The weather in March in Cambodia is generally very warm, with hot and sunny days throughout the month. There are around 19–22days of light/moderate and short-lived showers with an average precipitation of 130 mm (5 in). The Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri regions in the northeast are cooler and wetter.
With the monsoon rains yet to arrive in full swing, March is a quite a good time for travelers who don't mind the heat to visit all of Cambodia.
March Weather in Cambodia's Tourist Cities
In March in Cambodia, the average daily temperature range is 24–34°C (75–93°F) and average sunshine hours in Cambodia's most famous cities is 9 hours.
In Siem Reap, the temperature during the day reaches an average maximum of 34°C (93°F) and an average minimum of 24°C (75°F). There are 22 days of rain amounting to 180 mm (7 in) on average in March.
The weather in Phnom Penh is hot and dry with an average maximum temperature of 33°C (91°F) and an average minimum of 23°C (73°F). The city typically receives 20 days of rain in March, totaling130mm (5 in).
The average maximum temperature in Sihanoukville is 33°C (91°F), and the average minimum temperature is 23°C (73°F). Sihanoukville receives 19 days of rain in March typically, but only84 mm (3 in), so expect only light rain.
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Tips for Visiting Cambodia in March
Clothing: During this month, wear light, cotton clothes. For men, a pair of shorts and light, cotton shirts is ideal. Women can opt for light dresses or skirts. However, if you would like to pack some extra clothes for mountainous or rural areas, or for respectfulness in temples, light trousers and jackets would be perfect.
Hydration: Since March is a hot month with scorching heat, drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated during the day.
Book in advance: Before planning a trip to Cambodia, regardless of the month you plan to travel, book your stay and transportation arrangements in advance to avail yourself of better prices.
Tourism in March: Considering the favorable weather conditions, you can expect large crowds in most tourist destinations in Cambodia.
Things to Do in Cambodia in March
Travel high season: Even though March is a hot month, a large number of tourists visit Cambodia in this month.
In remote regions in the northeast, such as Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri, the roads are easily accessible during this time, while Sihanoukville andKepon the south coast are popular relaxation areas due to the favorable sea conditions and sunny weather.
There are many popular attractions in Cambodia, and most are recommendable in March. We have listed just a few of the most exciting places to visit to make your trip to the country a memorable one.
1. Enjoy the Company of Dolphins in Kampot
Kampot is located along the Preaek Tuek Chhu River in southern Cambodia. Besides the fantastic scenery, Kampot offers pleasant weather and the company of friendly dolphins. Among other things, don't miss the delicious seafood that Kampot has to offer, which is one of the many cuisines served to diners.
2. Tour the Bamboo Island off the Sihanoukville Coast
Sihanoukville grows in popularity with each passing year, with more and more tourists thronging the destination. Bamboo Island, located 10 km (6 miles)off the coast of Sihanoukville, is one of the most popular sites among travelers and is also known as Koh Russei. Bamboo Island is also among the busiest islands in Cambodia and Thailand to visit this season with national tourists and foreigners.
3. Visit Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is not only a significant destination for tourists but also the largest religious monument in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlights of Angkor Wat include its 200 m(650 ft) high gateway, a stone doorway with guardian lions, five towers representing the five peaks of Mt. Meru, and a Naga sculpture with seven heads.
March is one of the hottest months in Cambodia, as heat builds before the arrival of the heavy monsoon rains. With tropical winds blowing across the country, most travelers prefer to visit attractions like the Angkor Wat temple complex either late in the afternoon or early in the morning, with some time to sit back and relax in the hotel in the late mornings and afternoons.
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Although temperatures rise high in March, it is a good time for travelers to visit Cambodia for its drier weather. We can help you plan a successful trip and design a custom vacation. Tours to any of these destinations can be customized to suit your getaway or vacation needs.