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When is the best time to visit Cambodia

The country is warm all year round, with temperatures rarely dipping below 20°C, wherever you go. Seasons are broken into dry and rainy season. The dry season (November-May) divides itself into two distinct phases. The cooler phase (Nov–Feb) is the peak time for tourism – mild enough to explore the temples in comfort but warm enough to sunbathe by the coast. Humidity and temperatures rise slightly during the hotter phase (March–May), with Phnom Penh and Battambang seeing peak daytime temperatures of 33–35°C. This is an excellent time to visit the coast, although Angkor is usually bakingly hot. Visiting Cambodia during the rainy season (roughly June–Oct) is usually marked by a brief downpour in the afternoon, with the heaviest rainfall generally in August & September. This season can present certain practical challenges, but it is also a fascinating time to see the country as it transforms into a waterlogged expanse of tropical green under the daily monsoon deluges.
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Month by Month Guide To Travel in Cambodia

Visit Cambodia in January

January, the driest month of the year in Cambodia, is a wonderful time to visit Cambodia thanks to the temperate climate making long days exploring the Angkor temples far more manageable. The skies are blue and temperatures sit comfortably at an average temperature of 26°C. Slightly cooler temperatures can be experienced in the more mountainous areas of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri. Along the southern coast's beaches and in the Cardamom and Tatai region you should expect ideal blue skies and sunshine. Further north Phnom Penh, this month marks a perfect time to explore the temples in Siem Reap and Battambang without getting too hot..
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - January

Visit Cambodia in February

February is undoubtedly one of the best times with excellent weather experienced throughout Cambodia. The month sees little rain and temperatures are still cool enough (averaging around 27°C) to enjoy long walks around the temples. Along the entire sands of Koh Rong, Sihanoukville and Kep - you can expect dry, hot weather; excellent conditions for diving, with warm sea temperatures and good visibility. Conditions are also perfect for river travel during this time, and the great Tonle Sap still holds the bulk of its volume. Likewise in the Cardamom and Tatai region you should expect undisturbed blue skies and sunshine.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - February

Visit Cambodia in March

Warm, dry and bright days continue in March, and temperatures are likely to rise to the low 30°Cs making it amongst the best months to travel to any corner of the country. With the mercury on the rise, so days at the temples can be hard work therefore should be started early and taken slowly with lots of breaks. Water levels begin to fall towards the end of the month, meaning that the Tonle Sap is not as impressive. Those looking for diving spots can opt to the sun-drenched beaches of Koh Rong and Sihanoukville in which continue to bask in sunshine with the chance of rain extremely unlikely.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - March

Visit Cambodia in April

As temperatures get within touching distance of the 40°Cs, April will be too hot for some. Rain is unlikely to have fallen for many months, making the terrain dusty with little vegetation. It is therefore best to explore early in the morning and in the late afternoon rather than embarking on full day excursions. But for those who don't mind humidity-dodging and are more committed sun worshippers, this is the ideal time of year to factor in a few days of R&R on the south coast beaches of Sihanoukville, Kep or the smaller islands of Koh Rong and Kong Rong Samloem. The Chaul Chnam (Cambodian New Year) takes place during April, and although the rains should hold off, you should be prepared to get wet if venturing around town during those dates.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - April

Visit Cambodia in May

May marks the end of the dry season, and like April it is characterized by high temperatures and humidity although slightly cooler. The landscapes are dry and dusty, but tourist sites are quieter and there are long sunny days on the beaches of the south coast. You should expect a few short, infrequent showers during this time of year, but nothing that will greatly impact on your trip. Overall it’s still a good month for travel, especially for those wanting to either take advantage of promotional shoulder season offers or avoid peak season crowds at the Angkor Temples.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - June

Visit Cambodia in June

By June rain can be expected throughout Cambodia, bringing great relief to the farmers. The beginning of the month is mostly dry, and temples and other tourist sites are quieter at this time of year, and you can take advantage of many hotel promotions during Cambodia's 'green season'. Cambodia's south coast beaches, such as Kep and Sihanoukville, and the Cardamom Mountains experience the heaviest downpours, however for the most part, showers are short and sporadic and should not impact on you trip, with plenty of sunshine still seen.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - May

