9 . Chiang Mai, Thailand
An elephant safari is a very memorable experience in Thailand. Along with riding the elephants, you get to see the lush interior of the jungles and also get to interact with tribes residing in the hills. The elephant safaris take you to the Maetaman River Valley, home of a tiny village. The elephant sanctuary is located here and is home to about 40 elephants. In the sanctuary you will get to see the elephants taking a bath. You will also get to see the mahouts display their skills. Finally, you get on board and travel inside the jungle. As a visitor, you can even take a ride on a cart driven by oxen.
- Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a small island to the south of India but it packs in many a wonder for its visitors. The country is blessed with many natural and historical attractions. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the ample opportunities for hiking in its lush green forests. The country is also dotted with several ancient Buddhist stupas, some of which are the holiest and most revered in Buddhism. Sri Lanka is also popular for its elephant safaris, just like Thailand. There are several festivals featuring this animal. One of the most popular is the Perehera Festival every August in Kandy. This festival features a grand procession of traditional dancers and bejeweled elephants.
- Sapa, Vietnam
Sapa was established as a tourist destination by the French in the 1920-s. Today, it is the hub of tourism in northwest Vietnam. Going to Sapa means visiting the beautiful hills and getting up close with the tribes residing in the hills. Activities available include hiking, biking, exploring the local markets, or simply relaxing. On a clear day, Sapa looks at its best with the green hills all around you. As you stand inside a valley, you can see mountains towering above you from all sides.
- Rajasthan, India
Camels are an integral part of life in the state of Rajasthan in India. Each and every family which comes here makes it a point to go on a camel ride. Other attractions include visiting castles and old forts. Rajasthan has plenty of those as it was home to several royal families. Taking a camel ride through the vast yellow desert is an unforgettable experience. It might be a little difficult to get on top of the camel at first, but once you do it, it’s quite a smooth ride. Taking camel rides will enable you to experience desert life in India. Unlike many other deserts which are barren, the desert at Rajasthan is quite populated.
- Mekong River, Laos
The Mekong River is not just a river to the people of Laos. It is their lifeline. The river doesn’t originate in Laos though. It has its birthplace in the Yunnan province of China. The Mekong River travels south from China, forming the boundary between Thailand and Laos. It also forms the boundary between Myanmar and Laos. After completing its journey through Laos, the river flows through Cambodia and finally ends at Vietnam. One of the most popular activities includes taking a boat ride on the Mekong River. The best time to do this is when the sun rises. A boat ride on the Mekong River is often described as ‘peaceful’ and ‘awakening’. While you are on the boat, you get to see local markets and beautiful waterfalls on the river banks.
- Bali, Indonesia
There are many reasons to visit Bali. Some people go there to learn yoga, some people go for the beaches, and some others go to see the temples. Whatever your reason might be, Bali always delivers. Not only is it quite cheap to get there but it’s also cheap to stay there. Along with enjoying the great weather, you get to enjoy great food and stunning beaches. The locals are lovely to interact with and there are many places to shop from. You can also try surfing in Bali. Other activities include visiting the ancient temples and getting your hair braided!
- Sarawak, Malaysia
Sarawak is located in Borneo, which is the 3rd largest island in the world. It is known as the Land of the Hornbills. Sarawak is mostly appreciated because of its sandy beaches, palm trees and clear blue skies. The best time to visit Sarawak is from April to August. A tropical breeze is always blowing in Sarawak, making you feel invited. As a family, you can choose between a home-stay or even a fully-equipped boat. Activities include wading deep into the jungle in search of orangutans and turtles. There are also monkeys and wild boars in the jungles. If you choose to go during the off-season, you will be greeted with tropical showers.
- Chitwan National Park, Nepal
The Chitwan National Park is located inside central Nepal. The name Chitwan translates to ‘heart of the jungle’. It is famous for housing over 500 species of birds, leopards, tigers, wild bison and rhinoceros. Chitwan is known as one of the best national parks of Asia. If you are lucky, you will also get to see sloth bears and elephants. Most visitors flock to the park for seeing a Royal Bengal Tiger, which is, unfortunately, rare to see these days. The best way to enjoy as a family at the park is to stay at any of the luxury lodges. They are located at the edge of the park, far away from the crowds.
- Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Nepal is the destination if you want to go for some family hiking, but children should be older than 14 years old. The Annapurna Circuit is considered as one of the best hiking routes in the world. Recently, construction of roads is threatening its future as a classic trekking site. But the popularity of the circuit is still intact. An average trek takes about 21 days and hiring a porter definitely makes the process easier. Along with exploring the mountains, the trek takes you through some scenic rivers and some exotic fauna and flora. Take a journey deep into the Himalayas as a family and come closer together.
Originally posted 2017-05-17 14:30:35.