Asia is one of the best travel destinations for families, with so much to discover and experience! From the delicious food of Thailand to the sunny beaches of Bali, the kids will be having fun while you sip cocktails and enjoy the East. The best part – everything is so cheap! From food to tours, things cost a fraction of what they do in the West, which means you can spend and do much more! It may seem that choosing an Asian city is hard, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many great family holiday destinations. Here are the top 20 cities in Asia to travel to with kids this year.
1. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is a great family-friendly destination filled with diverse culture, rich heritage, and exotic food. Wildlife and water is the biggest attraction in Bali, so you can be sure that the kids will have a great time at the monkey forests, bird and elephant safari parks, and many exciting water parks!
While Asia itself forms a multitude of cultures, Malaysia is known for its mix of Malay, British, Indian, and Chinese traditions. In fact, traveling around Malaysia will seem as if the kids are actually visiting different countries all at once! Visit an authentic Chinese temple or taste freshly made Indian street food as you wander the streets! If you’re looking for something a little more fun, then visit Legoland or Miniland Asia for a day of fun!
3. Kyoto, Japan
Japan is known for its rich culture and history, beautiful landscapes, and polite helpful locals! The public transport system in Japan is so efficient that you can travel between cities with kids easily and quickly. Kyoto is one of the many family friendly destinations reflecting old Japan with history and beautiful cherry blossoms.
Even though Taiwan is a pretty small island, there’s tons to occupy kids! From funky cafes and natural hot springs to mountain biking and hiking, snorkeling, and scuba diving, kids will always have something to do! Taiwan is known as the home of bubble tea, so why not let them make their own at the Chun Shui Tang Tea House!
5. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the most kid-friendly cities, filled with skyscrapers and endless night markets. Spend a day at Ocean Park or Hong Kong Disneyland or visit Kowloon Park on Sundays to watch the lion-and-dragon dances or kung fu performances.
6. The Islands of Thailand
If families are looking for a relaxing holiday, then try visiting the islands of Thailand for shallow turquoise blue waters and soft sandy beaches. Most resorts are family-friendly, and there are tons of things to do such as diving, snorkeling, cycling, and exploring traditional villages.
7. Halong Bay, Vietnam
Also known as “Descending Dragon Bay,” Vietnam is one of the upcoming Asian destinations for family trips. With over 1600 islands, why not take the little ones on a sailing trip along Halong Bay. There are many fascinating legends about the islands which will keep the kids (and adults!) intrigued for hours.
8. Tokyo, Japan
Unlike Kyoto, Tokyo offers a direct contrast to the quiet relaxing city of Japan. From skyscrapers, gaming streets, and intense innovative technologies, kids will have a blast \ with Japanese culture and technology in Tokyo.
Singapore is a unique yet family friendly destination with a host of activities to satisfy everyone in the family! Here you’ll find the world’s biggest aquarium, Sentosa Island, and, of course, the famous night safari. With such a reliable transport system, safe streets, and delicious food, it’s easy to see why so many families are choosing Singapore as their next Asian destination.
Most families come here for the dolphins! Yes that’s right – the critically endangered Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins, of which there are only a few left in the world. It’s one of the best Asian destinations to teach kids about rural environments, endangered species, and living with no Internet.
11. Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi is a small Malaysia Island, and is fast becoming one of the most popular hidden destinations to visit with family. Take the whole family island hopping, and spend the entire day out on the water, relaxing and taking in the complete heritage of Malaysia!
12. Bangkok, Thailand
While the islands are more relaxing, don’t knock off the main city of Bangkok! There’s tons of family friendly things to do here – from the Dream World Amusement Park to the Siam Ocean World aquarium to the interactive 3D Art in Paradise museum.
13. Shanghai, China
There’s a wealth of things to do in this buzzing metropolis! From walks on the Bund to ascending the Pearl Tower to visiting beautifully religious sites such as Longhua Temple. Be sure to ascend the Pearl Tower at night and look for the hidden Mickey head above the Disney store!
14. Delhi, India
What better way to experience true Indian culture than in the heart of India? Located in northern India, Delhi provides a gateway to exploring Indian culture with its bright colors and delicious food. Look out for the Red Fort and the bustling Chandni Chowk bazaar.
15. Bagan, Myanmar
Home to some of the world’s ancient ruins, Bagan is another great Asian family destination to learn about history. Visit endless temples, stupas, and pagodas and take in the magnificent views while teaching the kids about Myanmar history.
16. Bohol, Philippines
From the rolling Chocolate Hills to rich coral reefs and geological formations, Bohol is one Asian island destination that families should not miss out on.
17. Vang Vieng, Laos
While some of the bigger cities in Laos get all the attention, why not try something new with the family and visit the exciting caves, unique limestone formations, and famous Blue Lagoon of Vang Vieng in Laos.
18. Sri Lanka
Many say all it takes is one sight to fall in love with Sri Lanka, and they may just be right. With city names such as Nuwara Eliya which translates into the “City of Lights,” it’s no wonder this Asian destination is a must visit for families in 2018.
If you have a family that fancies monkeying around, then Borneo is definitely one Asian city to visit. Be sure to explore the Borneo jungles filled with spotting macaques, orangutans,, and proboscis monkeys.
20. Yunnan, China
For a completely different Chinese experience, why not take the family exploring through the rolling hills of the Yunnan province. Here you will find incredible scenery, mountain ranges, and brightly colored flower fields.
This article is part of our popular series, Place To Go With Kids!