With so many great destinations in our backyard, taking a well-deserved break from Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle couldn’t be easier.
When you have children, however, choosing the ideal spot is often determined by how easy it is to reach and the selection of convenient, family-friendly attractions available once you get there.
Flights need to be direct and short: getting kids onto one plane is stressful enough, let alone two, and any journey longer than five hours is out of the question!
Also, to avoid breaking the bank, book a month and a half in advance before you fly to get the best flight deals around Asia.
With that in mind, and with the summer holiday season just around the corner, we have selected our top family-friendly destinations for under $8,000 (based on two adults) and within five hours’ flight time from Hong Kong. Don’t forget that most airlines allow children to fly free under the age of two, just one more excuse for a holiday!
Under two hours’ flight time: Taipei
The time it takes to commute to work in some cities is all it takes for Hong Kongers to nip over to Taipei and indulge in an exciting culinary and cultural city adventure.
Taipei is home to the Formosa Fun Water Park, a great spot to keep cool and splash around in the summer. The park features one of the longest waterslides in Asia, which can take an exhilarating twenty minutes to reach the bottom!
If you are looking to spend a day indoors, the National Taiwan Science Education Centre is a great place for a fun and educational experience.
Under three hours’ flight time: Chengdu
Home of the cuddly yet critically-endangered giant panda, a two-night trip to Chengdu will provide you and your kids an experience to remember for years.
Chengdu is also home to mouth-watering culinary delights. Try the traditional Sichuan dan dan noodles, a popular local dish made with chilli, minced pork, vegetables and onions. Be warned it can be pretty spicy!
Under three hours’ flight time: Bangkok
Kidzania offers both an educational and entertaining day out for kids and adults. Designed like a small town with a host of different shops, Kidzania offers a unique way of teaching children about different jobs. They can even learn how to fly a Boeing 737 at the airport!
Escape the sweltering heat and cool down at Imperial World Ice Skating. It offers an Olympic-sized rink located just outside of Bangkok.
Under four hours’ flight time: Singapore
The slightly longer journey to Singapore is worth it for the lush greenery, extremely clean streets and ease of getting around. Singapore is also home to Sentosa, an island truly deserving of its moniker, “Asia’s Favourite Playground”.
While at Sentosa, marvel at over 800 marine animals, including an impressive 200 sharks at the world’s largest aquarium, S.E.A Aquarium. Take the train to get there from the main island and see the famous Merlion on the way.
With open space being a rare luxury in Hong Kong, be sure to spend a day appreciating the huge Gardens by the Bay, featuring a dome full of blooming flowers, a magical Cloud Forest and the iconic Supertree Grove.
Under four hours’ flight time: Kuala Lumpur
The nearby Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, also offers great itineraries for families. A three-night getaway can be booked for the average price of $4,514.
One of the main attractions is the National Monument. It was built in 1966 as a memorial to the soldiers who fought for the country during World War II. Within easy distance from here is the Perdana Botanical Gardens. Hire a boat to admire the sights and natural beauty from the gardens’ stunning lake.
When your kids start getting a bit restless, jump straight into the amazing urban playground that is Jump Street ASIA. This indoor trampoline park will keep parents and children occupied for hours on end!
There you have 5 great destinations for the family under $8,000, quick grab the suitcases!
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