Noodles for breakfast, sailing pirate ships for lunch, and bonfires for dinner.
What child wouldn’t want to spend their family vacation in Asia?
For Australians, a visit to Asia in particular Southeast Asia, Easy and convenient. The area is close, the exchange rate generally works in our favor and the locals love kids.
But with such a wide range of cultures and a large number of countries to visit, how do you decide which one would be best for your family?
Here are some of the best family holiday destinations in Asia with fun attractions that we think offer something for everyone in your family, especially the kids, because let’s face it, if they’re happy, mom and dad are happy too!
Which places in Asia are best for family holidays?
When it comes to finding the perfect family vacation destination in Asia that the kids will love, there are several factors to take into consideration.
Naturally, safety is of utmost importance, as every parent wants to ensure that their children are safe and well protected throughout their holiday. The good news is that Asia is very safe and rarely gets into any conflicts.
In this guide, we’ve listed countries and destinations that we feel are safe for children of all ages.
In addition, a good family destination should have a wide range of child-friendly attractions and activities that cater to all ages and interests.
Whether it’s an interactive museum, a wildlife sanctuary, or a cultural tour, they can return having gained something from their vacation.
Another thing to consider is accessibility. A family-friendly vacation destination in Asia should be easy to get to with convenient transportation options. It should also be a place with a wide range of family-friendly accommodation options, such as resorts or hotels with spacious rooms and amenities designed specifically for children.
Of course, affordability plays an important role when choosing a destination.
Now you know what to look for, here are some of the best destinations in Asia for families…
There’s a very good reason why Australians continue to flock to Bali every year, and it’s not just to buy cheap beer.
Bali has a plethora of things for families to do, and sipping cocktails at the resort’s pool bar while the kids are in the kids club is just one of them.
Here are our top attractions in Bali for kids.
1. Waterbom Park
The whole family will want to spend at least a day or two squealing on the thrilling waterslides or gently floating along the lazy river.
Even younger children will have a ball with smaller, kid-friendly slides.
2. Canyon tubing and quad biking
Something for older kids.
Hidden deep in the jungle north of Ubud, the whole family can take a fun quad bike tour through small villages and tropical rainforests.
Then after lunch, jump in an inflatable tube and drift down a picturesque river bordered by a steep, tree-lined, cool and shady valley.
3. Bali Safari and Marine Park
It’s actually 4 parks in one, so enjoy seeing the animals in the marine park and safari park before heading to the small water park and riding horses in the amusement park.
Next stop Singapore.
Singapore is clean, safe and very child friendly. Be prepared to spend a little more money in this country, but it is worth it.
Our top 3 things to do Singapore with kids
4. Universal Studios Singapore
Of course, a family vacation in Asia would not be complete without visiting one of the theme parks. Kids of all ages will want to stay all day at Universal Studios in Singapore.
You will be amazed by the number of excursions on offer, the foods you can try and the shows you can see.
Not to mention the excitement kids will feel when meeting characters from their favorite movies.
Universal Studios Singapore is located on Sentosa Island which is home to many theme parks, water parks and family-friendly resorts where you can enjoy many adventures as a family.
5. Port of Lost Wonders
A seaside pirate ship complete with water guns, slides and tipping buckets makes this a great day out for younger family members.
But parents don’t disappear, there’s free Wi-Fi at Lost Wonder Harbor too!
6. Singapore Zoo and Night Safari
Bring your swimmers, as there is a children’s water park halfway down the road, which is a huge relief on a hot tropical day.
Stay until the evening and walk to the nearby Night Safari to watch nocturnal animals dancing and fire-breathing dancers.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Most parents think that Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is a busy city with nothing to do but shop and eat. But we guarantee there’s a lot more to Kuala Lumpur than that.
This is a small world designed for children.
Your kids will have a field day role-playing any number of adult professions including firefighters, dentists, pilots, chefs and more. Oh, and did I mention there’s a parents’ retreat upstairs with free Wi-Fi.
8. KLCC Stadium
There is a vast area downtown that sets the standard for public playgrounds.
