Thanks for visiting Expat Heather! I’m an international teacher, writer, and expat mom currently living in Vietnam. On this site you’ll find things about raising kids abroad, teaching in international schools, travel, writing, and expat life.
We recently did a family photo shoot in Saigon with Michelle Seltzer of Green Gate Photography. I loved the newborn photos Michelle did for us when Arianne was born here in Vietnam, but that was three years ago! I thought the photos of our last year in Vietnam would be a nice momento for the kids as we move to our next country.
The kids have grown up so much. We did the shoot at our apartment complex, Lexington Residencein District 2. January is a good time to do a family photo shoot in Ho Chi Minh City, because the weather is cool and it’s not as humid as other months. My kids were still sweating though after an hour of running around the playground.
Here are a few favorites!
See Arianne’s newborn pictures
Visit Green Gate Photography
I spent five full days in Langkawi with kids for a Malaysia beach and wildlife vacation. I found Langkawi to be a perfect travel destination for young children (ages 2 and 5), as the island is small but there is plenty to do! The beaches were pretty much empty, and they had a wonderful time exploring. Here’s what I recommend doing if you go to Langkawi with young children.
We took a tour from the Kilim Geoforest Park with Dev’s Adventure Tours. In the Geoforest Park, you can see monitor lizards, eagles, monkeys, and mudskippers. Most tours also stop at the Bat Cave where you can see hundreds of bats. Our tour also stopped at an island beach and the Hole in the Wall floating restaurant. Half-day tours start with a 9 or 930am pickup and drop you off at your hotel around 2 or 3pm. It’s a tiring day for young kids, so plan for naps or a quiet afternoon.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Langkawi is the Cable Car and Sky Bridge at Machincang Mountain. I was a little worried taking two kids, ages 2 and 5, up there by myself, but we managed it and they had a wonderful time! It is beautiful and a fun way to see the jungle from above. They loved feeling the wind and pretending they were surfing in the sky!
While planning a Malaysia beach vacation with kids, I wanted to make sure I chose a destination with plenty of indoor activities. Langkawi was perfect because there was so much to do, even when my kids were recovering from illness or it was raining. One of the places I wish we had spent more time was Art in Paradise, the 3D Art Museum in Oriental Village.
When I was looking for family accommodation in Langkawi, I found a lot of options. I decided on Dayang Bay Serviced Apartments because they had a suite with a sea view for a similar price to a regular hotel room at other resorts. I am a light sleeper, and the ideal situation for me is to have the kids sleeping in a different room.
Most of the resorts on Langkawi are in Kuah town or along the island’s west coast in the Cenang Beach area. Two five-star resorts are also north at Tanjung Rhu Beach. I chose Kuah town, even though it doesn’t have a beach, because the island is small and I knew I could get to all the main attractions within a 30-minute drive.