Best Time of year to Visit BurmaThe best time of year for a visit to Burma
What is the best time of year to visit Burma?
Myanmar is best visited during the drought between November and February. During this time of year, the day stays hot up to the 30Cs in most places, but it can get cold at nights in the Kalaw or Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) area. However, the disadvantage of the good November-February climate is the higher number of visitors to Burma.
Bagan stays drier in the middle of the monsoons than other parts of Burma with low precipitation and temperature around the mid-1930s. Traveling in Burma during the monsoons is possible, but it is certainly not the best time of the year. TMC owner Roland Hunter traveled to Burma for a months first-hand visit to see the monsoons in August 2012 and July 2013.
Both Ngapali and Ngwe Saung beach are not open during the rainy months.
The best travel season for Laos and Myanmar (Burma), Southeast Asia
Be it relaxing on Myanmar's shores, putting on your hiking shoes for a hike or the Vientiane culture - or all that - you won't miss out on a tour to Myanmar and Laos. The purpose of this guidebook is to help you make the most of your holiday by giving you the information you need to choose the right season for your holiday.
Laos and Myanmar can be reached at any time of year, but remember that these two lands have a sandy area. That means that there are two peak periods, the wet one and the drought; a third, the heat of the year, can also be detected. The drought is the best time to visit the Myanmar (Burma) beach in Ngapali, as many of the resort are closed during the severe monsun.
It' s no wonder that the dry seasons in Laos and Burma are high seasons. Like the name already says, there is the least rain here, but it is also a pleasant travelling time, because the temperature is colder and more pleasant. As there will be more travelers when you are travelling in the dry seasons, it will be more costly.
The dry spell is definitely the time to travel to Burma's seaside resort that closes in the wet spee. Mandalay, Myanmar's capitol, has mean highs between 82°F (28°C) and 90°F (32°C) from October to February, although they can drop to 57°F (14°C) during the nights of December to February.
A similar situation is seen in Vientiane, the capitol of Laos, where average annual freezing points are between 17°C (63°F) and 30°C (86°F). Myanmar's Inle Lake can be a cold break during the year. In Laos, the weather increases significantly during the hottest time of the year and can be as high as 38°C (100°F). When you are considering visiting the Bagan Temple in Myanmar during the hottest time of the year, remember that you could have an even hottest time of the year, with sometimes as high as 104°F (40°C).
It is muggiest in March and April, but if you are planning your journey for the heat of the year, you can recover from the high temperature by driving to Inle Lake to the north and cool down a little during these heats. In April, the New Year festival breaks out on the roads of the Lao and Myanmar municipalities, which are characterised by the traditional way of canoeing.
During the rainy season - sometimes also known as the monsoon season - Myanmar and Laos experience the greatest rains, but you may be amazed to know that the climate is not as poor as you might think. In Myanmar's capitol Yangon, for example, even in the wetest month, it only rains for an average of nine nights.
The other name for the rainy season is "Green Season", which means the vivid green of the flora at this time of year - especially the paddy fields. Also, fewer travelers at this time of year, so you can experience places like Bagan and Luang Prabang with fewer nearby locals (although you are expecting more locals in Luang Prabang in September or October when kite races take place on the Nam Khan River).
And of course you don't need to spend as much on accommodation during the rainy season. While there are many benefits to travelling in the rainy season, it may not be the best time to go if you are looking for adventure among the Vang Vieng Limestones in Laos, where the Nam Song River runs much quicker than most.
The trails can also be slick - also a danger when you think about exploring the mountainous regions of Kalaw and Pindaya in Burma. You plan a journey to Laos & Burma? Learn more about our small group multi-country trips to Burma.