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 Hamilton, located in the North Island of New Zealand, is a fast growing metropolitan city and is the fourth most populous urban area in the country. It is the main city in the Waikato region and is centrally located on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, making it a popular tourist destination. With a wealth of protected parkland, ancient volcanic ranges and some of the best nature activities and underground adventure activities, the city has something for everyone. Hamilton is the fourth largest city and is one of the most multicultural cities in New Zealand. It is home to a sizeable Muslim population and therefore Muslim tourists will be able to find Halal restaurants and mosques in Hamilton. The best way to see and experience the city of Hamilton is either by foot or on bike. Famously know as a cycling hub, the city offers many trails around the city. A trip to Hamilton is not complete without a few days of exploration by bike. The landscape of Hamilton was formed by the eruption of Taupo Volcano, which sent waves of debris northward and changed the path of the Waikato River to its current path. The terrain of the city is relatively flat with the exception of its many low hills, making it perfect for trekking. The majestic Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand and it winds its way through the region, offering tourists and locals many activities to choose from. Few of the popular activities available include; trout fishing, boating and kayaking, which allow visitors to see the city scape from a different angle. Many of the city's venues and attractions are located on the old Town Belt, including Hamilton Gardens, Waikato Stadium, Seddon Park and Hamilton Lake Domain. Travelers could also visit the mystical world of Waitomo and explore its caves and surrounding area. Situated an hour south of Hamilton, it is a land of contrasts, where the areas natural wonders can be found below the surface as native bush and rolling hills give way to limestone caves. World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must-visit site in New Zealand. Visitor can also enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glow worms with an expert guide’s commentary on the caves history and its geological significance. Those more adventurous might want to try some of the adventure activities such as abseiling, climbing, cave exploration and black water rafting. The regions caves provide a playground like no other, with its many activities on offer. Above ground, visitors can enjoy its cafes, horse treks and even visit the Marokopa Falls and the Mangapohue Natural Bridge. For a more relaxing holiday, travelers could play a game of golf on one of the many golf courses spread around Hamilton. Hamilton’s rich cultural mix and vibrant center makes it a perfect place to experience the kiwi lifestyle. It is a hub for creativity and innovation as well as a destination for world class international and local events. Some of the popular events held in Hamilton include the Waikato hot air balloon festival and it is also becoming a venue for motor sport events. Arts and culture form an important part of Hamilton, with the museum paying homage to the past and present of the city. Hamilton Central on the Waikato River is a bustling retail precinct and is home to some of the country’s best fashion designers. Travelers interested in shopping, should visit The Base; New Zealands second largest shopping centre and one of the most visited in the country. Travelers can also visit the city's many boutiques and art and craft stores. Due to its central location, the city of Hamilton acts like a gateway, where travelers use the city as a base and visit other areas in the Waikato region....more

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 Hamilton, located in the North Island of New Zealand, is a fast growing metropolitan city and is the fourth most populous urban area in the country. It is the main city in the Waikato region and is centrally located on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, making it a popular tourist destination. With a wealth of protected parkland, ancient volcanic ranges and some of the best nature activities and underground adventure activities, the city has something for everyone. Hamilton is the fourth largest city and is one of the most multicultural cities in New Zealand. It is home to a sizeable Muslim population and therefore Muslim tourists will be able to find Halal restaurants and mosques in Hamilton.

The best way to see and experience the city of Hamilton is either by foot or on bike. Famously know as a cycling hub, the city offers many trails around the city. A trip to Hamilton is not complete without a few days of exploration by bike. The landscape of Hamilton was formed by the eruption of Taupo Volcano, which sent waves of debris northward and changed the path of the Waikato River to its current path. The terrain of the city is relatively flat with the exception of its many low hills, making it perfect for trekking. The majestic Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand and it winds its way through the region, offering tourists and locals many activities to choose from. Few of the popular activities available include; trout fishing, boating and kayaking, which allow visitors to see the city scape from a different angle.

