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First World Plaza is amongst the hippest and most popular shopping destinations in Malaysia. The shopping mall complex offers over 60 retail shopping options, 70 dining outlets as well as numerous attractions within its premises. Must-see places would include the Genting Sky Venture, which is the only free fall skydiving simulator in Asia, as well as the indoor theme park, bowling centre, cineplex, Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, performance centre and a children's water theme park. The Times Square area is also host to a number of frequent performances - magic shows, dances and acrobatics. Those adventurous at heart may check out the Haunted Adventure which takes visitors on a train ride into a house of horrors. ...more

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First World Plaza is amongst the hippest and most popular shopping destinations in Malaysia. The shopping mall complex offers over 60 retail shopping options, 70 dining outlets as well as numerous attractions within its premises. Must-see places would include the Genting Sky Venture, which is the only free fall skydiving simulator in Asia, as well as the indoor theme park, bowling centre, cineplex, Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, performance centre and a children's water theme park. The Times Square area is also host to a number of frequent performances - magic shows, dances and acrobatics. Those adventurous at heart may check out the Haunted Adventure which takes visitors on a train ride into a house of horrors.

Ticket Price

Ticket prices will differ according to the attraction. Visitors may want to keep an eye out for various discounts and offers that are offered during certain periods.

Opening Hour

Most outlets, restaurants and attractions are open from early morning to late at night. The outdoor park is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends. The indoor park and rides are available from 8:00 a.m.

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 3 – 4 hours

Suitable For

Adults, Families, Senior Guests, Young Adults, Children

Must See

Attractions such as the Genting Sky Venture, Haunted Adventure and various theme parks

Prayer Facilities

A prayer room facility at the First World Plaza is available on the first level. Muslim visitors may make use of the room during prayer times.

Halal Food

First World Plaza offers quite a few pork-free restaurants such as Lobby Café, Hou Mei Noodle house and First World Café, but it is recommended that guests inquire with the restaurant owners about the usage of Halal meat.

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There are regular beach resorts, and then there are private villas literally in the middle of the sea with their own private pools; what more could you want in terms of privacy or romance? You can try out fun activities like diving, snorkelling, and lounging in your private villa while being served your choice of delicious food! You could also take a break from your break and head back into the mainland to visit busy markets, interact with the locals and explore the city. Although Maldives is a Muslim-majority country, not all resorts serve pure Halal food and cater to Muslims. Luckily, there are quite a few that are Muslim-friendly, so you won't have too much trouble finding one! Find nearby Halal food places in Maldives Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Maldives   8. Hawaii Hawaii is an isolated US state that is made up of a group of islands, many of them volcanic. 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Switzerland If you already live on a tropical island, the sun and sea just might be something that you see every day – and that's fine because there are plenty of honeymoon locations that offer something different. One such place is Switzerland. The country of chocolates, mountains, and snow can be an incredibly romantic place to vacation with your partner. Cities like Zurich, Geneva and Bern are the most Muslim-friendly in terms of finding nearby Halal food restaurants and prayer places, but many other cities and towns have Halal-friendly facilities as well. There is also plenty to do in Switzerland. Visit museums and parks, marvel at the gorgeous mountains and lakes, go shopping, or take to the slopes in ski resorts. Or, you know, you could cosy up in front of the fireplace with your lover while it's snowing outside. That sounds much better than any other activity, don't you think? Find nearby Halal food places in Switzerland Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Switzerland...

