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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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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. 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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. 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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. 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This spectacular view offers serenity, allowing us to relax and unwind. If you have more time to spare in Kota Tinggi, you can also visit the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park. Participate in outdoor studies with your family and get close to nature. This can be a fun yet enriching experience for the family! Image Credit: Desaru Fruit Farm More family-fun activities await you in Desaru. Drive down to Desaru Fruit Farm and learn how to grow various kinds of fruits. On top of that, you can even do a taste testing of the fruits you have picked. You can also bring the kids to feed the ostriches at the Desaru Ostrich Farm. My best pick will be the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages - adults and kids alike.    2. Port Dickson to Malacca Image Credit: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson This trip is another ideal short getaway that you can consider. Stay for a night in Port Dickson and the following day, you can drive down to Malacca in less than 1.5 hours. Port Dickson is the best place to relax and rewind. Book one of the water chalets available like Lexis Hibiscus and enjoy a night stay. Nothing can go wrong with spending quality with the family in a private pool. Image Credit: St. Paul's Church on Lonely Planet The following day, you can take a drive to Malacca. There are many historical sites that you can visit in Malacca, which is known for its rich history. Head down to A Famosa and walk up the small hill to reach St. Paul's Church. Image Credit: Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum There are also plenty of museums around the area that you can visit too, like Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum and the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. If you happened to be in Klebang area, you must not miss the Klebang Original Coconut Shake! Nothing can beat teatime with some traditional Malay kuih (delicious!) and a cup of coconut shake topped with vanilla ice cream (yummy!). 3. Kuala Lumpur to Penang Image Credit: Wayne Chew on Unsplash No matter how long you are planning to stay in Kuala Lumpur, there are always things to see and do. It has become mandatory to take a trip to PETRONAS tower whenever one is in Kuala Lumpur. There are various things to see and do around the area like exploring Aquaria KLCC, visiting the aquarium, or shop at Suria KLCC. After spending some time sightseeing and shopping at Kuala Lumpur, continue your journey down the road for about 4 hours to reach a UNESCO heritage town, George Town in Penang. Image Credit: Dark Mansion More fun-filled activities await you in Penang. Visit Dark Mansion, a 3D trick art museum unlike the normal, because they glow in the dark! Your kids will definitely enjoy this, we promise!  Image Credit: Penang Hill on Facebook One of my best take in Penang will be Penang Hill. Ride up the funicular ride to enjoy breathtaking views, learn heritage and culture, and enjoy mother nature. Make sure to feast on their local delights like Char Kuay Teow and Assam Laksa. Penang houses some affordable cafes too so be sure to check that out with your family! 4. Ipoh to Cameron Highlands Image Credit: Old Town Ipoh on Lonely Planet  If you are looking for a lush greenery view on a trip, this road trip is made for you. The drive from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands takes about 2 hours. Firstly, wander down Old Town in Ipoh and discover the street arts and cute streets. You can also visit the city's gem such as Kellie's Castle and Birch Memorial Clock Tower. Once you're done exploring Ipoh's beautiful landmark and art, take a trip to Cameron Highlands. Image Credit: Strawberry Farms on visitmalaysia.info Meanwhile, at Cameron Highlands, you can bring your family out for some outdoor activities. Don't miss out on fun activities like strawberry picking in the strawberry farm, visiting the butterfly farm, and exploring the lavender garden. At the end of the day, spend some quality family time over steamboat in Cameron Highlands.  5. Johor Bahru to Mersing Image Credit: Legoland Malaysia on Facebook Our trip down to Johor Bahru will always be about the food or groceries on the usual days. How about a short getaway, let's say a 2-days 1-night trip with a detour to Mersing? In less than 2 hours drive, you can get to Mersing from Johor Bahru. Over at Johor Bahru, you can visit Legoland, a popular theme park that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Spend a day with your family here; enjoy the rides and attractions it has to offer.  