When Is Best Time to Visit Myanmar?

Sharing borders with China, Laos and Thailand, Myanmar is a tropical monsoon climate – the average degree 25°-32° in the wet season occurring from June to October, 20°-26° in the cold season occurring from November to February and 31°-38° in the hot season occurring from March to May. However, the temperatures actually vary in each states and regions in central, south and north of Myanmar. Below is the main average temperatures for the most visited tourist destinations in Myanmar.

Myanmar WeatherMyanmar Festivals & Public Holidays

Myanmar FestivalMyanmar New Year “Thingyan” or the Water Festival is the main important celebration of the lunar cycle of the year, which lasts 5 days from 13-17 April and this Myanmar water festival is quite similar to Thai, Cambodian and Laos New Year called “SONGKRAN”, the locals, families, relatives and friends take the day off, gather to enjoy cheers & snacks, make the ritual merit for good fortunes as well as welcoming the end of dry season. During Thingyan celebration, people happily gather at streets to enjoy the fun and begin the water-pouring battle which everyone is friendly invited.

Be aware that Myanmar has many public holidays up to 18 days per year and each festival and public holiday will affect a period you travel to Myanmar, importantly, if you visit Myanmar during the water festival, tour arrangement and public services are limited on hand due to people take the day off. Below list is briefing some important festivals & public holidays in Myanmar.

  • January 4th, Independence Day – The Day of Declaration of Independence from the British Rule.
  • February 12th, Union Day.
  • March, Full Moon of Tabaung – held at golden stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, it’s religiously believed to bring great merits & good fortunes to all attendees.
  • March 2nd, Peasants’ Day or Farmers’ Day – to honour the contribution of agriculture and farming.
  • March 27th, Tatmadaw Nay – it commemorates the armed forces against Japanese occupation during world war II.
  • April 13th17th, Thingyan Water Festival or Myanmar New Year
  • May 1st, Labour Day
  • May 25th, Full Moon of Kasong – the most sacred day to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday which is the same Visak Bochea in Thailand & Cambodia.
  • July, The beginning of Buddhist Lent – held on the Full Moon Day of Waso and highly respected by the locals.
  • October, Thadingyut Light Festival, the end of Buddhist Lent – celebrate on Full Moon, candles and lights are lit up through the country.
  • November, Full Moon of Tazaungdaing – also known as festival of lights, it is celebrated the end of rainy season, fire lit in hot air balloon onto the air.
  • November, National Day – the day Mayanmar students led the protest to defeat British Rule in 1920.
  • December/January, Kayin New Year – The happy day Karen ethnic people celebrate The New Year.

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