As with most Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar experiences three seasons: hot (March to May), rainy (June to October) and cool (November to February). Myanmar is a very mountainous country and weather and temperatures vary greatly from the lowland to the peaks as the altitude changes. Generally temperatures during the hot season can reach 104°F and can feel sweltering. The rainy season is the monsoon time and sees plenty of rainfall throughout the day and night, with the largest amounts in July and August. Temperatures at this time range from 75°F to 84°F. The cool season, sees lows of 62°F during the night and highs of 82°F during the day.

Since Myanmar is so long, roughly 1,275 miles from the north to southern tip, that temperatures and climate varies greatly by region. Cooler weather is experienced in the north and northwest part of the country where there are high mountain ranges. Almost the entire western side of the country is coastline, where there is more rainfall. So, even during the hottest time of the year, visitors can enjoy cool climates in the mountains, which is what the British colonialists did.

Best Time to Visit Myanmar

In terms of weather, the best to visit Myanmar is between November and March which is pleasant during the day and cool at night. This is also a popular time for European visitors and top hotels may be booked up. Reservations need to be made in advance, particularly over the Christmas season. November to March is also after the monsoon season, which means little rainfall and before the hot weather really arrives.