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The monsoon rains cease suddenly like a tap turning off in November, marking the beginning of the dry season. The weather becomes dry and cool, with a moderate average temperature of 30°C (86°F). The temperature falls off markedly at night but the days remain sunny and warm.
Rainfall is negligible, with only 0.8 inch. Average day and night temperatures are 36°C (97°F) and 26°C (79°F). Most days are warm and sunny.
We recommend you take a walk in downtown Yangon and explore the famous colonial buildings. There are various colonial buildings, showing the history of World War II to the world. Most of them are intact but look unique, ancient, solemn, and mysterious.
The City Hall has witnessed various major political demonstrations, including a 1964 People’s Peace Committee rally. And the High Court Building served as the seat of the high court during British colonial rule in 1911. Those are precious heritages in Yangon.
Clothing:Take T-shirts and shorts as it’s quite hot during the day. Also take a thin coat for the cool nights. Don't forget a sunhat or umbrella..
It’s hot during the day, with an average daytime temperature of 34°C (93°F). However,it drops to 22°C (72°F) at night. Rainfall is negligible and there are 11 hours of sunshine per day.
Pay a visit to Mandalay Palace, the residence of Myanmar’s last dynasty. It’s surrounded by a beautiful moat with clear and still water. Just standing by the moat you can feel the previous glory — it is silent but mysterious.
There is also a tower and you can climb to the top for a view over the whole palace. The whole architecture appears in front of you, including its extensive grounds, ancient gardens, playgrounds, and swimming pools. You will be shocked by the wisdom of the ancient people.
Clothing:Take vests, T-shirts, a sunhat, sunscreen, pants, a jacket, and long-sleeved shirts.
November is undoubtedly a great time to visit Bagan, with pleasant temperatures and nice weather. It’s warm during the day and cool at night, with average daytime and nighttime temperatures of33°C (91°F) and 23°C (73°F). Bagan gets busy as the number of tourists increases dramatically.
It’s highly recommended that you participate in the Shwezigon Pagoda Festival, one of the highlights of the season in Bagan. It marks the end of the rainy season and there are lots of activities during the festival, including food stalls, magic shows, puppet shows, and theatrical shows. It is crowded and fun!
You can pay a visit to the town of Pakokku, which is 25 kilometers north of Bagan. It’s an important Buddhist center with over 80 monasteries. Apart from these famous archaeological monasteries, Pakokku also acts as a trading and shipping center for the locals.
Clothing:Take a sunhat to provide you with shade from the sun. A vest and shorts are sufficient for the daytime and an extra thin coat is necessary at night. Use sunscreen when going outdoors.
Rainfall drops dramatically to 2.6 inches and there is plenty of sunshine for your visit. It’s cool during the day and a bit chilly at night, as average daytime and nighttime temperatures are 28°C (82°F) and 13°C (55°F).
The 5-day mobile bazaar is a picturesque sight at Inle Lake. The market, formed with small wooden boats, rotates each day between five different villages.
It’s very popular and famous. Locals converge to sell their wares, and you can find almost everything at the market, from handicrafts to Buddha statues.
Clothing:Take a sunhat, vests, shorts, T-shirts, sandals, a thin coat, pants, long-sleeved shirts, and sunscreen.
Ngapali reopens to cater to tourists after a long break in the rainy season. Rainfall drops dramatically to 1 inch and there are 27 sunny days. The weather is pleasant with average daytime and nighttime temperatures of 36°C (97°F) and 24°C (75°F).
Sunbathing is a must-do activity at Ngapali Beach. Lying on the soft silvery sand and enjoying an ice-cold drink on the beach is undoubtedly the best way to relax.
You can also explore offshore islands, such as the Myeik Archipelago and Pearl Island. The Myeik Archipelago is the ultimate dream destination for diving enthusiasts. Colorful tropical fish, coral formations, and other underwater creatures are waiting to dazzle your eyes at Pearl Island!
Clothing:Take a swimsuit, sunglasses, sandals, shorts, vests, a sun hat, an umbrella, and sunscreen.
The Dummy Elephant Dance Festival: This is convened in Kyaukse, about 30 miles south of Mandalay. It is a 2-day dance competition with a huge elephant figure that is constructed from bamboo, cloth, paper, and other decorations.
The Full Moon Day of Thadingyut (or the Light Festival): It’s celebrated nationwide and lasts for 1 day. It marks the end of the 3-month Lent season and celebrates the descent of Buddha from heaven after he preached the Abhidhamma (the most difficult of the Buddhist teachings) to his mother who had been reborn in heaven.
During the Thadingyut Festival, the pagodas are decorated with candles and oil lamps. Houses, offices, shops, and streets are decorated with electric lights.
The Shwezigon Pagoda Festival: This is convened in Bagan and lasts for 8 days. It marks the end of the monsoon season. During the festival, a traditional Buddhist ceremony takes place inside the pagoda and a street fair is held outside.
The Hot-Air Balloon Festival: It is a week-long festival, convened in Taungyi, Shan State, near Inle Lake. It is celebrated by releasing hot-air balloons in the sky. Daytime balloons are in the form of pagodas and animals, such as elephants, ducks, or dragons,while nighttime is for beautiful fireworks.
The weather is cool and pleasant, so scenic are a sand road conditions are great. At the beginning of the dry season, scenic are as are not very crowded. Ngapali Beach begins too pen for business and it’s a good opportunity to enjoy time on the beach.
Take good care of your valuable items when participating in the festivals as they are very tumultuous events. Please show respect to the local culture. Do not take pictures of locals without permission, or they will ask for money.
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