When to go Cambodia

CAMBODIA WEATHER

The weather in Cambodia is best portrayed as tropical, so relying upon which city you visit, there are extensive contrasts in temperature and the amount of precipitation.

Siem Reap

You can travel Siem Reap throughout the year including the wet season. January is normally known as the best month as it is the coolest month of the year without downpour. February is the peak tourist month with ideal climate - a cool atmosphere, clear blue skies and beautiful picturesque sunrises and sunsets. Weather turns to be hot from late-March while May marks the start of monsoon rains and you can see how people harvest rice in this month. Temperatures begin climbing from June. September is the wettest month of the year and not recommended to visit unless you are ready to overcome endure rain and you are deserved to discover Siem Reap in its special rich green greatness and to visit the great Angkor temple in the best quite way. The cool and wet

October offers path to an average atmosphere amid November and December which are remarks as tourist times in Siem Reap.

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh has a tropical wet and dry atmosphere. The weather is hot through the year with just minor difference. Temperatures commonly extend from 22 to 350C and climate is liable to the tropical monsoons. The southwest monsoon brings moisture-laden winds from the Gulf of Thailand and Indian Ocean from May to October. The northeast monsoon introduces the dry season, which keeps going from November to March. The heaviest rainfalls are from September to October while the driest period is January to February. The city has two seasons. The wet season (May-October) experiences high temperatures and humidity. The dry season keeps going from November to April with the lowest temperature of 220C in December and the hottest of 350C in April. The best months to visit the city are November to February with ideal temperatures, moistness and precipitation.

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville has three distinct seasons: cool and dry season, hot and dry season and wet season.

The cool & dry season (mid-November – February): It is the best time to travel to Sihanoukville with pleasant and warm temperature during daylight, and cool night. The temperature will rarely down lower than 200C nor climb much higher than 280C.

The hot & dry season (February – May): comes in the late spring brings warm temperatures and little rain. Two first months is perfect time for beach: sunny skies, rainless days and pleasant breezes. From April, the temperatures begin to heat up and 360C is considered the maximum degree. Due to sun intensity and relative humidity of tropics, you can sweat a little.

The wet season (June – November):  The rainfall renew the rice fields and bring lovely greenery to the around hills. Luckily, although downpour could be happened day by day, it seldomly lasts the whole day but in the afternoon or evening. In case you're going out, an umbrella is a must-bring thing. The high temperatures can be around 30°c and low down from September with very cool night (200C)

CAMBODIA FESTIVALS

The Kingdom of Cambodia has an abundance of traditional and cultural festivals, mostly inseparable with Buddhist ritual. The festivals serve as a wellspring of extraordinary happiness, cheer and Cambodia's national colors as well as contribute a significant part to make travelers know more about Cambodia traditions. Some of significant festivals are introduced below.

Khmer New Year (April)

The Khmer New Year is annually held from 13th April for 3 days to celebrate the end of the harvest season and turn to the rainy season. During this festival, individuals take part in traditional Khmer games, such as Bas Angkunh 'seed throwing', Chaol Chhoung 'twisted-scarf throwing', Leak Kanséng 'twisted-scarf hide'; or dance the traditional Khmer forms of the Ran Vong, Ram Kbach, Saravan, and Lam Leav.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony (May)

To celebrate a new planting season (normally in May), the Royal Plowing Ceremony is organized at the park in front of the National Museum (beside the Royal Palace). The King will plough the field whilst the Queen sows seeds behind. The field is ceremoniously furrowed three times around. After that, the imperial servants will drive Royal Oxen to seven golden trays containing rice, corn, sesame seeds, beans, grass, water, and wine to feed. They believe that there is a deep relationship between earth and farming and Royal Oxen has essential role deciding the destiny of the rural harvest every year. The imperial foretellers will anticipate series of future events regarding pandemic, floods, good harvests, and excessive rainfall basing on what the oxen has consumed.

Pchum Ben (September)

This important cultural event is held to pray for spirits of the dead. It is held from end of September and last for 15 days. The exact date of each year will be controlled by the lunar calendar. Every family visits temples and bring food to monks and feed hungry ghosts. Temples are generally packed with individuals who go there to make offerings and to ask the monks to pray for their ancestors, family members or friends who already died.

Cambodia Water Festival (November)

The festival takes place once a year on the full moon of November. It celebrates a major natural occurrence: the reversing flow between the Tonle Sap and thank the Mekong River for providing the country with fertile land and abundant fish. There is a racing between dragon boats during 3 days of this event which the boats race in pairs until finding out the final winner. It attracts thousands of people along the river banks. On the sun set of the last day, all the boats line up and sails slowly out alone into the centre of the river where it performs the "cutting of the string" ceremony. The cutting symbolizes the reversal of water flow, marking the end of floods and the start of the fishing season.

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