Some traveling parents might opt for an urban escape and head to Singapore where everything is very familiar for foreigners and diapers and basic supplies are readily available. Depending on where you chose to travel to, you might want to find out about vaccinations, pack lots of diapers, sunscreen, and come with a travel cot. Either way – do not overpack. South East Asia is full of outdoor markets selling nice clothing you will want to buy!
The people in South East Asia are generally very friendly and love children. Especially if you venture out of the more touristy areas, cities, and resorts, be prepared that your children will get a lot of attention. Usually people are being kind and helpful, but sometimes it might feel pushy. This may sit differently from parent to parent and child to child, but be prepared for the love and adoration!
If you don’t have one already, we strongly suggest that parents invest in a good baby carrier, if your child is still at that age. Between the cobbled walkways and uneven sidewalks, you will be relieved not to be dealing with a stroller.
One of the best things about South East Asia is the food! Thai and Vietnamese food is delicious and surprisingly kid friendly so don’t be afraid to try the local cuisine. Kids will particularly love the noodle and rice dishes with egg. They also have delicious omelettes there that are totally unique to that part of the world. Toddlers will love spring rolls with rice noodles, too. In some places you’ll find food served in pineapples, which toddlers will love! The fresh fruit there is to die for.
One thing to keep in mind especially if coming from parts of Europe and America is that car seats laws in South East Asia are either non existent or aren’t proactively enforced. As mentioned above, it’s a very different culture, so be prepared that finding transportation with rear seatbelts let alone suitable car seats can be a challenge unless you do your research and often pre-book.