That’s a great question! And if you’re like most people, you probably turned to your favorite search engine, for the answer. And what did you find? That the best time to visit Cambodia is from November to March. But hold on a minute, my dear traveler, because I’m here to tell you that the best season to visit Cambodia is actually the green season, from July to December!

When to visit to beat the crowds

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But all the websites say that the dry season is the best time to visit Cambodia!” And yes, while it’s true that the dry season is pleasant from November/December to February/March, with temperatures hovering around 25 to 30°C, it can get pretty darn hot from April to June, with temperatures rising above 35°C. And let’s not forget about the crowds.

You see, during the dry season, Cambodia is swarming with tourists. And I mean swarming. If you’re planning on visiting the temples of Angkor, for example, you’ll be sharing that experience with thousands of other people. And sure, it’s still a beautiful sight to behold, but it’s not exactly the intimate and peaceful moment you were probably hoping for.

But during the green season, things are different. The crowds thin out, and you’ll have the temples practically to yourself. And let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like exploring the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat without hordes of tourists getting in your way. Plus, the lush greenery and vibrant colors of the rainy season make for some seriously stunning photographs.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But, won’t it rain all the time during the green season?” And the answer is no, not really. Yes, it does rain more during this time of year, but it’s usually in short, intense bursts in the late afternoon or at night. And honestly, there’s something kind of magical about watching a thunderstorm roll through your viewfinder.

So there you have it, folks. When to go to Cambodia? From July to December, of course!

The Green Season in Cambodia: A Photographer’s Paradise

If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect photography adventure, look no further: come in the green season (or the short golden season) in Cambodia! Yes, you heard that right. Forget about the typical dry seasons and tourist-packed landscapes. I’m here to tell you why the green season in Cambodia is the photographer’s dream come true.

As you understand Cambodia is blessed with a unique rainy season. Unlike other countries, the rain is brief and only occurs a few times a week. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good stormy sky for their photos?

Angkor Wat at sunset

Angkor Wat in golden light – 15 October 2015

Also, the real beauty of Cambodia during the green season is the lush greenery that covers the country. The rice fields are a stunning shade of green, and the rivers and waterfalls are at their fullest. Even the temples of Angkor reveal a different side of themselves as they become covered in moss.

Planting season in Cambodia

Rice fields – 26 August 2023

And let’s not forget about the sunrises and sunsets. During this time of year, they are simply breathtaking. You’ll be able to capture the most stunning colors in the sky, and even the occasional rainbow.

Rainbow in Cambodia

Rainbow in Kulen National Park – 23 August 2023

But what really sets the green season apart is the opportunity to capture unique activities that only occur during this time. From rice planting to harvesting in the fields, to fishermen on the lake, there are endless opportunities to capture the daily lives of the Cambodian people.


Rice harvesting – 11 November 2022

And let’s not forget about the lack of crowds. You’ll be able to explore and capture the beauty of Cambodia without having to fight through hordes of tourists. It’s like having the country all to yourself!

So, my dear fellow photographers, if you love photography and want to capture the beauty of Cambodia in a unique way, then come during the green season. You won’t regret it. And if you’re still not convinced, then I don’t know what else to tell you. Except maybe that we only offer our long workshop in Cambodia during this period for a reason. It’s simply too beautiful to miss out on.

But hey, don’t just take my word for it. Let’s sprinkle in some feedback from our past workshops to give you a taste of the hilarity that ensues during this magical time.

First up, we have Harold, who hit us with the burning question, “Are there any tourists in Cambodia?” I mean, come on Harold, you’re on a group tour in Cambodia, what do you think? Bless his heart.

Then we have Wolfgang, who triumphantly declared, “What luck… no rain during our trip!” Well Wolfgang, that’s great news, considering rain during a trip can be a real downer. We’re glad you stayed dry, buddy.

Next, we have Joel, who compared his experience to his first visit and said, “The experience is so different from our first visit a few years ago when everything was so dry.” Joel, I’m glad to hear that things have changed since your last visit, but I hope you didn’t miss the memo about the rainy season. It’s kind of our thing, you know?

And then there’s Thiha, who exclaimed, “Last time I saw a rainbow I was probably 8 years old, and I can’t believe that in a week we saw 5! I was worried about the rain, but it only rained when we were driving!” Well, Thiha, it sounds like you hit the jackpot with those rainbows. Who knew the green season would bring such colorful surprises?

And finally, we have Annabelle, who exclaimed, “I understand why you recommend this season. 12 amazing days, we just lost a half day on the floating village so I will have to come back!” Annabelle, I’m glad you had an amazing time, but losing half a day on the floating village sounds like a real “sinking” feeling. We’ll be waiting for your return with open arms!

Looks like we’ve got some real comedians in our midst! It’s moments like these that make the green season in Cambodia not just a photographer’s paradise, but a place where laughter and unforgettable memories come together.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your camera gear, grab your raincoat, and get ready for an adventure. Cambodia during the green season is waiting for you. Trust me, it’s an experience like no other. And who knows, you might just come back with a hilarious story or two to share.

Until next time, keep clicking and keep laughing, my fellow photographers! Cambodia awaits.

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