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Avoiding Rabies in Asia

Information about the prevalence of rabies in Asia for families traveling with kids. Rabies is not a disease you commonly hear about or associate with family travel with kids, but it is something you should be keeping on your radar. In fact, children are at higher risk of contracting rabies as they are attracted to animals and less likely to be able to avoid scratches and bites from affected animals. For anyone traveling to Asia with kids including destinations like Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji or the Philippines, here are some travel tips from International Medical Clinic in Singapore for how to avoid rabies coming into contact with your family.

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Asia Holiday Destinations: Bagan Insider

Insider’s city guide to Bagan in Mayanmar with kids. Exotic temples and loads of history just waiting to be discovered. These are the things that keep Mark Simmons, Chief Pilot of Balloons Over Bagan, returning to Bagan every year. Since 2007 he has been spending 6 months of the year in Myanmar with kids Henry (10) and Lewella (7). He tells suitcases&strollers why Bagan with kids is a such a unique cultural and travel experience that families traveling with kids should not miss. 

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Family Holiday Activities: Surfing With Kids

How to teach kids to surf on family holidays. If you dream of your kids riding the waves at the World Surfing Games, then surfing with kids is a great family holiday activity to get everyone started outdoors and on the beach. But what’s a good age to start and how do you know they’re ready? Rina of Pro Surf School Bali is a surfing teacher who has been on the board since the age of 8. She tells suitcases&strollers all family travel tips you need to get the kids surfing.

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SCUBA Diving Malaysia: Rawa Island Resort

Malaysia beach resorts may not be as famous as their Southeast Asian neighbours, but this means that the marine life can often be more pristine. If you’re keen on snorkeling in Malaysia or SCUBA diving somewhere that’s an easy commute from Singapore, you should certainly be look at Rawa Island Resort says Adam Cheang. The Resident Divemaster says the reef there is some of the most beautiful and diverse he has ever seen – and many of the fish can be spotted just walking in offshore. He takes suitcases&strollers on a virtual tour of what it feels like to snorkel and dive at Rawa Island Resort with kids – get your goggles and swimsuit ready as you’ll definitely be inspired.  

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Vietnam With Kids: Hanoi Insider

Insider’s city guide to Hanoi with kids. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam with kids, it’s essential to set aside time in the capital city. Here is where you can find some of Vietnam’s best art galleries, there is a ridiculously quaint colonial centre to explore, parklands and lakes abound and there is that famed Vietnamese coffee everywhere. Le Anh Ngoc is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Apricot Hotel in Hanoi. The mother to 10 month old Linh Nhi tells suitcases&strollers about why you should visit her hometown of Hanoi with kids.

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Asia Holiday Destinations: KL With Kids

Destination Guide: KL. Kuala Lumpur with kids is like a layer cake: its modern and sleek air-conditioned business heart coexists with the nostalgic pockets that have changed little in the past fifty years. A family holiday in the capital of Malaysia with kids is the ultimate Southeast Asian city experience. It’s busy, crowded and very hot. You can visit state-of-the-art kids’ attractions followed by a street lunch in a stall from a different era. And everywhere you go the people are friendly, there are memorable cultural experiences to be had and it’s a hedonistic sensory experience. Here is why you should definitely plan to visit Kuala Lumpur with kids.

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Holiday Destinations Asia: Bangkok Insider

Insider's city guide to Bangkok with kids. Thailand with kids is one of the best family holiday destinations in the world but there is so much more to it than just the beautiful beaches. The capital Bangkok with kids is a sensory overload – humid tropical weather, noise and hustle and bustle. With its combination of emerging first world meets traditional Southeast Asia, this makes it the perfect family holiday destination for the intrepid family, says Cordelia Newlin de Rojas of blog Multilingual Mama. She tells suitcases&strollers her city secrets to exploring Bangkok with kids (she has two daughters Pea, 6, and Plum, 4).

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Healthy Kids Meals: Rawa Island Resort

Healthy meals for kids don’t have to disappear on family holidays. At an all inclusive family friendly accommodation like Rawa Island Resort, the children won’t be surviving on a pizza diet. Rawa has set up a very convenient buffet system for parents which means at every meal there is always plenty of homemade food prepared across a range of cuisine types as well as fresh fruit and vegetables to keep everyone happy. Here’s why, when it comes to great family holidays and mealtimes, the kids (and you) will love Rawa Island Resort.

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Malaysia With Kids: Kuala Lumpur Insider

Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a heaving, sweaty, tropical metropolis which means it is chock full of fun things to do with children. Affectionately known as KL, the city has a great mix of culture and modernity to make it a fascinating place to explore. Blogger Anna Mehta of Mum On The Move lives in KL with kids Arran (5) and Sienna (18 months). She shares her insider city secrets for what makes KL with kids such a fantastic family holiday destination.

