5 Kid-Friendly Places in South East Asia
It’s always a great thing if you get to travel: going to different places, exploring different cultures and wonderfully exotic food. Travel should be a part of everyone’s bucket list: to go on trips at least once a year. Asia, specifically South Eastern parts of the continent, is one of the best places to go to—especially if you like eastern more than western tourist spots.
So what’s stopping you? Your kids? Well, you don’t have to worry. There are plenty of kid-friendly places in South East Asia that you could take the whole gang to. Here are a few of them:
Disneyland – Hong Kong
Who among us doesn’t know the only pair of mice we ever loved—Mickey and Minnie? For many girls, the absolute ultimate dream was to become a Disney princess and come to Disneyland, so that even years after that, even when they’ve their own little terrors and toddlers in their life now, the thought of seeing Disneyland still excites and thrills them to no end.
Populated with many of our favorite Disney characters, you and your kids will surely enjoy going on rides, meeting Sleeping Beauty or Snow White in one of the parks. Located in the Lantau Island in Hong Kong, that Disneyland trip—taking photos with all the Disney characters you meet, going on all the rides, and watching the fireworks by the end of the day—is sure to be an experience you and your kids won’t soon forget.
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If you want to take the entire brood out to for a few relaxing days at the beach, then KoLanta could be the perfect destination for your family. Facing the Andaman sea, the beach is just postcard-perfect. You can walk around or sun-bathe while keeping an eye on the kids splashing, diving, and generally having the time of their lives.
Go snorkeling with your family. Or start a kayaking contest—just make sure you do this on shallow waters. You could also try wandering through the villages on the east coast and exploring all the local sights. There’s also a high-end resort on the island so if you prefer accommodations of that sort, you won’t be disappointed.
If you want to have a really good time with the entire family, this is one of the best places you need to put on your ‘Family Destination’ list. You’ll be completely offline as power only comes at night, giving you precious hours of uninterrupted time with your loved ones. KohTonsay means Rabbit Island, and is located off the south western coast of Cambodia. Not many people know about it so there are few tourists around, which means you and the kids could have the best all to yourselves. Sand, sun, and seafood—your family is sure to be in for the perfect holiday trip.
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Universal Studios, Parks, and Others – Singapore
If you’ve been wandering around Malaysia or nearby countries, why not drop by Singapore? This city state can offer you and your kids a lot of fun places to explore. If you’ve funds to spend, there are plenty of activities you and your little sweethearts could opt for. Visit the Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park or Crocodilarium and you’ll see more parks and gardens to keep the little tykes happy and busy, as they run around all the exciting sights.
Some people even think of Singapore as a big city theme park itself. That’s not surprising, given that the movie-themed amusement park of Universal Studios is found right in the city! You can get lost in the land of Far, Far Away, or marvel at the realistic movie mummies, and a lot more. It’s really a place all the family members will enjoy.
Also, for some years now, Sentosa Island has been a wonderful place to visit for families intent on plenty of recreational fun. There’s also the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, Singapore Flyer, if you and the kids aren’t afraid of heights. It’ll definitely make them feel like they’re on top of the world!
Zoobic Safari – Philippines
If you want to go on an adventure with your kids as well as visit a place where they could see, hear, and generally interact with plenty of animals, this is the place to go to. Located in Subic Bay, in the Philippines, this 25-hectare park offers a lot of fun things to do for everyone in the family. Go on a safari park ride and hold baby crocs and snakes, get up-close-and-personal with lions and tigers—you could even rub down their fur or feed them. If that still doesn’t spell adventure for your kids, you could take them for rides on the zip line—just make sure they aren’t afraid of heights! If they are, hold them tight to chase scary thoughts away while a contraption hurls the two of you through the air!
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These are only a few of the kid-friendly places in South East Asia you could bop over to and explore. Just don’t forget the basics—and that doesn’t include passports and tickets and itineraries. The best thing about traveling with your family is that it teaches your kids to value differences in cultures, food, and people. Make sure you teach your little ones not just to have fun but to respect, if not appreciate—rather than resist—what they don’t understand.