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Monsoon rains begin to let up in September, with a corresponding fall in humidity and temperature. However, average temperature is still a high 29°C (84°F) and it rains most days, especially in the afternoon. Beach resorts remain closed and outdoor activities are not advisable.
As it’s near the end of the rainy season, rainfall declines slightly. However, temperatures are still high, with average day and night temperatures of 34°C (94°F) and 28°C (82°F), respectively. Heavy rain usually hits in the afternoon. Try not to go out then.
Pay a visit to Bogyoke Market in the early morning. Here you can find various local food and souvenirs, from wooden handicrafts and jewelry to textiles and traditional dress. You can try different kinds of traditional food and buy something you like, for a souvenir.
There are many antique shops on the ground floor and first floor of Bogyoke. You can find many items for sale there, including coins, banknotes and medals. We recommend you spend more time hanging out and identifying antiques, if you are really interested in them.
Clothing: Bring vest and shorts for the day. Also bring a raincoat and umbrella in case of rain; pants and long-sleeved shirt for the cool evenings.
The weather remains hot and humid in September, with an average temperature of 32°C (89°F) and total rainfall of 6.2 inches. Early mornings and nights are much cooler. There’s plenty of sunshine for travel, with 10 sunny days.
We recommend you climb Mandalay Hill on a nice day. It’s located in the northeast of the city and you can go by car.
You’ll have an opportunity to explore a bunch of pagodas and monasteries while climbing the hill. In the early evening, the beautiful view of the city plain or sunset attracts lots of visitors.
In the evening, Su Taung Pyi Pagoda on the platform of Mandalay Hill is crowded with tourists and devotees. People donate and pray for good luck, with sincere hearts. It’s said that paying homage to the pagoda along the way up the hill makes one live long. Fun and sacred!
Clothing: T-shirts and vest are sufficient for the day. Please remember to bring an umbrella or raincoat when going outdoors. Bring a thin coat for the chilly evenings.
The average temperature in September is 33°C (91°F), as hot as in August. Rainfall drops to 5.2 inches. Most days are cloudy and rainy, but you can expect some sunny days. Outdoor visits can be arranged according to the actual weather conditions.
Appreciate Ananda Temple, known as the largest, best-preserved and most revered monument in Bagan. Its mysterious history from the 1090s and its spectacular structure attract thousands of visitors every year. It’s a must-see in Bagan.
You can climb Mount Popa, regarded as the most sacred site in Myanmar for nat pilgrimage. Taungkalat Monastery is on the top. You can enjoy the beautiful surroundings, and the monkeys along the way will also cheer you up.
Clothing: vest, T-shirt, pants, fleece shirt, raincoat, umbrella, comfortable shoes.
Rainfall starts to decrease from September onwards, but is still at a high level of 9.8 inches. Most days are rainy, making September humid and gloomy. Average temperatures for day and night are 30°C (86°F) and 19°C (67°F), respectively. It’s quite chilly in the evenings.
We recommend you explore Shwe Yaunghwe Kyuang Temple, the most photographed monastery in the area; so you should bring your camera and visit on a nice afternoon.
Walls inside the temple are lined with thousands of tiny alcoves each containing a small Buddha statue, exhibiting Buddhist culture to the outside world. Stunning and beautiful!
Or you can observe the Indein Stupa complex, a garden of stupas. It consists of over 1,600 stupas, like a stupa-forest. Some are carved and gilded with images of mythical animals, and some are on top of a hill, from which you can see the whole Indein Stupa complex.
Clothing: thin coat, pants, T-shirts, shorts, raincoat, umbrella, comfortable shoes, hat.
Rainfall starts to decrease, with fewer storms and winds. But beach resorts still remain closed because of the unstable weather. Most days in September are rainy, so flights are often delayed or canceled. Thus we do not recommend visiting Ngapali in September.
Yadanagu (Spirit Festival): This is convened in a small town called Amarapura, near Mandalay, and lasts one week. Thousands of people gather to honor the pantheon of nats. During the ceremonies, spirit mediums perform ritual dances and songs as devotees make offerings of food, flowers and money.
Weather conditions improve steadily as the cool season is just around the corner. There is plenty of sunshine for travel in September. You can plan more outdoor activities and even expect to see beautiful sunsets. Besides, travel expenses for hotels and flights are still as cheap as in August.
Dress decently and show respect to Buddhist culture when visiting pagodas. Road conditions are not very good, as it often rains. Bring a raincoat or umbrella when going outside. Remember to use mosquito repellent, as there are lots of mosquitoes after it rains.
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