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Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Author Javier Gil. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Author Javier Gil

Cambodia climate: when to go to Cambodia

The climate of Cambodia is characterized by Monson winds, which divide the climate of the country into two distinct seasons a dry and wet. When the southwest monsoons blow, in the months between May and October, it’s the rainy season, this time the rain, very intense, are generally concentrated in the afternoon, in addition to the rains monsoon bring strong winds and high humidity, average temperatures vary between 27°C and 35°C.

The dry season is between November and April, this season can be divided into two parts, between November and February there are cool temperatures with average between 17°C and 27°C, while between March and April, the heat increases with temperature averages between 29°C and 38°C.

The temperatures are indeed high throughout the year, averages vary between 28°C in January, the cooler months, and 35°C in April, the hottest month. The amount of rainfall varies greatly between different regions of the country, it pass by over 5,000 mm in the mountains along the southwest coast, up to 1300 mm in the flat areas of the country center. Cambodia is rarely achieved by tropical cyclones, which often instead devastate the coast of Vietnam.

Ta Prohm, Angkor, Cambodia. Author Markalexander100. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Ta Prohm, Angkor, Cambodia. Author Markalexander100

WHEN TO GO TO CAMBODIA

The best time to travel to Cambodia are the dry months between November and February, but by far the best months are December and January, more fresh than the next, starting in February because the temperatures begin to rise until reaching and exceed 40°C in April. To consider that during the rainy season the temples of Angkor are more beautiful and more photogenic, with the pools of waters and ditches that reflect.

CAMBODIA CLIMATIC TABLES

PHNOM PENH (12 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 21,8 31,6 12,1  1,2
February 22,8 33,2 6,6  1,1
March 24,3 34,6 34,8  3,4
April 25,5 35,3 78,8  6,8
May 25,6 34,8 118,2  15,9
June 24,9 33,8 145,0  17,0
July 24,8 32,9 162,1  18,1
August 24,6 32,7 182,7  18,3
September 24,4 32,2 270,9  21,5
October 24,2 31,4 248,1  19,3
November 23,2 31,1 120,5  10,2
December 21,9 30,8 32,1  4,5
YEAR 24,0 32,9 1411,9  137,3

SIHANOUKVILLE
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 28
February 28
March 29
April 30
May 30
June 30
July 29
August 29
September 29
October 29
November 28
December 28

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