There are few feelings as thrilling as being surrounded by beautiful, large animals in their natural habitat. While safaris are popular options for many families, we looked into wildlife vacations you can take throughout Asia with your little ones. Children of any age won’t have a chance to be bored when they’re face to face with lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) Read on for five exotic Asian family wildlife vacations.
Arrange a tour through the many wildlife parks located in India. You will be sure to see lions, tigers, leopards, and more throughout your stay. In Southern India, you can explore the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat and see roaming elephants. Select a tour in Rajasthan and you can visit the famous Ranthambore National Park. Or recreate the adventures of The Jungle Book with your children with a guided trek through an actual jungle!
If you’re looking for the country with the most endangered species, China may be the destination for your next vacation. If you are interested in an up-close encounter with the rare giant panda, and even a chance to feed one, find a Conservation Center and arrange for a tour. There are also many different opportunities for bird watching if that would appeal to your family. You can even visit a tropical rainforest to watch wild elephants.
If visiting the homes of exotic and uncommon wildlife is on your list, Indonesia is the perfect place for you. Imagine having a rare sighting of Komodo dragons, long-tailed macaques and wild elephants. Sea kayak to remote locations and stay in eco-friendly accommodations during your trip. Families with older children can even add on snorkeling adventures.
Nepal is a truly spectacular country that allows you to experience the Himalayas. Due to the differing habitats offered by the mountains, you can see a range of wildlife. Arrange a tour in a national park to find tigers and leopards, and maybe also the rarely seen red panda. Rhinos, elephants and even the Gangetic dolphin can also be found here. You may even consider combining Nepal with India to maximize your wildlife vacation.
Borneo is the largest island in Asia, and the third-largest in the world. People often come to the jungles here to see the famous Bornean orangutan. You’ll also be able to search for proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, gibbons and more. You can end your vacation with a few days on the white sand beaches enjoying snorkeling and scuba diving.
Wildlife vacations are probably best for families with older children, but it’s never too early to start planning! These vacations are best done through packaged tours, though many are completely customizable to your needs. Would you consider Asian family wildlife vacations for your family? Let us know in the comments below!
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