The best time to visit Angkor Wat – and most of the other temples – is in the early morning or late afternoon. The heat is less intense, and you’ll avoid the big tour crowds. Sunrise at Angkor Wat is particularly enchanting if you can arrange it with your driver. But the ruins are worth visiting at any time of the day. The thunder and light showers that accompanied my visit to some of the temples created an appropriately mystical atmosphere.
Visiting the temples during the rainy season is definitely an underrated experience. As Mr Ray implies, the dark skies and heavy downpours magnify Angkor’s powerful atmosphere. And a good thunderstorm is guaranteed to send scampering all but the most determined tourists.
(Photo via Chauromano/Flickr)