Where to Go in Asia for a Family-Friendly Summer Adventure

More and more families are considering the alluring destinations of Asia for their ideal summer adventure, as Europe loses some of its’ appeal, with rising prices and frequent travel strikes. The appeal of the East lies not only in its' culture and stunning landscapes but also in its growing reputation as a family-friendly destination.

Whether you're looking for cultural exploration, beach relaxation, or outdoor adventures, these handpicked destinations will have something for everyone.

Why Choose Asia for a Family-Friendly Summer Adventure

The appeal of Asia as a family holiday destination is as diverse as the continent itself. Here's why you should consider Asia for your next family summer adventure. Embark on an unforgettable family summer adventure across the enchanting landscapes of Vietnam, Thailand, Borneo, and Mongolia, each offering its' own vibrant cultural tapestry waiting to be explored.

In Vietnam, dive into the depths of ancient traditions amidst bustling markets and historic sites. Thailand invites you to immerse yourselves in the colourful tapestry of tranquil temples, and bustling street life. Borneo's lush rainforests provide the backdrop for thrilling wildlife encounters and eco-adventures. Meanwhile, Mongolia's nomadic traditions offer a fascinating glimpse into a unique way of life. Across these diverse destinations, families can immerse themselves in the local customs, try traditional cuisine, and witness ceremonies and celebrations that will leave a lasting impact on the whole family.


For many families, affordability is a key consideration when planning a summer holiday. Asia is renowned for offering excellent value for money. Accommodation, dining, and activities are often more budget-friendly than in many other parts of the world. With an array of night markets and street food vendors offering the most delicious local delicacies for mere pennies.

The weather in the Asian continent is a major factor when deciding where and when to go.  The following destinations have been carefully selected for travel during the school holidays in the European summer months, avoiding the regions with heavy rainfall.

Vietnam’s Vibrant Culture

Vietnam has earned its place as one of Asia's top destinations, thanks to its vibrant culture, welcoming and diverse people, breathtaking landscapes, and great coastline. This nation has undergone a remarkable transformation, moving forward out of the shadows of its turbulent history, and embracing significant infrastructure development.

Must-Visit Family Destinations Vietnam 

Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay is the quieter and less busy neighbour of Halong Bay, equally if not more beautiful sharing the same stunning scenery of over 300 limestone and karst rock formation The only way to see and experience this bay is onboard a small cruise ship for 1 -2 nights, then you can really breathe in the beauty from the water. Activities and all meals are included on the cruises, so there is no planning or organisation required, the kids can try kayaking from boat whilst parents enjoy the views. 

Hoi An

Or head south to the enchanting town of Hoi An, set between the paddy fields and the beach. Here, you can unwind with several days of relaxation on nearby Ang Bang beach. Or choose to stroll through the town's charming streets, delving into its rich history and traditions, you’ll see life happening on the streets and in the bustling fish market. Freshly made noodles drying in the sun, a vast array of street food delicacies being served at all times of day.  There is also plenty of opportunities to try a local craft experience, like lantern making or creating your own leather handbag. 

Phong Nha

For more adventurous families, perhaps with teenagers, head to Phong Nha Caves, in 2003 UNESCO recognised it as a World Natural Heritage site. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is one of the world’s two largest karst regions with over 300 caves and grottoes. 

The plateau on which the park is situated is probably one of the finest and most distinctive examples of a complex karst landform of Southeast Asia. Also enjoy cycling through Bong Lai Valley, enjoy traditional culture and daily life of local people living in the country villages. 

For the summer holidays we would recommend our Family Adventure in Vietnam is ideal for those with children looking for a holiday which offers a little a blend of culture, adventure and relaxation.   

Sri Lanka- An Ideal Summer Adventure Spot

Sri Lanka, with its mesmerising blend of culture, nature, and history, emerges as an ideal summer adventure spot for families. Its allure lies in the diverse experiences on offer, catering to a wide range of interests. Boasting 26 National parks, the highlands with it's 100’s of tea plantations as well as 3,000-year-old ancient cities, plus the amazing beaches. 

Must-Visit Family Attractions and Destinations in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a cultural tapestry of ancient temples, bustling markets, and vibrant festivals. Families can delve into this rich heritage by visiting historical sites like Sigiriya, exploring sacred cities like Kandy, and engaging in cultural activities that are both educational and fun.

