Create Unforgettable Memories with Your Family Through Overseas Vacations

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Create Unforgettable Memories with Your Family Through Overseas Vacations

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In the hustle and bustle of daily life, spending time with your family can often take a backseat to work, school, and other commitments.

It takes effort for families to make and spend quality time together, and a great way to start would be taking a vacation together. Travelling overseas together allows you to bond without the distractions of daily life, so you can reconnect and be present in the moment.

Plan a family vacation today and create unforgettable memories through shared experiences of exploring local cuisines, enjoying exciting activities or learning about local customs.

If you're looking for an ideal location with family-friendly activities to suit all ages and interests, look no further than East Asia. From the bustling streets of Hong Kong SAR, to the serene landscapes of Taiwan and the vibrant culture of South Korea, here's a range of fun, family-friendly activities to consider. 


Discover the Magic of Hong Kong SAR 

Planning a trip this summer or autumn? The vibrant city of Hong Kong SAR offers a perfect blend of fun, educational, and engaging activities suitable for all ages.


1. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is a dream destination for Disney lovers. The enchanting theme park brings the magic of Disney to life with its captivating attractions, live shows, and iconic characters.

  • Thrilling Rides and Attractions: From the exhilarating "Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars" to the whimsical "It's a Small World," the park offers various attractions suitable for different ages and preferences. The newly opened "World of Frozen", the world's first themed attraction based on the popular Frozen animated films, allows families to delve into the cinematic and living land of Arendelle with its two new rides: Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleigh, a roller-coaster through Arendelle Forest, and Frozen Ever After, a boat ride to Elsa's Ice Palace with songs from the movie like "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?", "For the First Time in Forever," and "Let It Go."
  • Engaging Shows and Parades: Be dazzled by the colourful parades, stunning fireworks displays, character meet and greets, and Broadway-style shows throughout the park. Popular performances include "Festival of the Lion King", "Mickey and the Wondrous Book", "Playhouse in the Woods" and the night time spectacular, "Momentous".
  • Seasonal Events: Look out for special events such as the "Summer Carnival" or "Halloween Time", usually during the Summer or Autumn seasons. These events add excitement with themed decorations, exclusive merchandise, and limited-time shows.


2. Discovering Hong Kong

Exploring Hong Kong with the family promises various experiences, whether you're interested in cultural landmarks, culinary delights, or outdoor adventures.

  • Avenue of Stars: Begin your journey with a walk along the Avenue of Stars, where you can enjoy scenic views of Victoria Harbour and spot statues and handprints of famous Hong Kong film stars like Bruce Lee, Anita Mui, and Jackie Chan. This iconic promenade pays tribute to Hong Kong's film industry and offers a picturesque backdrop for family photos.
  • Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade: As the evening approaches, head to the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade to witness 'A Symphony of Lights', a multimedia show that illuminates the city's skyline with vibrant lights and synchronised music. The best part? It's completely free!
  • Culinary Delights: Indulge in Hong Kong's local delicacies. Try the famous dim sum, including Har Gow (steamed shrimp dumplings), Chee Cheong Fun (Steamed Rice Roll), and Liu Sa Bao (Salted Egg Yolk Buns) for a traditional Cantonese experience. Alternatively, visit a cha chan teng, where these 'Hong Kong Style Cafes' offer a unique fusion of Western and Chinese fare, including Hong Kong-style Milk Tea, Pineapple Bun (Bo Lo Bao) and Macaroni Soup with Ham.
  • Outdoor Adventures: For the more adventurous, take a hike along the Dragon's Back along the ridge between Shek O Peak and Wan Cham Shan, which is renowned for its coastal views. This moderately challenging trail offers stunning views of Shek O Beach, Big Wave Bay, and the South China Sea, and is suitable for older children and teens. Alternatively, head to the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens in Central. As one of the world’s oldest zoological and botanical centres, it showcases orangutans, lemurs, exotic birds, and a vast collection of tropical and subtropical plants.


3. Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island

For a more tranquil and culturally enriching experience, head to Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island. This picturesque destination blends natural beauty, cultural heritage, and family-friendly activities, making it suitable for family bonding.

