January through February is the driest time of year in Cambodia, you can expect good weather conditions across the country - with blue skies, little or no rain and pleasant temperatures at the average of 26°C (79°F). Therefore, these are amongst the most popular months to travel Cambodia.
The temperate temple makes Angkor temples exploring far more manageable, although lunch time shade is still most welcome. With high water levels, this is the best time to visit Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River.
Along the entire selection of south coast, including Sihanoukville and Kep, you can expect dry and warm weather with good visibility, especially around the tropical islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem.
From the end of February, you can the temperatures to gradually rise, as the hottest months of the year are just around the corner.
Average temperatures in cities:
|Siem Reap||Phnom Penh||Coast of Cambodia|
|26°C/ 79°F||27°C/ 81°F||26°C/ 79°F|
HOLIDAYS & EVENTS
- January 7: Victory over Genocide Day - The day commemorates the end of Pol Pot’s terrible regime in 1979. It is also an occasion for locals to pay respect to the deceased.
- February 5: Vietnamese and Chinese New Year
- February 5, 2019 (Pig): Vietnamese and Chinese inhabitants of Cambodia celebrate their New Year – for the Vietnamese, this is Tet. As many of Phnom Penh’s businesses are run by Chinese-Khmers, commerce grinds to a halt around this time and there are dragon dances all over town.