Cycle around Polonnaruwa Exploring Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka by cycling as a family and journey through history and culture. The UNESCO World Heritage site boasts stunning ruins such as Gal Vihara's stone carved Buddhas and the intricately designed Lankatilaka and Polonnaruwa Vatadage temples. 

Climb Sigiriya Rock If the whole family are feeling energetic climb the 1,200 steps of the Sigiriya Rock fortress. Climbing Sigiriya Rock in Sri Lanka is a thrilling adventure that promises breathtaking views and a glimpse into ancient history. As you ascend the 660-foot rock fortress built in the 5th century, surrounded by lush greenery and the journey unveils the remnants of a once-majestic palace.

Stay in Gal Oya National Park

Staying in Gal Oya National Park as a family offers an immersive wildlife experience in Sri Lanka. Exploring the park's diverse landscapes. Try a boat safaris on Senanayake Samudraya reservoir presents an opportunity to spot elephants swimming between islands. The park's rich biodiversity, create an unforgettable adventure for families seeking an intimate connection with nature and wildlife.

Beach time in Sri Lanka during the European Summer Months

While Sri Lanka experiences monsoons on its western coast from May to September, the East Coast enjoys dry and sunny weather, making it an ideal destination for a summer escape. The best beaches along the East Coast are Arugam Bay, Pasikudah, and Nilaveli, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and various water activities. These beaches are relatively unaffected by the monsoon in the summer months, offering visitors uninterrupted relaxation, and a chance to explore the region's natural beauty without the rainfall typical of other parts of the island during the European summer months.

For the summer holidays we would recommend our Family Adventure in Sri Lanka is ideal for those with children looking for a holiday which offers a blend of culture and history, plus time on the beach.

Malaysia - A Family Summer Adventure in Borneo

The rainforests of Borneo are some of the most biodiverse on the planet, for families this provides an ideal opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat. Borneo is home to orangutans, pygmy elephants, and variety of bird species. There are numerous opportunities to also get involved in animal conservation efforts.

Must-Visit Family Attractions and Activities in Borneo  

Orangutans in Sepilok

A rewarding and immersive experience for families is visiting Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where orphaned and injured orangutans are rehabilitated for release into the wild. Witnessing these intelligent creatures in their natural habitat fosters empathy and environmental awareness in children and adults.  The educational programs and guided tours enhance understanding of conservation efforts in the area, this is a fantastic hands-on learning experience that is rewarding for the whole family.

Canopy walkway

The canopy walkway in Borneo is an educational adventure amidst the lush rainforest canopy. Suspended high above the ground, visitors traverse a network of elevated walkways, providing a unique perspective of the forest and its inhabitants. This experience not only allows families to witness breathtaking views but also offers opportunities to observe wildlife, from colourful birds to curious primates. The walkway fosters a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature, making it an ideal activity for families seeking both adventure and environmental education.

For the summer holidays we would recommend Family Borneo Adventure ideal for those with children looking for an immersive experience with educational wildlife experiences plus that all important time on the beach.

Thailand: A fantastic destination for Family Trips 

Thailand still stands out as a top destination for families, offering that perfect blend of cultural richness, natural beauty, and a wide range of family-friendly experiences from exploring national parks, visiting an elephant sanctuary, or just relaxing on a beach with calm water. Thai people are renowned for their warm and welcoming nature. Families can expect to be greeted with smiles and open arms, creating a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

Thailand's rich cultural heritage is a treasure trove for families. From ancient temples like Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew to immersive Thai cooking classes, there are numerous opportunities to learn, appreciate, and engage in the local culture.

There are also elephant encounters, jungle treks, and water sports all readily available for family’s seeking excitement. Thailand offers a myriad of adventure opportunities. 

Must-Visit Family Attractions and Activities in Thailand 

In Thailand, you'll find an abundance of must-visit family attractions and activities. Some of the highlights include:


Asian cities are often the beating heart of the country; vibrant and energetic they are the ideal place to view and absorb the culture. Bangkok offers an array of family-friendly activities that guarantee an exciting and culturally rich experience. Start by exploring the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, where kids can marvel at the stunning architecture and the enormous reclining Buddha. Take a long-tail boat ride along the Chao Phraya River, offering a different perspective of the city's vibrant life. Don’t leave Bangkok without sampling the delicious Thai street food and exploring the bustling night markets.

Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand's oldest and one of the most diverse nature reserves in Thailand. Sprawling across lush forests, grasslands, and waterfalls, the park boasts incredible biodiversity, housing various wildlife species such as elephants, gibbons, and exotic birds.

