Myanmar, also known as Burma, can be visited at any time of the year, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the country experiences a monsoonal climate. That means there are three main seasons throughout the year, wet, hot and dry.
The Dry Season (October – February)
The dry season has little rainfall but cool temperatures, making it the perfect time for travellers hoping to get outdoors. Myanmar’s beaches are a great spot to visit during the dry season. Keep in mind this is the most popular time for people to travel so hotel rooms will be more expensive and attractions will be crowded. In Mandalay, the country’s capital, the average maximum temperatures average between 28°C and 32°C but can fall to just 14°C at night.
The Hot Season (March – May)
During the hot season, temperatures across Myanmar reach uncomfortably hot and humid highs. This time is not ideal for travellers as getting around is difficult. Temperatures at Myanmar’s temples in Bagan can reach as high as 40°C! In April, locals celebrate New Year by throwing water at each other on the streets which offers a brief respite from the sweltering heat.
The Wet Season (June-October)
You guessed it, wet means rain. Commonly referred to as Monsoon season, afternoon showers are prominent across the country but days tend to remain sunny. The wettest month only averages nine days of rainfall but due to people’s distaste for rain, it’s also the low season. You’ll pay much less for hotel rooms during this season and won’t have to deal with the large crowds of the dry season. Many prefer to call the wet season the ‘Green Season’ for the vibrant greenery of the vegetation in fields and rice paddies. Keep in mind that trekking the mountainous areas of Kalaw and Pindaya are a hazard as footpaths are slippery.