Asia is the largest continent on planet earth and it abounds with beautiful holiday destinations.
Shanghai, the second-largest city in the world is found in Asia, and so is the highest mountain, Mount Everest, as well as the world’s largest country, Russia.
If you’re looking to expand your kids’ geographical knowledge and outlook on human diversity while still having a good time, Asia is a continent you don’t want to rule out on in your ideal vacation plan.
We’ve put together a list of some of the best family holiday destinations in Asia.
- Phuket, Thailand
- Shanghai, China
- Bali, Indonesia
- Tokyo, Japan
- Amman, Jordan
Here’s why you should consider each destination.
Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is on so many peoples’ bucket lists and it’s not hard to see why. Phuket has beautiful clear skies and a tonne of activities to engage the whole family.
The Splash Jungle Water Park, overlooking the beautiful Mai Khao Beach, is a great place to go and let the kids run amok. Island hopping is the perfect activity for the whole family as you take boat trips to explore different breathtaking locations across the Andaman Sea.
Traditional Thai cuisine is a must-try and if it does not tantalize your taste buds, there are plenty of international dishes to try out.
If you’re looking for an interesting and educational half-day activity, the Phuket Aquarium is a great place to take the kids with its wide array of colorful and exotic marine life.
Speed boating to Phi Phi island, elephant washing, and snorkeling are other popular activities in Phuket and help rank it high among the best family holiday destinations in Asia.
Shanghai is one of China’s most modern and upbeat cities. It boats a lot of Chinese heritage and plenty of contemporary edge. From cultural sites and museums to theme parks and massive shopping centers, there’s something for everyone.
Shanghai Disneyland is a must-visit for the kids so make sure you put it on your itinerary. The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is home to an impressive array of aquatic wildlife from around the globe.
We can’t leave out the Shanghai Zoo where visitors can see giant pandas and the Shanghai Wild Animal Park. These sites offer adults and children plenty to think about and lots to see and do.
Other activities and places that will delight the kids and adults alike include the interactive 3D Magic Fun House, Madame Tussauds, Fuxing Park, Oriental Pearl Tower, and the Shanghai Circus World.
Its exotic food, rich heritage, diverse cultures, and great weather make Bali one of the best family holiday destinations in Asia. From water parks to tropical lowland forests, categorized as some of the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystems, the tourist attractions in Bali are plenty.
There are many water activities available at the beach such as snorkeling and jet skiing. The older kids can try their hand at surfing the waves or scuba diving.
If you want to take a break from the beach and explore further inland, there are volcanic mountains, waterfalls, verdant rice terraces, and forests full of wildlife. The Bali Treetop Adventure is an intriguing addition to your itinerary if your family is down for a thrill-seeking activity.
You can experience the diversity of Balinese culture by heading to Ubud. There you will find art galleries, temples, energetic dance shows, and a generally relaxed atmosphere. Other family-friendly places to visit in Bali are The Green Village, Big Tree Farms Bamboo Chocolate Factory, and the Bali Safari and Marine Park.
Restaurants in Bali serve a large selection of local and international cuisine giving you lots of options if you have a child who’s a picky eater.
Tokyo is a wonderland for both kids and adults alike. It’s somewhat of a haven for those who are fans of Japanese anime. Tokyo is an all-year-round destination that’s safe, clean, and rich in culture and history.
If you choose to visit Tokyo, you can decide to stay in western-style hotels or try out the traditional Japanese style hotels and ryokans where you can experience the local Japanese way of life by sleeping on tatami mats.
Theme parks are aplenty. If you want a fun and cute themed experience you have the option of going to Hello Kitty world or if you lean more towards an informational experience, try Ueno Zoo.
A few hours at Hanayashiki, Japan’s oldest amusement park that has been running since 1853, is perfect for the whole family. If you’re into adventure, you can hike up Mt. Takao, which is just about an hour’s drive from Central Tokyo. There you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscape vistas Japan has to offer.
Other attractions and activities include; Tokyo Disneyland, Kodomo no Mori Park, Inokashira Park (to paddle on the lake), Futakotamagawa Park, the Tokyo National Museum, Shinjuku Gyoen, the Imperial Palace Garden, and the Legoland Discovery Center where you can channel your inner architect.
Jordan doesn’t immediately pop into your mind when thinking of the best holiday destinations in Asia, but it truly is a hidden gem. It’s a small country so you can get to almost anywhere in the country from the capital Amman on a single day’s trip.
Jordan isn’t a flashy country but the ancient sites, nature, culture, and history make it a must-go country on your holiday bucket-list.
A visit to the lively souks or a stroll along Rainbow street will immerse the whole family in a whole new contemporary Arab culture. There are many hands-on activities at The Children’s Museum such as playing dressing up and playing in the outdoor area of the facility.
The kids will also enjoy climbing and sliding down sand dunes and can get to experience the joy of camel rides as they overlook the desert landscape.
Jordan is a country with immense heritage. If you choose to go there, try and visit the beautiful Abu Darwish Mosque and experience amazing Islamic architecture or go for an adventure at the King Hussein Gardens.
You can also see the famous Roman ruins of Jerash that lie just 29 miles (48 kilometers) from Amman—the most protected historical Roman architecture site outside of Italy.
Asia is a remarkable continent and your family is guaranteed an unforgettable trip whether you’re in European Asia, South East Asia, or in the Middle East!
It has a wide array of different tourist destinations that vary in experience and available activities. Make sure that you plan well ahead if you choose any of the aforementioned best family holiday destinations. Pick accommodation that is family-friendly and has a wide selection of both local and international food.
Traveling with kids can get overwhelming but there are great activities for them to get lost in Asia. Go over the list and find out what suits your family. Happy traveling!
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