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From meeting a manatee to hanging out with orang-utans

Posted: 24 September 2009

Crafting With Kids by Catherine Woram Perfect for.... wildlife watching

South East Asia is home to a huge variety of animal and bird species, including elephants, bats and, of course, orang-utans. Bridge & Wickers, the Australian family travel specialist, has launched a new brochure offering inspiring holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Options for families include a stay at Kamu Lodge in Laos, where guests can plant rice in a paddy field and visit the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo.

Tel: 020 7483 6555 or visit

Everybody's Activity Book by Pascale Estellon Meet a manatee

Swimming with dolphins is a family favourite, but how about getting up close and personal with sea cows – a totally new experience in Asia. A great opportunity is now available at the Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa, a new hotel that forms part of the Chao Mai National Park in the Si Kao district of southern Thailand.

Manatees, or sea cows, are normally more associated with Florida, but the limpid waters off Anantara Si Kao have their own population of dugongs, as they’re known here. Families can watch these gentle creatures from a boat or snorkel close to them. A day out including the boat trip, a picnic, snorkelling, kayaking and a nature walk costs £30 per person. The Dugong children’s club in the resort offers Thai-themed activities including a children’s kayak tour; snorkelling lessons and coconut bowling; the whole family can join in with T-shirt painting and kite building, trips on longtail boats and sea kayaking around the dramatic limestone cliffs and towers that characterise this coastal stretch, or cycling in the rain forest. Seven nights for a family of four in an Anantara suite, departing October 12, costs from £2,100.

For more details, tel: 00 66 7520 5888 or visit

Girl's Best Book Of Knitting, Sewing, and Embroidery Stewart, Tabori & Chang Glorious Guyana

For a cultural family experience like no other, visit Guyana, South America’s only English-speaking country.

It is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals and reptiles, including the Neotropical Big Five – jaguar, giant river otter, giant anteater, black caiman (above) and harpy eagle.

A bespoke itinerary for families can also include a visit to Amerindian villages, where children can learn the Macushi alphabet at local schools.

A week-long tour for a family of four with Wilderness Explorers costs from about £5,000 inclusive of accommodation, flights and activities.

Tel: 020 8417 1585
or visit

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