Visit Cambodia in July

The rains continue throughout July across the country and the beaches on the southern coast are best avoided. Temperatures start to decrease, making the days more comfortable, with average temperatures around 27°C. Some of the outerlying temples are deserted at this time of year, and July therefore becomes a great time to explore some of the lesser-known destinations. Good deals also await at hotels and you may well have tourist attractions to yourself.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - July

Visit Cambodia in August

By August rainfall is almost at its peak, although showers only usually last for a few hours at most and tend to be more prevalent in the north of the country. However, you can begin to reap the rewards of the rain. The dusty countryside with average temperature of 26-27°C takes on an emerald hue, water levels on the Tonle Sap Lake are high, and flora and fauna is in full bloom, making it possible to visit the flooded forests, wildlife and floating villages by boat. Those seeking to combine their Cambodia tours with some beach holidays can combine Vietnamese beaches of Hoi An and Danang which are experiencing sunny, dry days in August and are only a short flight away.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - August

Visit Cambodia in September

September tends to be wettest month in Cambodia and you should expect heavy showers daily in the late afternoon and early evening; although these are normally short-lived and sporadic rather than all-day downpours. With a healthy green landscape in its wake, the flora and fauna is in bloom, rice paddies are verdant and lush; moats and pools that surround the Angkor temples are full; and fewer visitors at this time of year, it is a perfect month for photographers. Due to the rain of the past few months, some more rural regions’ roads such as Ratanakiri could have become difficult to travel however they are few and far between.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - September

Visit Cambodia in October

The green season is on its way out and you can expect fairly good weather in Cambodia for much of October although rainfall is still expected. With warm days, water levels at their peak, average temperatures 27°C, and the lessen humidity; Cambodia is returning to its very best, with plenty of colour in the countryside and offering a great chance to cruise the Tonle Sap & Mekong waterways. Lush landscapes also make it a scenic time to hike beneath towering trees and over rolling mountains or see the full flowing waterfalls in Ratanakiri, the Kulen Mountains or Mondulkiri. In the cities, such as Battambang and Phnom Penh, life is back to normal with drier mornings and cleaner drainage canals.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - October

Visit Cambodia in November

November marks the start of dry season in Cambodia, meaning there will be almost no rain for the next six sunny months. Average temperatures of 25 °C, low humidity and plenty of sunshine make November a popular time to travel across the entire country. Lunchtime breaks from the humidity are still a good idea, but strolling around the Angkor temples becomes more manageable. Further to the east, the waterfalls of Mondulkiri remain full flowing and impressive. To the south of the capital Phnom Penh, the more constant sunshine is back to ensure the beaches of the entire south coast spring back into life with warm, sunny days and calmer seas expected. The Cambodian Water Festival usually takes place in November, and hotel prices often increase, so it is advisable to book far in advance.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - November

Visit Cambodia in December

During December, Cambodia sees great weather throughout; therefore there isn’t much that it can’t offer! With lower humidity, no chance of rain and weather in the mid 20°Cs, most activities in Cambodia are back on the cards. Long days of touring the Siem Reap and its Angkor temples are very achievable with extremely high temperatures still being a number of months off. On the main waterways of the Tonle Sap & Mekong River, the levels are still fairly high, making boat and cruise trips to the floating villages still possible. For the more adventurous, there are favourable diving sites surrounding Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. During this month, hotels are also often booked up far in advance.
When is the best time to visit Cambodia - December