  • Scenic Cable Car Ride: Begin your journey with a breathtaking 25-minute cable car ride on the Ngong Ping 360. As you soar above lush green mountains and the glistening sea, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Opt for the crystal cabin option with a transparent floor for a more thrilling experience!
  • Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery: Upon arriving at Ngong Ping Village, you’ll be greeted by the majestic Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) statue. Climb 268 steps to reach the base of the 34-meter-tall bronze statue and enjoy the serene atmosphere. You can also consider visiting the Po Lin Monastery nearby, a peaceful haven with beautiful architecture and colourful gardens.
  • Family-Friendly Activities: Ngong Ping Village offers various activities suitable for families. Leisurely walk along the “Wisdom Path,” where you can admire 38 wooden columns inscribed with verses from the centuries-old Heart Sutra. Visit the “Walking with Buddha” attraction to learn the life story of Siddhartha Gautama and the teachings of Buddhism through multimedia exhibits. Kids will enjoy the “Monkey’s Tale Theatre,” which features an engaging and educational show about Chinese zodiac animals.
  • Dining and Shopping: Indulge in delicious vegetarian cuisine at the restaurant in Po Lin Monastery or shop for unique gifts and mementoes in the souvenir shops , all located within the village.
  • Discovery Bay: Extend your adventure to Discovery Bay, a tranquil seaside area known for its relaxed atmosphere and family-friendly facilities. Accessible by ferry from Central or bus from Tung Chung, it features a pleasant promenade and varied dining options along the waterfront. Families can enjoy the beach and playground areas, while those seeking adventure can rent kayaks or paddleboards to explore the bay’s calm waters.

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Taiwan: A Perfect Blend of Nature, Culture, and Fun

Taiwan offers countless attractions perfect for families, and its good balance of nature and culture provides plenty of opportunities for parents to enjoy and bond with their little ones.


Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan, offers a host of activities suitable for families.

  • Yangmingshan National Park: Escape the city's hustle and bustle and venture into the lush green landscapes of Yangmingshan National Park. For an enjoyable scenic hike, head to the Xiaoyoukeng trail, a large volcanic steam vent area with hiking trails, fumaroles, sulphur deposits, and natural hot springs. Another must-see is the Flower Clock, a colourful display of seasonal blooms arranged in the shape of a clock. The park also features child-friendly attractions such as the Yangmingshan Butterfly Trail, where you can spot various butterfly species, and Milk Lake, a picturesque spot perfect for a family picnic.
  • National Palace Museum: This offers a dose of culture and history on your family vacation, housing an extensive collection of Chinese art and artefacts. The museum provides audio guides to engage kids, featuring interactive stories and games, including a scavenger hunt. The museum also regularly hosts family-friendly events and workshops, such as calligraphy classes and traditional craft demonstrations. Check the National Palace Museum website for upcoming events during your visit.
  • Explore the night markets: Taipei's famous night markets are a must-visit for families. The Shilin Night Market offers a wide variety of food options, games, and shops selling traditional Taiwanese souvenirs. Children can also enjoy performances such as street magic shows or puppetry shows.
  • Relax at Beitou Hot Springs: After a long day of exploring, take some time to relax at the Beitou Hot Springs. These natural hot springs offer therapeutic properties and are safe for children to soak in with adult supervision. You can also visit one of the public bathhouses in the area for a more traditional experience.

Beyond the vibrant streets of Taipei, there is a rich tapestry of family-friendly attractions to explore across Taiwan, including:

