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November marks the beginning of the dry season in Cambodia, and this is one of the best times to explore the country’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. From the capital Phnom Phen to the resort town of Siem Reap, from the Cardamom Mountains to the coastal city of Sihanoukville, Cambodia in November is brimming with tourist activities. Clear and dry weather is ideal for outdoor exploration, trekking, cycling, and swimming. So a trip to Cambodia in November promises plenty of sunny days, unfettered sightseeing, and lots of outdoor activities—all in all, a recipe for a perfect vacation.  

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Cambodia Weather in November

Silver Pagoda during a clear weather in Cambodia during November.
Experience the charm of Phnom Penh in perfect weather and take a stroll around the city's breathtaking attractions.

By visiting Cambodia in November, you will avoid the hassles of traveling during rainy days. Save for occasional rain showers, Cambodia remains dry throughout November. The average temperature across the country ranges between 24°C and 28°C. If you are heading to Siem Reap, you will experience warm and dry weather, with a temperature average of 26°C. The capital city, Phnom Penh, also experiences similar weather, making it perfect for strolling around its many attractions, such as the Royal Palace and the National Museum. The coastal city of Sihanoukville sees an average temperature of 27°C, making it a great place to soak up the sun and relax on its beautiful beaches. Popular tourist destinations such as Kampot and Kep also experience similar weather conditions.

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

Weather in Cambodia in November - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)313030
Avg Nightly (°C)242322
Avg Daily (°F)888686
Avg Nightly (°F)767472
Avg Rainfall (mm)1905015

Why Visit Cambodia in November

Cambodians waiting for their boat race to begin in the Water Festival.
Experience the thrill of Cambodia's decorated boat races on picturesque Tonle Sap River, offering a unique and unforgettable sight.
A trekker on top of ancient ruins admiring the view.
Trek through the mountainous wilderness and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and diverse wildlife.

With pleasant tropical temperatures all around, Cambodia in November is an ideal destination to plan a relaxing trip. Here are some reasons why you should take a trip to Cambodia in November:

  • Water Festival: The Water Festival is an annual event celebrated in November. Head to the Tonle Sap River to witness the festival, where long, narrow boats compete in a race. The festival also provides a unique opportunity to enjoy traditional Cambodian cuisine, music, and dancing.
  • Independence Day: On November 9, Cambodia celebrates the day of its independence from France. The festival provides a unique opportunity for tourists to learn about Cambodia’s colonial past while taking in all the merriment happening on the streets, from parades to cultural performances.
  • Trekking fun: November is the best time to visit Cambodia for trekking and hiking, thanks to the favorable temperature in Cambodia in November. You can explore the mountainous regions and natural parks of Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri, and Battambang around this time without worrying about the weather turning on you. These provinces offer stunning scenery, including waterfalls, forests, and wildlife.

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.

Cambodia in November offers travelers an opportunity to explore the country's rich culture, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities. Begin your trip from Siem Reap to see the Angkor Wat temple complex, one of the most-visited sites in Cambodia, the floating villages on Tonle Sap, and local museums.

Next, a trip to Phnom Penh to learn about the city's culture and history. See the Royal Palace, local history museums, and street markets, before embarking on a countryside trek. If you are looking for adventure, the Cardamom Mountains offer breathtaking landscapes, exotic wildlife, and several waterfalls. You can take a trek through these mountains or enjoy an eco-tourism experience while witnessing the beauty of the region’s flora and fauna.

In between your trip, you can also spare some days to witness the festivals that take place in Cambodia in November. The annual Water Festival or Bon Om Touk is a must-see. The festival is observed across Cambodia for three days, and it marks the end of the monsoon season.

November is also one of the best times to enjoy the beaches of Cambodia. You can relax on the sandy beaches of Sihanoukville or take a boat to explore the idyllic islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. The clear blue skies and warm weather provide the perfect condition for swimming, snorkeling, and other water-based activities.

November is an excellent month to visit Cambodia, as it offers a unique blend of culture, nature, and adventure. With the end of the rainy season, you can enjoy clear skies and sunny days while exploring the temples on the Angkor Wat tour, hiking through the Cardamom Mountains, or relaxing on the sandy beaches of Sihanoukville. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Cambodia in November has something for everyone.

If you have managed to snag a trip to Cambodia in November, you have most certainly made the right decision. Browse through our collection of packaged tours or contact travel experts to get a customized trip to Cambodia.

Published by Astha Joshi, updated on April 9, 2023

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