Planning a quick getaway with the family during the National Day and Hari Raya holidays? Finding the best country to visit can be quite a challenge. To help you select a location where the whole family will have fun, here are seven family-friendly destinations to consider.
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The diverse culture, rich heritage, and delicious food are among the top reasons why Bali makes for a great destination for families. And if you prefer an all-inclusive holiday, Club Med Bali might be just what you’re looking for.
As the flagship family resort in Asia, Club Med Bali offers guests an unforgettable and hassle-free family vacation the moment you arrive. You can choose to get the family involved in the Amazing Family Programme, where each activity involves the multi-generational family unit from the parents to the children and grandparents. Or you can also choose to explore the wide range of activities that are perfect for families to enjoy together such as archery, snorkelling, and stand-up paddling. Excursion trips are available as well where you can explore Bali outside of the resort.
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As one of the more popular destinations with closer proximity, Hong Kong is great for families, thanks to its yummy food and fun spots that can be explored together as a family, such as the neighbouring islands, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Ocean Park.
This year, in collaboration with popular Japanese anime series One Piece, Ocean Park Hong Kong will be bringing the largest ever One Piece-themed interactive event, which will transform the park into an exhilarating water battle zone. Both children and adult alike will be able to recreate classic scenes from the anime as they relive the adventures with the iconic Straw Hat crew members.
Think you’ve already visited all the kid-friendly spots in Johor? Here’s a piece of good news: LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort has opened SEA LIFE Malaysia, the highly anticipated LEGO-themed marine sanctuary that houses more than 13,000 marine life from 120 species and 11 different habitat zones. The double-storey LEGO-themed aquarium promises a fun day out for the entire family. Amongst the marine life now housed across 25 tanks are stingrays, zebra sharks, black tip reef sharks, seahorses, jellyfish, and more. The brand-new 2,123-square-metre indoor aquarium will allow kids (and kids at heart) an up-close marine experience through magical storytelling, interactive displays, and hands-on encounter.
SEA LIFE Malaysia also includes special habitat zones, which comprises of a Malaysian Rainforest, a Stingray Bay, and a fascinating Ocean Tunnel that provides a 180-degree view of the underwater world. There is also an Ocean Cave where visitors can take a magical dive and watch marine life up close through a concave glass.
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Known as Thailand’s largest island, Phuket has an abundance of things to do for families. From the picturesque beaches to exciting water sports and wildlife encounters, there are more than enough to occupy your itinerary during your public holiday getaway. But if you are looking for a vacation where you only want to rest and relax with the family, you could consider a stay at OZO Phuket.
Situated in the heart of Kata town, OZO Phuket is within walking distance to shops, the night market, dining options, nearby attractions, as well as Kata Beach, one of Phuket’s best surfing beaches. The resort’s two swimming pools welcome guests to cool off from the heat, and children will definitely enjoy a good few hours by the pool at the Splash activity pool that comes with waterslides.
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As an all-year round destination, Japan is home to some of the most beautiful and scenic views, delicious cuisine, and rich culture. With efficient public transportation systems, you are able to visit different parts of Japan with utmost ease, such as the spa town of Yudanaka in the Japanese Alps that is easily accessible in three hours by train from Tokyo. This place is known for its natural hot springs as well as the sociable snow monkeys who tend to spend most of their time in and around their own hot spring.
If you’re looking for something exciting and fun, perhaps the different renowned amusement parks might interest you. From Universal Studios Japan in Osaka to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, visiting these parks will easily fill two to three days of your itinerary as a family.
Although better known as a honeymoon destination, there’s actually plenty of fun to be had here for families too! Despite being home to perhaps the best beaches in the world, Maldives also offers visitors a chance to see the capital city of Male, which is a hive of activity, thanks to its alcohol-free cafes and restaurants as well as lively shops and markets.
However, if you prefer a more resort-based holiday, there are over 100 to choose from, each providing the right amount of privacy and relaxation you are looking for. One that stands out from the crowd is Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, which offers a unique edutainment experience for young travellers upon check-in. The Little Big Hotelier programme gives children the opportunity to see the inner workings of the resort property as they take up roles in key departments while picking up new skills under the guidance of the Holiday Inn Hotelier crew. From receptionists to porters, Kids Club coordinators, and Kitchen Chefs, each child is given the freedom to choose the role he’d like to experience, no matter his age group.
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Though this isn’t the first country most parents would think of when planning a vacation, Taiwan is actually a great place known for its spectacular mountain range, interesting cafes, and natural hot springs. It is a country full of surprises especially for adventurous families who love food. With a variety of restaurants to suit any budget as well as night markets that offer a wide range of snacks, you and the whole family will be spoilt for choice without worrying about bursting your daily holiday expanses.
Taiwan is also known as a shopping paradise and one mall that you have to visit is the nine storey-high Dream Mall in Kaohsiung. It is the sixth largest shopping centre in Asia and home to the Hello Kitty Ferris Wheel. Ideal for families and children, mums will no longer have to worry about leaving the children with dad! Or you can take the kids to a day tour to the Northeast coast of Taiwan, where you get to see the mountain town of Jiufen and the charming spots at Shifen, including the old train track where you can release sky lanterns.