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Myanmar's prime travel window falls within the dry season, spanning from October to May. This period ensures that travelers can comfortably venture through the country with temperatures that are pleasantly warm, typically fluctuating between 22°C and 38°C.

Yet, Myanmar's charm isn't confined to just one season, as it welcomes visitors in any month, with the exception of September, which tends to be particularly soggy. While the beloved Ngapali beaches take a hiatus from June to September due to the monsoon rains nourishing the landscape, this is simultaneously when river journeys along the Chindwin peak. These months offer a unique opportunity to explore some of Myanmar's most secluded and enchanting locales via its waterways.


The Ultimate Month-by-Month Myanmar Travel Planning Guide

Visit Myanmar in January to enjoy the hot, dry weather. It's peak tourist season, with lovely conditions all over the country. River levels are still high for boat trips, and Ngapali's beaches get hours of sunshine. The chill in the hills starts to fade too. Check out the week-long Ananda Pagoda Festival in Bagan, celebrating the famous temple. There's also the colorful Manao Festival in Kachin State and Naga New Year celebrations in Lahe village.

Best places to visit in January

February keeps the hot, dry weather going in Myanmar. It's an extremely popular time to visit since temperatures rise but aren't yet uncomfortable. You can enjoy the plains, beaches and hills. Just be sure to book way ahead to avoid missing out! February 20th is Chin National Day, a great time to see Chin culture and traditions on display. Don't miss the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival's Buddhist celebrations in Mandalay either.

Best places to visit in February

Temperatures really start climbing in March, so pace yourself when exploring in mid-afternoon. The continued lack of rain means lodging fills up quickly - book your trip early! March brings big festivals like the week-long Bawgyo Pagoda Festival, where wooden Buddha statues are paraded in Pathein, and the Pindaya Pagoda Festival, drawing crowds to see the cave's thousands of golden Buddha images.

Best places to visit in March

April is one of the hottest times of year, with temperatures topping 100°F in some spots. But travelers flock here as Myanmar celebrates New Year and Thingyan, the colorful water festival, in mid-April. Rainfall remains low, so book way ahead! The 10-day Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival in Bago and Thanaka Grinding Festival in Sittwe are also lively April celebrations.

Best places to visit in April

The searing heat starts easing off in May as the breezes and rain showers arrive. With fewer tourists, shower chances low, and possible shoulder season hotel deals, May can be a great time to visit. Don't miss Buddha's Birthday celebrations and the Shit-Thaung Pagoda's festivities in Mrauk U.

Best places to visit in May

June keeps pleasant weather, around 29°C, though central Myanmar can still be hotter. The weather's unpredictable, but showers are usually brief. Beach resorts close by mid-June before the wet season kicks in. Catch the Thiho Shin Pagoda Festival's traditional dances and performances in Pakokku before they shut down too.

Best places to visit in June

The southern rains hit Myanmar in July, closing Ngapali's beaches. Head northeast for better weather and stunning scenery with fewer tourists. It's peak season for Chindwin River cruises, but road travel gets difficult across much of the country now. Mandalay hosts a month of Chinlone cane ball tournaments set to live music too.


Best places to visit in July

Prepare for heavy rainfall across Myanmar in August, making rural roads slow-going. But during any good weather windows, the emerald landscape is perfect for rewarded hiking and photography. This is a top time for Inle Lake's Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, with its colorful decorated boats. Don't miss the nat spirit celebrations either.

Best places to visit in August

The rain starts easing in September, especially late in the month, with temperatures around 80°F. With lush green backdrops and fewer tourists, this can be a magical time to visit, though some areas still have tricky road access. Big festivals include the Taungbyone Nat pilgrimage and Phaung Daw Oo's grand procession finishing up on Inle Lake.


Best places to visit in September

October brings warm, dry weather countrywide, with Ngapali's beaches open again. As you miss the crowds, take in the green landscapes post-monsoon. Check out the candlelit 9,000 Lights Festival at Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda or the massive Manuha Festival parade in Bagan. The pleasant weather draws ballooning festivals in Taunggyi and Pyin Oo Lwin too.

Best places to visit in October

November keeps the sunshine with little rain as temperatures start rising again. It kicks off high season without the January-March rush. Book ahead! Celebrate Tazaungdaing Festival's colorful robes and balloons nationwide. Don't miss Taunggyi's fire balloons or the marionettes at Hsu Taung Pye's festival in Monywa either.

Best places to visit in November

December brings more lovely dry weather through Christmas season (visit before Christmas to avoid holiday rates). Even with cooler temperatures, especially in the hills, most of the country still sees highs around 31°C. Take in indigenous festivals like Akha New Year, Mount Popa's nat pilgrimage, or Hpa-An's lively Kayin New Year celebrations.

Best places to visit in December