Image Credit: Kishor on Unsplash After having some fun at Legoland, you can drive to Mersing. Mersing is all about the beautiful beaches and white sands. You can opt for snorkeling and island hopping in Mersing if your family is up for it. My best take in Mersing is to book a resort and enjoy a relaxing time at the beaches with your loved ones.  6. Sepang to Genting Highlands Image Credit: Sepang International Circuit  If you think that Sepang is only home to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you are wrong. There are some fun-filled activities that you can do with your family here. In less than a 2 hours drive, you can get to Genting Highlands and the fun continues. Sepang is known for its Formula One race circuit, but if you're not in Sepang to watch one, head down to Avani Gold Coast Resort. You may choose to stay a night here or visit the Extreme Park for some activities like Go-kart, archery, and ATV jungle trail. Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Next, take a 2-hour drive to Genting Highlands. Enjoy the rides and attractions at the outdoor theme park, which caters to both kids and adults. You might also want to check the indoor theme park and video game park. Hop on the Awana Skyway; you can enjoy the spectacular view from a distance together with your loved ones. 7. Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu Image Credit: The Sungai Pandan Waterfall on Hotel Grand Continental Kuantan For me, Kuantan is an underrated city. Not many tourists visit this beautiful destination. In less than a 3-hour drive from Kuantan, you can reach your destination, Kuala Terengganu. In Kuantan, you can find several beautiful waterfalls. In my opinion, Sungai Pandan Waterfall will be an ideal spot if you are on this road trip with young kids or the elderly. Make a trip to Kula Cakes to eat the local's favorite Mango Cheesecakes. This store should be in every cheesecake lovers' list as they serve other unique flavors as well. Image Credit: Terengganu State Museum on Malaysia.travel After all that fun, drive to Kuala Terengganu for a heritage tour. Visit the Terengganu State Museum to learn about the history and culture of this place. Don't forget to also visit Pantai Batu Burok to enjoy the scenic beach view. 8. Bukit Tinggi to Kuala Selangor Image Credit: Berjaya Hills on visitmalaysia.info Another two locations that are off the beaten track should be on your list if you want to have a unique experience. It takes a 1.5-hour drive to get you to Kuala Selangor from Bukit Tinggi. The Japanese Tea House in Bukit Tinggi, also known as Berjaya Hills, offers you a soulful retreat. Explore the French-themed Colmar Tropicale and the zen-inspired Japanese garden. The rabbit farm is a must-visit for families; you can play and feed the cute little furry friends. Image Credit: Mount Melawati on The Star Next, drive to Kuala Selangor which takes about 1.5 hours. You can hike up Mount Melawati with your family and learn more about the history behind this notable hill. Also, make time to visit the Kuala Selangor Nature Park and walk through the mangroves. You can spot various species of birds here too! You should also try the Cendol Bakar. The preparation of the gula Melaka in this cendol is different from those of the normal cendol out there. 9. Banting to Sekinchan Image Credit: Tadom Hill Resorts This trip is catered to you if you're bringing along pre-teen kids or older who are adventurous and love outdoor activities. It takes 2 hours to reach Sekinchan by car from Banting. First, enjoy various adrenaline attractions in Banting. Head down to Tadom Hill Resorts, where you can enjoy activities like ATV and water swings. If you want to try some paragliding, you can hike up Bukit Jugra. Otherwise, you can just enjoy the scenic view from the peak with your family. Next, take a 2-hour drive to Sekinchan. Expect to see the lush green field of paddy in Sekinchan as it is home to the Paddy Processing Factory. Don't forget to drop by any of the small businesses selling tropical fruits nearby. The juicy giant mangoes, soursops, and guavas can quench your thirst over the hot day (Yum!). 10. Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang Image Credit: Sosodikon Hill on Facebook Located in Sabah, both Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang offers you scenic locations with fresh mountain air. Just about a 2-hour drive, you can get from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang. You don't always have to hike up Mount Kinabalu when you're in Kota Kinabalu. If you still want to enjoy some mountain views but don't want to break a sweat, visit Sosodikon Hill. Don't forget to visit the Asquare Kota Kinabalu, the first creative container night food market in Kota Kinabalu. You will be spoilt for choices with over 60 varieties of food to choose from different street vendors. Image Credit: Desa Dairy Farm on Facebook Next, take a 2-hour drive to Kundasang. You can visit Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang with the kids and feed the calves and goats while enjoying some freshly made gelato. I'm sure your kids will enjoy this activity! Also Read: 10 Tips On How To Prepare For A Road Trip There you have it, the 10 best family road trips in Malaysia. So what are you waiting for? Start planning for your next road trip to Malaysia now! via GIPHY     ...

