Children doing Angkor Thom Scavenger Hunt

Our favourite family holidays

What makes a great Asia family holiday? There’s no one right answer.

If your kids are the energetic kind, immerse them in natural splendour with a Vietnam family tour encompassing kayaking on Halong Bay, cycling in Ninh Binh, and caving in Phong Nha National Park. If art and culture is more up their street, why not 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 families

Our sample routes packed full of fun activities for all the family

£2,224
Family
Active
Culture
Relaxation
Scenery

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

£2,145
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.

£2,289
Family
Active

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

£2,962
Family
Classic
Activity
Culture
Hands on

This two-week Cambodia itinerary is jam-packed with adventure, learning and play for a holiday the whole family will treasure.

£2,759
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.

£1,946
Family
Classic
Active
Adventure
Relaxation
Scenery
Wildlife

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

The best destinations in Asia for family holidays

A selection of our most popular destinations for families

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.

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.

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.

Borneo

Stay in an eco-lodge on the banks of Sabah’s longest river, where elephants, macaques and gibbons forage in the dense riverside foliage, and frogmouths, nightjars and hornbills wheel overhead.

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 as a family

We can arrange any number of fun, hands-on activities to keep everyone entertained during your holiday

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mekong Delta
Active
Culture & History
On the water
Responsible entreprise

This action-packed day tour is your chance to peep behind the curtain of daily life in the deeply traditional, rural Mekong Delta.

Hoi An
Active
Culture
Food & Drink

Triem Tay, on the rural fringes of Hoi An, is home to nearly 150 families whose livelihoods still revolve around traditional activities such as farming and sedge-weaving.

Luang Prabang
Responsible entreprise
Wildlife

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

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.

Kuching
Wildlife

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

Popular questions

The top questions we get asked for family trips

Do most hotels have family/connecting rooms?

Most larger, more tourist-centric destinations such as cities and beach resorts will offer either a family suite, connecting room options, or extra beds (sometimes a mattress on the floor). Nearly all hotels will also be able to provide a cot, though it might not be a style you’re used to.

You’re more likely to find family rooms and connecting rooms in bigger, international-style hotels than boutiques, and they might only have one or two available, so you should definitely book in advance.

Do private transfers have car seats?

Car seats for very young children are available in most pre-booked private transfers, but booster seats are not common for primary aged children. Public transport is another matter entirely! Getting yourself around in Asia can mean tuk-tuks, trishaws, cyclos, pickup trucks, tractors and more – and seatbelts are in very short supply.

What is the minimum age for a child to travel on one of your trips?

We don’t have a minimum age, though we do recommend that your child is old enough to have received the vaccinations recommended for your destination countries.

Some of our activities and experiences aren’t suitable for younger children, but many can be adapted. For cycling tours, many of our suppliers can provide smaller bikes (though not stabilisers) or child seats for adult bikes. On boat trips, meanwhile, most will provide child-sized life jackets — though we do recommend that you only take your child on a boat trip if they can swim. We’ll discuss your options with you when we’re designing your trip, so you can be sure that everything we include is age-appropriate.

What’s it like to fly with young children?

Don’t worry, airlines are very used to having children on board! Adults with babies can book a bassinet seat, while toddlers and older children will be booked their own seat with a child fare. Details vary from airline to airline, but there are often activity packs, children’s movies and child-friendly meals available. One of our top tips is to pack something for your child to suck on — a dummy (pacifier), bottle or sweets — to help with the changes in air pressure.

My child is a fussy eater. How easy will it be to find something they will eat?

Most locations have a handful of tourist restaurants with western menus, so you’ll be able to find burgers, pizza and french fries in a pinch! For a more local flavour, many dishes are rice-based, and you can choose what they'd like to accompany it. Do note that most restaurants won't tend to have a child menu, so children will be served smaller portions of main dishes.

That said, if you're looking to take your family off the beaten track, especially to rural villages or homestays, you're likely to encounter small local menus only. If this is the case, we recommend stocking up on snacks before you leave the bigger towns and cities, just in case!

Will children be welcome in restaurants?

Most restaurants will happily welcome children, especially in popular tourist destinations. The only exceptions to this are fine-dining restaurants, and some speciality restaurants at hotels (such as steakhouses or sushi bars) which often have minimum age limits. If this is the case, don’t worry — you’ll always be able to use the hotel’s main restaurant.

Girl exploring Angkor Thom

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