Family travel, especially with young children, can be quite challenging. Issues like budget, room space, accessibility to attractions and cranky kids can put off parents from leaving home. But with enticing promos from airlines, especially low-cost carriers, tours and even comfortable accommodations with plenty of space like apartments and other local properties thanks to Airbnb, the hassle of travelling abroad is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Let’s look at some of top choice destinations that promise fun for all ages.
Myeondong, South Korea
The Korean cultural wave sure took the world by storm where people flocked to areas where their favourite K-Dramas were filmed or tasty food trails for that non-stop munching action. The carefully planned Seoul cityscape makes everything accessible by train and apps like Subway Korea help provide details about your routes with real-time schedule. For access to practically everything – trains stations, shopping malls carrying big brands and amazing beauty products at low prices, convenience stores, food courts, restaurants and street food etc – Seoul’s primary shopping district Myeongdong is the perfect place for a family.
Shopping: Lotte World and Dongdaemun Market’s Toy Alley
Theme parks: Seoul Land, Vivaldi Park Snowy Land, Onemount Snow Park & Water Park, Everland
Famous landmarks: Seoul Tower, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namsangol Hanok Village, Nami Island
Museums: Alive Museum & Dynamic Maze, Figure Museum W, Seoul Children’s Museum
From November till April each year, the capital of Hokkaido turns into a winter wonderland. One of the highlights in the city surrounded by rolling hills, natural hot springs and incredible seafood is the week-long annual snow festival called Sapporo Yuki Matsuri. Every February, the event takes place at three venues – Odori Site features large snow sculptures, Susukino Site exhibits about 100 ice sculptures and Tsu Dome Site for snow slides, snow rafting and more snow sculptures (remember to dress in layers as well as gloves and headwear). The city’s railway system will get you to numerous attractions and travelling via train is much easier as the roads tend to get slippery during winter. For train navigation, download HyperDia.
Shopping: Tanukikoji, Sapporo Factory, Sapporo Stellar Palace, Sapporo Central Wholesale Market, Paseo and Sapporo Esta
Theme parks: Moerenuma Park
Famous landmarks: Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, Sapporo Satoland, Sapporo Maruyama Zoo, San Piazza Aquarium, Okurayama Jump Stadium, Mount Moiwa and Ice Fishing in Barato River
Hot springs: Noboribetsu Onsen, Jozankei Onsen, Jozaneki Onsen, Asarigawa Hot Spring and Shikotsu Hot Spring
Museums: Sapporo Olympic Museum and Sapporo Science Centre
The republic may be tiny, but it has a wealth of attractions for visitors of all ages. From an excellent public transportation system to stroller-friendly pavements, Singapore is one of the most baby-friendly holiday destinations in Asia. Although the country is packed with towering buildings, most of the attractions are outdoors like the man-made Sentosa Island that features fun spots like Universal Studios and SEA Aquarium. Even the journey to the island is exciting, where visitors would take a 12-minute cable car ride which provides breathtaking views of the city. There are simply too many attractions to cover in a single visit, so pace yourself!
Shopping: *SCAPE Marketplace, Orchard Road, Bugis Street, Haji Lane and Mustafa Centre
Theme parks: Resorts World Sentosa (Universal Studios SEA Aquarium, Dolphin Island, Adventure Cove Waterpark and more), Wild Wild Wet Singapore, Port of the Lost Wonder, Snow City and Singapore Discovery Centre and KidZania Singapore
Famous landmarks: Merlion, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Flyer, River Bumboat Cruise, Fort Canning Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom and Tiger Sky Tower
Museums: National Museum, Mint Museum of Toys, Singapore Science Centre and Madame Tussauds Singapore
Hong Kong Disneyland
At a glance, hectic Hong Kong may seem overwhelming especially for a family. But look further and you’ll realise this modern city has plenty of fun adventures your kids may get cross-eyed out of excitement! Despite long queues and overpriced everything, it goes without saying that Hong Kong Disneyland is a must for this trip. Kids would be entertained for hours on end while adults relive magical childhood memories created by Walt Disney. Learn more about the city with a boat ride at Victoria Harbor, join a pink dolphin-spotting tour at Tai O fishing village or take a quick hike to Victoria Peak for the views. Definitely a trip to remember.
Shopping: Ladies Market and Jade Market in Kowloon, The Landmark, Temple Street Night Market, Stanley Market
Theme parks: Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park
Famous landmarks: Ngong Ping 360, Tai O Fishing Village, Hong Kong Park, Victoria Harbour, Victoria Peak, Geoparks, Hong Kong Ferris Wheel
Museums: Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Museum Of History, Madame Tussauds
For a relaxing vacation, this is the place to be. Whether you’re looking for lively beaches or stretches of fine sands away from the crowds, Phuket has everything. Friendly locals, mouth-watering Thai dishes and the laidback atmosphere will definitely leave you wanting more. There are plenty of motorcycle or car rental operators on the island so you can get around easily.
Shopping: Karon Temple Market, Premium Outlet Phuket, Phuket Old Town Handicraft Shops, Phuket Weekend Market (Talad Tairod)
Theme parks: Phuket Fantasea, Flying Hanuman Phuket, Kids Club Phuket, Rawai Park, Splash Jungle Waterpark, Anthem Wake Park, Patong Go-Kart Speedway, KidzSole Flying Trapeze, Surf House Phuket
Famous landmarks: Family-friendly beaches (Kamala, Kata, Karon), Phuket Bird Park, Big Buddha
Museums: Phuket Aquarium, Phuket Trickeye Museum and Baan Teelanka (Upside down house)
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