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In general, Cambodia stays warm throughout the year.
The rainy season is from mid-May to early November and you can typically expect short bursts of very heavy rain during the afternoon or longer downpours overnight rather than endless rain every day. The rain offers welcome relief from the humidity and high temperatures at this time of year and during the day there’s usually plenty of sunshine in between the showers. The wet season is the best time to visit Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.
Cambodia’s dry season is from mid-November to early May. During these months you can expect cloudless skies, very little rain, pleasant temperatures and lower humidity, making it a great time of year for sightseeing at Angkor Wat or relaxing on the south coast’s beaches and islands.
The dry season is the most popular time to go to Cambodia, however the rainy season isn’t necessarily as bad as you may expect, and has the bonus of fewer tourists. Depending on what you want to do during your time in Cambodia, tourist numbers may be a more important consideration than the weather.
January is a lovely time to visit Cambodia as you’ll have clear blue skies, little or no rain and average temperatures of 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 historical city of Siem Reap and the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.
Sihanoukville, Kep and Koh Rong have plenty of sunshine with little chance of rain, and February offers excellent conditions for diving and snorkelling, with warm sea temperatures and good visibility.
For bird enthusiasts, this is one of the best times of year to see Cambodia's incredible birdlife - particularly at Kulen Promtep and Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuaries in the northern plains of Cambodia, and at Prek Toal Wetlands on the western edge of Tonle Sap Lake. Birdlife at Tonle Sap Lake is fantastic at this of the year and you’re likely to spot cormorants, storks and pelicans.
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 islands of Koh Rong and Kong Rong Samloem.
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. You can expect daytime temperatures around 30°C.
If you can avoid the rain as much as possible, May can be a great month to visit Cambodia, plus there’s the added bonus that you’ll find the Angkor temples are less crowded.
Rain occurs throughout Cambodia in June, however it is still considered a good month to visit and you can expect plenty of sunshine in between the showers. Temperatures are around 28°C and humidity can be very high, however the short, heavy showers can help to break the heat and 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. 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 as an extension.
The wet season continues throughout July, however you can expect plenty of sunshine in between the short, heavy downpours. Daytime temperatures average between 25°C and 27°C.
There are advantages of visiting Cambodia during the wet season – the countryside is less dusty and the landscape is more beautiful, plus you’ll find that there are far fewer tourists than during the dry season.
The rainfall makes July a perfect time of year to see the lakes and moats of the ancient temple of Angkor Wat, and it is an ideal time to visit the flooded forests and floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake as it swells to more than five times its size during wet season.
If you visit Cambodia in August you should be prepared to get wet. It is likely that you’ll experience intense downpours almost every day, however when it rains it’s usually just for a few hours rather than all day downpours. You can expect average daytime temperatures between 25°C and 27°C.
The rain at this time of year means that the Cambodian countryside is lush and green. August is a fantastic time of year to visit Tonle Sap Lake, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. The water levels of the lake change considerably during the year - ranging from 1m at the height of the dry season to 8m towards the end of the rainy season. During the rainy season, the force of the Mekong River is strong enough to reverse the flow of the Tonle Sap River allowing water to flow back into Tonle Sap Lake.
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 another great month to visit Tonle Sap Lake, as it swells to more than five times its size during wet season.
Although you should expect a few rainy days in October, you’ll find that the rain gradually comes to an end as the month progresses. The daytime temperatures tend to be around 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 where you’ll see 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 the dry season approaches.
Cambodia is at its best in November. After the rainy season the countryside is lush and green, temperatures are pleasant, and rivers and waterfalls are at their most impressive.
With comfortable temperatures (around 25°C), low humidity and plenty of sunshine this is a popular month to visit Cambodia. 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. Although November is the start of the dry season you may experience the occasional short shower early in the month therefore it is advisable to take a rain jacket and/or umbrella when you’re out on sightseeing trips.
With warm, sunny days and calm seas, November is a perfect time to discover the beaches of Sihanoukville or explore Ream National Park on the south coast of Cambodia.
With its dry, sunny weather, low humidity and average temperatures of 26°C, December is one of the most popular months to travel to Cambodia. The comfortable temperatures and minimal chance of rain 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.
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