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December is among the best times to travel to Cambodia. Pleasant weather conditions, marked by clear skies and balmy temperatures, present an excellent condition for exploring historic sites like the Angkor Wat temple complex, soaking in the countryside charm and French colonial architecture of Battambang, and enjoying a perfect beach holiday in Sihanoukville. The holiday season festivities also add to the appeal of visiting Cambodia in December.

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Cambodia Weather in December

White stupa in Phnom Penh in Cambodia during a sunny day.
Experience Cambodia's warm and inviting weather in December.

The weather of Cambodia in December is warm and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C during the day. At night, the mercury drops somewhere between 20°C and 25°C. Dry sunny days are ideal for outdoor activities, like visiting beaches and trekking the rainforest. While occasional rain showers are common, they are usually brief.

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

Weather in Cambodia in December - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)303031
Avg Nightly (°C)232221
Avg Daily (°F)868688
Avg Nightly (°F)747270
Avg Rainfall (mm)501510

Why Visit Cambodia in December

Rabbit island during a clear weather in December, Cambodia.
Discover Cambodia's stunning islands with perfect December weather.
Angkor Ta Prohm Temple of Cambodia in December with clear sky.
Indulge your wanderlust and take up the sun in the magnificent surroundings of Siem Reap.

If you are planning to explore Cambodia’s top attractions, culture and history, December is an excellent time to visit. Here are some reasons why you should travel to Cambodia in December:

  • Island hopping: December is among the perfect times to visit Cambodia’s stunning coastal areas. You can visit the floating villages of Kampong Khleang, Kampong Phluk, Chong Kneas, and Mechrey to get a glimpse of the unique way of life and participate in activities like fishing.
  • Perfect weather: Cambodia's weather in December marks the beginning of the dry season. You will have plenty of sunny days and warm temperatures no matter where you visit, be it Siem Reap, Phnom Phen, or the Cardamom Mountains rainforests.
  • Festivals: As the holiday season approaches, Cambodia comes to life with colorful lights, lively markets, and festive events. December is a joyous month to witness Cambodia's distinctive Christmas and New Year celebrations. The streets and markets are lit up, and traditional dishes are served.

Where to Go and What to Do

Royal Palace Complex in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The Royal Palace Complex was built in 1866 by King Norodom I in place of the ancient town because astrologers and royal ministers believed the location was auspicious. This gorgeous palace is a blend of Khmer architectural and European ideas.

December is a perfect time to explore the many attractions of Siem Reap. Travel to Angkor Wat and explore the ancient temples, the floating villages of Tonle Sap, the War Museum of Cambodia, among other attractions. Siem Reap is a perfect way to discover Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage, history, and natural beauty.

Take a trip to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, is a bustling metropolis filled with history, culture, and vibrant street life. The city is also famed for its rich and diverse street food scene. From fragrant curries and stir-fries to fresh salads and delectable sweets, Cambodian food is diverse and delicious—all of this you can find in Phnom Penh.

For a bit of beach fun, head to the coastal town of Sihanoukville. Famed for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and laid-back vibe, a trip to Sihanoukville offers a quiet and relaxed setting for you to catch a break from the hustle and bustle of cities.

Biking through the countryside is another popular activity tourists enjoy in Cambodia. You can rent a bike and explore the countryside around Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, taking in the stunning scenery and learning about rural life in Cambodia.

If you love wildlife and history, the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center and the Cambodia Landmine Museum and Relief Center offer unique opportunities to learn about the country’s wildlife and history.

Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences, there is no shortage of destinations and activities if you travel to Cambodia in December.

Cambodia in December offers a perfect blend of adventure, culture, and relaxation. Warm and dry weather provides ideal conditions for outdoor activities, like visiting temples, beach hopping, and exploring the floating villages. Moreover festive events like the Christmas and New years add to the fun and enjoyment.

Organizing a holiday can be stressful, so let our travel experts do the heavy lifting for you with the tailor-made trips to Cambodia. All you need to do is provide a few quick requirements, and they will do the rest. You also find our guide on how long stay in Cambodia helpful.

Published by Astha Joshi, updated on February 22, 2023

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