Seeing Myanmar with a toddler on your back

A mother takes her two-year-old on an 11-day backpacking trip - complete with treks and boat rides - and discovers the kindness of strangers as well as the adaptability of a child

Friends and family were shocked when my husband and I told them we were heading to Myanmar with our daughter, who had just turned two.

Elna is not unfamiliar with air and rail travel. She took her first red-eye flight from Paris to Singapore at 21/2 months old and had been to Barcelona, Berlin, London, Bali and various cities in France before she turned two.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 12, 2019, with the headline 'Seeing Myanmar with a toddler on your back'. Print Edition | Subscribe