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March Weather in Myanmar

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.

March Weather in Myanmar Average Temperature Chart for Myanmar in March
March Rainfall in Myanmar Average Rainfall Data for Myanmar in March

Yangon – Hot and Dry

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.

Mandalay – Sunny and Pleasant

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 – Scorching Hot

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. Here is a list of 6 things to do in Bagan.

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.

Inle Lake – Sunny and Warm

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.

Ngapali – Hot

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.

Festivals in March

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.

Why Visit Myanmar in March?

March is the beginning of the hot season. The weather is warm and comfortable, so landscapes are attractive and outdoor activities are recommended.

Please Note

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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