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The capital of Shan State, Taunggyi is a wonderful gateway to the region, especially to Inle Lake, and you'll find many of the best places to stay in Taunggyi actually sit just outside the city. Taunggyi is known for its wonderful fire balloon festival held at the beginning of November during which vast paper hot air balloons in the shape of animals hover in the air over the city. In the evenings the balloons carry treats and fireworks as well, so it can get pretty interesting. On a non-festival day Taunggyi is a big, mountaintop market town known for tea and Thai and Chinese goods.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Taunggyi in Myanmar is from january until may and in december, when you will have a pleasant till hot temperature and limited till mediocre rainfall. The highest average temperature in Taunggyi is 37°C in april and the lowest is 25°C in january.

Taunggyi has the moderate climate prevailing. Check the below table for the general idea of Taunggyi weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 24.1 17.9 9.9
Feb 26.7 20.2 10.5
Mar 28.7 22.9 14.5
Apr 29.8 24.2 17.1
May 27.7 23.2 18.1
Jun 25.5 22.2 18.7
Jul 24.3 21.4 18.4
Aug 24.1 21.2 18.4
Sep 25.3 21.7 18.1
Oct 25.3 21.1 16.4
Nov 25.6 20.4 14.1
Dec 23.8 18.1 10.9

Taunggyi monthly weather guide

Taunggyi Weather in January

If you are contemplating the best time to visit Taunggyi, the month of January fits the bill just right. The weather is nice and sultry with the lowest temperature being around 8°C and the warmest being a usual 31°C . Albeit a humidity of 70%, January marks a good time to explore the best things to do in Taunggyi. Expect an average precipitation of 0.62 mm.

Taunggyi Weather in February-May

If you love sunny weather that isn't too cold to hinder your travel and not hot enough to make you sweat as you explore the gorgeous spots of Taunggyi, then this is the right time for you! The temperature swings between 9°C and 41°C and the average temperature is 24°C. This is an ideal time to visit Taunggyi. The average precipitation recorded around this time is 3.83 mm.

Taunggyi Weather in June-November

With average humidity of 70%, temperatures sway between 13°C to 38°C. Now this may cause a little discomfort, but we are sure not complaining! This weather is perfect to go sightseeing around the city of Taunggyi. This time period sees an average precipitation of 20.21 mm.

Taunggyi Weather in December

An excellent season to visit Taunggyi, the average temperature falls around 22°C. The weather is great for outdoors, the air being moderately humid. This is most likely one of the best times to visit Taunggyi and also a tourist high season.

Taungggyi's current weather and 7-day forecast


Taunggyi is best known for the annual Fire Balloon festival held for one week near the beginning of Nov each year. For most of every day, hot air paper balloons several metres in length in the shape of various animals are launched and sent floating over the town (if they don't spontaneously combust on take-off, a relatively common occurrence). Definitely one of Myanmar's must-see events, it's popular with locals, but hardly any foreigners attend.

The market in Taunggyi is worth seeing. Shan noodles and Burmese sweet tea can be purchased at low cost, and CDs and VCDs are cheap and abundant. Another attraction of the market is the abundance of Pa-O (distinguished by interesting headscarves) women selling fresh produce and inexpensive tea from the Shan hills.

There are also many other interesting places in Taunggyi. Below are some of the recommended things to see & do in Taunggyi.

Inside the city

1. Visit places of worship 

Taunggyi’s culturally diverse population means that it has places of worship for a host of religions, including a number of mosques, a Chinese Buddhist monastery (Kwan Yin Si Hpaya Kyaung) and a Catholic cathedral (St Joseph’s).

St. Joseph's Cathedral - Taunggyi

2. Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda

Panoramic views of the entire city, and further across the plains to the north of Inle Lake, can be found at the Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda, which sits at the top of a ridge to the east of Taunggyi. Walking there from the centre of town takes around 40 minutes, or you can get a taxi for K5000. 

Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda - Taunggyi

3. Sulamuni Pagoda

The city’s most prominent religious monument is the Sulamuni Pagoda, a huge white stupa modelled on the Ananda Pagoda in Bagan; it was built in 1994 to commemorate Taunggyi’s centenary. 

