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Cool news! Best heat beating destinations for family holidays with your kids

Last updated 23rd May 2024

If family holidays anywhere in Asia make you think sweltering heat and humidity, think again. Scattered all across the continent are cool secrets waiting to be discovered. So turn down the temperature and see our list of places that are always chill.


Lake Pangong, Ladakh, India

Family holidays in Ladakh, India mean snow-capped mountains

Tucked amidst the majestic snow-capped Himalayan and Karakoram ranges, Ladakh in northern India beckons families with a taste for adventure. During its milder summers, with August temperatures averaging 25°C, you can revel in a haven of biking and travelling excitement. Or follow the scent of Silk Road-inspired cuisine to local markets bustling with cheery crowds.

Although your kids may not fully grasp the historical significance of Thiksey Monastery and Shanti Stupa, they will be mesmerised by their grandeur and tranquillity. However, if you crave a more action-packed experience, trekking tours await in both Nubra and Suru valley.

Alternatively you could indulge in long, peaceful hours at Pangong Tso Lake: nestled at an impressive elevation of 4,225 metres above sea level. Here you can witness the beauty of exotic migratory birds and also go camping. Then there’s the Ladakh Festival in September which celebrates Tibetan culture, and features delicious food and soul-stirring music.

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Singha Park, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai invites you to cool down with waterparks

Cradled by jade-green paddies and misty mountains, Chiang Rai enjoys average daytime temperatures of 26.5°C in August. Plus, monsoon showers until late September also bring a refreshing coolness to the region.

What better way to beat the heat than to splash around in wave pools and zoom down water slides? At Nava Land Waterpark, just 20 minutes’ drive west of central Chiang Rai, you can do just that.

Although a very different type of park, Singha is another haven for families, with manicured gardens, walking trails and cycle routes. Adventure seekers will be thrilled by the climbing wall and ziplines, but the petting zoo really wins over younger kids.

Don’t miss The Garden of Reeds, a charming oasis, brimming with vibrant floral displays and featuring a mini waterfall. Usually kids make a beeline for the onsite playground and enchanting musical fountain.

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Norbulingka Palace, Lhasa

The world’s 7th highest city, Lhasa in Tibet invites you to tea

Lhasa, the world’s seventh-highest city and the spiritual heart of Tibet, registers an average summer temperature of 21°C. Strangely enough, it’s also somewhat famous for a tea-house culture. So always make time to experience that ritual here, Tibetan Sweet Tea and Yak Butter Tea are especially good.

As well as tea, Lhasa is known for roadside stalls serving up thukpa noodle soup and dumpling-like, momos. Although older kids might be more intrigued by a Thangka Painting Workshop, where they can observe local artists at work and even pick up a few skills.

Another unusual addition to family holidays, Lhasa’s traditional opera is very child-friendly, particularly the regular performances of Princess Wencheng Musical which showcases the city’s heritage.

Alternatively, you might prefer a nature-filled outing. So make for Norbulingka Palace. Once the summer home of the Dalai Lama and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its 360,000m² park is a horticultural wonder, beautifully serene and perfect for a family picnic.

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Cranes dancing in snow, Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido family holidays are cool in summer and winter

Although most renowned as a winter ski destination, the average summer temperature of 22° Celsius transforms Hokkaido into a great place for family holidays in warmer seasons too.

Akan-Mashu National Park stands as a prime example of the region’s natural wonders. With sparkling lakes, majestic volcanoes and invigorating onsen, it’s a haven for hikers.

However, if you venture inland, you’ll be greeted by picturesque cattle ranches, dairies, vineyards and buckwheat farms. Or for an unforgettable culinary experience, head towards the coast, where you’ll discover some of the finest seafood you’ve ever tasted.

The Sapporo Art Park is a great fit for family holidays and offers an incredible blend of fun-filled activities and learning opportunities for kids. From an outdoor sculpture garden to exhibitions, musical shows, an art museum, and art and craft lessons, there’s something for every creative mind.

Have you ever seen a Polar Bear?  Why not head to Maruyama Zoo and catch a glimpse of these incredibly rare and beautiful giants? Alternatively, your little ones are guaranteed the best of times at Shiroi Koibito Park, the region’s very own chocolate factory. Learn about the history of chocolate-making, watch chocolates actually being made and even create your own cookie!

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Fansipan Mountain, Sa Pa, Vietnam

For year-round chill and authentic culture head to Sa Pa in Vietnam

Sa Pa, a picturesque town in Vietnam — sits at an impressive altitude of 1,600 metres above sea level. Its cool climate persists throughout the year, and it’s an ideal destination for family holidays, particularly from June to September when temperatures are around 20° to 25°.

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry by venturing to Cat Cat Village: a short distance southwest of Sapa. Here you’ll encounter eight vibrant tribes — each showcasing their unique attire and way of life. Explore the village’s gorgeous homestays and small shops displaying indigenous art and crafts.

Think about taking a cable car ride along Fansipan Road, treating yourself to a bird’s-eye-view of majestic valleys and terraced rice fields. If you’re up for an adventure, go on a hike to Dragon Jaw Mountain.

Conveniently located in the heart of town, it’s easily accessible on foot. Marvel at the vibrant flower beds and impressive monuments and picture-friendly rock formations. Don’t miss the grand cascade of Love Waterfall and make sure to savour a delightful Vietnamese coffee by the tranquil lake.

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