10 Reasons to Visit Cambodia in Splendid September
1.) See Cambodia’s waterfalls at their finest
Phnom Kulen Falls located at the ancient city of Mahendraparvata around 55KM from Angkor Wat. The lost city was rediscovered last year using new laser mapping technology. The site is also of major symbolic importance to Cambodians as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. Here, in 804 CE, King Jayavarman II declared independence from Java. In the late summer months, the waterfall is flowing with fresh mountain water.
Tek Chhouu Falls lie about 8 kilometers northwest of Kampot. The rapids are famous for their clean water and small bamboo platforms where families can sit with an amazing view over the falls and rapids below.
Boo Sra Waterfall in Mondulkiri Province is maybe the Kingdom’s most famous falls. Thye are located in Pechr Chenda District and around 43 kilometers from the provincial town of Senmonorom along a red soil road. The waterfall is a spectacular 3-tier formation that at this time of year is full of water. The waterfall is most powerful at the third tier and at this time of year the water is flowing well.
2.) Cambodian Fruit markets
We advise to certainly include a visit to one of Cambodia’s Phsar or ‘markets’ in your itineraries. Our food walking tour in Phnom Penh is a good example option. September is a good month to try some of the in-season fruits. Sapodilla, durian, pineapple, papaya and mangosteen are all in season so must-tries for guests! Mango is usually harvested in the dry season but is still available in September.
3.) Bon Pchum Ben
Running for 15 days mid/late September, this festival is dedicated to ancestors and blessing the spirits of the dead. Bon Pchum Ben is one of the most culturally significant events in Cambodia. Each household visits its local wat and offers food to the monks for their assistance in blessing the souls of late family members, relatives and friends. Pagodas are crowded with people taking their turn to make offerings, with many staying behind to listen to Buddhist sermons.
4.) Take a journey on the mighty Tonle Sap and stay at a homestay
The Tonle Sap (or Large Freshwater River) is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Those who travel in September can take a cruise on the amazing river or stay at a homestay floating on the river. We learn how the local fishermen live and experience life on the river. During the more popular months of November till March the travel to the Tonle Sap shows a drier environment. In the summer months river is high making this the best time of year to do the Siem Reap-Battambang boat trip (one of the most beautiful trips in the country) or the Phnom Penh-Siem Reap trip across the Tonle Sap.
5.) Quieter and more photogenic Temples
See the temples without such a large amount of people. This is possible to do year round with Khiri Travel Cambodia, however in September guests will have much more space to explore the temples as any visitor would actually like to see them. During the rainy season the temples of Angkor are at their most beautiful and most photogenic. The reflecting pools and moats are full, the vegetation is deep green and the wet stone of the temples is at its most colorful. Also of photographic note, the rain-washed air of the wet season is particularly clear as compared to the hazy, smoky skies of the dry season, making those long shots of the temples and rice paddies that much clearer.
6.) The Climate is much better
Forget the sweltering heat of March and April, traveling in September is a cooling experience with a fresh periodic rain shower to cool down the temperature on most of the days.
7.) Beaches and Islands
Even during rainy season – or green season as we also like to call it – the Kingdom’s coast still delights travelers. Beachcombers can still catch some sun and enjoy the incredible seafood that Cambodia is known for.
8.) No Dust and more visible wildlife
See the Kingdom of Cambodia at its most photogenic when otherwise dusty dry roads are now adorned by lush green paddy fields and clean refreshing air. Angkor Wat in particular can be stunning in the wet season. The birdlife is far more obvious and the ruins have a special appearance and feel.
9.) Extra personalized service
Hotel and restaurant staff are not too busy and can take extra care of your clients. They’ve recovered from the peak season, have spent some time with their families, and are back at their best.
10.) Spontaneous moments
If it rains for a short while and your guests find themselves sheltering from the rain as all the locals do, they can make the best out of it as this is often the best time to talk to the locals. Instead of getting grumpy about a drop of rain, this is the perfect moment to relax have a beer and chat to the locals about their lives.
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