School holidays in Singapore: short vacations with the kids during the September 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, local school holidays are rolling around again (1-9 September 2018) so we’re turning our minds to keeping the kiddos active, busy and happy instead of under our feet bored. And while there are plenty of fun and affordable activities happening, we’re definitely thinking further afield for an easy short getaway when it comes to school break adventure. If you’re suffering from choice paralysis over where to hop off to, lucky for you we’ve been testing out some of the best destinations around Asia for a vacay with kids... Send us a postcard!

Yogyakarta and Borobudur

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

We recently had one of our best short vacays 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: put it on your radar and soak up a fam-friendly adventure you won’t forget.

Koh Samui

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

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

Telunas

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

Having been there to check it out on your behalf, 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.

Desaru

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

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. 

Langkawi

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

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?

Myanmar

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

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.

Hong Kong

Tourist tram at the Peak, Hong Kong

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

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.

Siem Reap

Ramble over the ruins with your kids at Angkor Wat.

Ramble over the ruins with your kids at Angkor Wat.

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. 

Rawa

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Rawa Island: bliss lives here. Photography: Georgina Hockley

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.

Vietnam

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

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 with kids. Gorgeous beaches, stunning scenery, super smiley people and a shed load of history make this an overseas adventure perfect for the young and old alike. We challenge you NOT to bring home a conical hat…

Bintan

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

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!

Bangkok

Bangkok never sleeps. Photography: Andreas Brucker via Unsplash

If your kids never sleep then perhaps you need a city that never sleeps either for an action-packed school break holiday. There’s so much to love about this vibrant city that has something for everyone. Theme parks, shopping, massage, culture, history, fab food and tuk-tuk travel are just few reasons to pop Bangkok firmly on your travel bucket list.

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