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1. Posted by luluandkiki (Budding Member 3 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi,

We are looking for the best place to take our 10 and 8 year old kids next mid January to end of February. My partner and I have been to S.E. Asia several times and took the kids to Japan and Thailand for 6 weeks in 2016. Everyone loved it and we are ready to go somewhere again!
Sri Lanka and Indonesia are on the top of my list. We love Indonesia and would probably spend most of our time on Bali, Lombok and Gilli Islands. We have never been to Sri Lanka so am wondering which place, or any others, would be economical for our poor Canadian dollar, have beautiful beaches and culture and be a unique adventure.

So all advice is welcome and appreciated!
Thank you.

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 974 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Indonesia and Sri Lanka are OK. Check entrance requirements. For example, visits to indonesia are limited to 30 days. If you want to stay longer, you have to exit (to Singapore, for example), then return. Malaysia allows for longer visits. You can travel around the peninsula, perhaps visit Singapore (Gardens by the Bay, etc.), before flying to Denpasar.

One alternative to consider is Costa Rica and Panama. There are some nice beaches in the San Blas Islands of Panama (check it out on YouTube). The kids would love crossing the Panama Canal, or a part of it. Then there's nature, lots of it. The cost of transportation from Calgary is reasonable (fly into San Jose, Costa Rica; and fly home from Panama City, or vice versa).

There are lots of choices.

3. Posted by luluandkiki (Budding Member 3 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your reply berner256. We have traveled through Costa Rica and Panama and enjoyed it. I agree there are top notch beaches and the canal is cool to see, but there is something that draws us to the east.
The visas are a pain, thanks for the reminder!

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Full Member 200 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I'd suggest Malaysia as well.
A nice mix of places, food, weather (if you visit the highlands), beaches and people.
Some of the islands are typical of S.E.Asia beach islands and are great for a few calm days, but without the 'adult' nature of Thailand.
Plus it's easy to pop over the border to Thailand or Singapore (which is very expensive but worth a few days visit).

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Apr-2018, at 06:58 by Andrew Mack ]

5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 974 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Malaysian Borneo is a fine place to visit as well. Flights aren't expensive from KUL. Recommend Gunung Mulu National Park. There are sanctuaries for orangutans and proboscis monkeys in Sarawak and Sabah. Then there's Mt. Kinabalu.

Check this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XZp-2f9HSg

If you're going to Bali, try Flores in addition to the other destinations you mentioned in your initial post. There's Mt. Kelimutu, a volcano with multi-hued lakes; and Labuan Bajo, jumping off point for Rinca and Komodo islands. You can use public transportation to take you across Flores, or hire a car and driver, which I did from Maumere. That also applies to Bali, where I paid 600,000 IDR (about US$46.36 in April 2015, $43.57 now) for a car and driver for 10 hours (fuel included).

6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 961 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

Malaysian Borneo is a fine place to visit as well. Flights aren't expensive from KUL. Recommend Gunung Mulu National Park. There are sanctuaries for orangutans and proboscis monkeys in Sarawak and Sabah. Then there's Mt Kinabalu.

I'll second Malaysian Borneo and see Berner's Mulu with Bako National Park near Kuching and raise him Kinabitangan River! Both brilliant for wildlife.:)::):)

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 974 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

The kids might even enjoy a ride on the Sabah State Railway (formerly North Borneo Railway).

http://railway.sabah.gov.my/index.php/info-jkns/perkhidmatanoperasi-keretapi/jadual-perkhidmatan-keretapi/

8. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 961 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

And the kids will love Sepilok Orang Utah Rehabilitation Centre near Sandekan and Semenggoh Nature Reseeve near Kuching - orang utans almost in the wild.

9. Posted by zzlangerhans (Respected Member 56 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

As a father who regularly takes his three kids on international trips, I'd offer Nicaragua and the Yucatan for consideration. I've blogged about Nicaragua beginning here: https://zzlangerhans.travellerspoint.com/433/

With older kids you could do additional stuff like jungle hikes and sledding down a volcano, along with all the stuff that we did.

Perhaps even better is the Yucatan, which I haven't had a chance to write up yet. The Caribbean coast has its share of touristy resorts, but also some fun islands and several adventure parks with tons of kids' activities. Inland there are hundreds of beautiful cenotes for swimming, fascinating cities like Valladolid and Merida, and Mayan ruins with pyramids to climb.

10. Posted by luluandkiki (Budding Member 3 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your reply zzlangerhans I agree, Nicaragua, the Yucatan, and Guatemala were all wonderful! We have been several times and agree they all have a lot to offer.
Sri Lanka was in the list as we have never been and have heard great things.
Thanks again.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Apr-2018, at 06:01 by luluandkiki ]