Best time to visit Cambodia

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Best time of year to visit Cambodia

The dry season from November to April is undoubtedly more popular among tourists going to Cambodia. However, it's during the wet season that the country is most beautiful. Late October and early November is the best time to visit Cambodia to catch a glimpse of both seasons. In October you can still see the most stunning scenery in Cambodia—lotus flowers blooming around the Angkor Wat temple. The end of the rainy season is also an excellent time to explore the jungle and secluded temples of Angkor, see waterfalls, and take a boat trip down the Mekong River. Make sure you try a local delicacy such as fried spiders! And the best time to visit Cambodian beaches when they are the driest and sunniest is from December to February.

20 THINGS TO DO IN CAMBODIA (SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 08)

Kampong Phluk Floating Village

Kampong Phluk Floating Village

May–October • activity

Enjoy idyllic floating village scenery from a canoe, passing houses on stilts, floating markets and floating temple at Tonle Sap lake, near Siem Reap city

Lotus Blooming

Lotus Blooming

April–October • nature

See tons of lotus flowers in bloom near magnificent Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia

Angkor Jungles and Temples

Angkor Jungles and Temples

May–October • activity

Get lost in the jungles of the Angkor area

Mekong River Boat Trip

Mekong River Boat Trip

July–November • activity

Take a boat trip down the Mekong River and explore numerous Mekong Islands or head to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam

Wash an Elephant

Wash an Elephant

April–October • activity

Wash an elephant in a waterfall, deep in a beautiful jungle. This area is considered as the largest indigenous region in Cambodia; however it may change soon due to the tourism expansion

Beach Season

Beach Season

October–May • activity

Watch deep pink sunsets and swim in crystal clear water on one of the Cambodian beaches

Sunrise and Sunset at Angkor Wat

Sunrise and Sunset at Angkor Wat

April–October  • nature

See absolutely stunning sunrise and sunset in Angkor temple complex

Bamboo Train or Norry

Bamboo Train or Norry

May–October • activity

Ride the rails on a bamboo train

Local Tribes

Local Tribes

May–October • activity

Visit indigenous people in the rural areas

Eat Some Bugs!

Eat Some Bugs!

May–mid-December • food

Are you in the mood for crispy crickets?

Fried Spiders

Fried Spiders

September–November • food

Find out how Cambodian spiders taste like

Swimming in the Moon Cave Pond

Swimming in the Moon Cave Pond

July–October • activity

Grab your torch and pluck up your courage to explore mountain caves with amazing pools of water in Kampot Province

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

October–June • activity

Cambodia has two major snorkeling destinations: never sleeping Sihanoukville and alternatively calm Kep

A Helicopter Flight above Angkor Wat

A Helicopter Flight above Angkor Wat

October–April • activity

See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples within the Angkor Archaeological Park from the air

Kayaking

Kayaking

October–May • activity

Take a relaxing kayak ride in the sea or explore Mekong river

Deep Hole Fishing

Deep Hole Fishing

October–April • activity

Try the easy way to fish: dig a hole, and...there's your catch!

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

October–June • activity

Explore coral reefs at the bottom of the sea in Sihanoukville

Paragliding in Sihanoukville

Paragliding in Sihanoukville

October–April • activity

Reach out for the rainbows paragliding above Sihanoukville—Cambodia’s premier beach location

Gorgeous Bousra Waterfalls

Gorgeous Bousra Waterfalls

July–October • nature

Take a bath in Bousra Waterfalls – one of the major eco-tourism​ attractions in Southeast Asia

Jujube Season

Jujube Season

October–February  • food

Pear-shaped and not too big in size, the fruit resembles a yellowish apple with hard skin

19 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Water Festival or Bon Om Touk

Water Festival or Bon Om Touk

October 30–November 02, 2020 • event

One of the most authentic festivals in Cambodia that attracts several millions people each year and marks a unique natural phenomenon—the reversing flow between the Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River

Pchum Ben or Ancestors' Day

Pchum Ben or Ancestors' Day

September 16–18, 2020 • event

On this holy day, ask any local to bring you to the Pagoda and you will take part in the spiritual Buddhist ritual

