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When is the Best Time to Visit Cambodia?

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The best time to visit Cambodia is from November to March, when it is cool, windy, and low in rainfall, making it ideal for outdoor activities.

Generally speaking, any time of year is a good time to visit Cambodia. Each season has its advantages, so the best month to visit Cambodia depends on which part of the country you would travel to. If you are looking forward to enjoying a green kingdom, late May to early September is the best time of year to visit Cambodia.

Cambodia Weather

Located at low latitudes, Cambodia features a tropical climate with hot and humid weather throughout the year. The temperature in Cambodia hovers around 34°C (90°F) for most of the year, dropping slightly at night. April is the hottest month in Cambodia when temperatures could rise to 40 °C (104°F), making it torture for tourists to take part in outdoor activities.

Officially, Cambodia has two major seasons – dry and wet. The dry season lasts from November to April, when the weather is arid and sunny. In particular, February is the driest month in Cambodia, with a rainfall of only 11.5mm. While, when is the rainy season in Cambodia? From May to November, when the wind shifts into the southwest monsoon, humidity increases and rain comes, which greatly helps local farmers irrigate their fields.

 Does Cambodia get typhoons? Occasionally, Cambodia can be hit by typhoons from the western Pacific. However, this is very rare. Typhoons pass over Cambodia from mid-October to mid-November, and their impact usually diminishes as they have already released most of their energy over southern Vietnam. However, they can still bring heavy rain.

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Best Time to Visit Different Regions of Cambodia

1. Best Time to Visit Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is arguably Cambodia’s most well-known tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors each year to admire its magnificence. The months from December to March are the best time to visit Angkor Wat, during which the weather is cool, clear, and dry. Visitors can capture the most beautiful sunrise views of Angkor Wat.

But it’s also the busiest time of the year. A large number of tourists flock to the Angkor Wat scenic area, which will make it impossible for you to take photos of temples without crowds.

You are recommended to visit Angkor Wat at the beginning or end of the rainy season, May-June & October-November. You might get caught in a shower, but there are far fewer people here and the whole early morning is full of sunshine.

cai rang floarting market

2. Best Time to Visit Siem Reap

December to January is the best time to visit Siem Reap, with bright and dry days and temperatures around 28°C (82°F). This period is also the peak of tourism when countless tourists plan bike journeys or temple visits. So be prepared to make your way through the crowds.

June to November is also a good time to visit Siem Reap and capture the verdant tropical landscape. You may get a lot of rain, but it’s usually short showers.

3. Best Time to Visit Vietnam and Cambodia

Southeast Asia is full of charming tropical customs, and the scenery varies from country to country. Vietnam, Cambodia’s eastern neighbor, is quite an attractive tourist destination. If you jump to Vietnam after visiting Cambodia, you will find that the weather in central and lower Vietnam is quite similar to that of Cambodia, with hot weather and high humidity all year round.

The cool & dry months from November to March are the best time to visit Vietnam and Cambodia. You’d better avoid visiting in August and September when the monsoon rains are heaviest, which can cause a lot of flooding in Vietnam.

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Cambodia Weather by Month - Visit Cambodia in Different Months

✔ Cambodia in January – Dry Season

January is one of the most popular tourist months in Cambodia. The weather in Cambodia for the whole of January could be perfect, with moderate temperatures, clear skies, and almost no rain. The temperature ranges between 72°F and 88°F, perfect for outdoor activities.

You are advised to explore the Temples of Angkor Wat or relax on the fascinating beaches of southern Cambodia.

✔ Cambodia in February – Dry Season

February is considered the driest month in Cambodia with only 0.15mm of precipitation. It is quite cool to visit Cambodia at this time, with an average temperature of about 83°F. The pleasant climate provides great convenience for tourists to travel.

Exploring the mysterious temples of Angkor Wat is definitely a top thing to do in Cambodia in February. You will be able to take stunning photographs of sunrises and sunsets. In addition, the entire south coast including Kep, Koh Rong Island, and Sihanoukville are also ideal destinations to visit in Cambodia in February.