  • Glamorous Camping! You Need To Try These Top 10 Glamping Spots In Asia

    If you’re not familiar with the term “glamping”, fear not – you’re not alone. The first time I heard the word “glamping” I didn’t know what it meant. Clearly I’m not following the trend. When I looked into it though, I realised it was exactly the kind of thing I enjoyed – being one with nature minus all the icky stuff: the heat, bugs, and make-shift bathrooms! Glamping is basically the words ‘glamorous camping’ put together. And who wouldn’t like some of that? via GIPHY We scoured all the glamping spots we could find in Asia to come up with these top 10. They have adventure, relaxation, the modern comforts that you are used to, and all the nature you want to be a part of. Even with all the luxury the rooms afford that makes it feel like you’re in a bubble, the view right outside your window and door reminds you that you are a world away from your regular life and its responsibilities. Get ready for a rejuvenating trip! 1. Trizara Resorts, Indonesia Picture Credit: Trizara Resorts Facebook You’ll feel like you’re camping alright, in these tent-like structures. Trizara Resorts believes in disconnecting from electronics and connecting with nature, and whether you are a solo traveller, couple or a group, they have a host of activities to make that possible!  Picture Credit: Trizara Resorts Facebook There’s nothing like making new friends on your travels, and some of the best ways to do that are through team sports. Engage in an archery battle, relax with some yoga, go paintballing, or play futsal. There’s the bungee trampoline, flying fox or high rope for those adrenalin junkies, an Amazing Race or Treasure Hunt for some afternoon fun.  Picture Credit: Trizara Resorts Facebook They also have off-site outings like hiking and off-road for those who want to explore. All this and more with the home comforts of a good bed to ensure a great night’s sleep and an attached bathroom amid other luxuries! In line with their policy, they don’t have a TV though, because they don’t think you need it! Address: Jalan Pasirwangi Wetan, Lembang, Bandung. Jawa Barat.Price Range: From SGD$227/nightContact: 022 82780085Email: trizararesorts@gmail.comWebsite: www.trizara.com 2. La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Picture Credit: La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Facebook If you’re looking for a place to go for a special occasion, look no further. La Cocoteraie Ecolodge is a small hotel set in the middle of breath-taking beauty. The staff is like family, which makes your experience there that much warmer, friendlier and more comfortable, and they are willing to decorate your room according to your requests, which makes for the perfect special holiday.  Picture Credit: La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Facebook There are no motor vehicles allowed on the island of Gili Trawangan which means you get there by boat, and then take a horse and cart, cycle or walk to the hotel. It also means that the beauty and peace of the island is undisturbed, allowing you to have a holiday of another level. Lounge by the pool, explore the island (it only takes about an hour to walk around the whole place) or seek adventure in the sea.  Picture Credit: La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Facebook You get a bicycle and snorkelling gear to use for free once you arrive, so you can get those muscles working, or simply lie on the beach with the sky as your screen to enjoy the sunset or star-gaze. The perfect place to go glamping in Indonesia. Address: Gili Indah, Pemenang, North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83352, IndonesiaPrice Range: From SGD$105/nightContact: +6281907976985Email: lacocogili@gmail.comWebsite: www.lacocoteraiegili.com 3. The Canopi, Bintan Picture Credit: The Canopi The Canopi is known for its water sports, so if you feel like a fish in water, check it out. You can take it slow while still toning those muscles on the water tricycle, have a bit of a Wipeout experience by attempting to scale obstacles in the water, of shoot for the sky in the Jetovator!  Picture Credit: The Canopi Water slides keeps kids happy, kayaking, parasailing and more are all part of the Water Experience. If you want to take a break on dry land, try your hand at the shooting range, or explore Treasure Bay Bintan’s private forest in a UTV or an ATV off-road adventure.  