If you’re keen to show your brood a different way of life, it’s time to embark on a family adventure. This doesn’t mean living it up on some generic Balearic, or swigging sangria in an all inclusive resort, or isolating yourself in a sun kissed villa for a fortnight. You need to think about something bigger, better and more unique. Family trips are a great way to spend some focused and quality time with your offspring. But you don’t always have to succumb to the package holiday type of break. If you are keen to do a spot of self planning and you are a bit of a whizz on the Internet, then why not consider one of these ultimate Asian family adventures.
There is nowhere more unique, different and awe inspiring than Japan, China and Singapore. These far flung nations are special in that they offer an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in a wholly different culture, sample new cuisine, and witness vistas you have only ever seen in glossy holiday brochures.
The Land of the Rising Sun is particularly great for families. The Japanese culture adores kids and is very welcoming to young tourists. You can hot foot it to the big cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka to bathe in the cosmopolitan and modern vibe of the Asian nation. Tokyo even has a chance to embark on a Mario Kart tour of the city on the streets with expert drivers. Akihabara is a gamer’s paradise with modern stores, shops with a ridiculous amount of old retro games, and arcades like you have never seen before.
For the foodie family, there’s Osaka to explore. With the food region of Dotonbori, you can sample the tasty local delicacy of melon bread, grilled shrimp, or chicken yakitori. The street food vendors are cheerful and adore their trade.
For a more cultural aspect to your family adventure, why not do a spot of temple hopping? Kyoto has some of world’s grandest Taoist and Buddhist temples. Kamakura is ideal for somewhere a little quieter yet more compact. All the temples are within walking distance of one another and you won’t have the crowds to compete with. Or perhaps you fancy a trip to Hiroshima, to witness a city that has overcome adversity to regenerate and become a thriving metropolis once again.
The land of Singapore is an island state just off the coast of Malaysia. With its hotpot of cultures, cuisine and greenery, this destination is less visited than China or Japan. You could head to Sentosa and go to a sunkissed beach. This can help ease you into a new sort of holiday as you have familiar surroundings helping you to adjust. However, this will be a beach that has fewer people, is less built up and has anything but a ‘kiss me quick’ vibe.
If you adore your grub and love trying out new foodie delights, consider trying out bak kut teh, the most delicious pork rib soup, or you could demolish a few portions of chili crab, the national dish of Singapore.
If you’re tempted to spend an extended amount of time in Singapore, it pays to look into rental flats rather than wasting your money on high end hotels. This way, you have more freedom to cook in your own accommodation, and you will end up with a larger and more homely space for your brood to relax in at the end of a busy tourist day.
If you fancy a radical change from your usual holiday, China is the place to go. Beijing is a fantastic capital city. From here, you can visit the Great Wall of China, either on your own or as part of a tour. Head to Mutianyu rather than the more popular Badaling, to escape the crowds and experience the magnificent views.
You could also venture to Emeishan, escaping the smog laden cities. From here you can do some temple hopping in a national park and venture to Leshan to observe one of the largest Buddhas in the world carved into the side of a mountain. You can take a boat trip to marvel in all its glory or head to the top of the cliff face and look down the river from the head of the Buddha.
China is a large nation full of contrasts. The metropolis of Beijing is massively different to the national park of Emeishan. Contrast this further with the ancient terracotta warriors of Xi’an, and you have a wonderful family adventure full of thrills, excitement and different and new experiences.
Going to Asia isn’t for the faint hearted. While it can take an age to get there, it will be one of the greatest and most unique family adventures you ever organise for your brood.