Cool nights in Myanmar
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 6:14 AM Last Post By: palmashofu
Nov 15, 2012 7:36 AM
Cool nights in MyanmarLast minute question. We are going to Rangoon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake in the next couple of weeks. I'm presuming the evenings and nights will be cooler than the days, but should I bring something with longer sleeves in case it's a bit chilly by the lake (and good for mozzies as well)...?
Nov 15, 2012 9:34 AM
1Yes. Bagan and Inle can be rather cold at night. Dec Bagan can get down to near freezing and Inle as higher up 900m, is chilly at night often down to 10C, so take a light fleece, also early morning on the boats is a bit cool. Yangon is not really cool at night. Mandalay gets a bit cool to, around 15C I would say. I would take a few long sleeve shirts as well, good to keep moozies off. Also AC buses are freezing at night.
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Nov 16, 2012 1:11 AM
6Hey, Herbie47 - when you say near freezing in Bagan at night, do you actually mean close to zero degrees C? That's a bit colder than I was expecting... I was hoping it would be a bit warmer than it is here in Manchester...
Monty, you're the only one here that I know for a fact is a Brit - how's the temperature for someone used to the wint'ry climes of Northwest England?
I'm going to take a (very) thin fleece, but is it easy enough to buy warm clothing over there if necessary? Do they have clothes that fit slightly overfed Westerners...? Say, XL size?
Nov 16, 2012 1:25 AM
7Well, it snows where I am in Japan, and I felt it was quite cold in the early morning and at night. Better to bring too much clothing than too little. You can always bring some old stuff that you wear in layers, and leave it there when you go home. I didn't see much in the way of anything that resembled sweatshirts, sweaters or fleece in the markets, and your western "XL" size would be a XXXL over there (I am a US women's medium and I wear a men's medium in Asia.) Bring your stuff from home.
Nov 16, 2012 1:26 AM
8if you see my FAQ73 for my 4.5kgs I have a rubbish llightweight fleece that I wear at home now for instance, although its got loads of fireworks burn holes from last years Balloon festival fiasco. I also take with me a small shower proof that packs into a tiny bag which I rarely have to use except last October Thailand and Burma were flooded and raining. In Inle and Taungyyi it can be very cols evenings and for balloon festival I wear socks inside my teva style sandals and long slacks and sleeves, you can buy anything you need there but don't expect style I have bought shorts and cargo trousers cheap on the streets in myanmar also my specs at $1 a time and watches not rolex etc copies just $1 I never take a winter jacket ie I have top of range North face bought in China would be too much for myanmar except for the boat from Bhamo where it really froze at night.
P.s I usually try and escape the UK winter climes
Nov 16, 2012 2:08 AM
9Yes 2 years ago it went down 4C at night, I was surprised never thought it would get that cold in Myanmar in the low lands, Bagan is similar to a desert, hot during day cool at night. During the day it canbe very hot, first time I went about 10 years ago it was baking even in Nov. about 35C. Generally it does get that cold more around 10C, you can get some nice mist early morning which is good for your dawn photos. In evenings it is pleasant around 15-20C. Also if you go to Hsipaw and Kyaukme that gets pretty cold at night early morning, same at Inle.
I'm in the UK as well.
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Nov 16, 2012 4:14 AM
12You may want to book your bike the evening before, I used to get out about 6am and cycle to the temples before breakfast, thats if I could get out of the GH and find a bike without flat tyres, haha. Yes a light fleece is prob. enough, you may need in on the bus if you go overnight. I have a very light waterproof rolls up to size of an apple but don't really need that in Myanmar, keeps the wind off on Inle boat ride though. Yes the dawn at Bagan is well worth getting up for, I would find a temple you can climb up without loads of tourists and then just sit there watching the sun rise and the colours and shadows changing. There are some on the Nyaung U side of the big temples in Old Bagan.
Nov 16, 2012 6:14 AM
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