Sulamuni Pagoda - Taunggyi

4. Shan State Cultural Museum

The Shan State Cultural Museum a pretty dusty and basic place, but offers some insight into the history and style of the various tribes in the area, as well as some local political history. Entry is K2,000. Being located at an altitude of 1,436 metres, Taunggyi (which means ‘Big Mountain’ in Burmese) has a cool and pleasant year-round climate.

Shan State Cultural Museum - Taunggyi

5. German-run Aythaya Vineyar

The German-run Aythaya Vineyard is immediately to the west of Taunggyi; one of only two vineyards in Myanmar, it also hosts attractive teak-built accommodation (the ‘Monte Di Vino Lodge’) with views of the picturesque Aythaya Valley.

Aythaya Vineyard Taunggyi

Out of town

1. Kakku

The pagoda complex at Kakku is a centre of worship for the Pa-O people and features thousands of closely-packed stupas in a small area, all with tinkling bells on top – making for an enchanting atmosphere. Unfortunately, many of the structures have been insensitively restored, using concrete instead of traditional brickwork – but the setting remains an impressive one.

Kakku pagodas - Taunggyi

Behind the pagodas to the east, you will find a lovely rural scene, with the Shan hills stretching out into the distance and a small river in which you can take a swim. Kakku is one and half hours south of Taunggyi on the road to Loikaw.
The Kakku pagoda festival is held on the Full Moon of Tabaung (usually February or March). During the festival, the Pa-O pay homage by wearing their finest ethnic clothing and by decorating their prize bullocks. For exact dates, see our festivals calendar.

2. Hten San cave

60 kilometres east of Taunggyi, Hten San is a dramatic and extensive limestone cave system which hosts large stalactites and stalagmites. It offers more natural beauty than the other famous cave in Shan State at Pindaya, although it does have some gaudy Buddhist tributes.

Hten San cave - Taunggyi

Entry costs an eye-watering US$20 – although determined visitors may be able to negotiate this down to $10.


The Fire Balloon Festival

One of Myanmar’s most famous yearly gatherings, the Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival is held for several days around the Full Moon of Tazaungmon, which is a national holiday and marks the end of the rainy season (early November in the Gregorian calendar). The festival features fireworks and a startling array of different balloon designs, with competitions for style and elevation achieved.

The daytime hours are focussed around family entertainment, with large animal-shaped balloons – but the revelries go on through the night until the early hours of the following morning, when huge balloons laden with hundreds of fireworks are sent up into the sky.

Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival

Visitors should note that safety standards are not what they should be, and there have been a number of accidents over the years; you should make certain to maintain a safe distance from the balloons. During the festival, accommodation prices are sharply increased and transport to Taunggyi should be booked well in advance.

Here is the dedicated article about Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival

Other Taunggyi festivals

In late November or early December, ethnic Shan gather from far and wide in Taunggyi to celebrate Shan New Year with traditional dancing, colourful costumes and Shan long drum music; at midnight, new year is marked with fireworks and balloons.

On average, budget hotels in Taunggyi cost from $28 per night, and mid-range hotels in Taunggyi cost from $35 per night. If you're looking for something really special, a luxury hotel in Taunggyi can on average be found for $100 per night.

Budget hotel

Dreamland Guesthouse

Dreamland Guesthouse is located in Mandalay and the second location is in Ayetharyar, Taunggyi, near the famous Inle Lake in southern Shan State. The hotel is located in a quiet and authentic local neighborhood, it’s a perfect place for people who want to stay away from the touristy crowd. It provide something different from the typical hotel rooms you’ll get around the city. If you are looking for luxuries of high-end hotels this is a wrong place to go. But if you are looking for something special — come! and experience a different Taunggyi!

Hotel Lavista 

Hotel Lavista is located in Taunggyi. This 2-star hotel offers an ATM and a concierge service. The property provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests. All guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an electric tea pot, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. With a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also provide guests with free WiFi, while certain rooms will provide you with a city view. Hotel Lavista offers a continental or buffet breakfast. The nearest airport is Heho Airport, 24 miles from the accommodation.

Mid-range hotel

UCT Taunggyi Hotel 

On the main road of Taunggyi, our UCT TAUNGGYI HOTEL has 50 beautiful furnished and well-equipped rooms ranging. Just 10 minutes walks away from city’s heart (Myo Ma Market), just 2-3 minutes away from government’s office compounds, just 5 minutes drive to famous and trade make of our town “ SULARMUNI PAGODA”. Guests can feel the beautiful views of sunsets, famous mountain peaks of our town and taste cocktails, wines and drinks at the bar on the 7th floor and at the rooftop. 

