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.
Coinciding with the full moon festival, visitors flock to Taunngyi from far and wide to celebrate on the night of the full moon. Balloons in the shapes of animals, including horse, ox, pig, owl and elephant are lit up and released into the night sky as an offering to the Gods and Nats, to ward off evil spirits.
Location: Taunggyi, 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.