6 Tried and Tested Ways To Travel In Asia With Children
Want motivation to get out and explore with your family? Here are DirectAsia’s top 6 picks for family-friendly places when you are planning the perfect way to travel in Asia with children. Have fun!
1. For Horse Lovers
Riders Lodge, established in 1999 is the perfect place for horse riding, golf, and great food. You’ll get to enjoy uninterrupted access to miles of horse riding trails through palm oil and jungle trails of Malaysia. Horseback riding, riding lessons, trail rides, weekly camps, holiday camps and modern stables offering the best in Singapore and Malaysian riding. Come and experience the intimacy of a small 25 room resort where your every wish is catered for. Modern acommodation and fantastic food at Agnes Cafe.
Looking for something closer to home? Riders Lodge offers great experiences in Singapore too.
2. For Beach Lovers
“Thailand and Malaysia are popular beach destinations, but I’d pick Cebu for its unique culture and cuisine. At Mactan Island or Bohol, the sea is so clear and blue that you’d want to go snorkelling everyday! The capital, Cebu City, is the oldest in the Philippines.” singaporemotherhood.com
Langkawi, Perhentian and Redang islands are beautiful and affordable. For seclusion Juara Beach is nestled along the east coast of Pulau Tioman, directly across the island from Tekek. This peaceful village has lush greenery, spacious beaches and a warm sea teeming with coral reefs at its deeper end. The hotels here offer mostly budget accommodation in traditional chalets, erected along the 2km beachfront or nestled within gardens.
3. For Nature Lovers
“Nestled amongst forested foothills, Chiang Mai is much older than it first appears. During the city’s medieval heyday, almost everything was made of teak hauled by elephant from the surrounding rainforest, with the notable exception of its towering wát. The monasteries still remain, centred on ancient brick chedi (stupas) in a remarkable range of shapes and styles, but the gaps between them have been filled in with modern Thai houses and traveller hotels. Despite this, the historic centre of Chiang Mai still feels overwhelmingly residential, more like a sleepy country town than a bustling capital.” lonelyplanet.com
4. For National Park And Waterfall Lovers
Thailand offers everything you could ask for in both scale and beauty.
Doi Inthanon National Park – Home to Thailand’s highest mountain peak (elevation 2,565 m).
Khao Yai National Park – One of Asia’s greatest monsoon forests and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sai Yok National Park – Want refreshing waterfalls, hidden caves and diverse animals? You got it!
The Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary – Belongs to the highest mountain range in southeastern Thailand and a wonderous 16-level waterfall that flows year round. Get you walking shoes on and enjoy!
Erawan Waterfall: Boasting seven tiers of waterfalls, each feeding crystal pools in which you can take a dip.
5. For Adventure Park Lovers
Located in Johor Bahru, just across the causeway from Singapore, LEGOLAND® Malaysia brings together a LEGOLAND Park, Water Park and Hotel in one LEGO® themed location. It is a family holiday destination with more than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions. Almost everything is hands-on, so you can push, pedal and program, or steer, squirt and splash, your way through a truly interactive experience – and of course there’s building too.
KidZania in Jakarta provides children and their parents a safe, unique, and very realistic educational environment that allows kids between the ages of four to twelve to do what comes naturally to them: role-playing by mimicking traditionally adult activities. As in the real world, children perform “jobs” and are either paid for their work (as a fireman, doctor, police officer, journalist, shopkeeper, etc.) or pay to shop or to be entertained.
Find other KidZania locations here.
6. For Animal Lovers
“It might seem like an exciting opportunity to interact with exotic animals. The downside to visiting these places, however, is the lack of value that they place on animal welfare.” onegreenplanet.org
There are kinder alternatives if you want to spend time with wild animals in Thailand. You just have to know where to look.
Elephant Nature Park, Chang Mai
Elephant Nature Park is a respected elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer or visit to learn more. The park provides a natural environment for elephants, buffaloes and many other animals.
This conservation center has received numerous awards from institutions including the Smithsonian. The founder was named Asian Hero of the Year by Time magazine in 2005 and the park has been featured in many international publications including National Geographic magazine as well as feature documentaries from respected film production companies – Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet, BBC, CNN, KTV, RAI, major Thai language TV channels, printed press and radio stations.
The Wildlife Friends Foundation, Phetchaburi
The abbot of the Kao Look Chang temple generously set aside a huge plot of forest for the animals of The Wildlife Friends Foundation (WFFT) to live in. The WFFT is located in central Thailand, an area bordering Myanmar, and runs several projects from hands-on wildlife rescue, medical care, wildlife rehabilitation, research on wildlife and marine mammals as well as the release of wild animals back to the wild.
The WFFT day trips and the Full Day Experience are designed to allow day trip visitors a chance to learn about the rescued creatures living at the Wildlife Rescue Centre and Elephant Refuge, see our hundreds of animals, and get up close and personal to our elephants in a way which is cruelty-free and does not exploit them.
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