Phnom Penh, Cambodia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Phnom Penh, Cambodia? If you're planning to go to Phnom Penh, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Based on the climate and weather in Phnom Penh, the best time to go is January. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Phnom Penh, Cambodia by month

January

January in Phnom Penh is extremely hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts

February

February here can be sweltering and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals

March

If you visit Phnom Penh during March, you are likely to find that it can be blisteringly hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (low 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Sandals
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Light dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage

April

April in this region is sizzling. Temperatures average in the 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Rain coat
  • Tank tops
  • Light dresses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Light shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts

May

If you are traveling to Phnom Penh in May, you will notice that it can be blisteringly hot. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light shorts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light dresses
  • Tank tops
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis

June

If you visit Phnom Penh during June, you are likely to find that it can be very hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Dresses

July

July in Phnom Penh is constantly hot and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) to low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat

August

August in Phnom Penh is really hot and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses

September

In September, Phnom Penh can be very hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 80s F (low 30s C) and a bit less than half of the time jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range.

At night, lows are in the 70s F (mid 20s C). This is also a rainy time for Phnom Penh, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses

October

In October, Phnom Penh can be very hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 80s F (low 30s C) and a bit less than half of the time jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range.

At night, lows are in the 70s F (mid 20s C). This is also a rainy time for Phnom Penh, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts

November

Traveling to Phnom Penh in November, you will notice that it is really hot. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts

December

If you visit Phnom Penh during December, you are likely to find that it is really hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Phnom Penh, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, C and G
  • A SIM card that works in Phnom Penh
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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