Best Time to Visit Myanmar
If you are planning a trip to Myanmar, the once close-off nation, you must wonder what the weather like in Myanmar, and when the best time to visit Myanmar is.
Located in the equatorial zone, Myanmar has a primarily tropical climate with three distinct seasons :
– The rainy season from June to September, with heavy but short showers.
– The cool season from October to March, with lower temperatures for the whole country.
– The hot season starting in late May with temperature peaks of over 40°C.
Here is our opinion about your question of best time to visit Myanmar.
Looking at the climate description above, we find that the best time to come to Myanmar slides between October and March, after the monsoon and before the hot. The temperatures are very pleasant (15-30 ° C) and there is no rain (but it might still raining a little in the South regions of Hpa An and Moulmein until November). In upland areas such as Inle Lake, Kalaw, Pindaya, Pwin Oo Lwin, Hsipaw, etc., it is cool or even cold; so it is advisable to bring a sweater.
Another good season: June to September. Some travelers think it is better not to travel during the rainy season. However, this season has some advantages :
After some very sunny days, the rains come to refresh the atmosphere. During this season, temperatures vary between 25 and 35 ° C. Rainfall varies considerably in different regions of the country. It rains heavily in the south (Yangon, Hpa An, Moulmein), in Arakan (Sittwe, Mrauk U) and along the coast. Car journeys are less easy. However, there is almost no rain in Bagan or Mandalay, the two largest destinations of the country. In general, showers are never continuous and last about two hours in the afternoon, allowing you to explore the surroundings.
This is the best time to admire the scenery available to you: the sky is clear and parks, fields and mountains are lush. It was at that time that the contrast between the brick temples of Bagan with red and green fields is the most striking. The site is so extraordinarily beautiful.
As few tourists like to travel during the monsoon season, hotels are less crowded and offer very competitive rates and a personalized and prompt service. It is easy to rent hotels for a better price/quality ratio.
From mid-March to May is not favorable time to visit Burma. Apart from the Shan state mountain resorts and the windy coast of Rakhine State where it is better, it is very hot in the rest of the country. The temperature rises from late March to about 40 ° C in April and May, the sky is so bright and cloudless. In the dry zone of central Upper Myanmar, including Bagan and Mandalay, the weather is hottest (43-44 ° C). If you can not stand the hot weather, you should avoid that period.
Note : the period between October and March, the most favorable in terms of weather, also coincides with the vacation period in Europe (Christmas and winter holidays). So those are the busiest months in Burma. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that Burma has just been opened to the world and that its infrastructure and tourism services do not currently meet the increasing demands of travelers, especially for the high season. This lack of availability often occurs in domestic flights and hotels. This is why we advise you to finalize the design of your stay and to book your tickets as soon as possible (prices of international flights to Thailand, Singapore or Vietnam go up quickly in winter).
We hope this information will be helpful for you in choosing your dates to visit the Golden Land.