Family-Friendly Travel in Asia


If you have only ever travelled as a family in Europe before, going to Asia can seem like an extremely daunting experience. After all, you are entering an entirely different culture which will seem very alien to you at first. Even if you have been to Asia before, going as a family is a totally different proposition. So, to give you a helping hand, we are going to be running through a few of the most family-friendly destinations which you can feel confident bringing your kids to. As well as having plenty of activities for them to do, they should also have an appeal for yourself and your partner too.

Bali, Indonesia


Bali has an abundance of fantastic hotels and it also boasts a year-round pleasant climate, though you should avoid the rainy season if possible. There are plenty of family attractions here to be enjoyed. Wildlife spotting is a major draw, so you should check out the Bali Bird and Elephant Safari Parks. If your kids are a little on the adventurous side, you could take them to the Waterbom Bali Park or Bali Treetop Adventure Park. If you are looking to head to other parts of Indonesia, there are plenty of options in Sumatra and provides options for people looking to stay longer term. Back to Bali, it also hosts many colourful and energetic shows which are worth a visit.


Japan is the kind of country that you can visit at any time during the year, boasting a beautiful landscape and a safe nature. Though English is not widely spoken, locals are generally polite and helpful when they can be. Transportation from place to place is very efficient and quick thanks to the widespread coverage of the railway network. Two of the best family-friendly destinations include Kyoto and Tokyo. In many ways, they are totally different as Kyoto is a reflection of the traditional while Tokyo is much more of an example of the modern. Some of the attractions that you can visit as a family include parks, museums, castles and temples, as well as more unique activities like going to a sumo wrestling match. And then you also have amusement parks like Universal Studios and Tokyo Disneyland. You really are spoiled for choice!


Like Japan, Singapore offers you peace of mind in visiting Asia as it offers a reliable public transport system, excellent food, a safe environment, and plenty of attractions. Unlike Japan, English is the common language here so you should find getting around from place to place to be a straightforward activity. One of the main places that you should check out while you are here is the S.E.A Aquarium which is the world’s largest. You also have plenty of traditional activities like water parks, and Universal Studios Singapore. Not only this, there is plenty of parkland so you can get outside to enjoy the fresh air.

Hong Kong

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Hong Kong certainly ranks amongst the best Asian cities to visit with kids. As a former British colony, English is widely spoken amongst the locals. Ocean Park and Disneyland are high up on the list of attractions for kids to visit. If you are here on a Sunday, it is certainly worth paying a trip over to Kowloon Park to enjoy some of the lion-and-dragon dances and kung fu performances. The food is generally excellent, but if your kids haven’t developed a taste for eastern flavours yet, there are plenty of western chain restaurants and fast food joints to see them through!

South Korea

South Korea is one of the most developed nations in the whole of Asia, and thus a very safe and fun one to visit as a family. A good starting point is the Children’s Grand Park in Seoul which offers an abundance of activities for both children and adults. A popular theme park in the capital is Lotte World, which features a host of both indoor and outdoor activities. For incredible panoramic views over the city, you can take a ride on the cable car up the N Seoul Tower. If you feel like indulging in a bit of shopping, Myeongdong is the district to visit.

Phuket, Thailand

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Thailand has a reputation for appealing more to young backpackers than families, but Phuket is a great island to visit if you are travelling with children. Obviously, one of the great appealing factors of coming to Thailand is the beaches, and there are plenty that are suited to families. The clear water is the perfect for taking a dip, and there are also plenty of watersports activities for older kids. If water parks are popular with your family, the Splash Jungle Park is one of the best in the region. Snorkelling is also popular, and you will be able to spot a wide variety of colourful marine life.


Now we come to a less obvious family-friendly destination, but one that you shouldn’t overlook. Taiwan is a fairly small island, which is known for its towering mountain ranges and natural hot springs. Some of the adventures that you can experience as a family include biking, mountain hiking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. When you are looking for a place to stay, a great option is one of the child-friendly hotels with hot spring pools.

So, hopefully after reading through this article, a trip to Asia with the family seems a lot less daunting. A lot of the places we have discussed have a degree of western influence which makes them appear familiar, but they still feel a long way away from the usual European holiday destinations. When you settle on one of these places, it is worth doing as much research as possible so that you feel completely comfortable with where you are visiting. This way, you will have much more of a sense of familiarity before you get there.


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