Best Time to Visit Cambodia

 

Traveling to Cambodia is a dream for many tourists. But when is the best time to travel to Cambodia? Best time to travel to Cambodia depends on the climate and the numbers of tourists. Most travelers visit Cambodia from November of each year to the January of the following year. But if you want to avoid the crowd and travel to Cambodia at a lower price, the best time is from May to October.

 

Weather of Cambodia

Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate with an average annual temperature of 29°C-30°C, so it is summer all year round. You can travel to Cambodia all around the year. It is mainly divided to 2 distinct seasons, namely the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season is from November to April. The rainy season is from May to October. In dry season, the temperature is high and the precipitation is low, the average temperature is over 30°C. The temperature reaches the highest 40°C in April. December to January is a bit cold season, the temperature is around 26°C, which is very pleasant.

4 seasons weather and temperature in Cambodia (reference)

Average annual temperature Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Average daily maximum temperature (℃) 32 33 35 36 35 34 33 32 32 31 31 31
Average daily minimum temperature (℃) 21 22 25 25 25 25 25 25 24 24 23 21
Average precipitation (mm) 14 8 43 81 144 199 217 162 263 284 109 45

 

Best time to visit Cambodia (Travel to Cambodia in dry season)

Angkor Wat Cambodia

The best time to visit Cambodia should be the dry season in Cambodia. From November of each year to January of the second year is the best time to visit Cambodia. The dry season in Cambodia lasts from November to April.

Why is November-January the best time to travel to Cambodia?

Because the humidity in Cambodia is not so large at this time, the humidity of the air will make many tourists feel uncomfortable.  The rainy season in Cambodia is over in October, so if you travel to Cambodia every November, you will find green everywhere. At that time, it is a good choice if you go to Tonlé Sap Lake. Because in this time, the lake is very rich of water whose level is ideal. You will definitely appreciate the more clearer water of the lake during this time. Based on the experience of tourists who have traveled to Cambodia in the past, November is the best month to travel to Cambodia.

 

Time not recommended to go to Cambodia ( rainy season)

Tonle Sap Lake Cambodia

When is the time not recommended to travel to Cambodia? Every year from March to October, especially from March to May, when Cambodia is in the rainy season, the temperature is very high and the climate is very hot, is the most humid time in Cambodia. The rainy season from May to October may make land travel impossible because some areas are inundated.

It is important to note that Cambodia's temperature reaches its highest level in April. Therefore, if you want to travel comfortably, try not to travel to Cambodia at this time. It is recommended not to travel to Cambodia in April.

 

Best time to visit 3 main tourist cities of Cambodia

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is warm all year round, with tropical rain from May to October, with average temperatures ranging from 71°F (22°C) to 93°F (34°C). November to April is a hotter, drier day. The average temperature ranges from 77°F (25°C) to 90°F (30°C). The best time to visit Phnom Penh is from November to February, when temperatures and rainfall are lowest.

In the city of Siem Reap, the lowest temperature in the green season from May to October is about 75°F (24°C). The maximum temperature starts to decrease from May and stays at 90°F (32°C). May to October is the best time to watch the moat around the Angkor temple, the dramatic sky and the verdant rice fields.

If you want to travel to Battambang, you should avoid September and October in the rainy season. Battambang has the similar wet and dry seasons as nearby Siem Reap. November to March is the recommended time to visit Battambang.

 

Climate Guide of major cities of Cambodia (reference)

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Phnom Penh 31℃
7mm
32℃
8mm
34℃
32mm
35℃
71mm
34℃
150mm
33℃
151mm
32℃
156mm
32℃
158mm
31℃
226mm
31℃
261mm
30℃
122mm
30℃
32mm
Siem Reap 30℃
0mm
33℃
8mm
34℃
20mm
35℃
52mm
34℃
135mm
32℃
164mm
32℃
180mm
32℃
210mm
31℃
248mm
30℃
210mm
30℃
76mm
30℃
11mm

 

Dressing guide for dry season or rainy season in Cambodia

Cambodia has a tropical climate. Due to strong light, it is recommended to apply a lot of sunscreen, sunglasses and sun visor to avoid sunburn. Travel to Cambodia in the rainy season, don't forget to bring an umbrella. If you need to get up early to experience the beauty of Angkor's sunrise, you also need to bring a thin long coat, because the temperature is relatively low in the early morning, and the thin shirt can just keep warm.

 

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