Cambodia

When to go to Cambodia

The best time to go to Cambodia is from October to March when it is warm and dry. By April it is starting to get very hot and humid. Once the monsoon arrives some time in May the temperature cools off slightly and June to September can be a good time to visit. This is the ‘green season’ when the vegetation is lush and beautiful and the crowds are relatively thin. It will rain most days but typically there will be a heavy downpour followed by plenty of sunshine.

January

January is one of the best and most popular months to visit Cambodia. You can expect blue skies, little or no rain and generally excellent conditions with temperatures around 26°C. The beaches on the south coast will be sunny.

February

Ideal travelling conditions, with excellent weather and temperatures averaging 27°C with no rainfall expected. Beaches will be sunny and the hottest months are around the corner, so it will get warmer as the month goes on.

March

Temperatures are rising throughout March, on average 30°C +. These increase further towards the end of the month, making it hotter work to visit the Angkor Temples. A break in the middle of the day to rest at your hotel is a good idea. The weather is expected to be sunny and the beaches will be pleasant with very little chance of rain.

April

Lots of sunshine and blue skies but it will be very hot and increasingly humid as the month goes on. Temperatures will peak and you can expect 33°C +, especially towards the end of the month. If you visit at this time keep walks short and plan on plenty of rests in the shade with a drink. There may be the odd shower around the end of the month as the rainy season approaches. You may see some hazy smoke in the air in rural areas as farmers clear the land at this time of year by burning any wood not required (slash and burn farming).

May

May remains very hot and visitor numbers start to decline as the rainy season approaches. Average temperatures are around 29°C however the start of the rains in the latter part of the month helps to break up the humidity. Showers will normally be short lived but heavy, so come prepared! The beaches on the south coast will still be open, as showers are quick downpours and the sky will then clear again. You may see some hazy smoke in the air in rural areas as farmers clear the land at this time of year by burning any wood not required (slash and burn farming).

June

Rain expected throughout the country, normally short heavy downpours. Temperatures on average around 28°C however less humid because of the rain. Coastal areas will now also be wet, so it is not an ideal time to visit the beach. If you visit at this time, you’ll benefit from thinner visitor numbers and fewer crowds and the main sites.

July

Rainfall can be heavier and more prolonged, increasing as July goes on, but temperatures are more comfortable at around 27°C on average. Although you should be prepared for the rain there will be dry days too and lots of families visit during this time. Angkor Wat looks stunning!

August

Although there is comparatively high rainfall, with the monsoon almost at its peak, you do not normally get all-day downpours; normally you’d expect rain for just a few hours and then the skies will clear. The upside is fewer visitors and thinner crowds. Temperatures 29°C on average.

September

Rainfall is still high and road travel may be difficult due to floods. You do not normally get all-day downpours; normally you’d expect rain for just a few hours and then the skies will clear. Again there are fewer visitors and thinner crowds. Temperatures average 26°C. Late September can sometimes produce some excellent weather.

October

Rainfall is starting to decrease and the scenery will be looking very green and lush. The average temperature is around 27°C and low tourist numbers means that, especially the end of the month, this can be a good time to visit.

November

Cambodia is now entering the dry season so there is little rain (perhaps the odd short shower) and excellent weather. Average temperatures are 25°C, meaning that this is a great time for families. Good weather and calmer seas mean this is also time to revisit the beaches on the south coast.

December

Peak season for visiting Cambodia. Again, more comfortable temperatures around 26°C on average mean December is ideal for smaller children who are less used to the sun. Plenty of sunshine, little or no rainfall expected, blue skies… a beautiful time to be at the beach or at the Angkor Temples.

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