Cambodia in March: Weather and Travel Tips


Plenty of sunny days and a plethora of attractions await visitors in Cambodia in March. This is one of the best times to indulge in outdoor activities and attend the country’s vibrant festivals. Cycle through the archeological sites of Angkor and traverse the atmospheric town of Kampot. Greet the majestic elephants at Phnum Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary or simply unwind on Koh Rong Beach. From witnessing its spectacular temples and timeless ruins to encountering many adventures, a trip to Cambodia in January is surely worthwhile.

Cambodia Weather in March

The beach enjoys the warm weather in March
Enjoy the warm weather in Cambodia with the full sun and have the perfect beach holiday.

March is your last chance to enjoy Cambodia’s perfect weather conditions before the scorching summer season creeps in. The average daytime temperature of the country for the month is 34°C. During the night, the mercury sits at a balmy 23°C. While the weather will be slightly hot in the lowlands and coastal areas, the mountainous regions will have a much cooler climate. Although there will be cloudy skies towards the end of the month, the weather in Cambodia in March remains relatively warmer than the first two months of the year. By late March, however, the water levels over the inland water bodies will start receding.

For seasonal travel tips, read our guide on the best time to visit Cambodia.

Weather in Cambodia in March - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)313234353433323231303030
Avg Nightly (°C)212223262624242625242322
Avg Daily (°F)87.889.693.29593.291.489.689.687.8868686
Avg Nightly (°F)69.871.673.478.878.875.275.278.87775.273.471.6
Avg Rainfall (mm)102010102020404060504010

Why Visit Cambodia in March

River festival in the banks of Phnom Penh’s Tonle Sap Lake.
Witness the River Festival and enjoy the fireworks on the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
People cycling around Angkor temple in Cambodia
Take a cycle ride through Cambodia to explore its rich culture.

Considering this is the last month of the dry season, most tourists will try to book a holiday in Cambodia before the rainy season arrives for the year. We consider you to follow suit, for March is your last chance to explore the country’s attractions without being buffeted by oppressive heat and rainfall. Here are a few more reasons why you should visit Cambodia in March:

  • Festivals: Those heading to the north of Cambodia should not at any cost miss the River Festival, hosted in mid-March. You can witness boxing matches, boat races, and musical concerts while the city gets illuminated with fireworks. Take part in some friendly competition as you mingle with the locals to feast on fine food and beverages.
  • End of harvest season: As the Khmer New Year is celebrated in March, Cambodian farmers are also getting ready to celebrate the end of the harvest season. The country comes alive with vibrant decorations, feasts, and revelry during this time.
  • Relatively cheaper: Despite the high demand for accommodation and transport, those visiting Cambodia in March can secure the best deals that will ever be offered during the peak season. Make sure to book your trip in advance to make the most of such benefits. Here are our best deals for a Cambodia vacation.
  • Outdoor activities: March is the best time to go on a wildlife tour at the Preah Monivong Bokor National Park. If you are a keen cyclist, this is also a great time to join a guided tour to explore the cultural sites of a city of your choice. The beaches in the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Russey also offer wonderful opportunities for water sports.

Where to Go and What to Do

Historical Buddhist temple with aesthetic and beautiful pagodas.
Visit ancient Buddhist temples in Wat Preah Prom Rath, Siem Reap.

Angkor, Phnom Penh, Kampot, Sihanoukville, and Koh Tonsay are some of the best places to visit in Cambodia in March. Start your journey in Angkor, exploring its bygone temples such as Angkor Wat, and Bayon Temple. Stop by the Angkor Night Market to purchase some unique souvenirs and head to Phnom Penh, to see the renowned Royal Palace and National Museum.

You can also simply unwind on the sandy beaches of Sihanoukville and savor the authentic Cambodian flavors by indulging in Phnom Penh street food. Swim with dolphins at Kampot or stroll through its famous pepper plantations. Meet elephants at Mondulkiri wildlife sanctuaries and visit the butterfly farm in Koh Tonsay.

From exploring the French colonial architecture along the River Mekong to cycling in Siem Reap and snorkeling on Bamboo Island, there is an endless list of things to do in Cambodia in March. Plan your itinerary well so you do not miss out on the country’s top attractions and activities.

March in Cambodia is a particularly gorgeous month when the warm weather with clear blue skies will keep you feeling energized throughout your holiday period. From vibrant festivals, and spirited locals to the serenity of the lovely beaches and lively markets, everything in Cambodia is amazing during this time. No wonder why most travelers choose to visit the country in March.

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

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