19 Unique Short-Haul Adventure Trips For Families In Asia

Exhilarating Ways To See Asia With Kids!

Short haul adventure trips in Asia

Looking to broaden your horizons and give your kiddo a real taste of adventure early on because playgrounds just aren’t enough? Behold the wanderlust-inducing, family-friendly, safe but exhilarating, long & short adventures in the air and underground, in the mountains & in the ocean. Let your curiosity run wild in your family and go get the best memories in Asia! These unique short-haul experiences are endemic to these unbelievable short-haul locations and we urge you to read more about each—our space here is limited but the experiences they have in store are endless! Get ready for 19 family-friendly adventures in Asia to remember!

  • MYANMAR: Cycle Through The Country

    Grasshopper Adventures's Family Adventure gives your family sweet wheels, namely appropriately-sized mountain bikes modified for the adventure that awaits: 7 days of travel through the diversely captivating landscapes of wonderful Myanmar. You get to know the country actively, up close, peek around corners and seek out gems with the help of not only the bikes but also kayaks, a boat, a plane and more still!



  • INDONESIA: Go Sailing With Kids

    The sailors at Barefoot Yachts believe that cruising with kids, toddlers and even babies are the best—those who explore together grow together, and Indonesia does not lack gems to explore. There are important safety guidelines to keep in mind at all times, but if you choose the right destination and the right traditional Phinisi Yacht (you can get a pirate one!!!), you should have the time of your life since you already have the best crew. Barefoot also offers open water diving lessons for kids aged 11 or up to further build upon your family's sea skills!


    Barefoot Yachts

  • MALDIVES: Adventure In New Ways

    The Maldives abound with opportunities for chill luxury & pure enjoyment, but we would like to direct your attention towards the more unusual activities for those adventuring on the island: freshen up with some ice skating or ice hockey by the beach on the first ice rink in the Maldives, go see underwater art in a semi-submerged tidal gallery in the centre of the largest developed coral lagoon in the islands or hang with the majestic manta rays from May to November at Hanifaru Bay!


    Ice (image sourced from this website)

    Underwater Art (The Coralarium by Jason DeCaires Taylor)

    Manta Ray

  • CAMBODIA: Relax On The Coast

    Travelers' love for Cambodia has been rapidly increasing as people are discovering that it is, in fact, paradise. Resorts are opening accordingly, and the best of them offer luxury inspired by & respectful of the heavenly surroundings. Song Saa, Alila Villas, the soon-to-open Six Senses Krabey Island resort and The Royal Sands Koh Rong are just some of the places to check out—and check them out you definitely should. Kids get special treatment with fun activities & amenities too!


    Song Saa Private (image sourced from their website)

    Alila Villas Koh

    Six Senses Krabey

    The Royal Sands Koh

  • JAPAN: Explore Art In Niigata Prefecture

    Japan's Niigata Prefecture's forte is its ski slopes and its rice fields, but the region also cultivates art & community in unprecedented ways. The Echigo-Tsumari region is an Art Field—160 artworks scattered across the 760 square kilometers, including 200 villages. The art complements nature, and global artists collaborate with the local community. It's a uniquely productive and widely celebrated display of beauty & collaboration which is showcased once every three years during the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, one of the largest art festivals in the world!


    Echigo-Tsumari Art in wonderful detail about Triennale 2018 here!

  • MALAYSIA: Climb Mount Kinabalu

    Now we go from Malaysian treetops to Malaysian mountaintops, those of a World Heritage Site and one of the world's most important biological sites—Kinabalu Mountain. The giant is also delightfully multifaceted and one of the world's most enjoyably conquerable mountains, so your 10-or-up-year-old can enjoy this adventure with you (locals begin to climb it from the age of 3!). A new Kota Belud Trail, the safest and most scenic one, opened following an earthquake in 2015. New safety measures have been put in place, too, so it's important to book the climb in advance due to a reduced daily climber quota.



  • LAOS: Explore Luang Prabang

    The remarkable Luang Prabang is a constellation of 58 adjacent villages, 33 of which are protected by UNESCO as the Town Of Luang Prabang World Heritage Site for its unique and fantastically well-preserved architectural, religious & cultural heritage. Rosewood's exotic retreat is built in a tropical jungle that surrounds the old city and offers captivating Mekong river cruises and heritage walks that reveal the city's secrets. They also take great care of your kiddos' interests!


    Rosewood Luang

    More Family-Friendly Hotels In Luang Prabang, Website

  • SRI LANKA: Go Glamping Where Jungle Meets The Sea

    Camping with little kids (or simply for us old folks) can be unpredictably complicated. One indulgent solution is to go glamping instead. Wild Coast Tented Lodge is situated on a beach next to the jungle and the leopard-inhabited Yala National Park. The resort's tents are state-of-the-art hotel rooms cocooned under canvases and the offer lets you have truly the best of both worlds: the intense nature-dwelling & family-bonding and sweet, sweet luxury.


    Wild Coast tented

  • CHINA: Hike & Camp At The Great Wall

    Though it may not look like it from a distance, The Great Wall of China can be a real treat for kids. With the right choice of sections & activities, the experience is a combination of hiking & camping, myth, legend & story times, on-foot exploration & cable car views, posing for epic photos & sliding on the epic Toboggan ride. There is also a fantastic repurposed tile factory serving as a picturesque luxury resort with rooms open to vistas of the Wall and perks that allow you to skip the lines!


    Camping & Hiking Tours: 

    Wild Great Wall, Also pretty great for advice & info.