Many of the city's venues and attractions are located on the old Town Belt, including Hamilton Gardens, Waikato Stadium, Seddon Park and Hamilton Lake Domain. Travelers could also visit the mystical world of Waitomo and explore its caves and surrounding area. Situated an hour south of Hamilton, it is a land of contrasts, where the areas natural wonders can be found below the surface as native bush and rolling hills give way to limestone caves. World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must-visit site in New Zealand. Visitor can also enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glow worms with an expert guide’s commentary on the caves history and its geological significance. Those more adventurous might want to try some of the adventure activities such as abseiling, climbing, cave exploration and black water rafting. The regions caves provide a playground like no other, with its many activities on offer. Above ground, visitors can enjoy its cafes, horse treks and even visit the Marokopa Falls and the Mangapohue Natural Bridge.

For a more relaxing holiday, travelers could play a game of golf on one of the many golf courses spread around Hamilton. Hamilton’s rich cultural mix and vibrant center makes it a perfect place to experience the kiwi lifestyle. It is a hub for creativity and innovation as well as a destination for world class international and local events. Some of the popular events held in Hamilton include the Waikato hot air balloon festival and it is also becoming a venue for motor sport events. Arts and culture form an important part of Hamilton, with the museum paying homage to the past and present of the city. Hamilton Central on the Waikato River is a bustling retail precinct and is home to some of the country’s best fashion designers. Travelers interested in shopping, should visit The Base; New Zealands second largest shopping centre and one of the most visited in the country. Travelers can also visit the city's many boutiques and art and craft stores. Due to its central location, the city of Hamilton acts like a gateway, where travelers use the city as a base and visit other areas in the Waikato region.

Nearby Airports

The closest major airport to Hamilton is Hamilton International Airport, which is also the fourth largest airport in New Zealand. The airport is located 13 kilometres from the center of Hamilton and houses an international and domestic terminal within its premises. The airport services the greater Waikato region and is approximately 20 minutes south of Hamilton. Transport options available for visitors to get to their destination include the shuttle, taxi and car rental.

Halal Restaurants

As the city is home to a sizeable Muslim population there are quite a few restaurants serving Halal food in Hamilton. Most of these restaurants are either Muslim owned or buy their meat from Halal certified butchers. Muslim visitors must be warned that some of these restaurants do serve alcohol. It is best if Muslim tourists can make inquiries at the mosque. Sultans Kitchen, Curry Pot South Indian Restaurant and Babaganush are all restaurants said to serve halal food. With a diverse range of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines such as Indian, Sri Lankan, Middle Eastern and Turkish, there are quite a few options for Muslim travelers.

Mosques

Due to its sizeable Muslim community, there are a few mosques in Hamilton. The mosques that serve the locals and can be used by visiting Muslims, include; Jamii Masjid and the Hamilton West Islamic Centre. The University of Waikato has separate prayer rooms for males and females. 

Things to Do and See in Hamilton

  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Hamilton Zoo
  • Waikato Museum
  • Classics museum
  • Rally Drive NZ
  • Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Waterworld
  • Hamilton Astronomical Society Observatory
  • Waikato Stadium
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  • Halal Food Guide Launched by Tourism New Zealand

