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Cambodia welcomes travelers with cool and dry weather conditions in January. This is a perfect time to discover Cambodia's unspoiled culture, its spectacular temples, undisturbed beaches, calm countryside, and an incredible range of activities. From exploring the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap to swimming with dolphins in Kampot to enjoying a sunset cruise in the Mekong River, Cambodia offers many attractions and activities to keep visitors engaged and entertained. A promising adventure awaits you in Cambodia in January.
- Jack Parnell
- From England
As a country that embraces the tropical monsoon climate throughout the year, the dry weather window of January is one of the reasons why it is the best time to visit Cambodia. The average temperature for the country during this month ranges between 21°C and 31°C. Warm and dry weather makes for the perfect conditions for outdoor ventures. The coastal regions are particularly attractive in January, as the water temperature is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. You can also embark on an adventure in the mountain regions of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri during this time. The weather across Cambodia in January is ideal for traveling.
For a seasonal overview of the country, read our guide on the best time to visit Cambodia.
Weather in Cambodia in January - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||31||33||35||36||34||33||32||32||31||31||30||30|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||21||22||24||25||25||24||24||24||24||24||23||22|
|Avg Daily (°F)||88||92||95||97||94||92||90||90||88||88||86||86|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||70||72||76||77||77||76||76||76||76||76||74||72|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||10||20||30||50||150||200||220||240||250||190||50||15|
|Avg Daily (°C)||30||31||33|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||22||21||22|
|Avg Daily (°F)||86||88||92|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||72||70||72|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||15||10||20|
Thanks to the pleasant January weather conditions, Cambodia is populated with tourists during this time. However, being in the middle of the peak season, you will definitely not be disappointed by the range of activities you can participate in—and some of them are exclusively available only during this month. Below are a few more reasons why you should visit Cambodia in January.
- Value for money: The prices in January in Cambodia are comparatively higher than in the low season. But despite the presence of a few upscale hotels with high prices, many locally-owned hotels and restaurants will continue to be affordable. Just make sure to plan your trip well in advance to find the best deals. Check out the best deals in Cambodia.
- Festivals: Two of the most awaited festivals in Cambodia fall in January. While locals celebrate the Lunar New Year with food, dance, and music, the Khmer communities enlighten the event with colorful fireworks. If you travel to Cambodia in January, you can also join in with the locals to commemorate Victory over Genocide Day.
- Outdoor fun: The temperature in Cambodia in January makes it a wonderful time to explore the temple complex of Angkor and engage in exhilarating water sports at Sihanoukville and Kep. With no rain and better road conditions, you can also easily reach remote areas of the country like Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri.
- Cultural events: Those visiting Cambodia in January would love the Angkor Festival. It is hosted at the revered location of Angkor Wat and is a day to celebrate cultural performances from countries all over Asia. From theater performances and folk songs to the rich display of cultural attire, this is an event you do not want to miss.
Those visiting Cambodia in January would love the Angkor Festival. It is hosted at the revered location of Angkor Wat and is a day to celebrate cultural performances from countries all over Asia. From theater performances and folk songs to the rich display of cultural attire, this is an event you do not want to miss.
For a relaxing beach holiday, head southwest to Sihanoukville, a coastal town in Cambodia. Chill out at its scenic Otres Beach and Independence Beach. Soak in the Kbal Chhay Waterfall and enjoy a fast ferry ride around the island. You can also hike the Cardamom Mountains to see the well-preserved sculptures of Phnom Kulen National Park. Whether you are looking for adventure or discovery, there are countless things to do in Cambodia in January.
With hot, dry weather, sun-drenched beaches, and a bright, blue sky throughout the day, January is a great time to visit Cambodia. Go on sightseeing tours of numerous temples and monuments, visit the forest reserves, and embark on a shopping expedition in the bustling markets. With roads at their best, waters calm and inviting, and beaches at their sunniest, Cambodia in January is a perfect holiday destination.