Looking for an exotic family vacation? Are you worried about taking your kids to a foreign country? Well, the good news is there’s no need to be concerned. We’ve been traveling to Asia for the last 10 years with our kids and love it! Here are our picks of the top places to visit in Asia with kids.
12 Places To Visit in Asia With Kids
A vacation in China with the kids is a cultural adventure for families. Kids of all ages will be stimulated by the history and new things you’ll learn as a family in China. This is a country that is building the world’s mega cities, while as you travel the countryside you’ll learn about Chinese traditions that are thousands of years old.
Your toddler will probably not remember the Great Wall but your teens will definitely remember this attraction. Your kids’ minds are like sponges and China is an amazing place for the young ones to learn about one of the oldest civilizations on earth. To whet your appetite, here are some interesting facts about China.
#2 Hong Kong
Most people are surprised to learn that Hong Kong is a family friendly destination. Hong Kong is a small city that is vibrant full of character. ’The great thing about Hong Kong for families is that there’s enough to do for kids of all ages.
At the top of the list is Hong Kong Disneyland, which is small and easy to walk around. Check out the Hyperspace Mountain (it’s similar to Space Mountain in Anaheim). Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars and Mystic Manor are also fun rides.
Other things to do in Hong Kong with toddlers are visiting Ocean Park, visiting The Big Buddha on Lantau Island and going on a ride in a Chinese junk on Hong Kong Harbour. Kids love taking the tram up to The Peak and the nightly Symphony of Lights show is sure to dazzle the whole family.
Hong Kong’s rooftop bars are famous and you can’t visit Hong Kong without experiencing the delights of sipping a cocktail while gazing at an amazing view from above. So, make sure to organize a babysitter (your hotel can help with this) while you’re in Hong Kong and plan to have a great night out.
In recent years, Japan has become a popular place to visit with kids. It’s a safe and orderly nation with plenty of cultural activities and attractions for kids. Visiting Japan with kids is an adventure for the family. Getting around Japan has become so much easier with the introduction of the JR Pass, which allows unlimited travel on Japan Railways (JR) transportation. Japan is compact, which means distances between destinations are reasonably short.
Tokyo is a fantastic city to plan a vacation with the kids. From fun places like Tokyo Disneyland and Legoland to educational activities like visiting the Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, there are so many kid-friendly attractions in Tokyo you might not have time to see the rest of Japan!
If you only have a week, I’d suggest concentrating on Tokyo but if you can visit for two or three weeks head to Kyoto and Osaka as well. Here’s a great post with lots of ideas on things to do in Osaka. You’ll soon see that you can easily spend a week in Osaka and still not be able to see everything.
If you have the time to stay longer, head to Hiroshima to learn more about the events of World War II. From there, a day trip to Miyajima to see the amazing Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate is an experience that the whole family will love.
Right now, Taiwan is a hot destination for all kinds of travelers. It’s a small country with lots to see and as Taiwan is very safe, it’s popular with both solo travelers and families with young kids. A small island with a big history, Taiwan offers a great blend of history and nature.
Start your vacation in Taipei, which is a large modern city with good public transport. There are so many things to do in Taipei, you could spend s week here and not be bored. You’ll have no trouble using the MRT. Top spots in Taipei and the kids will love Taiwanese food. In Taipei, the Modern Toilet Cafe is a hoot and make sure to try bubble tea and there’s a delicious assortment of Taiwanese desserts too.
From Taipei, it takes about two hours to get to Hualien, where a day trip to Taroko Gorge will be the highlight of your vacation. The gorge is one of Taiwan’s most beautiful attractions.
For history and culture, take the kids to the Rainbow Village, which is painted in brightly colored murals. A cool thing to know about Taiwan’s history is that 2 million people followed Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan in 1946, escaping from China. The Chiang Kai Shek Memorial in Taipei is a good place to start your exploration of history in Taiwan.
Going to the top of Taipei 101 is another thing to tick off your Taiwan travel list (you can also do a walk up Elephant Mountain for the best views of Taipei 101 in the morning while taking in the view from Taipei 101 at sunset).
Sun Moon Lake, near Taichung, is a scenic spot to visit on your Taiwan itinerary Besides being incredibly beautiful, there are plenty of things to do in Sun Moon Lake if you’re traveling with kids such as visiting temples, villages, water sports and bicycling around the lake.
#5 South Korea
South Korea has all the conveniences you need when traveling with kids, from super high-speed trains to modern toilet facilities and one of the best cell phone networks in the world, families will find lots to do right through South Korean, including visiting museums, parks and outdoor activities such as hiking in the country’s national parks.
Start your South Korea itinerary in Seoul, which is a huge city with many things to do for kids and cool places to explore.
The reason South Korea is a family-friendly travel destination is that the government is focused on creating public spaces that families can enjoy. If you’re traveling with a baby, South Korea is one of the easier Asian cities to travel around as many attractions and shopping malls have western-style washroom and nursing rooms. Most museums cater for visitors with strollers and wheel chairs and there are many events, exhibitions and activities for kids.
A great time to visit is during a festival, as South Korea puts on a good show when there’s something to celebrate.
Korean street food is especially tasty and a fun place to try the different types of food is in Myeongdong. Here’s a great guide to help you navigate the maze of Myeongdong street food.
Other places to visit in South Korea are Jeju Island, the city of Busan and from Seoul a day trip to Incheon (South Korea’s third largest city) is easy to do.
#6 Sri Lanka
Chances are, you’ve probably not considered Sri Lanka as a destination for your next family vacation. But the truth is this island in South Asia is a fabulous destination to travel around with kids. Sri Lanka shares a similar cultural background with India but it’s a country that is much more organized and orderly.
