This part of the globe is home to some of the oldest cultures in the world, amazing foods unlike any you’ve ever tasted, and friendly people who are just as curious about you as you are about them. Having lived in Asia for five years, I can conclusively say that it is an amazing area to visit whether you’re traveling alone, with a spouse, or with your kids. That said, Asia is a big continent, and you could spend a lifetime exploring places that are as different as Tokyo and Singapore. Every region is different, with its own fascinating customs, history, and cuisine, and every region is worth a visit.
Places to Visit When Traveling to Asia with Kids
If you’ve been waiting to take your children to Asia, my advice is reconsider. Most Asian countries are extremely family-friendly, whether the culture is modern or traditional. That isn’t to say that you won’t encounter any challenges. But in general, kids are so flexible and curious that even the ones who normally turn up their noses at unfamiliar foods or are shy around strangers will enjoy opening their minds to the kinds of new experiences you’ll encounter here. The biggest challenge for parents is deciding where to start.
Hong Kong with Kids
Hong Kong is a surprisingly kid-friendly destination, and not just because it’s where you’ll find Hong Kong Disneyland® (which is our family’s favorite Disney® park in the world). We come back every year mostly because the list of things to do in Hong Kong with kids is big. Every time we come back, we discover something new.
China with Kids
This is one family trip that’s as educational as it is entertaining. There are vibrant cities and peaceful country getaways in China, you’ll find boutique shopping on a budget, and the people of China are so welcoming when it comes to kids. We have been to many destinations and China, and I’ve put together a list of must-read tips for families visiting this wonderful country.
Why visit Singapore with your family? Because it’s like a giant playground! There are water parks, indoor skiing and snowboarding, Universal Studios Singapore®, and lots more to do — so much so, in fact, that it can take multiple trips to experience it all. Tip: Scroll down to find out how the Go Shanghai Card can save you up to 30% on attractions around the city.
At first glance, this might not seem like the most family friendly destination, but this city will surprise you. Tokyo has lots for families to do, from animal attractions and pet cafes to swan boat rides and conveyor belt sushi — not to mention Tokyo Disneyland,
Put Malaysia on your family travel bucket list ASAP because there are so many things to do in Kota Kinabalu with kids. Kota Kinabalu, in Sabah on the western side of Borneo, is a popular destination for travelers who want to take a break from city life and enjoy the slow pace and natural beauty of the tropics. From checking out the wildlife to white water rafting, your kids will have an amazing time here.
Using the Go Shanghai Card
If you’re visiting China and plan on including some of Shanghai’s most popular attractions in your itinerary, definitely consider investing in the Go Shanghai Card. This popular discount program can save you up to 30% on admission into 14 major attractions like Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, Shanghai Happy Valley Theme Park, and the Shanghai Zoo, but that’s not the only reason to use the card. The all-inclusive Go Shanghai Card gives you total flexibility during your stay in Shanghai, and having a pre-paid attractions pass means you’re carrying less cash.
Luxury Hotels in Asia
This is one of my favorite parts of the world — in part because there are so many hotels with deluxe service and amenities. You might be surprised by the fact that the high-end hotels in Asia are some of the most kid-friendly I’ve ever encountered, which is one of the reasons why I frequently tell people that traveling in Asia with kids is totally doable. Of course, there are plenty of reasons to look into budget-friendly hotels, too, when you’re traveling with your entire family, which is why I put together this post that is all about the best family hotels in Hong Kong.
If you’re planning a trip to Asia and are looking for a place to stay, check out my luxury hotel reviews before you book. I totally understand that booking online can be a little stressful, which is part of why I made the decision to share exclusive VIP amenities as an Independent Affiliate of Cadence® Travel. Once you know where you want to stay, you can book through me to get extras like complimentary breakfasts, room upgrades, spa credits, and more at many luxury hotels in Asia.