Bagan's February weather is one of the most enjoyable in a whole year. Dry and hot, it's still the cool season – the best time to visit Bagan as well as Myanmar. It's the high season and we recommend to book your journey in advance.
Weather: The average temperature in February is around 30.9°C. The average temperature in the daytime is around 37°C and will drop to 24°C in the evening. You will feel hot during the daytime and a bit cooler in the evening.
February is relatively dry with almost no rainfall. With so few rainy days and comfortable temperatures, February is definitely the most suitable time for all kinds of outdoor activities.
Clothing:When taking part in outdoor activities, a sun hat or UV protection umbrella and mosquito repellent are necessities to prevent sunburn and mosquito bites. Take a thin coat and long-sleeved shirts as it’s quite cool in the mornings and evenings. Moisturizing spray can also benefit your skin in the dry weather.
Things to Do
As temperatures at midday in February are usually too high for outdoor activities, it’s recommended that you have a rest in your hotel or do some indoor activities, such as swimming and going to a spa.
Appreciate the Ancient Ananda Temple
Bagan is an ancient city with a mysterious Buddhist culture. With more than 2,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas, Bagan is known as ‘the land of a million pagodas’.
Built in 1090 during the reign of King Kyanzittha, the Ananda Temple is the most magnificent and complete temple. It includes four giant Buddha statues and the main pagoda is surrounded by lots of small pagodas.
The walls of the pagodas are carved with a variety of animals and monsters, making the architecture exquisite and impressive. These gorgeous frescoes on the inside and stunning architecture on the outside have attracted billions of tourists to worship there.
When you walk barefoot around the main pagoda and take a close look at those gorgeous frescoes, you will find it stunning and will not be able to stop yourself from worshiping there.
Be aware: Wear decent clothes. Please cover your shoulders and knees, and take off your shoes and socks when entering the pagodas. Tuck away your feet — when you sit, your legs should not be stretched out and your feet should never face a Buddha. Take off your shoes and socks when climbing the pagodas.
Fly Over Bagan in a Hot-Air Balloon
A hot-air balloon trip is the most famous activity in Bagan. This activity can only be carried out in the dry season, which is from October to March. It has already become one of the must-do activities for tourists.
Taking a hot-air balloon trip over Bagan is the best way to enjoy an overall view of all the pagodas. This activity is usually carried out in the early morning and it lasts for about an hour, so you can also enjoy the beautiful sunrise.
Seeing the sun light up this ancient city slowly and thousands of pagodas showing themselves in front of your eyes, you will be pleasantly surprised and must not miss this activity — it’s breathtaking and grand. Of course, please make sure you are not afraid of heights.
Watch a Sunset from the Irrawaddy River
After a day's activities to observe the pagodas, you will undoubtedly feel tired and exhausted. At this moment, any slow and gentle activities can help you to relax. Taking a boat trip on the Irrawaddy River is definitely the best choice.
There are some other places to watch a sunset in Bagan, such as the Shwesandaw Pagoda, but it’s usually crowded and noisy in these venues. On the boat, however, you can watch the beautiful sunset from the still Irrawaddy River.
You can also chat with the local people on the boat to see how friendly and enthusiastic they are. The overall view is quiet, grand, and romantic.
Be aware: The boat trip will last for one hour until the sunset so you might need a thin coat as the temperature will drop in the evening. Make sure you get a life jacket on the boat.
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