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  • 10 Best Places to Visit in Egypt For A Holiday for First-Timers

    The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions “Egypt” is the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Nile. In any case, with over 7,000 years of unique history, legacy, and culture, there are numerous other amazing attractions in Egypt to justify its title as a tourist hotspot. With an intriguing history that spans back to the beginning of human civilization, Egypt is known to be a very popular tourist destination. Pharaohs being synonymous with this destination, Egypt is an amazing country to visit to explore ancient tombs, pyramids and attractions which will leave you in awe. An ideal place for adventurers, explorers and history buffs alike. Egypt is an allrounder for travelers looking for a blend of activities rich in tradition, gaining memorable experiences, and simply looking to let loose. Here are 10 Best Places to Visit in Egypt that should be on the top of your itinerary and bucket list when you finally decide to make a trip to this delightful nation. via GIPHY   Giza Image Credit: Photo by Pradeep Gopal on Unsplash Giza is presently known as one of the most renowned spots in Egypt where tourists often visit. Giza is filled with leading hotel chains, famous boutiques, cafés and large shopping centers. Near the hustle and bustle of the city lies the famous Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. You can't say you have been to Egypt without visiting and seeing these monuments first-hand. The extraordinary Pyramids at Giza are famously known for being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and in addition to that, it is also undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Giza's pyramid complex has awed voyagers down through the ages. An unquestionable feature of any trip to Egypt, Giza's pyramids ought not to be missed. A large portion of the touring destinations at Giza is situated on the plateau aptly named the Giza Plateau, where the Great Sphinx and Great Pyramid stand tall. Don’t forget to snap some pictures of you riding a camel while soaking in the magnificence of the ancient pyramids (Indiana Jones-esque). The pyramids of Giza will definitely be the gem in any trip to Egypt.   Luxor Image Credit: Photo by Lea Kobal on Unsplash Luxor, also known as Thebes in Ancient times, is situated on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Egypt. At its peak, it was the ruling capital of the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom of Egypt. Luxor is also famously called the world’s greatest open-air museum. With iconic structures, temples, and historical museums, the city is a significant destination in Egypt. The essential touring destinations of the Luxor are not situated in the city itself but on the other side of the Nile in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. The Valley of the Kings is a burial spot of the Pharaohs of Thebes, this valley comprises of several burial places portraying the life of ancient Egyptians through the engravings inscribed on the walls and the roofs of the burial spots. The Valley of the Queens is likewise a burial location that contains close to 57 tombs including the breathtaking and remarkable burial place of Queen Nefertari. The vast majority of the Luxor attractions are found either on the East Bank or the West Bank of the Nile. Popular features on the East Bank incorporate Karnak Temple, an exceptional sanctuary city that took more than 2,000 years to develop and it is also known to be one of the largest religious places on the planet. The flawlessly lit up Luxor Temple is a jaw-dropping temple to visit at night. Some other attractions to check out in Luxor are the Luxor Museum and the Colossi of Memnon.   Cairo Image Credit: Photo by Dario Morandotti on Unsplash Cairo the capital of Egypt has a rich history of Islamic, Christian and Jewish culture. The 2000-year-old city is additionally the biggest city in Middle-East, Africa and the Arab world. Do not miss out on the opportunity to shop at Khan el-Khalili bazaar where coppersmiths continue to craft their wares despite having small workshops. Vendors are loaded with a variety of products such as ceramics, textiles, spice, perfume, collectibles, souvenirs, and jewelry. Khan el-Khalili is one of Cairo's must-visits with eateries, cafés and street food merchants scattered around the market adding to the appeal of the bazaar. The significant mosques in Cairo are the mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aas (Al-Fustat), Mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, Mosque of Al-Azhar, Mosque of Sultan Hassan (which is wonderfully lit up in the evening), Mosque of Al-Refai, The Blue Mosque and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Additionally, other Islamic sites are the Salah El-Din Citadel, House of Gamal-Al-Din and the Museum of Islamic Art (Bab Al-Khalq). At the widely acclaimed Egyptian Museum of Tahrir Square, guests can get a better perspective on Tutankhamun along with mummies and different antiquities from Egypt's Ancient past.   Aswan Image Credit: Photo by Mo Gabrail on Unsplash Aswan is the third biggest city in Egypt and is situated on the eastern bank of the Nile River. Aswan is the name given to this city by Arabs, the prior name of the city was "Suno" which translates to 'The Market'. Aswan gives one of the most delightful perspectives of Egypt with the eye-catching views of the town on the eastern bank. Aswan is likewise a bonus for guests as it is flooding with brilliant markets, aromas, Pharaonic and roman remains and artifacts from the ancient spot of Nubia. The two most amazing destinations of Aswan town are the two principle islands-Kitchener which is a botanical garden and Elephantine which is a site having vestiges of ancient structures and a museum. Elephantine and Kitchener Island are worth the time and money spent on exploring these islands. The Elephantine Islands are the ideal escape to loosen up. The vivid Nubian towns in the focal point of the island are unique Egypt vacation spots and make for an incredible night walk. It is also recommended to take the boat to Angelika Island to study the Temple of Philae which is from the Ptolemaic and Roman era. The biggest landmark of the island is the sanctuary of Isis which takes up around one-fourth of the island. Aswan is currently known for its amazing views on the desert dunes and the Nile stream. Some other essential attractions are Aga Khan Mausoleum, Tombs of the Nobles and the Temple of Philae.   