Myanmar is considered to have 3 seasons. The hot season is usually from March-April, and temperatures would then cool off during the rainy season from May-October. The peak tourism season is the cool season from November-February. Temperatures can climb as high as 36?C in Yangon in the hot season while in the cool season, noontime temperatures are usually a more bearable 32?C, with night temperatures falling to around 19?C. Mandalay is slightly cooler in the cool season, with temperatures falling as low as 13?C, while temperatures in the hot season can go as high as 37?C. Generally, Lower Myanmar, the area around Yangon, receives more rainfall than the drier Upper Myanmar (around Mandalay).

In the highlands such as Inle Lake and Pyin U Lwin, winter temperatures can fall below 10?C at night, while daytime temperatures tend to be very pleasant. Even in the summer, temperatures rarely climb above 32?C. Near the Indian border in Kachin State, there are mountains which are permanently snow capped throughout the year. Myanmar’s infrastructure is in poor shape.

As a result of the political situation, Myanmar is subject to trade sanctions from much of the western world, and this can cause problems for unwary travellers. Travel to certain regions is prohibited; for others, special permits must be obtained, and a guide/interpreter/minder may be mandatory – although whether these “guides” accompany you to look after you, or to keep you from going to places the government doesn’t want you to see, is moot.