BEST TIME TO VISIT MYANMAR
Similar to most places in Southeast Asia, due to the monsoon season, timing your trip to Myanmar is essential unless you want to spend most of your time battling against torrential rains and flooding or intense heat. Myanmar is one of favorite places Asia given the fact that it still isn’t as touristy in contrast to its neighboring countries. To help you make the most out of your time in Myanmar, here’s some information on the best time to visit as well as the top things to see and do in each place.
Weather in Myanmar
Myanmar has three district seasons; winter, summer and the monsoon season.
Hot Season - March to May (Summer)
Average Temperature: 30 to 35 degree centigrade
Rain Season - June to September (Monsoon)
Average Temperature: 25 to 30 degree centigrade
Average Rain fall: 75 cm
Cool Season - Oct to Feb (Winter)
Average Temperature: 20 to 24 degree centigrade
Burma has three distinct seasons, with the hottest and driest running from February to May. During this time, temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, although relief can be found in the highland areas which, on average, clock cooler temperatures. The monsoon season runs from May to October, while milder and drier weather usually prevails from October to February.
During the rainy season, its mainly rains in the Coastal and the delta region, even through there are many days of Clear blue skies and the landscapes are green and lush. During this period, Central and Upper Myanmar including Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake are relatively free from rain.
Best Time to Visit Myanmar by Regionn
The capital city of Myanmar, Yangon is best visited from November to April during the time it experiences little rain. Although compared to Mandalay and Burma, the temperature here isn’t as hot with an average of 24°C. Although with that being said, the humidity here is higher so similar to Bagan, it is best to do your sightseeing during early morning and sunset.
Due to its location, even in the cool season, Mandalay’s temperatures still remains to be quite hot. In fact, even in the peak of rainy season, Mandalay only receives an average of about 9 days of rain. Personally, I would try to plan a trip here from November-January in order to avoid the intense heat. Average temperature during this time is around 27°C. In fact, I would actually recommend to visit during the rainy season just to avoid the intense 40°C from Feb to April.
Due to its close proximity to each other, Mandalay and Bagan have pretty much similar weather conditions. As mentioned during the months of February to April, the temperatures in these regions can become unbearable, especially if you are walking around from temple to temple. If you can, avoid these months and head here from December to April. Otherwise, consider doing all of your temple touring early in the morning or during sunset.
As Inle Lake is located in a relatively higher altitude, even during the peak of summer, the average temperature is around 30°C while during the cooler months (December to February), temperatures can drop to 10°C at night. If you plan on heading here during the cooler months, we definitely recommend bringing a light jacket