Let Me See

Even now that most affluent visitors tote smart phones into the temples, the real resource for history and directions is the kids. There are usually a handful of kids attached to any major temple, willing to give a history and tour for a few thousand kyat (maybe 2-5 USD). Since most of them don’t have a school, it’s their venue to learn and practice any languages they’ve been trying to learn. You’ll get the most information in Myanmar, of course, but some of the kids have straight up memorized the English guidebooks. Either way, the tours are pretty decent, and certainly more fun than waving your phone around in the air, trying to get service.