|A rare sight sometimes in SEA|
Aside from the typical list of things to see in Asia, if you are traveling (or thinking about traveling) with children under 10 years of age, chances are at some point you’ll be desperate for a great outdoor playground. This was a major theme during our travels with our 2 pre-schoolers in tow as we travelled through 9 countries in SEA last year. Visits to ancient temples, breath-taking beaches, bustling markets, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, not to mention the countless hours spent on buses, trains, and planes were no match for the pleasure that swings and monkey bars could offer our kids! But sadly the notion of play is not as readily indulged in developing countries where poverty and survival are the over-riding themes for children and their families. While fun, well-maintained purpose-built outdoor play spaces were rare luxuries, we did come across a few gems that we’d highly recommend for a visit if you happen to find yourselves in the area—the kiddies would be happy!