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Cambodia weather & when to go: May

Cambodia May weather overview

Whilst slightly cooler than April, early May in Cambodia can remain relatively dry, however by the latter part of the month the rains are likely to have begun across Cambodia, albeit rainfall remains low and sporadic initially. Overall its still a good month for travel, especially for those wanting to avoid peak season crowds.

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May’s weather in detail

Early May can remain relatively dry, however by the latter part of the month the rainy season is likely to be under way across Cambodia, albeit rainfall remains low and sporadic initially.

Temperatures remain high, however the rains help break the humidity making life a little more comfortable (avg temp: 29 °C). Avoid the short, heavy showers and you will find that this is a very pleasant month to be in Cambodia with one great benefit being the thinner crowds at the Angkor Temples.

Despite the start of the rain, May is a great month to visit Cambodia as plenty of sunshine is still expected and the visitor numbers are far lower than in previous months. The beaches on the south coast are still very much in consideration thanks to the short, infrequent showers and warm temperatures.

During April and May you may witness the effects of 'slash and burn' farming, unfortunately practiced throughout much of Asia. New ground is cleared in February and, once dry, any wood and bush not required is burnt. Fires are lit across the country and this can create a hazy effect at times, particularly in rural regions.

Cambodia Festivals in May

Visak Bochea

Date of birth, enlightenment & death of Buddha. 7th May 2020

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

10th May 2020

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