (very hard) for a few hours a day and usually at the end of the day. The show is then superb, wherever you are. The children are raging, their usual playground having become a swimming pool, cities like Phnom Penh are paralyzed for a few hours, their streets have become rivers and the skies announcing the storm are of a beauty to fall to the ground. The rest of the time, it's hot. The end of the rainy season is one of the prettiest there is: it almost stops raining and everything is green and flowery, moreover there are not yet many tourists... It is true that it is more difficult to travel, but the feeling of living an adventure is much more present.

In the end, to the question "when to go to Angkor", the best answer is around October and November

How to go to Angkor? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Angkor is a destination well known to tourism specialists. Cambodia is offered by tour operators and specialized travel agencies through different trips and themes: cultural, historical, discovery, trekking, idleness. You can also choose for the formula that suits you, more specifically oriented towards Angkor: guided tours, individual trips with a French-speaking driver-guide, itineraries to be composed according to your desires...

Average price of a Paris-Phnom Penh flight: €1,000 in high season; €500 in low season. If you wish to land directly in Siem Reap, just next to Angkor, you will make a stopover in Phnom Penh. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the reservation time. The same applies to housing: anticipation = savings. Small budgets will prefer inns and hostels

There are several ways to travel in Angkor, all of which are land-based. Touk-touk (covered two-seater coaches, comfortable and pulled by motorcycles) and taxi-motorcycle first. It is forbidden for drivers to guide you through the temples just as it is forbidden for guides to use you as a driver. Each profession is thus protected. Then the electric bike, rented by the day. Taxis, which can also be rented by the day. And finally the car, authorized in the park.

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Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When to go to Angkor? Three tourist seasons are to be noted in the Khmer city.

High tourist season: fro...
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Weather forecast

Cambodia's hot and humid climate is conditioned by the action of monsoons, which determine the two seasons, dry (from...
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Budget

The vast majority of Cambodia's population is poor, but the cost of living for foreigners is higher than in other Asi...
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Formalities

To travel to Cambodia, and therefore to Angkor, a tourist visa will allow you to stay there for one month. Theoretica...
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Health

While no vaccination is required to travel to Angkor or to enter Cambodia, some are recommended. There are risks rela...
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How to travel by yourself?

Average price of a Paris-Phnom Penh flight: €1,000 in high season; €500 in low season. If you wish to land direct...
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How to get organized?

Angkor is a destination well known to tourism specialists. Cambodia is offered by tour operators and specialized trav...
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Getting around

There are several ways to travel in Angkor, all of which are land-based. Touk-touk (covered two-seater coaches, comfo...
Read more about it