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Everyone visits Istanbul, but if you want to experience the trendy side of Turkey, take yourself to Bordum town on the southwest coast. Here you can visit the ancient Bodrum Castle, take a Hamam (Turkish bath), relax in seaside resorts, or enjoy the wide array of delicious food!   Find nearby Halal food places in Turkey   Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Turkey   3. Osaka, Japan Although Japan's Islamic history is relatively brief, it is quickly becoming one of the most Muslim-friendly holiday destinations for 2018. There are over 60 mosques in the country, like the Kobe Mosque which was built in 1935 (the first mosque in Japan). The government of Japan is also working hard to make Muslims feel more welcome in their country. If you were to visit in 2018, you'd see prayer rooms with clearly marked signs in major airports, plenty of Halal restaurants (or at the least a special Muslim-friendly menu), prayer areas in public places as well as the qibla marked in hotel rooms. 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The famous Jama Masjid in Delhi was built in the 1650s by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahn, who also built the monument that India is most widely recognized for – the Taj Mahal. There are so many Muslim-friendly places to visit in India that it would be hard to make a list. These places include tourist attractions, amazing Halal restaurants, mosques and Islamic sites (both new and old), and so much more! India is also one of the best value travel destinations in 2018, as it is pretty easy to travel on a budget. The city of Kolkata in West Bengal is one of the cities to focus on. Apart from having effective public transport and infrastructure, it is also known to be one of the cheapest cities to travel or live in India. Kolkata is the land of cultural festivities and is known to be the cultural capital of India. 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It is also home to the oldest university in the world and is known to be the largest car-free urban area in the world, and that's certainly something to see in this day and age.    Find nearby Halal food places in Morocco   Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Morocco     6. St Julians, Malta Malta isn't exactly the first place one would think of when considering Halal-friendly holidays in Europe, but you'd be surprised at how accommodating the country is to its Muslim visitors. Islam has even been quite prevalent in the history of the island; with Muslims making major impacts in the development of the country, in the agriculture and food industries in particular. Most of the places in Malta are also named in Arabic, such as Cassar, Zammit, Farrugi, and more. Although there is only one officially recognized mosque – Mariam Al-Batool Mosque in Paola – there are a few prayer places. In any case, there are plenty of private villas and other private places where you can pray. Halal food is also widely available. One of the best places to visit is the seaside town of St Julian's, where you can go fishing, visit ancient buildings like the Baroque museum and Spinola Palace, or enjoy great food.   Find nearby Halal food places in Malta Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malta    7. Abu Dhabi, UAE If you're looking for a luxury travel holiday destination for Muslim families, then there's no better place to visit than the UAE. With one of the world's strongest economies and a majority Muslim population, UAE is one of the richest Muslim countries in the world. You can choose between the ever-popular Dubai and Abu Dhabi to the lesser known cities like Sharjah, Fujairah, or Al Ain; they are all great places to visit! UAE is home to many of the world's most magnificent mosques, a tour of which would be compulsory on your Halal travel. There are so many other things to do like visit tourist attractions, go on safaris, and immerse yourself in shopping. It also has a wide variety of amazing food from local cuisines to international ones – and the best part: most, if not all of it, is Halal! You can choose between the cities like Dubai and Sharjah to the lesser known cities like Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah, or Al Ain. Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE is one of the best places to visit. Here, one gets to experience the entirety of what UAE has to offer. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (which is certainly grand, to say the least), sprawling modern shopping malls, or even stay at desert resorts! Find nearby Halal food places in UAE Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in UAE    8. Lombok, Indonesia If you're a lover of all things natural and organic, then its time for you to book the ticket for your Halal travel to Indonesia! Made up of a bunch of islands which are mostly volcanic, Indonesia has a majority Muslim population, which means you'll feel right at home. It also means that you will never have trouble finding nearby Halal restaurants or places to pray because the country is home to many mosques, including Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, which is the largest in Southeast Asia. Among the things you can experience in Indonesia include picture-perfect coastlines and beach resorts, amazing wild and plant life, delicious food, and affordable shopping. It is also one of the top tourist destinations in the world where you can travel on a budget. Everyone flocks to Bali, but if you want a quieter experience, book a trip to Lombok. There's nothing to scoff about here, as it is not only an amazing surfing spot but also a great destination for divers and snorkelers. This island is also