Choosing between Bali and Thailand for a family trip during the school holidays can be a delightful dilemma. Both Southeast Asian destinations offer breathtaking beaches, rich cultures, and a wide range of family activities. With flexible Bali and Thailand packages, you can relax in a hammock, sip coconuts, and enjoy the blue sea. Bali’s northern and eastern parts boast pristine volcanic black-sand beaches perfect for diving and snorkeling. Located near Java and Lombok, Bali is a top choice for travelers seeking unique experiences. Lovina, a tourist town in Bali, is famous for dolphin sightings each morning, not far from the coastline. Ubud, surrounded by rainforests, rice paddies, and river valleys, is the island’s lively cultural heart, offering activities like rafting, cycling, and visits to local craftsmen. Explore Thailand with Thailand Packages, mixing the excitement of Bangkok with the serenity of the Thai Islands and Chiang Mai’s jungle. Whether you’re looking for a spiritual retreat, thrilling adventures, or a relaxing getaway, both destinations have something special to offer families.
Bali – Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
Take your family to the serene shores of Lake Bratan and visit Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a must-see attraction included in the Bali Packages. This ancient temple, dating back to the 17th century, is nestled in the mountainous Bedugul Regency of Bali, perched on a plateau. The crystal-clear lake is beautifully calm, occasionally kissed by a gentle breeze that creates mesmerizing ripples. A thin layer of mist hovers over the lake, giving it a surreal ambiance. Pura Ulun Danu was built in honor of Goddess Danu, the Balinese queen of water, rivers, and lakes. The temple complex comprises four sacred buildings, each dedicated to a different deity, including Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Buddha’s statue is also enshrined here, with a Buddhist stupa in the temple’s lovely gardens.
Thailand – Kanchanaburi Province
Plan a family trip to Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand’s third-largest province, with Thailand Packages, and be enchanted by its natural beauty. This diverse region boasts mountains, Neolithic caves, seven-tiered waterfalls, and national parks, making it perfect for outdoor activities such as rafting and hiking. While here, don’t miss the World War II sites, including the famous Bridge over the River Kwai, and learn about the tragic history of the Thailand-Burma Railway at the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. Kanchanaburi, just two hours from Bangkok, offers a microcosm of Thailand with stylish resorts, pagodas, trekking routes, and golf courses. Wat Saam Prasob, also known as the Sunken Temple, sank in 1968 when the lake’s water submerged it, leaving only the upper section of the bell tower visible. Wat Tham Suea, or the Tiger Cave Temple, houses the largest Buddha image in the province, reached by climbing 158 steps or taking an elevator car.
Bali – Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida, located southeast of Bali, is the next stop on the family travel guidebook of Bali Packages. This island is often considered the most exotic of the three Nusa Islands, with its scenic lagoons and cliffs, perfect for scuba diving to explore coral reefs, whale sharks, and manta rays. Diamond Beach, one of Nusa Penida’s “cliff beaches,” features turquoise waters and white sands, named after the diamond-shaped rocks on the beach. The beach is easily accessible via a short trek and is located close to Atuh Beach and Thousand Island Viewpoint. Atuh Beach is a tranquil spot with fascinating rock formations and picturesque views. Kelingking Beach, on the southwestern coast, is an isolated stretch of white sand bordered by T-rex-shaped cliffs. To reach the beach, take a 45-minute hike. It’s famous for its stunning sunset views, creating a magical atmosphere. Capture breathtaking photographs of the cliffs and landscapes, turning your memories into postcards.
Thailand – Bangkok
Explore the capital city of Bangkok with Thailand Packages, where you’ll find a blend of big-city excitement, modern attractions, and ancient sites like Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the Grand Palace. Located in the Chao Phraya River Delta, Bangkok offers activities for travelers with varying budgets. Start your trip in the Old City, where backpackers can find accommodation. Khao San Road, a popular tourist street in the Old Town, hosts nightly markets and local street food stalls. Take a riverboat tour along the Chao Phraya River to visit floating markets or embark on a day trip to Ayutthaya’s rustic pagodas, the former capital city. Don’t forget to experience a traditional Thai massage, where skilled masseuses use various techniques to relax your body, relieve tension, strengthen muscles, and improve blood circulation.
Bali – Ubud Palace
Include a visit to Ubud Palace in your Bali Packages as it’s renowned for its architectural beauty and intricate carvings. While the palace is still the residence of the royal family, a significant part of it is open for visitors. Ubud Palace gained recognition from the book and movie “Eat, Pray, Love.” Built in the 19th century by Ida Tjokorda Puta Kandel, the palace is a visual delight. It also hosts international events in art, music, and literature, making it a cultural hub in Ubud. Surrounding the palace are lush green gardens, ideal for relaxation. To learn more about the palace’s cultural and historical significance, consider taking a guided tour. In the evenings, at 7:30 PM, traditional Balinese Dance performances take place, offering a beautiful glimpse into Balinese culture. The melodious Gamelan music accompanying the dancers adds to the enchanting atmosphere.
Thailand – Phuket
Make use of the exhilarating Thailand Packages to visit Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, perfect for family vacations. Situated in southern Thailand, Phuket offers a wide range of attractions for all ages. Phuket International Airport makes it accessible year-round. Phuket is renowned for its golden beaches, offshore islands, lively markets, and thrilling water sports. It’s also one of Thailand’s most accessible beach destinations. Beaches like Kata and Surin cater to different tastes, while Patong Beach is ideal for relaxation even after sunset. Beyond the glitz, Phuket offers traditional activities and experiences. Enjoy tropical weather throughout the year and explore vibrant marine habitats from November to December. Popular spots for scuba diving and snorkeling include Phi Phi Islands and the Similan Islands, perfect for day trips by speedboat. Phuket is also an excellent starting point for visiting islands like James Bond Island.