Whether you’re planning your December holidays or just need a weekend to escape from the haze, we’ve rounded up the best family travel from Singapore that’ll allow you and your kiddos to experience the vast array of amazing wildlife across the region!
It’s always hard to find the right activities to entertain the whole family during holidays. Animal experiences are not only a great source of entertainment, they can also be very educational, and can inspire an appreciation of nature in children. Travel search engine KAYAK.sg has compiled its top kid-friendly animal viewing spots across the region for families that like to live life on the wild side.
Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth, Australia
Caversham Wildlife Park, the largest private collection of native wildlife in Western Australia, includes a menagerie of birds, mammals, reptiles and of course marsupials. The kids will get a kick out of hand-feeding a kangaroo, petting a lizard, meeting a wombat, or having their photo taken with a koala. Attend the daily farm shows and keeper talks to learn more about your new Aussie friends.
Round trip flights to Perth from Singapore start from S$761. A room for three people for two nights in a four-star property will cost from S$316 plus taxes and fees.
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
If your children are curious to explore what’s happening under the sea, they’ll love snorkeling in the crystal clear waters around Phi Phi Island. Hin Klang reef sits just north of the island and is one of the best snorkel spots in Southern Thailand to mingle with colorful trumpet fish, seahorses, pufferfish and much more. A manta ray, hawksbill turtle or reef octopus may even make an appearance. For aquarium-lovers, nothing beats getting up close and personal with these beautiful sea creatures.
We found round trip flights to Phuket from Singapore for S$139. Two nights‘ accommodation for three people in a three-star hotel on Koh Phi Phi starts from S$102 plus taxes and fees.
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Hop into an open-top Jeep and keep your eyes peeled for elephants, leopards, sloth bears and water buffaloes in Yala National Park. Sri Lanka is a beautiful place to introduce the tots to the wonders of a nature safari without having to fly too far from home. In addition there are some beautiful temples and caves within striking distance.
Round trip flights to Colombo from Singapore can be found for S$444. A two-night stay in Yala for three people in a three-star property starts from S$207 plus taxes and fees.
Whale and dolphin cruises, Maldives
The idyllic coral atolls of the Maldives, typically regarded as a honeymoon destination, are teeming with over 20 different species of whales and dolphins. On a morning or late afternoon dolphin cruise, you are likely to see schools of these social creatures playing, jumping and showing off their acrobatic skills in the clear, warm water. Whale watching safaris bring ocean-lovers close to Blue, Sperm and Pilot whales. Our prediction: your kids will fall in love with these friendly mammals while you’re falling in love with this romantic destination.
You can find round trip flights to Male from S$452. Book a two-night stay for three people in a four-star property in Male from S$265 plus taxes and fees.
Wetland Park, Hong Kong
Introduce your budding ecologists to a plethora of fauna and flora at Hong Kong Wetland Park, a world-class ecotourism spot. In addition to interactive exhibits on environmental protection and wetland conservation, the park boasts wetland habitats, a mangrove walk, a butterfly garden, an indoor “Swamp Adventure” play area and more.
We found round trip flights from Singapore to Hong Kong for S$185. A room for three people for two nights in a four-star hotel begins at S$530 plus taxes and fees.
KAYAK.sg‘s top travel tip: for more inspiration and if you’re travelling on a specific budget, KAYAK’s Explore tool helps you find the best flight deals and see where you can fly within a certain price range. Filter by region, weather or activity to find the perfect spot!
*Data provided by KAYAK.sg based on flight and hotel searches run for travel during 20-22 October 2015. Flight prices quoted are per person. Prices are subject to change and offers may no longer be available.