What to do in Myanmar with kids
Our latest guest blogger, Matt, has some great ideas for enjoying Myanmar with kids:
I have so many friends who ask me if Myanmar is okay to travel with kids. Many have safety concerns, or worse, boredom concerns. From firsthand experience I can say that Myanmar is generally a safe country to travel. I went to Myanmar on a family adventure vacation with my 3 kids ranging in age from 4 to 13. Travablue helped me put together an itinerary filled with exciting activities all of them could enjoy. All in all, Myanmar is a great place to travel with kids and, as you’ll see below, a great place for an adventure!
Hot air ballooning over Bagan
My kids loved this! Bagan from air is magic. This wonderful service is provided by “Balloons over Bagan” company. Usually, tickets have to be purchased 48 hours in advance, but all this was already included in our Travablue package. The kids squealed excitedly as we ascended over Bagan. The ride was gentle and gave us a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the numerous temples. When we came back down, we were served refreshments, and the adults got chutes of champagne!
Visiting a silk weaving workshop
This is a great way to let kids experience something they’ve never even thought of before. Have you ever seen Burmese woven silks? It’s so intricate it’s hard to believe they are done manually. We took our kids to a weaving workshop at a small village in Bagan, mainly as an educational experience. They oldest two were amazed by the incredible patience and expertise that go into weaving even a small pattern. The youngest two loved the colorful thread and the unusual machinery.
Seeing floating villages on Inle Lake
My kids were never bored on our Inle Lake tour. There were so many sights and activities on this incredible lake to catch their attention, and ours too. We all marveled at the fishermen who rowed their boats with one leg while balancing with the other, keeping their hands free to cast nets. The kids had so many questions about the floating villages on the lake. We can’t say we’ve ever experienced human ingenuity as we did on the Inle Lake.
Touring tribal villages
We certainly wanted our kids to experience the traditional lifestyles of Myanmar. What better way than to take them to a tribal village? They were curious about the colorfully dressed tribal people and their way of life. It was good for them to see life away from urbanization. More importantly, they got to spend time with the local village kids. It was definitely a memorable experience for all of us.
River cruise down the Irrawaddy
This must be the most hyperactive river cruise we’ve ever been on. Why? The dolphins of course! Irrawaddy River is famous for a unique species of freshwater dolphins and our kids could not wait until they saw one. They were always on the lookout, vigilantly searching for dolphins in the water. It was great to enjoy the riverside scenery too.