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The Best Family Holiday Destinations In Asia Your Kids Will Love!

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The Best Family Holiday Destinations In Asia Your Kids Will Love!

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Noodles for breakfast, sailing pirate ships at lunch, and putting out fires for dinner.

What kid would not want to spend their family holidays in Asia?

savannah and kalyra playing in water near boat
Boracay Island

For Australians, a visit to Asia, particularly Southeast Asia, is easy and convenient. The region is close, the exchange rate generally works in our favour and the locals love kids.

But with such a wide range of cultures and a plethora of countries to visit, how do you decide which one is going to be best for your family?

Below are some of the best family holiday destinations in Asia with fun attractions that we think have something for everyone in your family, especially the kids, because let’s face it, if they are happy then mum and dad are happy too!

What Makes The Best Family Holiday Destinations in Asia?

kalyra in front of golden temple

When it comes to finding a perfect family holiday destination in Asia that the kids will love, there are several factors to consider.

Of course, safety is of utmost importance, as every parent wants to ensure their children are secure and well-protected throughout their holiday. The good news is that Asia is very safe, and it’s rare that you’ll come into any conflicts.

In this guide, we’ve listed countries and destinations that we feel are safe for kids of all ages.

Additionally, a good family destination should have a wide range of kid-friendly attractions and activities that cater to all ages and interests.

caz and girls walking through chinatown
Chinatown Singapore

We’ve chosen attractions that have a mix of educational and entertaining experiences, allowing children to learn while having fun. Whether it’s an interactive museum, wildlife sanctuary, or cultural tour, they can come away having gained something from their holiday.

Another thing to consider is accessibility. A family-friendly holiday destination in Asia should be easy to get to using convenient transportation options. It should also be a place with a wide range of accommodation options suitable for families, such as resorts or hotels with spacious rooms and amenities tailored for children.

And of course, affordability plays a significant role when choosing a destination. Fortunately, the destinations on this list are all very cheap and affordable when compared to the USA, Europe and Australia.

Now you know what to look out for, here are some of the best destinations in Asia for families…

Bali, Indonesia

Bali luxury for less
© Benjawan Sittidech | Dreamstime.com – Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Bali, Indonesia

There is a very good reason Australians continue to flock to Bali each year and it’s not just for cheap beer.

Bali has a huge number of things for families to do, and sipping cocktails in the resort pool bar while the kids are in kids club is only one of them.

Here are our top attractions in Bali for kids.

1. Waterbom Park

person on waterslide

The whole family will want to spend at least a day or two screaming on the thrilling waterslides or gently floating down the lazy river.

And even younger kids will have a ball with the smaller child-friendly slides.

2. Canyon Tubing & Quad Biking

Something for the 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 rainforest.

Then after lunch hop in an inflatable tube and drift down a scenic river bordered by a steep canyon with lush, cool, shady. The perfect combination of excitement and relaxation.

3. Bali Safari & Marine Park

This is actually 4 parks in one, so enjoy seeing the animals in the Marine park and the Safari park before heading over to the small water park and rides in the amusement park.

Singapore

Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay - one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

Next stop Singapore.

Singapore is immaculately clean, safe and very child- friendly. Be prepared to spend a little bit more money in this country, but it will be well worth it.

Our top 3 things to do in Singapore with kids

4. Universal Studios Singapore

rides on the water at universal studios singapore

Of course, a family vacation in Asia would not be complete without visiting a theme park. Kids of all ages will want to stay the whole day at Universal Studios in Singapore.

You will be enamored with the number of rides on offer, food to try and shows to see. 

Not to mention the excitement the little ones will have when meeting characters from their favorite movies.

Singapore Universal Studios is located on Sentosa Island which is home to many theme parks, water parks and family-friendly resorts where you can have many adventures as a family.

5. Port of Lost Wonder

water playground

A beachside pirate ship with water guns, slides and tipping buckets, makes this a great day out for the younger members of the family.

But parents don’t disappear, there’s free Wi-Fi at the Port of Lost Wonder too!

6. Singapore Zoo & Night Safari

orangutans eating

This is one of the best zoos in the world and definitely worth a visit. Bring your swimmers, as there is a kids water park half way through, which is a huge relief on a hot tropical day.

Stay until the evening and walk to the nearby Night Safari to see nocturnal animals in action and fire-breathing dancers.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Patronas Towers at night

Most parents think of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia as a teeming metropolitan with nothing to do but shop and eat. But we guarantee there is a lot more to Kuala Lumpur then that.

