5 Asian Countries to take your Family this March
The largest continent on Earth, Asia offers plenty of diversity to suit all kinds of travellers. From dramatic landscapes and gorgeous beaches to lively modern cities and places with rich cultural heritage, Asia has it all. If you’re travelling with the kids, here are some of the best places for a family-friendly vacation in Asia.
Thailand’s largest island of Phuket often features on many bucket lists. There are beaches to suit every mood. Whether you and your family are looking for lively stretches of sand with many amenities or somewhere a little quieter and away from the crowds, Phuket’s beaches are sure to please. Splash Jungle Water Park is a top place to cool down and have watery fun without the sand, and there are many boat trips to nearby islands. There are many activities for older children, including zip-lining, wakeboarding, zorbing, canoeing and mountain biking, among others. Theme parks like Siam Niramit and Phuket FantaSea add even more diversity.
One of Indonesia’s most popular islands, Bali attracts many people all throughout the year. Restaurants serve a wide selection of international cuisine, making it easy to please even the pickiest of eaters. There are many activities and sightseeing opportunities, though you can also spend days relaxing in the sunshine on sandy beaches while the kids splash in the sea. Older children might like to try their hand at surfing; there are many surf shops near the beaches.
With a plethora of places to stay, a public transportation system that is clean, efficient, and easy to use, myriad places to eat and plentiful attractions, Singapore is a firm favourite for families exploring Asia. The beaches may not be the best, but many hotels have pools and you can stroll along the sands of Sentosa Island and East Coast Park and take trips to interesting islands such as Lazarus, St. John’s, and Pulau Ubin. Singapore really comes into its own for families on Sentosa Island, with theme parks and fun activities galore.
Thriving, colourful, busy, and modern, Tokyo is a veritable wonderland for kids and adults alike. The bright lights and crowds may be a bit overwhelming at times, but there are heaps of attractions to enchant children and help everyone to have fun. There are theme parks galore, with something for all ages. Enter the cute and kitsch world of Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland Or why not channel your inner architects at Legoland Discovery Center? Then observe many creatures from across the world at Ueno Zoo followed by a few hours at Hanayashiki, believed to be the oldest amusement park in Japan.
Many of Taipei’s major cultural sites are interesting for everyone. Visit the large Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, the beautiful Longshan Temple, and the National Palace Museum. Marvel at Taipei 101 before riding to the top for breathtaking views. You can enjoy views of nature with a ride on the Maokong Gondola. See many animal species, including pandas, at Taipei Zoo, soak in the natural hot spring of Beitou, and spend an evening shopping and eating at the bustling Shilin Night Market. A hike along the Nangang District Hiking Trail up Elephant Mountain is a great way to burn off excess energy while enjoying terrific views. Taipei Children’s Amusement Park has an assortment of rides and play areas, and the popular Leofoo Village Theme Park, with rides, shows, animals, and a water park, is an easy day trip from Taipei.