Since my last vacation to the east coast of Malaysia, I am itching to plan my next trip overseas. However I am rather constraint in destination choices as this will be my 2 year old daughter’s ‘coming of age’ trip.
Unfortunately she is at that stage where everything has to go her way and has yet to grasp the finer rules of civilised human behavior. Trying to educate her on this aspect is as futile as convincing the leopard to change its spots. Nonetheless, her older brother had his first airplane ride when he was 1.5 years old, so we have to be impartial.
My older son is getting visibly restless with the lack of holidays planned this year. He went on a 16-days whirlwind trip with his parents to France and Italy last April and has probably caught the travel bug from his mother. I am so proud of him! So here I am now in the midst of planning a week long trip for the family, promised to take place in October after his 5th birthday.
Top of my personal choice would be Korea or Japan but the flight duration is probably too long for my girl. As I have already maxed out my utility for Malaysia this year, I will be looking at either Thailand or Indonesia (excluding Bali) for inspiration.
For Indonesia, I had initially focused my attentions on Yogyakarta for its historical significance and proximity to Borobodur and Prambanan, ancient Hindu relics from the 9th century. While it is of much cultural interest to me, I cannot figure out a ‘fun’ factor for my children, especially if they have to scale the flights of stairs to the top of Borobodur to gain ‘enlightenment’.
To be honest I have never been to Thailand before and I feel ashamed to admit it being such a self-proclaimed travel junkie. Yet I refuse to follow the crowds and head for Bangkok and Phuket. There’s no more room for raving in such over-hyped destinations and I prefer to find my holiday bliss in a less touristy place.
In an article on DestinAsian, I read about the Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa located near Trang, south of Krabi. The main charm touted is its stretch of secluded beaches, pristine waters, and lack of tourists. While it sounds enticing, I am not too sure if my husband can deal with that.
My last experience with a ‘charming, secluded beach resort’ was extremely disappointing because secluded became synonymous with laggard customer service and a state of disrepair. I guess I will have to keep looking.