Family vacation in Burma

“There's no wrong destination for children - only the wrong itinerary! This tour can be tailored to all ages and interests, creating a memorable - and safe - adventure for all.”

Highlights

Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda | Mandalay | Sagaing | Irawaddy River boat ride | Mingun | Bagan | Mt Popa | Pindaya | Boat tour of Inle Lake | Leg rowing fishermen | Optional: cycling, horse cart tours, Ngapali Beach extension

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
You can opt for the overnight train to Mandalay instead of flying - it's not first class travel by any means but curious older children may appreciate the chance to really travel like a local!
Trip type:
Tailor made. No minimum age.
Activity level:
Easy-moderate depending on chosen activities and kids
Accomm:
3* hotels, many with pools.
Included:
Accomm., some meals, transfers, listed activities, transport by private vehicle, internal flights, English speaking guides for sightseeing tours.
Meals:
All breakfasts, one lunch.
Overview:
We believe that travel is for everyone. This is a really core principle for us and we passionately believe that where there’s a will there’s a way. We take all ages and all levels of fitness and we do everything possible to ensure that our tours are accessible for everyone, irrespective of physical ability or cognitive conditions. In our experience, there is almost always a way of making a tour suitable for everyone. It’s conceivable that there may be some situations that we can’t accommodate but we haven’t come across them yet!
Limited mobility:
Everything that we do is tailor made so if we have guests with limited mobility, for example, we will tailor the programme to take this into account, and will suggest hotels which will suit. Just let us know what your requirements are and we can talk you through the options
Wheelchair:
In most of our destinations, it is not possible to arrange a special vehicle adapted for wheelchairs, but we are able to arrange a large vehicle which will have ample storage for a wheelchair. Some hotels have wheelchair access; these may be few and far between but we can suggest where these might be possible. Where there is no wheel chair access, but not too many steps, hotel staff are always happy to help with lifting the wheel chair.
Blind/ limited vision:
All of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveler with limited vision. Information in braille is almost never available but local support can be provided, for example ensuring that porters are available to carry luggage in airports / train stations / hotels so that the travel partner is free to assist the person with limited vision.
Deaf/limited hearing:
As stated above, all of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveler with limited hearing.
Cognitive conditions:
We have experience in providing appropriate spaces for all travelers, whether this means hotels with access to outdoor space, ground floor rooms, quiet rooms and so on. As all of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be also be on hand to provide necessary one on one assistance to a traveler with cognitive conditions as required.
About this Free from food:
If guests have serious dietary issues (or allergies) we will arrange translations into the relevant local language(s) to explain these, and will brief guides to ensure that appropriate food is served.
LGBT:
The staff who are responsible for running our tours will always be LGBT friendly. Many of the destinations in which we operate do not offer equal rights to the LGBT community, and outward displays of affection may be problematic. We will be able to give advice on this on a country by country basis.
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Responsible tourism

Family vacation in Burma

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Most of our tours to Burma include a visit to the Green Hill elephant home in the colonial hill station of Kalaw. This is an environmental project that has been specifically set up to protect the local ecology and maintain the local environment through the replanting of trees in the forest where the home is located. In addition this elephant home teaches visitors about how to care for the local ecology.
Where possible we use small locally owned hotels that have been built and furnished using locally sourced materials.
We encourage the use of local transport (where appropriate), for example the (somewhat rickety!) train that runs from Yangon to Mandalay.
Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.

Community

Our tours are run in a way that maximises the interaction with local communities. Families are generally accompanied by a local guide, who will provide them with a detailed understanding of the local culture and ensure that they understand how to behave in an appropriate manner, for example removing shoes at the entrance to temples. The guides will also arrange visits with local families and, if appropriate, to a local school. Our travelers love this as it provides an excellent opportunity to teach their own children about the local way of life and explain that not everyone has quite so many material goods!
Our tours are run in conjunction with a (small, privately owned) local partner that is staffed exclusively by Burmese people. We endeavour to use small hotels where possible which not only ensures that money is retained by local communities (as these are usually staffed by local people rather than foreigners) but also usually provides a better experience for travelers.

2 Reviews of Family vacation in Burma

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Reviewed on 11 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All of it! The guides were all amazing, the hotels were fantastic and the sights and activities were just brilliant! Favourite places would have to be Shwedagon pagoda, Bagan plain, the Green Hill Valley elephant camp, Ngapali beach and the pagodas of Mandalay.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't be shy about eating the local food (none of our party of 8 got a dodgy tummy), try all forms of transport (including sleeper train), dress respectfully and embrace a country that is new to the western world. Take a couple if football shirts to give to your favourite guide or hotel staff. It is easy to stay in touch with home if you need to as everywhere has wifi!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The Green Hill valley elephant camp is a great example of conservation supported by tourism and well worth a visit to get up close to these majestic creatures. Our vacation benefitted local people through providing an income.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was definitely a "trip of a lifetime" vacation. It was full-on but we still managed to have downtime in the hotel swimming pools most days (important for the children). If there weren't so many other countries that we still wanted to see we would go back to Myanmar in a heartbeat!

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was all great. Temples in Bagan, boat ride and views over Lake Inle.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Much of Myanmar great for family traveling. Comfortable hotels, great food. Warm welcome. Train from Yangon to Bagan bumpy but really fun!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. But would value more information particularly with regard to hotels.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant. Guides and our agent were really very very good. Logistics perfect.

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