Our top 3 things to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids:

7. Kidznania

kids playign at museum

This is a little world built for kids.

Your children will have a field day playing the part of any number of adult careers including fire fighters, dentists, pilots, chefs and more. Oh, and did I mention there is a parent retreat upstairs with free Wi-Fi.

8. KLCC Playground

water pools at KLCC Playground

Right in the city center is a vast area that sets the benchmark for public playgrounds.

Situated beside this is a public wading pool. And then just outside the nearby Suria Shopping Mall, you will find a beautiful fountain display.

Head there one evening for a play, a swim and then oohs and ahhs at the evening fountain show. The mall also has plenty to do including a science museum, cinemas, and shopping.

9. Sunway Lagoon

Amusement park, water park, resort. If you are looking for a special treat, stay at the resort and spend a few days enjoying this Asian wonderland.

Thailand

Here’s our wildcard: Thailand. Why would anyone want to take their kids to the hectic city of Bangkok, Thailand? And what is there to see and do for kids in Chiang Mai if they’re not into temples?

Well, other than the great tasting and delicious street food, ancient ruins, friendly locals, and white sand beaches, Thailand also offers memorable rides in fast-paced tuk-tuks and colossal shopping malls packed with attractions.

Here are some of our top things to do in Bangkok with kids and other attractions on this tropical paradise:

10. Fantasia Lagoon

Twater park

This was a complete surprise.

A small waterpark located on the roof of a shopping mall. What makes this such a great day out was the superlow entry price of only AUD$7 each. Bargain!

11. Ocean World

Ocean World Bangkok

A well-maintained aquarium, again in the heart of a shopping mall. You can even ride a glass bottom boat over the shark tank or walk along the ocean floor.

The range of marine life is massive, and the complex is very pram friendly.

12. Royal Dragon Restaurant

Not your typical Chinese restaurant.

This restaurant holds the Guinness World Record for the largest restaurant with over 5000 seats.

Plus your food could be delivered on roller skates or zipline. There’s even a show held every night on a stage propped above the water.

13. Phuket FantaSea

This enchanting theme park is a destination that will leave both children and adults in awe.

From its breathtaking cultural shows and thrilling performances to its interactive animal exhibits, Fantasea promises endless entertainment for the whole family.

What sets Fantasea apart is that it blends together Thai mythology with modern technology, and creates a spectical that’s both exciting and educational.

Children and adults will adore the vibrant colors, elaborate costumes, and impressive stage designs.

Here are some of our best tips on Thailand with kids:

Cambodia

Cambodia may not be the first place you think of when you think of family friendly destinations in Asia, but it’s a destination that offers a perfect blend of rich culture, awe-inspiring ruins, and friendly villages.

With its fascinating attractions, stunning natural scenery, and affordable prices, Cambodia provides an immersive experience for families who have slightly older children (tweens and up).

Don’t miss these things to know before visiting Cambodia and these Unmissable Things to Do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Here is what we recommend you do with your kids in Cambodia…

14. Phare, The Cambodian Circus

acroabt upside down at Phare Circus Cambodia

Most people visit Siem Reap for Angkor Wat, but there is a more exciting attraction here for kids to enjoy too.

Phare, is a unique Cambodian circus that combines acrobatics with dance and music.

It’s performed by students and graduates from the Phare Ponleu Selpak school, a school that was set up in the early 90s by nine young men who lived together in a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime.

They foudn their time in the camp was greatly impacted by an art teacher and used art and performance as therapy.

The art school was then founded to offer free education to those living in socially deprived communities.

The art school transformed into a music school and a circus school, and has more than 1,200 pupils.

Tickets to Phare Circus goes towards the graduates of the school and helps them earn a decent wage. So not only is it exciting for children, attending the circus goes to a good cause too.

Japan

When it comes to safe destinations in Asia for families, you won’t find anywhere safer than Japan.

Japan is a land where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern wonders, and captivates any visitor no matter how old they are.

From thrilling theme parks to delicious cuisine, Japan offers a kaleidoscope of experiences that will captivate the hearts of every family member.

Here’s what you shouldn’t miss in Japan…

15. Tokyo Disneyland: Disneysea

Disneysea Tokyo

Tokyo Disneyland is a magical adventure. With its enchanting attractions, delightful characters, and immersive experiences, this iconic theme park offers an unforgettable journey that transcends generations.

From the moment you step foot in the park, you’re 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 has meticulously crafted landscapes, whimsical rides, and vibrant parades.

It has the usual attractions, such as Space Mountain and the pirate-filled voyage of Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as plenty of smaller rides for younger children.

