With the summer getaway just around the corner, here is a selection of great destinations for families thinking of heading to Asia and Oceania. Here’s some food for thought for families still in search of the ideal vacation location.
The accommodation booking giant has delved into its 91 million user reviews, gauging the opinion of experienced family travelers to compile a list of seven top destinations in Asia and Oceania.
As the gateway to Annapurna — a hotspot for trekking — this city in central Nepal also has plenty of family activities on offer, Booking reports. The destination, which gives its name to the surrounding valley, has many nearby lakes for scenic bike rides, swimming and boat trips.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, the capital of the Cambodian region of the same name, is world famous as the home of Angkor Wat, the impeccably preserved imperial and religious temple complex of the Khmer civilization. In fact, many travelers consider it one of the most beautiful sights on earth. If kids aren’t keen on the idea of visiting a temple, Booking suggests telling them that Angkor Wat is where “Tomb Raider” was filmed, turning the trip into a Lara Croft-style adventure.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Families in search of an authentic and exotic destination should check out Luang Prabang in Laos. Booking recommends bathing in the Kuang Falls, which will enthrall even the youngest of visitors with its turquoise waters. Families can enjoy elephant tours, kayaking and boat trips on the river.
Port Douglas, Australia
The land of kangaroos is a prime destination for families thanks to its diverse range of activities and incredible wildlife. In Queensland — a northeastern state with the Great Barrier Reef just offshore — Port Douglas makes a good alternative to the famous Gold Coast, and it’s only 70km (44 miles) from Cairns. For younger travelers, the destination is also a gateway to the Daintree Forest, just 1½ hours’ drive away.
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmania is probably the least well-known of Australia’s states, yet it has plenty of natural landscapes that are ideal for fun and physical family activities. Booking’s traveler reviews suggest Cradle Mountain as a key destination for its breathtaking views. It’s also highly recommended for walkers.
Byron Bay, Australia
In New South Wales, Bondi Beach, in the Sydney suburbs, is a hotspot for experienced surfers. Byron Bay, on the other hand, is a more welcoming destination for beginners. Even the youngest surf dudes and dudettes can learn to ride the waves in this beachy bay, known for being the easternmost point of mainland Australia. Families can also take a trip to Cape Byron Light, the country’s most powerful lighthouse.
Nelson, New Zealand
Australia isn’t the only option in Oceania. Families will find all the ingredients for a great holiday in Nelson, New Zealand. Nelson is the capital of the country’s smallest region, which is also said to be the sunniest. On the north-western coast of the southern island, Nelson is a great destination for wannabe seafarers, who can try their hand at sailing. Kayaking is also a popular activity in the region.