In Myanmar rainy season lasts from June to September and you might ask yourself if you can still visit Myanmar in that time or if it isn’t the best idea? Can you do everything you want? And what positive and negative aspects are connected with a journey in Myanmar during the rainy season?
In my opinion, it is actually a good idea to travel in Myanmar during the rainy season. Of course, there are some setbacks, and plans have to be changed sometimes but the positive aspects overweight, in my opinion. Furthermore, it depends on your ideas and where you want to go. Visiting the beach and the islands isn’t a good option. Bagan, Mandalay, Kalaw, and the Inle lake, however, are ideal destinations in the rainy season. The country is enormous and has therefore different weather in different parts – like this Yangon can be cold with a lot of rain while Bagan has sunshine and 38 degrees.
The worst weather was in Yangon, where it rained a lot. However, it’s a big city, and even if it is raining all day, you can find something to do. It is also only raining lightly but mostly for a longer time – nothing that a good raincoat couldn’t withstand. The temperatures are way more comfortable because of the rain, and it’s actually pleasant to walk near the river in the evening when the wind blows some cold air towards you.
Kalaw to Inle Lake trekking
One of the best activities in Myanmar is the Kalaw to Inle lake trekking for 2 or 3 days. For me, the rainy season was the best time to do the trekking. Temperatures are perfect, and the sun isn’t getting you sunburns and headaches. There are also a lot fewer people on the trek, which makes it way more enjoyable. The full report about the trek can be found here.
Inle lake is located in the middle of the country, and the weather represents this. It’s raining but by far not like in Yangon, and it’s hot but by far not like in Bagan. I found the weather here very comfortable with rain in the evening and pleasant weather all day long.
Mandalay has only a few rain days in the year and even if it is raining it’s mostly just in the evening and just for a short time. It’s mostly hot, and the rain isn’t really messing up your plans.
Bagan is hot all year round, and there is rarely any rain. Even in the rainy season, temperatures reach 38 degrees, and the sun is shining most of the day. Here the best times to leave the Hotels are in the early morning for the sunrise or the sunset. In between a pool session is the only comfortable thing.
Conclusion for Myanmar
In general, the rainy season is an excellent time to travel around Myanmar. If you don’t mind a little rain, have a proper raincoat and good shoes, nothing is stopping you. In addition to that, there are fewer tourists, especially while trekking or in Bagan that’s a good thing. Hostels and Hotels are also cheaper during that time, and you can spontaneously book everything as most things are not fully booked like busses or accommodations.
- Total countries I visited until now: 38
- Planes: 22
- Busses: 48
- Trains: 19
- Boats: 24
- Km driving: 8000
- Km running: 2997