Little is known of the early history of Cambodia, although there is evidence of habitation in parts of the country as far back as 4000BC. It is also known that Chinese and Indian traders exchanged goods with people living on the coasts of present-day Cambodia and Vietnam in the early AD centuries.
Contemporary Cambodia is the successor state to the mighty Khmer empire. The remains of this empire can be seen at the fabled temples of Angkor, monuments unrivalled in scale and grandeur in Southeast Asia. The traveler’s first glimpse of Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, is sublime and is matched by only a few select spots on earth, such as Machu Picchu or Petra.
See the spires of Angkor Wat and the enchanting faces of the Bayon when you explore the incredible temples of Angkor, once the largest city in the world. Discover the mystery and wonder of the outlying temples and jungle-covered Ta Prohm.Watch sunrise at Angkor Wat. Cruisethe largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, where entire floating villages are lit by the warm glow of the evening sun.Receive a water blessing from a Buddhist monk at the peaceful Tep Pranam pagoda inside Angkor Thom. Discover the Pre-Angkorian temples – thearchaeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk,the former capital of Chenla in the 7th century, one of the first states in Southeast Asia.Experience local and village life of the local people.
Cambodia is warm year-round with temperatures rarely dipping below 68°F (20°C), wherever you go. Wet season, from May to October, is usually marked by a brief downpour in the afternoon. Travel in the dry season, from November to March, is marked by hot dry days.
The best time to visit Cambodia depends on the heat, rainfall and number of tourists. Most travelers visit Cambodia from November to March. If you prefer to dodge the crowds and go when prices are lower, the best time to visit Cambodia is from May to early October.