Cambodia Climate Guide

Destination
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
30ºC
28mm
31ºC
26mm
32ºC
111mm
32ºC
118mm
32ºC
300mm
31ºC
472mm
30ºC
647mm
30ºC
697mm
30ºC
609mm
30ºC
328mm
31ºC
130mm
30ºC
32mm
28ºC
2mm
31ºC
6mm
33ºC
23mm
33ºC
46mm
31ºC
266mm
30ºC
361mm
28ºC
546mm
29ºC
523mm
28ºC
437mm
29ºC
194mm
28ºC
49mm
28ºC
11mm
30ºC
0mm
32ºC
8mm
34ºC
20mm
34ºC
52mm
33ºC
134mm
32ºC
163mm
31ºC
179mm
31ºC
211mm
31ºC
247mm
30ºC
210mm
30ºC
77mm
30ºC
11mm
31ºC
4mm
32ºC
14mm
34ºC
45mm
35ºC
76mm
33ºC
182mm
32ºC
219mm
31ºC
217mm
31ºC
198mm
30ºC
321mm
30ºC
201mm
30ºC
65mm
30ºC
18mm
31ºC
6mm
32ºC
8mm
33ºC
32mm
34ºC
70mm
33ºC
151mm
32ºC
150mm
31ºC
155mm
31ºC
158mm
31ºC
228mm
30ºC
261mm
30ºC
121mm
30ºC
31mm
26ºC
15mm
26ºC
41mm
27ºC
77mm
28ºC
110mm
28ºC
397mm
27ºC
737mm
27ºC
803mm
26ºC
839mm
26ºC
606mm
26ºC
286mm
26ºC
96mm
26ºC
19mm
26ºC
18mm
26ºC
28mm
27ºC
85mm
28ºC
141mm
28ºC
221mm
27ºC
236mm
27ºC
349mm
27ºC
346mm
26ºC
299mm
26ºC
268mm
26ºC
145mm
25ºC
52mm
24ºC
5mm
27ºC
14mm
29ºC
49mm
29ºC
82mm
29ºC
142mm
28ºC
145mm
28ºC
159mm
27ºC
162mm
27ºC
236mm
26ºC
212mm
26ºC
83mm
24ºC
17mm
Month

Jan
30ºC
28mm

Feb
31ºC
26mm

Mar
32ºC
111mm

Apr
32ºC
118mm

May
32ºC
300mm

Jun
31ºC
472mm

Jul
30ºC
647mm

Aug
30ºC
697mm

Sep
30ºC
609mm

Oct
30ºC
328mm

Nov
31ºC
130mm

Dec
30ºC
32mm
Month

Jan
28ºC
2mm

Feb
31ºC
6mm

Mar
33ºC
23mm

Apr
33ºC
46mm

May
31ºC
266mm

Jun
30ºC
361mm

Jul
28ºC
546mm

Aug
29ºC
523mm

Sep
28ºC
437mm

Oct
29ºC
194mm

Nov
28ºC
49mm

Dec
28ºC
11mm
Month

Jan
30ºC
0mm

Feb
32ºC
8mm

Mar
34ºC
20mm

Apr
34ºC
52mm

May
33ºC
134mm

Jun
32ºC
163mm

Jul
31ºC
179mm

Aug
31ºC
211mm

Sep
31ºC
247mm

Oct
30ºC
210mm

Nov
30ºC
77mm

Dec
30ºC
11mm
Month

Jan
31ºC
4mm

Feb
32ºC
14mm

Mar
34ºC
45mm

Apr
35ºC
76mm

May
33ºC
182mm

Jun
32ºC
219mm

Jul
31ºC
217mm

Aug
31ºC
198mm

Sep
30ºC
321mm

Oct
30ºC
201mm

Nov
30ºC
65mm

Dec
30ºC
18mm
Month

Jan
31ºC
6mm

Feb
32ºC
8mm

Mar
33ºC
32mm

Apr
34ºC
70mm

May
33ºC
151mm

Jun
32ºC
150mm

Jul
31ºC
155mm

Aug
31ºC
158mm

Sep
31ºC
228mm

Oct
30ºC
261mm

Nov
30ºC
121mm

Dec
30ºC
31mm
Month

Jan
26ºC
15mm

Feb
26ºC
41mm

Mar
27ºC
77mm

Apr
28ºC
110mm

May
28ºC
397mm

Jun
27ºC
737mm

Jul
27ºC
803mm

Aug
26ºC
839mm

Sep
26ºC
606mm

Oct
26ºC
286mm

Nov
26ºC
96mm

Dec
26ºC
19mm
Month

Jan
26ºC
18mm

Feb
26ºC
28mm

Mar
27ºC
85mm

Apr
28ºC
141mm

May
28ºC
221mm

Jun
27ºC
236mm

Jul
27ºC
349mm

Aug
27ºC
346mm

Sep
26ºC
299mm

Oct
26ºC
268mm

Nov
26ºC
145mm

Dec
25ºC
52mm
Month

Jan
24ºC
5mm

Feb
27ºC
14mm

Mar
29ºC
49mm

Apr
29ºC
82mm

May
29ºC
142mm

Jun
28ºC
145mm

Jul
28ºC
159mm

Aug
27ºC
162mm

Sep
27ºC
236mm

Oct
26ºC
212mm

Nov
26ºC
83mm

Dec
24ºC
17mm

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