How can you choose between a family trip to Bali or Singapore, or India and Laos? Start with the awesome things to do with kids.
Whether you’re holidaying with a spirited toddler or adventurous teenager, you’ll find no lack of activities, rich cultural experiences and natural wonders in vibrant Asia to make the trip memorable. Explore some of the essential and unexpected destinations in Asia we think you’ll love discovering with the whole family.
Gardens, theme parks and water play: Singapore
There’s no shortage of things to do in Singapore with kids. Fun times are in store from the moment you touch down! Head over to Canopy Park, a massive indoor playground located on the top floor of Jewel Changi Airport, where you can unleash the kids on a giant bouncing net and Singapore's largest hedge maze.
Just a short walk away from recreational site Marina Barrage, where your kids can try kite-flying, is Gardens by the Bay. Remember to pack a change of clothes for your visit: located within the expansive park is a children’s garden, with its gentle fish-shaped fountains for toddlers, and fantastic water play area to beat the heat for the young and young at heart.
For a change of scene, head over to Sentosa. This island resort is easily accessible, with must-dos for kids including Universal Studios Singapore, water slides at Adventure Cove, and a day at Siloso Beach. Unwind with a stay at the first hotel to open on the island, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, where you can enjoy some play time with your little one at its children’s space, Villa Des Enfants.
The theme park experience: Malaysia
Ask the experts about things to do in Malaysia with kids, and one word comes to mind. Legoland. Savvy parents usually add this to a trip to Singapore due to its proximity: take a short trip by coach or car and you’ll reach Johor Bahru, just across the causeway. Little thrill seekers and Lego lovers will want to stay at the new Ibis Styles Johor Iskandar Puteri, which is just 10 minutes away from the theme park by car.
There’s something for everyone here: the theme park features gentle rides for tiny tots and scream-inducing rollercoasters that are guaranteed to keep the older ones entertained. There’s even the world’s first virtual reality roller coaster! Consider setting aside at least two days to explore it all as there's an aquarium and water park here too.
Island life with the kids: Bali
Get ready for some family fun in the sun. Surrounded by clear blue seas and beautiful beaches, the popular island is more than just a surfers’ paradise thanks to its growing list of family-friendly attractions; and if you’re looking for things to do with kids in Bali, you might not have to stray too far from your resort. Families looking for a splashing good time can base themselves at Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel Bali. It’s conveniently located in one of the island’s most famous beach areas, and you’ll find the famous Waterbom, the island’s longest-running and most popular water park, just one kilometre away. Bonus: the rooms here are all marine-themed and feature surfing, fishing and seafaring decorations!
Or settle in at the stunning Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection. It’s moments from Seminyak Beach and offers special perks and activities for children when you are a member of ALL — Accor Live Limitless. Royal Beach Seminyak Bali is part of the MyResorts programme, with perks for members of ALL such as MyKids benefits. Get your camera ready; the resort is also near Dream Museum Zone, which features wacky interactive works — perfect for silly family shots! Animal lovers who are feeling adventurous can also hop on a safari tram at Bali Safari and Marine Park, where animals including lions and zebras roam.
What to do in Bangkok with kids: Thailand
Bangkok, the bustling capital of Thailand, needs no introduction. This popular destination welcomes tens of millions of visitors a year, and there is little wonder why! This city is an excellent example of amazing things to do in Thailand with kids and they’ll be happy playing — and learning — at any of Bangkok’s family-friendly attractions. Nurture your little one’s inquisitive mind at the Children’s Discovery Museum, or take older kids to Peppermint Bike Park, which features trails suitable for new and experienced cyclists. Stay in the heart of it all at Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam Hotel, where bed and breakfast is free for guests under 16! The hotel is also close to many shopping areas in Bangkok including the must-visit Platinum Fashion Mall located next door, so mums can sneak out for a little retail therapy.
A short drive away from Bangkok is Hua Hin, a popular seaside spot. Enjoy stunning, panoramic ocean views from any room at the Novotel Hua Hin Cha-Am Beach Resort & Spa Hotel. The family-friendly resort boasts a long list of activities for kids of all ages, including foam parties and pool volleyball to mini golf and water sports. Once they have burned some serious energy, take a break and have a relaxing day at the spa together; there are special spa packages for children too!
An adventure in India
Famous for is silk sarees and rich heritage, Mysore, a city in southwest India, is high on the list of places to visit with kids in India. It has a lot to offer in terms of art, culture — and animals! One of the most popular attractions here is Mysore Zoo, where your little ones can see and learn about a wide range of animals from anacondas to tigers. It’s less than 5km away from the family-friendly Grand Mercure Mysore which also has a dedicated play area and gaming consoles for older kids.
Nestled among the hills of Khopoli is Novotel Imagica Khopoli, a kid-friendly hotel with daily activities for the whole family such as pottery and cooking classes, and there are play areas where you’ll find board games and colouring books. And here’s one more detail that will get your kids excited: Novotel Imagica Khopoli is located right next to the magical world of Imagicaa, the largest theme park in India, with its own water park and snow park!
Chasing waterfalls: Laos
Luang Prabang, a picturesque temple town located close to the Mekong river, is home to many historic temples. This idyllic UNESCO world heritage site may not be the most obvious destination when you’re thinking of things to do in Laos with kids, but this wonderfully gentle place actually has many fun-filled activities for the whole family.
A must-see attraction in Luang Prabang is the breathtaking Kuang Si Falls, buried within the lush tropical jungle. This is an expedition for older children as it does involve a walk toddlers may not manage. Don’t forget to pack swimwear: your kids will love taking a dip in the shallow pools that lead to the three-tiered giant waterfall. For a unique experience, check out the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre adjacent to the waterfalls — this bear sanctuary is home to moon bears rescued from poachers and exotic pet owners.
Pullman Luang Prabang is the ideal base for access to these attractions, and boasts great facilities for kids including a waterslide and kids’ club. Located in an idyllic natural setting about a 10-minutes drive from tourist hub Luang Prabang Old Town, you’ll be treated to charming views of mist-covered mountains and lush greenery from the comfort of your villa. The free daily shuttle services to the Old Town make it even easier for you to head out an explore together.