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When is the best time to visit Cambodia?

Angkor Wat, CambodiaThe Cambodia weather changes only slightly throughout the year which means you can visit Cambodia at any time. Even during the rainy season the weather in Cambodia does not stop you visiting the major tourist attractions like the famous Angkor temples. Whichever month you decide to visit, the weather will rarely stop you from visiting the major towns like Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukvile. The best time to visit Cambodia is during the months of November, December, January, and February. Other good times to visit Cambodia are March, July and August.


The Cambodia weather pattern is probably one of the best weather patterns in the world as they are no tsunamis, typhoons, earthquakes or tropical cyclones.

We have put together a month by month guide of the Cambodia weather pattern below. We hope you find our weather guide useful when planning your trip to Cambodia. We can also arrange Angkor Wat Tours or Cambodia Tours for you if you are interested.  

 

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Cambodia Weather Guide


Cambodia Weather - January

Bakong temple, Angkor temples, CambodiaThe best time to visit Cambodia is January for many people, purely because during January, it is one of the coolest times of the year. January is also dry season with very little rain if any. The skies during January are mostly blue so a great month to visit and catch some beautiful sunrises and sunsets.    

 
 

Cambodia Weather - February

February is probably the busiest month of the year in Cambodia due to it being one of the best times to visit Cambodia. The weather in Cambodia during February is perfect as the climate is cool, the skies are blue and the sunrises and sunsets are great. During February it can be very busy at the major attractions like the Angkor temples. If you booking one of our Angkor Wat Tours then we suggest you book early if you are visiting during February.

 

Cambodia Weather - March

Killing Fields - CambodiaCambodia weather in March is pretty good and is one of the best times of year to visit Cambodia. The Cambodia climate during March is a bit warmer than February but March is an ideal time to visit Cambodia because there are fewer crowds than in February. There is very little rain during March and you will see blue skies most days although there will be a few more clouds than during January and February.

 


Cambodia Weather - April

The weather in Cambodia in April can be quite hot and humid with the climate been unbearable at times. However with a bit planning, April can be a good time to visit the Angkor Temples as it is generally much quieter during this time of year. Check out our Angkor Tours for suggested itineraries.


Cambodia Weather - May

Kbal Spean, Angkor temples, CambodiaThe weather in Cambodia during May is pretty good which makes it a good time to visit. Siem Reap is much quieter in May than most other months so it is a good time to visit the Angkor Temples. Cambodia climate during May is quite warm but with a bit careful planning you can have a really good time. May is also the beginning of the rainy season but there is normally little rain during this time of year and when it does rain it is normally in the late afternoons or early mornings. May is the start of the rice planting season in Cambodia and if you fancy doing some rice planning then please check out our Cambodia Tours.

 

Cambodia Weather - June

Happy Kids, CambodiaCambodia weather during June is quite warm and the rainy season has just started in Cambodia. Even though June is part of the rainy season it is a good time to visit Cambodia. The weather is generally not very hot as the few showers that Cambodia does get, generally cools the air to make it a more pleasant climate. June is one of the main months that farmers in Cambodia start planting the rice.



Cambodia Weather - July

One of  the best times to visit Cambodia is July as the weather is not very hot and the rain is normally in the evenings or during the night. July is a popular month for visiting Cambodia for many families as this is a time when many schools are on holiday. I would certainly consider July a good time to visit Cambodia.

 

Cambodia Weather - August

Cycling tour, Cambodia toursThe weather in Cambodia during August is quite pleasant. The climate is not so humid and the rainy season is not fully upon us. August is a good month to visit the Angkor Temples especially if you want to keep away from the big crowds of high season. There is more rain in August than there is in July but the rain is normally during the night or in the late afternoons.

 


Cambodia Weather - September

September is one of the wettest months in Cambodia but do not let it put you are off visiting. During September the vegetation is lush and green and the Angkor Temples are so peaceful. One of the best times I visited Angkor Wat was during a heavy rainfall and it was so peaceful and picturesque. However, during 2011 there was serious flooding during the end of September and most of October but this is still very rare in the years I have been here. If you do want to visit Cambodia during September then make sure you check the weather situation before you arrive. 


Cambodia Weather - October
 

Ta Prohm, Angkor temples, CambodiaThe weather in Cambodia during October is generally cool and wet with day temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees celsius. October is one of the wettest months of the year so a light rain coat is advised, because it can rain at anytime, although it normally starts around 4pm. Strong trainer type shoes with a good grip are also recommended for climbing the temples as the stone is often wet and slippery. During October 2011, Cambodia had serious flooding for most of the month. If you do decide on coming in October than make sure you check the weather before arrival.

 


Cambodia Weather - November
 

Cambodia weather during November is very pleasant as the rains have almost stopped and the blue skies are starting to appear plus the weather is cooler. One of the best times to visit Cambodia is during November as the weather is almost perfect and the sunrises and sunsets are generally pretty good. November is still the start of the high season so the Angkor Temples are not busy like January and February. November is normally the month that the Cambodia Water festival is held where you will see boat races in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. November is great time to visit the floating villages, for more information about tours then check out our Angkor Wat Tours.

 

Cambodia Weather - December

Elephant trekking tour, Cambodia toursIn my opinion the best time to visit Siem Reap is the first 2 weeks of December. The weather in Cambodia is cool and dry with blue skies, the sunrises and sunsets during December are nearly perfect and the main high season has not yet arrived.  The floating villages in Siem Reap are perfect and the scenery is beautiful with lush green vegetation. You can’t find a better to time to visit Cambodia. If you would like us to arrange a Cambodia Tour for you, then please contact us at toursbyalocal@gmail.com.

Sun Protection

Cambodia weather is hot all year around, so you need to protect yourself from the sun’s rays, even on a cloudy day during the rainy season in September and October. The climate in Cambodia during April and May is particularly intense, as the sun is very strong at this time of year.

 




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