Elephant Safari Kui Buri National Park

Kui Buri National Park stands out as Thailand's premier destination for elephant sightings, offering visitors a high probability of encountering these majestic creatures. Additionally, there's a likelihood of spotting gaurs, often in sizable herds. Gaurs, the largest among cattle species and the world's fourth-largest land mammal, contribute to the park's diverse wildlife. Alongside these magnificent animals, visitors on tours might also catch glimpses of sambar deer, banteng, and wild boar.

Beach time in Hua Hin

Hua Hin, with its stunning beaches and family-friendly atmosphere is only a few hours’ drive from Bangkok, offers an ideal retreat for families seeking a golden sands and space for kids. Families can enjoy a variety of water sports and activities. The calm and shallow waters are perfect for little ones to splash around safely. Beyond the beach, Hua Hin boasts charming seaside restaurants serving delicious fresh seafood, as well as bustling night markets offering local crafts and souvenirs.

Thailand's blend of culture, nature, and family-friendly activities makes it a perfect destination for a family trip take a look at our Family Holiday in Thailand tour.

Mongolia an Emerging Family Destination

Mongolia is an emerging destination for families seeking an offbeat adventure. Steeped in a rich legacy of Genghis Khan, Mongolia is an enigmatic and fascinating destination. The lively capital of Ulaanbaatar is an intriguing city for both parents and children alike where you can find some strange evening entertainment watching a performance of throat singing and contortion. Then there is Mongolia’s vast wilderness and parched deserts of the Gobi. Mongolia brings plenty of opportunities for families to learn first hand about the nomadic lifestyle.

Must visit Attractions and Destinations in Mongolia

Terelj National Park

In Terelj National Park it’s possible to have an immersive experience and stay with a local family and learn the intricate ways of a nomadic lifestyle. As a family learn how to assemble a ger tent and pick up some Mongolian cooking skills. Families can also embark on horseback riding excursions through the wilderness, or simply unwind in traditional ger camps under the Mongolian sky. Mongolia provides an ideal setting for families to connect with nature and each other.

Kayaking on the Tuul River

Kayaking on the Tuul River offers families an exhilarating and immersive adventure amidst stunning natural scenery. As you glide along the gentle currents of the river, surrounded by pristine wilderness and rolling hills, every paddle stroke brings a sense of tranquillity and excitement. The best bits include spotting native wildlife along the riverbanks, such as wild horses and birds, and taking in the serene beauty of the Mongolian landscape from a unique perspective. Families can also enjoy picnics on secluded riverbanks or take breaks to swim in the refreshing waters.

Exploring the dunes of Tasarkhai

Exploring the dunes of Tasarkhai in Mongolia promises families an awe-inspiring adventure in one of the country's most stunning natural landscapes. Traverse the golden sand dunes, framed by distant mountains and endless blue skies. The best bits include thrilling camel rides through the dunes, offering a unique perspective of the desert scenery, and sandboarding down the slopes for an adrenaline rush. Families can also enjoy serene moments atop the dunes, watching the sun set, or stargazing under the clear night sky.

For an adventurous family with older children, Mongolia provides the perfect location for an offbeat family adventure, take a look at Bamboo Travels  Magic of Mongolia Tour, which is ideal for a summer holiday adventure.

Planning a family adventure in Asia can be a rewarding experience, but it's essential to consider several factors to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. Here are some practical tips to help you get started:

Packing for All Seasons: Asia's diverse climates mean you might encounter both scorching heat and cool evenings. Pack lightweight, breathable clothing suitable for hot weather and layering options for cooler temperatures. Don't forget essentials like sunscreen, hats, insect repellent, and comfortable walking shoes.

Safety First: Prioritise your family's safety by researching the destinations you'll visit. Check the latest travel advisories and vaccination requirements. Keep a first-aid kit with essential medicines and any specific medications your family members might need.

Cultural Considerations: Respect local customs and traditions. Educate your family about the cultural norms of the countries you'll be visiting. Encourage polite behaviour and dressing modestly when required. Teach your children to appreciate and respect different ways of life.

Asia presents an array of family-friendly summer destinations, each with its unique appeal. From the cultural tapestry of Vietnam to the ancient wonders of Sri Lanka, to the biodiversity and natural diversity of Borneo, Malaysia, and the offbeat charm of Mongolia vast wilderness.

Bamboo Travel's meticulously curated tailor-made offerings for each of these exceptional destinations, where you can embark on a memorable adventure with the whole family during the summer holidays.