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Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Cambodia

Geography

Cambodian Geography - Angkor
Jungle taking over Angkor

Cambodia is a country that sits on the southern end of mainland Southeast Asia. It has water access to the Gulf of Thailand on its southern border, plus is bordered by Thailand to the west, Laos to the north, and Vietnam to the east. The Mekong River runs through the country from north to south in the east and in the west Lake Tonle Sap vastly changes size as it shrinks and grows with rainy or dry season.

Running from the northeast to the south is the Mekong River, which provides great living conditions and hence the bulk of the population. This wide river plain comprises much of the country and the rest of the country is relatively flat and livable as well, leaving little geographical variety, but great living conditions.

Weather

Cambodian Geography - Rice fields
Rice fields

Cambodia's weather is primarily determined by the wet and dry season. From about May to September the rainy season arrives with the winds from the southwest. The dry season takes place from about November to March, with the coast having a shorter dry season and inland having a longer period without substantial rain. The wet season is generally more humid and the months between dry and wet tend to also experience changes in humidity more than anything else. Throughout the year temperatures are fairly consistent as the average high is about 90° F (32° C) during the hot months of April to September and average daily lows are about 60° F (16° C) during the colder months of December to February. Most days year round are in the 75-90° F (24-32° C) range.

Wildlife

Cambodian Geography - Monkeys
Monkeys

Cambodia is home to a number of animal species with good diversity from one group to the next. Some of the mammals in the country are tigers, deer, buffaloes, elephants, ox, panthers, bears, and monkeys. The sea life is even more diverse as the country is home to hundreds of fresh water fish and nearly as many salt water fish in the nearby sea. Among these are carp, trout, tuna, mackerel, squid, shrimp, lobster, oysters, and crab.

There are also many birds in the country from season to season, including cormorants, cranes, ibises, parrots, pheasants, and ducks. Among the many reptilian and amphibian species are various snakes, crocodiles, and turtles.

This page was last updated: March, 2013