Picture Credit: The Canopi Based on what kind of nature buff you are, you can pick the Garden Tent, Lagoon View Tent, Safari Tent or the Glamping Deluxe Tent. Each one features a four-poster bed, air conditioning, wifi, mini fridge and more. Address: Jln. Raya Haji KM 01 Kawasan, Pariwisata, Teluk Sebong Lagoi, Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29152, Indonesia.Price Range: From SGD$165/nightContact: +62 770 - 69 - 2252 / 2253Email: reservation@thecanopi.comWebsite: ​www.thecanopi.com 4. Glamz at Genting, Malaysia Picture Credit: Glamz  Not too far away from Kuala Lumpur, you can forget that the city even exists. Have a vacation at the all new Glamz at Genting, with tents that are pretty cosy but offer you creature comforts like no other regular tent does! The indoor facilities are comparatively less than the other places mentioned above, but the surrounding nature and the cool weather that you immerse yourself in makes up for it.  You can opt for a cozy night in one of the Bell Tents or experience the one-of-a-kind dome room. The dome rooms are mostly for couples on vacation or even for families with children. The dome rooms are relatively spacious for its price! However, if you're traveling with friends or looking for a more 'camping-like' experience, we definitely recommend the bell tents! To elevate your glamorous experience, you might even want to try the VIP Dome with Private Jacuzzi ;) Address: 1, Jalan Meranti, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, MalaysiaPrice Range: From SGD$86/nightEmail:  hello@glamz.com.myWebsite: glamz.com.my 5. Kamu Lodge, Laos Picture Credit: Kamu Lodge Kamu Lodge differs from the rest of the glamping resorts by providing you with the opportunity to integrate yourself with the locals. Allowing you live like and observe the locals, Kamu Lodge’s speciality is slow travel, which helps in creating memories that last a lifetime. Picture Credit: Kamu Lodge Facebook They encourage their guests to get up close and personal with the paddy fields and process of harvesting rice, net fishing and gold panning (an easier method of mining and you can keep anything you find!). You can also trek through the forest and have a picnic at the waterfall, try your shot at the archery range available, or get a massage at the Kamu Spa, with all the local curative herbs being used to soothe your body. The lodges are hybrids and environmentally friendly. Picture Credit: Kamu Lodge Facebook They have thick walls to keep the elements out, solar panels to source the electricity, and built with natural resources but still including a bed and a hot shower. They may not be luxury tents, but you still have basic comforts that give you a good night’s sleep! Address: Ban Nioy Hai, Muang Nga District, Oudoumxay Province, 06000, LaosPrice Range: From SGD$185/night (April to October); SGD$227/night (November to March)Contact: +856(0) 20 5603 2365Email: info@kamulodge.comWebsite: kamulodge.com 6. Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass, Thailand  Picture Credit: Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass หินตก ริเวอร์ เเคมป์ ณ ช่องเขาขาด Facebook Home to two World War 2 sites, Hintok River Camp is a favourite amongst history buffs. Even if history is not your thing, Hintok is worth a visit as they have been honoured with many titles, including one of the top 10 adventure resorts, top 7 gorgeous places to go glamping in Thailand, Thailand Boutique Award and 3rd Amazing Back-to-Nature Hotel in Thailand. Picture Credit: Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass หินตก ริเวอร์ เเคมป์ ณ ช่องเขาขาด Facebook Hintok River Camp is a tented camp that sports gorgeous views along with their natural spring pool – the perfect place to lounge about and drink in the view. The tents are air-conditioned with private bathrooms, a hot shower and more, and you step out of it into another world of beauty. On-site activities include the museum, mountain biking, a sheep enclosure, Thai massage, a trekking trail, and more. In the vicinity of the Camp is Treetop Adventure Park to satisfy your adrenalin cravings with their zip line, flying fox, tightrope, and more. You can also enjoy canoeing, bamboo rafting, exploring The Lawa Cave and gorgeous waterfalls. Address: 109 Moo 9 Ban Wang Khamen, Tambon Thasao, Saiyok, Kanchanaburi 70150, ThailandPrice Range: From SGD$230/nightContact: +66(0) 81 754 3898Email: info@hintokrivercamp.comWebsite: www.hintokrivercamp.com 7. Elephant Hills Floating Luxury Camp, Thailand Located close to popular destinations like Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui makes getting to Elephant Hills easy, but it still manages to feel like another world once you get there. Elephant Hills is Thailand’s first luxury camp, and it consists of luxury tents on solid ground as well as the floating tent camp on the Cheow Larn Lake. You have to book a tour package with them – you cannot book rooms individually – so your stay will include experiencing both tented areas, as