Courtesy of travel search engine Kayak, we’ve rounded up eight of the most amazing trips that you just have to take your little ones on before they’re all grown up!
Let’s face it, some things – amusement parks, wildlife attractions, batting cages – are just more fun with kids. Travel search engine KAYAK.sg has put together its top kid-friendly attractions in the region for fun-filled family getaways that both little and big kids will enjoy.
1. Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand
They say an elephant never forgets; your little ones will certainly never forget an early encounter with these majestic creatures. This award-winning sanctuary and rehabilitation centre for rescued elephants enables the whole family to get up close and personal with one of man’s most beloved animal friends. Feed and play with the elephants for a day or longer through a variety of visit and volunteer options.
We found flights to Chiang Mai plus two nights’ accommodation for an average of $240.
2. Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo, Japan,
Is there anything more magical than a trip to Disneyland? From rides to character parades and shows, Tokyo Disneyland has all the ingredients of a great day out. Take as many pictures as you can of your tot wearing a Mickey Mouse ears beanie – they won’t stay that young and cute forever.
We found flights to Tokyo plus two nights’ accommodation for an average of $639.
3. Sunway Lagoon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kids of all ages go gaga for this massive fun zone in Petaling Jaya. Sunway Lagoon is home to over 80 attractions spread across a water park, amusement park, wildlife park and more. Beat the heat on the world’s largest man-made surf beach and the world’s longest water ride. The park also regularly hosts concerts, festivals and other special events.
We found flights to Kuala Lumpur plus two nights’ accommodation for an average of $150.
4. Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Keen to take the tots on safari without travelling all the way to Africa? Have no fear, Sri Lanka is a short flight away and Yala, in the southeast, is home to six national parks and three wildlife sanctuaries. Hop into an open-top Jeep and keep your eyes peeled for elephants, leopards, sloth bears, water buffaloes and 220 different types of birds.
We found flights to Colombo plus two nights’ accommodation for an average of $455.
5. Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is an adult playground so on your next trip, throw the kids a bone with a visit to the city’s biggest theme park. Ocean Park has roller coasters, marine life shows, plenty of kitschy atmosphere and the world’s largest aquarium dome featuring more than 5,000 fish.
We found flights to Hong Kong plus two nights’ accommodation for an average of $413.
6. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sandakan, Malaysia
Zoos are wonderful but observing animals in their natural habitats is an experience the kids won’t soon forget. At feeding time each morning and afternoon, the endangered orangutans that live in the jungle near this rehabilitation centre swing over to a feeding platform for milk and bananas. You can also watch a short video about these great orange apes and the work being done to help the species survive in the wild in the face of poaching and habitat destruction.
We found flights to Sandakan plus two nights’ accommodation for an average of $272.
7. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu, China
Is there anything cuter than roly-poly giant pandas? Go straight to the source with a visit to this panda research and conservation centre where you can watch these life-size black and white teddy bears play, eat and laze around. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and see the pandas when they are most active.
We found flights to Chengdu plus two nights’ accommodation for an average of $485.
8. George Town, Malaysia
Penang’s capital is brimming with quaint shophouses, parks and plenty of delicious, safe, street-side local food. Let the kids run around on the playgrounds in Penang Youth Park and scope out the insects at the Penang Butterfly Farm. If they’re old enough, rent bikes and explore the quiet streets of the downtown core without fear of running into much traffic.
We found flights to George Town plus two nights’ accommodation for an average of $137.
Top tip: for more inspiration, if you’re travelling on a specific budget, KAYAK’s online Explore tool helps you to discover the best flight deals within your set limit.2
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*Data provided by KAYAK.sg in August 2015. Average prices are per person and based on flight and hotel searches made on KAYAK.sg in 2015.