Cambodia in April: Dry Weather and Lower Prices

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As tourists start flying home with the beginning of the torrid summer season in Cambodia in April, travelers will find the country’s attractions less crowded than during the previous peak months. If you do not mind a bit of hot weather, this is a perfect time to visit Cambodia’s top sites and destinations. Take a tour of the Royal Palace and the National Museum in Phnom Penh, where you can learn more about Cambodia's history and culture; explore Angkor Wat, the lost city of the Khmer Empire and a world-renowned temple complex, or admire the French colonial architecture, floating villages on Tonle Sap lake and the rustic countryside in Siem Reap. April is the time when you will get to tour Cambodia at your own pace without being bothered by tourist crowds.

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Cambodia Weather in April

View of Koh Rong Samloem in Sihanoukville with the peir on a sunny day.
Try more outdoor expeditions in Cambodia as the weather starts to get dry in April.

April is the shoulder season in Cambodia. With dry temperatures throughout the country, April is a good time to visit Cambodia. But be prepared for the heat, as Cambodia’s average temperatures in April range from 35°C during the day to 26°C at night. Humidity is also high, which could exacerbate the heat intensity. There is very little rainfall, with the average being 10mm. In coastal Sihanoukville, it is slightly cooler, with the average temperatures hovering between 24°C and 29°C. Although less common, rainfall can still occur in Cambodia in April, particularly toward the end of the month.

For a seasonal overview, check out our article on the best time to visit Cambodia.

Weather in Cambodia in April - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)353634
Avg Nightly (°C)242525
Avg Daily (°F)959794
Avg Nightly (°F)767777
Avg Rainfall (mm)3050150

Why Visit Cambodia in April

A lion statue at a stupa in Wat Phnom with Buddhist flags.
Watch the locals celebrate Khmer New Year with music and dance performances.
A tourist finding his way in Siem Reap with street food in his hand.
Get better rates on hotels and transportation when you tour Cambodia in April.

With its stunning temples, delicious street food, and low-season perks, April in Cambodia is a great time to plan a trip. Here are some other reasons why you should tour Cambodia in April:

  • Avoid Rainy Season: Cambodia’s weather in April is dry for the most part, which means you will get to enjoy a raincoat-free vacation.
  • Khmer New Year: April heralds the Khmer New Year, the most important holiday of the year in Cambodia. You can expect festive decorations, traditional music and dance performances, and feasting. This is a great time to learn more about Cambodia's cultural history.
  • Discount Prices: With most tourists gone, you could get discounts on your tours and accommodations. With the money you have saved, you could stretch your stay in Cambodia and see more of the country.

Where To Go and What To Do

An image of Phnom Chhngok cave with light peaking in through the crevasses.
Explore the Phnom Chhngok cave in Kampot.

A tour of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap is a must-do if you visit Cambodia in April. Known the world over for its extensive temple complex, Angkor Wat was at its cultural and political peak between 9th and 13th centuries, when it served as the capital of the Khmer Empire. Wander around the awe-inspiring temples and monuments for a truly unforgettable experience. Make sure to head out in time to see the sunrise over the temple.

While going on a trip in Siem Reap, make it a point to visit Tonle Sap, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Southeast Asia and home to many small villages scattered around its shores. Take a boat ride through this picturesque lake to see the floating villages and diverse bird species, including Bengal Floricans, Milky Storks and Spot-Billed Pelicans.

Kampot is one of the most charming towns in Cambodia, set on the banks of the river and surrounded by mountains. Head to Phnom Chhngok cave if you want to explore the city's natural beauty. Kampot is also renowned for its pepper farms. You can take a trip to Kampot to see how peppers are grown and partake in a feast prepared by locals with freshly caught crab and your hand-picked peppers.

Just a few days in each location will be good enough. So a trip of a week or two is enough for most people. But if you want to spend more time in Cambodia, there are plenty of destinations and activities to keep you engaged.

What To Bring

An image of an ancient murial at Bayon Temple Angkor Thom.
See the sites in Cambodia without having to fight the crowds in April.

Cambodia can throw all sorts of challenges at you. The uneven terrain throughout the country could cause you to twist your ankle if you are going on a hike. Bringing a sturdy pair of shoes, preferably trail running shoes is important. Cambodia uses the Cambodian Riel, so it is recommended you carry some local currency when traveling in places where ATMs are few and far between.

Cambodia in April allows visitors to experience the country's vibrant culture and incredible landscape in a less crowded setting and at their own pace. From Angkor Wat to Kampot and Tonle Sap lake, there are plenty of activities for travelers who want to explore this unique destination. Just be sure to bring light clothing, sunscreen, and a sun hat, as the weather in Cambodia in April is hot. If you are planning to go on a customized trip to Cambodia, contact our local experts.

Published by Tim Green, updated on March 24, 2023

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