Travelling with children in Myanmar can be very rewarding as long as you come well prepared with the right attitude, the physical requirements and the usual parental patience.
- Lonely Planet's Travel with Children contains useful advice on travelling with kids on the road.
- People in Myanmar love children and in many instances will shower attention on your offspring, who will find ready playmates among their local counterparts.
- It may be confusing for some children (and distressing to adults) seeing children working at restaurants and teahouses. Sadly, this is an unavoidable fact in a country with high poverty levels.
- Myanmar has a low level of public sanitation, so parents would be wise to lay down a few ground rules with regard to maintaining their children's good health, such as regular hand washing.
- Children should especially be warned not to play with animals they encounter, as a precaution against rabies.
- Nappies (diapers) are hard to come by outside the major cities; come prepared if your travels will take you off the beaten track.
- Most high-end hotels and restaurants will have highchairs available.
- When travelling with children, it may be more comfortable getting about by private car.
Sights & Activities
- Rides on trishaws and in horse carts.
- Boat trips on Inle Lake in dugout canoes.
- Big Buddhist sights and ancient ruins can make for good learning experiences, including Yangon's Shwedagon Paya, the reclining Buddhas in Bago, or the 10-storey Buddha in Pyay. You can climb into the back of the lacquered Buddha image at Nan Paya in Salay.
- Some kids might dig ruins of old palace walls and moats, which you can see at places like Bagan and Mrauk U.
- Indulge in some face painting by trying on thanakha (yellow sandalwood-like paste), which is sold and applied from sidewalk stands around the country.
- There's excellent birdwatching at the Moeyungyi Wetlands near Bago.
- Traditional puppet shows are performed in Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay, as well as other places.
- Beaches at Ngapali, Chaung Tha and Ngwe Saung and Southern Myanmar.
- Myanmar's festivals, such as Thingyan in mid-April with its throwing of water, and Taunggyi's fire-balloon festival in October or November, can be a lot of fun.