Abu Simbel Image Credit: Photo by AussieActive on Unsplash Abu Simbel comprises of two enormous stone temples made out of appreciation for the powerful King Ramses II. Cut out of the mountainside, the sanctuaries are enduring energy of Ramesses II and Nefertari. The temple is the most remarkable temple of all ancient Egypt. Indeed, even in a nation brimming with temples and tombs, Abu Simbel is something uncommon. This is Ramses II's extraordinary sanctuary, embellished with enormous sculpture placed outside, and with an inside luxuriously finished with artistic creations on the wall. The stone impressions of the lord and the lady seated on their thrones is a notable aspect of ancient Egypt. The temple was shifted elsewhere as a result of the rising waters of the lake during the 60s and this attraction creates a flow of tourists throughout.   White Desert Image Credit: Photo by Mariam Soliman on Unsplash Prepare to be stunned by the extraordinary white-hued rock arrangements of the White Desert, the Bedouin national park north of Farafra. This exceptional natural wonder consists of strangely molded chalk mountains with colossal arrangements of chalk running from snow white to cream in color, which likewise includes the sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea and the cliffs of the Farafra Depression. The white rocks have been molded by wind disintegration for a few centuries. The landscapes here look nothing short of magical, with white stones and chunks. For desert fans and travelers, this would be your ideal setting, while at the same time basking in the regular landscape. With its stunning natural beauty, it is among the most delightful spots to visit in Egypt. PS – Lookout for the Rhim and Dorcas gazelle, the latter of which roams the landscape at the White Desert.   Siwa Oasis Image Credit: Photo by Flo P on Unsplash This dazzling oasis, encompassed by date palm ranches and various freshwater springs, is one of the Western Desert's most pleasant spots. The town is based on the remnants of an immense mud-block fortress that ruled the view. This is the best spot to slow down and rejuvenate for a couple of days. Vacationers go to the city to appreciate the town's numerous freshwater springs, walk around sections of land of palm forests and to explore antiquated mud-fabricated fortifications and leftovers of Siwa's Greco-Roman past. Gurgling springs are in bounty here. One of the most famous is a stone pool known as Cleopatra's Bath. A segregated and more private pool is situated on an island in Lake Siwa. An outing to the nearby commercial center offers guests the chance to tour the city's rich culture and soak up the uniqueness the place has to offer.   Alexandria Image Credit: Photo by Peter Nicola on Unsplash Situated on the Northern Coast of Egypt, Alexandria or known as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean" or the "Social Capital of Egypt" is an ancient city in Egypt which is viewed as a significant tourist point of Egypt, the second biggest city of Egypt and furthermore a bustling trade port. Alexandria is enhanced with numerous sublime Greek landmarks, offering incredible touring chances to all and worth a visit for its numerous social attractions which provides deeper insights into its past. The city is definitely a standout amongst other Egypt destinations which would allow you to unwind and relax stress-free. Well known touring spots in Alexandria are Fort Qait Bey, Bibliotheca Alexandrina (one of the largest and most significant library in the ancient world) and Pompey's Pillar Alexandria which is a decent spot to chill with your friends and walk around the boulevards which are loaded up with cafés.   Sinai Image Credit: Photo by Irina Nakonechnaya on Unsplash Egypt's focal point for seashore fun is the South Sinai which is on the Sinai Peninsula. Sharm el-Sheik or, more than likely known as the City of Peace is a European-style resort brimming with lavish lodgings, universally known eateries, and a plethora of activities to offer. Sharm el-Sheik is one of the most well-known retreat towns in Egypt, situated at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. With its warm, dark blue waters and extraordinary brilliant seashores, it would be hard to eliminate such a spot from your itinerary. Try not to pass up on the opportunity to snorkel or dive into the phenomenal reefs around Tiran Island and Ras Mohammed National Park, home to some incredibly vivid marine life. Sharm el-Sheik gives access into the desert, where you can visit Bedouin camps and climb Mount Sinai, an ancient biblical spot famously known for its optimal view of the sunrise.   Dahab Image Credit: Photo by Nassim Wahba on Unsplash Dahab is a serene budget beach town that goes easy on your bank account. Dahab, which implies gold in English, is one of the most-visited urban communities by travelers and Egyptians in Southeast Sinai. It is otherwise called Sinai's most-cherished diving spot, which makes it a go-to spot for diving or swimming enthusiasts. Any place you pick in the South Sinai will have an association with diving. The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations on the planet. Apart from being the most celebrated national park inside Egypt, Ras Muhammad National Park also happens to be one of the most well-known diving sites. This attraction is tucked in the midst of the beautiful coral reefs and mangroves of the Red Sea just along with the inland desert of Sinai. It has completely clear waters that permit divers and swimming lovers to effectively view the dynamic corals and aquatic life. If you decide to take a boat for a ride further into the sea, you might even get to spot some dolphins, including Risso's Dolphin.   Nile Cruising Image Credit: Photo by Lea Kobal on Unsplash You can never be finished with a trip to Egypt without going on a journey on the Nile River. Regardless of whether you take it toward the beginning of the day or around evening time, in a boat or a felucca, the appeal of the Nile will blow your mind. For some guests, a multi-day voyage upon this much-admired Nile is a noteworthy feature of their Egypt trip. Cruising the Nile is likewise the most loosening up approach to see the sanctuaries that stud the banks of the waterway on the course among Luxor and Aswan. The two celebrated sights on a Nile Cruise are the Temple of Kom Ombo and Edfu's Temple of Horus, where all the large cruise ships make a halt. You can also opt to voyage the Nile by felucca which is Egypt's conventional wooden boat. Boats and cruises leave from both Luxor and Aswan, yet feluccas must be boarded for trips from Aswan. Egypt offers the most intriguing encounters to tourists and such an experience that cannot be compared to any other place else on the planet. Everything about Egypt leaves its visitors in amazement.THE PS – It is advisable to wear full-length clothing in Egypt, to regard the traditions and save yourself from some serious sunburn.   via GIPHY...

