Cambodia in February: A Perfect Beach Holiday

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Cambodia sees cool, dry weather and clear skies in February, making it the perfect time to wander around the ancient monuments as well as uncover their many hidden gems. Hike to the sacred Phnom Kulen, cycle along the rice paddies of Battambang, and visit the Killing Caves in Phnom Sampeau. Enjoy the company of dolphins in Kampot or simply lounge on the white sandy beaches of Sihanoukville. From exploring the Temple of the 'Tomb Raider’ to soaking in the Bousra Waterfall in Mondulkiri, you will never run out of excitement on your tour to Cambodia in February.

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Cambodia Weather in February

A statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk with blue sky in evening.
The capital city of Phnom Penh can get a little warmer than other cities during February in Cambodia.

Cambodia in February is cooler than it is in January. With plenty of sunshine and less rainfall, the country’s average temperature is 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. While the capital city of Phnom Penh can feel a bit hot during the day, it is much breezier on tropical islands such as Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, making them the best spots for enjoying a perfect beach holiday. For cooler weather still, head to the mountain regions of Cardamom and the Dangrek. If you are visiting Cambodia in February, these regions are great for hiking or trekking adventures.

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

Weather in Cambodia in February - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)313335
Avg Nightly (°C)212224
Avg Daily (°F)889295
Avg Nightly (°F)707276
Avg Rainfall (mm)102030

Why Visit Cambodia in February

Beautiful tropical Sokha beach in Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Relax on the beautiful tropical beach enjoying the pleasant weather in Sihanoukville in Cambodia during February.
A waterfall in the Phnom Kulen national park in Cambodia.
With no rain and better roadways, this is a great time to explore the national parks in Cambodia.

February is part of the peak season in February. Tourists flock to major destinations in droves to explore the country’s many beauty spots, thanks to the great weather conditions. Here are a few reasons why you should visit Cambodia in February:

  • Affordable rates: Despite accommodation and tour prices getting higher during the high season, Cambodia can still be an affordable holiday destination if you book your trip early. Another tip for you to stretch your travel budget is to go for the dining and accommodation services offered by small businesses and guesthouses. They are cheaper than upscale restaurants and hotels, even during the high season.
  • Festivals: February yields to a spiritual month, with the celebration of Meak Bochea Day (Sangha Day). During this time, you will witness the temples in the country splendidly adorned by hundreds of monks and devout Buddhists performing religious rituals. The beginning of February also marks the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated countrywide with dance and music.
  • Best sightseeing season: The warm and sunny weather of Cambodia in February will make the nature trails and wildlife spotting in Cambodia's national parks more spectacular than ever. With no rain and better roadways, this is also a great time to explore the cities and rural villages.
  • Perfect beach holiday: Cambodia is brimming with holiday activities in February. At the top of the activity, on the list is enjoying the country’s best beaches under a clear sunny sky. Relax on the beaches and engage in various water sports offered in the coastal regions. With the winds blowing at the right speed, February is also a perfect month to set sail on the Mekong River cruise.

Where to go and what to do

Temple complex in Angkor Ban Village on the banks of the Mekong river in Battambang.
Drop by the city of Battambang, just a 3-hour drive from Angkor Wat, for some gorgeous French Colonial buildings and a taste of the country’s flourishing art scene.

Angkor, Battambang, Mondulkiri, and Ratanakiri are some of the best places to visit in Cambodia in February. Begin your journey in Angkor, home to many archeological monuments. Witness the Angkor sunset from Pre Rup and visit the Terrace of the Elephants, both within the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom. Then head to the northeast region, Mondulkiri, the land of waterfalls, and hike the Seima Protection Forest.

En route, stop by the famous Kouprey Roundabout. Explore Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary in Ratanakiri, a pristine remote village in Cambodia, and refresh yourself with a bath in the Beung Yeak Laom Lake.

Check out the Phare Cambodian Circus and indulge yourself in the nightlife of Street 08. Make your way to Battambang, to witness the Well of Shadows and ride the Bamboo Train. Visit Cambodia’s only winery, Prasat Phnom Banan, and shop for the best traditional food and souvenirs at the Russian Market. For some beach fun, head to the Gulf of Thailand, where you will find many beautiful beach resorts to swim, relax and get your tan on.

With brilliant weather conditions, a lively atmosphere all around, and an abundance of activities, Cambodia is at its best in February. Explore every nook and corner of the country, from its bygone Angkor temples and sun-drenched beaches to the more pristine and remote countryside villages. Or, embrace an action-packed tour with hiking, boat rides, safaris, water sports, and more. A trip to Cambodia in February is guaranteed to be fun.

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

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Published by Astha Joshi, updated on September 2, 2022

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