Cambodia is a Southeast Asian country that has everything you could possibly want from an exciting holiday, from ancient architecture to beautiful landscapes and modern towns and cities. It’s an ideal place to visit if you’re looking for a trip filled with sightseeing and chances to learn about a new country’s culture, but there are plenty more experiences to discover across Cambodia if history isn’t really your thing.
The climate in Cambodia is hot all year round, and visiting in March means that you’ll arrive during the dry season when rain is very rare. If you’re looking for a lot of heat and sunshine early on in the year then this is an ideal time to visit Cambodia, with hot, steamy weather inland and slightly cooler temperatures along the coast. It’s the perfect place to get started on your summer tan and enjoy a holiday filled with more than just kicking back.
Reasons to Visit Cambodia in March
- The last peak month for tourism in Cambodia is February, which means prices for flights and accommodation should start to drop in March
- March is right in the middle of the dry season, so you’ll have plenty of hot and dry weather during your trip
- The popular sights of Cambodia will be quieter in March, which is perfect for those who want to take their time with sightseeing and enjoy a more authentic atmosphere
Weather in Cambodia in March
March takes place within Cambodia’s dry season, but temperatures and humidity do start to climb as the month progresses. You likely won’t experience any rain during your time in the country, but you should be prepared for high levels of humidity that can feel quite intense if you’re outdoors for a long time.
The average high temperature in Cambodia in March is 34°C, with slightly lower average temperatures in locations closer to the coast during the day. At night, the temperature tends to drop down to around 23°C which does feel a little cooler, so we recommend you try and find accommodation with air conditioning to enjoy proper relief from the heat if possible.
The average sea temperature on the coast of Cambodia is 29°C in March, which is ideal for swimming and paddling as the water will feel very warm. Activities such as watersports haven’t really taken off in the country, but many coastal resorts have beautiful and very busy beaches during the country’s dry season.
Clouds and Rainfall
There is only an average of 2 days of rain across the whole of March in Cambodia, so it’s a great time of the year to visit if you don’t want your trip to get spoiled by wet weather. This lack of rain means that the humidity during the day can be quite relentless when the temperature is high though, but if you don’t mind the heat then this shouldn’t be a problem.
There is an average of 8 hours of bright sunshine every day in Cambodia in March, which is ideal for those looking for a hot and sunny holiday early on in the year. The sun usually rises just after 6 am in the morning in the country and sets just after 6 pm at night.
Where to Go in Cambodia in March
Siem Reap is one of the most popular parts of Cambodia, although it shouldn’t be too busy if you visit in March. The city is chic and modern, with a wide range of accommodation options and food destinations, but is also the gateway to some of the country’s most ancient temples.
If you’re in Siem Reap then visiting the Angkor Wat temple complex is an absolute must. But within the city, you can also visit the stunning Phare Circus, spend a wild evening on Pub Street, and visit a new market every day to purchase everything from clothing to food and souvenirs.
Whilst Cambodia isn’t totally overrun with tourists in March, the popular towns and cities can often get quite busy during the month. If you want to escape the noise and enjoy a slice of a much slower way of life, visiting the town of Kampot is a brilliant choice.
Found in the south of Cambodia, Kampot does not feel like a tourist town in the slightest. Here, you can wander the dusty streets of Chinese and French colonial architecture, enjoy delicious local food and lose yourself in the beautiful surrounding countryside. It’s the perfect place to switch off and relax.
Things to do in Cambodia in March
Tour Angkor Wat
The temples of Angkor Wat are perhaps the most famous tourist attraction in all of Cambodia, but they are popular for a good reason. The best time to book a tour of this historic site is at sunrise or sunset, as not only when the temples are quieter but you’ll also get to see the whole area flooded with golden light, which is a very spiritual experience.
Sample Khmer Cuisine
You’ll likely eat a lot of traditional Vietnamese and other Asian food during your time in Cambodia, but we also recommended that you give the local Khmer cuisine a try as well. ‘Amok’ fish curry is one of the best-known dishes, but there are also plenty of traditional soups and salads served in all kinds of restaurants as well as the classic breakfast dish of pork and rice, or bai sach chrouk.
Visit the Floating Villages
Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in all of Southeast Asia and has several villages built on stilts that appear to be ‘floating’ on the surface of the water. Whilst the lake levels will have started to drop by March, this month is one of the best for birdwatching, which makes Tonle Sap well worth a visit if you want to enjoy some of Cambodia’s natural wildlife.
Crowds & costs
The dry season in Cambodia tends to be a lot more popular with tourists than the wet season, and so you can expect the country to be busier during a visit at this time of year than if you came in June or July. However, the peak months for tourism are from November to February, when temperatures are cooler and the humidity isn’t as bad.
Visiting Cambodia in March means that you won’t get the country to yourself, but you will hopefully be able to avoid the high season prices for travel and accommodation. Expect popular attractions to be relatively busy, but don’t worry too much about having to fight your way through crowds of other travellers everywhere you go.
Frequently asked questions about Cambodia in March
What is the rainy season in Cambodia?
The rainy season in Cambodia lasts from May to October, with the amount of rain increasing towards the end of this period. In September and October, you can expect rain almost every day, but showers don’t tend to last very long and also mean that the landscapes in the country during this period are incredibly lush, green and beautiful.
What is the coldest month in Cambodia?
The coldest months in Cambodia are November, December and January which all have an average low temperature of around 23°C. Of course, the weather during these months is still actually quite warm so you shouldn’t have any problems getting out and about during the coldest time of the year.
The size and variety of attractions across Cambodia mean that it’s important to plan your trip before you travel and ensure that you’ll have the time to tick everything off your bucket list. Whether you’re visiting temples, learning about the country’s turbulent past, or enjoying the local food and hospitality, your trip to this part of the world is bound to be unforgettable.
The temperature and humidity of Cambodia in March may take a bit of getting used to once you have arrived, but this warm and dry weather is ideal for those who want to get out and enjoy seeing as much of the country as possible. For a spring break with a difference, a trip to Cambodia is an absolute must.