March Weather in Bagan

March Weather in Bagan

By Wendy Updated Jul. 2, 2021

March in Bagan marks the beginning of the hot season. The weather is extremely hot and dry. For the travelers who wishes to visit Bagan in March we recommend to arrange the sightseeing before 12:00 and after 16:00 hrs.

Weather: The average temperature in March is 34°C (93°F). The average noontime temperature is around 42°C (107°F), with the average night temperature falling to around 26°C (79°F).

Bagan in MarchBagan in March

Bagan’s hot season falls in March. There are around 30 sunny days with hardly any rainfall. The weather can be unbearably hot in the afternoon, so outdoor activities are not recommended then. The highest temperature reaching 45°C (113°F) and the lowest temperature is 23°C (74°F).

Clothing: When outdoors, take a hat or umbrella to protect your skin from the sun. Please use mosquito repellent to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Wear comfortable flat shoes while participating in outdoor activities.

March Weather in BaganAverage Temperature Chart for Bagan in March

Things to Do

As it may get quite hot during the daytime, outdoor activities may not be the best option depending on the actual temperature. You can, however, participate in the festival of Full Moon Day in Tabaung, which is an excellent opportunity to experience the local culture. Another good option would be to relax in your hotel or enjoy one of the Top Restaurants in Bagan.

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Participate in the Month 12 Full Moon Day Event

The Full Moon Day in Tabaung (the 12th and last month of the Burmese calendar), which is also called the Magha Puja or Tabodwe Full Moon Day, is a nationwide festival for Buddhists, which involves merit-making.

The celebration falls on a full moon day in March or April according to the third Burmese calendar, and marks the transition between winter and summer. During the festival, people give special alms to monks in the pagodas.

The Full Moon Day Event in BaganThe Full Moon Day Event in Bagan

Pagodas are full of people, including local people and tourists who are interested in listening to sermons. Outside the pagodas and on the street, lots of local vendors sell handcrafts, local food, and other items as souvenirs.

This festival is the best opportunity to experience the local traditions of the Burmese people. The festival is similar to Makha Bucha Day of Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.

Explore Bagan on a Hot Air Balloon

For every tourist who comes to Bagan, a hot air balloon ride is a must. The ballooning season in Bagan is usually from mid-October to Mid-March. During this period, the winds are calmer and the air is cooler.

Flying over the unique Bagan plain, you will be astounded and amazed by the beauty and diversity of the temples and pagodas. The only way to witness the massive scale of these 2,000 temples is by taking a hot air balloon flight over Bagan.

Hot-Air Balloon Flight in Bagan Hot-Air Balloon Flight in Bagan

Be aware: Taking a hot-air balloon trip is not for those who are scared of heights. We recommend a maximum of eight passengers per balloon, as it will be much easier to take pictures with fewer people sharing the basket. Please be aware that there is no toilet aboard the balloon.

Enjoy Leisure Time in Your Hotel

As March is at the peak of Myanmar’s hot season, the weather may become unbearably hot, especially in the afternoon. During this period, relaxing in your hotel is undoubtedly the best choice. In Bagan, there are lots of indoor activities for you to do inside hotels, such as Aureum Palace Hotel and Arthawka Hotel.

Aureum Palace Hotel is located on Ngapali beach, beside the famous Watch Tower. The hotel is well equipped with spa rooms, swimming pool, bars, clubs as well as restaurants. You can enjoy massages in the spa room, have a drink at the bar, or go swimming. The beach bungalows are lovely and it’s a great spot for watching the sunset.

Arthawka Hotel in Bagan is strategically located in the city center of New Bagan. It takes only a few minutes from the hotel to the Gawdawpalin Temple and Archaeological Museum. This is the best three-star hotel in Bagan. You can enjoy great afternoon tea in the quiet and romantic rooftop restaurant.

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