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Best time to visit Cambodia

Like most of this region, Cambodia is warm to hot throughout the year and the weather is subject to the annual monsoon cycle with alternating ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ season.

The ‘wet’ season goes from May to late September, bringing over 75% of the country’s rainfall. The average temperatures throughout this season are between 26 and 28 °C. During May the temperatures stay high with sporadic rainfalls that become more frequent and heavier as we enter July, when the temperature starts dropping. However rainfalls are usually short (1 or 2 hours). They bring out the green lushness of the country side and wash the dust away from Cambodian air. Also, a heavy drop in tourist numbers is expected during this season.

The ‘dry’ season starts in October with rainfalls becoming more and more infrequent; finishing in April when the temperature reaches its peak. November to January are generally the coolest months with average temperatures of 22 to 25 °C.

January

Expect good weather conditions throughout January. With average temperatures of 26 °C and little or no rain this is one of the most popular months to visit Cambodia.

Warm middays and cool temperatures during the morning and evening. Clear skies and cool mornings in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are expected. Great time to visit south coast and the stunning beaches of Kep, Koh Rong and Kampot where the water is warm and the winds cools everything down.

During January you can expect little variations of the weather, long days and comfortable temperatures throughout the country. The stable and excellent weather during January brings the most tourists to the country.

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February

Weather conditions remain stable throughout the country with average temperatures of 27 C rising towards the end of the month. Days are still long and little or no rain is expected during this month.

February marks the end of the cool season. The farmers work hard to harvest the rice and the hottest months of the year are just a few weeks ahead. Water levels  start dropping and the roads are usually in great conditions to drive around the country.

During this time of the year the south coast is still a popular destination with the beaches of Sihanoukville and Koh Rong welcoming plenty of beach enthusiasts. After February visitor numbers start to decline.

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March

March brings the start of the hot season in Cambodia with temperatures rising up to 30 C. Crowds and large tourists numbers start to decline making it a good time to enjoy the last glimpse of cold climate before the hottest weeks of the year arrive.

Mild temperatures in the mornings and evening winds cool down the South coast. Good time to visit the beaches of Koh Rong, Sihanoukville and Ream National Park as the chances of rain are unlikely and temperatures are slightly hotter than in February.

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April

April is usually the hottest month in Cambodia. It marks the end of the ‘high season’ and accommodation prices start dropping as tourist numbers do the same. Crowds become less likely as the temperatures hit their peak.

During April Cambodia gets ready for one of the biggest local celebrations: Khmer New Year. Expect to see the streets full of friends and families enjoying the festivities.

Humidity makes the temperatures feel hotter than they actually are. It can be a good time to visit the beaches in the South coast to enjoying tropical Southeast Asia at its best. However it is recommended to avoid outdoor physical activities during the middle of the day.

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May

High temperatures across the country are expected. The first half of the month is generally dry with the start of the rainy season just around the corner. Sporadic rains help breaking the heat and humidity in the afternoons and evenings.

Smaller crowds and visitor numbers in the Temples and the beach make this month a feasible option for many travellers. Also plenty of sun and short isolated showers in the South coast make Koh Rong, Sihanoukville and Kep
good options for beach enthusiast.

The monsoon starts bringing the first showers of the year and days can alternate between cool and rainy and hot and dry.

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June

Afternoon showers are expected throughout the country, breaking the high temperatures and humidity. Rain becomes slightly heavier on the South coast and the rural areas. Showers are somehow frequent but not long, usually lasting 1 or 2 hours and predictably hitting the Cambodian soil during the afternoons.

Large crowds are literally non-existent. Good time to visit the Angkor Temples as the visitor numbers decrease and the rain brings back the green lushness of the jungle. Temperatures remain relatively high during the first half of the month and humidity can reach between 50% and 70% during the day and up to 85% during the night. In late June temperatures start dropping.

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July

Showers continue during July refreshing the air and washing the dust away. Temperatures keep dropping and thunderstorms can occasionally hit the coast and rural areas.

The rain brings out the green lushness of Cambodian landscape and the water levels start to raise making boat trips easier.

The Angkor Temples and countryside are full of life while tourist numbers remain low. Many hotels and tourism business lower their prices to keep up with the low number of tourists.

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August

August marks the peak of the rainy season bringing frequent showers usually during the afternoon. Although rainfalls can be heavier they typically remain short.

During this month the rural areas and Angkor temples are lush and full of life, creating great landscapes for photography enthusiasts.

Low tourist numbers make this month a good option for travellers trying to avoid the crowds. Temperatures continue to cool down and lakes and rivers are more accessible due to the water levels.

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September

Rain remains frequent during September. The countryside is full of life and the green lushness of the Angkor Complex and the Cambodian jungles is at its best. Rainfalls are usually short but can be accompanied by winds.

Tourists numbers remain low and the temperatures start dropping welcoming the cool part of the rainy season. Mornings are generally sunny and the humidity starts decreasing by the end of the month.

Some roads in the rural areas become inaccessible and it can be difficult to visit remote areas of the country.

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October

During October rain becomes slightly less frequent towards the end of the month. Temperatures continue to fall and the fauna and flora are at their best after a few months of rain. The Angkor Temples and the rice paddies are particularly good spots to enjoy the greenery.

Tourist numbers remain low with the start of the dry season just around the corner. In the beaches of Sihanoukville, Kep and Koh Rong rain becomes less frequent. Good time of the year to avoid crowds on  the south coast of Cambodia.

Humidity falls to their lowest and conditions are ideal for touring around the country.

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November

November marks the start of the dry season and the coolest part of the year is just around the corner. Sporadic rainfalls at the beginning of the month are common but they become almost non-existent towards December.

Temperatures average the 25 – 26 °C and tourist numbers are still relatively low, making this time of the year a good option for travellers. Good weather, sunny days and mild temperatures make the south coast the favourite choice for most travellers.

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December

Great weather conditions are expected in December as it is one of the coolest months of the year. Blue skies with little or no rain make the Cambodian South coast a great destination for beach holidays.
The temperate climate helps visitors explore the Angkor complex for longer and more comfortable. Humidity reaches its lowest towards the end of the month.

It is also a good time to visit the floating villages and Kulen Mountain as the water levels are still high with low chances of precipitation.

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