When is Best Time to Visit Burma?

Myanmar climate and highlights.

There are three seasons in Burma which are cool from October to February, hot March to May, and wet from June to September. Although Burma is a year-round tourist destination, the most ideal time to visit the country is in cool season. Cool season offers the best temperatures to explore and comes with moderate to no rain. Cool season is also a busy time for the country. Many tourists head to Burma to discover its hidden wonders. Your choices of accommodation may be limited, to be able to visit Burma during cool season, plan and book hotels well in advance.

A visit to Burma during the wet or hot season is still rewarding, because there are fewer visitors and lower prices for tours and accommodations. Wet season brings heavy showers in the afternoon, rarely affecting tours that take place early in the day. The downpour also has its benefits it adds color and lushness to the landscapes.

burma climate When is Best Time to Visit Burma?

When is the most ideal time to visit Burma?

Mandalay

Despite the coolness of peak season, Mandalay’s daytime temperature is quite high. The average temperature varies from 28°C (82°F) to 32°C (90°F), from the months of October to February. The temperatures drop to 14°C (57°F) in the cooler months of December to February. The temperatures rise to a high of 38°C (100°F) in April, and rounds out at 35°C (95°F) from the months of March to July. The rains begin in May, tapers off by July, and then returns in the months of August till October, however even the rainiest months only experience nine days of rain on average.

Bagan

The ‘spiked’ temples of Bagan

Touring Bagan’s renowned temples can be quite tiring, especially during the hot months of March and April. The most ideal time to visit Bagan is in the cool months of May to January. The temperature hovers around a feverish 40°C (104°F) from February to April. During hot season, the most ideal time to tour Bagan is in late afternoon and early morning. Spend the hottest time of the day under a shade with cold drink in hand or dousing yourself in the cool waters of a swimming pool. December to April hardly experience rain, while the wet months of May to October experience brief and heavy rain showers in the afternoon, but sees a lot of dry days.

Inle Lake

When is the best time to visit Inle Lake

Because of its higher altitude, Inle Lake’s temperature is moderate compared to Mandalay and Bagan. The hot season, from March to May, reaches a maximum of only 30°C (86°F). The temperature in cold season, from December to February, is at a pleasant 25°C (77°F) during the day, but nights are much colder at a maximum of 4°C (39°F). Wet season starts in May to October but the area rarely receives heavy rains and it does not alter travel.

Kalaw and Pindaya

High up in the mountains lie Pindaya and Kalaw, which are far cooler than their lowland counterparts with winter temperatures that hover from 7°C (45°F) to a high of 23°C (73°F) in the months of November to February. Temperatures reach their peak in April at a high of 29°C (84°F), while May brings rains. Trekking and hiking in the wet months of May to October are challenging endeavors because of the wet and muddy grounds.

Yangon

When is the most ideal time to go to Yangon?

Myanmar’s capital experiences little to no rain from November to April, but the wet months of May to October experiences more rain compared to the north. Most days in the capital experience some rain in the form of heavy downpour in the afternoon. Temperatures are stable throughout the year with lows of 24°C (75°F) year-round, with a drop to 19°C (66°F) in the months of January and February. The capital experiences the hottest temperatures in the months of March and April, with highs of 36°C (97°F), and an average of 29-33°C (84-91°F) year-round. Yangon has a high humidity levels compared to other cities in the north, this can make traveling uncomfortable and inconvenient during hot days.

Ngapali

Ngapali is the perfect destination for a beach getaway in the months of November to April, warm days experience a high of 33°C (91°F), while nights are cooler during January and February when temperatures drop to 12°C (54°F). May brings rains and is in full swing come June. June alone experiences 1,300mm of rain. A majority of hotels close in low season from May to September and inbound and outbound flights are reduced to once or twice per week.

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