As the March school holiday fast approaches, you might be thinking about the activities you can engage the family in. Instead of staying in Singapore, this might be a good opportunity to take the family overseas for a quick getaway —which means fun-filled memories for the children, while adults can unwind and recharge as well. Here’s a look at five countries, the things you can do, and the places to stay (note, convenient and spacious rooms!) to consider for your family trip.
1. Bangkok, Thailand
Probably one of the most popular destinations for us Singaporeans, Bangkok is a must-visit for all ages. Here you can experience not just its rich cultural heritage but also its delicious street food and vibrant nightlife!
If you’re looking for something to entertain the little ones with, consider a visit to Bangkok Dream World Amusement Park where you’ll be greeted by a classical European-style fantasyland complete with miniature versions of legendary sites and fun rides, or enjoy a memorable dining experience on the Chao Phrarya River with good food and live performances.
WHERE TO STAY:
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
It is always good to consider staying at a location that is close to a shopping area, especially when travelling with family. Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is a luxury hotel located in the bustling Siam shopping district with 303 guest rooms and suites designed with a blend of Thai and contemporary European styles. They even offer an indoor play area, a children’s pool, and themed family suite rooms for families with young children!
JC Kevin Sathorn Bangkok Hotel
For those seeking a quieter location, JC Kevin Sathorn Bangkok Hotel is a modern hotel located in the Sathorn business district with contemporary decor and expansive windows to offer stunning views of the city. Featuring two-bedroom suites and facilities like the Crayon Kids Club, it is an ideal location for families with little ones to stay.
2. Tokyo, Japan
As Japan’s most popular city, Tokyo is a fun destination to explore with its sights, experiences, and iconic cuisine. From visiting an Owl Café in the Akihabara district where you can interact with the owls up-close to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and highly-popular teamLab Planets TOKYO where you can experience a full-body digital art experience, there’s something for everyone in the family.
WHERE TO STAY:
Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel
Located in the Koto ward overlooking Tokyo Bay, the Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel offers you beautiful views of the city skyline or the bay which you can enjoy from the comfort of your room. The best part about it is its proximity to Tokyo Disneyland which is just 10 minutes away by train. They also offer a family room and playroom to keep young ones entertained!
Hotel Asyl Tokyo Kamata
Apart from spacious rooms for the family, Hotel Asyl Tokyo Kamata is a modern wellness hotel that offers a Terrace Suite Room with an outdoor private spa tub for family members to relax in after a day full of activities. The hotel is conveniently situated within walking distance from Kamata Station so you can easily head out to explore Tokyo or visit popular destinations like Nishikamata Park and Heiwajima Hotspring.
3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Even though we know them as our neighbours, Kuala Lumpur is a destination that has loads to explore, from its towering skyscrapers to its historic temples and exciting street markets.
Families can expect to discover a different side of Malaysia at the Aquaria Kuala Lumpur City Centre which features a huge, 90-metre-long transparent underwater walkway that gives you an up-close look at sharks and sea turtles; uncover the wonders of science at Petrosains with its interactive exhibits; and explore the majestic Batu Caves which comprises three main caves as well as some smaller ones for a full-day excursion.
WHERE TO STAY:
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
Well-situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur near shopping and entertainment districts, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur is a luxurious five-star hotel that features rooms with stunning city views and elegant furnishings. Rooms that are available include the family premier suite which is designed with a separate living room that houses a kids’ tent and complementary amenities. You can also choose to engage in family-friendly activities such as family yoga and art workshops at the hotel.
Ascott Kuala Lumpur
Families looking for something closer to a home can opt for Ascott Kuala Lumpur, a luxury serviced residence located in the Central Business District. From studios to three-bedroom units that include spacious family rooms, you’ll be able to unwind in elegantly furnished apartments that also offer an outdoor playground, a children’s playroom, and a wading pool.
4. Taipei, Taiwan
Offering a mix of traditional temples, bustling night markets, and towering skyscrapers, Taipei is an ideal destination for families to experience a memorable holiday. Young children will delight in meeting some of the world’s most fascinating animals at Taipei Zoo while parents can enjoy the picturesque cherry trees scenery at Yangmingshan Flower Festival and indulge in yummy Taiwanese food at the Raohe Street Night Market.
WHERE TO STAY:
The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei
Located in downtown Taipei, The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei features rooms and suites including a themed Family Suite which provides amenities catered specifically for families with little ones who are looking for a comfortable and fun stay.
Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel
Situated in the heart of Taipei’s Zhongzheng district, Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel is a luxurious five-star hotel with contemporary guest rooms and suites that offer modern amenities. They also offer entertainment rooms to keep your kids occupied while you get a well-deserved treat at the spa!
5. Seoul, South Korea
Another popular destination for Singaporeans, Seoul needs no introduction for its exciting mix of ancient and modern architecture and vibrant culture.
The country offers not just shopping but also full-day activities that include a trip to Gyeongbokgung Palace where the entire family can dress up in traditional hanboks and explore the expansive grounds; expand your imagination at the Colour Pool Museum and take fun photos in themed rooms filled with giant inflatables, ball pits and slides; and visit Nami Island to discover the wonders of nature through its tree lanes, woodlands and riverside walks.
WHERE TO STAY:
Henn na Hotel Seoul Myeongdong
Looking for a unique hotel stay? Henn na Hotel Seoul Myeongdong might just be what you are looking for with its robots that serve guests from front-desk to room delivery services! There’s even a robotic dinosaur which greets guests as they enter — a definite surprise for kids.
Royal Hotel Seoul
Located just a minute away from Myeongdong Cathedral, Royal Hotel Seoul is a luxurious hotel that features elegantly designed rooms and suites including family suites so that you can enjoy your stay after a long day of sightseeing and shopping. The hotel also has a spa and gym for mom and dad to unwind while on vacation.
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