✔ Cambodia in March – Dry Season

Cambodia temperatures begin to rise gradually in March, reaching as high as 93°F. Sunny midday is not the time to go out and explore, so you are advised to rest in your hotel. However, morning and evening are still suitable for sightseeing.

March is a great month for water activities, with plenty of sunshine and very little rain. You can indulge in scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing during the daytime, and do not forget to appreciate the bioluminescent plankton along the beach by nighttime.

✔ Cambodia in April – Dry Season

April is the hottest month in Cambodia, with temperatures soaring to 104°F. So you’d better go out in the early morning and late afternoon. Despite the impending rainy season, the likelihood of rain in April remains low. You may encounter scattered showers at the end of the month.

Khmer New Year, the most important festival in Cambodia, falls between April 13 and 16, when you can expect to see locals throwing musical water gun parties in any of the country’s most famous cities, especially Siem Reap. Pub Street will be the heart of your party.

✔ Cambodia in May – Rainy Season

 May marks the onset of Cambodia’s rainy season when tourists start to thin out. But the weather has remained relatively dry for the first part of the month, creating good conditions for travel.

Angkor Wat is a good place to visit at this time of year, with few tourists and plenty of sunshine in the early morning. You will get the perfect temple photos.

✔ Cambodia in June – Rainy Season

Rains officially arrived in June, helping Cambodian farmers irrigate their fields. Everything comes alive in June, creating a green country for visitors. Temperatures are still high in June (88°F on average), but brief periods of heavy rain will temporarily dissipate the heat, making travel more comfortable.

You don’t have many activities to experience during the day, but you can watch the night become colorful. Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, known as the “Pearl of Asia”, is a good destination to experience Cambodia’s nightlife. Take a walk along the riverside promenade and plunge into the bustling bars and first-rate cafés.

cai rang floarting market

✔ Cambodia in July – Rainy Season

In July, rainfall continues across the country of Cambodia, and the temperature begins to drop, with an average temperature of 84°F. After a strong shower, the bright sunshine breaks through the cloudy sky.

Constant rainfall makes July one of the best months to visit the floating villages and flooded forests of Tonle Sap Lake by boat.

 

✔ Cambodia in August – Rainy Season

Temperatures in Cambodia drop further in August, with a low of 77°F. Rainfall has almost peaked this month at around 10.2mm.

At this time, the countryside is more lush, full of viridity. Thanks to the high water level of Tonle Sap lake, tourists can take a boat to visit the submerged forests. It’s also the best time to visit Vietnam and Cambodia by boat along the Mekong River.

 

✔ Cambodia in September – Rainy Season

September is the wettest month in Cambodia with almost daily rainfall, which means some rural areas are difficult to reach by road. As of September, animals and plants are prosperous all over Cambodia. Go and explore some lush green rice fields in the countryside.

In September, the pools in front of the Angkor temples are flooded with rainwater, providing the perfect opportunity to photograph the reflections of the temples in the water.

 

✔ Cambodia in October – Rainy Season

 Rainfall is expected to start decreasing in October, along with temperatures, with a low of 73°F in the evening. October is a great time to explore the natural beauty of Cambodia. Head to the Mondulkiri region for views of rushing waterfalls and luxuriantly green landscapes.

In October, there is an important 15-day Buddhist festival – Pchum Ben. You will see Cambodian people dedicating food and offerings to the dead in numerous pagodas.

 

✔ Cambodia in November – Rainy Season

November is one of the best months to visit Cambodia with little rainfall, plenty of sunshine, and warm temperatures. Once again, the northern cities of Cambodia will receive a large number of tourists. The return of the sun will bring Sihanoukville and the beaches of the entire south coast back to life.

Bon Om Touk is Cambodia’s Songkran festival, one of the country’s most popular festivals, with three days of rowing competitions and concerts in Phnom Penh.

 

✔ Cambodia in December – Dry Season

December is the peak tourist season in Cambodia, boasting sunny, dry, and refreshing weather across the country. The average monthly temperature remains around 81°F, quite comfortable for outdoor adventures.

Going on an adventure by mountain bike must be a great experience. A bike tour of Angkor Wat can give you an exceptional insight into Cambodia’s culture, history, and landscape. Koh Rong Island offers excellent diving conditions for tourists in December.

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