I'm looking at heading to Cambodia in early September - during the wet season. I wanted to avoid some of the crowds and I don't mind the mud and the damp, but is it going to be worth it for a little over a 2 week trip?
I'd like to see Phnom Phen, Kampot, Battdambang and Siem Reap/Angkor.
#1 scafire_jesse has been a member since 1/3/2008. Posts: 17
I'd say it's definitely worth it! September is pretty much the wettest time in the central/southern parts but in the north the worst will already be over. In any case, it's not really all that bad - you'll get rain but you'll get sunshine too. Angkor is great during the wet season too.
I have been twice in the "rainy season" - Sept/Oct 2007 & 2008. On the first trip it only rained during the day one time for less than an hour. On the second trip it rained maybe 2 or 3 times during the day for very short periods of time. I had one spectacular night time rain storm which was great. There are less tourists so I had several temples almost to myself and everything is lush green. It is also a great time to visit Kampong Phluk for example. I would say do it!
I agree with the others that it is worth going, particularly if that is the only time you have available and the other option is not going at all.
The up side of going during the rainy season is smaller crowds and often lower, off-season prices on accommodation, transportation, etc.
The down side, apart from getting wet, which really isn't so bad, will be increased difficulty getting from place to place. Travel over surfaces roads won't be an issue, but dirt road travel will be very difficult.
Our last trip to Cambodia was during the rainy season, although much earlier in the season - late July. We had a few "end of the world" downpours where we just stayed inside or in the pub. But apart from that, it was beautiful, and the rain made the air fresh. Have fun.
yup, I would definitely concur with the others. We spent Oct in the country a couple of years ago and had a spectacular time. Other benefits of rainy season include the vibrant greens of the incredibly lush countryside, a swollen Tonle Sap and atmospheric skies.
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I'm planning this as a photography trip and I was hoping for green steamy jungles, good light and fewer tourists - sounds like I was right on track. And I just got word that work has OK'd the time off so it's off to buy the tickets now!
Thanks for your replies, everyone!
#7 scafire_jesse has been a member since 1/3/2008. Posts: 17