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Myanmar has three seasons, and June falls in the rainy season. The southeast monsoons bring rainfall to the whole country in May, and by June it’s time for monsoon storms.
There are about 51 inches of rain in the coastal area, and about 36 inches in the Mandalay region. Temperatures drop a little. We recommend indoor activities in June.
The weather is cooler than in previous months, as temperatures tend to decrease in June. Average day and night temperatures are 36°C (96°F) and 29°C (85°F), respectively. Total rainfall is 10.4 inches and there are 22 rainy days. The rain usually comes in short bursts, so will not impact your overall travel experience.
With fewer visitors, June is a good month for visiting downtown Yangon. We recommend you explore Saint Mary’s, the largest and most attractive cathedral in Myanmar. With unique outlook and colorful interior, Saint Mary’s attracts many visitors and locals for prayers every day.
It’s highly recommended to take the circular train to observe different landscapes in Myanmar. On the train, you’ll have an opportunity to chat with locals. Along the way, you can see farmlands, villages, and farmers at work.
Clothing: Pants and long-sleeved shirt are necessary as it’s sometimes cool. Bring vest and shorts for hot days. Bring umbrella or raincoat for rainy days.
The weather is hot and humid in June, with average day temperature of 34°C (93°F) and total rainfall of 4.1 inches. Flights and some views are affected by the heavy rainfall. Cheaper travel expenses are an attraction for some visitors and there are several interesting festivals worth watching.
We recommend attending the Chinlone Festival, held in Mandalay’s Mahamuni Pagoda. People pray and some offer tribute by playing chinlone, a game which involves passing a cane ball between individuals, without using hands.
It’s fun to watch the players keeping the chinlone (cane ball) in the air. You can also enjoy live local music during this festival.
The Nayone Festival of Tipitaka is another interesting event. You can see the great ceremony in any religious pagodas, with monks reciting and debating scriptures in the Pali language. You should not miss this spectacular scene.
Clothing: Please bring vest and shorts as it’s still hot during the day. A long-sleeved shirt or fleece is needed for morning and night. Bring a raincoat and non-slip shoes.
The weather is still scorching hot, reaching its highest temperature of the year around 44°C (111°F). Average day and night temperatures are 42°C (105°F) and 30°C (87°F). Total rainfall is 2.8 inches. It’s not a good time for outdoor activities.
Thus we recommend you visit Nyaung U Market, a good place for exploring local lifestyle. Here you can find a variety of items: local fruit, fish, handcrafts, fabric and flowers. You should have a look at the longji, traditional clothing of Myanmar. Some handcrafts are great souvenirs if you’re interested.
Explore Shwezigon Pagoda, the oldest temple in Bagan. It’s famous for its pre-Buddhist nat statues. Before Buddhism was introduced to Bagan, nat spirit worship was prevalent, and nat worship is still a great attraction for tourists in modern-day Myanmar.
Clothing: pants, thin coat, vest, shorts, sunscreen, sunhat, umbrella, raincoat, non-slip shoes.
With average day and night temperatures of 28°C (83°F) and 19°C (66°F), Inle Lake feels warm but not sweltering hot. Total precipitation in June is 7.3 inches and there are 18 rainy days. So it’s warm and humid.
Observe Nga Phe Kyaung, the oldest monastery at Inle Lake. It is a stilted wooden structure, housing a big Buddha statue on a pedestal at the center of the hall. Sitting there and enjoying the lake view, the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful.
You can also choose simply to relax at a local spa. After a long time sightseeing, you may feel a little frazzled. You deserve a great massage, whether Thai-style, Malaysian-style, or Khan-steam-style.
Clothing: Bring T-shirts and shorts for the days, and a thin coat and long-sleeved shirts for the chilly evenings. Also bring an umbrella and hat.
Unlike other places in Myanmar, tourism at Ngapali Beach suffers a massive impact from the rainy season. In June, there are no convenient arrangements for travel to and from Ngapali. Heavy rains result in fewer flights to the area, and many resorts close.
June is in the low season for tourism, due to its heavy rainfall. You can sometimes get better views, as there are fewer crowds at this time. Hotels and flights may be easier to book and cheaper.
The best time to dive in Hoi An is from June to August when the sea is calm, the water is warm and visibility is high.
Temperatures drop after the June storms and rain. Please bring a thin coat and pants. A raincoat and non-slip shoes are also needed as roads will be wet and slippery. Do not go to the beach or stand in high places when a storm hits.
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