The land of the golden pagodas Myanmar is always worth a trip and we are your experts for it. The picturesque landscape, the rich cultural heritage and the warm people offer a diverse range of discoveries. You will discover the highlights of Myanmar as well as many travel tips away from the main tourist routes.
The trip is designed for families as it offers a varied travel program and children of all ages get their money’s worth. You will be on the move by car, boat and on foot. According to COUNTRYAAH, Myanmar is a country starting with M.
During the entire tour, you have the opportunity to be accompanied by local guides – in either English or German, depending on your personal preference.
This is an example of one of our family tours and should serve as a source of inspiration. Of course, the itinerary including the destinations can be adapted and we would be happy to work out a tour tailored to your interests and budget .
Best travel time: all year round, also during the school holidays in summer
Travel time: 23 days
Travel planning: The trip can easily be booked without going to the beach.
Travel tip: Be sure to book the hot air balloon ride over Bagan before your departure, as these are sold out well in advance!
1st-2nd Day: Mandalay
Arrival in Mandalay and transfer to your child-friendly hotel.
Visit of the most important sights in Mandalay such as the Royal Palace , the Mahamuni Buddha and the largest book in the world . Visit of Mingun and the ancient royal cities of Sagaing, Amarapura and Ava by boat, car and horse-drawn carriage. You can enjoy the sunset with your family at the much-photographed U Bein Bridge and / or on Mandalay Hill .
Day 3: Pyin Oo Lwin
Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin and visit the place and the Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens . After Pyin Oo Lwin, the British colonial rulers gladly withdrew to escape the hustle and bustle of Mandalay for a few days. The town is a starting point for trips deep into Shan State.
Continue to Hsipaw.
Day 4: Hsipaw
A hike adapted for children over fields and past small villages in the still untouristic Shan highlands in / around Hsipaw. A boat trip rounds off this experience.
Day 5: Train ride and Mandalay
With the train you steam with your family over the 102 m high Goteik Viaduct , built in 1901 . Then continue by car to Mandalay, where there is time for further sightseeing. Visit the night market in the evening if you like .
6-7 Day: Bagan
Drive to Bagan. Extensive visits await you in this unique site: As far as the eye can see, countless temples, pagodas and stupas adorn the landscape. With a child-loving guide you explore the most interesting facilities by car and horse-drawn carriage, for example the Ananda Temple and the Shwezigon Pagoda. You will also visit a craft shop where Bagan’s famous Laquer goods are made. Dinner with a local family in a small village.
Day 8: Heho
Flight from Bagan to Heho. Drive to the Green Valley elephant camp near Kalaw and then hike along the river to the place where the elephants are washed. You and your children can help with this. After lunch at the camp, drive back to Kalaw.
9-10 Day: Nyaung Shwe
Drive to Nyaung Shwe, from where you take the boat to your family-friendly hotel, which is built on stilts on the lake. The Inle Lake is home to the Inthas and unique one. Together with the guide you explore the lake and its surroundings by long boat: 5-day market , lotus weaving and Phaung Daw Oo pagoda , to name just a few highlights.
You can also look forward to a cooking class , where the whole family is initiated into the secrets of Intha cuisine, as well as a canoe trip through the narrow canals off the main boat routes.
11.-12. Day: Inle Lake
Today you will cross Inle Lake in its entire length. Travel by long boat directly from your hotel to the Pagoda complex of Sagar and on to Hpekon. There the driver will be waiting for you and will take you to Loikaw , a lively small town away from the tourist crowds, which is the starting point for exciting excursions to the villages of the long-necked women and the kayah. First visits in the area.
A child-friendly mini trek through a varied landscape to Pampet, to the village of the Padaung (long-necked women). On the way, a tasty barbecue awaits you to refresh young and old.
Day 13: Pindaya
Drive to Pindaya, past hilly agricultural land. You and your children visit the stalactite caves of Pindaya with their numerous statues of Buddha. Then an excursion to the village of Thitaipin and the Pindaya Lake , where you can end the day.
14.-15. Day: Yangon
Flight from Heho to Yangon. After checking in at the hotel, stroll through the center of the city of 5 million with its colonial buildings. Visit the over 2000 year old Sule Pagoda and the lively Scott Market, where everything from handicrafts to clothes and jewelry is for sale. The Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most beautiful pagodas in the country, will show you its gilded appearance in a particularly impressive way at sunset and if you feel like it, you can go on a culinary excursion as a whole family in the evening.
The next day you continue your sightseeing: visit a monastery where over 1300 monks live. Then take the leisurely circular train back to the city center.
16.-22. Day: Koh Samui (in the summer months) or Ngapali (in the winter months)
Time to do some final shopping before you are driven to the airport and take your flight to Koh Samui in Thailand or Ngapali in Myanmar. Pick up at the airport and transfer to your family-friendly beach hotel.
Day 23: Flight home
Transfer to the airport and flight home to Zurich.