Determining the ideal time to take your tour to Myanmar
depends greatly on the specific regions you plan to visit during your stay. Tropical monsoon weather patterns affect each region in unique ways and creates a varied set of pros and cons for each specific destination.
Overall the best time to take a Myanmar trip is during the cooler season from November through February. Temperatures drop to the mid 70s°F, making it the most popular time for tourists as well.
From June to September the country experiences the southwest monsoon. The weather is cloudy, rainy with hot and humid summers at this time. During the northeast monsoon, which lasts from December to April, the country experiences less cloudy skies, little rainfall, mild temperatures and lower humidity.Annual average temperatures range from about 71°
F - 81°
F year-round. The hottest time period lasts between March and May when there is little rainfall and temperatures can rise to above 104°
F in certain areas. The rainy season lasts from May to October and is the precursor for dry and cool weather to come in from October to February when temperatures average between 77°
F and 86°
F. The coast and the mountains receive significantly more rainfall than the central plains which include Mandalay and Bagan. Roads can become impassable during the rainy season.
Here is a guide for the best times to visit various regions in Myanmar:
November to April is the driest time in the Yangon when rain and humidity are at their lowest. In March and April temperatures can rise quite high with daytime temperatures generally reaching highs around 99°F (37°C). At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 75°F (24°C).
Bagan is generally hot year round. It tends to be less hot November and February with daytime temperatures reaching highs of around 92°F (33°C) and nighttime the average minimum temperature drops down to around 60°F (15°C). This also tends to be the busiest times to travel to Bagan. Despite being the wet season, July is a great time to see Bagan green and there are less travelers.
The altitude of the Shan Plateau keeps temperatures at Inle Lake lower January – February, where its chilly enough for a light fleece in the evening and early morning. August - October is best time for warmer, balanced temperatures and minimal rainfall.
January, November and December are have the best average temperatures in Mandalay, ranging from 81°F to 60°F (27°C to 16°C). Mandalay is also driest in January, February, March and December. October and June can be the wettest times in Mandalay, but those months are a great time to visit without the crowds
April and May tend to be the hottest months of the year here, which inevitably leads to the most crowds on the beaches. June through September brings the much needed rain, causing beaches to close during this low travel season.