South East Asia
Sara and John say...
This verdant country has good reason for its lush vegetation. The climate is characterised by heat and humidity. But there is variation through the year, which should help you choose your best time to visit.
Many find that the most comfortable period is from November to April. This is the dry season, when humidity is at its lowest, and sunshine is most abundant. Even during the coolest winter months from December and February, daytime temperatures still reach the low 30s Celsius, away from the higher mountains. However nights can cool off into the teens.
The heat starts building from February, peaking in March, April and May, when highs of 40 Celsius sometimes occur. Humidity starts to build too, spawning more cloud and some heavy afternoon showers.
From June to September the monsoon downpours become intense and more prolonged. This can make travelling harder due to flooding and landslides; and although daytime temperatures fall a little from their springtime peak as a result of the cloud-cover, the humidity can feel quite sapping, especially at night.
Then through October the rains begin to ease and the skies clear to allow more sunshine. It’s now that one of Cambodia’s true wonders – Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and home to Cambodia’s floating villages - comes to life. The next few months offer the best opportunity to explore this fascinating country of cultural and wildlife diversity.