When to Go in Siem reap

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If you're going to visit Siem Reap, when to go may be on your mind. The seasons are an important factor to consider in Siem Reap. When to go will depend largely on what you prefer (or what you can handle). The year can roughly be divided into four seasons that are similar time-wise to much of the western world's winter, spring, summer and fall. However, they don't follow the same weather patterns. Here's a look at what you can expect to find in each of Siem Reap's seasons.

November to February

The time period that coincides with much of the world's winter is characterized by cool and dry days in Siem Reap. And the "when to go" debate will usually wind up in this range of months. The temperatures range between 20 and 30 degrees C, though it can get colder in the evenings and nights. The humidity is often around 50 percent, although it gets higher toward February. December to February ais the peak tourist season for good reason. Apart from the appealing weather, the skies are often clean for brilliant sunrise and sunset views of Angkor Wat and other sites. Just be prepared to pay a bit more.

March to May

The temperatures pick up in these months, with days still being dry but hot. Temperatures soar between 28 and 38 degrees C and the humidity now hovers between 70 and 90 percent. However, the skies are still clear for beautiful scenery, sunrises and sunsets, making the season still popular with tourists who don't mind the heat. But if you can find one, get a hotel with air conditioning.

June to August

June begins the rainy season in Siem Reap and the days in these months are often hot and wet. Temperatures are still stuck between 28 and 38 degrees C and the humidity still soars as it did in the previous months, but the showers can actually bring a bit of relief to the muggy air. These months can still be popular for travellers, as the rains tend to keep to the evenings and nights, leaving the possibility of clear skies in the mornings.

September to October

Finally the heat begins to lift, although the rains stay during these two months. The days go back to being between 20 and 30 degrees C, with the rains helping to alleviate the humidity (though it can be high in the evenings). These are the wettest months of the year and as such are not as popular with tourists. The rain can occur at any time, though like the previous months it usually sticks with early evenings and nights. However, the natural beauty of Siem Reap blooms and lush grasses and trees are everywhere. As an added bonus, prices are often cheaper during these months, as it's the low season. But regardless of when you decide to visit Siem Reap, you'll be able to appreciate both its natural beauty and its incredible sites.

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