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Thailand's Monkey Beach in the Phi Phi islands

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Family escapes

We have compiled three popular family destinations for your next adventure.

1. Phuket, Thailand
The largest of Thailand’s islands, Phuket is a hugely popular tourism destination. With beaches, wildlife, shopping and great food, it’s easy to see why. For those travelling with young kids, stay outside the bustling Patong town. Kata and Karon beaches have dozens of family-friendly resorts.
WHEN TO GO: Any time. High season is from November to April.
CURRENCY: One Australian dollar equals around 25 baht.
TIP: Venture out to Monkey Beach on Phi Phi Island. The kids will love the turquoise water and the curious monkeys.

2. Sentosa Island, Singapore
Jump on board the cable car and head to the man-made island of Sentosa – it’s a kid’s paradise. From Universal Studios through to Adventure Cove Waterpark and SEA Aquarium, your days will be packed with excitement. The island is also home to some of the country’s best resorts and restaurants.
WHEN TO GO: June and July are the hottest months. Otherwise it’s a year-round destination.
CURRENCY: The Singapore dollar is on par with our Australian dollar.
TIP: See the incredible water and light Crane Dance show. The cranes are more than 30 metres high and come to life each night.

3. Port Vila, Vanuatu
The capital of this South Pacific island nation perfectly blends beach relaxation with culture. Children will love splashing in the clear blue ocean, exploring the energetic town and watching traditional fire and dance performances by the local villagers. There is no shortage of resort accommodation ranging from three star through to five.
WHEN TO GO: April to October.
CURRENCY: One Australian dollar equals around 83 vatu.
TIP: Don’t miss the produce and handicraft markets in town.

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Candice's passion for journalism led her to the Sunshine Coast 12 years ago where she has worked across multiple media and communication platforms. An avid traveller (she lists Paris, Venice and Vietnam as her faves), this mum of one loves meeting with people from all walks of life and finds inspiration within their stories. Candice joined the team in 2014 and is MWP's editor.

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