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Free Things To Do In Bali With Kids

Bali with kids is an absolute paradise for families: there are fabulous waterparks, great shopping and excellent restaurants. But sometimes it feels like you’re constantly reaching for the wallet. If you’re traveling with kids on a budget, here’s some ideas for a great day out with the kids that won’t cost you a cent.

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Best Beach Holiday Destinations: Rawa Island Resort

On the beach holidays are some of the most relaxing for parents and most memorable for kids. Just over the Malaysian border and a short road trip with kids from Singapore, Rawa Island Resort is a popular family resort because it has just the right combination of chillax vibe, activities for the entire family and entertainment for kids that require minimal supervision. This is one of the best family beaches you will find anywhere near Singapore and because it is such a family friendly resort, you may just never want to leave.

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Free Things To Do in Singapore With Kids

There is no doubt that Singapore is a fantastic family holiday destination but it is not known for being a cheap holiday destination. Unless you have the insider tips to help you maintain your family holiday budget. There are plenty of free activities for kids in Singapore, you just need to know where to look. For alternative family holidays in Singapore with kids beyond the casinos, theme parks and expensive restaurants, here is the ultimate suitcases&strollers city guide to Singapore with kids on a budget.

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School Holiday Camps

When should you send kids on school holiday camps? And how do you know when kids are really ready to travel on their own? Summer camp organisers – Merritt Gurley (Camp Director), Dave Milne (Founder of The Wild Planet) and Toby Bell (Marketing Manager of The Wild Planet) – have come together to host Thailand Summer Camps in Khao Yai in Thailand for kids at the end of June. They gave suitcases&strollers their advice on independent travel for kids and how and when to start getting your child camp ready.

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Travel Stroller Review: Baby Jogger City Select

Which is the best travel stroller to buy? The Baby Jogger City Select comes pretty close, says Singaporean realtor Amber Oh. And she should know. The mum and her husband photographer Alex Tan already own four strollers to get around with their three kids Ryan (5), James (3) and Melody (3 months) so they have some experience in what makes for a good, solid travel stroller. Amber put the Baby Jogger City Select to the test transporting their brood all over the Lion City including to a 5 kilometre family fun run in Sentosa. Here’s her verdict.

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Little Globetrotter: Levi Cuthbert

Family holiday destinations should always involve LEGO, says our little friend Levi Cuthbert. At the tender age of 5, Levi is something of a jetsetter travelling regularly to places like Bali, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand and all over Australia with his parents and sister Zoey (3). This precocious preschooler tells suitcases&strollers about his favourite family friendly holidays and what made them so great (hint: coloured bricks may have been involved).

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Active Holidays For Families: Hiking Taipei With Kids

Taipei with kids is about more than just seeing a big city. Just ask Stu Dawson of Taiwan Adventures who runs tours of the many hiking trails surround Taiwan’s capital city. He tells suitcases&strollers about the best places to go around Taipei with kids to hike and experience the great outdoors for those looking for active holidays for famillies. (Don’t forget your camera! There are some pretty awesome views to be had too.)

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Profile: Family Travel TV Host Colleen Kelly

Colleen Kelly travels the world for her television show Family Travel With Colleen Kelly.She has been to over 30 countries including Switzerland, Ireland, Greece and Malta and, whenever she can, she takes her two daughters Dunovan Kate (12) and Shea Grace (9) with her. Colleen tells suitcases&strollers why travel with kids is important and which, of all the places in the world she has traveled with kids, are her favourite family travel destinations.

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Family Friendly Holidays: Seoul Insider

There are few family holidays destinations as kid friendly as Seoul. If you plan on visiting Korea with kids, the capital city has multiple children’s museums, free translators for tourists in the city centre and lots of quirky themed cafes to keep the kids entertained. Irena Marce of Kids Fun In Seoul has lived in Seoul with kids Mia (7) and Lukas (5) since 2011. She tells suitcases&strollers all her insider city secrets to Seoul with kids.

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Exercise While Travelling: Fun Runs For Kids in Asia

Active holidays for families are a great way to encourage kids to embrace health and fitness while still having fun. But this doesn’t mean you need to climb a mountain or do extreme sports. Instead, plan your next family vacation around a fun run for kids. Exercise while travelling can make an event seem more exciting or interesting than just doing it at home and gives a chance for that all important family bonding time that happens in foreign environments. Here are some of the most exciting fun runs for kids in Asia and Australia in 2015.

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Family Adventure Holidays: Tibet Insider

Unusual family holiday destinations don’t get much more unusual that Tibet. If you love family adventure holidays, Tibet with kids is a brilliant combination of hiking, sightseeing and appreciating the fresh air. Just ask guide Jamin York (who goes by the name Losang) who has lived in Tibet with kids Tsering (8) and Norbu (6) for more than 13 years. suitcases&strollers chatted to Losang of Plateau Photo Tours about what a family holiday in Tibet with kids really involves and when you should start planning.

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