When to Visit Myanmar
Myanmar (Burma) has a tropical, monsoon climate that can be defined by three seasons.
The cool season runs from October to February, the hot season then starts in March and continues until May and this is followed by the wet season from June until September. However, these seasonal variations should not put off the visitor from travelling at any time. The country stays warm all year round and even during the rainy months, Rangoon normally only receives morning and afternoon showers, while rainfall in Bagan and Mandalay is very low. The weather around Inle Lake and in Shan State is quite pleasant all year round but cold at night from December to February.
Burma celebrates hundreds of festivals running monthly throughout the year, so there is always something cultural for visitors to see and enjoy.
To help you decide when is the best time for you to visit Burma, we’ve come up with this handy seasonal guide:
COOL SEASON IN BURMA
- When: October, November, December, January, February
- Tourist numbers: This is the most popular time for international visitors
- Weather: Plenty of sunshine with cool breezes
- Temperature: 20-24C
- Seasonal highlights: Thandingyut/Festival of Lights, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Taunggyi Balloon Festival, hot air balloon rides over Bagan
HOT SEASON IN BURMA
- When: March, April, May
- Tourist popularity: There is still a popular time to visit despite the heat
- Weather: Initially, humidity is low and temperatures are high, but as April passes the humidity rises and there may be showers in May
- Temperature: 30-35C
- Seasonal highlights: Thingyun/New Year Water Festival, the beaches are only open from September to April so enjoy the last few weeks
WET SEASON IN BURMA
- When: June, July, August, September
- Tourist level: This is considered the low season, tourist numbers fall
- Weather: Hot with heavy rains, particularly in coastal areas
- Temperature: 25-30C
- Seasonal highlights: This is the best time to avoid the crowds and the best hotels have ready availability and discounts are substantial!