Take your kids to Malaysia.
Beaches in malaysia
Malaysia's best beaches are located on both sides of the country and better-known Thai destinations may rival the farther north. Being less known they are less busy and touristy, perfect for a quiet holiday. Avoid the east coast during the monsoon season of November to March. The Perthian islands on the east coast are my beauty and my choice for scuba diving. A more budget destination, it is popular with people obtaining their dive certification.
Redang is most famous in the eastern islands and is known for its turtle sightings. Some locals live here so it is quiet and peaceful and only a quick 45-minute flight from KL. Langkawi is most famous as Malaysia's beach destinations and as such, is quite developed. That said, it has a lot to offer with a range of both food and accommodation for families and children. Kengkor Island is perfect for a weekend away only a short drive from KL. The island is not rated as high as the other north, but being close to KL is an advantage if you are shortening time. Malaysian Borneo is another area with completely beautiful beaches. Turtle Beach and Golden Beach are the two top picks, as the name suggests, turtles are regular visitors. Seapidan Malaysia has a large variety of marine life to dive to the top spot. Borneo is better for diving than snorkeling or sunbathing, so if it is not your thing, other islands would be better.
You will be hard-pressed to find anywhere beautiful, culturally diverse and attractive as the restored Old Town of Malacca. You cannot go to Malacca without visiting the famous Jonkar Street. This entire area of Old Malacca is a great place to stay and roam in a few days. The night markets here are a wonderful mix of food and handicrafts to buy and eat, and the roads close to traffic make them safe for children and strollers. Bird's Nest is a soup house that keeps birds at home and processes the nest, it is of little attraction to children.
The city of China near Jonkar Gali is another area which is full of history. Worth wandering around and sampling some delicious food, Red Square at the end of Jonker Alley is steeped in history and is where the Dutch, Portuguese and British all came from over the course of hundreds of years. Noise Oceanarium is great for children. You can handle the rays here and this busy clown makes a change from the street. Being indoors, it is a great way to beat the heat during the day. If you want a view of the surrounding area, do not miss walking upstairs to see the hill and church of St. Paul. Now going inside the outrageous ruins and walking among the gravestones gives you an idea of what Malacca was like when the colonial powers first arrived. It is not easy and best to get buggies here, but if the children are happy then they will like it.
Children will get a chance to meet local wildlife at the Bug and Butterfly Park on Penang Island. Penang is an island north of Kuala Lumpur and part of mainland peninsular Malaysia. The two parts are connected by a road bridge. Penang has long been a popular family vacation destination with historic Georgetown and the beach resorts of Batu Ferringi are popular places to stay. The island is also a center of tourist attraction along with cultural and historical sites. My children especially loved the Bug and Butterfly Park and the Snake Temple. Full post on family things to do on Penang.
This sensational playground is based on the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Perfect for families, there is a Kuala Lumpur Aquarium and a water sports area nearby with towers, malls and petrosense. If your flight offers you the chance of a Kuala Lumpur stopover, then grab it, there is plenty here for families. Explore slick modern malls and marvel at the magnificent Petronas Towers.
Take the kids to your base with a night light and water show and a few hours in the huge playground and children's water park, free for all and just steps away. Here you will also find the Petrons Museum and the Kuala Lumpur Aquarium. KL also has ancient architecture and various cultures to explore. You can visit a huge modern mosque, a Hindu temple and a Chinese pilgrimage in one afternoon. In the center of the city, you can find a lush green tropical reserve filled with vast vegetation, monkeys and raised paths. If your children have never seen a forest, this is a great place to be.
Take the chance to try a new cuisine, the best dosa outside India in Kuala Lumpur. Be sure to sample Indian, Chinese and Nonya cuisines while in Kuala Lumpur. Food tours are popular and available in most towns and cities. Malaysian food is generally considered too heavy on the chilies so you should be able to feed your family with relative ease. That said, if you or the kids have never had anything other than western food, you may struggle with spices. Look out for delicious street foods and stalls selling tropical fruits and smoothies. Malaysia also has some delicious sweet baked goods, such as the pineapple pies above. Make sure you try famous Malaysian specialities such as: Nasi lemak Mee goreng Roti canai Laksa If driving travelling Malaysia with kids they love love sweet treats, look out for the green pandanus, coconut and palm sugar pancakes, my kids' favorite!
Malay Borneo is a wildlife lover's paradise. Here you can visit with orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and giant Rafflesia flowers. We have a full post on Sarawak, Malaysia here, including a jungle trek and longhouse stay. We did it with older kids, but yes, certainly, if you like an adventure, you could do this with younger kids. Kuching is a lovely city in Sarawak and there are plenty of things to do in Kuching that would suit families with kids, teens, and tweens. Possibly also visited Sabah, Borneo, sadly this trip was a disaster and we enjoyed enjoy Sabah at all. Maybe it was bad luck, but never ever go again.
Family Fun and Theme Parks
the Legoland theme parks in the south of Malaysia are a must-visit. One of the areas best theme parks for children is to be found in Malaysia. Legoland Malaysia is in the south of Peninsular Malaysia, near the Singapore border and Johor Baru. The associated water park is right next door. See our posts on: Legoland malaysia Legoland Water Park Family Accommodation near Legoland Malaysia