Travel Tips

Local Time

Myanmar Time is GMT + 6.5 (and is 30 minutes behind Bangkok time)

Language & Religion

Myanmar people speak Burmese although quite a few can also speak English. The vast majority of Myanmar people (about 88%) are Buddhist with a minority of Christian, Muslim and Hindu.

Climate and Weather

Myanmar has three “seasons”: Hot Season – March to mid-May with average temperatures 25-38 C Rainy Season – mid-May to September with average temperatures 23-33 C. “Winter” Season – October to February with average temperatures 18-24 C. The main tourist season is during the winter season, but it doesn’t rain much up-country and the travel season is now virtually all year long. In fact many prefer the rainy season for its lack of crowds and the cool weather.

What to wear

Warm weather clothing is quite adequate for Yangon and most tourist spots although up-country around the Inle Lake area and other higher elevations the temperature may reach near freezing at night during the ‘winter’ season. Travelers should bring appropriate cold weather clothing if traveling there (from October through February).

Additionally, suggestive or revealing clothing is never a good idea in this conservative and largely Buddhist culture. When visiting religious shrines and temples, modest dress is required and easily removable footwear is recommended since such sacred grounds must be visited only in bare feet (no socks either). Hats and sunglasses are usually appreciated, as is an umbrella for the rainy season. We suggest you to bring the sandals in order to visit temples and pagodas so that they can be easily removed at religious places.