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Cambodia is one of the few Southeast Asia countries that boasts a fairly constant climate making it a year-round destination for travel. Two distinct seasons exist: what is called the wet season and the dry season.

The dry season spans from November to May, which itself further subdivided into a cooler season and a warmer season. The cool (and dry) season spans from November through February. This is the peak time for tourism, with higher hotel rates and when the temperatures are mild enough (down to about 75 F) to explore temples comfortably yet also warm enough to enjoy the beaches along the coast. Humidity and temperatures start to rise from March to May, making peak temperatures in Phnom Penh possible to reach mid 90s F. This becomes an excellent time to sunbathe on the coast near Kep and Sihanoukville, but exploring Angkor Wat will be very hot.

The Wet season in Cambodia spans from June through October and can present certain challenges. This time of year the shores of Tonle Sap Lake expand, making it a great time to go and witness the lifestyle of the stilt homes built on its banks. The expanse of tropical green and pattern of a dry morning before afternoon showers (particularly later in the wet season) make exploring during this time of year a great alternative to the more crowded dry season. September and October see rainfall that may cause travel disruptions with flooding being commonplace and should be fairly avoided, though Angkor Wat is relatively quiet during these two months.

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