  • Perkara Yang Kami Rindu Di Hong Kong

    Artikel ini aslinya ditulis oleh Nazirah Nurfatin dalam bahasa Inggris. Kamu boleh membaca artikel dalam bahasa Inggris yang ditulisnya di sini. Hong Kong sememangnya ialah sebuah bandar yang penuh warna-warni, dengan adanya mercu tanda yang ikonik dan daya tarikan yang pelbagai. Terdapat banyak tempat yang boleh dilawati dan dihargai di sini. Hong Kong mempunyai banyak daya tarikan seperti bangunan-banungan tinggi, warisan tempatan dan makanan merupakan beberapa contoh daya tarikan yang menyinari Hong Kong. Namun, dengan keadaan semasa yang mana terdapat sekatan pelancongan, kita tidak dapat menikmati kesemua ini. Sebagai pelancong, lebih-lebih lagi mereka yang pernah ke Hong Kong walaupun hanya sekali, berikut ialah perkara-perkara yang mestinya amat dirindukan di Hong Kong! via GIPHY 1. Kawasan Kejiranan yang Warna-warni Kredit Gambar: Merlin Shaw di Unsplash   Hong Kong mempunyai kawasan kejiranan yang unik, dengan adanya beberapa kawasan kejiranan yang popular di kalangan selebriti, pemengaruh media sosial dan pelancong untuk bergambar di sana. Estet Choi Hung ialah salah satu kawasan yang terkenal, dengan warna-warna yang hidup dan lokasinya sendiri sudah menjadi satu daya tarikan pelancong dan juru gambar. Dikatakan, anda akan berasa seperti anda berada di tengah-tengah dunia apabila anda bergambar di sana. Kawasan lain yang terkenal merangkumi Estet Lok Wah dan Estet Ping Shek. Tempat-tempat tersebut memang tempat-tempat hangat di kalangan pelancong.  Kredit Gambar: Michael Rivera  di Unsplash Selain itu, kami juga akan merindukan bangunan-bangunan tinggi yang mempunyai kedai di bawahnya yang memenuhi kejiranan Hong Kong. Bangunan Yik Cheong menawarkan kemudahan seperti itu yang mana unit-unit rumah berada berdekatan dengan satu sama lain dan pelbagai kedai berada di bawah unit-unit tersebut. Ini memberikan peluang yang unik kepada para pelancong untuk menikmati seni bina kejiranan sana. Pastinya, kami merindukan keceriaan kawasan-kawasan kejiranan Hong Kong yang meningkatkan keunikan Hong Kong.    2. Makanan tempatan Kredit Gambar: SJ Baren di Unsplash Cakap sahaja tentang Hong Kong, anda pasti akan fikirkan tentang makanan tempatan popular mereka! Dim Sum buatan sendiri, tart telur, nasi itik panggang, daging lembu masak gulai (sedapnya!) dan banyak lagi. Untuk mendapatkan rasa dan pengalaman yang autentik makanan-makanan ini, Hong Kong sememangnya tempat paling sesuai. Memang anda boleh dapatkan makanan-makanan Hong Kong di merata tempat tetapi rasa yang autentik sudah pastinya di Hong Kong dan sangat dirindukan. Keenakan rasa daging lembu masak gulai yang Halal dari restoran Ma, pilihan yang banyak Dim Sum Halal dari menu di Islamic Centre Canteen atau tart telur dari Chrisly Bakery yang rapuh di dalam mulut (oh, betapa kami dambakannya!).  Kami juga akan rindukan pengalaman yang diraih sewaktu mendapatkan beberapa makanan tempatan Hong Kong. Saya pasti sesetengah daripada anda juga telah mengalami pengalaman beratur untuk mendapatkan dim sum atau tart telur yang terkenal, sambil mengambil bau di luar kedai-kedai itu.    3. Makanan-makanan Halal yang telah mendapat Bintang Michelin Kredit Gambar: bady qb di Unsplash Kami akan rindu makan makanan Halal yang telah meraih Bintang Michelin. Sebagai bandar kosmopolitan, Hong Kong menawarkan pelbagai jenis makanan dari seluruh dunia, termasuk makanan tempatan yang digabungkan dengan makanan Barat. Apabila terfikirkan tentang kualiti mantap dan rasa sedap antara makanan-makanan terbaik Halal di Hong Kong, membuatkan mulut kami terliur dan kami teringin sangat untuk makan makanan-makanan itu sekarang. Kredit Gambar: Bombay Dreams di Facebook Bombay Dreams, sebuah restoran makanan India, yang telah menerima Bintang Michelin, mempunyai dedikasi untuk menghidangkan antara makanan terbaik dari India Utara. Kami akan rindu makan di restoran ini, sambil menikmati suasana yang indah bersama teman-teman yang makan di situ bersama-sama kami.  Kredit Gambar: Imperial Patisserie di Facebook Tambahan pula, untuk orang-orang yang suka akan manisan seperti kami, kami akan rindu ke kedai roti yang baru mendapat sijil Halal iaitu kedai roti Imperial Patisserie. Kedai ini, yang juga telah dianugerahkan Bintang Michelin, menawarkan pelbagai manisan seperti biskut, kek, pastri. Reka bentuk kedai ini menggabungkan kedua-dua gaya moden dan tradisional yang memberikan aura nostalgik kepada para pembeli. Kami pasti akan rindu mendapatkan manisan-manisan dari kedai roti ini sebagai buah tangan untuk kawan-kawan dan ahli keluarga atau untuk diri sendiri.    