Travelling around Southeast Asia is an amazing experience, since it offers you a great variety of places, attractions and destinations that are bound to make your trip memorable. It has become one of the most popular destinations among travellers from all over the world, many of whom decide to spend their family holiday in this region. Whether you’re planning to visit Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, East Timor or Brunei, you’ll be able to have a whale of time with your loved ones.
On the other hand, some people are reluctant to take their kids with them on such trips. They’re afraid it would be too complicated or even dangerous to have their young ones in tow, but they are simply wrong. Every country has kids and every parent wants their kids to be happy and safe. People in Southeast Asia are not different when it comes to this. You can find playgrounds and other kids’ facilities all around the region. So, fear not, but get ready for the holiday of your lifetime. To help you make the most of it, we’ve prepared the following tips.
Duration of stay
Babies and toddlers might not enjoy a long-term travel or some adventure, such as backpacking, very much. However, if your kids are three or older, they would be ready for a 2-3 week holiday. The older they are, the more options you’ll have when it comes to how long you’ll stay in Southeast Asia and which destinations you’ll visit.
With such a high number of tourist, you shouldn’t expect much of a language barrier. Also, locals are known for their hospitality and friendliness and you won’t have problems when it comes to that either. What you might find frustrating is road and traffic safety, since it’s probably far from what you’re used to.
Health-wise, you should check with your paediatrician whether any vaccines are needed for the region you’re planning to visit, but you shouldn’t expect your kids to get sick more than anywhere else. You can actually use a platform where like-minded moms meet and find out about their experience when it comes to travelling with kids. Finally, you need to know that there are many options when it comes to the food you eat. Still, be careful when buying food from street stalls, since your kids might not react well to it.
Entertainment for kids
There are many 3D art museums, playgrounds, indoor play facilities, theme parks and other attractions your kids will definitely find interesting. Also, you might want to check out various aquariums and zoos, where your kids can see some rare animals and loads of fun.
One of the most attractive countries is Malaysia and its capital Kuala Lumpur. You can visit the Petronas Towers and KLCC or some of the parks in their vicinity. Take a bus to Batu Caves or visit China Town, the Historic District and Little India. If you’re into rainforests and wildlife, you’ll enjoy Sarawak in Malay Borneo.
Probably the most popular destination is Thailand. Start your journey in Bangkok, but make sure you also visit the ancient cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. Also, Chiang Mai, the northern tourist hub, is popular because of its amazing ancient temples, history and a wealth of things to do nearby. If your kids are history buffs, visit Kanchanaburi and let them see the famous bridge on the River Kwai. Also, floating markets, such as Amphawa, are something worth seeing.
This is the largest, but probably the least known country in Southeast Asia. It was under a very strict, tyrannical military leadership for long, but is now opening up. Still, you can see the evidence of its tempestuous history everywhere. There are thousand gilded pagoda and ramshackle towns and villages where monks in red robes live.
This archipelago of over 7,000 different islands with a rich and mixed culture is quite different from the SE Asia mainland. If you and your kids are into breath-taking beaches and lagoons and landscapes or enjoy diving, this is probably the perfect place for you. Don’t just linger in Manilla, but visit as many islands as possible. Coron in Palawan is one suggestion, where you can go snorkelling, scuba diving or cycle to saltwater hot springs. Another suggestion is Bohol Island, where your kids can visit the Tarsier Monkey Sanctuary or Mount Pinatubo, a sleeping volcano.
Needless to say, there are many other great places in Southeast Asia that are definitely worth visiting with kids, but we think these tips are enough to whet your appetite and make you do your own research. This part of the world is so varied and unique that you’re bound to find something both you and your kids will love.