Best time to go cycling in Cambodia
The Cambodian countryside is at its most lush during monsoon season, and while Angkor Wat will always be busy, it’s substantially less so when it rains.
The best time for a cycling vacation in Cambodia is between November and January, the coolest month of the year when daytime temperatures are usually around 26°C. You can actually cycle Cambodia at any time, indeed many companies do run trips all year-round, but at the height of the dry season the heat can be hard to bear, and the rainy season brings heavy showers and mud. The cooler months are naturally the most popular time of year for all Cambodia vacations, not just for cycling, so if you want to miss the worst of the crowds, consider a shoulder month such as October, when the heat is not too bad but the rains are easing off.
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Eric Beasant from our supplier World Expeditions recommends rainy season travel:
“Our routes are always accessible, even during the height of the monsoon season. It’s actually somewhat rare to have a full day of rain and the daily downpour can be a relief from the heat. Although high season does offer the best weather, it’s the busiest time at major tourist sites such as the temples of Angkor; people sometimes don’t realise quite how popular Angkor Wat is. So, the wet season can be better for those who are willing to tough out a bit of rain, and those moody, cloudy skies also create great backdrops for photographers. I would recommend not traveling in Cambodia during April which is the hottest month, just before the rains begin. Temperatures can rise above 40°C, and the land becomes brown and dusty.”
More about Cambodia cycling
Take only photos, leave only tyre tracks is the over-arching ethos of our guide to Cambodia cycling vacations.
Outside the major cities such as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, daily life in Cambodia goes on much as it has done for generations.
Whether your idea of cycling heaven is gently pedaling along a riverbank, or charging up a mountain, there is a route for you in Cambodia.
Our tips for cycling Angkor Wat will show you around the world’s largest temple complex, a vast archaeological park sprawling over some 1690sq km.
A Cambodia cycling vacation can seamlessly be extended into an Indochina overland cycling tour, letting you easily cross borders into Thailand and Vietnam.
Cambodia is an exotic, illuminating and above all very welcoming destination for a cycling trip, and that goes double when the kids come along for the ride.
We’ve put together some solid-gold Cambodia cycling vacation advice from those that have already been, there, done that and bought the krama.