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March is a month of transition from the cool to the hot season. From the beginning of March onwards, temperatures increase steadily.
Thus outdoor expeditions can be very uncomfortable, especially at archaeological sites such as Bagan. It’s cooler around Inle Lake and Yangon. Ngapali Beach is still good for vacations. And it’s still dry throughout the country.
In March, the highest temperature in Yangon is 44°C (112°F), while the lowest is 24°C (76°F). The average temperatures for day and night are 42°C (107°F) and 27°C (80°F), respectively. It’s dry, with total precipitation of 0.4 inches.
There are various religious festivals in March, such as the Shwedagon Pagoda Festival. Since 1988, this has been one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. You can gain some insight into Buddhist culture and local traditions by participating in this festival.
We recommend you to visit the National Museum with exhibits representing the arts, local culture and religious history. You can see many scriptures and relics there. A guide is highly recommended for visiting the museum.
Clothing: T-shirt and shorts for the day, pants and a thin coat for the cool evenings. Also bring sunglasses and a hat.
The average maximum March day temperature in Mandalay is very hot at 36°C (97°F), with 9 hours of sunshine each day. Total rainfall is 0.1 inches and there are 30 sunny days. It’s not advisable to go outside for very long.
It’s recommended to visit Mahamuni Pagoda, an important pilgrimage site in Mandalay. You can participate in the washing ceremony, held at 4am every day and lasting 2 hours. Monks scrub the Buddha with water regarded as holy water.
You can also visit Shwenandaw Monastery, renowned for its teakwood building, exquisite carving and legendary history. Immersing yourself in the world's largest book at Kuthodaw Pagoda is also a great option for escaping the scorching midday heat.
Clothing: During the day, wear a T-shirt with shorts or a thin skirt. Bring a sunhat or umbrella, to protect your skin from sunburn.
Bagan is located in the central plain, known as "the dry zone" of Myanmar. In March the weather is unbearably hot, with average temperature of 34°C (93°F). The highest temperature is 45°C (113°F) and the lowest is 23°C (74°F). Outdoor activities are not recommended, especially from noon till early evening.
You can participate in the full-moon-day event. During this festival, people give alms to monks in pagodas, and get together to listen to sermons. Outside the pagodas, vendors sell souvenirs and food.
As the weather in March is scorching hot during the day, it’s not advisable to explore archaeological sites. During this hot season, relaxing in your hotel is highly recommended. You can have a drink at the bar, indulge in a massage, or enjoy afternoon tea in the restaurant.
Clothing: vest, T-shirt, sunblock, sunglasses, and sunhat.
The weather at Inle Lake in March is sunny and warm, with 30 sunny days and an average temperature of 24°C (75°F). The highest temperature is 36°C (96°F) and the lowest is 12°C (54°F).
We recommend you rent a bike to explore some remote attractions. Then you can see how locals trade at the markets, and how they dress and farm. You will enjoy a special serenity and tranquility, instead of facing a crowded chaos of tourists.
The people who live around Inle Lake are known as the Intha, which means “son of the lake” in the local language. They earn a living by fishing. You will be impressed by their skillful fishing techniques. Clothing: thin coat, pants, long-sleeved shirt, and shorts.
The average temperature at Ngapali in March is 28°C (82°F). The highest temperature is 37°C (99°F), while the lowest is 17°C (62°F). The weather is hot and sunny, with 30 sunny days.
In March, Ngapali Beach is still good for a beach escape. To escape from the burning sun, we recommend you enjoy the beautiful beach with blue sky from your hotel during the main heat of the day. When it is cooler, you can walk on the soft beach barefoot, letting the sea wind blow away your fatigue.
Ngapali is a paradise for seafood gourmets. Here the seafood is tasty, fresh and inexpensive. You can taste delicious lobster, while admiring the romantic sunset.
Clothing: dress, vest, shorts, hat, sunglasses, sun cream, swimsuit, and thin coat.
Shwedagon Pagoda Festival: This is convened in Yangon and lasts one day. It is one of the largest religious gatherings of the year, with thousands of pilgrims gathering to celebrate.
Kakku Pagoda Festival: This is an annual harvest celebration for the indigenous Pa-oh people, who live in Taungyi of Shan State. The festival lasts 8 days.
Full Moon Day of Tabaung: People throughout the country celebrate this festival for one day. It marks the transition between winter and summer.
Inndawgyi Pagoda Festival: This is convened in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, and lasts 8 days.
March is the beginning of the hot season. The weather is warm and comfortable, so landscapes are attractive and outdoor activities are recommended.
There are various festivals in March, so be sure to book your accommodation and flights well in advance. Make sure you dress properly while participating in festivals.
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