Sri Lanka is also very clean and quite easy to travel around with kids. There are lots of family resorts and plenty of World Heritage attractions, national parks and beautiful beaches to relax and spend time in the sun. It’s a place to explore for wildlife, nature and culture and an educational destination for the kids.
Sri Lanka is also a country that is full of surprises, where meeting local kids will be something your kids are likely to remember all their lives. Here’s a two-week Sri Lanka itinerary to help with planning your trip.
If you’re on a budget, except for Singapore, most places in Southeast Asia are relatively inexpensive and have plenty of distractions for kids. As Southeast Asia can get quite steamy, make sure to add the right types of clothing to your packing list to keep you cool.
This savvy traveler spend 4 months in South East Asia on an itinerary that covered several countries. But if you only have a couple of weeks, pick one country to explore at a time.
Visiting Cambodia with kids is quite an adventure as this country in Asia has a rich and fascinating history. Of all the places to visit in Cambodia, your first stop should be the ancient temples of Angkor, where the kids can explore the places featured in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.
Angkor Wat is a World Heritage site and is fun to explore with kids in a tuk-tuk and if you’re exploring with teenagers, the best way to see Angkor Wat is on a bicycle.
Another place your kids will love in Cambodia is Tonlé Sap Lake, which is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake and the fishing village of Kompong Phluk is an incredible site suspended on stilts. There are several boat trips from Siem Reap you can take and your kids will love riding on a boat to the village cruising around the stilts.
For more ideas on how to explore and what to see, this Cambodia travel guide may help.
Why choose Vietnam for your next family vacation? Well, first of all, Vietnam is pretty safe and children are loved and respected in Vietnamese culture.
A big plus for families is that Vietnam is fairly easy to travel around while on the budget. It’s also culturally rich and has beautiful countryside, fantastic beaches, amazing food and lots of fascinating historical sites. There’s a big list of Vietnam attractions for families to enjoy and you’ll find your itinerary will fill up quickly.
The best time to visit Vietnam is between September and April, when the temperatures drop in the north and it’s not as wet in south Vietnam. Here are some excellent Vietnam travel tips to help you plan your trip.
Where to go in Vietnam? Most people head to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which have plenty of attractions for your family vacation list. One fun place for history buffs is Hoi An (check out this guide to Hoi An), which is a charming historic city that is not so far from the beach resorts of Danang. Other places families will love are Halong Bay and Sapa.
One reason why Thailand is so popular with families is there are hundreds of family friendly resorts right across the country. Thailand’s resorts cater for kids, with cheap babysitting and the cost of a vacation in Thailand is also low. In Thailand, the cost of luxury accommodation is so much more affordable than many other beach destinations. Here are some tips to help you choose where to stay in Bangkok.
Phuket is a popular beach destination with plenty of excellent hotels ranging from budget to some of the best luxury hotels in Thailand. Here’s a list of cool luxury hotels in Phuket.
Traveling to Thailand is also a great educational experience as it’s a country with lots of cool culture. Places to visit include Sukhothai, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya and Bangkok also has plenty of temples and historic places. If you only have time for a short visit, here’s 2-day Bangkok itinerary to help you plan..
Another great reason to visit Thailand is that Thai food is fun to eat. It’s light and fresh and really tasty. If you or your children won’t eat Asian food, there’s always Mc Donalds, pizza eateries and lovely sweet tropical fruit.
With over 17,000 islands in Indonesia, there’s a beach somewhere in Indonesia the family will love. From vibrant cities to pristine beaches and natural wonders, Indonesia has a wonderful choice of places to visit for the whole family.
Most families on vacation usually head to the beach in Bali because there are lots of things to do in Bali for kids like hiking in Ubud and visiting Bali Zoo. One little-known attraction the kids will love is Bali’s ghost palace in Bedugul, which is fascinating to explore. On that subject, if you love exploring off the beaten track you can skip Bali and head to these Indonesia islands instead.
Aside from Bali, where there are plenty of kid-friendly resorts, Indonesia doesn’t spring to mind as a kid-friendly destination, but if you do your research, you’ll find there’s lots to see and do for all ages. Indonesian food is amazing and there are so many hill resorts to explore, with family-friendly activities for the kids such as dining on a pirate ship at Legok Kondang’s Pisnis Resto or exploring a Hobbit House replica..
From water parks to beaches, Indonesia is an exotic vacation for adventurous families. Here’s the ultimate Indonesia bucket list to help with your planning.
Thing of Singapore as Asia on training wheels. There’s no better place to visit with kids as Singapore is packed with family friendly attractions.
When planning your Singapore itinerary, you’ll find that there are many things to do, you’ll have to be ruthless about leaving some of them out! From seeing the orangutans at the Singapore Night Zoo to visiting Universal Studios and Sentosa Island, you could easily plan a few weeks in Singapore. Your kids will not be bored in Singapore.
Your Singapore visit should include plenty of time to taste the food as this is one of the best places to eat all kinds of Asian food without spending a fortune. Of course, Singapore has many fine dining restaurants but if you’re visiting with kids you’ll want to try the Singapore-style hawker stalls in Chinatown and Tiong Bahru. Here are some tips on where to eat in Singapore on a budget.
For an adventure in Asia off the beaten track, pick the Philippines. This is a country with a fusion of European and Asian culture. The Spanish influence is strong throughout the Philippines and in some places you’ll think you’re in South America rather than Asia.
The Philippines is an amazing spot if you’re looking for pristine beaches and the good news is most Filipinos speak good English, so traveling around is not as much of a hassle when it comes to communication. Here are some things to do in the Philippines for families.