Travel is very rewarding during Myanmar’s dry season (October to May). The weather is hot and dry and the entire country is accessible, from the temples to the beaches that enjoy hours of sunshine. November to February is the busiest time within this period, so plan well ahead to secure your choice of accommodation.
Myanmar’s hottest months are usually April and the start of May, with temperatures in some areas rising to above 40°C. By the end of May and the beginning of June you can expect to see some showers whilst winds also start to pick up. With fewer crowds around, this is a good opportunity to take advantage of shoulder season offers. By the end of June, the wet season kicks in and many areas – including the coastal hotspot of Ngapali Beach – close altogether in preparation for high winds and heavy rainfall.
Myanmar still has plenty to offer the willing traveller visiting in the wet season (June to September). Whilst the rains arrive in Mandalay and Bagan, the northeast is still experiencing good weather and trekking can be very rewarding. This is also optimal time for river travel on the Chindwin, which will take you to some of the country’s most beautiful and secluded areas. What’s more, Myanmar’s landscape is at its most stunning – lush and green – in the wet season, which makes for wonderful photography.
For an Irrawaddy Cruise, we recommend visiting from October through to February as the water levels are higher after the rainy season.