Best time to travel to Myanmar
Overall, the best time to visit Myanmar is from October to February which is the cool and dry season of Myanmar. There are 3 separate seasons in Myanmar, including Cool & Dry season, Hot & Dry season and Rainy Season.
Cool & Dry season
This season lasts from October to February. The temperature is pretty cool around 15-26 Celsius degrees. Occasional rains begin in October. This is the best time to travel to Myanmar as the weather is pleasant for all activities.
This season begins in March and ends in May. It can get really hot in Myanmar in the summer. The temperature is around 27-31 Celsius degrees. Rain might occur at the end of April and beginning of May.
Transportation in Myanmar
Within the country
Air travel is a convenient way to get around Myanmar. Daily flights among popular destinations such as Yangon (Rangoon), Mandalay, Heho, Nyaung U and Thandwe are available. Myanmar National Airlines covers most of the destinations in Myanmar.
Long-distance buses and trains are also common. There are a variety of buses including luxury air-conditioned express ones to local buses without air-conditioning. However, buses are likely to be faster and cheaper than trains.
Within the city
Public city buses, local buses called ka, motorbike taxis, taxis, bicycle rickshaws and trishaws (or saiq-ka) are popular ways of moving around major cities in Myanmar. Others are horse carts (myint hlei), ox carts and little three-wheelers. Hiring a car is also an option although it’s not that cheap to drive on your own.
You must grant permissions from the government and authority in order to drive in Myanmar. As this might get complicated, you can also hire a private driver that accompanies you the whole trip.
Where to visit in Myanmar
Formerly known as Rangoon, Yangon used to be Myanmar’s capital in the past. Now, it is the country’s center of commerce. As the largest city of Myanmar, Yangon has a population of 7 million people.
Although many tourists don’t think of visiting Yangon while coming to Myanmar, this city often surprises unexpected visitors and wow them with its interesting attractions. You can check out Shwedagon Pagoda. With an impressive height of 99 meters, this might be the most breathtaking pagoda you’ve ever seen.
Together with the stunning golden statues and building structure, Shwedagon Pagoda has a calming and spiritual beauty with Buddhists.
Bagan is a must-visit destination in Myanmar. Your adventure to Bagan will be a trip of a lifetime. The city is filled with 2,200 pagodas and temples – an impressive number that amazes many travelers.
You can enjoy the sunset at Lowka Oushang or North Guni temple to truly immerse in the beauty of Bagan. Some of the popular temples include Shwezigon Pagoda, Bupayathein and Ananda.
Bagan also offers hot air balloon service from October to April.
This destination is definitely for nature lovers. There are a lot of trekking tours in Kalaw such as trekking from Bagan to Inle Lake. This experience is a must-try for visitors to Kalaw so please don’t miss it. If you are not into tiring activities, you can opt for a shorter hike.
At a height of 1320 meters, Kalaw is a cool escape from the hot weather in Myanmar. The climate alone is an attraction to this lovely town.
Founded at the foot of Mandalay Hill by King Mindon as his royal capital, Mandalay is studded with pagodas. Bombed in WWII, this place almost disappeared. In the 1990s, the city was rebuilt and then underwent a massive change that brought modernization to this city. Today, there are so many motorbikes and cars honking on the streets.
Mandalay is also home to many markets, monasteries, Indian temples, mosques, gold workshops and a bustling riverside.
What to eat in Myanmar
Tea leaf salad
Tea leaf salad is the most popular Myanmar dish. It includes sour, slightly bitter leaves mixed with shredded cabbage, sliced tomatoes, nuts and peas. It can be served as an appetizer or a snack. Tea leaf salad also comes with a plate of rice.
This signature Myanmar food is often known as fish rice. Rice is cooked with turmeric and topped with freshwater fish and garlic oil. Served with leek roots, raw garlic and deep-fried pork rinds, this dish is a flavorsome snack.
Myanmar curry is a mouth-watering food served with fish, pork, shrimp, beef, or mutton at your choice. The dish includes rice, a tart salad, some vegetables, a small bowl of soup and a large serving of fresh vegetables and herbs.
Tea shop meal
When you visit Myanmar, absolutely don’t miss tea shops. Tea shops are where you can get a cup of milky tea and some signature Myanmar food. Baked sweets, meaty steamed buns and dim sum are popular dishes that are recommended. You can also try deep-fried savory snacks, deep-fried bread with potato curry or baked bread.
Although it is called sweet snacks, it is not packed with sugar. The sweetness comes from the ingredients such as coconut milk, grated coconut, rice flour, sticky rice, fruit and tapioca.
Fried foods are popular snacks in Myanmar that at some point you will have to try at least once. Deep-fried stuff can be found on the street or in tea shops. Some dishes you can try include deep-fried samosas, spring rolls, savory fritters, sweets, bread, noodles topped with deep-fried crispy garnishes.
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Besides those popular destinations, you can always combine and extend your Burma day trips to other appealing destinations such as Bago, Syriam, Twante from Yangon; Mount Popa from Bagan; Maymyo, Amarapura, Ava, Sagaing and Migun from Mandalay; Kakku or Inn Thein from Inle Lake, etc.
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