Myanmar - weather & travel conditions in October

Overall weather condition in Myanmar (Burma) in October

In October the rainfall will gradually reduce and the weather will become cooler. The temperature still stays around 30 degrees Celsius. At this time, the beach resorts also start to return to operation and welcome tourists to visit.

The central plains to the south of Mandalay are once again the hottest and driest region of the country, with temperatures in the low 30s°C and minimal rainfall experienced during October. Across Myanmar rainfall is greatly reduced and bright sunny days start to become the norm.

The beach resorts start to open again, but in some instances you should expect a slightly below par service for the opening week, as new staff find their feet and work continues to repair any damage suffered during the monsoon. Away from the coast the 'Big 4' of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake are expecting great weather as are most other key places of interest. The river water levels are high on all the rivers meaning that the cruise boats ae sailing again and its the perfect time to sail the Upper Ayeyarwady River and on the Chindwin River.

October is very much mid-season, and can be a very good time to visit Myanmar with a high chance of good weather and lower tourist numbers than in the months that follow.

Events in Burma in October

Thadingyut Festival of Light

A countrywide celebration to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent. Pagodas and houses are lit up by candles and lanterns. The younger generation offer gifts to elders to show respect.

Thadingyut Festival of Light, myanmar in october
Thadingyut Festival of Light is an event you should not miss when visit Myanmar in October

Dancing Elephant Festival Kyaukse

Another animal focused festival that we rather like is the Dancing Elephant Festival held in Kyaukse, south of Mandalay. Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve any real dancing elephants; the locals construct and decorate life-sized bamboo elephants which dance enthusiastically through town (with a little help from the two men inside), to be judged by a group of town elders. The best dressed / danced elephant wins a cash prize. Why elephants? Back in the 11th century, the King let his royal elephants choose the auspicious location in which to enshrine the

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

Set on Inle Lake and one of the most fun festivals of the calendar which includes 'leg-rowing' boat racing!

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