If you’re planning a family vacation, look no further, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled a list of family-friendly destinations for you to enjoy much-needed quality time with your loved ones. From nature to the cityscape, we’ve got it all covered for your travel needs.
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1. Yogyakarta, Indonesia for arts and culture
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Located in the heart of Java is the iconic Yogyakarta, home to the magnificent Borobudur. With its all-year-round summer weather, the things you can do here are limitless! Spend your days exploring the ruins of Borobudur and Prambanan, visit the charming Taman Sari, or make your way to Kalibiru National Park and get some of the most photo-worthy shots deserving of your social media feed. There are plenty of totally photo-worthy places for you to explore in this region of Indonesia!
For the kiddos, they’ll enjoy the wayang kulit (shadow puppets) performance at Sonobudoyo Museum. Continue your evening by riding a bicycle-car at Alun-Alun Kidul where old Volkswagen cars have been gutted and fitted with benches and bicycles inside. It’s a fun ride as these cars are decorated with coloured lights and the speakers blaring current pop music!
#HHWT Tip: Make sure to check out our 5D4N itinerary to plan your stay in Yogyakarta.
2. London, United Kingdom for its iconic architecture and museums
London is one of the cultural capitals of the world — it’s no wonder there are always new things to discover! Whether its museums holding centuries-old artifacts or the latest art exhibition, London offers up an endless menu of sights and sounds that will keep everyone entertained. Plus, the museums are FREE and wheelchair accessible (this means you can bring those strollers around too!). For the little ones, they’re sure to be amazed by the Natural History Museum, or the mummies in the British Museum. Football fans of all ages will also be glad to know that there are sports tours you can sign up for which will introduce landmarks such as Wembley Stadium and Chelsea FC Stadium to you!
#HHWT Tip: We know that London doesn’t have a reputation for being the most affordable city around, so here are a few hacks to help you spend less while you’re there as well as some amazing attractions that won’t cost you a penny!
3. Turkey for natural beauty and great food
It seems like Turkey’s been on everyone’s bucket list for the past few years, so why not conquer it with your family in 2022! Whether you’re in Cappadocia, Pamukkale, or Istanbul, you’ll be awestruck by the breathtaking Islamic sites and architecture in this gorgeous country.
The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia are two famous Islamic sites known for their treasured history, as well as their beautiful design and architecture. For the more adventurous families, Cappadocia’s famous hot air balloons and underground caves are two absolutely different ways to witness the country's beauty. Make sure to catch a hot air balloon ride as the sun sets — the orange hue of the sky will seem like something out of this world. Remember to end your day at the Bazaars, where an array of delicious food and unique Turkish ice cream await.
4. Seoul, South Korea for its unique culture and modern comforts
Seoul is more than just a playground for lovers of all things Korean; it has plenty of vibrant parks and kid-friendly attractions such as Lotte World and numerous indoor playgrounds waiting for you to explore! What's even better is that if you travel within the city, you'll enjoy a hassle-free trip since almost everywhere in Seoul is conveniently located near public transport, so say goodbye to long traffic and fussy kids! ?
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5. Western Australia for endless exploration
There’s so much to love about Western Australia. Brimming with bustling cities, stunning landscapes and friendly locals, it’s no wonder why Western Australia is one of our favourite Muslim-friendly destinations in the world! And it's kid-friendly as well; from their amazing wildlife for your kids to explore to fun water sports, it's only a glimpse of what Western Australia has to offer! ?
Apart from the popular Perth, there's actually more than meets the eye in WA! For instance, did you know that the world's happiest animal can be found on Rottnest Island? You can even swim amongst gentle whale sharks too! WA is definitely a place you must put on your travel bucket list!
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6. Langkawi, Malaysia for an island holiday
Pristine sandy white beaches, lush green sceneries, peaks with amazing panoramic views of the island, and plenty of affordable accommodations for an awesome island vacation — what more can you ask for?
Once you're done with all your shopping (the island is duty-free!), explore the island and find plenty of activities from beach activities, hiking, cable car rides, or take a dip in the beautiful Telaga Tujuh Waterfall! Make sure not to miss the mangrove tour where you can explore the mangrove via a motorboat through Langkawi's lush forest and into the open ocean. The tour makes multiple stops at a fish farm, a local floating restaurant, and even has an eagle feeding session. Your kids will remember this trip, that’s for sure!
7. Singapore for an endless family fun time
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Hands up if your ideal family holiday destination includes: efficient public transportation, ample halal places to eat out, and plenty of kid-friendly attractions. You can find all of these in Singapore and it’s just a short one-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur! Enjoy movie-themed rides and show at the iconic Universal Studios Singapore, stroll along the Avatar-like Gardens by the Bay, and even the Jewel Changi Airport is worth exploring! Adventurous kids will love MegaZip Adventure Park, and HydroDash Singapore is perfect for younger children.
Now that you know where to go, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets and pack your bags. Let’s go, kids!