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Myanmar (Burma)

January Overview

January is a great time to visit Myanmar (Burma) as you’ll have clear blue skies, little or no chance of rain and average temperatures around 25°C. 

The pleasant temperatures make it a great time of year to explore the Buddhist temples of Bagan. It’s also a perfect month to visit Ngapali beach on the Bay of Bengal coast as you’ll have plenty of sunshine and very little chance of rain.

Whilst the temperatures in the foothills, the Shan State and the area around Inle Lake are warm during the day, it can feel quite chilly in the evenings and early mornings and you’ll definitely need a jumper or jacket.

Ananda Temple Festival takes place in Bagan in January and it is one of the most lively festivals in the calendar. Alms bowls filled with varying crops are offered to a long line of monks. There is a carnival atmosphere at the Ananda Temples, complete fairground rides and food stalls.

February Overview

You can expect excellent weather throughout Myanmar (Burma) in February. Temperatures are rising, but are not yet uncomfortable.

The temperatures in the foothills, the Shan State and the area around Inle Lake are warm during the day; however it can still feel quite chilly in the evenings and early mornings so we suggest that you pack a jumper or jacket.

It is the peak time to visit Myanmar (Burma) so if you’re planning to travel during this month we encourage you to book far in advance to avoid disappointment.

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival usually takes place in February or March and it’s an exciting time to be in Yangon. On the days of festival, the stairways and platform of the Shwedagon Pagoda are filled by endless streams of devotees from dawn till midnight and red robed monks lead the attendees in Buddhist rituals

March Overview

March is considered the best time of the year to visit Myanmar (Burma) and you can expect excellent weather throughout the country.

The temperatures will be higher than January and February and you may want to do your sightseeing either early in the morning or late in the afternoon rather than embarking on full day excursions.

The Shwedagon Pagoda Festival usually takes place in February or March and it’s an exciting time to be in Yangon. During the festival, the stairways and platform of the Shwedagon Pagoda are filled by endless streams of devotees from dawn till midnight and red robed monks lead the attendees in Buddhist rituals.

April Overview

April is one of the hottest months of the year in Myanmar (Burma), with average temperatures of 35°C. Sightseeing can be tough in these hot temperatures, so we suggest that you head out either first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon rather than embarking on full day excursions.   

Thingyan Water Festival (Burmese New Year) usually falls around mid April and the celebrations last for several days. This is a really fun time to be in Myanmar (Burma) as people take to the streets to celebrate. Even though the rainy season hasn’t started you should expect to get wet when you’re out and about as everyone has a water gun or bucket of water and no-one can escape getting soaked.

May Overview

May is very hot throughout Myanmar (Burma). The start of the month is usually dry, however the wet season is just around the corner and if you’re travelling later in the month you should expect showers. The short, heavy downpours won’t necessarily affect your trip; in fact, they help to break up the humidity which makes for more comfortable conditions for sightseeing.

If you don’t mind the extreme heat May can be a great month to visit Myanmar (Burma), and there’s the added bonus that you’ll find the popular tourist sites such as the Bagan temples and Inle Lake much less crowded.

July Overview

If you travel to Myanmar (Burma) in July you should expect heavy rain.

The beach resorts are now closed and road travel across much of the country becomes difficult, in many cases impossible.

The central plains to the south of Mandalay are the hottest and driest region of the country, with temperatures still in the low to mid 30’s°C and rainfall relatively minimal.

Full Moon of Waso falls in July marking the start of Buddhist Lent, and for Buddhist clergy across Myanmar (Burma) it is the beginning of their three month retreat into monastic life. On the morning of the first day of Full Moon of Waso people gather robes, food and other essentials and they offer the donations to the Sangha. It can be a very serene experience to join the local people in temples on the first day of Waso and it’s definitely a contrasting experience from the mayhem of Thingyan (Burmese New Year).

August Overview

August is not considered the best time to travel to Myanmar (Burma) and if you do choose to visit during this month you should expect intense downpours almost every day.

The beach resorts are now closed and road travel across much of the country is difficult, in many cases impossible.

Taungbyone Nat Festival takes place in a village 20km north of Mandalay during the first week of August. This is one of the most impressive nat festivals in the country and a Myanmar family event, despite being very crowded and boisterous with drinking, dancing and revelry throughout the day and night.

September Overview

September is wet and warm although the rain will start to subside later in the month. Temperatures remain in the high 20’s and early 30’s°C.

If you’re visiting Myanmar (Burma) at this time of year you’ll find that there are much fewer tourists at the main sites, but please bear in mind that road travel across much of the country is still difficult, in many cases impossible. The beaches resorts remain closed during September.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival falls in either September or October and the celebrations continue for more than 20 days. The festival is a fantastic opportunity to embrace the vibrant life, festive spirit and culture of Myanmar (Burma), and if you’re in the country at this time of year make sure that you visit Inle Lake and join the celebrations.

October Overview

Weather is expected to be warm and dry throughout the whole country, and the beach resorts re-open for visitors once again. Temperatures are likely to remain in the high 20’s and early 30’s°C.

October is a good time to visit Myanmar (Burma) as you’ll avoid the crowds, and the countryside is lush and green following months of rain.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival falls in either September or October and the celebrations continue for more than 20 days. This festival is a fantastic opportunity to embrace the vibrant life, festive spirit and culture of Myanmar (Burma), and if you’re in the country at this time of year make sure you visit Inle Lake and join the celebrations.

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival is usually held in October or November and it marks the end of the monsoon season on the Bagan plains. It’s an interesting time to be in Bagan, with celebrations lasting the week running up to the Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone - the eighth month of the Burmese calendar.

November Overview

Moderate temperatures (between 25 °C-30°C) throughout most of the country, very little rainfall and plenty of sunshine make this a popular month to visit Myanmar (Burma). In the highlands and foothills of the east, the temperatures are at their lowest with average highs of 25°C and warm clothing is required, especially at night. November is a great month to visit Ngapali beach on the Bay of Bengal coast.

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival is usually held in October or November and it marks the end of the monsoon season on the Bagan plains. It’s an interesting time to be in Bagan, with celebrations lasting the week running up to the Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone - the eighth month of the Burmese calendar.

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