well as interacting with and observing elephants in the most ethical way possible. Don’t worry, they are all about conserving wildlife as well! In addition to offering you little luxuries in your tent like a comfortable bed, a hot and cold shower, and electricity amongst other amenities, their rooms are built responsibly, using solar and wind energy and a unique waste management system for sustainability. Elephant Hills is set is some of the most beautiful natural landscape, and part of your tour allows you to go trekking and explore on of the world’s oldest evergreen forests. The Jungle Lake Safari gives you a well-rounded experience by letting you roam in the wild, as well as taking you to civilisation – the market, to be precise – where you get up close and personal with the people, food and culture. There is a guide on hand to translate as and when you need it. You aren’t always chaperoned though! You are free to enjoy the scenery and gorgeous sunset from your tent deck, jump into the lake like it is your backyard pool from that same deck, and explore the surroundings in a kayak by yourself. It is a truly rejuvenating experience and something everyone should try at least once in their life! Address: 170 Moo 7 Tambon Klong Sok, Panom District, Suratthani 84250 ThailandPrice Range: From SGD$850 for 3D2N Safari Tour+ Package (room included)Contact: +66 5200 1186 / +66 5200 1196Email: info@rainforestcamp.comWebsite: rainforestcamp.com 8. Jungle Beach Camp, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka Standard Glamping Tent Deluxe Glamping Tent Picture Credit: Jungle Beach Ahungalla Jungle Beach Camp is another great location to lose yourself in nature. On the tropical island of Sri Lanka that offers diverse landscape like green mountains and blue seas, Jungle Beach Camp is set in the south which is the prime location for beach holidays. Take your pick between the Standard Glamping Tent and Deluxe Glamping Tent (the former can host four people while the latter, six) whether you are a couple, family, or a group of people. Picture Credit: Jungle Beach Ahungalla Their thatched roofs and wooden structure makes you feel like you’re roughing it out in the wild but with the comfort of an en-suite bathroom, shower, and a warm bed to name a few. Experience Sri Lankan hospitality through the service, delicious food, a relaxing Ayurveda massage, and more. Soak up the sun on the beach, try your hand at the waves, or get involved in a game of volleyball. Picture Credit: Jungle Beach Ahungalla Watersport Get your adrenalin going on a jet ski ride, diving, snorkelling or deep sea fishing, or whale watching. Your holiday here is what you make of it! Address: Wathuregama, 80562 Ahungalla, Sri LankaPrice Range: From SGD$222/nightContact: +94 776 216 328 or +94 775 959 40Email: junglebeachahungalla@gmail.comWebsite: www.junglebeachahungalla.com 9. Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, Sri Lanka Picture Credit: Madukelle Set in the Knuckles Mountain range lies Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge. Waking up to breath-taking views of green mountains and blue skies as far the eye can see, to the chirping of birds and morning nature sounds, you feel like you’re in another world. Sri Lanka is known for its tea plantations which make for some of the best views. Honeymoon Suite Picture Credit: Madukelle The deluxe room is a sturdy canvas tent – which makes you feel like you’re camping in Asia – with a bed, desk, attached bathroom, hardwood floors and a porch where you can sit out and appreciate the incredible beauty at your feet. There are also net-covered windows (much like ones found in tents) that can be closed off with the canvas or opened up to let in the breeze and view from the comfort of your bed. They also offer honeymoon suite that comes with a private dining facility, a bathtub, and many more little details to make your stay enjoyable. There is a family lodge available as well. The Lodge offers a dining area with incredible views, a library with internet, an infinity pool, little cosy spots within the plantation – perfect for getting lost in a book, amongst other facilities. There are many places nearby to go hiking, trekking, wildlife watching, or even to the city if you’re missing the city life. Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge offers day trekking, night camping, cooking Sri Lankan dishes with a chef, waterfall excursions, tea picking and a plantation visit, and a few other activities to get you up close and personal with the surroundings. Each activity is priced differently and is not included in the cost of the room. There is plenty to see and do at Madulkelle, and it is perfect for an adventurous holiday or a relaxing one. Address: Madulkelle - Habaragala Road, Kandy, Sri LankaPrice Range: From SGD287/nightContact: +94 (0) 813801052Email: info@madulkelle.comWebsite: www.madulkelle.com 10. Jetwing Kurulubedda, Sri Lanka Picture Credit: Jetwing Kurulubedda The Jetwing range of hotels manages to integrate luxury with nature beautifully, and they have a whole range of locations in different natural surroundings for just that purpose. Located in the southern region of Galle that is commonly known for its beaches, history and food, Jetwing takes you instead to the jungle a little away from the coast, to a world of its own, hidden away among the lush greens and paddy fields. Hosting 6 luxury villas, Jetwing allows you to be one with nature in absolute comfort. Picture Credit: Jetwing Kurulubedda Views of paddy fields and the sound of a flowing river nearby never sounded so good! Spacious rooms, polished wooden floors, attached bathrooms, air conditioning, a tea and coffee making facilities are just some of the comforts they have thought of in the basic deluxe room. Picture Credit: Jetwing Kurulubedda Take your holiday a step further by getting the booking one of two stilted Dwellings that offers a rain shower, private plunge pool and the symphony of birds that share the habitat. Get lost in this world within itself or head out nearby to one of the top beaches in the world – Unawatuna Beach, for the Mahamodara River Safari, the Kottawa Conservation Forest, the Handunugoda Tea Estate, get behind the scenes of a Cinnamon Peeling Centre, or explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Galle Fort. Address: Jetwing Kurulubedda, Galle, Sri LankaPrice Range: From SGD$181/nightContact: +94 91 2223744, +94 114 709 400Email: resv.lighthouse@jetwinghotels.comWebsite: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingkurulubedda...

  • 9 Muslim-Friendly Honeymoon Destinations & Romantic Vacations

    A romantic getaway is an ultimate way to spend more time with your spouse and travel! Travel not only gives you rich experiences that are memorable for life, it also helps you get closer to your partner.If you're planning to get married and are looking for the top travel destinations to visit with your soulmate, fear not because you've come to the right place! Whether you're looking to splurge or pamper your girl or guy, we've got you covered orwith all these Muslim-friendly holiday destinations ideas! Here are some of the best honeymoon destinations and romantic vacations in 2018 for Muslim-friendly travel! Credit- Giphy.com   1. Abu Dhabi Who doesn't love all that luxury and elegance that the Emiratis enjoy? Dubai is one of the top tourist destinations in the world for Muslim families and couples! In Abu Dhabi, you can live the high life in luxury hotels and 5-star restaurants. You can also try out unique activities like desert safaris, camel rides, and more. If you're in the mood for a unique honeymoon, then you could choose a desert retreat, which are lush resorts set in the middle of the -you guessed it- dessert! If the idea of spending alone time with you're loved one in the middle of nowhere under a sky filled with stars doesn't sound romantic, we don't know what does! Of course, as Abu Dhabi is in UAE, a Muslim country, you won't have any trouble finding Halal food or mosques. In fact, a tour of the city's majestic mosques is a must! Find nearby Halal food places in Abu Dhabi Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Abu Dhabi   2. Greece The country of Greece has an air of mystique and magic about it that it will make you fall head over heels in love with it – and with each other! Greece is home to a bunch of islands, and you cannot go wrong choosing any of them, but Athens is one of the best places to travel to in 2018 purely in terms of availability of Halal Food. You could also opt for seafood as it is wildly popular, but make sure that no alcohol or animal products have been used. You can explore historic monuments like the pantheon, take a stroll with your soulmate through the charming streets, or tuck yourselves away in your own private villa. Other popular honeymoon destinations in Greece include Santorini, Crete, etc. There is only one official mosque in Athens, but plenty of prayer places around the city. Find nearby Halal food places in Greece Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Greece   3. Sri Lanka If the sound of sun, sand, and sea is appealing to you, then you might want to consider whisking your loved one away on a romantic break to the island of Sri Lanka! Sri Lanka is a small island, which means you're never too far away from the sea. There are plenty of locations for you to choose from like Trincomalee up north or Galle