Best time to go to Cambodia for a perfect weather and where to go?
Find the perfect time to go to Cambodia from average climate conditions in many locations like Krong Ban Lung or Battambang, right here.
When is the best time to go to Cambodia?
The best time to discover Cambodia is from November to February. This country, which has just recently opened itself to the world has much to offer its visitors, especially to fans of cultural discoveries and to seekers of architectural heritages. The end of January is not only an opportunity to enjoy the best climatic conditions or to make a journey across the territory, but also an opportunity to discover the heart of Asian culture, through the Chinese New Year's festival.
The end of the monsoon season is also a time to focus your visit if one wants to celebrate with the Cambodians on one of the most unique natural phenomenons in the world; in late October or early November, the flow of the Tonle Sap River reverses directions once the water of the Mekong River floods into the Tonle Sap.
The running enthusiasts can visit Cambodia in early December and participate in the international half marathon of Angkor Wat at the same time.
So, when is the best time to go to Cambodia? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:
- In Cambodia, the weather is good everywhere in January, February, March and December
- The best months to go to Phnom Penh are January, February, March, November and December
- On average, the warmest months in Phnom Penh are February, March, April, May, June and August
- The rainiest months in this city are September and October
- Tonlé Sap is the city with the best climate, with good weather 8 months a year
- The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all year round in Sihanoukville
Annual weather in Cambodia
For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Cambodia for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:
|Month||Our opinion||View Details|
|January||61°F to 92°F||perfect weather*|
|February||63°F to 97°F||good weather*|
|March||68°F to 101°F||good weather|
|April||72°F to 101°F||tolerable weather|
|May||72°F to 97°F||tolerable weather|
|June||70°F to 94°F||tolerable weather*|
|July||68°F to 92°F||very bad weather*|
|August||68°F to 94°F||bad weather*|
|September||68°F to 92°F||very bad weather*|
|October||67°F to 90°F||tolerable weather*|
|November||67°F to 90°F||good weather*|
|December||63°F to 90°F||good weather*|
Best time to travel to Cambodia by cities
Climate and Weather in Cambodia
Located between Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia has a tropical climate - as do many countries in Southeast Asia. Here, it is very hot throughout the year, albeit the slightly more bearable temperatures in winter, especially around the month of January. At this time, the rains are rare, making the country a more pleasant place to visit.
Similar to all tropical countries, Cambodia has two distinct seasons: first the winter period from November to March, which is quite dry and warm. This is also known as the coolest time of year and temperatures rarely exceed 30° C. Moreover, the greater part of the days are sunny and it rains only very rarely. Note that at this period of time however, due to lack of rain, rivers often have a lower level of water and some boat trips become impassable, depriving tourists of certain beauties within Cambodia, such as boat rides along the Mekong river from Phnom Penh to Tonle Sap to Siem Reap.
The rainy season, also known as the summer monsoon season, extends from the months of May to October. The latter is particularly hot and humid, with rains of unseen violence in late afternoon causing many floods. These storms are however relatively short. Average temperatures range are around 35° C and this is the hottest time of year in Cambodia. The pervasive humidity increases the feeling of suffocating and heavy heat, quite difficult to bear for people who are not accustomed to the climate in Southeast Asia.
Temperatures and rainfall in Cambodia
On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Cambodia and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Phnom Penh, Battambang, Kratié, Siem Reap (Angkor) and Sihanoukville, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.
Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Cambodia
Find out when Cambodia has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.
Tourist seasons in Cambodia
The months with low numbers of tourists are: March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October. The number of visitors to Cambodia is high in: January, February, November and December.
- Very low season in Cambodia: May, June, September and October.
- Low season in Cambodia: March, April, July and August.
- High season in Cambodia: January, February and November.
- Peek season in Cambodia: December.
Figure: Visitor index for Cambodia month by month
Average price for flights to Cambodia
A return flight between London and Phnom Penh is generally cheaper if you go in may ($ 874 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 372 more for your airline ticket to Phnom Penh if you go in december.
Where to go in Cambodia?
This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).
|Siem Reap (Angkor)||90°F||95°F||97°F||97°F||95°F||94°F||90°F||90°F||90°F||90°F||90°F||88°F|
|Koh Sdach (King Island)||85°F||85°F||86°F||88°F||88°F||86°F||85°F||85°F||85°F||86°F||86°F||86°F|
|Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island)||88°F||90°F||90°F||90°F||90°F||88°F||86°F||88°F||86°F||86°F||88°F||86°F|
|Botum Sakor National Park||85°F||85°F||86°F||88°F||88°F||86°F||85°F||85°F||85°F||86°F||86°F||86°F|
|Kampong Cham Province||92°F||97°F||99°F||97°F||95°F||94°F||90°F||92°F||90°F||90°F||90°F||90°F|
|Kirirom National Park||88°F||90°F||90°F||90°F||90°F||88°F||86°F||88°F||86°F||86°F||88°F||86°F|
|Koh Rong Samloem||85°F||85°F||86°F||88°F||88°F||86°F||85°F||85°F||85°F||86°F||86°F||86°F|
|Koh Russey (Bamboo Island)||85°F||85°F||86°F||88°F||88°F||86°F||86°F||86°F||85°F||86°F||86°F||86°F|
very bad weather
What can I do in Cambodia?
Beaches / swimming
Nature and countryside
Culture and heritage
Crafts / shopping