How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Yangon itself is not really well-equipped for infants and toddlers. However, the expat compounds will have facilities for children.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
The Karen Home Mission, run by the Karen ethnic people of Yangon, is one option. You may also ask your embassy or those within the expat community.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
The city is quite safe for children, especially at the expat compounds. These places have playgrounds and other facilities for kids.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
There are limited kid-friendly attractions in the area. There is the Yangon Zoological Garden, the Hlawga Wildlife Park, the Myakyuntha and Shukhintha Amusement Parks. The various expat clubs have facilities such as swimming pools and play areas. International schools will also organize extra-curricular activities.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Some examples of popular activities are soccer, swimming, cycling and horseback riding.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
He or she will probably miss the amenities of a modern high-tech environment.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Most activities will center around the international schools and expat clubs.
I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?
There is quite a lot to enjoy. Seasonal festivities and meditation are two big activities. Apart from the Myanmar language, there are about ten major ethnic tribes one can learn about.
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