Best Time To Visit Cambodia

The best time to visit Cambodia is from November to April when the dry weather is perfect for exploring the majestic temple complexes and the blooming countryside. In the first half of the dry season, temperatures are cooler, offering the optimal conditions for traveling. 

The weather is warm and balmy from March to May, and the cultural sites are bustling with life. It is a good time for trips to Cambodia if you wish to avoid the rainy season altogether and enjoy a lively atmosphere as you travel across temples and villages. 

In the monsoon season from May to October, the rivers and lakes are glorious with high water levels, the countryside is in full bloom, and the temples are quiet. You can take advantage of the sunshine between brief rain showers and enjoy the attractions with fewer crowds at this time of year. 

Monthly Travel Guide For Cambodia

Travelling in Cambodia in January and February

January and February fall into the dry and cool season of Cambodia. They have the perfect weather for trekking in the countryside and exploring the ageless temples. January has the lowest temperatures with an average of high 20s. The humidity is also low compared to other months, which makes sightseeing easier. 

Occasional rains are common in late February, but the weather is still ideal for traveling. The balmy atmosphere and the radiant landscape make this season the best time to visit Cambodia.

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Angkor Wat

Travelling in Cambodia in March and April

It is the peak season in Cambodia. Temperatures rise to high 20°Cs, and water levels hit their lowest in these months. March is one of the best times for tours in the hillside villages and riding among the rice fields in the countryside. You can also explore Cambodia’s temple complexes in the comfort of dry weather. 

April has the highest temperatures of the year, soaring up to 40°C in the central regions. In mid-April, locals in the major cities like Phnom Penh return to the countryside to celebrate the Khmer New Year. Some restaurants and shops may be closed, but the quiet cities offer a pleasant time for visitors.

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Prey Veng

Travelling in Cambodia in May

Rain showers begin, but they are not frequent, so Cambodia tours are easy and comfortable. Due to the rains, humidity is less dense, making hiking to temples easy. In late May, temperatures in Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh may rise above 30 in the afternoon. Mornings are cooler and less humid. 

May marks the beginning of the shoulder season in Cambodia, offering the perfect combination of dispersed crowds and fresh weather. It is the best time to visit Cambodia to enjoy leisurely activites.

 

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Silver Pagoda

Travelling in Cambodia between June and August

The green season of Cambodia begins as rain showers in the afternoon become more frequent and intense. Still, there is plenty of sunshine to enjoy activities in the cultural attractions. The countryside of Cambodia flourishes with the monsoon season, creating breathtaking views.  

Summer is a quiet time in the temple complexes and villages of Cambodia. In June, the lesser-known temples in the countryside are quiet, and the local life is vibrant as the rains bring relief to the villagers. 

August receives the highest amount of rain, and the temperatures cool off slightly. The grounds in the countryside become muddy, making hiking more challenging, but it is worth witnessing the best views of the lush forests and plantations.

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South Gate

Travelling in Cambodia in September and October

September is the wettest month in Cambodia. Trips in the countryside may become harder, but it is one of the best times to experience the blooming nature and the authentic life in the rural landscape. As the rain showers are short-lived, they don’t disrupt travel plans. 

October is a better choice for trips in the countryside as the rains slowly come to an end. Since it is still the low season, you will find quiet time in the major attractions like Wat Phnom.

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Bayon Temple

Travelling in Cambodia in November and December

The peak season begins in Cambodia, with temperatures dropping to comfortable levels of mid-20°Cs and the end of the rainy season. Temples and cities are filled with tourists in November. In Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, crowds celebrate the end of the monsoon season with the Cambodian Water Festival, a cultural spectacle for travelers. 

December offers the best time to visit Cambodia since the weather is ideal for sightseeing. Lakes and rivers are perfect for visiting due to high water levels, and Around Christmas, the marketplaces in the tribal villages host colorful celebrations. 