motor vehicle-free, so you know the air you're breathing is as fresh as it can get! Find nearby Halal food places in Indonesia Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Indonesia    9. Hamburg,Germany Halal travel does not have to mean you have to only travel to Muslim countries, and a great place to start exploring the rest of the world is in Germany. This European country has a prominent Muslim community who manage to thrive although they are much smaller in number. Despite what you might have heard, Germans are generally very accepting of Muslims and assimilate into them well. Berlin is one of the best places for a Muslim to visit, as there is plenty of Halal food options available. There are also a number of mosques all across the country, including the Cologne Central Mosque in Cologne which is the largest mosque in Europe! Some of the top things to do in Germany include exploring all the cultural and historical sites, enjoying good food, and take in the awe-inspiring nature and landscapes. The city of Hamburg proudly claims to be “the gateway to the world”. While this might be a bold assertion, it backs it up by being a thriving port town with historic buildings, museums, beautiful parks and beaches. There's also plenty to do here, from classical performances to sporting events and regular markets.  Find nearby Halal food places in Germany  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Germany   10. Sri Lanka Known as “the pearl of the Indian Ocean”, Sri Lanka is a tiny island nation off the south coast of India. Although the majority of the people follow Buddhism, the minorities of Hindus, Christians and Muslims are also widely prevalent, Islam is the largest of them. Sri Lanka is one of the top places to visit in the world in 2018 for Halal-friendly travel because the country has many Muslim-friendly facilities. There are a number of mosques all over the island, and Halal food is easily available (with most international chains even being Halal-certified). The people are extremely friendly and accommodating as well. Sri Lanka is the best place for a relaxing vacation of lounging around on gorgeous beaches and getting pampered in all-natural spas, but also has opportunities for those who are adventurous or love to witness exotic wildlife in their natural habitats. Picture Credit - gallefortguide.com Galle, a city in the south of the country is an amazing place to visit. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with old Dutch-colonial buildings, quirky cafes and eateries, beautiful beaches, as well as historical mosques. Galle is the place to go if you're an artist looking for inspiration, or a sea-lover.  Find nearby Halal food places in Sri Lanka  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Sri Lanka  11. Aqaba, Jordan For those of you that are history buffs, Jordan is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The city captures a sort of old world charm that makes you feel like you've stepped into the past. Jordan wouldn't be for the travellers that look flashy technology and large-scale attractions, but for those who revel in the beauty of nature, culture, and friendly people. Jordan is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historical monuments, seaside resorts, and nature reserves, including the incredible ancient city of Petra. It is a Muslim country, therefore you do not have to worry about finding Halal food, mosques, or other Muslim-friendly facilities. If you want to take a break, Aqaba, the only coastal town in Jordan, is one place you can visit. This laid-back town is the ideal destination for those that live the underwater life, from diving to snorkeling and so much more! Find nearby Halal food places in Jordan Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Jordan   12. Jeju, South Korea Yes, the land of kimchi is a great place for Muslim travellers too! Although there isn't a large population of Muslims, it is slowly growing and the Korean government has taken major steps to encourage Muslim tourists to visit the country. One of which is the Halal Restaurant Week Korea, an annual event in which restaurants from all around the country participate. There are also plenty of things to do in Korea, including affordable shopping, amazing festivals, and incredible weather (autumn is the best!). South Korea has 8 mosques all over the country, but there are many more prayer places as well as in restaurants and stores. Cities like Seoul, Busan, and Jeju are the best options for Muslim travellers. The island of Jeju (largest in the country), in particular, is a place you cannot miss. It is the place the locals flock to when it comes to a getaway, and you will love it too. Beautiful sandy beaches, a posh countryside, luxury beach resorts, and amazing food – what more could you want?  Find nearby Halal food places in South Korea Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in South Korea   13. Singapore Singapore is a multicultural country with people of all backgrounds and races. About 14% of the country's population follows Islam, which means Muslim travellers won't have trouble finding facilities catered towards them. There are many mosques in the island, the largest being Sultan Mosque which is also constituted as a national monument. Singapore also has a prominent gastronomic scene; many restaurants are already Halal-certified or Muslim-friendly, with more making the shift every day. Singapore is a great place to shop till you drop, especially when it comes to fashion. But you can also enjoy other things like amazing architecture and monuments, as well as nature and wildlife.  Find nearby Halal food places in Singapore Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Singapore...

