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May Weather in Mandalay - Hot and Humid

May Weather in Mandalay - Hot and Humid

By Wendy Updated Jul. 5, 2021

Weather: The southwest monsoon erupts in May, bringing rain showers. May is in the rainy season, with searing heat and humidity. Hence, it’s better to opt for indoor activities during this month.

Clothing: Hot humid air will form a blanket over Mandalay in May. It’s hot and rainy. Hence, vests or t-shirts will be ideal. And don’t forget to bring an umbrella or raincoat when going out.

During the rainy-season months, there is a higher rate of dengue fever. To avoid mosquito bites, try not to expose your skin, especially in the grass. You should prepare a thin long-sleeved shirt for outdoor activities.

Other Tip:

Although it’s rainy, ultra-violet radiation is still strong.

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Things to Do

May is the off-season for tourism and the transition time between hot and rainy seasons, with high rainfall and severe heat. In this hot and humid weather, it’s better to do indoor rather than outdoor activities. Temple tours are a good possibility.

Attend the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival

The Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Myanmar, houses the most highly revered Buddha image in the country, the Mahamuni Buddha. Because of its popularity, the temple grounds can get busy, especially on Buddhist holidays.

An annual pagoda-festival is convened at the end of the Buddhist Lent, usually in early February. Mandalay locals celebrate the full-moon eve of Thabodwe by converging on the Mahamuni Pagoda.

During the festival, the most devoted believers stay several days to listen to a Buddhist philosophical text being read aloud by monks.

Alternatively, you can enjoy various forms of entertainment such as traditional dance, musical performances and local theater. There is also a major social gathering of families and friends.

Thousands of people from all over the country make the pilgrimage to Mahamuni Pagoda for the festival. The temple is the center of activities, bursting with energy.

When is the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival?

On the western calendar, the festival takes place on the following dates:

2018: January 31

2019:February 19

2020:February 8

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Attend the Htamane Festival

The full-moon eve of Thabodwe is also known as the Htamane Festival, and celebrates Myanmar's extensive rice-growing culture. In the early morning of the Full Moon day, men compete to donate glutinous rice to the Buddha and to other people.

On this occasion, villagers everywhere cook up large batches of the glutinous-rice dish known as htamane. This popular sweet snack is made of glutinous rice, coconut flakes, roast peanuts, fritters, and fried ginger. When it’s ready, it’s offered to the Buddha and given away for free to any visitors to the pagodas.

Just don’t forget to experience these interesting activities and taste this delicious snack!

Visit Mandalay Palace

Mandalay Palace, built by King Mindon, the last king of the country in the 1850s, destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt in 1990s, is a good place for catching a glimpse of Myanmar’s history and culture.

After reading about the palace history in the museum, it’s very interesting to walk around and see the wall, gates, moats and timber buildings.

Even though it’s a duplicate, Mandalay Palace is a beautiful reconstruction of former glory. The palace consists of 109 buildings, mostly made of wood and decorated with wood carvings.

Presently the most imposing building is the soaring multilayered pyramid of gilt filigree above the throne room. On visiting, you’ll marvel at its splendor.

After wandering round the chamber, you can visit the Watch Tower. A climb onto the tower’s viewing platform will give you a 360-degree picture of the entire complex.

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