Sunday, September 16, 2012

Travel To Burma: What Will the Weather Be Like?

As with any holiday, those who are preparing to travel to Burma might be thinking ahead and anticipating the myriad delights that this incredible country has to offer. But looking forward to a trip is not just about daydreaming; it's also important to know what to expect, and how to prepare accordingly. Understanding a little more about Burma's climate, its seasons, and what the weather is like in different parts of the country can be tremendously helpful for those wanting to get the best experience possible. It can inform everything from the choice of when to go, to the packing checklist - so read on for an overview and some practical advice.
The Climate: An Overview
Located in Asia's tropical monsoon region, Burma is generally warm and sees a lot of rainfall, although due to its diverse geography - particularly its differences in altitude - it is also a country of considerable regional variation in weather, and the climate experienced by those who travel to Burma will depend in part on where they go. There are three seasons: summer, from March to May; the rainy season, from June to September; and winter, from October to February. In the coastal regions, there is heavy rainfall and more seasonal variation in temperature than in the central lowlands which stay hot and humid all year round. The delta area of the River Ayeyarwady also receives abundant rainfall, and like much of the interior of the country, can be very hot and humid in the rainy season. Meanwhile, the eastern and northern mountains also see abundant to heavy rainfall, and temperatures can drop very low at higher altitudes in the winter months.
The Seasons: When to Go
While exploring this beautiful country is enjoyable at any time of the year, the effects of the seasons do create a different atmosphere. Some prefer to travel to Burma during the winter, particularly in January or February which are the coolest and driest months, offering considerable relief in the interior - including Mandalay and Bagan - from the intense 30 - 45°c heat of the summer months; the winter is also generally sunny due to reduced cloud cover. However, there are things to enjoy in all seasons: the mountains and hill stations of Shan state are pleasant during the summer, and witnessing the drama of a tropical monsoon is a delight in itself - although accessibility to parts of the country is restricted during the heaviest periods of rainfall between July and September.
Preparing For the Weather
Depending on when they are planning to travel to Burma, visitors will need to pack accordingly. Lightweight clothing will be a relief in the summer heat and humidity, while waterproofs are recommended for all but the driest months. And whatever the season, be sure to take a hat and sunscreen.
Jude Limburn Turner is the Marketing Manager for Mountain Kingdoms, an adventure tour company who run tours enabling people to enjoy travel to Burma. Operating in Asia for over 20 years, they now offer treks and tours worldwide, including destinations in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Central and South East Asia.

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