Biking Cambodia

Biking Cambodia

December–February • activity

Exploring the country with your bike may be the most adventurous part of your journey

Khmer New Year's Day

Khmer New Year's Day

April 13–April 16 • event

Khmer New Year's Day is the happiest time in Cambodia when people wish each other peace, happiness, and prosperity

Mekong River Dolphin

Mekong River Dolphin

December–May • nature

Watch one of the rarest do​lphin species

Sweet Palm Juice

Sweet Palm Juice

November–March • food

Palm juice is a delicious drink and a source of income for many Cambodians

Royal Ploughing Day

Royal Ploughing Day

May 10, 2020 • event

Take part in the nationwide future forecast on harvest, weather, and epidemics during the Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Sailing in Cambodia

Sailing in Cambodia

December–March • activity

A combination of low prices along with warm tropical climate and beautiful islands makes Cambodia a superb sailing destination

Birdwatching at Prek Toal

Birdwatching at Prek Toal

January–May • activity

The sanctuary offers a great birdwatching experience and much more

Explore Wildlife in the Ream National Park

Explore Wildlife in the Ream National Park

May–July • nature

Peace and tranquility will get under your skin once you find yourself in the Ream National Park

King‘s Birthday Celebration

King‘s Birthday Celebration

May 13–May 15 • event

Celebrate a birthday of the King with thousands of Cambodians attending gigantic celebration along the riverfront of the Royal palace in Phnom Penh

Baok Chambab

Baok Chambab

November 09 | February 22 | April 13 | May 13–May 15 | May 21 • event

Ancient Khmer Cambodian martial art

Rice Harvest Season

Rice Harvest Season

December–February • nature

It may be the best time in a year to see a local lifestyle

Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

December 06, 2020 • event

Enjoy a run inside the largest religious monument in the world—Angkor Wat

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 25, 2020 • event

Watch Lion and Dragon dances on Cambodian streets and get some luck for upcoming year during Chinese New Year’s Day

Durian Season

Durian Season

mid-May–July • food

Try the most controversial tropical fruit and find out whether you are among durian's lovers or haters team

Visak Bochea Day

Visak Bochea Day

May 06, 2020 • event

Imagine yourself among hundreds of Buddhist monks, carrying bowls of lotus flowers in a holy procession around the city. This is how Buddha’s Birthday is celebrated in Cambodia

