Now that you know therea re many good reasons to travel to Asia with children, you may be asking the question of what is the most suitable destination in Asia with young children or for your first trip away from home ? This continent attracts you but you do not know where to start? If this is the case, here are my top 3 of the easiest countries in Asia with children and why and how.
Although I have not yet had the opportunity to post any article on Thailand with children (but it will come), we know this country where we went several times.
Hotel infrastructure: there is something for all tastes and all budgets almost everywhere in Thailand (even in the reserve Khao Sok, you’ll find a nice hotel suitable for baby).
Roads: main roads are well developed which will facilitate travel. It is also easy to rent a car or take a driver for about 30US per day (maybe less depending on the location and capabilities of negotiations).
Dream beaches: you want to make sand castles with baby while your spouse (e) is massaged on the beach for a few baht? No problem. The whole family will find his account.
Variety of landscapes: you decide to go on one of the beautiful beaches of the south (Krabi, Koh Lanta for example), visit the temples of Bangkok or go see the elephants in Chiang Mai, you will not have time to get bored .
Food: If Thai food is generally spicy, there are so many western tourists who go there you will find that everywhere fries, cooks and others western dishes that kids love! Of course, they will also have the opportunity to do more local if they wish (vegetables, fried noodles …).
Diapers & Wipes: you can easily find diapers, wipes and even milk in all supermarkets available in all places (there are everywhere).
2. Indonesia [Bali]
The island of Bali in Indonesia. Not the whole Indonesia. There visits Java such as Kawah Ijen volcano or Mount Bromo that are a bit more roots and to book for experienced globetrotters parents and then those who really want because access is not with baby always a pleasure. While in Bali, has everything for travelers with children or almost!
Villas : When traveling with small children, to bathe alone in the pool of a luxurious villa while baby made his nap just beside priceless. The villas sometimes includes the services of a driver, a masseuse (1 massage per day per adult), a cook (who will do the shopping for you). You can take a look at the Bali Villa-site for example.
Diversity of landscapes as in Thailand but on a smaller area (and therefore easier access) you will find a variety of landscapes to entertain the whole family. Volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, rice fields and temples.
Kindness of Balinese: always smiling (we could say the same of Thai), the Balinese love children and you can go anywhere with your offspring.
Infrastructure for children: in Bali, you will find a zoo (not tested) or a water park for older children – Waterbom.
Diapers & Wipes: as in Thailand, it will be easy to find diapers, wipes and baby milk (but beware the milk because I think it is better to bring your own and be sure baby does not make intolerance a new milk, especially when you’re on vacation!).
I will soon publish our tours with children in Bali, promise! Meanwhile, you can find articles published on Indonesia here. Included dolphins Lovina in Bali 🙂 Or read the articles Bali practice with children or my good addresses villas for rent in Bali Olivia on My Little Singapore.
Communication for globetrotters parents who do not speak English very well and are afraid of not being able to get by (you should not but you never know), Vietnam is the perfect destination. For its history with France, it is the country in which you find most easily guides who speak French … everywhere.
Landscape: Vietnam is a beautiful country whose globetrotter family loves the scenery! Halong Bay, Sapa mountain region in the north, Muine beach and desert in the south, color contrasts in Dalat ethnic minorities, maybe avoid Sapa area (hiking, overnight train from Hanoi 12h, dirt tracks instead of roads), Hanoi and the Halong bay are perfect destinations for families.
Hotel infrastructure: as in Thailand and Bali, it will be relatively easy to find hotels for all tastes and all budgets in Vietnam.
Food: Vietnamese food is not spicy and really one of the best of Southeast Asia (with that of Thailand). It is ideal for young children.
Site to recommend : http://voyagevietnam.co/
Medical care: good health infrastructure (in Bali too – mainly in Thailand)
In conclusion (and to map a little), I would say if you are looking for a destination “Relaxation: beautiful beaches and massages” towards Thailand with your children; if you are looking for a destination “Culture & Landscapes” towards Vietnam and if you want to combine tracks / relaxation and visits towards Bali. If you want to visit Asia with children, you have the choice! If I had to add a fourth country (bonus), it would be Sri Lanka.
And you? Have You ever been to Bali, Thailand or Vietnam with your children? What do you think? Do you think that another Asian destination must appear in the top 3?