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The March school holidays are just around the corner – if you haven’t already, now’s the time to figure out what you’re going to do with the kids! With just a week off, faraway destinations such as Europe and America are probably off the cards. Even regional hotspots, such as Japan or Australia, are probably too far away to make it worth your while.
With that in mind, here is a fun list of short getaways that are a little closer to home. No matter your interests or budget, there’s something on this list for every family so that you can get a few days of rest, relaxation and reconnection before the next school term starts again.
Hop across the Causeway
If you’re tight for time or funds, or if you’re simply a die-hard Hello Kitty fan, why not head over to Nusajaya for a few days’ stay at Hotel Jen (part of the Shangri-La group) in Puteri Harbour? Your kids can check out Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town, plus Legoland Malaysia is just a short drive away. Mum can get her shopping fix at the many premium shopping outlets and malls, while dad can play a few rounds of golf or head to the marina for some on-water fun. Sounds like a win-win-win plan for the whole family that won’t break the bank.
Take a ferry
There’s something about a boat ride that makes you feel like you’re really getting away from it all, even if that boat ride is a brief one. How about catching a speedy ferry to Bintan for a sunny beach break – it’s convenient and great value as well. Here, you can book yourself beach-front villas at a fraction of the cost elsewhere. Check out Club Med Bintan or Angsana Resort if you’re looking for a resort with a kids’ club so you and your partner can enjoy some romantic time alone, or embrace your inner daredevil with a trip to LooLa Adventure Resort.
Grab a budget flight
It has never been easier or more affordable to book a last-minute short flight to somewhere new and exotic. In less than two hours, you can be in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, or Langkawi. A little farther afield lie Phuket, Krabi, Hatyai, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Lombok and more. The possibilities are endless!
Our family favourite is Krabi, Phuket’s quieter cousin. Choose from numerous peaceful beaches nearby, or head slightly further south to Ko Lanta – you’ll see one tenth of the tourists compared to Phuket and have 10 times as much fun. Plus, the food is so much better – don’t miss delicious southern Thai dishes such as massaman curry (an Indian-style beef curry), khanom jeen nam ya (rice noodles in coconut fish curry) and khao yam (rice salad).
Stay at home
If none of these options appeal to you – or if you simply don’t have the time or patience to plan the logistics of a trip abroad, consider a staycation instead. There are plenty of special school holiday deals at local hotels – a perennial favourite is Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa’s Family Fun Package, which includes free kids’ club access and play time at the resort’s awesome giant tree house slide.