Quivertree’s Top 9 (yes 9!) Family Destinations for 2013

November 21, 2012 at 2:07 am

Quivertree’s Top 9 Family Destinations for 2013
1) Morocco
The kingdom is an outstanding family destination. Try camel trekking in the Saharan dunes or a family culinary class learning the art of couscous or tagine; sleep in tents and mountain fortresses (kasbahs), and go horseback riding along miles of Atlantic beaches and through traditional mountain villages.

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Djema el Fna, Marrakech

2) South Africa
South Africa is our safari destination of choice. Plenty of family friendly lodges, some with high (animal proof) sleeping platforms out in the bushveld, where the sounds and activity of the wild surround you at night. Other highlights include a 3 day cultural immersion tour in Zululand, secluded Indian Ocean beaches, hiking Table Mountain and an African Jazz Safari, where your family will learn the secrets of township jive.

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Up close and personal on safari in South Africa.

3) Myanmar
This emerging world class destination is paradise for families. Play soccer with kids in rural villages, climb inside the ancient temples at Bagan, travel by horse and cart, explore fantastic Inle Lake from a motorized dug out canoe, and hike to remote tribal villages near Kengtung.

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4) Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
A classic family combo. Explore amazing Angkor by ATV and horseback, and try your hand at kite surfing on the beaches of Vietnam. Explore off the beaten track North Vietnamese ricefields by bike staying in villages along the way, or cruise up the Mekong and deliver supplies to local schoolkids along the way.

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Getting wet while mahout training near Luang Prabang, Laos

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Making a few extra dong (Vietnamese currency) on the streets of Hanoi

5) Thailand
An all time favorite. Learn to train elephants on a mahout course, dress up and live like a Thai family for a day in a village, zipline through the jungle and enjoy incredible beaches.

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Relaxing day out fishing, Thailand

6) Ecuador
A great South American family destination. Swim with turtles and sealions in the Galapagos, feed the llamas in the courtyard of your hotel, get a blessing from a real shaman in the jungle, horseback in the foothills of a tropical volcano, explore the Amazon by canoe or white water and stand in two hemispheres at the same time.

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Hate to see what happened to the other guy.

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Incomparable Galapagos

7) Colombia
An emerging paradise for families. Trek to isolated Caribbean beaches in Tayrona National Park and explore the great city ramparts in Cartagena. Stay on a hacienda and learn the secrets of growing coffee, and explore Medellin, a wonderful city for families that can keep you busy for days and our #1 city in Latin America!

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Bizarre Volcan Totumo near Cartagena

8) India
India is a perennial Quivertree favorite. Stay in real palaces in the Rajasthan desert, ride elephants and search for elusive tigers, explore small villages and visit local schools, and imbibe the colors and smells of Asia. Explore the Jungle Book in real life, be blessed by a temple elephant, travel on a houseboat in Kerala, learn how tea is grown and trek through the Himalayan foothills.

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Learning the art of snake charming. Don’t try this at home.

9) Adriatic Europe
Travel the “real” Italy of the South by bike, learn to make authentic pizza and explore off the beaten track whitewashed villages and little visited Baroque masterpieces such as
Lecce. Then cross by ferry to Croatia, a land of sublime beauty and adventure that is ideal for families – from high ropes courses to family white water rafting, from kayaking
along the walls of historic Dubrovnik to hiking the white mountaintops of Velebit National Park, Croatia is a wonder for families.

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Gorgeous towns all over the region. This is Monopoli, Italy