August, with its hot and humid days, is the fifth warmest month of the year in Cambodia. It is also counted as amongst the wettest months, with rainfall occurring on an average of 16 days through the month.
If you are planning to visit, it would be best if you came prepared with a raincoat, umbrella, and waterproof jacket for the sudden showers that occur in the late afternoons.
August is a good month to arrange for indoor activities and a few outdoor tours when the weather brightens up.
August Weather in Cambodia's Tourist Cities
In August, the average daytime temperature in Cambodia ranges from 23–32°C (75–90°F). The temperatures reach an average maximum of 32°C (90°F), with an average of 18 rainy days in the month. The average daily sunshine hours in Cambodia’s tourist cities in August is about 6 hours.
In Siem Reap, the weather is hot, humid, and wet. The daytime temperature reaches an average maximum of 32°C (90°F) and a minimum of 24°C (76°F). August rainfall in Siem Reap remains steady at around 229mm (9 in). There are typically 18 rainy days in August.
In Phnom Penh, the weather is slightly cooler than in Siem Reap, but it is humid and very wet. The daytime temperature reaches an average maximum of 31°C (89°F) and a minimum of 23°C (74°F). August rainfall in Phnom Penh remains steady at around 165mm (6½ in). There are 16 rainy days in August in Phnom Penh on average. The humidity in Phnom Penh in August is 85%.
In Battambang, the average temperature in August is 28°C (82°F). Night temperatures reach 24°C (75°F), and daytime temperatures reach 32°C (90°F). There are typically 17 rainy days. The humidity in August remains at 83%.
Tips for Visiting Cambodia in August
Clothing: Depending on the city you plan to visit, you should come prepared with some waterproof gear and a raincoat. There might be sudden rains during the day or night. Summer clothes are appropriate for daytime.
At night, the weather is a bit cooler, and temperatures typically range between 23°C (73°F) and 25°C (77°F). With the rains, there can be many mosquitoes. So, you should wear long-sleeved shirts and full-length pants.
Tourism in August: August is a month that receives few visitors. This is because Cambodia faces substantial rainfall in this month. Many 3-and 4-star hotels offer fantastic deals during this season.
There will be a few outdoor activities open in all the major tourist cities in Cambodia.
3 Things to Do in Cambodia in August
It is best to plan indoor activities in Phnom Penh in August, although it is the city with the least number of rainy days in this month. In Sihanoukville and Koh Kong, the beaches and major attractions are usually not so lively, because the roads leading to them become muddy. Also, the sky will be overcast, making it hard to enjoy the beach atmosphere.
However, Phnom Penh is known as the “Pearl of Asia” because it offers an excellent destination to retreat to. You can appreciate the country’s architecture at the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace. In addition, you can shop for handicrafts at the Central Market.
1) Appreciate Another UNESCO World Heritage Site at Angkor Wat
The awe-inspiring temples at Angkor Wat are a must-visit. Appreciate the statues, Buddhist temples, and ancient structures during the off-peak season, when there will not be as many visitors.
Tour guides at the entrance of the site do not charge as much as they do during the peak tourist season.
2) Visit the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Recommended duration of visit: 1–2 hours
Cost: USD 20 per person
Phnom Penh is a great place to tour in August even with the sudden changes in weather.
At the Royal Palace, there is an impressive aero garden that is open to the public. In addition, you can visit the Throne Hall to see how Cambodia practices religious ceremonies.
The Silver Pagoda is adjacent to the Royal Palace in Cambodia. In the pagoda, you see some of Cambodia’s most precious national treasures. You can also view jewelry, gems, and statues.
3) Tour Indoor Spots in Phnom Penh
Killing Fields and the S-21 Museum: This was a former prison during the Khmer Rouge regime. You can learn about the history of the country and hear stories about the dark past of Cambodia.
Note that only children above the age of 15 years are permitted inside.
Shop at the Russian Market (TuolTompoung Market): You need to take a tuktuk to get to this market from your hotel. It has a lot of handicrafts such as musical instruments, silk fabrics, jewelry, and clothing.
Note: The market is busy when the weather is favorable. You can dine and taste snacks at the local food stalls inside the market.
Visit the Kids City Entertainment Center: Kids City is an indoor arena that offers plenty of activities for you and your kids —there is a playground, skating rink, and science gallery, among other exciting activities.
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Monday–Friday); 9 a.m.to8 p.m. (weekends and holidays)
Charges: from USD 5
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