4. Trem di Hong Kong Kredit Gambar: Ruel Del Jamorol di Unsplash Trem-trem di Hong Kong, yang juga dikenali sebagai tramways, merupakan mod pengangkutan popular di kalangan pelancong. Ini disebabkan tramways melintasi laluan pelbagai kawasan tarikan pelancong jadi membuatkannya senang untuk para pelancong jalan-jalan di Hong Kong. Tramways juga menawarkan alternatif yang lebih berpatutan untuk pelancong mengelilingi bandar ini, dengan melihat pemandangan-pemandangan indah dan bangunan-bangunan ikonik di seluruh Hong Kong. Bukan itu sahaja, ia juga mudah dilanggani; para penumpang boleh membeli Kad Octopus dengan senang di mana-mana stesen MTR dan gunakan kad tersebut untuk membayar yuran trem.  Kredit Gambar: Chromatograph di Unsplash Tramways sudah menapak sekian lama dalam sejarah Hong Kong, sebagai salah satu pengangkutan awam terawal di Hong Kong, yang telah bertahan dari waktu jajahan Inggeris sehingga sekarang. Melihat trem ini di jalan raya atau menaiki trem dapat membawa anda ke zaman dahulu dan memberikan memori indah. Pengalaman menaiki trem akan kami rindu kerana ia mengingatkan kami tentang keindahan dan keunikan Hong Kong melalui mercu tanda yang ikonik dan bangunan-bangunan yang kami lihat sewaktu menaiki trem.    5. Udara Dingin di Hong Kong Kredit Gambar: John O'Nolan di Unsplash Antara perkara yang kami akan rindu di Hong Kong ialah udara dinginnya. Cuaca Hong Kong dari Oktober hingga Disember dianggap sebagai masa terbaik kerana cuacanya dingin tetapi terang. Para pelancong sangat digalakkan untuk ke Hong Kong pada musim ini.  Mengimbas kembali kenangan kami sewaktu dapat melawat taman bertema seperti Hong Kong Disneyland dan memetik gambar-gambar yang cantik di Puncak Victoria dalam cuaca yang dingin itu, kami teringin sangat untuk kembali ke Hong Kong untuk mengalami pengalaman ini sekali lagi.     6. Keramahan di Hong Kong Kredit Gambar: Big Dodzy di Unsplash Hong Kong dikenali sebagai destinasi popular yang ramah-pelancong (tourist-friendly). Kebanyakan orang-orang Hong Kong boleh bertutur dalam Bahasa Inggeris dan mereka kerap memberi bantuan kepada pendatang dari luar negeri. Terdapat juga orang-orang tempatan di stesen-stesen keretapi yang tidak jemu memberikan bantuan kepada para pelancong yang mengalami kesukaran untuk ke merata tempat dalam bandar ini.   Selain itu, jalan raya dan tanda di jalanan ada juga dalam Bahasa Inggeris, membuatkan para pelancong lebih mudah mencari jalan di bandar ini. Kami akan rindu keramahan yang sangat baik daripada orang-orang tempatan di Hong Kong demi memastikan para pelancong dapat melancong dengan selesa dan selamat.    7. Budaya dan Warisan Tempatan Kredit Gambar: Hong Kong Museum of History Adakah anda rindu untuk mempelajari lebih lanjut tentang budaya dan warisan tempatan di Hong Kong? Saya memang rindukannya! Hong Kong menawarkan pelbagai mercu tanda yang ikonik, bangunan-bangunan bersejarah dan muzium-muzium yang memberikan anda pandangan mendalam tentang kekayaan sejarah dan budaya di Hong Kong.  Muzium Sejarah Hong Kong menonjolkan pelbagai pameran dan artefak yang merentasi 8 galeri. Anda boleh mempelajari banyak tentang budaya dan warisan Hong Kong kerana muzium ini menyerlahkan pembangunan Hong Kong dan mempamerkan peristiwa-peristiwa penting dan orang-orang yang telah memainkan peranan penting dalam pembangunan Hong Kong. Terdapat juga tapak-tapak warisan Cina dan Penjajah yang kita boleh lawati untuk mengetahui lebih lanjut tentang sejarah dan budaya Hong Kong. Kami akan rindu berganjak-ganjak ke muzium-muzium dan melawati tapak-tapak terkenal warisan dan budaya di Hong Kong.  Itu dia, 7 perkara yang kami akan rindu di Hong Kong. Walaupun kami tidak lagi dapat kebebasan untuk melancong atas sebab situasi yang kurang baik ini, kami berharap anda tidak akan lupakan semua memori indah anda sepanjang berada di Hong Kong. Mungkin, apabila situasi kembali pulih, anda boleh menikmati memori-memori ini sekali lagi dan membuat memori baharu dengan melawati tempat-tempat lain di Hong Kong. Artikel ini disampaikan kepada anda oleh Lembaga Pelancongan Hong Kong.  via GIPHY...

