Asia

This page will have articles and blog posts with respect to our travels in Asia. Both Natasha and I were born in India and spend our youth in that part of the world so we have a very deep connection to this culturally magnificent continent.

Here are the countries we have traveled with our child in Asia (posts coming soon!):

China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, UAE (Dubai)


Top 10 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Kyoto

Visiting Kyoto with your family is one of the most recommendable things to do when you’re visiting Japan. It’s among the ten largest cities in the world and is saturated with culture, exciting culinary experiences, and an incredible historical value. A way to experience Kyoto at its full potential is by immersing yourself in the customs and traditions. One way to do that is by staying in accommodation that embraces Japanese culture; but at the same time is comfortable, at a pristine location and most importantly…kid-friendly. Here are the top 10 best kid-friendly hotels in Kyoto you may want to consider when planning your trip to the otherwise known as the “thousand-year capital”. 

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Japanese sushi master showing his skills

Top 10 Baby and Kid Friendly Restaurants in Kyoto

While in Kyoto, you simply can’t skip on eating out at their wonderful restaurants with legendary Japanese food. Of course, everyone knows that traveling with young children can sometimes be quite tricky because you have to take things like potential tantrums, picky eaters into account. To help you, we’ve made a list of the top 10 best baby and kid friendly restaurants in Kyoto.

These restaurants have been selected based on how they accommodate the needs of your children, but also, a very important point, on their ability to provide you and your family with the best of Japanese cuisine. These restaurants will make it possible for your family to have a memorable culinary experience on your trip to Kyoto – one where both parents and kids are in a good mood and content with their meals. From ninjas serving your meals to playrooms, to being witness to expert Japanese chefs preparing traditional dishes in front of you, this list has it all. 

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Tokyo lights at night Tokyo with kids

Tokyo with Kids: The Ultimate Kid-Friendly Travel Guide

Traveling in Tokyo with kids is easy and fun. The seamless public transportation system allows you to efficiently get from Point A to Point B with little to no hassle. The locals are friendly and readily willing to provide advice and help whenever needed. There are all kinds of food, and don’t get us started on the lights. Kids love bright, shiny, and colorful things, and all of Tokyo’s lights are definitely bright, shiny, and colorful. All this coupled with the countless things to do in Tokyo with kids makes it one of our favorite places to travel with little ones. Below, you’ll find the ultimate guide to Tokyo. We’ll tell you the best places to stay, where to eat, and the top things to do in Tokyo with kids. So strap on your seatbelts because we’re taking off, baby.

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Top 10 Best Kid Friendly Hotels in Tokyo

Tokyo is an awesome place to visit with the entire family. There’s lots to do, it’s easy to get around, and the people are friendly. Unfortunately, many of the city’s hotels have small rooms and single beds, and finding a family friendly hotel in Tokyo can be tough. That’s why we’ve taken the time to compile this list of the best kid friendly hotels in Tokyo. Whether the hotel has many kid-friendly amenities, is located near one of Tokyo’s most popular kid-friendly attractions, or just caters to the needs of kids, here are the top 10 kid friendly hotels in Tokyo in no particular order.

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bento box with tempura shrimp

Top 10 Best Baby and Kid Friendly Restaurants in Tokyo

One of the most difficult things about traveling abroad with children is the food issue. While most places have a McDonald’s or some other kid-friendly fast food, what happens when you actually want to sit down and enjoy a nice meal? What about when you want to eat some local food? How can you be sure they’ll offer something your kids will actually eat? During our travels, we spent a good bit of time in Tokyo. One thing we discovered is despite this country’s love affair with food, it’s surprisingly unaccommodating for families wanting to eat together. From cramped quarters to restaurants with few or no child-friendly amenities, finding a place where the whole family can gather for a meal is a bit tough. But don’t despair. You don’t have to cramp your culinary style just because you’re eating with kids. Here’s our list of the best kid friendly restaurants in Tokyo. At these child friendly restaurants in Tokyo, you’ll find play areas, dedicated children’s menus, highchairs, booster seats, and other kid-friendly amenities that can make your eating experience enjoyable for all involved.