    Breath taking landscapes, icy cold mountains, crystal clear waters, greenery as far as the eye can see, all these phrases would never be sufficient to describe the natural beauty New Zealand comprises of. Due to its natural features the country is an iconic location for film makers, to add that beautiful zing to movies. Well if directors all over the world fly thousands of miles due to the indescribable beauty of this country, it is without a doubt that New Zealand is a country that must be visited by any travel junkie. For Muslim travellers however the most tedious task in visiting a country with a Muslim minority in the community would be finding locations to obtain halal food. New Zealand is a country very well known for its tender and juicy roasts, barbeques , pies and mouthwatering desserts. It would be such a pity if any Muslim traveller was to visit this beautiful country and stick to vegan only dishes due to halal concerns specially if you are a person who loves tender and succulent meat. The Tourism New Zealand has decided to assist the huge crowd of Muslim travellers visiting the country each year by providing support to ensure that all Halal travellers are able to locate and find halal food at ease without any disappointments. In order to do so , they have issued a Halal food guide which features the list of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, supermarkets and grocery stores where Muslim travellers would be able to locate halal food in New Zealand and eat to their hearts content without having any concern. Download the New Zealand Halal Food Guide here! Check out our Locals Guide to New Zealand! In 2016, The Halal food guide was previously released, featuring 567 halal listings of restaurants, cafes and supermarkets but the newer version features 289 more options added to the previous listing. The Halal Food Guide of New Zealand was compiled on the initiative of Tourism New Zealand along with the cooperation of "The Kiwi Muslim directory" (which is a portal where halal businesses, organizations, prayer locations and times are listed) and "FIANZ" (The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand).   User-friendly Picture Credit: production-editors.newzealand.com Picture Credit: production-editors.newzealand.com I am sure you have all experienced typing and searching through the internet for halal food options in any country that you may have visited. Reading each and every review, thousands and thousands of clicks and searches can make any trip frustrating. But if New Zealand is your next destination for your trip all you have to do is to download the halal food guide and you are good to go ! The Halal Food guide is designed so that it is user-friendly. The halal guide uses a symbol to categorize the three types of halal-friendly outlets available in the list. The categories included are; Certified by FIANZ: green circular symbol with a capital “F” in the centerMuslim-owned: purple circular symbol with a white tick at its centreVegan-only: green leaf symbol These symbols help any halal traveller to clearly identify and choose an eatery of their choice. Please note that the vegetarian eateries included in the guide are not halal certified or muslim-owned, but are claimed to be purely vegan. Hence, please check with the members of staff regarding any oil or other ingredients that may be impermissible (in Islam) before consuming. The Halal Food Guide of New Zealand covers a range of cities of the beautiful country, and the halal restaurant list is organized in a way which will easily enable Muslim travellers to locate halal food nearby. The guide is mainly divided into two sectors; one which is NORTH ISLAND and the other which is SOUTH ISLAND. In these sectors, you will find a list of the major cities of each island and the restaurants featured along with the addresses, telephone numbers and contact information. Therefore if you have any concern regarding the food served or any menu inquiries you can dial the phone right away. North island is further divided to Auckland (central, north, east, south and west are further divisions), Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Lake Taupao, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Whanganui, Wellington and Wairarapa and finally Manawatu . On the other hand, the South Island is further divided into Nelson and Marlborough, Canterbury, West coast, Southern Lakes, Dunedin and Southland. So whether your holiday to New Zealand is among the busy city lights in Auckland, or among the hills of Waikato or even at the Majestic Canterbury or maybe a mixture of all the cities over a couple of weeks. You will be able to locate restaurants, cafes, and even supermarkets out and about New Zealand, thanks to the halal food guide.   North Island Central AucklandIn Central Auckland you would be able to locate an abundant of spots to eat without any hassle what so ever. In this city, you will find a total of 72 spots featured, out of which 18 are vegan-only diners (not halal certified) and the rest of the restaurants are either owned by Muslims or certified by FIANZ. There also 9 bakeries and snack food places available in the halal food guide and five meat and grocery stores which are all certified by FIANZ for selling halal meat. North AucklandAt Northern Auckland you would be able to find some great spots for some Arabian food especially if you are a fan of grilled kebabs and chicken. The halal food guide includes 15 restaurants and 2 grocery stores in which you will be able to locate halal food . East AucklandAt East Auckland there are no halal bakeries and snack food options listed in the halal guide. However, there are 11 