For many years, Myanmar was a difficult country to visit, as the regime shunned foreign visitors and a boycott campaign ensured responsible tourists stayed away. However, all this changed with the release of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in November 2010. And the country looks set to see a tourism boom in the coming decade.
Bagan will be set to rival the temples of Angkor as a must-see heritage destination in the region and beautiful Inle Lake is likely to become a popular ecotourism destination. As the world wakes up to this enigmatic, emerging country, there will be challenges ahead as demand initially outstrips supply when it comes to hotel beds and airline seats. However, for those willing to travel off-the-beaten-track or downgrade their accommodation for a unique experience, a visit to Myanmar will be a visit to an older, more authentic Asia.
When is the best time to visit Myanmar?
Myanmar's climate is characterised by three distinct seasons. The rainy season extends from May to October. It is followed by a short, cool dry season from November to January, which develops into a hot dry season from February to May. Average daytime temperatures generally range from 25C to 30C, but can drop to 20C during the coolest months and hit 40C during the peak of the dry season. In the mountains of the far north, temperatures can drop to freezing in the winter and snow-capped mountains are visible from Putao.
How do I get to Myanmar?
There are currently two international gateways to Myanmar. Yangon International Airport serves the capital of Yangon and is accessible from the UK on Singapore Airlines via Singapore, Thai Airways via Bangkok, Qatar Airways via Doha and Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur.
Fewer flights operate from Europe into Mandalay International Airport. Currently you can only fly in on Singapore Airlines via Singapore.
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