  • 9 Honeymoon Destinations You Have Yet To Discover In Malaysia

    You must have heard that Malaysia is slowly easing its traveling restriction. Even though international travel has yet to be permitted, domestic traveling is possible. Thus, we can take this opportunity to discover the hidden gems in Malaysia. Who says that you need to go far for a honeymoon gateway? And if you think that Malaysia is not an ideal location for a honeymoon destination, you might want to reconsider that! via GIPHY Check out these 9 romantic honeymoon destinations in Malaysia! 1. Rawa Island Image Credit: Rawa Island Resort Skip the more popular islands like Tioman Island and Perhentian Island and head straight to Rawa Island to discover the pristine beauty of this island. This small island is located in the vicinity of Johor Bahru, despite its small size, there are plenty of activities to do here!In Pulau Rawa, you can book one out of the two resorts that are available here; Alang's Rawa Resort and Rawa Island Resort. Both would give you some of the best views of the vast sea and amazing packages for various water activities. If you're bringing kids, let them have fun at the water slides! Apart from water activities that you can do in Pulau Rawa, you can hike The Hilltop Walk, which only takes around 40 minutes. It's worth the effort and time once you reach the top because the panoramic view of Rawa Island is something you and your spouse shouldn't miss. 2. The Banjaran Hotsprings, Ipoh Image Credit:The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh on Facebook Ipoh is a city full of cultural trails and historical monuments. You and your spouse may choose to explore Ipoh because of its heritage, but what I want to highlight here is The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat will give you a one in a lifetime experience and a perfect choice for your luxurious honeymoon getaway. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is Malaysia's first natural Hotsprings wellness. You can relax and enjoy nature here while being surrounded by limestone hills, rainforest, natural caves, and waterfalls. Explore the caves, visit the library, or take a dip in the geothermal hot spring. With the resort having about 45 villas available and no kids below 12 are allowed to stay, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat will guarantee you an intimate time with your spouse. Do take note that alcohol is served throughout the resort. 3. Mabul Island Image Credit: Tourmab Mabul Island is located in Sabah and is a popular destination for divers. But this doesn't mean Mabul Island is not for you! The aqua ocean and beautiful reefs will reel you in. If you and your spouse enjoy snorkeling and kayaking, then you should check out this island. Isn't it nice to be kayaking on a Molokini, a transparent kayak, and witness the underwater marine life? Definitely, a good alternative if you can't dive or snorkel. Once you have experienced the water activities, go ahead and watch the sunset with your spouse. Mabul Island offers you a great view of both sunrise and sunset. Another activity that you should do here is stargazing. With low light pollution, you can witness the Milky Way galaxy at night. What a way to end the day with your loved ones! 4. Bentong Image Credit: Ryan Chu on Unsplash If you are considering Genting Highlands as your honeymoon destination, you might want to check out Bentong instead. Located on the western side of Pahang, you can escape the hectic city life and enjoy what nature has to offer you here. Of course, the things that you should be looking forward to will be exploring nature. Known for its mountainous terrains, you may see yourself surrounded in greeneries. Enjoy the fresh air with your spouse at the Japanese Garden or picnic by Lentang Recreational Forest. When planning for a place to stay at, you should check out these Muslim-friendly resorts in Janda Baik; Chengal Hill Retreat and Fifty4Ferns. They only served Halal food and no alcohol allowed on their premises. 5. Serendah Another foresty destination you may want to consider is Serendah. This destination is best if you and your spouse are an outdoor person. Discover the beauty of Waterfall Forest Park Kanching. Be ready to hike through the 7 levels of Kanching Waterfall as the difficulty varies at each level. If you want to skip the hiking and head for adrenaline activities, there's dirt biking that you can try at Moto Maniac. Also, it is worth checking out Sekeping Serendah Retreats. Providing an eco-tourism accommodation, you can spend quality time with your significant others away from the bustling city life. Think about the greeneries and the meal shared under the stars, it will definitely leave great memories for both of you! 6. Kuching Image Credit: Farizal Resat on Unsplash Experience the beauty of what Kuching has to offer by renting a Sampan down the Sarawak River. Kuching is not only about the stunning waterfront, but also a city full of cultural and historical aspects. Go on a museum hop with your significant others like the Sarawak Museum. Discover places to shop at and dine in at the Waterfront after taking a relaxing walk. Also, don't forget to view the Kuching Mosque and marvel at its incredible architecture. As Kuching means "cat" in Malay, you should not miss out on the Cat Museum. To add up a little bit of adventure to your honeymoon getaway, how about hunting down the cat statues around the city? But let me break it to you that the city's name might not be derived from the Malay word. Then again, it is worth discovering all these cat elements around the city. 7. Malacca Image Credit: Tammy on Unsplash Being one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malacca has so many to offer to everyone. Considering Malacca as your honeymoon destination won't be a disappointment. Explore the historical landmark with your spouse and discover various museums that you can visit. After a long day walking around the town, hopping from one museum to another, it's time to hunt down for food. And isn't it fun to hunt down food with your loved ones? Malacca has arrays of food stalls ranging from local, Westerns, Chinese to fusions. Beat the heat by getting your sweet tooth fix at Klebang Original Coconut Shake or Cendol Kampung Hulu. No matter how long you are planning to stay in Malacca, the choices of Halal or Muslim-friendly food are endless! 8. Lake Kenyir Image Credit: MOHD HAFIZ YAHYA on Unsplash Believe it or not, Lake Kenyir is a man-made lake, said to be the largest in Malaysia. Located in Hulu Terengganu, this destination is set for couples who love outdoor, and definitely those who are not scared of water. Fishing is one of the popular activities here as river fish has adapted to its ecology. You can also go for jungle trekking and caving and experience the nature around. Lake Kenyir offers a once in a lifetime experience to spend a night on a houseboat. There are some other resorts and chalets that you can choose from, but why not go for something different and create special experiences with your significant other. 9. Kuala Lumpur Image Credit: Izuddin Helmi Adnan on Unsplash Lastly, in this list, let's not forget about the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. This metropolis city has so much to offer. There are endless options to shop, various food stalls to eat at, and so many things to discover. Of course, one of the touristy things to do is to witness the Petronas Twin Tower. If you are craving some local street food and want to experience the feel of a night market, there is Tapak Street for you to check out. You can also take a walk at the KL Forest Eco Park, suitable for anyone as it is not as rugged as any hiking trails. Kuala Lumpur might be deemed as an overrated city to visit, but if you look at every nook of what this city has to offer, it is worthwhile. After all, you are visiting with the love of your life, so there is nothing that can beat that! Do you believe it now that Malaysia owns some of the best honeymoon destinations? These 9 destinations might not seem romantic at first glance, but now that you know they are, isn't it time to start planning? And once it is safe to travel, set off with your significant others for an incredible journey together. via GIPHY...