restaurants out of which three are beautiful restaurants that serve pizza, and are all halal certified. Southern AucklandIn Southern Auckland , you will have no worries buying yourself a good cut of halal meat to whip up a warm meal at home. The Halal Guide shows 16 meat and grocery stores that are either Muslim-owned or Fianz certified. Apart from the meat shops, the Guide includes a list of 5 bakeries and 34 restaurants which is quite a bigger number compared to East and North Auckland. Out of the 34 spots included in the halal guide, only 3 locations are vegan-only restaurants which serve traditional south Indian food while the rest of the locations are halal certified. West Auckland and WhangareiOptions are rather limited in these two locations. West Auckland is listed to have around 13 restaurants and a couple of meat and grocery stores. Most of the halal certified restaurants weigh towards the Indian and middle eastern cuisine. In Whangerei, there are only 2 locations listed in the halal guide, one being a grocery store and the other being a vegan-only Indian Restaurant. Hamilton, Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, Te Aroha and Te KuitiThese locations which are all situated just below Auckland contain quite a number of halal friendly restaurants but are not very much as concentrated as Auckland. There are a total of 7 restaurants throughout the 5 locations with Hamilton containing the majority. There are also a total of 3 meat and grocery stores throughout the 5 locations. TaurangaIf you are fond of visiting the beautiful volcano of Tauranga, your halal food options will be among the four restaurants included in the guide in which the majority is influenced by the Middle Eastern cuisine. Rotorua and Lake TapuoAdmire the beauty of the volcanic landscapes and geothermal fields of Rotorua and cruise on a beautiful boat ride along the magnificient Taupo lake while dining in one of the seven halal restaurant options available in the area. Majority of these restaurants are influenced by the middle eastern cuisine where you would be able to enjoy a yummy kebab platter and middle eastern flat breads. Unfortunately there are no halal grocery stores or bakery and snack food outlets recommended by the Kiwi Muslim directory. Hawke's BayEnjoy a stroll down beautiful lanscapes of the Hawke’s Bay and enjoy the beautiful climate of the region. While you are at it, you will have 8 options of restaurants to choose from. A highlight restaurant in the region is "Café Anatlia Turkish Cusine" which will serve you some mouth watering food to munch on during your beautiful stay. New Plymouth, Whanganui, Taihape and HaweraHalal food options are rather limited in these areas, with two meat and grocery stores at New Plymounth and Whanganui and all four locations have a total of seven options of restaurants to eat from. Although there are limited options of Halal food options, these areas are incredibly beautiful with their natural landscapes for you to admire. I definitely recommend that you give these places a go, while keeping track of your pit stops for some of the halal restaurants mentioned in the guide. Wellington and MastertonThis little stop before jumping over to South Island offers some great halal eateries for you. Both areas combined have 15 food options to choose from, 4 of them being vegan-only cafes and the rest of the eateries are Muslim owned for you to stock up on the meat.   South Island Nelson, Marlborough and MurchisonSo for our first stop at South Island, I have got to say halal options are rather limited in this area, with only 4 restaurants recommended by the halal guide. ChristchurchEnjoy the beauty of the Garden city of Christchurch which is adorned by beautiful flora as far as the eye can see. While you are at Christchurch make sure to dine at some of the best resturants in the area which are included in the halal guide. Pick your spot from the 10 restaurants and 5 halal-friendly grocery stores as per your preference. Unlike the other regions mentioned earlier, Christchurch has a variety of restaurants with different cuisines to choose from during your halal holiday to New Zealand. DunedinDunedin is a very great stop to all the Wildlife enthusiasts who visits New Zealand. It also has some great spots to grab halal food as seen on the list. With 12 options on the list, 11 are muslim-owned and one is a vegan-only eatery. Unfortunately the halal guide does not recommend any meat or grocery stores in the area. Queenstown and WanakaThe adventure capital of New Zealand which is Queenstown comprises of 2 recommended halal food outlets for Muslims where both are Turkish Restaurants, the same goes with Wanaka which has only one option in the list. From the guide it is clearly visible that halal food options are very much concentrated around North Island of New Zealand in which Central Auckland has an abundance of eateries for you to choose from. There are lesser options in the South Island, but be adventurous and don't miss the chance to go out and about the country while having the nearby halal restaurants in mind. Since there are telephone numbers and addresses included in the guide, planning your holiday to New Zealand is definitely going to be a piece of cake. Get your bags packed and head to the beautiful land of New Zealand where exciting thrills, beautiful landscapes and delicious food awaits you. For further information visit https://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/halal-guide-for-new-zealand/   For more travel guides, check out our Halal travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic travel app to help locate Halal restaurants and prayer locations near you....

