Myanmar with Kids

Lightfoot Travel specialise in tailor-made itineraries for family holidays, honeymoons and corporate travel around the world. Below is a sample itinerary for a family holiday to Myanmar, and can be adjusted based on your time, budget and interests.

Day 1: Yangon Arrival

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be met by your Lightfoot Travel guide and transferred to your hotel.

The Savoy Hotel is a colonial boutique hotel located in the heart of Yangon. All of its 85 full time employees are committed to delivering personalised and attentive service for you and your family.

Stay: Savoy Myanmar

Day 2: Yangon Treasure Hunts & Spirit Walks

Get ready for an exciting day of sightseeing in Yangon. Embark on a treasure hunt at the spiritual Shwedagon Pagoda, discovering the history and daily rituals of the local people. Pass by markets and monasteries. Feed turtles. Visit a fortuneteller. And go on the hunt for traditional Burmese household items at the local market, all before enjoying a delicious lunch.

After an afternoon of play by the pool, head out for the evening’s activity – a spirit walk, where you’ll learn about the superstitions and myths of the Nat spirits. Discover Burmese mythology through a traditional puppet show, where marionettes act out the ancient stories. Have a go as puppet master and make the puppets dance!

After the show, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant that helps disadvantaged street kids by providing them with training, lodging, food and clothing. Continue your tour at the Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda, learning the meaning behind the mysterious Nat statues on display.

Stay: Savoy Myanmar

Day 3: Yangon to Bagan

This morning, take an early flight to Bagan, where over 2000 Buddhist monuments tower over lush green plains. Upon arrival you will be met by a private guide and the Bagan adventure will begin.

Head to all the sites of Bagan’s myths and glory days. Hear tales of spirits and battles. Discover the answers to Myanmar’s most long-standing mysteries. Is the spirit of the Tharaba gate really the soul of a person buried alive inside the doorpost? How many construction workers lost a limb at the stone at Dhammayangyi stupa? And are there still ghosts here at night? Children and families will love the stories of kings, queens, and conquerors from centuries ago.

Stay: Bagan Lodge

Day 4: Bagan Eats & Sundowners

This morning is all about food! The last king of Bagan was famous for his enormous appetite and today you’ll discover some of the delicious treats he feasted on. Learn about herbs at the market in Myinkaba. See how tamarind paste and candies are made. Experience the sweet and bitter balance of Burmese ingredients in a local monastery and then feast like a king with a lunch of 30 different dishes to try.

After an afternoon relaxing by the pool, cap off your second night in Bagan with sundowners on a sandbank in the middle of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. You’ll set out on a private boat tour for a spectacular sunset while your guide serves cocktails for the adults and yummy snacks for the younger set.

Stay: Bagan Lodge

Day 5: Bagan by Balloon, Bike or Horse

If you’re brave enough to rise before the sun, sign up for an optional hot air balloon ride over Bagan. Float over temples, piloted by British balloon veterans, expertly steering you toward the most breathtaking views. When you reach the ground, the adults will enjoy a tipple of champagne while the younger ones are still marveling at soaring to new heights.

Later that morning (or if you weren’t quite early birds for the sunrise balloons) it’s time for a 3-hour adventure through ancient Bagan. Choose a horse cart or a bicycle as your chariot and be guided through deserted temples and rural plains before setting up for a delicious picnic lunch. In the afternoon, have a cat nap by the pool with leisure time to relax.

Stay: Bagan Lodge

Day 6: Elephants at Kalaw

After breakfast, catch a short flight to Heho, where you’ll be greeted by a guide and taken to Kalaw for a visit to the Elephant Conservation Project. Hike through the jungle to see enormous elephants, their knowledgeable mahouts, and the people living in the tropical forest. The protected area is an incredible example of a natural habitat.

The hike will last anywhere from 30 minutes up to 5 hours (the choice is yours), and afterwards, you’ll enjoy a traditional Nepalese lunch in the village, jungle, or camp. Then it’s time to get your hands dirty helping the mahout wash and feed the elephants. What fun! When you’re finished, private transport will take you to Inle Lake, where you’ll spend the rest of the night relaxing under the stars.

Stay: Sanctum Inle Resort

Day 7: A Day on Inle Lake

Inle Lake, in the southern Shan State, is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan settlements, and today you’ll get a chance to explore several of them. For centuries, the Intha people have been living here in villages built entirely on stilts. From the perch of your private motorboat, you’ll discover the natural beauty of the lake, visit floating gardens and pagodas, see some of the famous leg rowers, and have tea at a local family home. You’ll visit a colourful market frequented by the Shan and Pa’O people living nearby. You’ll stop in at a local cheroot factory (where Burmese cigars are made), and have lunch at an Intha house before going to see a traditional weaving factory.

Stay: Sanctum Inle Resort

Day 8: Pa’O for a Day

One of the most distinctive hill tribes from Shan State are the Pa’O, known for their navy blue clothes, colourful red or orange turbans, and their exceptionally good farm and trading skills. During a full-day trek you’ll experience life as the Pa’O live it. You’ll visit their villages in the hills, eat their food and have the chance to dress like a Pa’O (and take photos for lasting proof!). The trek includes a 15-minute horse cart ride and a 2.5-hour walk (slightly uphill) to the village. Talk with the monks and try on the traditional dress. Enjoy a traditional Pa’O lunch with dishes like ginger soup, pumpkin leave salad and sukini leave salad. Relax, then set out on the next leg (also around 2.5-hours) through plantations of ginger, garlic and turmeric. Just before boarding the boat to head back to the hotel, you’ll stop for a beautiful view over the lake.

Stay: Sanctum Inle Resort

Day 9: The Lake by Kayak

An active adventure awaits today with a kayak trip through rural villages on Inle Lake. Begin in In Phaw Khone, the famous weaving centre of the Intha people in the middle of the lake. Set out on a 2-hour paddle through rural areas few tourists ever get to see.

In between paddling and taking in the amazing views of nature with the Shan mountains in the background, you’ll stop in a traditional Intha village for a short walk. You’ll meet some of the villagers in their houses and learn about their lifestyle, so different from your own.

Around lunchtime you’ll arrive at an Intha house where you’ll be welcomed for a home cooked meal. From here, leave the kayaks behind and continue by motorboat back to the hotel.

Stay: Sanctum Inle Resort

Day 10: Inle Lake to Yangon, Depart Home

After checking out of your hotel, you’ll catch a morning flight from Heho to Yangon where a guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, where your room will be available for refreshment until your night flight. A car and guide will be available for use until your departure.

Stay: Parami Hotel


Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Yangon Arrival Savoy Myanmar
Day 2: Yangon Treasure Hunts & Spirit Walks Savoy Myanmar
Day 3: Yangon to Bagan Bagan Lodge
Day 4: Bagan Eats & Sundowners Bagan Lodge
Day 5: Bagan by Balloon, Bike or Horse Bagan Lodge
Day 6: Elephants at Kalaw Sanctum Inle Resort
Day 7: A Day on Inle Lake Sanctum Inle Resort
Day 8: Pa’O for a Day Sanctum Inle Resort
Day 9: The Lake by Kayak Sanctum Inle Resort
Day 10: Inle Lake to Yangon, Depart Home Parami Hotel



  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide

Not Included

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)


Savoy Myanmar Bagan Lodge Sanctum Inle Resort Parami Hotel

From USD 9,575 for a family of four (2 adults & 2 children)

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.