down South with gorgeous beaches, resort, spas, and more. Kalpitiya is also a great option if you're in the mood for fun activities like whale watching, kite surfing, diving, and fishing. You could also skip the beach entirely and cosy up in the colder regions like Kandy and Nuwara Eliya in the hillside. No matter where you choose to go, you should have your pick of luxury hotels, budget hotels and private villas. Halal food is never too far away as Muslims are the largest minority in the country, and there many mosques all over the country as well. Find nearby Halal food places in Sri Lanka Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Sri Lanka   4. South Africa Are you and your beau nature and animal-lovers? Then a romantic getaway in South Africa is exactly the perfect mix of excitement and privacy a holiday with your lover requires. Marvel at the majesty of the animals like lions in their natural habitat or enjoy the country's gorgeous coastlines and nature trails. In Cape Town, the country's capital, you can try fun activities like hiking, rappelling, and even shark diving! But just because the holiday is based around nature doesn't mean you have to rough it out! South Africa has many luxury hotels and reserves where you can spend some much needed alone time. As for Halal food, South Africa has plenty of Halal restaurants, but do look the particular city up before visiting. Your hotel might even be able to cater to you, just make a request in advance. Find nearby Halal food places in South Africa Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in South Africa   5. Malaysia Malaysia is one of the best countries for a budget-friendly vacation, and the best part is that there is so much to do! You can visit beautiful buildings like the twin towers, go shopping, enjoy nature, and eat your heart out! If you are looking for affordable all-inclusive honeymoon packages, you could also choose to stick to a single “attraction” like Langkawi, which is an archipelago of islands off Malaysia. Genting Highlands is another attraction that is worth an overnight stay. Shopping in Malaysia can be an expensive affair, or dirt cheap, depending on where you choose to shop. If you and your spouse are foodies, Malaysia should be at the top of your “must-visit” countries because it is a Muslim majority country. Therefore, you can find food of all cuisines, price ranges and themes everywhere you go! Mosques are available aplenty in the country and many tourist spots, shopping malls, etc. have prayer rooms. Find nearby Halal food places in Malaysia  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malaysia   6. France Paris, France's capital has been popularly dubbed as the “city of love”, so it is definitely one of Europe's best destinations when it comes to honeymoons and romantic getaways. French cities like Nice, Cannes, and Lyon are also great locations for a couple's getaway, but Paris is where you'll find it easiest to find the most Muslim-friendly facilities. Not only does the lover's city have an abundance of Halal restaurants and mosques, there are a few hotels that cater to Muslims as well (prayer mats, Qur’an in the rooms, qibla directions, Halal food, etc.). Get a picture with your beau on top of the iconic Eiffel tower, dine in cool cafes, go shopping in this fashion capital, or just enjoy each others company amidst the allure of this beautiful country! Find nearby Halal food places in France Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in France   7. Maldives One of the best honeymoon destinations in Asia is in the Maldives! The Maldives is a place that takes the idea of a beach resort to a whole other level! 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. To many, Hawaii is synonymous with paradise, which is why its one of the world's top destinations for couples and honeymooners! From romantic sunsets to windy sea cruises, exotic sea life and exciting sea activities, Hawaii is probably the best romantic getaway destination in North America. There is only one mosque in Hawaii, in its capital of Honolulu, but it's a great place to interact with local Muslims. There are a few Halal-friendly resorts in Hawaii, but you could make do by bringing your own prayer mat, as well as compass and Qur'an (or mobile apps for them). There are many Halal restaurants in Hawaii, and you also have the option of cooking for yourself if you were staying in a private villa. Seafood is also a big deal in Hawaii, including the “national dish of Hawaii” - Poke! Find nearby Halal food places in Hawaii Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Hawaii   9. 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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