19 Great Family Holiday Ideas for the School Holidays
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Planning a family getaway during the school holidays this year-end? To help with your holiday plans, Skscanner brings you 19 ideas for where to go during the school holidays for a fabulous family getaway!
Where are the best places to go for school holiday vacations in Malaysia?
Langkawi is a safe choice for a guaranteed great getaway – the Jewel of Kedah offers something for everyone in the family, with its gorgeous golden beaches, crystal clear sea water, coral reefs and swaying palms. Plus, mums get to indulge in much-needed retail therapy – shopping on the island is tax-free!
Give your tastebuds a treat and spend this school holiday feasting on local gastronomic delights like asam laksa in Penang. Once you’ve had your fill, work the carbs off by taking a walk with the family along the island’s tranquil beaches, or explore UNESCO World Heritage Site, Georgetown, with your camera and admire the city’s well-preserved heritage buildings.
3. Kota Kinabalu
Fresh air, physical activity and the great outdoors more your sort of family holiday? How about a trip to Kota Kinabalu – gateway to the mighty Mount Kinabalu – instead? The tallest mountain in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu is a climb not for the hardy. But if you’re up for a challenge this holiday, get your backpack strapped on for an exhilarating journey up into the clouds with your family.
The capital of Sarawak, Kuching is a fusion of modernity and tradition and is packed with history, culture and great eating spots. When in Kuching, don’t miss a visit to one of the city’s most popular attractions - the Gunung Gading National Park. Young ones and budding botanists will also be thrilled to catch sight of the famously elusive Rafflesia flower (the largest of its kind in the world) here.
5. Kota Bahru
Kota Bahru’s slower pace of life speaks of a nostalgic time in the past, whilst its open-air market, Pasar Besar, is a great place to experience authentic local buzz whilst picking out cheap, fresh produce. It is the perfect place to escape from the never-ending hustle and bustle of modern metropolises, and spend some quality time relaxing with friends or family.
6. Kuala Lumpur
Our own capital Kuala Lumpur has everything you need for the ideal city vacation. Go crazy on retail therapy in KL’s many malls – on top of containing three of the planet’s ten largest malls, KL once featured as one of the world’s top five shopping cities by CNNgo. End your fruitful day at the shops off by scaling the iconic Petronas Twin Towers where you can shoot some amazing pictures of the city and the hills beyond.
Where are the best places to go for a school holiday vacation in Asia?
Known for its spotless streets, lush greenery, diverse peoples, tasty hawker food and spectacular skyline, Singapore is an amazing place to experience Asian diversity. Catch the light show at Marina Bay Sands in the evenings, and visit Gardens by the Bay for an unforgettable experience. Universal Studios is a family favourite for adrenaline junkies, and the River Safari is another fun place for those with young animal-lovers.
This Indonesian island’s idyllic beaches and turquoise sea are simply spectacular; you just cannot go wrong with a beach vacation to Bali. Take this opportunity to get in touch with your spiritual side amidst all that beauty by picking up some yoga techniques at one of the island’s many beach- and hill-side yoga centres. The little ones will also benefit from learning how to sit still from the practice!
With its chaotic streets, sensationally flavoured food and famous nightlife, Bangkok is a bombastic treat for the senses. Grab a short flight there for the amazing shopping at Chatuchak Market and Platinum Mall, tongue-tingling tom yam goong, and incredible Thai massages at jaw-dropping prices. There’s plenty for both parents and children to enjoy here during the school holidays.
10. Hong Kong
Another favourite of Asians for the great food and shopping, Hong Kong is packed with attractions for the whole family. Take a trip up to the Peak for great panoramic views of the island, and don’t forget to watch the urban night show of the century, Symphony of Lights, at Victoria Harbour every night. There won’t be a moment of boredom in Hong Kong with the children.
Take the time and effort to look past Jakarta’s rough exterior – you might just be surprised at what you’ll find. Colourful bazaars full of fresh fruits, pretty beads, spices and fabrics, affordable nightlife, and interesting tourist attractions like the Chicken Market Bridge await your discovery.
Everyone knows the charms of quirky Tokyo – clean, well-organised streets, great sushi and sashimi, and perhaps the most polite population in the world. Tokyo is a prime base to do day trips out to family favourites such as Tokyo Disneyland and Nikko, where you’ll catch spectacular waterfalls and UNESCO World Heritage temples.
The soul of South Korea, Seoul is home to a vast number of culturally important sites as well as idyllic natural beauty. Visit the 13th-century Gyeongbokgung Palace for a taste of local history, shop till you drop at Myeong-dong, and feast on fried chicken and kimchi to your heart’s content. Young ones will also be kept entertained at Lotte World Adventure Park.
Exciting, bustling Taipei has everything most families would dream of having in a vacation – plenty of bustling night markets for affordable shopping, cheap dining options, tasty street food, natural hot springs close by and plenty of scenic attractions like Yangmingshan National Park to complete the perfect family holiday.
Where are the best places to go for a long-haul school holiday vacation?
Paris needs no introduction – it’s the City of Lights, City of Love, and renowned for everything from its beauty, fashion, food to art. Experience Parisian living yourself during the school holidays; start your day with a steaming cup of coffee and a delicate French pastry in a cute little patisserie by the street, continue with a visit to the Louvre and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, then finish off your day gazing over the city from the Eiffel Tower.
Fed by the meandering Thames, the city of London boasts great beauty, an extremely diverse populace, an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and beautiful architecture like Westminster Abbey, Maritime Greenwich, the Tower of London and Big Ben. If your kids loved Jurassic Park, they’ll especially love a visit to the Natural History Museum which features huge dinosaur bones!
Vibrant, colorful and exciting, Melbourne offers everything from high-end cuisine, lush parks and gardens, chic fashion boutiques, hippie cafes and bars to historic architecture. Have a stroll in the gorgeous Royal Botanic Gardens for some fresh air and lush greenery or shop to your heart’s content at the Queen Victoria Market. There’s also plenty of street art in this creative hub’s lane ways to enthrall and inspire the kids with an artistic streak!
There’s no place like Istanbul when it comes to ancient architecture. From famed religious dwellings like thousand-year-old Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmet Mosque to luxurious bathhouses once used only by royalty such as the Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamami, Turkey’s capital city promises to owe you with its tales of ancient decadence. Istanbul is a place where the kids will get to experience and feel the evolution of history first-hand.
Auckland is truly a melting pot of different cultures; it is the home of the Māori, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, as well as the settling place of many different people from Europe, China and India. If the whole family is a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you can’t miss out on doing a road trip to visit the lush landscape of New Zealand, where the films were produced. Hobbiton, for example, could be an ideal day trip from Auckland!