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When is the best time to visit Myanmar (Burma)?

The ideal time to visit Myanmar is during the dry season, 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 and the much needed rains water the plains between Mandalay and Bagan. However, with the exception of September, you shouldn’t be deterred from visiting during this time as Myanmar has lots to offer all year round. River travel on the Chindwin is at its peak during this time and the great waterway provides 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 Myanmar that few visitors see.

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November is an extremely popular time to travel to Myanmar. The 'big four' have excellent weather at this time of year, the beach at Nagapali is open, and the Taunggyi Balloon Festival takes place. Be sure to book far in advance as accommodation fills up fast; especially around Inle Lake.

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Myanmar (Burma) Climate Guide

Destination 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
Inle Lake 24°C 4mm 26°C 3mm 30°C 13mm 32°C 49mm 30°C 200mm 27°C 215mm 27°C 235mm 26°C 269mm 27°C 240mm 27°C 179mm 25°C 76mm 24°C 15mm
Kalaw 22°C 3mm 23°C 5mm 27°C 12mm 29°C 49mm 27°C 204mm 25°C 241mm 24°C 266mm 24°C 285mm 24°C 256mm 24°C 212mm 22°C 84mm 21°C 15mm
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
Mrauk U 27°C 1mm 29°C 15mm 32°C 9mm 35°C 59mm 33°C 346mm 31°C 900mm 30°C 1254mm 30°C 935mm 31°C 387mm 31°C 168mm 30°C 76mm 27°C 11mm
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

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

Buddhas at Po Win Hill.

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in November

Temperatures begin to rise and the country sees very little rainfall at this time of year; although in the highlands and foothills to the east, temperatures are at their lowest, with average highs of 25°C. While not as busy as January to March, this is the beginning of the high season and it is advisable to book far in advance.

Events & Festivals

  • Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone/ Tazaungdaing Festival (November): A national holiday, this festival marks the end of the rainy season and the Kathina season, when monks are given new robes, and features robe-weaving competitions, alms giving and releasing candle-lit balloons.
  • Hsu Taung Pye Pagoda Festival - Monywa (October or November): Puppeteers perform to crowds that have gathered at the pagoda for this event. On the eve of the festival, sweets and snacks are given out by locals. Read more »
  • Matho Thingan (November): Known as the 'Yellow Robe Weaving Festival', competitions for robe weaving are held and yellow robes are presented to monks by locals, often in large ceremonies.
  • Po Win Festival - Monywa (late November or early December): A six day festival held at the Po Win Taung Cave Pagoda, which houses thousands of Buddha images and paintings. Religious and cultural festivities can be observed and a variety of local products are sold. Read more »
  • Shwezigon Pagoda Festival - Bagan (November): Thousands of pilgrims flock to the pagoda on the full moon day. Locals sell products such as glazed pots and handwoven fabrics to visitors, food and drink is enjoyed and dancing takes place, among other festivities. Read more »
  • Taunggyi Balloon Festival - from Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake/Pyin Oo Lwin Balloon Festival (November): Colourful hot air balloons - often in the shape of animals - are released into the air over this two-day festival. Read more »

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