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Travel with Children

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.

Practicalities

  • 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.