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March Weather in Cambodia: March Travel Guide for Cambodia

By Mike HoUpdated Apr. 25, 2021

Planning a trip to Cambodia in March? Read on for the weather in March in Cambodia, including average temperatures and rainfall, as well as travel tips on what to wear, travel costs, and best places to visit in March.

Cambodia Weather in March: Overview

Cambodia Weather in March
  • Average temperature range: 23–34°C (73–93°F)
  • Average rainfall: 30 mm (1 inches)
  • Average rainy days: 3
  • Average sunny days: 25

The weather in March in Cambodia is generally very warm, with hot and sunny days throughout the month. There are around 3 days of light and short-lived showers with an average precipitation of 30 mm (1 in). With the monsoon rains yet to arrive, March is a good time for travelers who don't mind the heat to visit all of Cambodia.

Cambodia's Major Cities' Weather in March

City Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC)  Rainfall (mm)
Phnom Penh 23 35 30
Battambang 24 34 30
Siem Reap 23 34 30
Sihanoukville 25 33 50
Koh Rong 25 32 40

Phnom Penh and Southern Cambodia: The weather in Phnom Penh and southern Cambodia is hot and dry with an average maximum temperature of 35°C (95°F) and an average minimum of 23°C (73°F). The city typically receives 3 days of rain in March, totaling 30 mm (1 in).

Battambang and Siem Reap: In Siem Reap and Battambang, 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 3 days of rain amounting to 30 mm (1 in) on average in March. This is very similar to Phnom Penh.

West Coast of Cambodia and Sihanoukville: The average maximum temperature in Sihanoukville is 33°C (91°F), and the average minimum temperature is 25°C (77°F). Sihanoukville receives 6 days of rain in March typically, but only 50 mm (2 in), so expect only light rain.

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The Best Places to Visit in Cambodia in March

March is one of the hot months before the wet season in Cambodia (from May to October). You can expect sunny days and hot weather throughout the whole country in March. As high temperatures average around 34°C (93°F) in March, if you don't mind the heat, it's a good time for various outdoor activities around Cambodia. You can expect daily low temperatures of about 23°C (73°F) at night .

1. Siem Reap

Siem Reap in March

As the gateway to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap itself offers great opportunities to learn more about Cambodia and enjoy natural scenery. You can explore its numerous night markets, silk farms, and traditional craft shops to experience the local life. Take a boat tour on Tonle Sap Lake to witness the peaceful life of the fishing villages. Take a bike tour through rice paddles if you have more time. Read more about top things to do in Siem Reap

2. Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

As one of the most popular destinations in Cambodia, Phnom Penh should be on your list if you are visiting Cambodia for the first time. As the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is a mix of modern Cambodia and the ancient Khmer kingdom. There you can explore the Royal Palace complex to appreciate the beauty of the structure and learn more about the history of Cambodia. It is worth spending some time at the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng Museum (the S-21 prison) to feel the historical terror this nation suffered under Khmer Rouge rule. There are also numerous fun things to do and see in this capital city.

3. Kampot

Kampot

For people who would like to enjoy a slower pace of life and a peaceful vacation, Kampot is a great place for you. Located in the south of Cambodia, Kampot attracts tourists from all over the world for its beautiful scenic landscapes and old colonial buildings. There you can explore the French hill station of Bokor National Park to learn more about its history. Explore the ancient ruins at the Kampot Kampong Trach caves, or just wander around French-colonial and Chinese-style shop houses. Take a small boat on the Kampot River to float around the small town and experience the real life of local people.

4. Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat in March

As the most popular attraction in Cambodia, Angkor Wat is a must-visit. Built between 802 and 1432, Angkor Wat was the largest temple city in the world during the medieval age, which was used as the powerhouse of the Khmer kings. The construction of the temples, of which Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm Temple are two of the must-visited attractions, is so marvelous that they attract thousands of travelers to visit Cambodia each year. It will be worth your time to understand the Angkorian period's architectural achievements and religious culture. 

5. Koh Rong Samloem

Koh Rong Samloem diving

If you don't want to get crowded out on the beaches in Thailand, Cambodia can be a refreshing option for a beach vacation. There are many beautiful islands scattered along the southern coast of Cambodia. One of the most popular islands is Koh Rong Samloem. The clean and less-crowded beaches on the Saracen Bay are favorite places for travelers to enjoy ocean views and beach time. Scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, and other water activities are available in Koh Rong Samloem.

Crowding and Costs in March

March is the last month of the peak travel season in Cambodia. There are still lots of tourists visiting the major attractions, including Angkor Wat, which is much more crowded and busy than in the low season. Hotel prices are higher too. Try to book your hotels in advance as hotels' capacity fills up quickly in March.

Clothes to Wear in March

The temperature in March is warm to hot in all popular parts of Cambodia, although the temperature can drop a lot in the highland areas. So, shorts, skirts, light trousers, T-shirts, and other light clothes are good for this month. If staying in highland areas, it is recommended to pack some warmer clothing, such as a jacket and jeans to avoid getting cold at night. Light showers happen only about 1 in 10 days in March, so you can do without waterproof clothes or umbrellas.

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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.

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