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.
Yangon, 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 / Image Credit: The Shutterwhale
View 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.
Café 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!
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If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, Healthy Me offers healthful takeaways, wraps and salads at an affordable price.
Healthy Me / Image Credit: Myanmore
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.
Shwedagon 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.
Taukkyan 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!
Paintings sold at Bogyoke Aung San Market / Image Credit: Exciting-Myanmar
Bogyoke 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.
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.
Ballooning in Bagan / Image Credit: Luxe Adventure Traveler
Ballooning 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.
Shwezigon 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!