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Best Time to Visit Myanmar

November to February — cool season and the best time

This is the best time to visit. It is warm and dry by day, with average highs hovering around 30°C in the top Myanmar destinations – Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Bagan and Ngapali Beach. Temperatures haven’t yet reached stifling, therefore providing perfect weather to visit temples, and to see amazing sunrises and sunsets.

Events & Festivals

Ananda Temple Festival (Jan). This falls on the full moon of the tenth month of the traditional Burmese calendar and is held in Bagan. Thousands of pilgrims camp around the temple for the festival. It’s an annual almsgiving time, when donations are given to monks.

Mahamuni Temple Festival (Feb/Mar). This falls around the full moon of the eleventh month of the Burmese calendar and is held in Mandalay. Monks read ancient Buddhist scriptures and offerings are made at the temple. In the evenings, there are performances of traditional dances and plays.

March to May — hot season

From the beginning of March onwards, the heat builds up steadily, with temperatures exceeding 40°C by the end of the month. It’s still dry throughout the country. Myanmar New Year in mid-April (Thingyan Water Festival) is a rewarding highlight. It’s interesting to participate in the water-fights. Pouring water over someone is regarded as performing a cleansing ritual.

Though temperatures increase considerably, which makes outdoor explorations like visiting the Bagan temples challenging, the trip can still be enjoyable if you plan smartly. Check out the temples in Bagan in the early morning for a nice sunrise or at late afternoon for a beautiful sunset, when the heat does not hit you that much.

It’s much cooler around Inle Lake and more humid in Yangon because of its coastal location. Ngapali Beach is still good for a beach escape. Tourists are fewer and costs are lower for flights and accommodation. Benefits are alluring enough to travel in hot season.

Events & Festivals

June to October — rainy season/wet season

The southeast monsoon brings rainfalls to the whole country with average temperatures of 30°C, especially between June and August on the Bay of Bengal, in Yangon and the Irrawaddy Delta. Ngapali Beach closes down completely. You can still travel to key places – Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Bagan (except for the hot-air-balloon ride).

Events & Festivals

Thadingyut Festival (Sep/Oct). This is held nationwide for three days during the seventh month of the Burmese calendar. The festival celebrates the Buddha’s return from heaven. Celebrations take place at pagodas all over the country, with all manner of colorful lights.

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