There’s a lot to think about when booking your once in a lifetime holiday to Myanmar. Hotels, flights, money… it can all get quite stressful. But something that is often left out of these thoughts is the dates you are travelling, and what to expect in the country during them. Will it be hot or cold? What festivals are taking place? Anything special or out of the ordinary going on?
So let’s break this down and check out what’s happening in Myanmar in February this year.
We won’t beat around the bush here, in our opinion February is the best month to travel in Myanmar. There’s slightly less tourists mulling around after the peak months of December and January plus the sun is just beginning to get that little bit hotter. That makes it premium travelling conditions in our book.
By this stage in the year, there’s certainly not going to be any rain. In fact we haven’t seen any since November. This means the ground is dry and there can be a fair bit of dust lying around. While not being too great for your lungs, it makes for a seriously good sunrise and sunset, so pick your spot carefully. The added dust in the air means the skyline in the evening lights up in vivid red and orange colours producing a sunset view that will last with you for a very long time.
Up in the mountains of Shan and Chin States the winter months are now behind us, so no need to pack excessive layers for anyone going on a trek. It’s definitely worth packing at least one jumper for the cooler mornings though.
The country is known for loving a good old celebration, and coming to Myanmar in February is no different. In total there’s 3 main festivals taking place across the country, all of which are based around the same full moon.
The first takes place from the 28th Jan – 11th Feb, is in Mandalay, and called the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival. It celebrates the full moon day of Thabodwe which this year is on the 11th Feburary. Come along and see a variety of incense sticks being lit, performers dancing and a general all round good feel.
Next up is the Nyan Taw Pagoda Festival in Pyin Oo Lwin which goes from the 3rd Feb – 11th Feb. Much like most pagoda festivals in Myanmar, thousands of ethnic groups descend from the hills during the festival to buy or sell their products.
Finally there is the Kyaik Khauk Pagoda Festival in Yangon from the 6th Feb – 12th Feb. Colourful evening entertainment is a feature throughout the festival while ceramics and local produce are sold by local vendors.
If possible, we’d absolutely recommend travelling to Myanmar in February for all would be tourists. Make sure to check out the festivals in Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin and Yangon while your at it, and bask in the glorious sunshine, just before the seriously hot months are upon us.