For many people who are planning to travel in Cambodia, one of their big questions is when to visit Cambodia. This country is warm year-round with temperatures rarely dipping below 20°C, wherever you go. The best time to visit Cambodia depends on the heat, rainfall and places you want to go. Therefore, it is very necessary for you to consider carefully when to visit Cambodia.
Cambodia has two distinct weather seasons including dry season and wet season. Cambodia’s dry season lasts from October to April, when the dry north-east monsoon arrives, characterized by hot wind blowing across the entire country. Temperatures during this season range from 20°C to 35°C; humidity remains around 74%; and rainfall is minimal so roads can be a little dusty. Therefore, the dry season is the suitable time to visit the temples of Angkor or the more remote parts such as Kep and Sihanoukville.
The wet season comes courtesy of the southwest monsoon, which blows from May to October, bringing with it approximately 75% of Cambodia’s annual rainfall. During the wet season, temperatures range from 25°C to 27°C. In the early months of the wet season (May – July), it is very hot with infrequent rainfall usually in the form of short downpours. In the latter months (late July – September), the rains becomes more constant and is heavy at times, especially in coastal and rural regions. Indochina tours Cambodia
Although Cambodia has two different weather seasons, you can travel in Cambodia all-year-round. For example, in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, roads are less dusty and the leafy areas around the temples are easier to traverse from November to April. So this is the best time to visit and explore the temples or local landscapes. But time between May and October is the best time to see full moats around the temples of Angkor, dramatic skies and verdant rice-paddies. If you want to visit Battambang, you should avoid September and October as heavy rains can delay your trip. The best time to visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital is November to February when temperatures and rainfall are lowest. Additionally, if you intend to visit beaches in Kep and Sihanoukville, time between November and April is very suitable for the most sunshine and temperatures averaging 24°C ; or December through June is suitable for the clearest water (if you want to experience scuba diving) with temperatures averaging 27°C.
In general, the entire Cambodia has the same weather patterns, mainly due to the relatively uniform altitude and latitude throughout the country. Good weather is a very important factor in your journey to have a complete travel. Therefore, considering when to visit Cambodia is very useful for you to visit, explore places with a suitable weather and fully enjoy your trip in Cambodia.