Weather: October is the month when the transition between rainy and dry seasons in Mandalay takes place. There is heavy rainfall in the first half of October and lovely dry weather during the second half of the month.
The average maximum daytime temperature in Mandalay in October is a hot 32°C (90°F), with high humidity. There is about 125 mm (5 inches) of rainfall during the first half of October, with 9 days of heavy rain.
Levels of ultra-violet radiation are very high at midday (10 on the ultra-violet index), when the skies are clear. The average night-time temperature is a warm 24°C (75°F).
Clothing: The average daytime temperature in October is a hot 32°C (90°F), so T-shirts or vests will be useful. As there are high rates of precipitation during the first half of October, please don’t forget to bring an umbrella or raincoat and wear water-proof sandals during this time.
In the second half of October, the days become sunny. So you should pay attention to sun protection, and bring sun hats and glasses when going out.
There’s still a major difference in temperature between day and night. Please bring a coat when going out at night.
Things to Do— Visit Pyin Oo Lwin
Pyin Oo Lwin, at an altitude of 1,070 meters, was the summer capital for the British colonial administration until the end of British rule in 1948. This city offers visitors cool days and nights, peaceful rural roads and tracks for walkers and cyclists, and trekking in the countryside.
Below are some further attractions.
The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens constitute a large English-type park in the middle of a lovely Burmese town. Officially named the National Kandawgyi Gardens, the Botanical Gardens were opened in 1915 and are still beautifully maintained.
Highlights include the petrified wood museum, the swamp walkway, the covered aviary and the viewpoint over the gardens. The beautiful flowers and vast jungles of trees will help relax both eyes and mind. The gardens are a good place for a picnic.
If you need a day to relax, read, take a beautiful walk, have a nice lunch, or learn some history, this is your place. You can definitely immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings.
The best time to explore the waterfalls is during the wet season. But in Myanmar, wet season means rainy days, when it’s not advisable to do many outdoor activities.
The middle of October, however, is the perfect time for visiting waterfalls, when you can enjoy the vigorous waterfalls on a sunny day. Here are several famous waterfalls for your reference.
The fishermen stand at the stern of their boat on one leg and use the other leg to row, making it possible for them to free both hands to cast their nets, and to spot the location of fish more easily, underneath the reeds and algae.
Pwe Kauk Falls
Pwe Kauk Falls are a series of small waterfalls served by large quantities of water from the hills. They are a popular place for locals to hang out, particularly during the holidays. You can trek on nice walkways and paths to the falls and the surrounding landscape is very beautiful.
This is a pleasant place to relax. You can find simple restaurants in the area for refreshment. It takes around 15 minutes to get there by road from Pyin Oo Lwin.
The path to the waterfall is rough and stony, but when you see the waterfall, you will forget any sense of inconvenience. The water here is fresh and clear.
You can easily spend a whole day near the waterfall in the shadow of trees and listening to the sounds of water, birds, insects and the jungle.
At the bottom, you are rewarded not only with a nice waterfall but also an inviting natural swimming pool, a small temple and a cafe.
You can swim in the lake, but don"t go too far.
The Peik Chin Myaung Cave
It’s interesting to explore this cave, which is not like traditional caves, in that you do not see much of the actual cave formation but mainly see all the Buddha’s statues filling the cave.
You can also see a mini waterfall at the entrance to the cave. Inside, you may see people praying and worshipping Buddha, donating money and moving on to relax. It’s quite fascinating.
It is well worth exploring the cave walkways and enjoying the coolness of the air. Do remember to take off your shoes and socks when entering.
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