Next to this is a public wading pool. Then, outside the nearby Suria Mall, you’ll find a beautiful fountain display.
Head there one evening to enjoy a play and swim, then enjoy the evening fountain show. The mall also has plenty to do including a science museum, movie theaters and shopping.
9. Sunway Lagoon
Amusement park, water park, resort. If you’re looking for a special treat, you can stay at the resort and spend a few days enjoying these Asian wonders.
Here’s our wildcard: Thailand. Why would anyone want to take their kids to a city Bangkok, Thailand? And what there is to see and do for children in it Chiang Mai If they are not in the temples?
Well, other than great tasting and Delicious street foodWith ancient ruins, friendly locals and white-sand beaches, Thailand also offers unforgettable tours at a fast pace Tuk Tuk And huge shopping malls full of tourist attractions.
Here are some of our top Things to do in Bangkok with kids Other attractions of this tropical paradise:
10. Fantasy Lagoon
This was a complete surprise.
A small water park located on the roof of a mall. What makes this a great day is the super low entry price of just A$7 each. compromise!
11. Ocean World
Well maintained aquarium, again in the heart of the shopping centre. You can also ride a glass-bottom boat over a shark tank or walk along the ocean floor.
The range of marine life is enormous, and the complex is very suitable for strollers.
12. Royal Dragon Restaurant
Not your typical Chinese restaurant.
This restaurant holds the Guinness World Record for the largest restaurant with more than 5,000 seats.
Plus your food can be delivered on roller skates or slide down ropes. There’s even a show every night on a stage propped up over the water.
13. Phuket Fanta Sea
This enchanting theme park is a destination that will leave children and adults in awe.
From its stunning cultural displays and exciting shows to its interactive animal exhibits, Fantasea promises endless entertainment for the whole family.
What sets Fantasea apart from others is that it blends Thai mythology with modern technology, creating a spectacle that is both exciting and educational at the same time.
Children and adults will love the vibrant colors, elaborate costumes and gorgeous stage designs.
Here are some of our best tips for traveling around Thailand with kids:
Cambodia may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of family-friendly destinations in Asia, but it is a destination that offers the perfect combination of rich culture, stunning monuments and friendly villages.
With its great attractions, stunning scenery, and affordable prices, Cambodia offers an immersive experience for families with slightly older children (teens and up).
Don’t miss this one Things to know before visiting Cambodia And these Things not to miss in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Here’s what we advise you to do with your children in Cambodia…
14. Fairy, Cambodian Circus
Most people visit Siem Reap to visit Angkor Wat, but there are more exciting attractions for children to enjoy as well.
the FlashlightIt is a unique Cambodian circus that combines acrobatics, dance and music.
It is performed by students and graduates of Phare Ponleu Selpak, a school founded in the early 1990s by nine young men who lived together in a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime.
They found that their time at camp was greatly influenced by their art teacher and used art and performance as therapy.
The School of Art was then founded to provide free education to those living in socially deprived communities.
The art school was transformed into a music school and a circus school, with more than 1,200 students.
Phare Circus tickets go to the school’s graduates and help them earn a decent wage. So attending the circus is not only exciting for kids, but it also serves a good cause.
When it comes to safe destinations for families in Asia, you won’t find anywhere safer than Japan.
Japan is a land where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern wonders, captivating any visitor of any age.
From exciting theme parks to delicious cuisine, Japan offers a variety of experiences that will capture the hearts of every member of the family.
Here’s what you shouldn’t miss in Japan…
15. Tokyo Disneyland: DisneySea
Tokyo Disneyland is a magical adventure. With enchanting attractions, colorful characters and immersive experiences, this popular theme park offers an unforgettable ride that transcends generations.
From the moment you set foot in the park, you will be transported to a world where imagination knows no bounds.
Tokyo Disneyland is not only a place where Disney characters come to life, but it also features meticulously designed landscapes, whimsical rides and vibrant parades.
It has the usual attractions, like Space Mountain and the pirate-filled Pirates of the Caribbean ride, plus plenty of small rides for younger kids.
