Myanmar weather & when to go: January
Enjoy Christmas at home with the family, flying out to Myanmar just as the high season madness subsides to enjoy some of the best all-round weather of the year. With blue skies and dry weather expected across the country, this is a chance to see Myanmar at its very best.
January's weather in detail
The dry season continues throughout the month of January, with excellent conditions expected throughout Myanmar. January is peak season, as temperatures slowly begin to rise and the entire country expects premium travelling conditions.
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 in the foothills, the Shan State, and around Inle Lake starts to lessen during the day, the temperature has a tendancy to drop in the evenings and early morning, so it's worth packing a jumper or fleece jacket.
Rainfall of any sort is unlikely, and temperatures in the lowlands are likely to reach into the high 20s°C. Even the eastern and northern highlands will reach 25°C, although evenings are still likely to be quite chilly.
You may be wondering whether you should be travelling to Myanmar. It's a complex situation, and Selective Asia's Gemma has shared some insightful thoughts on travelling responsibly in Myanmar - you can read them here.
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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies
Ananda Temple Festival
One of the more lively festivals in the calendar. Alms bowls filled with varying crops are offered to a long line of monks. There is a carnival atmosphere at the Ananda Temples, complete fairground rides and food stalls.
Naga New Year
Naga tribes in the Sagaing region get together to eat, drink and dance, take part in competitions and traditional sports.