Burma to LaosMyanmar to Laos
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.
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 period to explore the Myanmar (Burma) beach in Ngapali, as many of the resort are closed during the severe monsoons. As there will be more travelers when you are travelling in the drought, it will be more costly.
The dry spell is definitely the best period to visit Burma's seaside resort that closes in the wet seasons. 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). In Laos, the weather increases significantly during the hottest time of the year and can be as high as 38°C (100°F). 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 season - especially the rapeseason. Also, fewer travelers at this season, 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).
While there are many benefits to traveling in the rainy season, it may not be the best season to plan an adventure in the Vang Vieng karst in Laos, where the Nam Song River runs much quicker than usual. The trails can also be slick - also a danger when you think about exploring the mountainous regions of Kalaw and Pindaya in Burma.