Travel to Angkor and other mysterious places in Cambodia
The climate in Cambodia is uniformly tropical-moist and is divided by the monsoon in two seasons. The continental northeast winds mean that from November to March the somewhat cooler dryness prevails. From April to October there is a rainy season, caused by the damp southwest monsoon from the sea. 70 to 80% of the annual rainfall fall during this period. The rainfall usually occurs in the late afternoon and in the evening.Cambodia MapThe smallest precipitation is measured on the Tonle Sap with an average of 1,000 mm per year; In the rest of the lowland they are 1,300-2,000 mm. On the western slopes of the mountains the rainfall increases to 4,000 mm and more. The peak values are reached in the elephant mountain range with 5,300 mm per year. Due to the proximity to the equator, the temperatures are warm all year round without great fluctuations. The hottest month is April with 30 ° C, during the day temperatures of up to 40 ° C are reached. The coldest months are December and January with 26 ° C. During the day, the thermometer in the lowlands almost always rises above 30 ° C. Also the nights are warm with 20-24 ° C until hot. The regional climate differences are also rather small. In the north of the country it is often 1-2 ° C cooler in winter than in the south of the country. The humidity in the rainy season is more than 90%, in the dry time less than 50%.
January: January is perfect for a Cambodia holiday. It is cool and dry. The thermometer is around 20 degrees at night. You should definitely have a warming jacket or sweater. The daily temperature moves around the 30-degree mark. The rain risk is minimal and there is usually a bright blue sky with lots of sunshine. On the beaches there are also ideal bathing conditions with calm sea. That is why this month is best suited to combine a round trip with a bathing holiday. The pleasant weather conditions, however, have a drawback. It is high season and in the tourist centers, especially, of course, in Angkor Wat, high-rise. The prices are correspondingly high.
February: February is one of the best rice fields in Cambodia, with temperatures around 26 ° C, low humidity and a cloudless sky. On some days, however, it can still be quite cool for Cambodian conditions. But on the average it is 1-2 degrees warmer than in the previous month. Especially at the end of February the temperatures rise more and more frequently over the 30 ° C mark. On the coast of Cambodia is still perfect beach weather with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze. After all, this month in the tourist centers is not quite as crowded as most Western tourists are flown back home. This lowers prices in hotels and restaurants, making flight tickets easier and quicker.
March: The best time to travel to Cambodia is gradually coming to an end in March, as the temperatures rise to over 30 ° C throughout the day. Also the nights are now very warm. The thermometer drops only to 25-26 degrees. On physical stressful trekking tours should be renounced. Also in Angkor Wat or Phnom Penh the hot noon hours should be spent in a shady, cool place. It is best to stop by the sea, as it is slightly cooler here than in the interior. Throughout the country it is still almost always dry and very sunny. However, the water in the Gulf of Thailand has warmed up at this time of the year so that a bath in the sea does not offer any real cooling. An advantage of the heat: The number of visitors decreases strongly in March. In the hotels are now also better rooms at very cheap prices book.
April: April is the hottest month in Cambodia. The temperature is constant over 30 ° C during the day. Often 40 degrees are measured during the day. Not only the heat and the rising humidity are heavily burdening the body, but also the smoke that often travels across the country at this time. It is the time of "slash and burn" when large areas are cleared before the rainy season to grow rice. Visiting tours in Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh are now only recommended to the very hard, the high temperatures do not mind. On the beaches of Cambodia, on the other hand, it is still a matter of course. Snorkelers and divers are looking forward to the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand, which now reminds us of a bathtub rather than a sea.
May: In May it is still very hot in Cambodia. However, during the day the temperatures drop again from the extreme hot 40 ° C in the previous month to 32-33 degrees. Because of the high sultriness, however, they are hardly perceived as "cooler". For the high humidity of more than 90%, the first rains, which are the result of the coming southwest monsoon, and which start the rainy season. Only on the coast, a fresh breeze brings some cooling. In the rural areas with their poor infrastructure, the first impassable flooded roads can now be found. In Angkor Wat it is now very quiet without tourist masses.
