When is the best time to visit Cambodia?
Cambodia has a warm/hot tropical climate that is relatively calm and consistent throughout the year. The average temperature is 80ºF. There are two seasons, the humid and rainy monsoon season which spans from June to October, and the dry season which is from November to May. The coolest period for our Cambodia tours and Angkor Wat tours tend to be from December to January.
Blue skies and warm temperatures (average temperature – 79°F) make January one of the best times to travel to Cambodia. With little to no rain, it is the driest month of the year in Cambodia. The beaches on the south coast are bathed in sunshine. It is high tourist season so plan ahead if you want to visit the country during this month.
- Visit the island paradise of Koh Rong, known for its pristine white sand beaches
- Give in to the charms of the riverside town of Kampot
Favorable travel conditions continue with dry days and pleasant temperatures. The beaches beckon with sparkling waters and excellent diving conditions. There is a chance of rains towards the end of the month.
- Explore the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex
- Live the slow life in Kep
March is a popular month to travel to Cambodia. Temperatures inch up to the mid-80s during the month. Sunny, dry days continue to dominate most of the month. The northeastern regions of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri see slightly lower temperatures.
- Go trekking in the lush Cardamom mountains
- Unwind beachside in Sihanoukville
April gets hot and humid with day time highs sometimes crossing 100°F. There is a chance of short rain spells, especially towards the end of the month, that provides a much-needed respite from the dry weather. It’s a busy travel period as locals head home to celebrate the Cambodian New Year.
- Disconnect from the outside world at Koh Rong Samloem island
- Welcome the Cambodian New Year or Chaul Chnam with wild waterworks
It continues to be hot and humid though temperatures are lower than in April. Average temperatures are now in the mid-80s with short bursts of rain bringing the temperature down a little towards the end of the month. It’s a busy time of the year as a three-day holiday weekend gets locals heading to the beaches.
- Join the Chat Preah Nengkal or Royal Ploughing Ceremony celebrations in Phnom Penh
- For some French charm and unforgettable sunsets, head to Kratie
The rainy season sets in as short, heavy spells bring down temperatures to the low 80s. The beaches of the south coast experience the heaviest showers. There is still plenty of sunshine in between these spells and June is a good time to visit the country without the crowds.
- Treat yourself to a traditional Cambodian massage
- Unravel hidden secrets at the Sambor Prei Kuk Temple at Kampong Thom
Average temperatures hover around 80°F with frequent rain spells across the country. Rainfall is usually intense followed by clouds clearing up to reveal bright, clear skies. The coast experiences heavy rains and is best avoided during this time of the year.
- Learn the nuances of Cambodian cuisine in a master chef-led culinary session
- A history lesson awaits at the War Museum in Tuol Sleng
It is the wettest month of the year. Days are characterized by short and heavy spells of rain that last for a few hours. The countryside turns green and rivers are full making it a very picturesque time of the year to visit the country. Just don’t forget to pack a raincoat!
- Witness a traditional Apsara dance performance in Siem Reap
- Explore Cambodia’s culinary specialties – tarantulas, crickets, grasshoppers and more!
The paddy fields in the Cambodian countryside are a beautiful shade of green, thanks to the rains of the past few months. Average temperatures are in the range of 78°F – 80°F. The beaches and the northeastern regions of Ratanakiri and Mondolkiri are best avoided this time of the year due to heavy rains and bad road conditions.
- Float down the Tonle Sap river and visit its floating villages
- Drive down the Cambodian countryside – lush and green after the rains
Green is the predominant color in Cambodia this time of the year, especially in the hills and countryside. The rains start to leave making October a good month to explore the country without the crowds.
- Hike to the waterfalls of Ratanakiri
- Discover the charms of Battambang
With little to no rain, sunny days and temperatures around 80°F, November is one of the best months to travel to Cambodia. Predictably, it coincides with high tourist season so plan your trip well in advance.
- Witness boat races and get soaking wet at the Bon Om Touk or Water Festival at Phnom Penh
- Marvel at the architecture of the Preah Vihear Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site
It’s probably the busiest time of the year in Cambodia. Days filled with sunshine, low humidity and near-perfect temperatures (average temperature is 77°F) make it the perfect destination to ring in the New Year.
- Swim with elephants at the Elephant Valley Project in Mondulkiri
- Visit the Angkor Night Market
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What to Pack for you Cambodia
Since the weather is consistently warm throughout the country, it is advisable to bring comfortable, lightweight and loose-fitting cotton clothing as well as long-sleeved items for protection from mosquitoes and the sun. During the rainy season, an umbrella and open-toe sandals are recommended. A jacket may be needed in hotels and restaurants using excessive air-conditioning. A hat and high-factor sun block is advisable for protection against the hot sun when sightseeing.
November – March: You could experience short and intermittent downpours so be sure to carry a reliable rain jacket and rain shoes. Temperatures are warm to hot, so light cotton clothes are advisable
April – June: The weather can be hot during peak season, so be sure to carry a good sunscreen (SPF 30+), sunglasses and lightweight clothes. You might want to carry swimwear to relax in your hotel pool during the hottest part of the day.
July – October: It’s the rainy season so carry an umbrella and light rain gear such as a waterproof jacket and footwear that will dry out easily.
While observing modesty in dress, please keep in mind that modest behavior is also appreciated. Public displays of affection, even between spouses, are considered unseemly.
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