    Brickyard at Mutianyu Great Wall,

  • VIETNAM: Cruise Halong Bay

    The legend says that, at the beginning of Vietnam's history, the locals had to fight invaders in the Halong Bay (another Heritage Site) and were granted a family of guardian dragons who spat out jewels & jade which turned into the bay's 1,600 magnificent limestone monolithic islands and crashed enemy ships. Heritage Line offers two breathtaking tours—the classic 2 days/1 night Dragon Passage & the 3 days/2 nights Jewels of Halong Bay that takes you to more hidden places. You know how the kids these days sarcastically say "cool story, needs more dragons"? This one actually has them.  Don't have enough time?  On June 1, 2018 - a new highway connecting capital city Hanoi and UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay will open, cutting the four-hour drive time between the popular northern destinations in half.  Book up the super affordable day-cruise with Paradise Cruise.  They will pick you up in Hanoi and bring you back in the same day!


    Heritage Line,


  • LAOS TO THAILAND (Or Vice Versa): Cruise The Mekong

    Cruising Mekong is indeed an unparalleled way to get to know the heart of Southeast Asia. The Mekong Kingdoms crew takes you on your kind of adventure in your kind of vessel: one-day, daytime, evening trips on a river taxi or a shuttle, or multi-day trips from Laos to Thailand aboard what are in essence floating palaces. Stick to the plan or follow your heart's curious whims, see ancient kingdoms, caves, mountains, and waterfalls, mingle or self-reflect... You get our drift, now go catch Mekong's!



  • MONGOLIA: Genghis Khan Riding Camp

    Genghis Khan Riding Adventure Camp is another experience that transports you into another realm. Feel as close as you can get to that primal feeling of freedom as you go horseback riding with the vast Mongolian landscapes in the backdrop or its dense forests around you. The camp goes to great lengths to be family-friendly, with riding lessons, high flexibility, nannies & more!


    Genghis Khan Riding Camp, read more here (there's a lot more!):

  • CAMBODIA: Explore The Wilderness

    While on the subject of glamping, Shinta Mani Wild resort is about to take it to a whole new level in the last quarter of 2018. The only resort of its kind in Asia, it comprises 15 spacious, dreamily luxurious tents perched over river waters and waterfalls and protects the 400-acre valley between Cambodia's 3 oldest parks from poaching, mining, and logging in a synergy of hospitality & conservation. Exploring South East Asia’s last wild estuarine ecosystem and accompanying actual explorers and researchers on their missions to get to know the jungle & its wild inhabitants are only two ways to pass the time, the lack of which will be your one & only problem!


    Shinta Mani Wild, There is an age requirement for this property - 13 years and up are allowed making it a perfect teen travel destination.

  • MALAYSIA: Experience Penang From Above

    The Habitat on Penang Hill is the way to go for the ultimate, tree- and wildlife-friendly, environmental-consciousness- and conservation-awareness-raising rainforest experience in Malaysia. It's educational, exciting, mesmerizing. The attractions include the new Canopy & the Tree Top Walk, which elevate you up to 15m in height and put you on the highest public viewing point on the island! Talk about a new perspective! A fest for the eyes, lungs & soul.


    The Habitat,

  • CHINA: Adventures In Guilin & Yangshuo

    The city of Guilin is among China's top tourist destinations. It's incredibly scenic, fragrant, and abounds in adventure spots. You can bliss out on a bamboo raft ride among the karst mountains from Guilin to Yangshuo, gasp in the 180-million-years-old Reed Flute Cave, i.e. "The Palace of Natural Arts," marvel at diverse and breathtaking flora, fauna & culture of the Seven Star Park. Stay close to it all in (retro) style at the Alila Yangshuo resort, a repurposed old sugar mill.



  • INDONESIA: Go Family Surfing In Bali

    Bali's Kuta Beach has always been famous as a surfer's paradise, and this is true especially for beginners. Odyssey Surf School is among the best ones in Bali, offering private and small group surfing lessons for all, 7 to 65, so bring the grandparents along too! All instructors are experienced, multi-certified, endlessly patient and effortlessly fun. If your family is a surfer family, these guys can take you on surfing tours across Bali instead!


    Odyssey Surf

  • MALAYSIA: Say Hello To Orangutans In Borneo

    Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is located in the mostly virgin rainforest of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve and has been rescuing orphaned orangutans illegally removed from their homes since 1964. The center is a pioneer of orangutan rehabilitation projects and traveling to see them with your family is an unparalleled experience. Oh, there's also a Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre adjacent to it! Animal lovers & animal don't-minders, get your hearts warmed, saddened and incredibly inspired at the same time!


    Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation

  • VIETNAM: Visit The World's Biggest Caves

    Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is another World Heritage Site hiding another masterpiece of nature—its 300 caves and grottos comprising a 126km-long, multi-record holding underground system, parts of which still remain unexplored. You cannot explore the world's biggest cave with children and a lack of experience, but you can visit the Paradise Cave, the second largest and arguably the most beautiful one. It's so unlike anything you've ever seen you will not believe your eyes & your kids may not be able to stop believing in magic afterward!


    Phong Nha-Ke Bang National

  • THAILAND: Go Rock Climbing In Krabi

    Little things are as fun & motivating as going ever-higher up with a summit in sight. And rock climbing is simply what you do in Krabi. There are numerous climbing schools like Real Rocks, which offer Beginner & Family climbing tours for all ages at the ultimate rock climbing destination—the epitome of limestone gorgeousness that is Railay Beach. Hotels like Rayavadee also teach you how to conquer the rocks so you can return to their cushions with the happiest sense of accomplishment!


    Real Rock (Image sourced from their website)

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