Weather in Myanmar, it’s hot, dry & wet
is generally hot all year round with the rainy season lasting from May until October. The best time to travel is from November to April. In November it’s still possible to experience some rain shower and in April it gets real hot.
The best time of the year to visit is November – December because at that time the land is still full of green from the monsoon flood. In particular Bagan get very dusty after about January since the whole Bagan area is very sandy.
Bagan is in the dry zone
The country is situated in a tropical location, bordering the Gulf of Bengal and the Andaman Sea -both part of the Indian Ocean- on the west side.
If you want to hang around on beaches the dry season is the best time. At monsoon times from May to October almost all facilities and hotels at the waterfronts are closed since the weather gets real rough.
The area from Myeik or Mergui towards Kawthaung in the very south receives plenty of rain from the clouds moving in from the Indian Ocean this makes it one of the wettest places on earth. People could sing “it always rains in south Myanmar”.
Gulf of Bengal
Andaman Sea Beach
Weather in the Himalaya Mountain
In the interior are the Himalaya mountains to the north and the Shan plateau in the north east.
In the Myanmar Himalaya snow is all year round above about 3000 m height and coniferous forests plus a lush tropical vegetation below.
This area is not developed for tourism, only a few adventure trekking tours are offered.
In the higher regions a warm temperate climate making it a popular for visiting from people who are sick of the snow and rain of the winter and autumn in Europe and North America.
Bagan and the Dry Zone
People in the dry zone
The weather pattern would support more adventure tours, like river rafting and mountain climbing but there is no infrastructure to support this.
On the interior Shan plateau the altitude is always around 1000 m, that – keeps the summer temperatures around 24 degrees Celsius. In winter, night temperatures can drop to about 10 degree Celsius, on the Shan plateau is Inle Lake.
Scuba diving is best from November to April that’s the off monsoon weather period. Scuba diving is mainly offered out of Phuket Thailand into the Andaman Sea by live aboard diving tours with midrange yachts.
Himalaya Mountain River
Shan Plateau Monsoon
Northern mountain trekking
Inle Lake Shan Plateau
A very special weather situation is during monsoon.
The monsoon weather situation happens from about June to October and brings great problems, flooding, hurricane, thunderstorm and other. Monsoon time is a real difficult situation.
Monsoon and Buffalos
Monsoon, cows girl and flower
– Pictures on Myanmar after the Cyclone.
A donation from the King of Thailand
Loading relief goods
Relief goods landed at Yangon
Loading relief supply
Help from USA get ready
Unloading aircraft at Yangon Airport
Water purification equipment
Help from China
Homeless mother and baby
Buddha and Destruction
Emergency food distribution
Myanmar food distribution
Something to eat
Waiting for water
Mother and child
Refuge in the monastery
Prayer in Singapore
After the Cyclone in Myanmar or Burma
A tropical storm -Cyclone Nargis- with up to 220-km-per-hour gusts(120-mph) crashed into the Ayeyarwady or Irrawaddy delta area between Yangon / Rangoon and Bassein / Pathein and other places in Myanmar early Saturday May 3. , tearing off roofs, uprooting trees and knocking out the remaining electricity, actually in Yangon there is no electricity most of the time anyway.
The cyclones direction was into Bangladesh on Friday, but changed the path into Myanmar instead.
In the Towns of Laputta, Kyaik Lat and many other in the Irrawaddy or Ayeyarwady -Delta 70% of buildings have been destroyed. Current figures are about 1 million homeless. Newest UN estimates are about 100.000 dead, the number are rising by the hour.
After Cyclone Nagis
After Cyclone Nagis in Yangon
The cyclone brought down water, electricity, telephone and internet. 4 ships sunk in Yangon harbor and 57 ships sunk in the area in total, Yangon airport have been closed down, is up again now, aircraft had to use Mandalay airport. Food prices are rising fast due to hording
Destroying paddy field in the delta region and in Mon State. The government is distributing basic food aid to the people, shelters have been opened.
Cyclone Nagis in Irrawaddy Delta
Disaster in the Irrawaddy delta
Heavy equipment the elephant
After the disaster in the Irrawaddy delta
Cyclone Aerial photo before after
Weather Myanmar after the cyclone