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Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Myanmar

Geography

Burmese Geography - Bagan
Bagan

Myanmar connects South Asia with Southeast Asia as it borders both Bangladesh and India in the west, and Thailand and Laos in the southeast. Myanmar also has a significantly long border with China in its northeast. Myanmar has a long coastline on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

Much of Myanmar is mountainous, particularly in the north where the country borders China and India. From these mountains a number of rivers flow southwest into the Bay of Bengal. These rivers and the coastal plains are the most livable parts of the country and is home to nearly the entire population.

Weather

Myanmar's weather is affected by India's monsoon, but also by Myanmar's mountains. The monsoon arrives from about June to September and during this time the weather is hot, humid, and rainy. At higher elevations the rain tends to come down harder, filling the country's rivers. From about December to April the air is dry and rain is less frequent; temperatures also generally sink at night and fluctuate during the days. These in between seasons experience rising and falling humidity levels and temperatures. In the capital of Yangon, the monsoon season has averages of about 80°F (27°C) with little high and low variations from that point. From December to about April the capital has daily highs of about 90 to 100°F (32 to 38°C) and lows of 65 to 70°F (18 to 21°C).

Wildlife

Myanmarese Wildlife - Lemons may have have originated in Myanmar
Lemons may be from Myanmar

Myanmar has excellent diversity in its wildlife system and boasts a great variety of mammalian life. Among the many mammals are tigers, elephants, rhinoceroses, tapirs, leopards, pandas, sheep, deer, mongooses, bears, boars, monkeys and numerous smaller mammals like the bat. The sea life is plentiful in both the country's inland lakes and rivers as well as in the nearby Bay of Bengal. This sea life varies and includes mammals like whales, fish like tuna or mackerel, and shellfish like lobsters, oysters, and more.

The bird life in Myanmar is substantial and the variety is incredible for the country's size. Many of these birds are migratory and many are also water fowls. Among the more popular birds are included kingfishers, herons, pigeons, peacocks, pheasants, doves, and eagles. The reptilian and amphibian life is large as well, including turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and toads.

This page was last updated: March, 2013