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Cambodia Weather in May 2024, Where to Go and Travel Tips

By Mike HoUpdated Apr. 25, 2021

July is the second wettest month in Cambodia, as it falls in the middle of the rainy season. Rainfall is usually in the form of heavy, intense showers, though sometimes the sun breaks through the overcast skies. Read on for typical weather in July in Cambodia, including average temperatures and rainfall, as well as travel tips on what to wear and best places to visit.

Cambodia Weather in July: Overview

Cambodia Weather in July
  • Average temperature range: 24–33°C (75–91°F)
  • Average rainfall: 160–340 mm (6–13 inches)
  • Average rainy days: 18–25
  • Average sunny days: 2–10

It is hot and humid (~80%) in July in Cambodia, with an average temperature range from 24°C to 33°C. Since it is the wet season, the average amount of rain observed in Cambodia during this month is very high on the coast, exceeding 300 mm (12 in), but only moderate amounts are seen inland: around 180 mm (7 inches) in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Cambodia's tourist cities all average around 6 hours of sunshine per day.

Cambodia's Major Cities' Weather in July

City Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC)  Rainfall (mm)
Phnom Penh 25 33 154
Battambang 27 32 190
Siem Reap 26 33 200
Sihanoukville 26 30 300
Koh Rong 25 31 310

Phnom Penh and Southern Cambodia: The minimum temperature averages 25°C (77°F) and the maximum 33°C (91°F). The average precipitation during this month is 154 mm (6 in), with the number of rainy days averaging 18.

Battambang and Siem Reap: The average minimum temperature is 27°C (80°F) and the maximum 32°C (90°F). The average rainfall in July is 190 mm (8 in), with the number of rainy days usually around 18.

West Coast of Cambodia and Sihanoukville : In Koh Rong and nearby areas, the average minimum temperature in July is 26°C (79°F), and the maximum averages 30°C (86°F). The average precipitation in July is 340 mm (14 in), with rainfall expected on around 25 days of the month.

The Best Places to Visit in Cambodia in July

Although July is one of the wettest months in Cambodia, there are still several exciting places you can visit. We recommend making a point to drop by the following exciting places:

1. Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

July is a good time to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site as there will be less tourists in the low season. On the other hand, the setting in of the wet season makes the city's beautiful and astonishing scenery stand out in striking detail from its verdant surroundings. In July, you can enjoy sightseeing and learning about the rich history of the Angkor temples, monasteries, and colonial architecture that are still standing today. For natural attractions you can explore in Siem Reap, include Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary and Angkor Center for Conservation of Biodiversity.

2. Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh was known as the Pearl of Asia in the early 20th century. There are numerous historical attractions in this city, where you can avoid the outdoor heat in July. In this city, you can see many French relics, such as the Royal Palace, which dates back to 1866, Independence Monument, a multitude of pagodas, and the famous Wat Phnom. Read more about Phnom Penh

3. Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap Lake

Taking a boat tour on Tonle Sap Lake (biggest lake in Cambodia) is a good activity to keep you cool in the heat of July. The heavy rainfall makes it the best time of the year to visit the flooded forests and floating villages around Lake Tonle Sap by boat. During this time, the lake becomes enormous due to the downpours draining off the hills. The air is especially clean and fresh after a cloudburst.

4. Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville

Visiting Sihanoukville in July is a good idea to save you money and time, though it is in the wettest region of the country. Less tourists visit this top coastal destination in Cambodia. It is quiet and peaceful on the beach in July. Sihanoukville offers international food, reasonable price accommodations, and wild nightlife. Sihanoukville is Cambodia's best place for island hopping as it is the jumping off point for serene islands on the southern coast, such as Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem, and Koh Dek Koul.

5. Battambang

Battambang

July is a good time to explore the peaceful countryside scenery of Battambang, as the rainfall washes everything clean and green. Take a biking tour to go through the rice fields and experience the local life in the tiny villages. Battambang is also rich in historical sites and cultural heritage. One of the popular travel activities there is to take the bamboo train whose "the carriages" are made from wood and bamboo to tour around. 

Crowding and Costs in July

As it is the wet season, July is the low season in Cambodia. And due to the lower numbers of tourists, historical attractions and natural sites are not crowded. Most hotels offer excellent accommodation deals and bargains. Visiting Cambodia in July is a good idea to save you some money.

Clothes to Wear in July

July is one of Cambodia's wettest months, but the weather is generally hot. Therefore, you should wear summer clothing, such as shorts, and light and loose-fitting cotton clothes. Long-sleeved shirts and trousers are the dress code for religious sites like Angkor Wat, and they will help protect you from mosquito bites. Light colors are ideal as it helps regulate body temperature. Moreover, as it is the wet season, remember to carry a raincoat or umbrella when you are going out.

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