Cambodia Weather in April
April is one of the hottest months of the year in Cambodia, with average temperatures of 35°C, and the possibility of the mercury hitting the 40°C’s.
The weather in Cambodian April is determined by the last month of the dry North Eeast Monsoon with generally fine weather, but very humid.The chances of rain are still low, a week of light showers, nicknamed the ‘Mango Rains’ is not uncommon towards the middle of that month. although the odd shower close to the end of the month is to be expected with rainy season just around the corner (the rains generally start in early/mid-May).
April can be very hot indeed. The high season is now over, and some very competitive hotel deals start to appear, as tourist numbers drop. With fewer crowds, and still mostly dry days, this can be a good time to visit – but the heat means that the middle of the day should be avoided. Bookings can be difficult over the Khmer New Year (mid April), as many businesses close over the holiday.
Touring highlights in April
- Average of 10-12 hours per day sunshine with bright mornings some showers towards the middle of April.
- Temperatures range from 25ºC (77ºF) to 35ºC (95ºF)
- Crowd avoidance is much better as the large tourist groups rarely come during April.
- April is the season of some of the finest tropical fruits Cambodia has to offer, particularly Asian mangos. During this month, there is a overflow of the deliciously perfect yellow fruit, often coming down to as low as $1.50 for a dozen in the local wet market.
- This is also the month of the Cambodian New Year. While it may be hard to get bookings during those few days, if you arrive before it begins you may get to enjoy the delights of the many parties the locals have during this time. They are often very happy to have foriegners join them in thier celebrating, with food, drink, traditional dancing, and fun local games a regular part of the celebrations!
Best places to visit Cambodia in April
Angkor Wat: Exploring the Angkor Temples can be hard work in these hot temperatures, so plan for several shorter stints rather than all-day visits. The heat does have its advantages however as crowd numbers tend to be lower at the main temple sites.
Very hot, dry weather is the norm across the entire country making for great travel conditions. Rain is unlikely to have fallen for many months making the terrain dusty with little vegetation.
For the more committed sun worshippers, this is the ideal time of year to factor in a few days of R&R on the south coast beaches of Sihanoukville, Kep or the smaller islands of Koh Rong and Kong Rong Samloem. As the month goes on the odd tropical storm could deliver some welcome rainfall to the parched land, however at this time of year these will be short lived.