The ideal time for travelling throughout Myanmar is the cold season (winter), from mid-October to mid-February, with an average temperature of 20 - 25°C. The rainy season (monsoon) is from mid-May to mid-October with an average temperature of 25 - 30°C. Although it rains heavily throughout Myanmar, travelling during this season is still enjoyable because Mandalay and Bagan lie in dry zone where it rarely rains. The hot season (summer) is from mid-February to mid-May, with an average temperature of 30 - 35°C.
Depending on when you do go, here are a few things you must packs: light clothes, cotton and linen, a light jacket for the evenings, a good sunscreen (SPF 30+), sunglasses, rain gear including an umbrella, jacket, sandal and hiking shoe for trekking. The recommended footwear includes sandals, flip-flops and comfy walking shoes that can be taken off easily. You would be required to take the shoe off before you enter the pagodas and people’s homes. While visiting pagodas and religious places, you are strongly recommended not to wear shorts, mini-skirts, vests, tank tops, etc. Your knees and shoulders must be covered. Please avoid clothing with images of Buddha, as this is considered highly disrespectful.
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