Of Hot Air Balloons and Temples – Myanmar Memories

Of Hot Air Balloons and Temples – Myanmar Memories

Myanmar is a country full of eye-opening adventures, picturesque views, and opportunities to unearth hidden gems. As a family travelling to the country, we’re sure that everyone can find something to do there.

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Yangon, MyanmarYangon, Myanmar / Image Credit: Catherine Karnow

Once you land at the international airport, check-in your hotel — preferably somewhere with a family suite. We can guarantee that after being out and about with energetic children, parents would appreciate the much-needed quiet time. Take a few hours to recharge and rejuvenate. And when you’re all perked up, it’s time to fill those hungry tummies!

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Horizon Club RoomSule Shangri-La / Image Credit: The Shutterwhale

 Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Shwedagon PagodaView of Shwedagon Pagoda from the 21st floor / Image Credit: TripAdvisor

Grab A Bite Here

Pop by Café Sule, where the international chefs whip up cuisine to send your taste buds on an adventure. Located conveniently within Sule Shangri-La, Yangon you can sample their offerings on themed nights, such as Tuesday’s Myanmar Night, where the best of local cuisine is served, and Friday’s East Meets West, where a fusion of Asian and Western flavours meet to bring out the best of each other.

 Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Café SuleCafé Sule / Image Credit: Myanmore

Just a stone’s throw away from the hotel, you can easily find traditional Burmese food along the streets. One such example is the 999 Shan Noodle House — countless bowls of Shàn k’auq Swèh (thin rice noodles in spicy chicken broth) and Myi Shay (Mandalay-style noodle soup) are devoured by locals and tourists alike!

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - 999 Shan Noodle ShopImage Credit: justgola

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, Healthy Me offers healthful takeaways, wraps and salads at an affordable price.

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Healthy MeHealthy Me / Image Credit: Myanmore

If you have the time, here are other food places you can check out. Best of all, the places mentioned are all within walking distance from Sule Shangri-La, Yangon!

Keeping The Children Happy

Nothing can be worse than being bored on a holiday as a child. We’ve listed out a few family-friendly activities to keep your children entertained!
Visit Shwedagon Pagoda. This picturesque work of art is also known as the Great Dragon Pagoda or the Golden Pagoda, and is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar.

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Shwedagon PagodaShwedagon Pagoda / Image Credit: Yangon Day Tours

The Taukkyan War Cemetery is rich with history and would be an insightful journey for slightly older children. Located where the Allied Soldiers fell during WWII, the cemetery is home to over 6,000 graves. There are also walking tours available where you can find out more about this historical site.

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Taukkyan War CemeteryTaukkyan War Cemetery / Image Credit: Peregrine Adventures

For a little cultural sightseeing and shopping, the Bogyoke Aung San Market is the place to be. Also known as Scott Market, derived from its old British name, it has rows and rows of shops dedicated to local handicrafts and souvenirs. So make sure you set aside some budget to grab some mementos!

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San MarketPaintings sold at Bogyoke Aung San Market / Image Credit: Exciting-Myanmar

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San MarketBogyoke Aung San Market / Image Credit: Yangon Day Tours

If you’ve been to Bogyoke Aung San Market, here are other places to visit in Yangon. We promise the list above won’t make you break your bank.

Visit Bagan

Now if you’re in Myanmar, Bagan is one place you absolutely cannot miss. The drive from Yangon to Bagan takes about nine hours, and the train ride takes twice as long. We recommend the former if you’re travelling with young children. Here’s a quick guide if you’re planning to head there!

While the journey is long, the juice is definitely worth the squeeze. You’ll be greeted by stunning views of the landscape studded with ancient temples.
Hot air ballooning in Bagan is one of the Myanmar’s most popular activities, and you can find over 2,000 temple remains dating back to the 11th century.

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Ballooning in BanganBallooning in Bagan / Image Credit: Luxe Adventure Traveler

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Ballooning in BanganBallooning in Bagan / Image Credit: travelhouse

Here’s more information if you’re looking forward to ballooning over Bagan. The prices may be on the high side but the view is definitely worth it. End your Bagan visit with a trip to Shwezigon Paya, where a bone and tooth relic of Gautama Buddha is believed to be enshrined, and the last Myanmar-style temple built, the Htilominlo Temple.

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon - Shwezigon PayaShwezigon Paya / Image Credit: David Sim

Memories of Myanmar

Myanmar is a reasonable place to travel to, and the best of the country’s attractions, culture, and cuisine can be explored on a budget. If you’re already planning to head there for your next trip, here’s where you can get started for your hotel and flights. We’ll see you there!


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