Best time to travel to Cambodia: Weather and Festivals in Cambodia
Best time to travel to Cambodia is the time when you can experience pleasant weather, not too high temperatures and less unexpected rainfall. You might already know that Cambodia has a hot and humid climate all year round. In this article, let’s find out what is the most ideal time to visit Cambodia.
What is the best time to travel to Cambodia?
In general, you can visit Cambodia at any time throughout the year, because every season comes with its own benefits. Cambodia is characterized by a hot and humid climate during the whole year. Some people say that there are only three seasons in Cambodia: hot, hotter and hottest. In fact, Cambodia has distinct dry and wet seasons:
The dry season: Between November and May
The wet season: Between June and October
In short, the best time for a vacation in Cambodia is the “cool season”, which is between November and February. It’s when the country enjoys milder temperatures with low rainfall.
Ultimate guide to the best time to travel to Cambodia
When to avoid rainfall in Cambodia
If you avoid traveling to Cambodia June to October, which is the wet season, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can miss all the rainfall, but you can avoid most of it. Remember that May and April are the months when Cambodia becomes extremely hot and humid. If you want to travel with comfort, the best time will be November to March.
The best time to visit Angkor
The Angkor complex is an extremely famous attraction that you surely don’t want to miss during your Cambodia vacation. Most travelers prefer visiting the temples December to March to take advantage of the dry, cooler weather with relatively low humidity. However, it’s also the time when the Angkor complex is crowded with tourists all over the world.
If you’re trying to take great pictures of the Angkor complex without having to avoid lots of people, the most perfect time should be October to November and May to June, but keep track of the weather forecasts as you might encounter heavy rain showers.
When to visit to avoid the crowds?
For a crowd-free experience in Cambodia, you might want to visit this beautiful country during the off-peak season, which is outside the months November to March.
Best time to travel to Cambodia: A month-by-month planner
January to March
January-March is definitely the peak season for tourism in Cambodia, especially the South Coast, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. This is also the time when the country celebrates International New Year Day and Chaul Chnam Chen (also known as the Chinese New Year).
April to June
During the months April to June, the number of tourists visiting Cambodia begins to decline. It’s also the rainy season and the best time to plant young rice. For Khmers, April marks the Cambodian New Year and it’s also the most important month throughout the year. During this time, the weather can become extremely hot, with temperatures rising up to 40°C. If you visit Cambodia between April to June, you’ll have a chance to participate in different festivals such as Chaul Chnam Khmer, Chat Preah Nengkal or Visakha Puja.
July to September
July to September coincides with the school holidays in America and Europe. This is why Cambodia usually sees a rise of tourism numbers during this period of time, especially the number of backpackers. In September, there can be flooding around Battambang and along the Mekong region. However, September of October is also the time when Cambodian celebrates P’chum Ben - one of the most significant festival according to the Khmer’s culture.
October to December
The heavy rains can still occur every now and then in October and there’s even some serious flooding. Nevertheless, you’ll get to see the exceptionally green areas while visiting the countryside of Cambodia. It’s a great time to board a cruise to travel between Battambang and Siem Reap.
In November, the weather in Cambodia becomes dry and windy. It’s also the beginning of the peak tourist season, which lasts until the end of February.
During the months of October to December, you can take part in the famous Water Festival called “Bon Om Tuk”. Christmas to New Year, tourists tend to visit the beautiful beaches of Cambodia. The Cambodians also celebrate the International New Year’s Eve on December the 31st and there are a lot of interesting activities that take place in the major cities like Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.
In reality, the best time to travel to Cambodia also depends on what you want to see and where you want to visit in Cambodia. Contact Sao La Tours and our experienced travel consultants will provide you with great advice on when to visit Cambodia along with a free and detailed trip itinerary.