Mango Season

Mango Season

March–July • food

Cambodian mangoes are among the best in the world

Perfect Swim in Yeak Laom Lake

Perfect Swim in Yeak Laom Lake

April–May • activity

Crystal clear waters of the Yeak Laom Lake are perfect on a hot day

jan
6.9
feb
6.2
mar
5.7
apr
5.6
may
5.5
jun
5.7
jul
5.7
aug
5.6
sep
5.5
oct
5.5
nov
5.8
dec
6.6
Cambodia weather in January
6.9/10 score
Good
28° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
11h 31m
daylight duration
January is one of the mildest and driest months in Cambodia. Due to the temperate climate, this month is considered to be an optimal and popular time to explore the country. Throughout the first month of the year, the south coast, Tatai region, and Cardamom see pleasant temperatures, little or no rain, and clear blue skies. Siem Reap Province and Battambang are usually hot and sunny. Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, and other hilly regions experience slightly cooler temps. Generally, the average temperatures across Cambodia might hover around 26 °C (78.8 °F). Light and breathable clothes is the best option for a trip to Cambodia in January. If you are a temple admirer, don't forget stuff to cover your knees and shoulders. To keep your eyes, head, and skin safe, mind also packing sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and a sunscreen. Sandals or similar comfortable footwear might do you a favor as well.
Cambodia weather in February
6.2/10 score
Good
29° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
11h 45m
daylight duration
The weather in Cambodia is still relatively cool, pleasant, and sunny throughout the first part of February. During this month, the country faces longer days, little rain, and warm sea temperatures. This is the time when northeast regions like Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri are more manageable to explore. Southern Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, along with Cardamom and Tatai region, face sweltering temperatures and the sea ideal for diving. Phnom Penh and northern regions expect the heat, cloudless skies, and dry weather as well. The average temperatures across Cambodia are around 27°C (80 °F). But it gets even hotter by the end of February. Light-weight clothes, a swimming suit, and a hat are deemed to be essentials to throw into your suitcase before a trip to Cambodia in February. Not to mention sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses to take care of your skin and eyes. And don't forget your snorkeling mask!
Cambodia weather in March
5.7/10 score
Acceptable
31° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
12h 03m
daylight duration
March is deemed to be the peak season in Cambodia. This month boasts excellent weather, offering sun, warmth, and a tiny chance of rain. A hallmark of the month is a sweltering and dry climate with air temperatures close to 30°C (86 °F). Regardless of rising temperatures, every corner of Cambodia feels fantastic in March. The beaches on the south coast of the country, such as Sihanoukville and Koh Kong, enjoy the sunshine and warm water perfect for diving. It is a bit cooler in the northeastern regions of Ratanakiri or Mondulkiri. The natural materials of your garments will definitely save you from the heat if you plan to visit Cambodia in March. Along with breathable clothes, be sure you packed a bathing suit, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Your feet might thank you if you bring comfortable sandals for your long promenades.
Cambodia weather in April
5.6/10 score
Acceptable
31° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
12h 22m
daylight duration
Being one of the hottest months of the year in Cambodia, April can be broiling with possible temperatures of 35°C (95 °F) and reaching sizzling heights of around 40°C's (104 °F). The chance of rain throughout a month is close to zero. However, the odd short-lived downpour might happen by the end of the month as the wet season is about to begin. Due to intolerable heat and still air of the noon, it might be hard for sightseeing across Cambodia. That's why the early morning or late afternoon is preferable to explore the country The main advantage of the sweltering heat: no crowds of tourists. So if you are a dare-devil and decided to go to Cambodia, pack a swimming suit, sandals, and the lightest clothes. Prepare your sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and an endless stock of sunscreen. Congratulations! You are ready to hit this challenge!
Cambodia weather in May
5.5/10 score
Acceptable
31° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
12h 39m
daylight duration
May in Cambodia is mostly known for oppressive heat, and there are two main advantages of the gateway to a wet season: dispersing crowds and decrease of humidity by means of showers. Talking of the rain, May can stay relatively dry, with the downpours being a rare happening by the latter of the month. The showers are usually powerful and short-lived. May might be a pleasant month to visit Cambodia as the sun is expected to shine bright, and the beaches on the south coast such as Kep and Sihanoukville are still very much in consideration due to sharp rainfall and warmth. If you Chose May for your vacation to Cambodia, stuff a suitcase with light-weight clothes along with comfortable footwear and a swimming suit. Pack sunscreen and sunglasses just in case, and obviously, don't forget to bring a compact umbrella or a slicker in your own discretion.
Cambodia weather in June
5.7/10 score
Acceptable
30° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
12h 47m
daylight duration
