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April falls in the hot season in Myanmar and is the hottest month of the year. Temperatures climb towards the highest of the year, reaching over 40°C (104°F). Rainfall is scarce and most days are sunny.
In Yangon, the weather is extremely hot in April. The average day temperature is 43°C (110°F), which is not suitable for outdoor activities. The average night temperature is 31°C (87°F).
In April, you should not miss Myanmar New Year and the Water Festival (Thingyan). Myanmar New Year is a Buddhist festival also celebrated in Thailand and Laos. Various events are convened on this day, including music performances and pagoda visits.
You can participate in the Water Festival by going outside in the streets and splashing water on other people, even strangers. It is a good opportunity to experience a different type of New Year’s celebration.
Clothing: vest, shorts, sun cream, hat and flat shoes. NB Best carry a waterproof bag to keep valuables dry.
In April, temperatures reach their highest, at around 47°C (117°F). There are an average of 8 sunshine hours per day and 28 sunny days. Total rainfall is 1.5 inches, so April is dry and hot!
In April, the most important thing is to participate in the Water Festival (Thingyan), which signifies the end of the dry season and the beginning of the rainy season. People throughout Myanmar are excited to celebrate, believing that Thingyan water has power to cleanse from sins of the old year.
The last day of the Water Festival is the first day of the Myanmar New Year. People put on new clothes and gather at pagodas to listen to sermons. This will stay with you as an unforgettable experience.
Clothing: Vest and shorts for the day. Wear a sunhat for protection and sun cream for your skin.
The highest temperature is around 49°C (120°F) and the lowest is about 31°C (87°F). There are 28 sunny days and rainfall is about 0.5 inches. Bagan is also hot and dry in April!
As it’s too hot for outdoor activities, we recommend you stay in your hotel, especially from 12 pm to 4 pm. You can enjoy a leisurely time, swimming or using the spa facilities.
You can explore Shwesandaw Pagoda, admiring the beautiful sunset or sunrise from the top. Or you can appreciate the delicate wall paintings or architectural styles of Sulamani Temple.
Clothing: Pants and thin coat for morning and night. Wear a vest and shorts during the day. Bring a sunhat or umbrella.
Average day and night temperatures are 33°C (91°F) and 19°C (67°F), respectively. It is a bit chilly at night. There are 29 sunny days, with an average of 11.2 hours of sunshine per day.
In April, you can participate in the Water Festival (Thingyan) and New Year celebrations. You can observe how locals celebrate New Year in a different way.
It’s recommended for you to cruise round the lake to explore how Intha people make their living. Or you can visit the “floating gardens”, made from reeds, weeds, mud and bamboo. Intha people plant various vegetables and tomatoes on their floating farmland. It’s very special and amazing.
Clothing: T-shirts or vest and shorts are enough for day. Wear a thin coat for early mornings and nights. Bring a sunhat as shade from the sun.
In April, Ngapali is a better option than Bagan. The weather is sunny and rainfall is practically negligible at 0.2 inches. The highest temperature is around 39°C (102°F) while the lowest is around 22°C (71°F).
At Ngapali, the sea water is clear and there is an abundance of colorful reef fish and hard corals. You can swim and snorkel to explore underwater life. You will be delighted by the colorful and beautiful corals. Or you can sunbathe on the beach and enjoy a soft drink. It’s a good place to relax.
Clothing: vest, dress or shorts, sunhat, sunglasses, thin coat, swimsuit.
Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival: This is convened in Bago and lasts 8 days. People make donations to the pagoda and listen to sermons.
Water Festival (Thingyan): The Water Festival is a nationwide celebration and lasts 5 days. It is one of the activities to celebrate the Myanmar New Year.
People believe that Thingyan water has power to wash away the year’s sins and to welcome back sustaining rains that feed lush jungles. It’s good fun to participate in the water-fights.
Myanmar New Year: People throughout Myanmar celebrate New Year on the last day of the Water Festival (Thingyan). They put on new clothes for visiting elders, listen to scriptures, make donations to pagodas, and enjoy live performances.
The Myanmar New Year and Water Festival fall in April. You can observe how local people celebrate New Year and participate in the water-fights. It will be the experience of a lifetime.
Be careful as it’s very crowded during the Water Festival. Dress in light clothing that dries quickly. Keep your camera equipment and phone in a waterproof bag. Make hotel and flight bookings well in advance.
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