  • 9 Must-Do Things To Get Your Adrenalin Pumping In Genting Highlands, Malaysia

    In Genting Highlands, you will never run out of attractions to visit and fun activities to do. Situated an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, Genting Highlands is a must-visit for all travelers for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Also Read: Discover KL In 3 Days Like A True Local With Fatin Days Sitting atop a mountain almost 2000 meters above sea level, the cooling weather in Genting Highlands is a favorite destination among Malaysians and Singaporeans who are seeking to escape the sweltering heat and humidity of their environment. Genting Highlands is a family-friendly holiday destination with plenty of entertainment and things to do for people of all ages from an indoor theme park to natural attractions.  Here are 9 fun things to do in Genting Highlands that you should add to your itinerary to have a blast! via GIPHY 1. Have mind-blowing fun at Skytropolis Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Known as one of the top attractions in Genting Highlands, the Skytropolis is an indoor theme park that features over 20 spectacular rides for both children and adults. You heard that right. This is an indoor theme park. Isn’t that just mind-blowing? You'll find the Skytropolis in the First World Plaza, also home to other theme parks with different themes, you will never run out of things to do within these walls. Come rain or shine, you can ride a suspended roller-coaster, a 2-story-high drop tower, and more in this 40,000 square feet indoor park! A whole day in this fun land is sure to bring you a whole lot of laughter, fun, and thrills! Soar on a Viking ship or have a romantic time on the Ferris wheel located conveniently in one of the best shopping malls in Genting Highlands! Operating hours: 10am to 10pm DailyAddress: Level 1, First World Plaza 2. Get your game on at Vision City Video Games Park Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Situated within Genting Grand, an upscale hotel in a larger resort complex, Vision City Video Games Park is an indoor arcade center where you can get your game on with over 400 kinds of entertainment! From interactive and skill-based games, such as basketball or whack-a-mole games, to kiddie rides such as miniature carousels, this park provides a spectacular day of fun for visitors of all ages. With around 300 arcade machines from countries such as Japan and Taiwan, you are sure to find cutting-edge games here from popular brands such as Transformers Human Alliance by Sega and Star Wars Battle Pods. Shoot basketballs into the hoops or try your luck at the wheel of fortune. If you perform well, you will get rewarded with tickets that you can use to redeem prizes such as soft toys and other fun merchandise! Parents will be happy to know that there are toddler-friendly attractions such as animal-themed rides that are sure to bring joy to the young ones. Operating Hours: 10am to 12am (Monday to Thursday) | 9am to 1am (Friday to Sunday)Address: Genting Grand, Genting Highlands 3. Experience cutting-edge VR at The Void Image Credit: The VOID on Facebook When in Genting Highlands, you have to experience the first and biggest Virtual Reality (VR) center in Asia at The Void. With its cutting-edge VR technology and world-class entertainment, get ready to be blown away with one of the best VR experience located in First World Plaza. Star Wars fan, rejoice! Marvel as the Star Wars universe comes to life at The Void and experience being disguised as a stormtrooper. For horror fans, get your heart pumping with the multi-sensory horror experience in Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment. For the faint-hearted, have no fear as there are plenty of other VR experiences for you to get your hands on such as Ralph Breaks VR and Ghostbusters. Don’t miss out on one of the best sensory experiences right here in Genting Highlands! Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm DailyAddress: Level 1, First World Plaza Also Read: Go Hotel-Hopping In Kuala Lumpur At These 7 Amazing Hotels 4. Zip your way to BigTop Video Games Park Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Once you have had your fill of the Skytropolis, take the Eagle Landing Zipline on the fourth level of Sky Avenue and zip your way to BigTop Video Games Park which will take a minute or two. Make a boring walk across the mall exciting with this 200-meters zipline - one of the longest zipline located in Malaysia’s shopping malls. At the end of the line, you will find yourself in the east wing of the mall where the circus-themed arcade is located at. Big Top Video Games Park features old school arcade and carnival-themed games that will surely provide hours of entertainment for both adults and children alike! BigTop Video Games Park Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday) | 10am to 11pm (Friday and Saturday)Address: Level 2, Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park Eagle Landing Zipline Address: Level 4, SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting 4. Glide above the ancient forest with Awana SkyWay Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Get onboard the Awana Skyway and glide your way above a 130-million-year-old rainforest in Genting from Awana Station to SkyAvenue station. Taking the Awana Skyway Gondolas is one of the most scenic ways of reaching the peak of Genting Highlands and you can even take a short stop at Chin Swee Cave Temple at the midway point of the journey. Make the 10-minute gondola ride even more breath-taking by opting for the glass-floor gondolas where you can see yourself soaring above these dense treetops. Breathe in the fresh air while enjoying a jaw-dropping, bird’s eye view of the highlands in this state-of-the-art cable car. When you arrive at SkyAvenue station, you will find plenty of shopping and entertainment options at your fingertips including the SkyAvenue shopping mall that is directly connected to the station. Operating Hours: 7am to 12am DailyAddress: Level 2, Awana SkyWay building, Genting Highlands 6. Enthrall your mind at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventureland