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

Aerial view of Halong Bay

Vietnam Young Family Explorer

From $4,053 per person

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.

Paddleboarding in Kampot in Cambodia

Family Fun in Vietnam & Cambodia

From $3,363 per person

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

Palm trees at sunset

Wild Thailand Family Adventure

From $2,909 per person

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

Kuala Lumpur skyline at sunset

Malaysia Family Adventure

From $3,267 per person

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

Proboscis monkey from tree to tree in Borneo

Borneo Family Adventure

From $2,859 per person

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

Angkor Wat by day

Into the Heart of Cambodia

From $2,837 per person

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

Vang Vieng river

Treetops, Mountains & Elephants

From $3,151 per person

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

Paddleboarding in Kampot in Cambodia

Family Fun in Vietnam & Cambodia

From $3,363 per person

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

Palm trees at sunset

Wild Thailand Family Adventure

From $2,909 per person

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

Kuala Lumpur skyline at sunset

Malaysia Family Adventure

From $3,267 per person

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

Proboscis monkey from tree to tree in Borneo

Borneo Family Adventure

From $2,859 per person

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

Farming in Vietnam

Vietnam's Greatest Hits

From $2,775 per person

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

Vietnam - Hanoi - Street - David Lovejoy

Hanoi

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.

Hoi An waterfront at night

Hoi An

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.

Getting around on the Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

Southern Vietnam

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

Orange robed monks at Angkor Wat Temple

Siem Reap

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.

Fishing boats and traditional floating village at Kratie

Kratie

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.

View over plains near Kep

Kep

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.

Aerial view of beautiful Luang Prabang city surrounded by jungle and sprawling alongside Nam Khan River

Luang Prabang

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.

Aerial view of Lumpini Park in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok

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.

Wat Phra Singh Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai

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.

Beach at Phuket

Phuket

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.

Hammock at Ko Samui - Rachel Rykala

Ko Samui

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?

Steps up to Penang Hill

Penang

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

Phare Circus

Phare, The Cambodian Circus

Siem Reap

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.

The best guided tours and excursions to do with older children

A selection of our most suitable activities for kids over 10

Ziplining in Angkor

Angkor zipline

Siem Reap

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.

Vietnamese cooking class in Hoi An

Organic Farm Cooking Class

Hoi An

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

Floating villages of Tonle Sap

Kayaking on Tonlé Sap Lake

Siem Reap

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.

Soksabike Tour in Battambang

Soksabike tour of Battambang

Battambang

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.

Orangutan in the trees at Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary

Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary

Kuching

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

Waterfall in Champasak

Treetop explorer

Champasak

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

8km mark on Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu climb

Kinabalu Park

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

Kayaking in the rainforest near Kuching

Rainforest kayaking

Kuching

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.

Whitewater rafting on the Padas River

Whitewater rafting

Kota Kinabalu

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 caves

Phong Nha caving

Phong Nha

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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