16. Arashiyama Monkey Park, Kyoto

monkey on fence post
Front view of one-eyed Monkey in Arashiyama mountain, Kyoto

Arashiyama Monkey Park is a hidden gem in Kyoto, nestled amidst lush mountains and breathtaking scenery, it’s a park where visitors can interact with adorable Japanese macaques in their natural habitat.

If you’re a family that loves to get out into nature, this is the place for you. To get to the Monkey Park, you must first hike up a scenic trail in the mountain, where upon reaching the summit, you’re greeted by the sight of playful monkeys roaming freely.

Watching them swing from trees and socialize with each other is a captivating sight that captivates both young and old alike.

The park provides a safe and controlled environment for families to observe and feed the monkeys, creating unforgettable memories.

Read more travel tips on Japan:

Taiwan

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A family adventure to Taiwan opens up doors to ancient traditions and modern marvels.

It’s a small and safe country with bustling night markets, breathtaking landscapes, mouthwatering cuisine, and friendly locals.

You can create unforgettable memories as a family, whether you visit ornate temples, soak in natural hot springs, or visit the family-friendly attractions…

17. Taipei Zoo

birds on a ledge

Taipei Zoo is a unique and unforgetable attraction, nestled amidst lush greenery on the outskirts of Taipei, and spanning over 165 hectares.

The zoo is home to a diverse array of fascinating animals from all around the globe, from majestic elephants to playful pandas.

But Taipei Zoo is more than just a place to observe animals. It’s a sanctuary of natural beauty where families can enjoy scenic strolls amidst stunning landscapes and tranquil gardens.

The zoo’s commitment to environmental sustainability is evident in its eco-friendly initiatives, creating an atmosphere that inspires appreciation and respect for nature.

You can watch wildlife shows, see feeding sessions, and take part in educational programs. Taipei Zoo ensures that families have an unforgettable experience while also learning about the importance of wildlife preservation.

Read more tips on Taiwan:

South Korea

South Korea is another very safe country to visit as a family. It has a unique and rich culture, plenty of malls for a shopping spree, and plenty to see and do with kids.

With kid-friendly hotels and whimsical cafes, South Korea has many wonderful experience for families.

Discover ingenious kid products, enjoy safe and convenient public transportation, and savor the diverse cuisine. But no trip to South Korea would be complete without taking the kids to…

18. Lotte World, Seoul

Lotte World, Seoul framed by cherry blossoms

Lotte World in Seoul, South Korea, is the perfect destination in Asia for families. This expansive amusement park offers a thrilling combination of rides, cultural experiences, and delectable cuisine that will captivate visitors of all ages.

The outdoor Magic Island theme park offers even more fun, complete with thrilling roller coasters and captivating shows.

Beyond the rides, Lotte World also offers an ice skating rink, 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 a whole day and not see it all. It combines thrilling rides and activities with cultural performances that showcase the rich heritage of South Korea.

Plus it’s an indoor theme park, ensuring that rain or shine, families can enjoy a day filled with excitement and adventure!

Hong Kong

Hong Kong skyline. View from Victoria Peak.
Hong Kong skyline. View from Victoria Peak.

Hong Kong is a small and dynamic city that seamlessly blends cultural heritage with modern marvels.

Whether you’re looking to get adventurous in the thrilling theme parks, explore vibrant markets, or indulge in delectable cuisine, there is something for every family member in Hong Kong.

Be sure to check out…

19. Ocean Park

he beach side roller coaster in Ocean Park Hong Kong.
The beach side roller coaster in Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Ocean Park promises thrills and wonders for the whole family. Nestled amidst stunning coastal scenery, this premier theme park offers a perfect blend of entertainment and education.

At Ocean Park, families can immerse themselves in a mesmerizing 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 lively creatures up close.

Step into the Panda House and see China’s national animal grazing on bamboo, or head up the cable car to the mountain top and discover adrenaline-pumping rides and roller coasters.

Ocean Park is not just about rides and marine life; it’s also a hub of conservation and sustainability efforts. Families can learn about marine conservation through interactive exhibits and educational programs, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the ocean and its inhabitants.

While Hong Kong also has a Disneyland, if you ask any child in Hong Kong what their favourite theme park is, they will always say Ocean Park.

Check out these posts on Hong Kong:

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, these locations have whet your appetite because there is a whole lot more countries out there offering family friendly holidays.

For your next family holiday think outside the box and discover Southeast Asia. You will not only find so much variety and entertainment, but you will probably end up saving money as well.

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