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Temple Carvings in Angkor Wat

Cambodia Climate & Weather Guide

RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hanoi 19°C 20°C 23°C 27°C 32°C 33°C 33°C 32°C 31°C 28°C 25°C 21°C
Hoi An 24°C 25°C 28°C 30°C 32°C 32°C 33°C 33°C 31°C 29°C 27°C 25°C
Ho Chi Minh City 31°C 32°C 33°C 33°C 33°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 30°C 30°C 30°C
Phnom Penh 26°C 27°C 28°C 29°C 28°C 28°C 28°C 28°C 27°C 27°C 26°C 25°C
Battambang 25°C 27°C 28°C 29°C 28°C 28°C 27°C 27°C 27°C 26°C 26°C 25°C
Siem Reap 25°C 26°C 28°C 29°C 28°C 28°C 27°C 27°C 26°C 26°C 25°C 24°C
Bangkok 31°C 32°C 33°C 34°C 33°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 30°C
RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hanoi 66°F 66°F 73°F 79°F 88°F 90°F 90°F 90°F 88°F 82°F 75°F 70°F
Hoi An 77°F 78°F 82°F 87°F 93°F 95°F 93°F 93°F 89°F 86°F 84°F 77°F
Ho Chi Minh City 88°F 90°F 92°F 93°F 92°F 89°F 89°F 88°F 88°F 87°F 87°F 87°F
Phnom Penh 79°F 81°F 83°F 85°F 84°F 83°F 83°F 83°F 82°F 81°F 80°F 78°F
Battambang 77°F 81°F 84°F 86°F 84°F 83°F 82°F 82°F 81°F 80°F 79°F 77°F
Siem Reap 77°F 80°F 83°F 85°F 84°F 83°F 82°F 82°F 81°F 80°F 79°F 76°F
Bangkok 89°F 90°F 92°F 94°F 92°F 91°F 90°F 90°F 89°F 89°F 88°F 87°F
22 mm22 mm
RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hanoi 22 mm 28 mm 42 mm 97 mm 181 mm 242 mm 258 mm 297 mm 225 mm 125 mm 57 mm 19 mm
Hoi An 90 mm 33 mm 31 mm 35 mm 59 mm 101 mm 94 mm 108 mm 297 mm 517 mm 360 mm 201 mm
Ho Chi Minh City 16 mm 8 mm 22 mm 61 mm 184 mm 267 mm 262 mm 253 mm 272 mm 255 mm 157 mm 67 mm
Phnom Penh 6 mm 10 mm 30 mm 70 mm 140 mm 140 mm 150 mm 150 mm 220 mm 250 mm 130 mm 40 mm
Battambang 6 mm 10 mm 40 mm 80 mm 150 mm 140 mm 150 mm 150 mm 250 mm 220 mm 80 mm 20 mm
Siem Reap 5 mm 10 mm 20 mm 60 mm 140 mm 170 mm 200 mm 200 mm 260 mm 230 mm 80 mm 10 mm
Bangkok 33 mm 24 mm 60 mm 106 mm 207 mm 202 mm 208 mm 226 mm 342 mm 464 mm 151 mm 24 mm
22 mm22 mm
RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hanoi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hoi An 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ho Chi Minh City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Phnom Penh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Battambang 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Siem Reap 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bangkok 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 mm22 mm
RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hanoi 7 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 5 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h
Hoi An 9 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h 10 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 7 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h
Ho Chi Minh City 9 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 6 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h
Phnom Penh 9 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h 9 km/h 6 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h
Battambang 5 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 6 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 6 km/h 5 km/h
Siem Reap 6 km/h 5 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 5 km/h 6 km/h 7 km/h 6 km/h
Bangkok 9 km/h 12 km/h 14 km/h 13 km/h 12 km/h 12 km/h 12 km/h 12 km/h 10 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h

When to visit Cambodia

Visit Cambodia from November to May


November to May is the best time to visit Cambodia, especially Angkor Wat, the heart and soul of the country. The dry weather and sunny days are perfect for exploring the iconic site and a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the Cambodian countryside. As it is the busiest time, the temples can be crowded, but you can always beat the crowds by visiting in the early morning. It is also a wonderful time to get to know the local culture in the silk centers of Siem Reap and the shops where the best products of Khmer pottery are made. 

The cooler months of January and February offer a pleasant time in Phnom Phen, which hosts fewer visitors than Siem Reap. Walking tours in the city’s bustling streets and among the most famous palaces and temples of Cambodia is one of the highlight activities of this season.

As humidity is at its lowest, you will witness some of the most spectacular views as you ride in the countryside and tour the tribe villages in between popular attractions. Cambodia’s dry season is an excellent time for enjoying the highlights of the country. However, if you wish for a quiet time and rich flora, the rainy summer months have sunny days for Cambodia tours.

 


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