Children doing Angkor Thom Scavenger Hunt

Family Holidays

Like you, we know that easy, relaxing family holidays take meticulous preparation and planning. That’s where we come in.

Over the last two decades, many of us at InsideAsia have gone from solo travellers to family travellers. We know the importance of ease, safety, cleanliness and comfort. With younger children, you’ll want to spend less time on transport and more time relaxing by the pool. With teenagers, activities and learning experiences make the whole trip richer. We’ve been to the accommodation, met the guides and tried the activities.

Speaking of activities – if your family is the energetic kind, try a Vietnam holiday with kayaking on Halong Bay, cycling in Ninh Binh, and caving in Phong Nha National Park. If art and culture is more up your street, build your family holiday around cooking classes, craft workshops, and scavenger hunts through historic cities and temple complexes. Throw in fabulous beach resorts, wildlife sanctuaries, and all sorts of fun and unusual transport, and you have a pick-n-mix of exciting and engaging experiences for all ages, all just waiting to be shaped into a family holiday just for you.

We've collected a few of our favourite family-friendly itineraries and experiences here, but don’t stop with these – get in touch and we’ll design the ultimate Asia family holiday for you.

Asia itinerary ideas for young families

Our sample routes packed full of fun activities for kids under 10

A$5,300
Family
Classic
Active
Culture
Hands on

Full of hands-on cultural experiences the whole family can enjoy, Vietnam Young Family Explorer is an action-packed (yet stress-free) introduction to Vietnam.

A$4,400
Family
Active

Don’t just see the sights: immerse yourself in nature, culture and history on this hands-on family adventure through Vietnam & Cambodia.

A$3,800
Family
Activity
On the water
Scenery
Wildlife

This family trip has it all: tropical beaches, jungle adventure, hands-on culture and (best of all) elephants.

A$4,300
Family
Active
Culture
Relaxation
Scenery

Hands-on culture, outdoors exploration, and plenty of built-in downtime — this is a Malaysian adventure for all ages.

A$3,700
Family
Classic
Active
Adventure
Relaxation
Scenery
Wildlife

Orangutan encounters, whitewater rafting and jungle exploration: Borneo is the perfect setting for a family adventure.

Asia itinerary ideas for older families

Our sample routes packed full of fun activities for kids over 10

A$3,700
Classic
Culture & History
Scenery

This itinerary unspools like a reel of Cambodia’s greatest hits, from Angkor and Phnom Penh to the countryside and coast.

A$4,100
Family
Classic
Activity
Adventure
Culture
Scenery
Wildlife

Take the kids on a family adventure to Laos and discover a land of rivers, jungles and hidden caves.

A$4,400
Family
Active

Don’t just see the sights: immerse yourself in nature, culture and history on this hands-on family adventure through Vietnam & Cambodia.

A$3,800
Family
Activity
On the water
Scenery
Wildlife

This family trip has it all: tropical beaches, jungle adventure, hands-on culture and (best of all) elephants.

A$4,300
Family
Active
Culture
Relaxation
Scenery

Hands-on culture, outdoors exploration, and plenty of built-in downtime — this is a Malaysian adventure for all ages.

A$3,700
Family
Classic
Active
Adventure
Relaxation
Scenery
Wildlife

Orangutan encounters, whitewater rafting and jungle exploration: Borneo is the perfect setting for a family adventure.

A$3,600
Activity
Classic
Cruising
Culture & History
On the water

Don’t know where to begin with Vietnam? This trip combines cultural, scenic and historical highlights for a perfectly balanced introduction.

The best destinations in Asia for families

A selection of our most popular destinations for families

Northern Vietnam

Combining canary-yellow French palaces with colourful and chaotic market streets dating back to the imperial dynasties, Hanoi is the place to soak up the atmosphere of old Vietnam.

Central Vietnam

It may be best-known for its lantern festival and World Heritage architecture but, for us, Hoi An’s true appeal lies in its charming rural outskirts and mouth-watering foodie experiences.

Southern Vietnam

Buzzing with longtail taxi boats and crowded with barges piled with mangoes, pineapples and fresh fish, a trip to the Mekong Delta is all about getting to know the rhythms of life on the water.

Cambodia

The laid-back, low-rise town of Siem Reap is the gateway to one of the most spectacular man-made sights on the planet: the sprawling, root-strangled ruins of Angkor.

Cambodia

A tatty yet alluring colonial town on the Mekong River, not far from the Laos border, Kratie is one of a handful of places left in the world to spot the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin.

Cambodia

This former bolthole of Phnom Penh’s wealthy urbanites is now a chilled-out seaside escape, offering crab markets, crumbling villas, island day trips and unbeatable seafood.