June: The rainy season now starts right. The short but violent chills of the monsoon reached the whole country in June and are gradually becoming longer. Temperatures are falling below the 30 ° C mark throughout the country. Directly after the end of the rain shower, it is pleasantly fresh and cool before the high humidity returns. For after the short fierce showers the sky clears quickly and the warm sun comes out again. Because of the many rainfall, it is even more sultry than in the previous month and makes the climate almost unbearable. Sometimes you feel like in a laundry room. For these reasons, June is not a good month for Cambodia. But a trip during the rainy season also has some advantages: the hotel prices in the tourist centers are now at the lowest point and in Angkor Wat it is pleasingly empty. Due to the rainfall, the large water basins gradually fill up in front of the main temple, so that the beautiful postcard motifs can be shot with the temple reflected in the water. On the other hand, it is advisable to avoid trips to rural areas. Due to the bad infrastructure, a heavy showers can be impassable here for several days. Even the beaches are now no longer really pleasant, as the clouds often rain on the coast.
July: The climate is a huge burden in the month of July. Because the rainy season is in full swing, but it does not cool down practically. At night, it hardly cools below 25 degrees, during the day over 30 degrees. The felt temperature is however much higher because of the very high humidity. In the rural regions of Cambodia, many roads are now impassable. The visit of the north and east is now discouraged and also bath holidays on the coast are no longer really meaningful, since the rain can last longer time and completely dry days are rare. Temperatures are generally high in July, but it is usually fresh and cool right after the rain showers. In the great sights of the country, it is now less crowded. This allows impressions that are no longer possible during the main journey time. Thus the water basins at the large temple Angkor Wat are now filled and offer uniquely beautiful photographs.
August: In August the rainy season reaches its peak in Cambodia. The precipitation now takes a long time and falls violently. Through the monsoon are now repeatedly flooded vast parts of the country. Not only the rivers are swelling, but many roads are almost impassable. Therefore, it is not advisable to visit the rural regions of Cambodia. The average temperature in August is around 28 ° C. Positive for travelers: The nature now shows in lush, fresh green and stands in full bloom. The price level is still very favorable.
September: In September, the annual monsoon falls reached its peak. It is the wettest month of the year. The precipitation can last long. In many rural areas, roads are still flooded and impassable, so it is important to avoid cross-country and trekking. Also on the beaches it is due to the many rains rather uncomfortable. The tourist centers are still empty and the hotel prices reach their lowest point. For this nature is green and blossoming. Temperatures are around 28 °C.
October: The rainy season is slowly approaching its end. At the beginning of the month, there may still be heavy showers every day, but in the further course it becomes drier. For Angkor Wat, the best travel time for connoisseurs. For the tourist heirs of the main season have not yet arrived, while nature still shows its green splendor and the water basins are well filled. Also the rural regions and the mountains can now again be visited in the context of trekking tours - however, it may happen that not all damages of the rainy season have been repaired. It is also advisable not to visit the beaches of the Gulf of Thailand, as the rainy season is the longest and the dry and sunny at the end of the month. Temperatures will be 2-3 degrees between September and 25-26 ° C.
November: In November, the best travel time for Cambodia is set. This is because the drying time is entering the country with great strides. Only half as much rain falls as in the previous months. The shivering becomes shorter and occurs much more rarely. With average temperatures around 25 ° C, the heat is now a thing of the past. The holiday areas on the coast are revived by hotels, restaurants and resorts that prepare for the annual rush of visitors from all over the world. Also in Angkor Wat it is now slowly, but steadily again full. Disadvantage: With the onslaught of the tourists also the hotel prices and other additional costs again steeply. The social life in Cambodia also reappears after the end of the rainy season, which means that events and festivals are once again taking place. A highlight is the "Water Festival" Bon Om Touk in Phnom Penh, to which half the country pilgrimages to the capital.
December: December is a wonderful month in Cambodia. From the previous monsoon season the country is still quite green, but it is almost no longer raining. The sun is shining with a bright blue sky and the average temperature is around 26 ° C. The humidity is again within 50% of the tolerable range. On the coast is perfect beach weather for lazy days in the sun, water sports and evening parties. Of course the perfect weather also brings disadvantages: Angkor Wat is now overrun by tourist groups from all over the world and the hotel rates are correspondingly high. This is especially true for the second half of the month, when many Western tourists use the free time around Christmas and New Year for a long-distance trip into warm areas. Previous room reservations are now highly recommended.
Best travel time for Cambodia The best travel time for Cambodia is from mid October to March. Then there is dry weather with little rain and the somewhat lower temperatures of about 30 ° C are to be borne for travelers. In April / May, the thermometer can rise up to unbearable 40 ° C during the day. The rainy season, from June to October, not only produces a lot of precipitation, but also makes it difficult to reach the country, since many roads are impassable. Visitors are particularly plagued by the unbearably high humidity of up to 90%. However, the wet period can be good for a visit to Angkor Wat as the rainforest is then in full glory and many of the artificial lakes and pools are completely filled.