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Burma - Family Vacation Guides
Avid travelers know that Myanmar has temple and jungle-covered mountain scenery, long streams, old towns and - most surprising - stunning sands. From the UK, Yangon and Mandalay take between 14 and 16 hrs all year round. Yangon - Ngapali Airport is less than an hour's flight per day.
Pyu Ancient Cities in Central Myanmar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birth place of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. Amazing seaside resort, historical Yangon colonial quarter accommodation, Bagan Five Stars Hotel and enchanting family mansions on the western shore. Burma is no mystery, but it is much less touristic and advanced than most other Far Eastern states.
Colorful yearly celebrations like Yangon's Pagoda Festival in February, Lake Inle Boat Festival in October and Taunggyi Balloon Festival in November. It has a powerful, family-oriented cultural life that is welcoming and integrative for children. Myanmar is the former capitol, better known as Rangoon, the place where most of Myanmar residents come. It is a stunningly breathtaking town with many of the country's most famous holy places and nowhere else does it have such a long and intriguing legacy.
Myanmar's famous Myanmar Shwedagon Paya warrants an accommodation itself. 45-metre-high Sule Paya and the nearby colonial district; the bookstores on Pansodan Street; eating and dolls at Bogyoke Aung San Market; a trishaw trip through Dala Town; Inya Lake, where Aung San Suu Kyi was under 15 years' detention.
Ngapali has daily average temperature between 27 and 30 degrees Celsius from November to March. Attempt to visualize the isles of Thailand about twenty years ago, and this is now Ngapali. The Ngapali is one hour's flying time from Yangon. The Ngapali is the biggest and most beautiful of the four beautiful sandy areas around Ngapali Town. This is an ideal seaside vacation for younger offspring and a fulminant conclusion to a trip through Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay with older offspring and adolescents.
Don't miss: Kayak through the mangroves; Kippling Bay and Linthar Vilage; Ngapali North Beach Spa; Cycle along the shore; the Thandwe Goldagodas; Salone Buddhist Monastery; Climb Amata Mountain; Snorkel on Pearl Island. Whether considered old Burma or contemporary Myanmar, the inner sanctum of this mystical land is the centre of Bagan.
It is a 67 km² large countryside in which thousand of spires and shrines penetrate thick jungles and seem to extend to an endless skyline. Bagan is the center of the Bagan Archeological Park and the best starting point for tours. The Old Bagan, on the bank of the Ayeyarwady River, is touristic, but still quite scenic and scenic, good for top and middle class as well.
There' are over 2000 sanctuaries and stupas in the area. Ananda Pahto from the eleventh c. is the most venerated of all Bagan-tempples. Riding a bicycle is a funny way for children to see the big temple and prevent overcrowding. June, July and August is the wet seasons in Myanmar, but the arid plains have little rain and the temperature ranges from 25 to 27 degrees Celsius.
It is the calmest and cheapest moment to come to Bagan. North Myanmar is a limited tourist area and is not suitable for family vacations. The Yangon Bike TourA four-hour bike ride through Yangon with an English language guidebook is one of the most interesting ways to get to know this great town.
The swimming state of Inle Lake is another must for a multi-center trip through Myanmar. From Bagan, it takes only 35 min. per day. Inle LakeKnown known as the'jumping cattery', for hundreds of years Nga Phe Kyaung Cloister, Nga Phe Kyaung kittens have been training traditional kittens to leap through tires.
It was an excentric and astonishing trip. Sailing Bagan to Mandalay Daily, Central MyanmarTake a days sailing along the Irrawaddy River on a pristine Myanmar junky. The family-oriented trip follows the old Bagan to Burma's old imperial capitol Mandalay. YangonThere are tens and tens of thousands in Myanmar, but Shwedagon Paya is the holiest Buddhist site in the world.
Central Myanmar Inle lake Wetland reserveThis preserved reserve is home to ancient pile dwellings and one of the more easily accessed areas to see the native game. This is one of the few ways to see them all and appreciate the immense and beautiful nature of the area.
The early mornings are impressive. The Yangon Heritage Trust Tours, YangonThe Yangon Heritage Trust's commitment to the protection of Myanmar's historical architectural heritage is inspired. The Mandalay Puppet Theater, Central MyanmarOne of the most charming theater productions ever, the Mandalay Puppets you should not miss when you are in town. If you are visiting Mandalay, don't miss a stroll across Lake Taungthaman on the U-leg deck - it is the longest trekking deck in the game.
When it is arid, it passes across a garden that has been planted at the bottom of the lak. The water of the pond touches your toes in the wet seasons. There is a buddhistic relict in the hearts of every old Bagan stupe and most have associated intriguing histories with it. Observing tens of birdlife at Nghet Pyaw Chaung lake near Ngapali Beach is thrilling, even for ornithological beginners.
Burma has the most varied ecosystem in Southeast Asia and a completely new type of gibbon was found here in 2016. Explore Nampan Village and the Inle Lake Swimming Pool. Cruise Lintha Village in Ngapali - go early in the day to see sardines and cute, sociable children on their way to work.
Board a sailboat in the Bay of Bengal - Pirate and Pearl Islands are top snorkeling sites and several trips come with gear and a barbeque on the bays. Myanmar is densely covered with rainforest, in the northern part outside the borders and with care at the Thai boarder. The best way to travel longer and organise a multi-centre family vacation is on home air travel.
Bicycle rides are a great way for children to get in touch with the sights. Night trains to Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Ngapali are available, but the standard varies so please make sure you book in advance.