Bagan(Myanmar)- Asia’s greatest concentration of ancient architecture and art. A trip to the iconic and picture perfect Bagan should be in bucket list of any Myanmar trip. Our memories of the pagoda and temples filled grassy landscape, the endless sunrises and sunsets and the early morning bike rides on the dusty Bagan roads will stay with us forever. However, it is really important to know the best time to visit Bagan to get the most of Bagan or you will miss most of interesting parts.
Bagan weather – Best time to visit Bagan
Bagan has a tropical climate with two main seasons: rainy season and dry season with the high temperature most of the year. The best time to visit Bagan is during the dry season which is from November to February next year with the temperature about 30C (86F) bringing dry days with very little or no cloud and little or no rains. During this part of the year the humidity is much lower making travelling around the temples a more pleasant experience. This makes Bagan in the high season in Myanmar tourism with hot air baloon festivals.
From March to May is very hot months in Bagan and from June to October is rainy season in Bagan, this is not the best time to visit Bagan. During this time, the temperatures can reach 43OC(110F) and the rainfall reach its highest from June to October.
Eventhough, Bagan weather is relatively predictable with seasons changing each year at around the same time, it is recommended to check the weather focast beforehand to get the best of Bagan. I visited Bagan in December 2017, it was rain and I had to wait for 3 days to admire the sunrise with balloons but it was absolutely awesome. It was like thousands of raw jewels they shimmer across a 26-square-kilometre stretch of grassy Bagan.
How to travel
Burma is a difficult place in which to travel, especially independently. Now that Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD party have sanctioned responsible tourism, the recent surge of visitors has created its own problems, notably the inability of the nascent tourist industry to cope. Even reputable outside tour companies with many years’ experience in the country are struggling to guarantee rooms and services.
Old problems remain, namely the poor infrastructure; sudden travel restrictions; the almost total lack of ATMs and mobile phone and internet coverage; and the inability, in all but a handful of hotels and other businesses, to make payments by credit card.