Laos

Luang Prabang is Laos’s Shangri-La: sweeping golden roofs and colonial shophouses against a lush backdrop of jungle-covered mountains, and a laid-back atmosphere of peace and serenity.

Thailand

Bangkok is an assault on the senses. Clouds of aromatic steam battle with exhaust fumes, neon signs blink jarringly alongside confection-like temples, and 30-degree heat and humidity heightens the sensation that you’re simmering in a heady, spice-laden stew.

Chiang Mai

In contrast to the mile-a-minute chaos of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a breath of fresh air. Here, leafy boulevards and European architecture survive alongside temples dating back to the twelfth century.

Thailand

The largest and most popular of the Thai Islands has as many different personalities as it has beaches — and that’s quite a few! Pay no heed to those who say Phuket is past its prime: there are pockets of paradise here to compete with anywhere in the world.

Ko Samui

With its trifecta of swoon-worthy tropical scenery, cutting-edge spas, and unbeatable, ocean-fresh dining, could Ko Samui be the most indulgent island getaway in the world?

Malaysia

World Heritage architecture, 130-million-year-old rainforest, world-class street art and a countryside peppered with spice gardens and durian groves: the island of Penang is an intoxicating medley of natural and cultural treasures.

The best guided tours and excursions to do with younger children

A selection of our most suitable activities for kids under 10

Siem Reap
Culture
Culture & History
Performance

When it comes to Phare, “circus” barely begins to cover it. This is world-class performance art — telling the stories of Cambodian legend and history through ambitious choreography, spine-tingling live music, and almost terrifying acrobatics that’ll have you gripping the edge of your seat.

Kep
Relaxation

Just a short boat ride from Kep, Koh Tonsay — or “Rabbit Island” — is a different kind of beach experience from the white sands and seclusion of Koh Rong.

Luang Prabang
Responsible entreprise
Wildlife

We’ve seen a lot of wildlife sanctuaries in our time, and this one might be the very best.

Bangkok
Culture & History

Before Bangkok became famous for its busy nightlife and glitzy malls, it was known as the “Venice of the East”: threaded through with hundreds of canals (or khlongs) and lined with teakwood homes and shrines.

Sepilok
Wildlife

Established in 1964, this sanctuary (the first of its kind in Borneo) rescues baby orangutans orphaned by logging or the illegal pet trade and rehabilitates them so that they can be released back into the wild.

Sepilok
Insider
Wildlife

Named after the crescent-shaped patch of fur on its chest, the sun bear is the world‘s smallest bear.

Siem Reap
Hands on
Insider

Since the cultural devastation wrought by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, Cambodian art has risen from the ashes with a fierce determination and vitality.

Siem Reap
History

If you like exploration with a purpose, it’s time to channel your inner Indiana Jones and unlock the secrets of Angkor Thom.

The best guided tours and excursions to do with older children

A selection of our most suitable activities for kids over 10

Siem Reap
Active

Take a monkey’s-eye view of the jungle as you fly, climb and swing though the treetops on a mixture of ziplines, hanging bridges and platforms.

Hoi An
Food & Drink
Hands on
Insider

We've road tested our fair share of cooking classes in Vietnam, and this is one of our favourites.

Siem Reap
Active
On the water

If exploring Tonle Sap’s sunken fields and stilt villages by longtail boat is like taking a bus, we like to think of kayaking as the waterborne equivalent of a leisurely stroll.

Battambang
Active
Culture

Soksabike is one of our absolute favourite partners in Cambodia. A local company with a wholehearted commitment to forging real connections between travellers and local people.

Kuching
Wildlife

Just south of Kuching, the Semenggoh Wildlife Reserve has provided a sanctuary for rescued orangutans since 1975.

Champasak
Active
Adventure
Scenery

Not for the faint-hearted, this two-day guided jungle adventure will take you deep into the mountains of Doung Hua Sao National Park.

Kinabalu Park
Adventure
Scenery

Watching sunrise from the top of the highest mountain in Southeast Asia is an unforgettable experience.

Kuching
Active
On the water

On this tour, your guide will take you out of Kuching, through rice fields, rubber plantations and pepper farms, to the ancestral heartland of the Bidayuh: the second-largest minority group in Borneo.

Kota Kinabalu
Active
Adventure
On the water

Whitewater rafting is one of the most exhilarating ways to see the Bornean jungle, whether you want heart-pounding drops and tricky manoeuvres, or a more relaxed ride through the forest.

Phong Nha
Adventure
Scenery

If you think caving has to mean crawling on your hands and knees through damp, dark passageways – think again.

Girl exploring Angkor Thom

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