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Bridge at the entrance of Angkor Thom

When is the best time to visit Cambodia?

The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and April, when it sees very little rain. During this time you’ll see clear blue skies making it a great time to enjoy a relaxing getaway on the southern coast.

Outside of this period, humidity increases and the rains come, assisting Cambodian farmers in the growing of their crops. However, you shouldn’t be deterred from travelling – the countryside is lush and green, rivers are full and flowing, and the temples are quiet. This is the best time to visit some of the outer-lying temples, which will often be deserted.

At the end of the summer one of Cambodia’s true wonders comes to life – The Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and home to Cambodia’s floating villages.

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October is a great time to visit as the rains are coming to an end, the humidity begins to die down, you can take advantage of shoulder season prices, temples are quieter and the Tonle Sap is full to the brim. During Cambodia's green season (June to August) the monsoons are yet to come, fresh vegetables and food are abundant, the temples are quiet and the hotels have some superb offers, making it the perfect time to visit.

Alex, Southeast Asia Specialist

Cambodia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Ban Lung 29°C 2mm 31°C 6mm 33°C 23mm 34°C 46mm 32°C 264mm 30°C 359mm 29°C 540mm 29°C 518mm 29°C 435mm 29°C 194mm 29°C 50mm 28°C 12mm
Kep 30°C 18mm 31°C 27mm 31°C 85mm 32°C 141mm 31°C 220mm 30°C 236mm 30°C 346mm 30°C 348mm 30°C 300mm 30°C 269mm 30°C 144mm 30°C 51mm
Phnom Penh 31°C 7mm 32°C 8mm 34°C 32mm 35°C 71mm 34°C 150mm 33°C 151mm 32°C 156mm 32°C 158mm 31°C 226mm 31°C 261mm 30°C 122mm 30°C 32mm
Siem Reap 30°C 0mm 33°C 8mm 34°C 20mm 35°C 52mm 34°C 135mm 32°C 164mm 32°C 180mm 32°C 210mm 31°C 248mm 30°C 210mm 30°C 76mm 30°C 11mm
Sihanoukville 31°C 28mm 32°C 26mm 32°C 111mm 33°C 119mm 32°C 300mm 31°C 472mm 31°C 646mm 30°C 695mm 30°C 607mm 31°C 328mm 31°C 130mm 31°C 33mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Cambodia

Street life in Kompong Phluk on the Tonle Sap Lake

Visiting Cambodia in February

February sees little rain and temperatures are still cool enough to enjoy long walks around the temples. Conditions are still perfect for river travel during this time, and the great Tonle Sap still holds the bulk of its volume.

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