Cambodia has an area of 181,035 square kilometres (69,898 square miles) with a 435 km (270 mi) length and is located within the tropics. Therefore, the weather in Cambodia is uniform but still, the country has two different seasons. The northeast monsoon season runs from December through April, characterised by a sunny and dry weather and the rainy season that comes once the winds shift into southwest monsoon from May to November. Be aware that the most precipitation is happening during the months of September and October.
The best period to visit Cambodia is around the middle of November until the middle of May as the weather is dry and including cooler months. December and January are the best months to venture through the Cambodian landscapes as those months are the coolest.
This season coincides with Cambodia’s peak tourist season because of the sun and the relatively cooler months (November to January). While November and January are cooler, by April, the weather is getting dry and is characterised by dust and heat.
While most of the activities are available during this period, the coast is totally different from the rest of the year. Therefore, if you are a beach person, dry season is the best time for you to enjoy the beaches and their calm water, like in Kep, Sihanoukville and Ko Kong.
The dry season is also the best season to appreciate the clearest sunset in the Angkor site.
The Cambodian monsoon seasons should not put you off visiting. Why? Because the rain last only few hours, and this is the best time to visit. In opposition to the dry season, the wet season is the season where you will find the fewer tourists visiting the country, and the prices are also lower than during the dry season. But what are the best activities during this period?
You will be able to enjoy the main Cambodian attraction which is Angkor Wat with less crowd than during the peak season, making the experience more comfortable. The rain will also bring a totally different vibe to the site as the monuments are part the green vegetation.
Witness a tropical storm for the first time and be amazed by the show you will get from the bolts of lightning piercing the sky, just watch nature perform before your eyes.
Monsoon season is the best period to visit the floating villages. Venture through the stilt houses and discover the daily life of those people depending on the water and the unexpected weather.