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Myanmar in December is a fairy tale paradise with plenty of sunshine in the morning and cool weather during nights. The beaches are in full bloom providing a plethora of options to enjoy breathtaking water sports activities like snorkeling and diving. Tangled with intriguing history, ancient temples, rich culture, fascinating Buddhist relics and tantalizing cuisines, Myanmar is a gem of Southeast Asia.
Formerly known as ‘Burma’ and fondly called ‘The Golden Land’, Myanmar is a picturesque destination for ultimate fun, thrill and romance. So, what are you waiting for? Scroll through this mini-guide that will let you know which are the best places to visit in Myanmar in December. But before that let us see what Weather in Myanmar in December looks and feel like.
Weather In Myanmar In December
The weather during this period is relatively dry with the temperature around 20-degree celsius. December to February are the peak months for exploring the city like a pro. The average temperature in Myanmar in December rarely crosses the mark 24-degree celsius. On the coast especially, the sea breeze is even fresh and cooler than other places, making it perfect for taking a plunge into the ocean. To capture some of the world’s most spectacular sunrises and sunsets, there is no better place than Myanmar.
5 Best Places To Visit In Myanmar In December
Check out the following awesome cities and places to visit in Myanmar in December to make your holiday more fun-filled and adventurous.
This is perhaps a dream destination for capturing jaw-dropping sunrises. This surreal wonder with 2,000 pagodas is a land of devotion and one of the greatest archaeological sites on earth spread across 26 square miles. The glowing sun rays kissing these pagodas is a spectacle to behold. Yet another sight to behold is the soaring of colorful hot air balloons in the open sky during sunrise or sunset.
One of the best ways to explore this wonderful location is to wander around on an electric bicycle. The city was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2019 and is a sacred place for Myanmar people.
Ideal for: Sightseeing, photography and hot air ballooning
Travel tip: Hop into a hot air balloon and carry a camera to take photos of the shimmering pagodas from above.
2. Mount Popa
Located right next to the city of Bagan, Mount Popa is indisputably one of the most stunning locations of Myanmar. One has to climb around 777 steps to reach the summit of this sacred monastery, perched atop an extinct volcano. On reaching the top, you will be greeted with eye-popping views of the lush greenery engulfing the entire region. The cool weather in Myanmar in December makes climbing easy.
Just close to the monastery, there Mount Popa resort, a luxurious 5-star hotel featuring premium accommodations and a swanky restaurant. Do savor some of the mouth-watering Burmese and European dishes served at the restaurants, they are delicious.
Ideal for: Sightseeing, photography and hiking
Travel tip: Dress properly before visiting this sacred monastery and do remember to take your shoes/sandals off before entering the monastery. Beware of the monkeys, there are plenty as you climb the steps.
This beautiful town in Myanmar is a must-visit tourist place to experience the rich culture, literature and heritage of the nation. Maha Muni gilded Buddha, Myanmar’s 2nd holiest shrine is the most popular attraction here. The second most famous site here is the U Bein Bridge, the world’s largest and biggest teak structure running across 1.2 km.
Maha Myat Muni also called the “Royal Palace” and the never completed temple of Mingun are a few fascinating hotspots that should be overlooked.
Ideal for: Sightseeing and photography
Travel tip: For more thrill and excitement, choose to travel to Mandalay via a cruise along the Irrawaddy River from Bagan.
Said to constructed around 2,000 years ago, the huge collection of 2,478 stupas in Kakku is hailed as one of the best-kept secrets of Myanmar. It is one of the most spellbinding sites of the country, so get your camera ready for some picture-perfect shots.
These stupas dotting the hills near the glittering Inle Lake and jutting out into the sky exhibit the remarkable talent of artists of the 17th and 18th centuries. The main stupa located right in the center of all has an incredible height of 40 meters is a sight to see. You can also see some the stupas still have the ornamental umbrella atop.
Ideal for: Sightseeing and photography
Travel tip: Remove your shoes and socks before entering Kakku pagodas
Captivatingly beautiful, Yangon is the biggest commercial city of Myanmar and houses Southeast Asia’s largest colonial structures, the historic Secretariat Building. Bursting with are antique shops, fascinating markets, colonial buildings, luxury hotels and restaurants, art galleries, museums and much more, Yangon is a famous tourist destination.
Yangon, also called the “Garden of the East”, is the country’s former administrative capital and features a 260-acre lake and nature park in its own courtyard. However, ShweDagon Pagoda, a marvelous stupa covered completely with gold remains the top attraction of the city. Perched on a hilltop, 51 meters above the city, and raised to a height of 99 meters, this religious edifice is the most sacred Buddhist stupa and one of the best places to visit in Myanmar in December.
Ideal for: Photography
Myanmar in December is a captivating holiday destination, full of iconic sights, lush greenery and jaw-dropping natural beauty. This hidden jewel of Southeast Asia has an unmistakable aesthetic appeal that will surely please your heart and give you an ultimate experience on your vacation in Myanmar.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Myanmar In December
Is December a good time to visit Myanmar?
Myanmar in December is a peak tourist season and one of the best times to visit, especially if you would like to explore places like Mandalay and Bagan to the fullest.
How many days do I need in Myanmar?
To explore the magnificent culture and history of the country, you need at least 5 to 6 days.
Is Myanmar safe to travel?
With tourism at its peak, Myanmar has taken the necessary steps to ensure the complete safety of travelers from all over the world.
Which is better, Yangon or Mandalay?
Mandalay with its dense greenery, less crowd and the endless number of tourists hotspots is the most preferred destination than Yangon. But, if you wish to enjoy a luxurious vacation and like to stay in royal 5-star hotels amidst posh surroundings, Yangon is the best.
Can you wear shorts in Myanmar?
There are many religious sites in Myanmar, so it is highly advised to avoid wearing shorts.
What do I need to know before going to Myanmar?
Make sure you remove your shoes before entering pagodas or temples. Climbing on Pagodas is strictly prohibited. Also, the tap water in Myanmar is said to be unsafe, so it is better to avoid it.
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