The 7 Best Family Holiday Destinations in Asia!

Work and other obligations can limit your time with your family. That is why it makes a lot of sense to plan a nice family vacation together with your spouse and kids and spend quality time together especially this Christmas season.

 

So you want to take a family holiday in Asia? Great choice! Asia is awesome for families. There is so much to discover and experience, and mostly at a very good price! We love travelling and living in Asia from the beautiful food in Penang to the beautiful villas in bali to the adventure in the Phillipines.

However, if you are anything like us, choosing a specific destination in Asia is hard! There are so many great family holiday destinations. We love it here in Malaysia, but we have also loved it with kids in Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and the Phillippines – and I am sure this list will grow as we travel to more Asian destinations as a family.

best family holiday destinations in asia

To help make the choice easier, I asked some of my family travel blogging buddies to help you decide! Here are their choices for where you should book your next Asian family vacation…

Malaysia

S checks out Suria and Petronas Towers

S checks out Suria and Petronas Towers

What’s better than introducing your little global citizen to a foreign country? Showing them one that’s a mix of different cultures all living and working together harmoniously. Malaysia is a centuries-old combination of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and British traditions. The kids can simultaneously watch incense waft up from the front of a Chinese temple, hear the call to prayer from the mosque down the street, and smell the inviting aroma of Indian food from the cart on the corner. It’s like visiting multiple countries all at one time.

Malaysia appeals to the adventurous explorer in kids. Trek the jungle in search of the distinctive Rafflesia flower which can grow up to 100 cm wide and is famous for smelling like rotten meat. In Malaysian Borneo, come face-to-face with semi-wild orangutans in rehabilitation sanctuaries or cruise rivers in search of endangered proboscis monkeys and river dolphins. Visit cultural villages to learn about now-forbidden tribal ways like headhunting, and let the kids try out how well they do with a blow dart. In Kuala Lumpur, climb 272 steps to the Hindu temple built high up inside Batu Caves.

Children who enjoy modern sights will want to head up to the Skybridge of the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world. If that isn’t enough, spend a day or two at LEGOLAND Malaysia, just across the border from Singapore. The water park, themed hotel, and amusement park rides will undoubtedly keep them entertained. Make sure to leave time to wander through Miniland Asia with models of everything from China’s Forbidden City to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, all built out of LEGOs. With a visit to Malaysia, your kids will feel like they’ve travelled to more than just one country.

Contributed by Michele Chan-Thomson, Malaysian Meanders

 

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

I think Hong Kong is the best Asian city to take kids. My reason for this is that transport is fantastic and it is very easy to get around. The MTR (train system) is user friendly and you can get everywhere you want to go. Octopus Cards for this service can be purchased at the airport and any money will be refunded when you leave.

English is widely spoken and understood in Hong Kong. You will always find someone that understands and is able to help. The locals love western children and go out of their way to make the kids feel welcome. Feeding the fussiest kids is also easy in Hong Kong. There are plenty of places to eat including all the western take away outlets we are used to and my kids ate traditional Chinese dumplings at least once a day. There is no issues with food – you are able to eat anywhere unlike a lot of other Asian countries.

 

 

See more: http://www.wheressharon.com/asia-with-kids/best-family-holiday-destination-in-asia/

Ski Resorts & Ski Destinations

Vacations are fun, to say the least. Who could say otherwise? When you combine vacations with skiing however, you get something that is even more fun!

 

Whether you are a skier or boarder, a beginner, expert or somewhere in between, our in-depth ski resort reports on over 100 of the best resorts in Europe and North America will help you decide which are the best ski resorts for your needs and where best to ski and stay.

Search ski resorts by country, browse our “ten of the best ski resorts” lists below and be inspired by our “Resort in Focus” to help narrow your search and identify the best ski resorts for you, your family and friends.

Ski Resorts in Europe

Where are the biggest ski areas in Europe with reassuring slopes for beginners, masses of terrain for intermediates, motorway skiing for high mileage cruisers and challenging terrain for experts?

Which are the most snow-sure ski resorts in Europe and where is the best off-piste terrain for powder hounds? Where will you find Europe’s most family friendly skiing and which hidden-gem ski resorts offer better value for money than busier internationally renowned resorts.

Where will you find truly spectacular mountain panoramas, scenic Alpine villages, charming mountain towns and where are there good restaurants and accommodation both on- and off-mountain to help complete your skiing holiday, ideally without breaking the bank?

Ski Resorts in North America

Like the continent itself, skiing is big in North America and the continental climate means longer ski seasons with masses of snow and champagne powder in many resorts. Ski areas are measured in hectares rather than just the number or total length of ski trails and the defined ski area is made safe from avalanche, not just the trails.

Which ski resorts in USA and Canada should you choose to find the best for snow, for family skiing with …

 

Read more: http://www.ultimate-ski.com/ski-resorts.aspx

Sailing & Cruises in Bali

When you have had enough of the bars and crowds on Bali’s there are more plenty of places to retreat and recharge around the island if you know where to look.  It is time to go sailing!

Sailing or yachting in Bali can be a great day outing or you could spend a week exploring Bali by sea. There are over 15,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and off Bali’s shores there are some great options for diving, snorkeling, surfing and fishing. You need to be selective when deciding which company to use. Bali Advisor has scoured the island searching for the best companies and private out fits that meet our safety standards.

Bali Cat

Bali Cat This 48ft “Flybridg Motorsail-Catamaran” is by far the best boat for relaxing jaunts around the sounding Islands of Bali. Whether it is a day trip over to Nusa Lambonging or a 10 day Sail over to the Komodo, Reinhold, the boats captain, aims to please. He is a good humored German who likes to show his guests the untouched parts of the Indian ocean. We have chosen Reinhold and his Catamaran because they offer a hands on personable sailing experience that is safe and a once in a life time get away.

Bali Yacht Club

Bali Yacht Club I highly recommend Bali Yacht Club. They boast 3 yachts two of which have jet skies. They are very professional, have a western captain and can handle any request, big or small. They are one of the best boating out fits that we have seen in Bali. Fishing, day outing, Scuba, surfing, tow in surfing are …

 

See more: http://baliadvisor.com/old/sailing-cruises.html

 

10 Best Beach Activities for the Family

“The weather was just perfect to hit the beach this weekend. Although all children seem to love being on the beach, sometimes you need to have some ideas for keeping them entertained above and beyond swimming and building sandcastles. Get ready for fun in the sun and sand. Once your little kids have exhausted the waves, there are plenty of land-based activities to keep them busy until sunset.”

best beach activities for the whole family

Do your summer plans say BEACH?  If so, you’re going to love this list of fun things to do with kids.

Honestly, it takes a lot to motivate me to go to the beach.  Mostly, because I don’t enjoy sunbathing, I seriously turn another shade of brown within 10 minutes of being in the sun. I love my sun-kissed skin color just the way it is.  So with that said I try to plan activities that our kids will enjoy doing at the beach which they can enjoy under the umbrella for some shade breaks.

Most of these activities were not planned before I left home so I had to work with the things I found around the beach and where we were staying. Which makes them pretty simple and easy to put together. Also, I usually search the internet after I write a post or in preparing for an article just to see how original my work is and I must say I didn’t find any articles that had these unique activities in their post. Most of them had things like go find seashells, make a sand castle… and those are great but I wanted to share something different.

So enjoy our unique list of beach activities for you and your family.

Read more: http://inspiredbyfamilymag.com/2013/05/18/10-best-beach-activities-for-the-family/