The ideal time to visit Burma is during the dry season, which falls between October and May. At this time of year the whole country is accessible, the temples shimmer and the beaches are open; making travel varied and rewarding. Outside of this period (June - September) the beaches down on Nagapali close up and the much needed rains water the plains between Mandalay and Bagan. However, with the exception of perhaps September, you should not be deterred from visiting during this time as Burma is a vast country with lots to offer all year round. River travel on the Chindwin is at its peak during this time and the great waterway allows for access to some of the country’s most beautiful and remote areas, where a mix of colourful hill tribes and stunning scenery convey an image of Burma that very few visitors see.

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Hannah in a staring contest at the ruins of Inn Dein, Inle Lake, Burma

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Month-by-month guide to travelling in Burma (Myanmar)

Visiting Burma (Myanmar) in January

This is peak season for travelling to Burma. The weather is hot and dry, making for lovely conditions throughout the country. River levels are still high enough for boat travel and the beaches of Nagapali enjoy hours of sunshine, while the chill in the foothills begins to lessen.

Unlike many popular beaches in Southeast Asia, Ngapali still retains the local way of life

Events & Festivals

  • Ananda Pagoda Festival (January): A festival for Bagan's Ananda temple, lasting over a week, with the busiest day being that of the full moon.
  • Full Moon Day of Tabodwe/Htamane Festival (January or February): In celebration of harvest time, people make 'htamane' - sticky rice with ginger, coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds, offering some to monks before sharing the rest with their neighbours.
  • Kachin State Day and Manao Festival - Myitkyina (10th January): The six Kachin tribes gather for this festival, which is based around Manao Park and features feasts, dancing and drinking rice beer.
  • Naga New Year - Lahe village (January): Traditional costumes, drumming and dancing bring in the Naga New Year in style.

Burma (Myanmar) Climate

Place Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bagan 29°C 0mm 32°C 1mm 36°C 5mm 38°C 14mm 36°C 94mm 33°C 95mm 32°C 49mm 32°C 95mm 32°C 130mm 32°C 102mm 30°C 38mm 28°C 8mm
Kyaingtong 26°C 7mm 29°C 13mm 32°C 14mm 33°C 56mm 32°C 136mm 30°C 174mm 29°C 221mm 29°C 233mm 30°C 151mm 28°C 101mm 27°C 40mm 25°C 19mm
Mandalay 28°C 1mm 31°C 1mm 36°C 5mm 38°C 29mm 37°C 139mm 34°C 121mm 34°C 85mm 33°C 115mm 33°C 146mm 32°C 120mm 29°C 39mm 27°C 7mm
Ngapali Beach 30°C 1mm 32°C 1mm 33°C 1mm 34°C 20mm 34°C 324mm 30°C 934mm 29°C 1163mm 29°C 1177mm 31°C 535mm 32°C 208mm 32°C 39mm 31°C 5mm
Yangon 32°C 3mm 34°C 4mm 36°C 18mm 37°C 23mm 34°C 299mm 30°C 507mm 30°C 465mm 29°C 492mm 30°C 304mm 31°C 171mm 32°C 50mm 31°C 12mm

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