The 9 Best Vacations for Kids in Asia

Asia is rich in culture and history, the most breath-taking views, and tons of amazing spa treatments. With so much to do, try, learn, and explore, any Asian destination is rewarding. To help narrow down the options, here’s a list of the best vacations for kids in Asia:

1. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Best Vacations for Kids in Asia
Stone Asura on causeway near South Gate of Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo: efired

Rich in history and home to the famous Angkor Wat temple, Siem Reap has tons of activities for kids! Visit the floating village, take a pottery class, go horseback riding, or take an ATV tour through the country side. Be sure to try Cambodian food, Khmer chicken soup that even the pickiest kids will enjoy.

Where to Stay:
Surrounded by forests and rice paddies, at Amansara you can explore more than 1,000 temples nearby as well. With a holistic sanctuary inspired by ancient Khmer therapies and treatments and sunrise yoga at Preah Pithu Temple, country-side mountain-biking, and Angkor Archaeological Park nearby, you’ll never want to leave.

2. Hanoi, Vietnam

Best Vacations for Kids in Asia
Street vendor in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Galyna Andrushko

With a busy city and beautiful parks to escape to, Hanoi is full of activities for kids. See some Vietnamese folk tales reenacted at the Water Puppet Show, find some souvenirs at a Night Market in the Old Quarter, go for a Cycle Ride through the streets, visit the Ho Chi Mausoleum, learn about different minority Vietnamese tribes at the Museum of Ethnology, or relax on the lazy river at Hanoi Ho Tay Lake Water Park while the kids enjoy the water slides.

Where to Stay:
Time travel back in history with Hanoi’s tallest five star hotel, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. Located in the French Quarter, this property promises to bring its guests into intimate contact with another era, heritage, and dramatic past. There’s even a newly discovered bomb shelter hidden underneath.

3. Tokyo, Japan

Best Vacations for Kids in Asia
Torii shrine gates in shinto shrine, Tokyo. Photo: Pumidol Leelerdsakulvong

A modern city mixed with historical remnants, Tokyo has it all. Take a stroll through the gardens where monkeys roam freely at Monkey Park, check out dinosaur and space exhibits at the National Museum of Science and Nature, watch a sword fight in Yoyogi Park, and step back in time at Tokyo’s oldest, Sensoji Temple. Don’t forget Tokyo also has a Disneyland as well, making this one of the best vacations for kids in Asia.

Where to Stay:
The Ritz-Carlton, located in Tokyo’s tallest building, not only has amazing views of the city, it’s also steps away from awesome attractions at Roppongi District. Enjoy the acclaimed restaurants while the kids discover and interact with their surroundings through Ritz Kids.

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best Vacations for Kids in Asia
Lord Murugan statue at Batu Caves, Malaysia. Photo: Bidouze Stephane

The city of non-stop action and adventure, Kuala Lumpur has everything from Hindu religious sites like the Batu Caves and beautiful gardens like the Kanching Rainforest Waterfalls to exploring exotic fish at Aquaria and zip lining at Skytrex Adventure. No wonder it’s considered one of the best vacations for kids in Asia. Oh, and don’t forget to feed the elephants at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary too!

Where to Stay:
The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is nestled in the Golden Triangle shopping and entertainment district, but still surrounded by the tropical gardens of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park. It has everything: a spa complete with traditional massages, state-of-the-art fitness center with professional trainers, and an outdoor swimming pool.

5. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Best Vacations for Kids in Asia
Landmark Temple, Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo: photoroad

A hip urban destination, you can take a tour, go on an outdoor excursion, and even take the overnight train ride to Bangkok to explore there as well. Riding the elephants is sure to make this one of the best vacation destinations for kids.

Where to Stay:
Immerse yourself in the gorgeous tropics at Four Seasons Chiang Mai. Take a cooking or yoga class, check out the health club, and relax at the spa or pools. With a kids club, the little ones will be entertained as well.

6. Penang, Malaysia

Best Vacations for Kids in Asia
Old rickshaw tricycles in front of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (also known as the Blue Mansion) in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. Photo: Елена Ермакова

Check out some animals at Penang Butterfly Farm, feed the liberated turtles at Kek Lok Si, or see a bird show at the Penang Bird Park. Have a picnic at Penang Youth Park or just stop to let the kids enjoy the huge playground and wading pools before you stroll through the jungle paths. Go for a swim at the beach, and catch the ferry to the mainland to explore the Toy Museum, Fort Cornwallis and War Museum, and zoom down the giant slides at Adventure Zone.

Where to Stay:
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is a secluded paradise for the entire family. With a poolside bar and spa for the adults as well as miniature golf near the sea, playgrounds, a children’s pool, and babysitting services for the kids.

7. Yangshuo, China

Best Vacations for Kids in Asia
A bamboo raft ride reveals the natural beauty of Yangshuo. Photo: wklzzz

One of the most beautiful destinations in Asia, Yangshuo has fun outdoor activities like rafting down the Yulong River on a bamboo raft and boat trips up river to Shangri-la Park with exhibits and cultural activities along the way. With fan painting nearby and the Broadway-quality show, Impressions Liu Sanjie, this is a fun, cultural adventure for the whole family.

Where to Stay:
Surrounded by rice fields, mountains, rivers and caves, Banyan Tree Yangshuo is a breathtaking experience. With a location like this, you’re conveniently close to activities on the Li River, world-class rock-climbing points, and pedaling through the hills of Li Valley.

8. Bali, Indonesia

Best Vacations for Kids in Asia
Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple in Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Nastya Tepikina

There’s a reason Bali always ranks among the best vacations for kids in Asia. Rich in culture with a warm, tropical climate, this Indonesian island is home to historical temples, stunning beaches, and even an active volcano! Go surfing and build sandcastles at Kuta beach, enjoy the art and cultural center, Ubud, relax at one of the many spas, or adventure at Waterbom Waterpark.

Where to Stay:
Located on the finest white sand beach in the enclave of Nusa Dua, The St. Regis Bali Resort has been awarded some of the highest honors in Asia. Enjoy the private beach and salt-water lagoon, or send the kids to the Children’s Learning Center while you treat yourself at the spa.

9. Hong Kong, China

Best Vacations for Kids in Asia
The Star Ferry leaving Kowloon pier in Hong Kong, China. Photo: Fedor Selivanov

Home to Disneyland and The Peak, the most popular Hong Kong attractions, and full of entertainment! Kids will have a blast taking a ride up the Peak Tram to view Hong Kong’s skyline. Visit Ocean Park to explore animal exhibits, play at the Hong Kong Park, and check out the Science Museum for interactive exhibits and live demonstrations. Be sure to try some genuine Hong Kong dim sum before you leave!

Where to Stay:
Relax at the spa or explore historical artifacts at the Peninsula Hotel. There’s even a helicopter ready to take you on a VIP adventure with views you can only imagine! Upon landing on a white sand beach, a luxury yacht will be waiting to sail to Millionaire’s Bay where you can have dinner on the beach.

There You Have It – The Best Vacations for Kids in Asia

Full of incredible destinations for the entire family, Asia has everything from interesting and historical landmarks to visit, beaches to lounge on, temples to explore, and a fantastic culture to be immersed in. With this list of the best vacations for kids in Asia, your family is bound to have an incredible trip!

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