Shwe Kyun Hotel 

Shwe Kyun Hotel offers accommodation in Taunggyi. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.
All rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units feature a seating area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, free toiletries and a hair dryer. Shwe Kyun Hotel features free WiFi .

Luxury hotel

The Monte Divino Lodge 

The Monte Divino Lodge is a wonderful hideaway not far from Taunggyi and Inle Lake. It also has the honour of being Burma's first vineyard. So far there are just three minimalist teak bungalows on stilts, offering views of the vines and the lush, misty valley beyond. There's also a restaurant, and, of course, plenty of local wine to try.

Villa Inle 

If you want to overlook Lake Inle, then Villa Inle is a a great option, a boutique eco-lodge offering immaculate stilted villas, a superb spa and excellent food.

There are mainly two kinds of people in Taunggyi. They are Shan and Pa Oe' ethnic groups. When you are in Taunggyi, you can see differently between Shan and Pa Oe' people, because many Pa Oe' wear their traditional black costumes and they put cloths around their heads because it is not only traditional but also to keep their heads warm since it is cold in Taunggyi. Pa Oe' foods are not popular among tourists and foreigners. But they quite like Shan noodles. If you are in Taunggyi or somewhere in Myanmar where Shan noodles are available, make sure to taste them, because they are fantastic!

Besides, you may also like Ngar Hta Minn Nel (yellowish fish rice), Wet Tha Chin ( reddish pork rice), Kyat Tha Chin (reddish chicken rice) and Htoe Huu Nwe (noodles with yellowish paste made from a type of bean powder).

Check list below to explore some of the dining places in Taunggyi:

Cafe Zawgyi Napoli

Taunggyi's finest Italian restaurant – there isn't a lot of competition – is a bright and clean space with an outdoor terrace. It offers pasta, pizza and lasagne, as well as risotto and paella. There's a wine list, too, and it works equally well for a coffee and cake break.
Location: Bogyoke Aung San Rd
Hours: 9am-9pm

Sein Myanmar Restaurant

Locals crowd into this busy restaurant come lunchtime for full-flavoured Burmese-style rice-and-curry sets. In the evening, it's fine for a beer and various noodle and rice dishes.
Location: 15 Bogyoke Aung San Rd
Hours: 9am-10pm

Maxim Cafe & Restaurant

Maxim's international menu spans burgers, pasta and pizza (from K7000), but also offers a few Korean dishes, as well as rice and noodle standards. No alcohol, but it does serve coffee, fruit shakes and ice cream.
Location: 24/3 Bogyoke Aung San Rd
Hours: 9am-9pm

Night Market

Taunggyi’s night market is the place to go for bargain local eats; Daw Than Kyi, at the western end, does excellent t'ǎmìn jin, Shan-style rice (look for the rainbow-coloured plastic sheeting).
Location: Tabin Shwe Htee St
Hours: 4-10pm

Tokyo Cafe

This popular tea shop has an English-language menu of curry, rice and noodle dishes, as well as the usual array of deep-fried snacks to accompany your cup of tea.
Location: Bogyoke Aung San Rd
Hours: 6.30am-9.30pm

Taunggyi can be reached by road or air from all parts of the country. The road to Taunggyi is full of bends and zigzags and seen from above resembles a snake. One can have a good view of the surrounding area while travelling along this road. 

By Air

Taunggyi is served by Heho Airport, which is around 40km from Taunggyi to the west. It takes 45 minutes driving from the airport to the capital city. The available taxi, pick-up truck and bus support you well. To save some dollars and cents, it might be good to book the taxi service in advance with your hotels. So now, check out if your place has the direct flights to Heho Airport! Provided that you’re in other areas of Myanmar like Mandalay, Yangon, or Tachileik, there are flights to Taunggyi comfortably.

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as or

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

By Road

Taunggyi is around 500km from Yangon. This encourages the good drivers to drive from Yangon to Taunggyi, though the road is full of bends and zigzags. But the driving route is very scenic, and you can expect to enjoy sightseeing the dramatic scenery. Hence, check out the route or have Google map installed on your smartphone before starting the drive. Otherwise, the best way is to let your reliable travel agents bring you there by coaches/buses. The knowledgeable tour guides also know what is worthy enough to show you.

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