Whether you’re the parent of a tiny tot or a teen, getting away for a break can quickly get expensive, particularly over popular travel weekends in Spring…
With this in mind, the travel experts at KAYAK.com.hk have put together the top 5 Spring escapes in Asia, with a family fly plus stay budget under HK$10,000. It’s the perfect time 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 won’t break the bank.
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
In the quaint, seaside town of Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo, life is idyllic and the days are full of culture, natural wonders and outdoor experiences. Surrounded by stunning rainforests, the town is the gateway to many of the region’s beautiful islands, as well as the Kinabalu National Park. A Sandakan Wildlife Day Tour or a trip to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park will delight the kids, who can get up close to exotic Sumatran tigers, proboscis monkeys, turtles, orangutans and sun bears. If your little one is big on exploring, the nano jungle trek that starts right at the city’s edge and winds through the jungle to the Signal Hill lookout, will be right up their alley. On Sunday, take the family for a stroll through the weekly Gaya Street Market and marvel over the hundreds of eclectic stalls offering sweet and savoury treats, toys, souvenirs, collectibles and anything else you can imagine. Rafting, diving, swimming and kayaking are available at many of the picturesque beaches in the region.
Flights: Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu from HK$3056 – 2 adults, 1 child*
Accommodation: Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu from HK$1791 – 2 nights, triple occupancy*
Total fly + stay family budget: from HK$4847
Yangon is a great choice for budget-conscious travellers. Food and drinks are affordable and many attractions are free, or close to. Yangon is the country’s largest city and presents a bustling atmosphere with a mix of colonial architecture, dazzling golden temples and beautiful landscapes. Get an overview of the region and spoil the kids with a circular railroad ride. Catch the train at Yangon Central Railroad Station, then sit back and relax while you take in the local life, culture and countryside on this 3-hour loop. At 99m high, the famous, golden Shwedagon Pagoda can be appreciated from many viewpoints around the city. Eating and walking are activities the whole family can enjoy, particularly when it comes to sampling the drool-worthy array of street food to be found. Check out Chinatown, between 18th and 24th streets, and treat the kids to some tasty delights. After the chaos of downtown, sneak away to Kandawgyi Park for a calming wander through the lush green setting and take in the vista over the lake at sunset.
Flights: Hong Kong to Yangon from HK$6463 – 2 adults, 1 child*
Accommodation: Hotel Esperado from HK$1903 – 2 nights, triple occupancy*
Total fly + stay family budget: from HK$8366
The Philippines offer a nearby escape that will easily fit into the budget. Extremely family-friendly, with activities for children of all ages, its islands are a veritable playground for families. With reasonably priced flights and a compact size, the island of Bohol is an excellent choice. Most notable for its natural beauty, even a short trip will reward travellers with unique experiences. A tropical haven for diving and snorkelling, the region is rich in diverse wildlife, coral reefs and unusual geological formations. Kids will love the opportunity to spot the dolphins and whales that frequent the area from March to June. Pristine beaches and turquoise water provide the perfect backdrop for a little rest and relaxation while the kiddies keep themselves occupied building sandcastles nearby. Further inland, the mysterious Chocolate Hills, made up of some 1200 symmetrical mounds, are a must-see. The whole family will love the more-than-adorable tarsiers at the Tarsier Sanctuary, which makes for a quick, yet mesmerising encounter.
Flights: Hong Kong to Tagbilaran from HK$6180 – 2 adults, 1 child*
Accommodation: Marquis Sunrise Sunset Residential Cottages from HK$944 – 2 nights, triple occupancy*
Total fly + stay family budget: from HK$7124
There are many reasons Hangzhou is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China, and even better, it is an ideal city for active families, with endless attractions for kids of all ages. Beloved for its natural beauty and famed West Lake, the city buzzes with excitement all-year-round. Head straight to the landscaped parklands around the lake, rent bicycles and discover the treasured Su and Bai Causeways, which will take you right across this gigantic expanse of water. Stick around for an evening performance of Impression West Lake, where the scene comes to life with hundreds of dancers swirling on a stage built just beneath the lake’s surface. In fair weather, enjoy the Xixi Wetlands nature reserve with a boat ride through wondrous waterways, shady ponds and a maze of canals. For a taste of the past, kids and teens will have their curiosity piqued by the ancient stretch of historical shops in Qinghefang Old Street, which vend traditional Chinese fans, and sugary candy moulded by masters.
Flights: Hong Kong to Hangzhou from HK$3138 – 2 adults, 1 child*
Accommodation: Millennium Resort from HK$3919 – 2 nights, triple occupancy*
Total fly + stay family budget: from HK$7057
Rai Leh Beach, Thailand
If you want to truly feel like you’ve escaped, Rai Leh beach in Thailand is the Spring destination for you. Accessible by boat only, the town is slow-paced, car-free and at the same time fantastically kid-friendly. Families who thrive in the great outdoors will particularly love this destination. Known as a rock climbing hot spot, many of the activities on offer are equally as adventurous. Explore the luscious jungle and scale the twisted rock formations, before taking a dip in the warm Andaman Sea. Want more? Snorkelling, diving, sea kayaking, elephant trekking and whitewater rafting are also at your fingertips here. For a less adrenalin pumping approach, join a Thai cooking class and whip up some family-sized bites, then chill out with a traditional Thai massage and spa day.
Flights: Hong Kong to Krabi from HK$4666 – 2 adults, 1 child*
Accommodation: Railay Bay Resort And Spa from HK$1698 – 2 nights, triple occupancy*
Total fly + stay family budget: from HK$6364
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*Prices for flights and hotels are based on deals found on KAYAK.com.hk on 22 March, 2016 from Hong Kong to the indicated destinations for travel on the weekend of 6-8 May, 2016. Total airfares are based on a return economy flight for two adults and one child 2-11 years old. Hotel rates are based on the total stay rate for 3 nights with triple occupancy. Prices are subject to change, availability may be limited and offers may no longer be available.