School holidays in Singapore: short vacations with the kids during the summer school break

Sun, sea, sand and a big side order of culture: here's our top picks of easy island, beach and city getaways from Singapore with the kids in tow...

Eek, school holidays for the local schools have just kicked off, and the international school summer break isn’t far off either! We’ll be honest, while we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to fun activity camps and affordable activities in Singapore to keep the kids busy during the school hols, this time round we’re ready for a short getaway. If you’ve been bitten by wunderlust, lucky for you we’ve been busy testing out some of the best destinations around Asia for an easy vacay with kids...

Borobudur at dawn is a sight not to be missed on a short break to Java. Photography: Tracy Tristram

Yogyakarta and Borobudur
We recently had one of our best short adventures yet rafting down rivers on rubber rings, spinning up volcanoes in jeeps and checking out ancient temples and cool caves in Java. Yogyakarta and Borobudur: we can’t wait to come back.

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Head into the Angthong National Marine Park for a stunning day of adventures. Photography: Tracy Tristram

Koh Samui
Koh Samui is still one of the easiest – and most fun – short trips of all when it comes to a quick vacay during the school hols. The beaches, food, jungles, people and marine park adventures are a family pleaser every single time.

 

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Private island paradise is all yours at Telunas. Photography: Selina Altomonte

Telunas
Having been there to check it out on your behalf recently, this is one getaway that will make school break so much sunnier! In just three short hours you’ll find yourself blissing out on your own Indonesian private island far away from technology, stress and strife. Ah, Telunas: how we love thee.

This water park kept our kiddos happy for days over in Desaru. Photography: Tracy Tristram

Desaru
Turns out a mini-break away from Singapore doesn’t have to whack a kid-shaped hole in your wallet. We enjoyed a long weekend in Desaru for less than what a day out on Sentosa can cost us! NOT one for families who love a five-star resort kinda vacay, but if cheap and cheerful is your game, then it’s seriously worth considering.

Clean (and mostly empty!) beaches in Langkawi are one of the reasons we keep going back. Photography: Tracy Tristram

Langkawi
Why do we keep going back to Langkawi with the kids? What’s not to love about the quick journey, clean beaches, delish food and fam-friendly hotels? We’ve got our five reasons for boomeranging back to Langkawi. What are yours?

An enormous golden rock hanging onto the side of a mountain. So much love for Myanmar. Photography: Tracy Tristram

Myanmar
Not only is Myanmar totally do-able for a cheeky quick break, it turned out to be one of our favourite family holidays of all time! We only had five days in this land of so much gold, but we managed to scale mountains, check out giant golden rocks, visit a million temples and devour a whole lot of fantastic eats.

Tourist tram at the Peak, Hong Kong

No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a ride on the Peak Tram!

Hong Kong
While we ‘might’ have sneaked off to Hong Kong solo for a much needed mum time-out, we can’t wait to get back there for a family adventure. Disneyland Hong Kong. Say no more.

Ramble over the ruins with your kids at Angkor Wat. Photography: Tracy Tristram

Siem Reap
We conquered Angkor Wat in Siem Reap with a bubba in an Ergo, and yes we’re a little bit smug. Find out why this ancient pocket of Cambodia makes for a seriously cool adventure the whole gang will love.

 

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Rawa Island: bliss lives here. Photography: Georgina Hockley

Rawa
No airport drama to deal with, just hop on a boat to Rawa for a little slice of paradise so close to home. Kids will be kept endlessly busy on the cool waterslides while you sip a tropical cocktail in your beachwear finest. Robinson Crusoe eat your heart out.

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Colourful markets, beautiful beaches and charming local culture makes Hoi An a fave. Photography: Georgina Hockley

Vietnam
Whether you fancy a buzzy city break to Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi, a more chilled vibe in the ancient town of Hoi An, or even a cruise around Ha Long Bay, Vietnam is one of our favourite places to jet off to on a quick getaway. Gorgeous beaches, stunning scenery, super smiley people and a shed load of history make this an overseas adventure perfect for young and old alike. Then there’s also Vietnamese food, yum! We challenge you NOT to bring home a conical hat…

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Bintan makes a great last minute weekend getaway for kids of all ages.

Bintan
Tried, tested, easy peasy and still a vacay winner, Bintan ticks all the boxes for a quick holiday just a stone’s throw from Singapore!

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