Myanmar Hospitality Values Families
The family is at the core of Myanmar’s social structure. This holds true not only in official state propaganda, but also in everyday life. When a son or daughter is returning from a weekend in Bangkok, the entire family, including grandmother and uncles, embark on a trip to Yangon International Airport to welcome the returning family member.
There is no word for tourist in Myanmar’s language. The word “tourist,” has been adapted in a business context, but the closest translation in everyday language is “guest.” This fact explains the value of showing hospitality in Myanmar, recently reputed to be among the friendliest countries to visit.
The high value placed on hospitality is integral to the notion of family. In Myanmar, the family provides the social, financial (and emotional) security and support that is provided by insurance companies and banks in Western society. Hence, individuals in the Western world can exist without family support, an alien thought in Myanmar where these institutions barely exist. This also explains why the local population expresses an overwhelming degree of help and support to single travelers who are considered alone and vulnerable. Myanmar hospitality is legendary and widespread.
On the other hand, those who are traveling as families with children are considered an ideal unit and welcome guests in the eyes of the locals. Khiri Travel Myanmar offers activities that combine a unique travel experience as well as the heartwarming service offered by hotel staff, drivers and guides. Your travelers can also count on thousands of smiles wherever they go. As one mother with a newborn child has written recently about her Myanmar trip: “Everywhere I went with my child, we were greeted with smiles and a level of attentiveness that I had never experienced before, not even at home.”
At Myanmar’s Inle Lake (Shan State), Khiri Travel organizes day trips to visit the Pa-O hill tribe people. Visiting children will be happy to meet the local village children, eager to play and have fun together. The day includes a visit to a school, food tasting, and dressing up in Pa-O traditional costumes, horse cart rides and trekking to beautiful viewpoints.
For more information about things to do with families in Yangon and Shan State, Myanmar, please contact [email protected].