Best Time To Visit Cambodia

Best Time To Visit Cambodia

The best time to visit Cambodia is determined based on the weather, the temperature, the rainfall and the number of tourists as well. The majority of travelers are interested in visiting the land of Angkor temples during November through March. If you want to avoid the high time when rows and rows of tourists go here and the expense to pay is costly, the best time to visit Cambodia is from May to the first half of October.

Best Time To Visit Cambodia
Cambodian Agriculture

Cambodia is blessed with the pleasant warm weather around the year; the temperature rarely falls below 20°C no matter where you are. Seasons are divided into the wet season and the dry one. The wet season is considered from May to October when sudden cloudbursts usually strike in the afternoons. However, this phenomenon does not affect much on your travel plans as the day still includes many hours of shimmering sunrays. It is known locally as the green season since the spring is coming those days. On the contrary, if you decide to travel in the dry season which happens from November till March, be well prepared to receive hot dry days. Here are essential guides on what you may expect to get:

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
Dry season lies from November to April when the temperature runs from 20°C to 35°C, humidity keeps around 74% and there is almost no rainfall, so roads can be a little dusty, while the leafy areas around the temples are easier to go across. Also, this is the peak of tourism in the year, so some sites and temples can be overwhelmed.

Best Time To Visit Cambodia
A woman at work beside ruins in the Angkor region of Cambodia

April and May are often hot with the high humidity (around 85%); occasionally it reaches up to 38°C. The cool season from May through October is the optimal time for seeing full moats around the temples of Angkor, the vast clear sky and lush paddy fields. The temperature varies between 24°C and 32°C. The sudden tropical rains happen in afternoons which help to refresh the atmosphere.

Tonle Sap Lake
Tonle Sap Lake – the largest lake in Southeast Asia are full during the wet season and. You can travel it anytime of the year but the best time to go is between July and December.

Battambang owns one rainy season and one dry season like nearby Siem Reap. If you set the Cambodia trip on rough unpaved roads, remember to dodge September and October since torrential rains can switch off your mood.

Best Time To Visit Cambodia
Rice field in Battambang

Phnom Penh
It’s lucky that the climate of Phnom Penh is warm all around the year with heavy rains happening from May to October; hotter and drier months from November to April. In the wet season from May to October, the temperature runs from 22°C to 34°C. From November to April, the weather is more pleasant (about 25°C), rainfalls occur during September and October. The best time to go is from November through February when the temperature and the rainfall are the lowest status.

Best Time To Visit Cambodia
Cambodia Royal Palace in sunny day

South Coast
If you are planning to the sandy beach at Kep or Sihanoukville, go between November and April for welcoming the most sunshine and the temperature is around 24°C. In case you prefer diving, travel from December through June when the water is on the clearest period with the temperature varies around 27°C.