Put the Chinese New Year public holiday to good use by planning your next easy getaway with the kids...
It’s Chinese New Year next week (eek!), and you know what that means? Not only an explosion of colour and fun, it’s also the chance to nip away for a quick vacay with the kids! We’ve already noted the public holidays for 2019 as well as the the international school holiday dates, so now we’re lining up plenty of ideas for quick getaways with the family to put that extra time off work and school to good use. It’s not quite too late to find a last minute jaunt, so here are our picks for a hop, skip and a jump over to easy destinations for your Chinese New Year holiday…
Ho Chi Minh
If you’re looking for somewhere close by, family-friendly and cheap as chips, then a no-thrills kinda holiday across the water in Desaru could be the mini-break for you.
Swap the skyline of Singapore for the skyline of Bangkok for a hectic (but fun) weekend away in a city that never sleeps (a bit like our kids). There’s SO much to see and do, but a long weekend is still enough time to cross off plenty of must-sees (and to eat the odd scorpion on a stick if you are the brave culinary type!). Use our guide to Bangkok with kids to help you plan the perfect itinerary.
Hanoi and Ha Long Bay
Release your inner Tomb Raider and head to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for an adventure that’s one big, exciting history lesson. Prepare to take a LOT of photos!
If you are looking for somewhere a little more off the beaten track, but still easily accessible with the small people in tow, then how about Vientiane in Laos? With its beautiful scenery, super-friendly people, rich culture and amazing coffee, this small city with big charm is THE place in Asia if you fancy feasting on gourmet French food for very little cost.
Lovely Langkawi always features on our quick getaway lists: the easy journey, powdery, clean beaches, delish food (beef rendang: mmmm), kid-friendliness and fantastic family hotel choices make it a winner all round. Every single time.
Perennial fave Bali ticks all the boxes when it comes to a vacay for families. Whether you want to go full on luxe, or prefer the rustic charm of a boutique villa, whatever style holiday you plump for is sure to be top notch on this sunny island. Our kids are at their happiest boogie boarding in the surf surrounding Bali (especially when we get to sit on the beach with a cocktail to watch).
Head to Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand and bring the fam for a spot of trekking amidst the lush verdant greenery in this gloriously green patch of the world. And if you’re after an ethical animal encounter kinda vacay, then Anantara Golden Triangle’s Elephant Camp is where you need to be.
Fancy getting out of the heat and onto the ski slopes for a CNY getaway? There’s still bucketloads of the white stuff in South Korea, and if you head to Seoul the easiest ski resort, Jisan Forest, is just a short 45 minute drive away. Practice your Gangnam moves before you board the plane.
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