Anambas Family Holiday
So you've been thinking about taking your family on a holiday but you'd like your kids to come away with more than just a tan and a few tacky souvenirs. Well, in a word: Anambas. Anambas is as versatile a family holiday destination as they come.
Anambas is an Indonesian archipelago that sits offshore, east of Peninsular Malaysia. It has tropical weather, countless idyllic islands and, best of all, it's as good as undiscovered. There's no KFC, no McDonald's and no Starbucks. Anambas is nothing short of paradise.
Now, chances are you haven't heard of Anambas before. But it's safe to say that Anambas offers just about everything a family holiday should be all about, particularly if your kids are 5-6 years old and upwards.
Ultimate Family City Break
As Anambas is a mere 200 miles from Singapore, odds are that Singapore will be your jumping off point. Whilst Singapore may to this day still hum the tunes of the British colonial days of yore in famous Raffles Hotel, this exciting Asian metropolis positively belts out its vibrant arrival as one of the world's most successful societies, with its gleaming shopping malls, iconic skyline and dozens of world-class attractions and rides.
This part of Indonesia has a particularly rich history and is renown for being a veritable crucible of cultures. Malay, Chinese, Eurasian, as well as western influences are everywhere. Mixed in with the Anambas Archipelago's original inhabitants, the Orang Laut, it makes for a unique melting pot of language, traditions, cuisine and religions. You'll even find remnants of the Dutch, the British and the Portuguese here and there, because these, too, had their day in the sun in the Anambas Islands.
If one of the objectives of your family holiday is to instill into your kids a sense of awareness of the world we live in and the need for striking a balance between man and nature, then pay a visit to Pulau Durai. Durai is also known as Turtle Island in these parts, because it's the focal point of Anambas' turtle conservation efforts. Incidentally, as you will see, other elements of conservation will quickly become apparent whilst in Anambas.