Are you planning to go on a family vacation from UK, Australia, or anywhere in the Eastern Hemisphere? You’re in luck, because you’re in the proximity of gorgeous Asian destinations spanning seaside retreats, culture-rich cities, shopping paradises, and natural havens. Well-connected by flights to most parts of Europe and the Middle-East, these destinations have enough to keep the little ones as well as the adults busy. Let’s take a look at the best spots in the east for a family vacation:
Bali is home to stunning coastal retreats as well as mountain-shadowed, forested towns. In destinations like Nusa Dua, Sanur, Kuta, and Jimbaran, the family will relish exploring beaches, visiting fish markets, and trying out water sports. In upland Ubud and Kintamani, the verdant countryside, terraced rice fields, ancient lake temples, and art museums are major attractions. Uluwatu and Ulun Danu Bratan are among the most picturesque temples. Ubud Monkey Forest, Bali Safari and Marine Park, and Waterbom Bali will thrill the kids.
With spectacular malls, amusement parks, hotels, beaches, and historical treasures in the Old Town, Dubai is an excellent family destination in the cooler months (November-March). Enjoying the view from the soaring Burj Khalifa skyscraper, watching the dancing lights and colours at Dubai Fountain, relaxing at the beach and waterpark at Atlantis The Palm, and visiting the ship-shaped Burj Al Arab at Jumeirah Beach are some of the top things to do in Dubai. Shopping at Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, and traditional souks are also must-dos.
Phuket is an island in the Andaman Sea, full of mountains, rainforests, and some of the best-known beaches in Thailand. The capital is great for shopping, while Patong Beach offers a range of water sports. Other major beaches in Phuket are Kata, Rawai, and Katon. The family will enjoy visiting the exquisite Wat Chalong complex of Buddhist temples, and the Phuket Big Buddha statue. A day trip to Phang Nga Bay, which features lofty limestone cliffs and caves is also highly recommended. Above all, kids will love Phuket PhantaSea, a theme park with animal shows, as well as the sea turtles at Sirinat National Park.
Located in the mountains, the ancient city of Chiang Mai is known for its rich historical and cultural heritage. Even more, touring the Old City with its ornate Buddhist temples, walls, moats, and other vestiges of the Lanna Kingdom is an enriching experience for the entire family. There are many galleries, shops, and restaurants outside the Old City. Children will appreciate visits to elephant rehabilitation camps, Chiang Mai Zoo, and Grand Canyon Chiang Mai, a waterpark.
In Bangkok, you can enjoy dinner cruises along the Chao Phraya River, trips to the stately Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Temple, Wat Pho Temple with a reclining Buddha, and the Khmer-style Wat Arun Temple. Bangkok’s weekend and floating markets are unique, as are the various cultural shows one can see in the evenings.