  • Word of Mouth - Kuala Lumpur Locals Tips

    Kuala Lumpur is teeming with culture, sights, smells, and sounds, not to mention some great shopping spots. There are so many unique things to do in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia that if this is your first time, you will need some tips on travelling to Kuala Lumpur. While there are plenty of places suggested online, if your stay is short and you want to know what to do in Kuala Lumpur for 3 days, you need to embrace the city like a local. Here are our local’s tips for when you travel to Malaysia.   How to eat like a local in Kuala Lumpur   This one is easy: eat from hawker stalls. Street food is some of the best you can get in Malaysia, with dishes packed full of flavour and worth every penny spent. Note to Muslim travellers: Even though Malaysia is a Muslim country, they do have pork more freely available than other places. They also, however, clearly state when they do, so if you’re eating at a hawker stall, make sure you check on that first. Jalan Alor is the best spot for street food, so expect taste without the fine dining setting. Since it does have Chinese cuisine which features a lot of pork, make sure you know how to find Halal food in Kuala Lumpur. Check for the Halal sign or Muslim-owned places. The best part about Jalan Alor is that it is located in the Bukit Bintang district so it’s perfect to re-energise yourself after a shopping spree. It is also synonymous with food and has plenty to offer, so make sure you take your appetite with you! Ganga Café offers Indian vegetarian dishes at Bangsar, if you want to play it safe.   Shopping in Kuala Lumpur   Picture Credit -http://www.star2.com   Amongst the major shopping scenes are Bukit Bintang and KLCC holding the fort for fashion and entertainment. Bukit Bintang is home to many malls which makes shopping for branded quality goods easy and convenient. Pavilion KL, ISETAN Kuala Lumpur and Sephora KL, are among the high-end shopping options if you want to dish out more cash. If you’re looking for cheaper options, shopping tips in Kuala Lumpur include places like Berjaya Times Square, Sungei Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza, and Plaza Low Yat. Chinatown is, of course, a great place to get cheap stuff, while Central Market is perfect for souvenirs and typical Malaysian items like batik, spices and local handicrafts.     Picture Credit - themalaymailonline.com   Peter Hoe Beyond is on the second floor of the Lee Rubber building in the middle of Chinatown, and sells all kinds of items made in Southeast Asia. In addition to being in a historical landmark, it is similar to Central Market but a nicer alternative. Batik, silk lanterns, block-printed table linens, artwork, fashion accessories and more can all be found at Peter Hoe Beyond.   Cultural things to do in Kuala Lumpur   Picture credit- iamm.org.my   There is plenty of culture present in simply walking the streets or markets, but if you really want to soak up some of Malaysian history, head over to the Museum of Islamic Arts which has been in business since 1998. This well-maintained museum is a great source of Islamic culture and hosts pieces from all over the world, including the actual Kiswa from 1964 – the black cloth that the Ka’bah is decorated with and is changed every year. Petronas Gallery at Suria KLCC also promotes arts and culture by local and international exhibitors.     Picture Credit -masjidwilayah.gov.my   You can find plenty of nearby mosques in Kuala Lumpur but Federal Territory Mosque(Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan) hosts tours for those who wish to take one. It is a beautiful mosque to behold, influenced by the Blue Mosque in Turkey, with intricate architecture that anyone can appreciate. The National Mosque (Masjid Negara) has beautiful landscaping and architecture, with fountains, ample space and impressive structure.   Activities in Kuala Lumpur   You can’t go to Malaysia and not visit the Petronas Towers – but be there early morning because there are only a handful of tickets issued per day. The iconic towers also have a bridge between the two buildings that are accessible to tourists. Genting Highlands is a Kuala Lumpur attraction with access through cable cars and has hotels, casinos and theme parks. The cable car ride provides breath-taking views, while many people go to Genting to escape the heat of the city. The Batu Caves are one of the top Kuala Lumpur attractions as it houses a Hindu temple in a large cave, but it also draws adventurers as it is one of the major rock-climbing sites in Southeast Asia. Get dropped off at the climbing site rather than the temple (as they are a bit far apart) and get ready to exert your muscles – for free – and climb the limestone walls. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience climbing as there are professionals present to give you a hand if you need one. All that work pays off with brilliant views from the top, and you get to admire the temple from your vantage point as well.     Picture Credit - sunwaylagoon.com   If you want a day of fun in the sun, Sunway Lagoon meets your needs with the theme and water park and is one of the top fun things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With relaxing rides and crazy ones, there is something for everyone. If you’re looking for something indoors, try out your moves at the ice skating rink at Sunway Pyramid Mall.     Picture Credit - menarakl.com.my   Throw your perspective into chaos at the Upside Down House. With everything literally upside down, you’ll be left with so many unique pictures that are very Instagram-able! The KL Forest Eco Park is situated within the city and perfect for nature lovers who want to take in some greenery and scenery. It has several nature trails and a forest canopy walkway. The KL Bird Park is the world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary, housing more than 200 species of local and foreign birds. Think of it as a bird safari! The Aquaria at KLCC are for those deep sea lovers, and takes the visitor on the journey of water, from land to sea. It starts in the highlands and goes through rivers, rainforests, mangroves, and into the coral reef in the deep blue sea.     Picture Credits - www.klbirdpark.com   Make sure you check all of the Kuala Lumpur attractions entrance fees before making your itinerary for Kuala Lumpur. One of the best travel budget tips is picking a cheap place when looking for where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, as with so much excitement, you won’t spend much time in your room.   There are many strange and beautiful things about Kuala Lumpur, and with so much to see and do, a first-timer’s travel guide to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is essential. If you are on a short trip and want things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days, pick one attraction, culture, eat and shop. If you have any Kuala Lumpur travel tips, connect with us through this post, the Halal Trip App, or any of our social media pages. ...

