Best Time to Visit Myanmar

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Myanmar. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Rangoon, Mandalay und Myitkyina. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Myanmar for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 10 °C to 38 °C
Waves Symbol 26 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.0823.7 in
Average Annual Temperature is between 23.9 °C (Myitkyina) and 27.5 °C (Rangoon)
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Geographical location

Myanmar is a state in Southeast Asia bordering the People’s Republic of China, Laos, Thailand, India and the Indian Ocean. In the south of Myanmar is the archipelago of Mergui.

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, often also called Burma or Burma, has about 51 million inhabitants on an area of 420000 square miles.

The country’s largest city – Rangoon – was for a long time also the capital of Myanmar, but the government is now based in Naypyidaw. Another metropolitan region in Burma is the city of Mandalay in the centre.

The Shan Highlands with elevations of up to 2500 meters extend to the east, the Arakan Joma Mountains behind the swamps along the southwest coast even have mountains up to 3000 meters high. On the border between Myanmar, India and China lies Hkakabo Razi, the highest mountain in Southeast Asia at 5881 metres. A sunken mountain landscape off the coast has created around 800 islands.

The journey to Myanmar is usually via Bangkok. The necessary visa must be applied for in advance. Many online service providers also provide the Myanmar visa very conveniently, but comparatively expensive.

Climate in Myanmar

Intha Leg Rower (David Stanley)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Myanmar is for the most part under the influence of the Indian monsoon. As a result, there is a tropical climate with only three seasons, which are caused by the change of monsoon winds. The north-eastern part of the country, however, is not directly influenced by the monsoon. A subtropical climate prevails there.

In the months from November to February a dry and cool climate is common, as the north-east monsoon blows from the dry and cool Central Asia. During this period it is mostly very sunny in the whole of Myanmar, but not completely free of precipitation. In March and April it gets very hot, from May to the end of October it is rainy season in Myanmar.

During this time, the southwest monsoon blows from the Bay of Bengal, which brings high humidity and moderate temperatures. The western flanks of the mountains get plenty of precipitation, which can lead to snow cover at altitudes above 2000 m. Tropical cyclones can occur in the summer months.

In the plateaus in the east and north of the country, as well as on the coast, there is comparatively high rainfall. In the former capital Rangoon, up to 0.08 in of rain fall in the rainy season, in Moulmein even up to 0.16 in annually. Less precipitation falls in the lowlands inland. Mandalay with 33.07 in per year and the northern Irawadi basin with 15.75 in receive comparatively little precipitation.


Best Time to Visit Myanmar: Overview

JanuaryJan
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Dry Season, PerfectPerf. climate in Myanmar
FebruaryFeb
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Dry Season, PerfectPerf. climate in Myanmar
MarchMar
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but very hot
AprilApr
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but very hot
MayMay
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very hot und wet
JuneJun
Rainy Season
mostly sticky and hot, rather unpleasant weather
JulyJul
Rainy Season
mostly sticky and hot, rather unpleasant weather
AugustAug
Rainy Season
mostly sticky and hot, very wet
SeptemberSep
Rainy Season
mostly sticky and hot, rather unpleasant weather
OctoberOct
End of MonsunzeitMonsunz.
up to 8.5 in of rainof rain
NovemberNov
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Dry Season, PerfectPerf. climate in Myanmar
DecemberDec
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Dry Season, PerfectPerf. climate in Myanmar

When to travel to Myanmar?


The best time to visit Myanmar is between the end of October and the end of February, as you will now find pleasant temperatures and little rainfall throughout Burma. For a trip to the Hillstations or the Rakhine Coast in northwestern Myanmar, we can also recommend the month of March to May.

In principle, the months of March and April are very dry, but in many parts of Myanmar they are already unbearably hot and therefore difficult to travel. A trip from May to October is not recommended, as heavy rainfall can occur daily during the rainy season in Burma and the air is unpleasantly humid.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Myanmar) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
RangoonJanuary, February, November, and December
MandalayJanuary, February, November, and December
MyitkyinaJanuary, February, March, November, and December

Climate Charts Myanmar

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Rangoon

Climate Chart Rangoon
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Mandalay

Climate Chart Mandalay
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Myitkyina

Climate Chart Myitkyina
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Myanmar

