Planning a family holiday? Asia and Oceania should be your top choice

  • AFP, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 09:29 IST
Visit Asia and Oceania the next time you plan a family vacation. (Shutterstock)

Searching for an ideal destination for a family vacation? Look no further for brings to you a curated list of locations in Asia and Oceania that can make this one a trip of your lifetime.

The accommodation booking giant has delved into its 91 million user reviews, gauging the opinion of experienced family travellers to list seven top destinations in Asia and Oceania.

Pokhara, Nepal

In the Pokhara Valley, Nepal (Istock)

As the gateway to Annapurna — a hotspot for trekking — this city in central Nepal also has plenty of family activities on offer, Booking reports. The destination, which gives its name to the surrounding valley, has many nearby lakes for scenic bike rides, swimming and boat trips.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Istock)

Siem Reap, the capital of the Cambodian region of the same name, is world famous as the home of Angkor Wat, the impeccably preserved imperial and religious temple complex of the Khmer civilization. In fact, many travelers consider it one of the most beautiful sights on earth. If kids aren’t keen on the idea of visiting a temple, Booking suggests telling them that Angkor Wat is where “Tomb Raider” was filmed, turning the trip into a Lara Croft-style adventure.

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Luang Prabang, Laos

An elephant tour in Luang Prabang. (Istock)

Families in search of an authentic and exotic destination should check out Luang Prabang in Laos. Booking recommends bathing in the Kuang Falls, which will enthrall even the youngest of visitors with its turquoise waters. Families can enjoy elephant tours, kayaking and boat trips on the river.

Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. (Istock)

The land of kangaroos is a prime destination for families thanks to its diverse range of activities and incredible wildlife. In Queensland — a northeastern state with the Great Barrier Reef just offshore — Port Douglas makes a good alternative to the famous Gold Coast, and it’s only 70km from Cairns. For younger travelers, the destination is also a gateway to the Daintree Forest, just 1½ hours’ drive away.

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia. (Istock)

Tasmania is probably the least well-known of Australia’s states, yet it has plenty of natural landscapes that are ideal for fun and physical family activities. Booking’s traveler reviews suggest Cradle Mountain as a key destination for its breathtaking views. It’s also highly recommended for walkers.

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Byron Bay, Australia

The lighthouse at Cape Byron, Australia. (Istock)

In New South Wales, Bondi Beach, in the Sydney suburbs, is a hotspot for experienced surfers. Byron Bay, on the other hand, is a more welcoming destination for beginners. Even the youngest surf dudes and dudettes can learn to ride the waves in this beachy bay, known for being the easternmost point of mainland Australia. Families can also take a trip to Cape Byron Light, the country’s most powerful lighthouse.

Nelson, New Zealand

The Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand. (Istock)

Australia isn’t the only option in Oceania. Families will find all the ingredients for a great holiday in Nelson, New Zealand. Nelson is the capital of the country’s smallest region, which is also said to be the sunniest. On the north-western coast of the southern island, Nelson is a great destination for wannabe seafarers, who can try their hand at sailing. Kayaking is also a popular activity in the region.

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