Image Credit: Ripley Entertainment Inc. Once you have reached SkyAvenue, engross yourself in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventureland that features the Odditorium, a 4D Trick Art Museum, a Jurassic Research Centre and a Zombie Outbreak! Attraction. All four attractions in one place! You will surely find one that will take you by surprise! At the Odditorium, you will find an assortment of all things bizarre and odd in the world with over 300 interactive exhibits that are sure to get the whole group engaged. For all dinosaur lovers, you will have a blast at the Jurassic Research Centre where you will be enthralled with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that you can interact and take memorable pictures with. Have an immersive experience at the 4D Trick Art Museum and take creative shots with their art exhibits. If that is not enough, get your adrenaline pumping at Zombie Outbreak! where you will need to run away from scare actors dressed as zombies! Operating hours: 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday) | 10am to 11pm (Friday and Saturday)Address: Level 4, SkyAvenue 7. Enjoy panoramic views at Genting Skyway Aside from Awana Skyway, Genting Skyway is another of the two cable car systems in Genting Highlands. This 3.4km cable car ride from Gohtong Raya will provide you with panoramic views of the highlands where you can have fun spotting landmarks such as the SkyAvenue Shopping Mall and the Chin Swee Caves Temple. You will then disembark at the peak of the highlands where you will find well-known hotels, restaurants, and attractions such as SkyCasino and Casino de Genting. Operating Hours: 7am to 12am DailyAddress: Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands 8. Pick strawberries at Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm Image Credit: Genting Highlands Fancy a leisurely afternoon of strawberry picking? You can do so right here at Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm. Situated in Bandar Gohtong Raya, it is 6-minutes away from Awana Skyway station and Genting Premium Outlets by car. You can spend the whole afternoon exploring and picking strawberry from its massive fruit farms and flower gardens. This family-friendly farm is recognized as the largest strawberry farm in Malaysia and it offers organically grown vegetables, flowers, and mushrooms that are exported to various parts of the country. You can take an Insta-worthy selfie at its picturesque Lavender Garden where you will be surrounded by blooming lavender flowers and beautiful fountains. You can even dine-in at their strawberry-themed restaurant and bring back organic treats as souvenirs. Unwind and relax at Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm! Operating Hours: 9am to 6.30pm DailyAddress: 1, Lot 3707, Jalan Jati 2, Bandar Gohtong Jaya, Pahang 9. Explore the Chin Swee Caves Temple Image Credit: Sung Shin on Unsplash A classic attraction in Genting Highlands has to be the Chin Swee Caves Temple. Located atop a 28-acre land, this Taoist temple is frequented by locals who would pray and meditate in its many prayer halls. Visitors are welcome to visit the temple to admire the nine-story Pagoda that is beautifully decorated with images and giant statues of Buddha and Kuan Yin, blessing lamps and elaborate sculptures of animals. You can explore the artistic depiction of the 10 Chambers of Hell or just admire the view of the pagoda against the panoramic backdrop of the mountain. Operating Hours: 7am to 7pm DailyAddress: Genting Highlands, Pahang At Genting Highlands, you will find countless activities that cater to people of all ages, making it a perfect retreat for families! From exciting theme parks to recreational leisure activities available at your doorstep, you will find yourself spoilt for choices! Indulge yourself with these 9 fun things to do in Genting Highland. Don't forget to download the HalalTrip App for more information on Halal food, Qibla Direction, Duas, and many more here! Also Read: Bunk In At KL's Most Chic Hostels For As Low As $13! via GIPHY...

  • Top 9 Holiday Destinations in Spain That You Need To Visit

    Everyone needs a plan to roll out and get some fresh air after the pandemic. While we all have big plans to resume our travel plans, we need to be sure that we adhere to health safety protocols. Starting July 1, Spain reopens its Portugal land borders, completing the country’s reopening transition. Spain has eased travel restrictions since June 21 when the Spanish borders reopen to EU and UK tourists without quarantine. Famous for its matador show, Spain continuously attracts tourists for its historical monuments, beautiful architecture and vibrant culture. That includes the history of Islamic civilisation in Spain. Spain is a huge country with so much to experience and explore. So get off your couch and start putting together your dream itinerary to discover the beauty of Spain with your family. But first, apart from coffee ☕️, take a look at the 9 best holiday spots in Spain! via GIPHY 1. Retiro Park, Madrid | The City’s Green Lungs Image Credit: Illán Riestra Nava on Unsplash Comprising of interesting monuments, fabulous sculptures, and gardens, kick start your day at Retiro Park by doing some fun activities like working out at La Chopera Municipal Sports Center, stroll around the park and discover the history behind the admirable Jacinto Benavebte Statue, La Casita del Pescador, El Paseo de las Estatuas, and The Royal Observatory of Madrid or you can simply lay a mat in the park and people watch while enjoying your brunch! This well-preserved park is home to a beautiful lake where you can rent a rowing boat. Be sure to spot the gorgeous Alfonso Martinez Monument while you’re at it! Near the rose garden you will discover the Statue of The Fallen Angel, 666 meters above sea level, symbolising the devil. The fountain is surrounded by devil-like creatures, spouting water from its mouths. For art lovers, you must have a look at Velázquez Palace and The Crystal Palace that hosts a contemporary art exhibition, monographic art exhibitions of different artists from 1900, and enjoy its remarkable interior! 