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Cambodia is one of the countries in Southeast Asia and it is bordered by the Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. It has a population of more than 14.8 million people. Buddhism is widely practiced in the country but there are some minority groups such as Chams, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. The country has one of the strongest economies in Asia. Its economy is driven by tourism, garment, agriculture, textiles and construction industries. Natural gas and oil deposits have also been discovered in its territorial waters.
Cambodia has emerged from a dark past to become a favorite destination for tourists from various parts of the world.
Cambodia Local Time (+7 GMT)
Cambodia Time is referred to as Indochina Time (ICT). To calculate Cambodia Time, you need to add seven hours to standard GMT. The country does not use daylight saving time. This means that if it is 10.00 AM in Cambodia Time, it is 3.00 AM GMT.
Best Time to Visit Cambodia
You can schedule your trip to Cambodia at any time of the year. However, there are certain months when the weather is more favorable. Cambodia’s climate tends to vary between warm and very hot all year round. This is common among Southeast Asia countries. It is better to plan a trip during the cool season. The best time to visit Cambodia is between December and January. The air is free of humidity and the countryside view is breathtaking after the rains. There is a lot of heat from the end of February to March. The rainy season is not a favorite among tourists but it allows you to see the country’s lush vegetation at its best. The low tourist season could be the best time to visit Cambodia if you prefer to avoid the crowds.
Weather in Cambodia
Cambodia is one of the few Asian countries, which have straightforward weather systems. It has only two seasons in the year: dry and rainy seasons. The country’s latitude and altitude is almost similar in all regions therefore the weather patterns tend to be uniform.
Cambodia has a dry season that begins in October until late April. There is a rainy season between May and late September. The country experiences temperature variations in every season. The variations can be experienced in the last few months of the dry season when the rainy season is just about to begin. Temperatures can vary between hot and cold in March and April. This variation also happens between May and June when the rainy season has just started. The highest temperatures are recorded during this period.
The dry season occurs when dry northeast monsoon winds blow across Cambodia between October and April. The weather is cool between November and January but the highest temperatures are recorded in April. This means that you have to schedule your trips early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
A large number of tourists prefer to visit the country’s attractions during this season. Visitors who intend to explore some of the remote parts of the country will find the dry season favorable. It is easy to navigate on the roads during the dry season.
Cambodia’s rainy season starts in early or mid May to October. The southeast monsoon winds bring rains during this season. The country gets most of its annual rainfall during this season. Temperatures are favorable in the rainy season and they range between 25°C and 27°C.
The temperatures can be very high between May and July when the rainy season is just starting. These months experience short downpours, which tend to be irregular. Heavy rains occur between the end of July and September. The rural and coastal parts of the country experience the heaviest downpours in this season. The heavy downpour makes it difficult to access the roads in the remote parts of the country.
More useful links:
- Canby Cambodia – Cambodia Travel Guides
- Lonely Planet – Cambodia
- The New York Times – Cambodia Travel Guide
- Travelfish – Cambodia Travel Guide