  • Cingjing Farm: Located in the high mountains of Nantou, the weather at Cingjing Farm is cooling even in summer. The mountain is mostly covered by tea plantations, and hikers will be rewarded by a breathtaking view of the misty mountains. Sheep roam freely around Cingjing Farm, and both adults and children can enjoy the experience of feeding and interacting with the sheep. The farm also offers sheep shearing and equestrian shows at selected days/timings, so do check before you visit! The open spaces provide plenty of room to roam, play, and have a picnic, making it an ideal spot for family bonding.
  • Jiufen and Shifen: Jiufen and Shifen are among the most popular day trip destinations you can make from Taipei. Jiufen is located just 40km outside of Taipei, and is a town built on the side of a mountain. Known for its old streets with traditional teahouses and shops to explore, families can savour local snacks, explore the charming alleyways, and enjoy the stunning coastal views. Shifen is a short distance away from Jiufen and is known for its Waterfall, often referred to as the "Little Niagara of Taiwan. The Shifen Waterfall is a truly stunning sight and offers safe viewing spots for children. It also offers a picturesque backdrop for family photos with its old streets and train tracks.
  • Kaohsiung: As Taiwan's second-largest city, Kaohsiung offers a vibrant mix of modernity and tradition. The city's parks and recreational areas, such as Central Park and the Pier-2 Art Centre, provide spacious and safe environments for children to play and explore. Kaohsiung Science Park and National Science and Technology Museum offers interactive exhibits and hands-on learning opportunities. Families can also enjoy leisurely boat rides on the Love River or spend a day at Cijin Island, building sandcastles on the beach and indulging in fresh seafood.


South Korea: A Land of Enchantment

From its beautiful nature landmarks, rich cultural and educational experiences, to K-pop culture, South Korea offers a world of adventure, discovery and history for families looking for an unforgettable trip.


1. Everland Theme Park: Where Imagination Comes Alive

Everland is South Korea's largest theme park and a must-visit for families looking for an educational and fun-filled experience.

  • Themed Festivals: Divided into five themed zones (Global Fair, American Adventure, Magic Land, Zootopia, and European Adventure), the park has something to offer to all visitors. The park is also decorated according to different themed festivals throughout the year, including Tulip Festival, Rose Festival, Summer Splash, Halloween Festival, Romantic Illumination, and more.
  • Thrilling rides: Popular rides in Everland include T-Express, one of the world's tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters, and the Columbus Adventure boat ride, a dizzying Viking ride that falls from a height of 33m.
  • Enriching and educational experiences: Get up close and personal with over 2,000 animals, including lions, tigers, and pandas in Zootopia, an animal-themed zone spanning an area of 15,000m2.


2. Jeju Island: A Nature-Lover's Paradise

Jeju Island, often called "The Hawaii of Korea," is a stunning destination that perfectly balances natural beauty, outdoor activities, and cultural experiences. Some family-friendly activities include:

  • Hallim Park: Explore the park's beautiful gardens, lava caves, and folk village, where you can experience traditional Korean culture.
  • Seongsan Ilchulbong: Hike to the top of this UNESCO World Heritage site, a volcanic crater offering breathtaking island views.
  • Hyeopjae Beach: Enjoy white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, and various activities like snorkelling and paddleboarding.
  • Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum: Learn about the island's history, culture, and ecology through engaging exhibits and interactive displays.


3. Gyeongbokgung Palace: A Journey through History

Gyeongbokgung Palace, located in the heart of Seoul, symbolises Korea's rich history and architectural prowess. As the largest of the "Five Grand Palaces" built during the Joseon Dynasty, it offers a wealth of captivating experiences for visitors:

  • The Throne Hall (Geunjeongjeon): Marvel at the grandeur of the main hall, where the king conducted state affairs and held official ceremonies.
  • The Gyeonghoeru Pavilion: Enjoy the serenity of this stunning pavilion, set in the middle of a picturesque pond, used for royal banquets and special events.
  • The National Palace Museum of Korea: Dive into Korea's royal history through a vast collection of artefacts, including ceremonial objects, writings, and paintings.
  • The Changing of the Guard Ceremony: Witness this vibrant re-enactment of the traditional royal guard changing, a spectacle of colourful uniforms and rhythmic drumming.
  • Dress up in traditional hanboks: Rent a conventional hanbok and dress up to feel like royalty as you explore the palace grounds.
  • Participate in cultural events: From traditional tea ceremonies to folk performances, various cultural events are held at Gyeongbokgung Palace throughout the year.
  • Explore the surrounding area: Stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, a charming neighbourhood with well-preserved traditional Korean houses. You can also visit nearby attractions such as the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art or the Blue House (the presidential residence).

Whether it's exploring the rich cultural tapestry of South Korea, the vibrant cityscape of Hong Kong SAR, or the natural beauty of Taiwan, families can take the opportunity to live in the moment and create lasting memories.


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