Winter in Burma (Myanmar)
To escape the cold, grey weather at home in December then look no further than Burma. The quiet season means the pick of some top hotels, the temperature is pleasantly balmy, but best of all you'll get to experience one of Southeast Asia's cultural jewels.
If you’re looking for a destination to escape to from the cold and pre-Christmas frenzy, December is one of the best times of year to travel to Burma. Our Burma specialist Tim explains why it’s at its best during the winter and the best ways to experience it on a tailor-made trip with us.
Reasons to visit Burma in December
Not only is December one of the driest times to visit Burma it is also a little cooler at this time of year making the heat slightly more bearable and there is often a pleasant breeze in the air.
Great availability at our favourite hotels
Burma is notorious for availability issues especially from late October to March. However the first two to three weeks of December are a lot quieter meaning you have a much better choice of hotels and have access to the very best guides.
Five ideas to build into your trip
1. Stay in the former hill station of Kalaw
Set in the heart of the beautiful Shan countryside the former colonial hill station of Kalaw is a less visited town where you can enjoy great trekking and even visit an elephant rehabilitation camp.
2. Take a cruise on the Ayeyarwady River
One of the major highlights of any trip to Burma is peacefully meandering down the Ayeyarwady River, taking in life on the river and visiting some of the harder to reach areas along the banks.
3. Enjoy some relaxation time on the beautiful Ngapali Beach
Still a peaceful working beach but beautiful nonetheless, Ngapali is the ideal location to relax after a busy itinerary with its good selection of accommodation and local restaurants.
4. Experience breath-taking scenery and life on the water at Inle Lake
Many visitors favourite location in Burma is the magical Inle Lake. It's perfect for relaxing and experiencing local life and the stunning scenery of stilted villages rising up above the water.
5. Take in Burma’s spectacular temple landscape of Bagan from the air
To give you a true sense of the magnificence of this ancient landscape, a balloon trip over Bagan is highly recommended and will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your visit to Burma.
Did you know?
Excluding the United Kingdom, Burma is one of only three countries in the world which do not use the metric system of measures. The other two are the United States and Liberia.
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