Summer is really upon us and that means choosing where to go on holiday, and of course, how to keep the kids entertained once you get there. With this in mind, the travel experts at KAYAK have put together the top 5 Adventure Holiday Destinations, all of them a lot of fun and safe havens at the same time. These destinations are perfect places to take advantage of some much needed time off and with so many nearby destinations to choose from, you’re sure to find an amazing family adventure that will give you and your family some quality time together.
Elephant Riding in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Now, spending the day riding elephants with your family is going to be a once in a lifetime experience that you’ll all talk about for years to come. These majestic and gentle giants will give you an incredible close to nature feeling that’s both inspiring and humbling. Thinking both ethically and environmentally, we’ve found some great camps that treat their elephants as they should be treated. Patara Elephant Farm offers both full and half-day packages, where you get to bond with and learn about the elephants; giving you an extra special connection with these wonderful animals. The Four Seasons Golden Triangle Elephant Camp is pricier but the elephant adventure lasts several days and you, and your family get to sleep in a luxury tree house! Worth every penny.
How to get there: Flights from Hong Kong to Chiang Mai from $1,639*
Where to stay: Baan Puang Petch from $148* per triple room per night
International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival in Yilan, Taiwan
Yilan, in north-eastern Taiwan, is host to the International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival, which is running now until the middle of August. The focus of the festival is on children’s games, but is fun for the whole family. Because the event comes under the umbrella of UNESCO, there is a lovely emphasis on befriending cultures from all round the world; all through creativity. In contrast to many other festivals, which only focus on a single theme (performance, visual art, or multimedia), the Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival combines multiple forms, including performance, exhibitions, games, and exchange. The Festival presents children’s games in a diverse and fresh way. A lot of fun guaranteed for the whole family.
How to get there: Flights from Hong Kong to Taipei from $1,086*
Where to stay: Kavalan Hotel from $774* per triple room per night
Splish Splash and Lego in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
If jungle trekking or festival attending isn’t your thing, then boy do we have an alternative for you: Legoland, Malaysia. Don’t let the simplicity of the name fool you. Legoland, Malaysia, is a sprawling metropolis of a theme park, covering over 70 acres of land. This timeless toy has pushed the limits of the imagination to come up with a treasure box of surprises. The highlights include: the Mini Land with the world’s most famous landmarks built in miniature (in Lego of course), followed by the Land of Adventure, an Egyptian-themed interactive adventure of thrills and spills, and last but not least the Water Park where one can swim, smack bang in the middle of Legoland, complete with all the slides, tubes and activities any kid could just hope for.
How to get there: Flights from Hong Kong to Johor Bahru from $1,345*
Where to stay: Double Tree Hotel from $741* per triple room per night
Swim with the Dolphins in Okinawa, Japan
Speaking of water-based fun and adventure, taking a trip to Okinawa is a definite must for water loving families. Not only does Okinawa have a smorgasbord of water based activities on offer, from snorkelling to boating, but it also has a world class aquarium. There you can see one of the spectacular dolphin shows and catch an up-close view of a whale shark and the other mind-blowing marine life at the aquarium. For those of you who want even more, the Renaissance Okinawa Resort, offers fine dining, access to beautiful beaches, and has an eco-friendly Dolphin program. The program offers a range of fun-filled dolphin experiences, from watching them at play to swimming alongside them.
How to get there: Flights from Hong Kong to Okinawa from $2,932*
Where to stay: Em Wellness Resort from $1,903* per triple room per night
Breakfast with the Koalas on Hamilton Island, Australia
A trip to the land of Oz is going to push your budget a little further, but the wild landscape and sheer strangeness of this ancient land will captivate you. While the whole country offers non-stop adventure at every turn, if you have to choose just one place to see, we recommend a trip to Hamilton Island. Located near the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island offers pristine beaches, water sports, snorkelling and year-round activities for the whole family. But for a really unique Aussie adventure, visit the Australian Wildlife Park, where you’ll not only do get to meet Australia’s world-famous lizards and marsupials, but also have breakfast with the koalas. Don’t miss the opportunity to hold one these placid wonders and have your photo taken with them.
How to get there: Flights from Hong Kong to Brisbane from $6,680*
Where to stay: Panorama 11 from $2,150* per triple room per night
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*Prices displayed are based on searches conducted on 12 June, 2016. Flight prices are based on a round trip economy fare for travel from 01-08 August, 2016. Hotel prices are for triple occupancy per room per night. Prices are subject to change, availability may be limited or offers may no longer be available.