I should say first that I am out of touch with the current situation in Burma. I was last there in 1999, and as you all know there have been many troubles in Burma in recent years.
The first advice is to start making your plans to apply for your visa now. You will probably need a sponsorship letter, unless the tourist visa is valid for one month.
If you want to practise the U Ba Khin style of vipassanā, then IMC Rangoon is the place to apply to.
Otherwise, the best options are the various Mahāsi meditation centres.
is good for foreigners. They have a branch forest meditation centre at Hmawbhi, where I stayed on my last visit. Chanmyay Sayādaw U Janaka was my teacher. He speaks English fluently, though he may not be teaching much now due to his advanced age and failing health.
is also very popular and is well supported by the Sayādaw's American disciples. The Sayādaw is author of , which is recommended reading for anyone intent on practising Vipassanā meditation, especially in the Mahāsi tradition.
The main Mahāsi Yeikthā in Rangoon also has adequate facilities and support for foreign meditators.
As regards the weather in Burma, July-September is the Rainy Season, and is considerably more comfortable than April-June, which is extremely hot and humid with little or no rain.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)