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Myanmar, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Rangoon (Myanmar)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature32°35°36°37°33°30°30°30°30°32°32°32°
Night Temperature18°19°22°24°25°25°24°24°24°24°22°19°
Water Temperature26°26°28°28°29°29°28°28°28°28°27°27°
Precipitation (inch)0.20.080.280.5911.9321.5422.0123.714.498.112.360.28
Hours of Sunshine9999643357109
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Rangoon is 27.5 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: April (30.6 °C)
Coldest month: January (25 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Rangoon is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 105.55 inch

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): May, June, July, August, September, and October
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 101.77 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Rangoon.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, November is the sunniest month with an average of 9.5 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.8 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation in Mandalay (Myanmar)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature28°31°36°38°37°34°34°33°33°32°29°27°
Night Temperature13°15°19°25°26°26°26°25°25°23°19°14°
Precipitation (inch)0.160.080.21.35.24.763.824.695.875.391.380.24
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Mandalay is 27.2 °C.

Warmest month: April (31.3 °C)
Coldest month: January (20.5 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 33.07 inch

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Mandalay.

Temperatures, Precipitation in Myitkyina (Myanmar)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature24°25°30°32°33°31°31°31°31°30°27°24°
Night Temperature10°13°16°20°22°24°24°24°24°21°16°11°
Precipitation (inch)0.390.910.911.816.318.9418.7417.0510.087.21.540.47
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Myitkyina is 23.9 °C.

Warmest month: May (27.6 °C)
Coldest month: January (17 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 84.33 inch

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June, July, August, September, and October
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 72.01 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Myitkyina.

Highlights and Attractions


Myanmar offers a wide range of sights. The largest and probably most valuable stupa in the world can be visited in the former capital Rangoon. Other highlights in Burma are the more than 2000 sacral buildings from four centuries in Bagan, the Golden Rock near Kyaikto in Mon State, the city of Mandalay and Lake Inle with its floating gardens.

In Mandalay there is the second heaviest free-hanging and ringable bell in the world. The beautiful beach of Ngapali is located in western Rakhaing State and is one of the most popular destinations in Myanmar. Until a few years ago, Myanmar did not have any ATMs or the possibility of paying by card. This is slowly changing as the number of tourists increases, but we strongly recommend a cash reserve.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Mandalay: Morning Small Group Tour w/ Local Guide | Full Day Excursion to Monywa from Mandalay | Mandalay: Full-Day Ancient Cities, Pagodas & Sunset Tour | Made In Mandalay: Artisan Workshops Shopping Adventure | Day Trip to Sagaing Ava and Amarapura from Mandalay | Ancient Capitals of Myanmar Tour | Private Mingun – Inwa – Sagaing Full-Day |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Rangoon (Station Chaungbo)
fog     fog, 21 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 2 mph S
Air Pressure: 1011 hPa       Humidity: 100 %
Last updated: 23rd Feb 2019, 02:00 am
The next days …
23rd Feb 201924th Feb 201925th Feb 201926th Feb 201927th Feb 201928th Feb 2019
sky is clear18 °C to 34 °Csky is clear18 °C to 34 °Csky is clear18 °C to 35 °Csky is clear22 °C to 33 °Clight rain23 °C to 30 °Clight rain22 °C to 32 °C
18 °C to 34 °C18 °C to 34 °C18 °C to 35 °C22 °C to 33 °C23 °C to 30 °C22 °C to 32 °C
Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 61 %Clouds: 0 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation0.07 in of rain0.08 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Myanmar: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 5 reviews for Myanmar holiday already. Average rating is 5 of 5 stars.
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    Thomas, 64 years old was there in March

    Muggy in Yangon, dry and dusty in Bagan, changeable in Mandalay, dry at Lake Inle, but very cool at night, pleasantly warm breeze at Ngapali-Beach

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Karin, 73 years old was there in January

    We had sun every day, in Hispaw and at the Inlle lake it was cold, at night around 7°. the sun at day allowed easier clothing. In the south we had then for the last % Tge around the 30°.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Franz, 65 years old was there in January

    Dream weather – 4 weeks no rain-cold nights and wonderfully warm sunny days, at the sea even for swimming

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Achim, 57 years old was there in March

    March is outside the rainy season, it is subtropically warm in almost all regions of Myanmar. Only in the plains in the middle of the country it can get rather dry and quite hot with 40 degrees.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Vivienne, 60 years old was there in December

    not too hot, pleasantly warm and dry climate, no tropical rainfall

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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