Family holidays: Unusual places to take the kids

Not interested in a fly and flop beach break to Europe or queuing for the rides at Disney World on your next family holiday? Treat the kids (and adults) to the adventure of a lifetime on a trip to an unusual and unique destination filled with history, culture and wildlife activities galore.

If you feel you've seen enough of Portugal and Spain and want to give your children a real culture shock, where they can meet friendly locals and discover one-of-a-kind landscapes, we've found the holiday for you.

Burma (pictured) is a brilliant place for children, where the locals will fuss over your little ones. The exciting South East Asian country boasts beautiful scenery, fabulous cultural attractions and picture-perfect beaches. The kids will love spending a day in the jungle where they can learn how to look after an elephant, before spending the night in a rural village and playing with the local children.

Aspiring cowboys and cowgirls won't want to miss a trip to America's rugged Wild West, where magical Native American culture, roping lessons and beautiful new tipis in Nevada provide a wonderful glamping holiday. If it's a unique beach break you'd like to experience, head for China's answer to the Maldives, Dong'Ao Island, where Club Med has opened a new resort for energetic families to try water sports, beach yoga and sailing, just 30 miles from bustling Hong Kong.

While Costa Rica is becoming increasingly popular with families in search of a rainforest adventure, we've found a new spot in Central America where tiny travellers can visit the jungle and build sandcastles on the beach.

Click through our gallery for more places to go off the beaten track on a family holiday.

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