Family-Friendly Vacation Spots in Asia: Singapore or Hong Kong?

Vacation for the whole family can be an exciting adventure. The children’s interests are at the top of the priorities when it comes to choosing the right place for your next tourist destination. Singapore and Hong Kong are among the many places families go to visit because of the assemblage of choices offered by both to your family. In this story, we will show you a comprehensive comparison between Singapore and Hong Kong so you don’t have to fall into the rabbit hole of travel information about both. No matter which place you choose for your vacation, Singapore and Hong Kong will both give you and your family a memorable family vacation of a lifetime.

Theme Parks

Both Singapore and Hong Kong hold their unmatched offerings for the ultimate theme park experience. Universal Studios Singapore is a Hollywood movie theme park with 24 rides, 8 of which are exclusive to Singapore. Some of the rides are Transformers: The Ride 3D, Battlestar Galactica, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, and Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase.
Singapore Universal Studios Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. (via Shutterstock, Sarunyu L)
Skip the line and have your tickets ready on your phone to Universal Studios Singapore by booking your tickets through Travelbook. The magical kingdom of Hong Kong Disneyland is for some people is the quintessential amusement park. The world-class theme park is inspired by princesses, kingdoms, and dreams from your favorite Disney movies. You also have the chance to get to meet iconic Disney characters like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Mickey Mouse and more. The thrilling rides will surely spark the thrill in you in the seven zones which include Mystic Manor, Tomorrowland, Iron Man Experience, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, and Dumbo The Flying Elephant. » Learn more and book on Travelbook Tours this experience: Universal Studios Singapore — You can visit Universal Studios Singapore™ some of cinema's biggest stars with cutting-edge technology and special effects. The result is an experience that the whole family will treasure forever!
Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong Disneyland during winter. (via Shutterstock, KeongDaGreat)
Pre-book your pick-up service to Hong Kong Disneyland and other Hong Kong tourist attractions so you don’t have to worry about your transportation. » Learn more and book on Travelbook Tours this experience: Hong Kong Disneyland — Enjoy a luxury transfer between Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, Ngong Ping 360 Victoria Peak, Sheung Wan Macau Ferry Terminal and Kai Tak Terminal.

Water Parks

The islands of Singapore and Hong Kong can be hot because of the surrounding waters, so what better way to beat the heat than to splurge on a water park. Take the kids to Wave House Sentosa to try their hand at surfing. You don’t have to worry about the safety of your kids as the surfing activity is done inside a controlled environment. » Learn more and book on Travelbook Tours this experience: Wave House Sentosa — you will challenge yourself to a high-adrenaline mix of surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding and pretty much every other watersport known to man at Wave House Sentosa. Ride waves up to 10 feet high in total safety. Even a wipeout is wet and wild fun!
Singapore Wave House Sentosa Flowboarding at Wave House Sentosa. (via Shutterstock, Itsanan)
Another fun option is Singapore’s largest water park, Wild Wild Wet. Not only kids can enjoy here. Even the adults can take the rides on their wave pool, serpentine slides, and river rides. Jump right into the 360° extreme loops of Vortex then hop the slide lanes of Kraken Racers Singapore's first four-lane mat racer slide. And these are just two of the array of activities on offer here. Free Fall has a near-vertical drop at speeds of up to 15 meters per second. Torpedo ejects you from an 18-meter high capsule straight into another free fall, giving you that sweet g-force feeling. Wild Wild Wet is the only place to be on a scorching Singapore day. As well as loads of rides, there are plenty of places to chill and lots to entertain the kids, too. It's wet, it's wild, it's a winner. » Learn more and book on Travelbook Tours this experience: Wild Wild Wet — You can explore like the Wild Wild West, only wetter. Make a splash with the whole family at Singapore's Wild Wild Wet. Ride the Vortex, Singapore's first high-speed 360° extreme loops ride, take to the rapids, then try and fight the G-force on the Torpedo. Or just ease your muscles in the low-key jacuzzi! If you're looking to get soaked in fun, Wild Wild Wet has you covered.
Wild Wild Wet Singapore The largest water park in Singapore, Wild Wild Wet. (via Shutterstock, tristan tan)
Hong Kong, on the other hand, does not disappoint with its Ocean Park. Ocean Park Hong Kong is an amazing combination of a water park and an amusement park. Aside from the water rides and the oceanarium, you may also go on an adventure ride in the roller coasters and cable cars. » Learn more and book on Travelbook Tours this experience: Ocean Park — You can visit the sea creatures at Ocean Park Hong Kong, one of the largest aquariums in the world. You may enjoy the 8 different zones of fun including many different exciting rides, exhibits of sea lions dolphins and of course, giant pandas.
Ocean Park Hong Kong Dolphin Show at the Ocean Park. (via Shutterstock, Alex Cimbal)
For more tour packages, hotel accommodations, restaurant recommendations, and tickets to tourist attractions see Travelbook’s Singapore City Guide and Travelbook’s Hong Kong City Guide.
Travelbook Kong Kong Hong Kong adventures and tours on Travelbook, explore, book and share experiences Hong Kong City Guide.

Science and History

Learning can be boring for most children but when you incorporate fun ways to do it, it’s an experience they will look forward to. The science and history are best represented in the Singapore Science Centre and in the Singapore Discovery Centre. The Discovery Centre educates children through the paintball arena, a digital dance studio, and the army museum. Singapore Science Centre has 8 amusing interactive galleries including the butterfly farm, a laser maze, virtual worlds, and an eco-garden. » Learn more and book on Travelbook Tours this experience: Singapore Science Centre — Every futuristic city needs a cutting-edge science museum, but Singapore takes things to a whole new level. With over 850 mind-blowing interactive exhibits spread across eight sprawling galleries that cover the wonders of the universe, it's easy to spend an entire day exploring Science Centre Singapore.
Singapore Science Centre Tesla coil demonstration at the Singapore Science Centre. (via Shutterstock, Nur Ismail Photography)
Alternatively, the tandem of the Hong Kong Museum of Science and its neighbor Hong Kong Museum of History provides both fun and learning in their own respect. The Science Museum displays 18 galleries of over 650 exhibitions in their four-story building.
Hong Kong Museum of Science Zheng He's Treasure Ship model in the Hong Kong Museum of Science. (via Shutterstock, eWilding)
Hong Kong Museum of History Historic exhibit at the Hong Kong Museum of History. (via Shutterstock, eWilding)

Physical versus Intellect

Puzzle-solving activities made for groups of people are an entertaining way to bond with the family. The Escape Hunt Experience in Singapore caters to people age 7 to 70, challenging the group to solve a series of puzzles within one hour inside an enclosed space. On the contrary, Wing Chun Kung Fu and Mixed Martial Arts in Hong Kong will teach you some practical self-defense for children age 5 to 14 and also for adults. You and your kids will be taught martial arts techniques and sharpening your ability to react to real threatening situations. Let's explore! You can book all these experiences on Travelbook Tours. Book your tickets today:
  • Universal Studios Singapore Feel the thrills with some of cinema's biggest stars and adrenaline-packed rides
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Transport for Disneyland, Ocean Park, NP 360, The Peak, Macau Ferry, and Kai Tak Terminal to/from Kowloon or Hong Kong Island.
  • Wave House Sentosa The ultimate beach destination and surfing hangout in Singapore
  • Wild Wild Wet Wet and watery fun with high-speed rides, rapids, and even a relaxing jacuzzi
  • Ocean Park Hong Kong Visit the sea creatures at Ocean Park Hong Kong, one of the largest aquariums in the world.
  • Singapore Science Centre Make a voyage of scientific discovery with over 850 interactive exhibits
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