Rangoon in family: we say yes – Here’s why and our program over 4 days

Rangoon (or “Yangon” as it should now be called) is the largest city in Burma (or rather “Myanmar”, the new name in force. It is a rather noisy and chaotic city that suffers from permanent traffic jams. In short, this is not generally the favorite tourists. Even fewer traveling families (and even fewer with a baby or a toddler!) . And yet, we loved this city and the 4 days we stayed there. Are we masos? Not at all, we just organized well (for once!). Here is the story of our 4 days with Éléanor, 1 year and a half, in November 2016 in Rangoon.

First Day: Making Contact With Our Accommodation And Its Environment

Rather than taking a hotel, we made the choice to take an apartment via airbnb in order to feel “at home” during those few days. Another good idea that we had was to take this off- center downtown accommodation in a very quiet and popular neighborhood located in the Bahan area (just above the downtown area) and within walking distance Shwedagon Pagoda ( see this apartment on the site of airbnb ).

The view from our apartment on Shwedagon Pagoda

The view from our apartment on Shwedagon Pagoda

So we spent our first morning taking possession of our apartment and, not very glamorous, to go to the supermarket to do some shopping to eat the days to come.

In the afternoon, after the siesta (from us 3!), We went to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda a 2 minute walk from us. This place is an important place of worship for Buddhists and many Burmese people come to pray there.

The place is even more magical when at nightfall

The place is even more magical at nightfall

And Eleanor was able to make a few friends!

Everyone comes to pray with a sign indicating the day of his birth (those who are born on Tuesday come to pray near the sign “Tuesday”). Where this is complicated (where “bizarre” is, according to) is that there are 12 signs. 12 panels for 7 days of the week? Yes, some days are divided into 2: morning and afternoon. But not all. Do not ask us why, we did not understand.🙂

Here, the Friday panel

Here, the Friday panel

SECOND DAY: A DAY FOR ÉLÉANOR

We started the day (around 10am, we are not violent!) By a small pool session . We found a 15 minute walk to our accomodation near Kandawgyi Lake: the  Kandawgyi Swimming Pool  ( see on the map ). For € 2.40 per person (half price for children), we had the right to a large outdoor pool and a small paddling pool (in the shade in the morning, very convenient!).

A very nice and large outdoor pool almost nothing for us!

A very nice and large outdoor pool almost nothing for us!

During our trip, we try to take every day or almost time for Eleanor so that she can play and spend. And when possible, we go to playgrounds. And for that, Rangoon is the children’s paradise. There are large parks with large playgrounds.

We also walked on the lake in a beautiful setting!

We also walked on the lake in a beautiful setting!

So we went after the pool to Kandawgyi Nature Park ( see map ) located west of Kandawgyi Lake. In this park, besides numerous small restaurants and a magnificent pagoda in the shape of a boat, there is … I give you in a thousand … A great playground where Eléanor was able to enjoy slides and other swings!

After a meal by the lake, we returned to our apartment for the nap of Eleanor (and always also that of the parents). We only came out late in the afternoon to go … in a park! This time, we set our sights on the People’s Park, located not too far from our accommodation ( see on the map ). This park (300 kyats or a few cents …) is huge and even has a space “funfair” with rides. We tried the carrousel with Éléanor, but she did not like it at all! Finally, the good old slide is much more effective with it .🙂

THIRD DAY: STROLL IN TOWN

Downtown Rangoon is the nightmare of families. It’s cluttered, noisy and dangerous with chaotic traffic. Intelligent as we are (I jest, we followed the recommendation of the Lonely Planet), we went there on a Sunday . Day of rest with us, it seems that it is also here. There is little traffic and it’s nice to walk around.