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Family-Friendly Destinations For Your School Holiday Trip

Get your much deserved family bonding this coming school holidays and plan out a trip everyone will love. Whether you’re craving for some beach fun, festival celebration, or simply a relaxing getaway, these family-friendly destinations will surely treat you and give you the break your family needs.

Sydney, Australia


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Explore this vibrant Aussie city with your kids and experience its diverse offerings—wide parks, beachside spots, zoos, museums, aquariums, and more. Sydney is home to a lot of wonderful attractions and it’s not just any ordinary city for your kid because it has wildlife, amusement, and culture rolled into one.

Plus, if you visit this holiday, you’ll be able to experience Vivid Sydney, a festival that will spark your imagination with creative renditions of light, music, and ideas, which will run from 24 May to 15 June. It features activities such as Lights for the Wild, Tumbalong Lights, and Winter Camp, among others.


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Maldives may be popular among honeymooners, but with its white sand beaches, exclusive resorts that offer exhilarating activities, and a wide array of water sports, even families can take advantage of it. If you crave for a change of scenery, a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, check out Velaa Private Island Maldives. Nestled within the constellation of islands that form Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, you will find your family immersed in the most intimate of settings surrounded by pristine white beaches and fresh ocean breeze. Children are sure to be engaged by going dolphin watching, snorkelling, and fishing!

Genting Highlands, Malaysia

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Located just less than hour from Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands is one of the top destinations that come to mind for family-friendly spots in Malaysia. It boasts of numerous theme parks such the Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park with rides for children, the whole family, and the more adventurous ones. Another must-try in Genting is the Awana SkyWay, which will take you on a breathtaking journey with views that are snap-worthy for the whole family. Outdoor amusement such as Flying Fox will take your vacation to a whole new level as you’re being strapped and launched onto the forest.

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Photo credit: InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort

Photo credit: InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort

Just a stone’s throw away from Singapore, Vietnam is not just a destination for backpackers and young travelers but for families as well. Instead of visiting the more common destinations like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, why not explore the more relaxing island of Phu Quoc? It does not just offer good value for money but plenty of activities to choose from, too. Visit Vinpearl Safari Animal Care and Conservation Park to see some of its native species and rare animals or go on a Phu Quoc snorkeling tour. If you’re looking for a glamorous accommodation, InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort has just recently unveiled four new villas overlooking the azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand, perfect to start and end each day of your nature trip. The resort also has kid-friendly amenities, so you are assured of a memorable trip!

Manchester, England

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If you’re in it for the long haul, fly into a whole new continent and get your explorer mode on! Manchester may not be the first choice of tourists going to the United Kingdom, but the city—with its lively cultural and industrial heritage—is not one to be left behind. If your kid is into sports, your visit will not be complete without touring the Manchester City Stadium (home to the Manchester City Football Club) or Old Trafford, which is the home stadium of the Manchester United Football Club. For the even younger ones, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester is a top favourite for awesome experiences your kids will surely cherish.

Worried about getting on a long-haul flight with the kids in tow? Fly Etihad Airways, and you can spare more time to rest—and enjoy—as the airline has a team of professionally-trained Flying Nanny onboard to take care of your little ones. Etihad services popular family-friendly destinations around the globe where kids can play and learn about the world around them. 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Heading to Abu Dhabi for a family vacation may not be a popular option, but this Middle East destination will surely not disappoint. UAE is known for state-of-the-art and world-class facilities, making it more convenient for those travelling with kids. With entertainment sensations such as Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, you will have thrill-seeking experiences worth reminiscing long after your vacation. Abu Dhabi is also where you’ll find some of the world’s best resorts like Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, so a luxurious experience for the whole family is just within reach.

Featured image courtesy of InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort

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