October to February is cool and dry and best time to visit, when temperatures in Yangon are pleasantly warm, though with fairly high humidity. It is warm and dry by day, with average highs hovering around 30 ° C (86 °F) across the country. Temperatures have not yet reached stifling, providing ideal weather to visit the many unusual temples. At night the temperatures may drop to 15 ° C (59 °F), so prepare some warmer clothes. October is undoubtedly festival season in Myanmar, which makes it a wondrous time to visit. Thadingyut (Lightning) Festival is the most lively, when the streets come alive with celebrations for three days, and the locals make their way to the nearest pagodas to pay their respects to the nation’s many monks.
Reinstated in 2013, Chin National Day represents renewed hope for the Chin People in Hakha. Once not permitted to celebrate their national holiday during military rule, the festival is back with a strong sense of pride. Fireworks, concerts, and parades make the ethnic holiday a celebration for all in attendance.
Location: Mindat, Myanmar
Bawgyo Pagoda Festival
Visitors gain a rare insight into the mysterious Shan culture at the Bawgyo Pagoda Festival in the Thibaw Township. Observing ancient traditions, the culture is unique to the rest of the country. The famous pagoda is the pinnacle of the festival. Visitors enjoy traditional dances, performances, music and cuisine in the town’s park.
Location: Thibaw (Shan State), Myanmar
Maha Muni Pagoda Festival
January - February
Visitors and locals sink their teeth into different sticky rice delicacies with various toppings at the Maha Muni Pagoda Festival in Mandalay. Lasting two days, the festival celebrates the revered Maha Muni Buddha Image covered in thick gold. Bonfires decorate the festival grounds during the cold month of February.
Location: Mandalay, Myanmar
George Orwellâs Indian Days and Burmese Nights
Author : James Newman
George Orwell's extraordinary talent for understanding the human race was born from the streets and back alleys of British India and Myanmar; these Eastern lands informed one of the greatest literary minds of the Western world.