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Why you should consider Asia for your next family holiday

written by Liv Bohn September 13, 2018
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Asia manages to instil a sense of child-like wonder in even the most seasoned of travellers. So, just picture the faces of your young ones when they visit the Taj Mahal or play cricket with local kids in Sri Lanka.

Given its size, there’s an endless supply of things to see and do across the continent. But, we’ve tried to help ease your decision by picking out a few of our favourite bits from our Asia family breaks. Why not take a look and see what takes your family’s fancy?

1. The Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

Trekkers in the Annapurna foothills, Nepal

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Tucked up high in the Himalayas, the tiny country of Nepal is a world away from your typical family holiday destination. Whether you’re strolling around quirky Kathmandu or sipping chai in a cosy teahouse – there’s plenty to be getting on with.

And, for an especially memorable family moment, imagine the immense feeling of achievement as you reach the end of a challenging trek through the breath-taking Annapurna foothills together. The half-day hike will take you into remote local villages, across lush green hillsides and all framed by the soaring white peaks of the Annapurna range.

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2. Ranthambore National Park, India

Tiger lazes in front of ruined temple in Ranthambore National Park, India

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Expansive and diverse, India is a mini-continent of contrasts. From the hustle and bustle of big cities like Delhi and Mumbai to the serenity of the southern Malabar Backwaters – there’s something for everyone here.

And, if your kids are real animal devotees then Ranthambore National Park cannot be missed. Don your safari hats and set off on a game drive, as you search for the majestic Bengal tiger roaming amongst ruined forts and temples. Plus, you’ll also have the chance to observe other native wildlife, such as sloth bears, crocodiles, jackals, leopards, hyenas and more.

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3. Yangshuo, China

Teenager cycles through Yangshou, China

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There’s no escaping the overwhelming enormity of China. But, with its countless vibrant cities, historic sites, sweeping vistas, colourful markets and mouth-watering local delicacies – it’s a great spot for the whole family.

Forget the Great Wall for a moment and turn your attention to Yangshuo, a calming oasis away from the mayhem. The town set amid karst pinnacles and along the banks of the Li River provides the perfect backdrop for a countryside bike ride. Sit down to lunch at a farmer’s restaurant, visit a traditional market and practise your cooking skills with locally-grown ingredients.

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4. Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

Family explores Sri Lankan tea plantation

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Fascinating culture, friendly locals and intense natural beauty all add to the charm of Sri Lanka. Serving up a slightly more relaxed Asian experience than say India or China, it offers a very family-friendly introduction to this awe-inspiring continent.

After discovering iconic landmarks like Sigiriya and riding the rails from Kandy to Ella, you’ll arrive in Bandarawela. The unpretentious hillside town exists to supply the needs of the tea plantation workers and their families. A visit here provides a real insight into local living in this region of Sri Lanka. It also gives the opportunity for everyone to try their hand at tea picking.

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5. Tokyo, Japan

Free sushi breakfast from Tsujiki Market, Tokyo

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Enveloped in intrigue, Japan is a place where ancient history meets ultra-modernity. Whether you’re walking through the gates to Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari shrine or travelling on the rocket-fuelled bullet train – there are surprises and delights around every corner.

And, if your family loves a city break, it’s time to pop on your walking shoes and explore dynamic Tokyo. Kick off with a sushi breakfast at Tsujiki Market, then visit the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple. Before trying out a traditional calligraphy class and wandering around a depachika, a food-only department store displaying a mind-boggling array of treats. An evening boat ride around Tokyo Bay is another real highlight!

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