Kids play in Myanmar

Burmese children, by DasaBookCafe

Burmese children, by DasaBookCafe

Myanmar is a new destination for most people, so if you are taking your children with you, here’s a few suggestions and tips.

As in most Asian countries, the locals will shower your children with attention and they will have many ready-made playmates wherever they go. There are plenty of horse carts and trishaws to ride around on for the kids, which they will love. As they will the dug-out canoes on Inle Lake, as well as the boat trips in the ancient cities outside Mandalay. There’s lots to learn at the Buddhist sights of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, the reclining buddhas in Bago, or the 10-storey buddha in Pyay. Older children will enjoy and appreciate the ruins of old palaces, temples and moats which you can see at Bagan and Mrauk U. You can find zoos in Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay, traditional puppet shows in the main centers, and of course sandy beaches at Ngapali.

Let them indulge in a bit of face painting by trying their hand with thanakha, the yellow sandalwood-like paste, that is sold everywhere. And don’t forget Myanmar’s festivals, such as Thingyan in mid-April with its throwing of water in celebration of their new year, and Taunggyi’s 3-day fire-balloon festival in October or November, which can be a lot of fun. Finally, if you can afford the ride, a balloon trip at sunrise or sunset over Bagan would amaze the whole family.

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