6 Destinations For Budget Family Vacations


Your days of highly affordable backpacking are over… for now. Having children does cost quite abit, but you probably knew that already. That said, it is possible to have a family vacation without scrimping on milk powder.

Which is exactly why we’re here. Check out these destinations.

1. Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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WHEN YOU ARE REALLY, REALLY ON A BUDGET

Separated from Singapore by only a 1 km-long bridge known as the Causeway, Johor Bahru (JB) offers plenty for families situated on either end of the link bridge. Boys and girls (and their parents) will be thankful for the lifesaving roster of amusement parks: Legoland, Thomas (the train) Town at Puteri Harbour and the Sanrio Hello Kitty Town.

If your kids are slightly older, consider a four-hour hike up Gunung Pulai, a 600m hill that offers an instant immersion into a tropical rainforest – like Singapore’s Bukit Timah Hill, but higher and better. Sounds good? Surprise your kids with a quick getaway this weekend!

Check out our list of HomeAways in Johor Bahru for some wallet-friendly options – some as low as S$50 for a family of four per night!

BOOK NOW: Stay near Legoland at this dreamy condominium from S$81 per night.
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Sleeps five people with two bedrooms.

2. Langkawi, Malaysia

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WHEN YOU NEED A HOLIDAY AS MUCH AS YOUR KIDS

If you’re bored to death with kiddy amusement parks, Langkawi’s good news for you. The island is teeming with kid-friendly attractions which – surprise, surprise – are also adult-friendly.  After all, aren’t you on vacation too?

For starters, the Langkawi SkyCab (RM45 for adults, RM32 for children) offers amazing views over the island. Not to mention, at 708 m above sea level, it’s a good place to help your kid conquer acrophobia. Fancy an educational holiday? Fun science lessons can take place at the Underwater World, Bird Paradise Wildlife Park, and the Mardi Agro Technology Park.

Check out our list of HomeAways in Langkawi for some wallet-friendly options – some as low as S$30 for a family of four per night!

BOOK NOW: Check out this three-storey terrace located near the Straits Quay, and Batu Ferringhi Beach. Allows a group of 16 and more from S$198 per night.

3. Cebu, Philippines

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WHEN THE WHOLE FAMILY IS COMING ALONG

What if your kids are of vastly different ages? And your in-laws have insisted on coming along? Well Cebu, with its versatile range of family-friendly activities, sends its regards.

Relics such as the Magellan’s Cross in Basilica del Santo Nino, the Cebu Taoist temple and the serene Celestial Garden are enough to occupy everyone – provided the kids are old enough to appreciate culture and history. Otherwise, a day or two at Cebu’s pristine beaches snorkeling is a great way to observe wildlife in the comforts of civilisation as the old folks cross their legs beachside and unwind.

Check out our HomeAways at Cebu here, from as low as $20 for a family of four per night!

BOOK NOW: This well-equipped holiday home comes with everything you’d expect of a hotel room – cable TV, wifi, a kitchen – and clocks in at just S$54 per night.

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4. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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WHEN EVERYONE LOVES ANIMALS

Thailand never ceases to amaze, and nature-loving Chiang Mai is no exception. Walk among giants at the Elephant Nature Park or the Baan Chang Elephant Park (both treat their animals ethically, in case you are wondering). The Museum of World Insects may have smaller inhabitants, but is equally big on experience. Introduce your kids to a healthy lifestyle with 300-step climb to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, an idyllic hilltop temple, or the ‘sticky’ Bua Thong Waterfalls.

Now who says the only way you can get up close and personal with nature’s tamest beasts is in the zoo?

Check out our HomeAways at Chiang Mai here, from as low as $21 for a family of four per night!

BOOK NOW: This massive two-bedroom Penthouse with a mountain view from just $68 a night.
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Luxury has never looked so affordable.

5. Hanoi, Vietnam

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WHEN THE KIDS HAVE ALMOST GROWN UP

Well-connected by budget airlines, safe and spectacularly affordable, Hanoi makes the cut on this list.

Majestic Halong Bay aside, there’s plenty to do in this culturally-rich city. Let your child wander in the centuries-old Temple of Literature and be enchanted by the dances of traditional water puppets. Otherwise, if they’re fans of military paraphernalia, a stop to the Vietnam Military Museum – where retired helicopters and tanks still dwell – is in order.

Elsewhere, the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake and nearby Ngoc Son temple make the perfect backdrop to relax and reflect with your loved ones.

Check out our HomeAways at Hanoi here, from as low as $20 for a family of four per night!

This two-bed apartment can sleep up to six people, and will set you back only S$133 a night.

6. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

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WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE

Bali needs no introduction and conjures up images of partying tourists at pricey bars – but if you play your cards right, it doesn’t have to be that way. Far away from rowdy Kuta, quality time can still be had spent fishing, wandering the Bali Botanic Gardens. And if the brood is up for something more physical, try white water rafting, the TreeTop Adventure Park or just one of the many quad bike tours available.

Check out our list of HomeAways in Ubud for some wallet-friendly options – some as low as S$50 for a family of four per night!
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Surround yourself with nature and padi fields in serene Ubud in a two-storey villa for just $79 a night. Did we mention you also get your own pool?

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