Climate and Key Facts

We will advise you on the best time of the year to travel and, just as importantly, when not to go to a particular region or place. We hope the following guidelines are useful:

Myanmar

Myanmar has 3 different seasons, there are advantages and disadvantages to each:

November – February (Winter)

The most popular season for tourists to travel because of the lower temperatures (evenings in the mountains can be cold – 10 degrees Celsius) while the chance for rain is less (although November 2013 saw more rainy days then July or August of that year). Daytime temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius. It is generally a good time to travel anywhere in the country but it can be busy at the major tourist locations – if you have the choice we suggest you to avoid the peak months of November and February when it can be very busy everywhere.

March – May (Summer)

The whole country can be hot (especially in the afternoon – around 35 degrees Celsius) so you’re advised to plan sightseeing more in the mornings and evenings. Landscapes are a bit dry – excellent time to visit the beaches and to visit higher parts of Myanmar (Shan state for example).

June – mid October (The Green Season)

The temperatures drop (till about 25 – 30 degrees Celsius) and the scenery is green. Sightseeing is not too hot and not too dusty. It is an ideal time to  visit Bagan, Mandalay and Shan states (Hsipaw, Kyaukme, Pyin Oo Lwin, Kalaw and Inle Lake) where it doesn’t rain too heavily (mostly a short shower at the end of the day). Avoid the beaches in this period (it’s wetter on the coast and many hotels are closed at this time). Yangon can get quite some too so it is better to spend just 1 or 2 nights here. Sightseeing is great as there aren’t many other tourists around so in many ways it’s Myanmar at its best!

Please click onto the links for up-to-date visa and entry requirements for British nationals travelling to Myanmar (Burma).

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/burma/entry-requirements

Passport validity

Please make sure your passport is valid and up to date. In general terms, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from your date of arrival into all South East Asian countries.  

 

Yellow fever

Evidence of Yellow Fever vaccination may be required for travellers who are going to or have recently been to countries where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission.

 

Travelling with children

Single parents or adults travelling with children under the age of 18 are required to provide notarised documentary evidence of parental responsibility, or consent to travel from those with parental responsibility. Such documentation is often required before being allowed to enter South East Asian countries and, in many cases, before permitting children to leave the country.  

 

Local airport taxes

International and domestic airport taxes may be payable locally if it is not included with your airline tickets. This is usually payable in US dollars and it may not always be possible to pay by credit/debit card.

For up-to-date advice on any vaccination requirements and any health risks associated with visiting Myanmar please contact your GP.

The following NHS website provides helpful health information and advice for travellers:

http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)

For information on the Zika virus, please see the factsheet published by the World Health Organisation:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/

The following recommendations are published by Fit for Travel:

http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/advice/disease-prevention-advice/zika-virus-infection.aspx#Recommendations

 

 

Please click onto the links for up-to-date advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office:

Myanmar (Burma): www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/burma

 

 

Help for British nationals in South East Asia:

www.gov.uk/help-british-nationals-overseas/asia

 

In general terms it is best to travel with US dollars.

Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels and the better restaurants and shops but may not be accepted in small shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, nor in local markets.

In some remote areas there are no ATMs. Please check with us for details regarding your own itinerary.

 

Exchange rates are subject to change at any time but the following table provides indicative information for South East Asia and beyond:

Current time in Myanmar:

Yangon: GMT + 6½ hours