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Amazing view of the casinos around Macau

Ultimate Kid-Friendly Itinerary for 1 or 2 Days in Macau, China

Why do The 2 Idiots recommend Macau?

We hate when we read travel websites that do nothing but rave about how wonderful every destination is. It’s misleading. We want to be honest about our experiences, and we honestly don’t recommend families visit Macau. It is a nice enough place, super new and super clean, and one of the only places in China you can gamble. Unlike Las Vegas, however, it just doesn’t have the same energy and things to do with kids. Unless you want to visit to gamble and play games in the casinos, which are nice and super expensive (more expensive than Las Vegas!), it’s just not on our list of cities to visit with kids.

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Ultimate Itinerary And Things To Do In Shanghai With Kids

Why do The 2 Idiots recommend Shanghai With Kids?

We cannot rave enough about Shanghai! Actually, we rank Shanghai one of our top five cities in the world to travel with kids. After visiting the more traditional and old-school Beijing, Shanghai was such a change of scenery. The city is very cosmopolitan, like New York City, Mumbai or Tokyo, and incredibly organized. This is a city that wants to be the financial capital of modern Asia and that goal is pretty evident in everything they do.

With a desire to be an international business city comes people from all around the world and from all over China. This means the food in Shanghai is to die for, coming from all the regions of China, as well as around the world! We had some of the best foods we have ever eaten while here. From its beautiful harbor, the energy of the city and its people, the illuminated skyscrapers and, again, the food (we seriously cannot say enough about it), Shanghai should be on everyone’s travel list. This is a city you do not want to miss. Go, now. We mean it!

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Showing some love on the Great Wall of China

Ultimate Itinerary And Things To Do in Beijing With Kids

Why do The 2 Idiots recommend Beijing With Kids?

It’s historical, a culture all its own, and, oh yes, the food is off the charts! Beijing is where the Ming and Qing Dynasties thrived with imperial families ruling for centuries. You’ll find palaces, temples, gorgeous parks, and, of course, various entries to the Great Wall of China. Not only is Beijing’s culture unique in how the country celebrates its spiritual beliefs — they once considered themselves between Heaven and Earth — it is also the center of communism in China and provides travelers with another unique perspective on the world.

Yes, although the language can be a barrier, we also found the people of Beijing to be extremely friendly to families, going out of their way to take care of children. It really is a magical city that everyone should visit.

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One of our favorite pictures from the boat tour in Jinze Water Town with the family and our tour guide

Preparing For A Trip To China With Kids

As one of our top three places in the world, we find China to be one most unique cultural experiences we’ve had as well as an incredible food experience. The Chinese love children and are extremely family-friendly, and at every turn, you will be surrounded by ancient history. We just cannot stress enough that your should visit China with kids.

But before you visit, you will need to prepare. While China is technologically advanced, it can feel as if you are in a time warp — very few people speak English, you cannot just call a taxi, and all the social media tools, apps and email you typically use, including Uber, are not available to you in China.

From the basics you’ll need to enter the country, which has stricter visa requirements, to some things may be unusual for your family to encounter, here’s how you can prepare for your trip to China with kids.

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Ultimate Itinerary And Things To Do In Dubai With Kids

Why do The 2 Idiots recommend Dubai with Kids?

Dubai is AJ’s hometown; he grew up here! He’s watched the city grow from a sleepy town where there were only a few skyscrapers, and today, it’s astounding how big Dubai is. The mixture of old and new is astounding. You can still see parts of what Dubai had been, combined with this amazing city coming out of nowhere with humongous skyscrapers and the best international cuisine all in one place. (This is one of our top places to eat in the world.) Dubai just wows you! While other cities such as Florence have a history you can see, Dubai is creating history, and you can be a part of this new city as it thrives and grows. Learn why traveling to Dubai with kids can be one of the most amazing experiences you can have as a family!

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