Myanmar family holidays

Family holidays to Myanmar open up a world of refreshing, down-to-earth possibilities to those with a passion for travel. Away from the veneer of mass tourism, and off the usual trail, families can make a genuine connection with modern Myanmar.

Watch fishermen working in harmony with Irrawaddy dolphins, or learn how to create traditional Burmese dishes. Cycle between Bagan’s otherworldly pagodas, or see their mandala-like beauty from above in a balloon...

Considerate and sustainable travel in Myanmar brings tangible benefits to local livelihoods, and brings your family to a diverse, complex country that’s moving confidently forward.

Highlights of a family holiday in Myanmar

  • Get a taste for the blend of Yangon’s traditional and contemporary cultures, as you sip the perfect cuppa in a chic teahouse.
  • Cycle between Bagan’s extraordinary temples to find hidden treasures, or float above them in a hot air balloon...
  • Cast nets from a local fishing boat into the Ayeyarwady river, where dolphins live in symbiosis with the fishermen.
  • Surround yourself with sense-boggling sounds and colours in Mandalay’s bustling markets.
  • Immerse yourselves in Intha culture visiting the stilt villages and floating gardens around Inle Lake.

With a UK based team of Destination Specialists with offices and partners across Asia, ensuring we focus on staying really local in our approach.  Our specialists have travelled extensively in Myanmar and throughout Asia, many having also lived in the region.

Along with enjoying great travels, the team regularly inspect the best hotels, seek out new activities and design new routes – for inspiration we’d suggest taking a look through some of their Favourite Journeys. The weather during any of the school holidays is always an important consideration and we have that covered with our best time to visit Burma section.

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Burma with kids: what to expect?

Yangon has its own distinctive twist on Asia’s big city bustle. Tour Shwedagon Pagoda’s gleaming stupa at sunset, or take a round trip through the city by circle train. Roll up your sleeves and cook Myanmar’s regional dishes, or enjoy traditional cuppa culture in a chilled-out curbside teahouse

Inle Lake is the perfect place to balance family downtime with a taste of the region’s unique heritage. Glimpse daily lakeside life as you kayak past the stilt houses and floating gardens of water’s edge Intha villages. Challenge young hikers to a day trek past shoreline rice fields and monasteries, or explore remote waterfalls on Inle’s quiet southern side.

Go further afield with a cable car expedition up to Golden Rock to see the sunset behind Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, or discover more about Myanmar’s emerging wildlife conservation walking with elephants at Green Hill Valley.

Even the most intrepid families can crave a little coastal r&r... Head to Ngapali Beach for tech-free time watching waves lap against deserted sands, or treat yourselves to a proper slice of paradise sailing, snorkelling and exploring in the idyllic Mergui archipelago… 

Things you’ll all love in Burma

What to do in Myanmar: Discover more with our hand-picked experiences & highlights
Discover the ancient city of Bagan

Discover the ancient city of Bagan

Undoubtedly Myanmar's most iconic destination, Bagan is a must-see for any visitor. Cycle between temples of all shapes and sizes on Bagan’s (recently awarded UNESCO status) famous plains, or view them from above in a hot air balloon. Nearby are craft villages and the hotel pool is never far away when legs get weary.

Green Hill Elephant Camp

Walk beside rescued elephants and stay with a local hilltribe in Kalaw

This grass-roots project has a contented group of retired elephants at its conscientious heart. This is one of the first initiatives of its kind in Burma, and by visiting it you’ll be supporting a flag-bearer of eco-tourism in the country. 

We take our commitment to only offering responsibly run wildlife camps seriously, meaning that we've done our research on Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and continue to make regular inspections. Read here for more details on our commitment to animal welfare.

inle lake kayaking family

Kayaking trip across Inle Lake

Witness local life from water level with a kayaking trip on Inle Lake. Never far from the comfort of dry land, you'll navigate your way along narrow channels, passing local residents as they go by their day-to-day. Its a great opportunity to get a feel for life on these waters, away from the tourist resorts and key places of interest.

 
 

Responsible Travel in Burma

We are endlessly inspired by Myanmar, from its awe-inspiring natural and cultural scenery, to its enterprising, resilient people. They've endured considerable troubles over the years, so it's great to see the impressive grassroots initiatives that are now coming through. The time you spend in Myanmar can make an unusually huge impact on local people's lives, so travelling 'the right way' here is particularly crucial. We're excited by the recent growth of legitimately responsible enterprises such as (and to shine a light on just a few of our favourites) the low-impact community-based Arakan Nature Lodge, the thoughtfully beautiful Wa Ale Island Resort, and 9 Generation Force, a community-inclusive guiding project in Kayak State. Despite growing out of challenging times, these projects are leading lights for responsible tourism in Asia, and they have our wholehearted support.

We’re strong believers in travelling as an informed responsible tourist, and in supporting projects that have a genuinely positive impact on their communities and habitats. We are hugely excited about these, and if you do decide to visit Myanmar and want to make a difference, these are the places we’ll encourage you to visit.

We know that making the decision whether to travel in Burma can raise questions. Learn more

Find out more about Selective Asia's Responsible Travel policy and our innovative One Bottle at a Time initiative.

Where to rest your head..

Three of our favourite family-friendly hotels in Myanmar

Our Myanmar Specialists' top tips for families

With quite a few parents among our well-travelled Destination Specialists, we know how important it is to get the finer details sorted before travelling with kids, and we always go the extra mile to make sure they are. We want everyone to enjoy each moment without sweating the small stuff.

If you have any questions, or want to have a chat about planning your family holiday to Laos, we'd love to have a chat. In the meantime, here are a few FAQs to help you get started…