Cambodia - weather & travel conditions in August


Weather in Cambodia in August is about to the peak of rainy season with rains become very much common throughout the country making it quite wet sometimes, somewhere but in general lots of dry days and bright sunshine still expected.
The temperature become milder with both heat and humidity are moderate.
Phnom Penh, Siam Reap and surroundings including Battambang, Kampong Thom…are considered the driest part of the country at the time with rainfall around 160-200mm over the month and temperatures stay at around 32oC.
Northeaster region including Kratie and Ratanakiri (with Banlung) is now quite wet with high frequency of rain, average temperature during this month is around 29oC and 5 hours of sunshine daily is still expected. The same things happen on the south coast all the way from Koh Kong down to Kep.

How to do and what to expect if travel to Cambodia in August

The condition for travel in Cambodia during August is a painting of intermixture where both negative and positive color available.
The rainy season is about to its peak that means rains are more frequent on the lands. Anyway, rainy days tend to have short times of heavy rain rather than being all-day downpours and lost of dry days are still expected. Avoid the rains in certain times of the day, normally in the morning or evening, you will find it quite easy and pleasant to travel in the country.
Apart from being a bit wet sometimes, the advantage of monsoonal Cambodia is that the heat and humidity hugely drop and the country nature is so fresh with lush greenery.  Lakes, mangroves and forest are now full of life with birdlife is far more obvious. Cruises on rivers and lakes, particularly the Tonle Sap, at their full level along luxuriant nature proved to be an outstanding experience. Angkor Wat can be stunning in wet season. The unique appearance of the ruins on a lightning backdrop or brilliant sunshine and rainbow after the rain is a spectacular and delightful scene that you simply can not resist!
The low number of visitors at sites, particularly the Angkor, is also an advantage for those who want to escape from the crowds.
Biking around or through the central land is good but traveling to the rural remote areas like the northeast can be quite difficult due to the road condition though you still be able to go just about anywhere. Sea along the south coast can be a bit rough and rainfall also heavier though lots of bright sunshine still expected.
A short holiday for main highlights of Cambodia is advisable for this month and it is a great idea to connect your Cambodia visit to another journey to neighboring country such as Thailand or Vietnam.

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