Myanmar water festivals 2018

Thingyan

Thingyan, or Burmese New Year, is the biggest festival of the year and is celebrated in every town, village and hamlet throughout the country. Like Songkran in Thailand, it involves a lot of water-throwing – you will definitely get wet!

Taunggyi Balloon Festival

An hour north of Inle Lake, the town of Taunggyi is famous for its balloon festival – held each year to celebrate the Tazaungdaing Festival of Lights, an ancient festival that has existed in Burma since before the advent of Buddhism.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

Held over 18 days, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival takes place on Inle Lake