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When is the Best Time to Visit Myanmar?
Burma, which has a total area of 678,500 square kilometres (262,000 sq mi), is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia, and the 40th-largest in the world. It lies between latitudes 9° and 29°N, and longitudes 92° and 102°E.
Myanmar features three different types of weather, the months from February to May is hottest and driest time of the year. During this time, temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, however, it can be found in the highland areas the cooler temperatures.
May to October is the time of monsoon season while drier and temperate weather usually runs from October to February (peak tourist season). However, Myanmar is still great to visit at any time during year.
It is bordered to the northwest by Chittagong Division of Bangladesh and Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh of India to the northwest. Its north and northeast border straddles the Tibet and Yunnan regions of China for a Sino-Burman border total of 2,185 kilometres. It is bounded by Laos and Thailand to the southeast. Burma has 1,930 kilometres of contiguous coastline along the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea to the southwest and the south, which forms one quarter of its total perimeter.
As much of the country lies between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator, Myanmar weather is relatively straightforward in comparison with other countries in South-East Asia. There are two distinct seasons: the dry season runs from October to May while the wet season last from May to early October, the climate at the peak of the wet season is unpredictable in some regions of Myanmar.
Each season has its own characteristics. The months from March to June are considered as the hottest months of the year as the temperature can reach 40°C to 43°C.
October marks the end of rainy season in Myanmar, witness the considerable fall of temperature and rainfall. The pleasant weather prevails throughout the country, the mountainous and highland areas may meet the much cooler. The flatlands surrounding Bagan and Mandalay are driest regions of the country when avoiding heavy rains all the way through to August.
In addition, Myanmar climate is significantly influenced by altitude when highland areas experience cooler temperature compared to regions in the south, west and lower center.
Best time to visit Myanmar
The best time to travel to Myanmar is from November to February when the climate is mild and less rain; however, this is also the peak season in Myanmar as picking up accommodation may become more difficult. Thus, many experienced tourists prefer the mid-season as the weather is still pleasant during all months of year.
Particularly, you may meet the cool weather all year round when visiting the Mount Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock), the temperature ranges around 15°C to 20°C. The rainy, cloudy and foggy weather may prevail the mountain sometimes. With the hottest period of the year, it is highly recommended taking jumper or fleece in the evening when the weather tends to be cooler than daytime.