Best time to visit: October to March
With direct flights to Danang on Dragonair, this has opened up a whole realm of holidaying in Danang and Hoi An. We had a brilliant experience at the Nam Hai a few years ago which has since fallen under management of the Four Seasons (and hopefully making it even more family friendly). Yet I’ve got my eye on Hue, a historic citadel and the old national capital. Hue is just under two hours drive from Danang and there are some beautiful looking accommodation options. Tripadvisor tossed up a colonial art deco gem in La Residence Hue. Plus there’s a lovely pool – perfect bribery for getting the kids round the Citadel, Imperial City, pagodas and royal mausoleums…
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November
How have my kids never been to Korea?! Sod Thailand, I’ve got to tick off South Korea for them. Although I have a hankering for Busan (sold by pictures of the fish markets), I think that they’d really enjoy Seoul. Especially if I tell them there’s a Kidzania there. Seoul is a 3 hour flight from Hong Kong, with lots of hotels to suit all budgets. I love the look of The Shilla, although if money’s no object then I’d like to stay at the Four Seasons or Grand Hyatt. Little Steps has a good roundup of activities for the kids in Seoul from Gyeongbokbung Palace to the Leeum Samsung Art Gallery. I also have a brilliant write-up from Kirti who describes her trip to Seoul in April with her husband and daughter.
Best time to visit: July to November for hot beach weather, although July/September is also typhoon season!
I received many emails from readers asking where in Asia is Zika free. I can imagine if you are pregnant, it’s a bit of a scary time for travel and you are very limited now, especially in SE Asia. Keep an eye on the CDC website to see the latest in Zika news. However, one beach destination that seems so far unaffected is Okinawa in Japan. In case you aren’t familiar, Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost prefecture, consisting of a few dozen, small islands. For family friendly luxury, check out the Ritz Carlton. Their kids programme ‘Ritz Kids’ even has a special ‘kids hotel tour’. Now I know you are there for the good weather and beaches but just in case, Bumble Bee Mum has a great write-up of fantastic indoor activities for kids!
If you fancy venturing to a different island, check out Haimurubushi on Kohaimajima. You will need to take a short flight from Naha (Okinawa) to reach Ishigaki Airport and then board a ferry. From snorkeling to cycling, this place will give you much more a laidback vibe than anything on Okinawa itself.
Best time to visit: June to August
Earlier this year, Nicole from the ace blog Mint Mocha Musings, shared intoxicating images from her trip to Tibet. I have long wanted to visit this ‘Roof Of The World’, although you do need a special travel permit in addition to a China travel visa. Getting there from Hong Kong is not easy (you need to fly from Chengdu or catch train from Beijing/Shangai/Chengdu). However, one look at Nicole’s photos and a read of her travel tales will have you seduced by mystical Tibet.
Photos courtesy of Mint Mocha Musings