In April, the weather in Cambodia becomes scorching. It is the hottest month of the year, and it gets reasonably dry with rainfall expected on a few specific days. The temperatures reach an average maximum of 35°C (95°F), but it can get even higher in different cities.
With the little rainfall and the hot weather in April, it is a good month for you to enjoy the warm waters of the coastal cities and see a few temples in the morning.
April Weather in Cambodia's Tourist Cities
In April, the average daytime temperature in Cambodia ranges from 23°C to 36°C (73°F–97°F). The daytime temperature in Battambang reaches an average maximum of 34°C (93°F), and the average daily daylight hours is eight hours. There are typically seven rainy days in April.
In Phnom Penh, the weather is humid, hot, and reasonably dry. The daytime temperature reaches an average maximum of 35°C (94°F) and a minimum of 24°C (75°F). The average daily daylight hours in Phnom Penh is eight hours. April rainfall in Phnom Penh remains steady at around 63 mm (2½ in). There are only six rainy days in April.
In Sihanoukville, the average temperature in April is 28°C (83°F). Night temperatures reach 24°C (75°F), and daytime temperatures reach 33°C (92°F). The average daily daylight hours in Sihanoukville is eight hours and there are typically nine rainy days in April.
In Siem Reap, the weather is scorching and humid. The daytime temperature reaches an average maximum of 36°C (97°F) and a minimum of 23°C (74°F). The average daily daytime hours in Siem Reap is nine hours. April rainfall in Siem Reap is around 52 mm (2½ in). There are typically seven rainy days in April.
Tips for Visiting Cambodia in April
Clothing: April is a hot month in Cambodia. You should wear loose-fitting clothes like cotton shirts, shorts, or linen blouses during the daytime.
At night, the weather is cool, and the temperatures typically range between 23°C (73°F) and 25°C (77°F). You should wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers / jeans. These will help keep your body warm when it gets cold. Because there are a few rainy days in April, there can be mosquitoes as well.
Hydration: During the daytime, you should drink a lot of water because it gets hot. Also, you should avoid walking in the sun for too long.
Tourism in April: April is among the peak seasons in Cambodia. There will be large crowds of visitors in tourist destinations during the morning hours because the weather will still be pleasant.
In the afternoon, there won't be as many tourists walking around the streets due to the scorching sun. They will prefer to go to the beach to swim, relax, and enjoy the waters.
4 Things to Do in Cambodia in April
Cambodia is a beautiful country with a striking landscape. If you plan to visit Cambodia in April, be ready to meet welcoming locals and visit some of the country's most popular destinations.
However, before packing your bags, make sure that you have a valid visa. If you don't, you can learn how to apply for a Cambodia visa.
We recommend visiting the following four exciting places in April.
1. Visit the Bayon Temple at Angkor in Cambodia
Recommended duration of visit: Half a day
The Bayon temple is located in the center of Angkor Thom, Cambodia. It is famous for its 216 mysterious smiling faces of Avalokiteshvar, all facing different directions, and exquisite bas-reliefs.
If you are interested in reliefs in general, you will be shocked by the carving skill on display here. You should get to the temple early enough and walk around before it gets hot during the day.
2. Enjoy a Laid-back Retreat on the White Sand Beaches
If you are planning to visit Cambodia in April to soak up some sun and get sand between your toes, then Kep, Sihanoukville, and Ko Kong feature some of the cleanest and most tranquil beaches.
Most beaches in Cambodia will be full of visitors in April because it gets hot in the afternoon.
During the dry days in April, getting to the beach areas from Phnom Penh and other big cities can be challenging. The roads alternate between dry and pitted, and wet and muddy. You should take a private car to reach these stunning beaches in comfort.
3. Attend a Meditation Retreat
If you are a curious traveler looking for a spiritual adventure, then Cambodia has the right spot for you.
The famous temples in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Battambang have yoga and meditation sessions that will cost you around KHR 1700. The sessions take between 45 minutes and 2 hours.
4. Celebrate the Khmer New Year with the Locals
This holiday celebrates the traditional Lunar New Year. It is a three-day public holiday that begins on the 13th or 14th of April. This holiday is based on the solar calendar, and each of its three days is celebrated differently.
First Day: Maha Songkran
In the Khmer tradition, this was the day the world was created. On this day, families will clean their houses and light many candles around statues of the Buddha. Many families will celebrate with a feast and the burning of firecrackers.
Second Day: Virak Wanabat
It is a good time to think about the homeless and less fortunate. Locals exchange gifts, and families go to monasteries to pray. As a foreign tourist, this can be an exciting day to travel and watch locals participate in their traditional holiday merriments.
Third Day: Tngay Leang Saka
On the third day of the celebrations, Buddhists clean statues with scented water, burn incense and, of course, enjoy lots of food. Children will also anoint their parents and grandparents with perfumed water to receive blessings. See if a local will show you their traditional statue-washing practices.
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