January is a great time to visit Cambodia as you’ll have clear blue skies, little or no rain and temperatures of around 26 °C. This is one of the most popular months to travel to Cambodia and the pleasant temperatures make it easier to explore sites such as the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex.
It’s a perfect month to visit the stunning south coast beaches such as Sihanoukville or Kep, as the chance of rain is extremely unlikely. Dry conditions and warm sea temperatures in January are ideal for diving and snorkelling, and you’ll find an abundance of marine life in the tropical waters around the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem at this time of year.
You can expect excellent weather throughout Cambodia in February. With very little rain and average temperatures around 27°C it’s a perfect time to explore the temples at Angkor Wat.
Sihanoukville, Kep and Koh Rong have plenty of sunshine with little chance of rain, and February continues to offer excellent conditions for diving and snorkelling, with warm sea temperatures and good visibility.
March is the peak time to visit Cambodia and if you’re planning to travel during this month we encourage you to book in advance to ensure that you get availability at your preferred hotels.
The temperatures are likely to rise to 30°C and humidity can be very high. Exploring the Angkor Wat temple complex in the heat and humidity can be hard work, therefore we recommend early starts and long lunch breaks back at your hotel in the middle of the day.
April is one of the hottest months of the year in Cambodia, with average temperatures of 35°C. The chances of rain are still relatively low, although you should expect the occasional downpour towards the end of the month as the rainy season approaches.
Exploring the Angkor temples can be tough in these hot temperatures, so we suggest that you visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon rather than embarking on a full day excursion. The heat does have its advantages though as there are usually fewer people visiting the main temple sites.
The hot and sunny weather makes April an ideal time of year to visit the south coast beaches of Sihanoukville, Kep or the smaller islands of Koh Rong and Kong Rong Samloem.
Chaul Chnam (Cambodian New Year) is celebrated from 14th-16th April and it’s the most important festival in Cambodia. This is a really fun time to be in Cambodia as people take to the streets to celebrate the end of the dry season and the start of the rains. Even though the rain hasn’t started you should expect to get wet when you’re out and about as everyone has a water gun or bucket of water and no-one can escape getting soaked. Please bear in mind that many markets and some tourist sites will be closed for the holiday.
Early May is usually dry, however the wet season starts later in the month. The short, heavy showers won’t necessarily affect your trip; in fact, they help to break up the humidity which makes for more comfortable conditions for sightseeing.
If you can avoid the rain as best as possible May can be a great month to visit Cambodia, and there’s the added bonus that you’ll find the Angkor temples much less crowded.
June is the wet season in Cambodia and rain occurs throughout the country, however it is still considered a good month to visit and you can expect plenty of sunshine between the showers. Temperatures are around 28°C and humidity can be very high, but thankfully the short, heavy showers help break the humidity and make life a little more bearable.
Cambodia's south coast experiences the heaviest downpours so it’s not a good time to visit the beaches. Wayfairer Tip: The beaches of central Vietnam (Hoi An and Nha Trang) are perfect in June and can be easily added onto a Cambodia tailor-made holiday.
Angkor Wat is stunning in the wet season as the lakes and moats are filled with water, and as visitor numbers are far lower than other months you’ll find that the temples are much quieter at this time of year.
The rain continues throughout July, but if you can avoid the short, heavy showers you’ll find that there’s still plenty of sunshine between the downpours. There can be dramatic thunderstorms in Cambodia during July and a thunderstorm whilst exploring the Angkor temples can be a magical experience.
If you visit Cambodia in August you’ll experience intense downpours almost every day. When it rains it’s usually for just a few hours rather than all-day downpours so you should try to plan your sightseeing trips around the rain.
The rain means that the countryside is more lush and green, and water levels on the Tonle Spa Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, are high which makes it possible to visit the flooded forests and floating villages by boat.
September is wet and warm with high levels of rainfall and average temperatures of 26°C. The rain means that the moats and pools surrounding Angkor Wat are full which makes for iconic photo opportunities of temple reflections. If you’re visiting Cambodia at this time of year you’ll find that there are much fewer tourists at the Angkor Wat temple complex, and at some of the lesser-known temples you may even have the entire place to yourself.
September is a great time of year to visit the flooded forests and floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake, as it swells to more than 5 times its size during wet season.
Although you should expect a few rainy days in October, you’ll find that rainfall decreases as the month progresses. Days tend to be warm, with average temperatures in the region of 27°C.
Following months of rain, October is a great time to visit Tonle Sap Lake, and if you get off the beaten track and explore the remote northeast regions of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri you’ll be rewarded with sights of full flowing waterfalls.
Rain is still a possibility on the south coast, in Sihanoukville and Kep, although the showers will become less frequent and long periods of sunshine can be expected as you head towards November and the start of the dry season.
Although November is the start of the dry season you may experience the occasional short shower early in the month. Comfortable temperatures of around 25 °C, low humidity and plenty of sunshine makes this a popular month to visit Cambodia and the temperate climate makes exploring the Angkor temples more manageable, although we recommend that you find some shade during the hottest part of the day.
It is also a perfect time to visit the beaches of Sihanoukville and Kep and you can expect warm, sunny days and calm seas.
Bon Om Touk - the Cambodian Water Festival - is celebrated in Phnom Penh in November and marks a reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River. It is one of Cambodia’s most important festivals and an estimated 250,000 people join in the festivities, which include longboat races, music, dancing, fireworks and a great deal of eating and drinking.
With its dry, sunny weather, low humidity and relatively cool temperatures, December is one of the most popular months to travel to Cambodia.
The comfortable temperatures and minimal chance of rainfall make temple sightseeing more manageable, and Tonle Sap water levels are still fairly high, so visits to the floating villages by boat are still possible at this time.
The south coast beaches are ideal during December and the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem have excellent diving conditions at this time of year.