Best Time to Visit Phnom Penh


When is the best time to visit Phnom Penh? Best time to visit Phnom Penh is from November to January, when the temperature is relatively low, and the rain is not much, the climate is dry and pleasant. The Royal Palace, the National Museum of Cambodia, the Killing Fields of Cahoeung EK and the Independence Monument are famous tourist attractions in Phnom Penh.


Where is Phnom Penh? (Phnom Penh map)

Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the largest city in Cambodia, is located in the south of Cambodia and is the political, economic, industrial, cultural and tourist center of Cambodia. Before the 1960s, Phnom Penh was called "Asian Pearl" and "Oriental Paris" by Western countries. Phnom Penh has a tropical monsoon climate with an average annual temperature of 24 °C. Phnom Penh attracts visitors from all over the world with its beautiful architecture and attractions, among which French colonial architecture is very distinctive. In Phnom Penh, you can enjoy the French architecture, the magnificent palace and the wide river.


Weather of Phnom Penh

The weather in Phnom Penh is tropical and is very hot and humid due to the high pressure of the Gulf of Thailand (Siam Gulf) and the Indian Ocean. The climate is divided into two seasons. From March to October, it is the “rainy season”. The temperature and humidity are high. In extreme hot weather, the temperature can occasionally rise to 38°C-39°C. From November to April, it is a "dry season", and the lowest temperature is about 22°C, but it is hot and not cold during the day. The average annual temperature in Phnom Penh is between 28°C-34°C. The best tourist season is from November to January, the temperature is relatively comfortable, and the rain is not much, dry and pleasant.


Travel to Phnom Penh in Spring(March to May)

The combination of humidity and temperature makes this season feel very warm. The high temperature are between 95.5 °F (35.3 °C) and 92.9 °F (33.8 °C), and the monthly temperatures are similar in the later months. Rain is rare at this time, with a large amount of precipitation every month for 0 to 2 days. Spring is the second busiest season in the tourism industry of Phnom Penh.

At this time, you can visit Wat Phnom, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.


Travel to Phnom Penh in Summer(June to August)

The climate in summer is very comfortable and the temperature is very high. The precipitation is moderate during these months, with monthly precipitation of 2 to 6 days. From June to August, is a fairly slow season for tourism in downtown Phnom Penh, so accommodation costs in these days may be slightly reduced.


Travel to Phnom Penh in Autumn(September to November)

From September to November , the daily high temperature are between 90.5°F (32.5°C) and 88°F (31.1°C), which will feel very good considering humidity and wind. The amount of rain is large: 4 to 8 days a month. Due to the weather, the tourism industry is the slowest in these months, so the hotel price is reasonable.


Travel to Phnom Penh in Winter(December to February)

At this time of the year, the weather in Phnom Penh is warm, which is perfect for travelers. The high temperatures for this season are between 92.9 °F (33.8 °C) and 86.5 °F (30.3 °C). On average, the amount of rain is very small: 0 to 1 day per month. This time is the busiest season of travel.

At this time, you can visit The Royal Palace, the National Museum of Cambodia, the Killing Fields of Cahoeung EK and the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh.


The busiest tourist month in Phnom Penh is January. In the past few months, hotels and flights are the most expensive, but if you buy in advance, you can save some money. Few tourists visit Phnom Penh city in August. Those who are willing to visit at these times may find it to be the cheapest month.


What to pack to Phnom Penh?

Phnom Penh has a tropical climate and can be worn in summer. Due to strong light, it is recommended to apply a lot of sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun visor to avoid sunburn. Travel during the rainy season, and don't forget to bring an umbrella or a disposable raincoat.


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