Outrigger on the lagoon in Fiji! Amazing for children AND adults!!!
+ Reply to Thread
Results 21 to 29 of 29
08-05-2012 23:06 #21Senior Member
- Join Date
- Feb 2012
08-05-2012 23:52 #22
On that budget, I would suggest an Asian country. Probably Thailand (if you fly Singapore Air, you can also have a one or two night stopover in Singapore...both times I went, we got the stopover for free. The zoo and night safari were included in the stop over and are a *must*, especially with children).
I have found that most Asian countries are very family friendly and love children, and so I would happily take my children to most of them (excluding a couple, for obvious reasons).
Balinese are very family friendly and adore children, however it wouldn't be high on my list for a family holiday. I spent a lot of my childhood in Indonesia and Bali was always my least favourite island...it's so touristy and Westernised (most of it, anyway), filled with drunk Australian yobbos wearing their pluggers and bintang singlets. There are wonderful things to do and see on parts of the island, but I think there are better alternatives out there.
Thailand is incredible, it has everything - the culture, the history, the beaches, the shopping, the markets, the wonderful people, the incredible food (I prefer Thai food as a cuisine to most other Asian cuisine). Like I said, the people are *beautiful* (it's dubbed the land of smiles for a reason), there are a lot of family friendly activities and plenty to see and do.
It's very cheap to travel through Thailand (food in particular is dirt cheap...so cheap that I sometimes felt bad that it didn't cost more) and there are amazing cultural wonders to be seen, temples etc. If you're a "beachy" type person, the beaches in Phuket are stunning (we took a boat ride and I was in awe at the colour of the water). Probably some of the prettiest scenery i've seen. If you're into shopping, there is some great shopping in certain areas (especially Bangkok).
We visited all over and there were always plenty of families. At the resort we stayed in at Phuket, there were several families with very small children (one even had a tiny baby, a few months old).
09-05-2012 06:50 #23Senior Member
- Join Date
- Oct 2009
We just came back from Hong Kong with DD (22mths), and it was great. The people are lovely, and there was so much to see and do. DD loved Disneyland, and then you can take a cable car through the mountains to see the Big Buddha. Good food - and I didn't think it was too expensive.
I'd be careful where you went in Thailand. I went to Phuket about 10 years ago - so I appreciate that it has probably changed a lot by now, and this may be out of date - but, based on that, I wouldn't be in a hurry to take DD there.
When we went there was a lot of pr*stitution everywhere, and my partner at the time was constantly being approached by women (girls?) who looked VERY young. There was a bit of a seedy party atmosphere in some places there too, and lots of people getting drunk/ with the girls in restaurants, etc.
I didn't get a very nice vibe from it, and at the time I thought maybe it had been a bit spoiled by tourism. But I'd love to try other areas, and have heard great things about Chiang Mai. I just wouldn't really want to expose DD to Phuket IF it was still like that. (As I said, I may be out of date - and I hope I am).
09-05-2012 07:16 #24
Not sure where you are located OP but we go to Merimbula every year with the kids. Last trip was March and DS1 is 6, DS2 is 4 and DD was 4 months.
For us in Vic it takes 7 hours to drive there so its not that far away. We leave 5am have two stops and get there about 1pm.
We save money on the airfare....have our car to drive around in. Merimbula is such a family friendly place. Heaps of parks, an amusement park, great beaches and heaps of activities for the kids to do.
We get a really nice two bedroom apartment so kids have their own room and its all fully self contained.
I really cant recommend Merimbula highly enough!
We also go with my Sis family (they have two kids) and my BIL (they have two kids) and we all stay in the same complex so we have insta babysitters if a couple wants to have dinner one night.
So if you were thinking of Aus as well as o/s...try Meriumbla!
09-05-2012 07:18 #25
09-05-2012 07:22 #26
09-05-2012 07:59 #27
Aussie for Australian
Pommy for English
Coconut for Cook Islander
Definitely a slang term. Most definitely not meant in a derogatory manner.
Like i said. They are very sweet gentle people.
09-05-2012 08:15 #28
I've always though the Cook Islander nickname was to be 'Raro' or whichever island they're from.
Terms like FOB and Coconut usually are used to make fun of their island ways.
It's also used by some Indigenous Australian's to describe another Indigenous Australian who has a 'white' lifestyle. Also derogatory.
19-06-2013 17:59 #29
Vanuatu is absolutely amazing! And cheap as chips! The people are beautiful and always greet with a smile and lots to do over there we only went for a week but wish we stayed longer!
Heinz Baby BasicsOur BPA Free range offers you a choice for every stage of your baby’s feeding development. You’ll love our ...
LATESTHow to get your kids to bring home empty lunch boxesIs the secret to saving for your child’s education in your home loan?Games to play with your baby – newborn to 12 months
POPULARWhen can I start giving chores to my children?New baby nursery checklist – a guide to newborn essentialsWhat to pack for labour and hospital – a checklist
FORUMS - chatting now ...
No idea pleas helpConception & Fertility General Chat
Advice Wanted. Struggling with life as a new Mum to 9 month oldGeneral Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
Pregnant???Pregnancy Tests & Help / Support with Results
Help name our puppy!General Chat
Gender disappointment from others getting me downSecond Trimester Chat
IVF babies due March/April/May 2017#2pregnancy and babies through IVF
Are you going to an ANZAC service tomorrow?General Chat
My mum may have breast cancer :(General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
Tell them they're dreaming! Buy-Swap-SellGeneral Chat
The Word Association Game #24Games & fun stuff