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Feels just like fun: our top destinations for educational trips with kids

Last updated 20th August 2023

The best educational trips to take with kids mix culture, history, nature and people. But they not only teach, they need to be a lot of fun as well. Take a look at some of our favourite learning experiences which tick all those boxes.


Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex

Angkor, Cambodia: one of the best educational trips for older kids

When most people think of Cambodia, they think of the magnificent temples of Angkor. Chief among them is the legendary Angkor Wat: a Guinness World Record holder and one of the 7 Wonders of the World. This colossal UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu in the 12th century and has since become a Buddhist temple. Its historical significance may elude younger children but they’ll be amazed by its sheer size and grandeur.

Begin your journey at the Angkor National Museum where you can delve into Khmer history and gain insights into the temple complex. Then book a guided tour of Angkor Wat as your kids wander through the hallways and intricate rooms, marvelling at the exquisite details.


Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Wat

Don’t miss Ta Prohm, the setting for the movie Tomb Raider. Here, your little adventurers can imagine themselves as Lara Croft or Indiana Jones, exploring the mysterious courtyards, ancient trees, and creeping plants. They’ll have a blast playing hide-and-seek amidst the nooks and crannies of this enchanting place.


Rhino Safari, Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Chitwan, Nepal: add safari thrills to educational trips

Nestled in the southern region of Nepal, Chitwan National Park is an absolute gem for family adventures. This UNESCO World Heritage Site spans a vast area of 932 square kilometres, promising endless excitement for visitors of all ages.

While the park ensures a safe environment for your family holiday, prepare for your heart to race as you spot the majestic Bengal tiger gracefully prowling through the jungle. Alongside these top predators Chitwan is home to over 600 single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros, deer, monkeys and elephants.

Choose between a thrilling jeep safari or an immersive walking safari: with Chitwan being one of the few national parks to offer the latter. Embark on a canoe ride down the Rapti River where you’ll come across fascinating creatures like gharials and long-necked storks. Take a leisurely stroll through the villages of the indigenous Tharu people, getting a glimpse into their traditional way of life.

Chitwan National Park is a true haven for families seeking an unforgettable experience amidst nature’s wonders. Get ready to create lasting memories and immerse yourselves in the incredible biodiversity of this remarkable destination.


Exploring The Forbidden City, Bejing, China

The Forbidden City, Beijing: take a peek into China’s history

The Forbidden City in Beijing offers you a peek into China’s epic history. Stepping into this fabled place you’re transported into a world of powerful kings, scheming courtiers, extravagant lifestyles and grand battles.

Spanning a vast 250 acres, it’s not only the world’s largest but also the most complete ancient imperial palace. With over 800 buildings and a staggering 9,000 rooms, it’s a sight to behold. The name “Forbidden City” derives from the fact that it was only accessible to royalty and forbidden to the common people.


Regal dress up, The Forbidden City, Bejing

Watch the giddy smiles on your kids’ faces when you rent them a princess or prince costume from inside the premises. As you venture through the halls and courtyards, every corner offers an Instagrammable sight: ready to be captured and shared with friends and family.

The Forbidden City promises an awe-inspiring experience where the past comes to life and imaginations soar. Prepare for a memorable adventure as you delve into the secrets of this majestic palace and create cherished memories with your loved ones.


The first Children’s Museum, Singapore

Children’s Museum, Singapore: one of a kind learning experiences

Right in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District, you’ll come across the Children’s Museum Singapore: a one-of-a-kind place of learning and creativity. Housed within a charming colonial bungalow dating back to 1906, the museum offers a wide array of activities, exhibitions and immersive galleries that encourage your child’s sense of curiosity and investigation.

One of the museum’s permanent exhibits, ‘A Voyage Back Through Time’, takes you on a fascinating exploration of Singapore’s early days. Meanwhile the “Hidden Chamber” is a quirky theatre show where the Captain’s treasures come to life, allowing you to witness artefacts up close and experience the thrill of sailing on a ship, tying knots and carrying goods like a coolie.

The museum also provides interactive stores where children can role-play as a street barber, try on a sari or learn the art of traditional letter-writing. Ever wondered how different communities in Singapore celebrate birthdays? The museum’s ‘Happy Birthday Room’ offers insights into the unique customs of welcoming a newborn, selecting the perfect gift and indulging in delicious birthday treats.


Educational trips to Kyoto are living history lessons

Kyoto, Japan: an entire city worth of educational trips

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Japan’s Edo period (1603 to 1867) at the Toei Kyoto Studio Park: a captivating theme park spread across 53,000 square metres. Stroll through kimono shops, tea shops and Edo-themed restaurants as you soak in the atmosphere of that era. Engage in interactive attractions like the Ninja Mystery House and the thrilling 3D Maze — where adventure awaits.


Iwatayama Monkey Park, Kyoto

Weave nature into educational trips at the Iwatayama Monkey Park in the Arashiyama region. This sanctuary houses around 120 snow monkeys or Japanese Macaques. You can even feed these curious primates from inside a hut with wire net walls. Don’t miss the observatory atop the mountain: which stands at an impressive height of 160 metres. From here you can marvel at a breathtaking view of Kyoto city, capturing memories to cherish forever.