2. Tibidabo Amusement Park Image Credit: Tomáš Nožina on Unsplash Challenge yourself to attempt some attractions in Tibidabo Amusement Park! With more than 30 attractions for all ages, the Tibidabo Amusement Park is one of the longest-running amusement parks in the world with some unique vintage attractions and breathtaking views in Spain! Don’t miss out on the park’s most famous ride – Avió. Feel yourself ‘fly’ in the air in an aircraft replica! Next, get on the ride on Muntaya Russa, bringing you more than 500m above sea-level and the best view of Barcelona from above. Also Read: 11 Must-Visit Islamic Historical Sites In Spain 3. Sacramonte Caves Museum, Granada Image Credit: Victoriano Izquierdo on Unsplash I would say it is a quiet holiday destination in Spain. Step back to the old times in this fascinating museum located inside of caves is the real authentic deal! This is where you explore the diverse geography within the region. Inside the museum, you will see how traditional handicrafts were made, a representative of the Gypsies lifestyle in the past. While you’re outside, admire sensational views of Alhambra along the sides, the white slopes of the Albacyn, and the River Darro. We’d recommend staying a night or two at the Gypsies and take your time taking in the view and experience the Flamenco Show. 4. Mezqueta Catedral de Cordoba Image Credit: Florian David on Unsplash The astonishing building of Andalusia city is transformed into the cathedral of Mezquita. Located in the Southeast part of Madrid, the dashing Cordoba mosque stands at the foot of Siera de Montana hill. The Cordoba mosque had witnessed the heroic moment of Islamic civilization in Spanish land. The mosque was once a cathedral called Visigoth St. Vincent and changed into mosque under Abd Ar-Rahman tenure in 784. Then, It was changed again into a cathedral during the 16th century of the Christian army's conquest. The center of the mosque turns to the main altar and the choir hall. The architecture has strong influence of the Islamic relics with pillars and marble structures surrounding the mosque. The architecture of the Cordoba mosque resembles the structure of Damascus’s great mosque, Syria. The Quranic calligraphy on the Mihrab wall is well preserved. On December 15, 1994, UNESCO defined the Cordoba mosque as one of the most historic and important relics in the world. Make sure you have a chance to pray there! 5. Plaza de España, Sevilla Image Credit: Joan Oger on Unsplash The Plaza de España-Sevilla is love at first sight! A seamless fusion of the Renaissance and Spanish Moorish architectural styles. Become the point of interest, this magnificent plaza will make everyone fall in love at first sight. The beautiful building has a nice taste since the combined architecture of Renaissance and Spanish Moorish style. It was originally built as construction and symbol for the Ibero-american exposition held in 1929. This building is a must-see attraction when you’re in Seville. In recent years, Plaza de España has also become a movie set, on Lawrence from Arabia (1962) and Star Wars: Attack of the clones (2002). Many arcs and columns, along with the red brick facade and gardens, make this construction looks stunning. Don't leave Seville before visiting this site! 6. City of Arts and Science, Valencia Image Credit: Jurre Houtkamp on Unsplash Integrating ultra-modern scientific and cultural complex, Valencia, the city of arts and science is not only best known as the largest holiday destination in Spain but also in Europe! This place is simply mind-blowing. The area was designed by the well-known Valenkcian architect, Santiago Calatrava, who lies on the dried bed of the river (which was diverted), and it's an impressive example of modern architecture. Be prepared to spend the whole day there because it's worth it and here are the attractive contents you should touch! Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia, Hemispheric, Museu de les Ciencies Principe Felipe, Oceanografic, The Umbracle, and Agora. We would recommend getting the tickets online in advance on their official website before it is sold out! 7. 3 Halal Restaurants in Spain Images Credit: Artiom Vallat on Unsplash Having a trip to Europe especially Spain is the thing that you always waiting for! Besides famous with its historical places, this country also serves you Halal cuisine from all around the world that you can find in Barcelona, Granada, and Madrid easily. Ascent, Barcelona Ascent is located in the heart of Barcelona city. It offers the Mediterranean, Spanish and French cuisine. What a surprise, all the dishes are delicious. We strongly recommend this restaurant! El Taj Halal, Granada A Moroccan Halal Certified Restaurant is the best places to eat fresh halal food. The service is great and the food is amazing. Their falafel wrap is a must-try! Bombay Palace, Madrid This restaurant serves you with various tasty of Indian food. We recommend you to give a try on chicken Madras, Naan and Chicken Briyani! Local Markets! Image Credit: Caleb Stokes on Unsplash For travelers, wander around to the local market is a must! It is impossible if you leave that way without pick some original craftworks from Spain! We have 2 local markets for your last destination in Spain: 8. El Rastro, Madrid With more than 1,000 stalls are available and free to check out. Both locals and tourists make the crowd there to browse antiques, flamenco attire, and old furniture to kitchen appliances, T-shirts, and leather bags. Maybe you won’t find any amazing items on sale on these crowded sloped streets but you will get a sense of life in Madrid and a living tradition. 9. Alcaiceria, Granada A beautiful open market, sited in a couple of little alleys which full of vendors selling dresses, lamps, handmade objects. You will experience the atmosphere of Moroccan here. we can say, it is a must-see in Granada. Well.. what are you waiting for? Start putting together your itinerary and find the treasures for all the above 9 destinations in Spain right away! Also Read: A Muslim's Traveler's Guide to Spain...



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