  • Top 5 Cable Car Rides of the World

    Taking a cable car ride is always an exciting experience. The invention of cable cars has made it easier for us to explore destinations that were difficult to reach and spectacular scenes that were hidden from our eyes. Here are our picks of the top five cable rides in the world that we think you should not miss if you are in the nearby surroundings! 1) Cable car ride at Zacatecas - Mexico The city of Zacatecas in Mexico offers one of the most breathtaking cable car rides above the city. The cables cars in the area are called as teleferico and take visitors right above the plazas, maze of streets, elegant domes and rooftops before it dismounts you at Cerro de la Bufa, a mountain towards the east of the historic center of Zacatecas which rises to a height of 2,657 meters. Though the ride lasts for just a few minutes, it is quite a photographic ride. 2) Cable car ride at Rio de Janeiro - Brazil For those planning to visit Brazil should not forget to take this picturesque ride from Urca Hill above the Guanabara Bay and finally to the peak of the Sugarloaf Mountain. While on the cable car ride; you can also get a glimpse of the popular statue, "Christ the Redeemer" on the Corcovado Mountain and a view of the city and the beaches. 3) Cable car ride at Merida - Venezuela Rated as one of the tallest and longest cable car rides in the world, the cable ride lasts for almost an hour. Starting from a plateau on the Andes at about 10,250 feet the rides takes visitors to the top of the Mountain Pico Espejo. There are four stations along the ride where visitors are free to stop and appreciate the views of the Pico Bolivar. 4) Cable car ride at Genting Skyway - Malaysia Holding two records to its credit, the cable car in Genting Skyway is known to be one of the fastest cable rides in the world and the longest in Southeast Asia. The ride starts from Gohtong Jaya (51Km from Kuala Lumpur) and takes visitors right up to the Genting Highlands Resort (2,027 meters above sea level). Once visitors disembark at the resort they can enjoy at the theme parks, shopping facilities and dine at some of the finest restaurants. 5) Cable car ride at Picos de Europa National Park - Spain In North-West Spain is the Picos de Europa National Park. One of the best ways to view the beauty of this park is to take the cable ride that carries visitors above the valley to 1,840 meters. Once on the top, you can enjoy excellent views of the park from the viewpoint of Aliva and also explore the surroundings. Another popular cable car ride is the Emirates Air Line cable car ride that runs over the River Thames in London, England. Introduced by the Doppelmayr Garaventa Group with sponsorship from Fly Emirates Airline, this cable car in London has become a popular attraction and is an excellent way to enjoy great views of London City. ...



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