16. Arashiyama Monkey Park, Kyoto
Arashiyama Monkey Park is a hidden gem in Kyoto, set amidst green mountains and stunning scenery. It is a park where visitors can interact with the magnificent Japanese macaques in their natural habitat.
If you are a family that loves getting out into nature, this is the place for you. To get to Monkey Park, you must first hike through a picturesque trail in the mountain, where upon reaching the top, you are greeted by the sight of playful monkeys roaming freely.
Watching them swing from the trees and communicate with each other is a captivating sight that captivates young and old alike.
The park provides a safe and controlled environment for families to observe and feed the monkeys, creating unforgettable memories.
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A family adventure in Taiwan opens doors to ancient traditions and modern wonders.
It’s a small, safe country with bustling night markets, stunning scenery, delicious cuisine and friendly locals.
Create unforgettable memories as a family, whether you visit ornate temples, enjoy natural hot springs, or visit family-friendly attractions…
17. Taipei Zoo
Taipei Zoo is a unique and unforgettable attraction, located amidst lush greenery on the outskirts of Taipei, and spread over an area of more than 165 hectares.
The zoo is home to a variety of fascinating animals from around the world, from majestic elephants to playful pandas.
It is a haven of natural beauty where families can enjoy scenic picnics and tranquil gardens.
The Zoo’s commitment to environmental sustainability is evident in its environmentally friendly initiatives, creating an atmosphere that inspires appreciation and respect for nature.
You can watch wildlife displays, feeding sessions, and participate in educational programs. Taipei Zoo ensures that families have an unforgettable experience while also learning about the importance of wildlife conservation.
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South Korea is another very safe country to visit with family. It has a unique and rich culture, many malls for shopping, and plenty to see and do with kids.
With kid-friendly hotels and quirky cafes, South Korea has many great experiences for families.
Discover innovative children’s products, enjoy safe and comfortable public transportation, and taste diverse cuisine.
18. Lotte World, Seoul
Lotte World in Seoul, South Korea, is the perfect destination for families in Asia. This expansive theme park offers an exciting mix of rides, cultural experiences and delicious cuisine that will appeal to visitors of all ages.
Magic Island outdoor theme park offers even more fun, with exciting rollercoasters and attractive shows.
In addition to the rides, Lotte World also offers an ice skating rink, a shopping mall, and a variety of dining options, ensuring that every member of the family finds something to enjoy.
It’s a destination where you can spend an entire day and not see everything. It combines games, exciting activities and cultural performances that showcase South Korea’s rich heritage.
Plus, it’s an indoor theme park, guaranteed rain or shine, where families can enjoy a day full of action and adventure!
Hong Kong is a small, lively city that seamlessly blends cultural heritage with modern wonders.
Whether you’re looking to venture into exciting theme parks, explore vibrant markets, or indulge in delicious cuisine, there’s something for every member of the family in Hong Kong.
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19. Ocean Park
Ocean Park promises excitement and wonder for the whole family. Set amid stunning coastal scenery, this premium theme park offers the perfect blend of entertainment and education.
At Ocean Park, families can immerse themselves in an enchanting world of marine life, where they can discover marine animals in the aquarium, including whale sharks, or they can visit the Penguin House to see these live creatures up close.
Step into the Panda House and watch China’s national animal grazing on bamboo, or take the cable car to the top of the mountain and discover adrenaline-pumping rides and rollercoasters.
Ocean Park isn’t just about rides and marine life; It is also a center for conservation and sustainability efforts. Families can learn about marine conservation through interactive exhibits and educational programs, promoting a deeper understanding and appreciation of the ocean and its inhabitants.
While Hong Kong also has Disneyland, if you ask any child in Hong Kong what their favorite park is, they will always say Ocean Park.
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We hope these locations whet your appetite as there are many more countries offering family-friendly holidays.
For your next family vacation, think outside the box and discover Southeast Asia. Not only will you find plenty of variety and entertainment, but you’ll likely end up saving money as well.