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Monk walking with umbrella in Cambodia

Travelling in the rainy season

Cambodia has a south-western monsoon which causes heavy rains almost daily from the end of May to October. But don’t let the wet weather put a dampener on your plans! The rain at this time only tends to fall during the late afternoon or evening, and it doesn’t usually last too long. Unlike the UK where it can drizzle all day, the rain in Cambodia is usually short and sharp, leading to short windows of beautiful skies with dark ominous clouds and amazing thunder and lightning displays.

clear waters of ko rong saloem in cambodia

Sunny beach breaks in Camdodia

You might not think of Cambodia as your typical beach destination, but in fact there are plenty of truly tropical spots and escapes to castaway islands just waiting to be explored. Naturally you’ll want to avoid the rain and enjoy sun-drenched days by the sea. So if you’re trying to decide when to travel to Cambodia’s beaches, we recommend visiting during the dry season which lasts between October to May. April and May are especially pleasant for beach visits as temperatures can reach a scorching 40 degrees Celsius.

  • A group of smiling children monks, wearing traditional monk robes in Phnom Penh in Cambodia
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People resting in the rock pools of a river in the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia

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Vietnam & Cambodia through a lens | Amanda & David's Tale

24th August 2015 by Rickshaw Ramblers

Amanda & David travelled through Vietnam and Cambodia and upon their return they wrote up a summary of their trip along with some fantastic photos.

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