As the wet season is afoot, no surprise that June is famous for its welcoming afternoon rain across Cambodia. And even though the weather remains scorching and humid throughout the day, the sharp and heavy downpours have the power to break the humidity. Although the pleasant rainfall is possible throughout the entire country and might happen for around 20 days throughout a month, the great deal of it drops on the Cardamom mountains and south coast. Also, the rain can make traveling somewhat tricky around northeast regions like Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri. Generally, June is a lovely time to visit Cambodia due to soft sunshine between the rain session. The rain is inevitable in Cambodia in June, so pack accordingly. Bring a slicker or an umbrella first. Add a swimming suit, light-weight clothes, and a sunscreen for warm and sunny periods. Sunglasses and a hat as an icing on the cake, and you are ready for adventures!
Cambodia weather in July
5.7/10 score
Acceptable
29° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
12h 43m
daylight duration
July is the month when the rain runs the show in Cambodia. However, dry and sunny days are not uncommon as well. Little by little, temperatures are dropping to around 27°C (80,6 °F) on average, making pastime in the country quite comfortable with average temps. The downpours in July are usually intensive alternating with the sun. Infrequent thunderstorms are possible as well. If your plan is chilling on the beach under the bright sun, the south coast of Cambodia won't come up to your expectations throughout July. In July, Waterproof poncho is your main must-have if you're traveling to Cambodia. The temperatures are balmy, so pack a swimming suit and light clothes such as t-shirts, shorts, and dresses as well.
Cambodia weather in August
5.6/10 score
Acceptable
29° average
average temperatures
8 mm
precipitation
12h 30m
daylight duration
In July, Cambodia sees the average air temperatures hovering around 26-27°C (78.8–80.6 °F). The rainfall is almost at its peak throughout a month. However, these intense downpours should have no impact on your trips as they last for a few hours only. Wet conditions make countryside to look greener and more welcoming. While the weather is more mixed across Cambodia, the south coast experiences the heaviest rainfall. In the northeast, the regions such as Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri might be challenging to reach. In the course of August, sightseeing in Cambodia might be even twice adorable with a light raincoat or waterproof poncho on. Mind packing light garments along with comfortable sandals to skirt around days on end.
Cambodia weather in September
5.5/10 score
Acceptable
29° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
12h 11m
daylight duration
September In Cambodia is mild and wet with and average temperatures of around 26°C (78.8 °F) and frequent rainfall. The downpours are usually sharp and short-lived throughout a month. However, all-day showers can also take place sometimes along with possible thunderstorms. August is lovely to travel to Cambodia if you prefer calm repose and ready to cope with wet weather conditions. The landscapes around the country are lush and green and urge you to come and explore them. On the south coast, rainfall can be more substantial and prolonged, with more rural roads being impassable due to the constant rain throughout the past few months. Still, there is always a chance for bright summer days too. As September is one of the dampest months in Cambodia, raingear will be one of the main essentials promising you comfortable sightseeing. Sandals and a swimming suit might come in handy as well.
Cambodia weather in October
5.5/10 score
Acceptable
29° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
11h 52m
daylight duration
Although rainfall gradually dies down in October, a few rainy days are still possible in Cambodia throughout a month. Days are generally warm and pleasant, with average temperatures of around 27°C (80.6–78.8 °F). The closer Cambodia moves to the dry season, the closer the country gets to its most idyllic weather conditions. The sights of Ratanakiri & Mondulkiri in the northeast are fantastic in October with all its green landscapes and waterfall in full flow. With the first dry morning, life in Phnom Penh and Battambang gets back to normal again. The downpours become less frequent along the south coast. When it comes to preparing for an October trip to Cambodia, just throw your favorite light clothes to your suitcase along with sandals and rain poncho, and it's done!
Cambodia weather in November
5.8/10 score
Acceptable
29° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
11h 36m
daylight duration
Partial absence of rain and temperate climate make November a gateway to a stunning dry season in Cambodia. An occasional short-lived morning downpour at the beginning of the month is the maximum of "bad" weather you might witness. The level of humidity is low, and plenty of sunshine is here for you. In November, Phnom Penh sees the more constant sun with the beaches of the entire south coast getting back into life with warm days and pleasant sea. Average temperatures range 25 °C (77 °F) and create the most comfortable conditions to explore Cambodia. Usually, light-weighted apparel is the best choice if you decided to spend your vacation in Cambodia in November. You'd better prepare comfortable footwear, sunglasses and a hat as well. Sunscreen and swimming suit is a must.
Cambodia weather in December
6.6/10 score
Good
28° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
11h 27m
daylight duration
Dry and sunny December is considered to be one of the most pleasant months to visit Cambodia. Little or no rain, low humidity, and moderate temperatures throughout the month make the country even more appealing. The water level of Tonle Sap & Mekong River stays relatively high to visit floating villages. The southern beaches of Cambodia and nearby islands are ready to have you as diving and swimming are close to unreal throughout this time of the year. As Cambodia in December is a heavenly place to be, no layers needed. All you need to bring are light garments, a swimming suit, and footwear. Bring also sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and a pair of sunglasses to protect your skin, head, and eyes from the bright sun.