Amongst the best weather conditions of the entire year across Myanmar. February is bright and dry, without the searing heat expected in late April and May. The beaches of Ngapali have arguably their best months and the chill starts to come off the higher grounds as the month goes on.
Conditions continue to improve as we enter February, with the upcoming two months arguably the best time of the year to visit Myanmar. The downside to the great weather is, of course, the higher visitor numbers. Although these are anything but excessive, the limited choice of hotels in some key destinations means that it’s important to book early to avoid disappointment.
With no rain expected throughout the month, and the chilly winter feel in the highlands now a thing of the past (although early mornings still have a bit of a chill in places), you can expect premium travelling conditions across the country. That said, the dry weather of recent months makes for lower water levels and care should be taken on selecting suitable cruise options, especially on the higher sections of the Ayeyarwady River and on the Chindwin River.
In the south and along the west coast, the beaches will be basking in sunshine. The central plains will also be dry and hot, although more manageable than in the months to come. Whilst the chill will have lifted off the foothills, the Shan region, and around Inle Lake, the temperature can still be a little fresh in the evenings, so it's worth packing a jumper.
Temperatures in the lowlands average highs of 32°C, and even the eastern and northern highlands will be in the high 20s°C. In these parts, the evenings can still be a little chilly.
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