  • 5-Day Itinerary for Solo Travel in Korea

    If you're looking for a place to enjoy a solo trip, you might want to consider travelling to South Korea alone. As this nation boasts a rich history, amazing cultural splendor, endless sightseeing options, and a wide array of modern-day luxuries, a vacation in South Korea could be the perfect way to spend some time on your own. To help you get started, we have put together a few tips for planning your first solo trip to South Korea, including a 5-day travel plan, but before we get down to it, let’s take a look at the top reasons why South Korea is awesome for solo travel. Find a Halal Restaurant near you in South Korea via GIPHY   Unique Cultural and Historical Splendor South Korea is one of those nations which boasts a proud history, dating back over a thousand years. Whether you are a history enthusiast or not, this is great, 'cause it ensures you will have lots to learn that will make your solo travel to South Korea much more meaningful. This historical splendor extends to regal palaces, royal tombs and beautiful places of worship, some of which have even been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is truly amazing to see how a mix of age-old traditions blend in with modern-day luxuries, which makes for the perfect setting for a rejuvenating holiday experience.   Beautiful Nature and Vibrant City Life While the hectic lifestyles of vibrant cities like Seoul and Busan might dominate your itinerary, you should also make some time to enjoy the scenic, natural surroundings of South Korea. Even among the city landscapes, you can find well-preserved countrysides, majestic mountain ranges and pristine-quality beaches, perfect for relaxing during your solo trip to South Korea.   Trendy Stores and Boutiques In recent years South Korea has gained much popularity for the unique trends it has introduced into the fashion world. So, as you explore the many wonders of South Korea alone, you can treat yourself to a very enjoyable shopping experience in their glamourous shopping malls and shopping streets. This is also a perfect time to grab gifts for all your near and dear ones, who surely must be missing you while you are out on an adventurous holiday in South Korea. You might notice that South Koreans have also mastered the art of maintaining flawless and radiant skin, so you might want to keep an eye out for some of their popular make-up and skin care brands that are some of the best, internationally renowned products available.   Enjoy Exciting Korean Cuisine Picture Credit - http2007, www.flickr.com South Korean cuisine is known to be one of the most exciting culinary options from around the world. Be prepared to enjoy a variety of dishes made from fresh ingredients that'll most certainly tantalize your taste buds. For this reason, we've also included some of the best places to enjoy Halal food in South Korea as part of your South Korea solo travel guide. via GIPHY Now that you know plenty of reasons why South Korea is awesome for solo travel, you might want to make a note of the following useful tips for planning your first solo trip to South Korea. Make the most out of the public transport system – the public transport system in South Korea is known to be very efficient and cost-effective. especially around the busy city areas. Try and download a few transportation apps that provide information on the subway and bus systems and you're good to go! Taxis, too, are a great way to get about quickly, and to avoid the crowd during the rush hour. Get yourself a T-money card or Hanaro card to pay for transport and other amenities. Be mindful of your luggage and carry around identification wherever you go.Dial 1330 for South Korea’s 24/7 hotline maintained to provide information for tourists.Take a look at this 5-Day Itinerary which could be a great inspiration for your vacation in South Korea.   DAY 1 – 2: Seoul Picture Credit - Deiameth, en.wikipedia.org What better way to kickstart your holiday than exploring the wonders of one of the best-known travel destinations in the world, Seoul. You will have the choice of landing between two of Seoul's premier airports - Incheon International Airport or Seoul Gimpo Airport. Once you're there, you'd probably want to first settle down at your hotel and freshen up before you begin your journey. Here are some of the best Muslim-friendly hotels you could consider for your stay. Follow our airport guide to Incheon International Airport   1. BoA Travel House Picture Credit - www.boatravelhouse.com Address: 510-14 Changcheon-Dong, Seodaemun-Gu, 120-836 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: 5-minute walk from Hongik University Subway Station   2. Hamilton Hotel SeoulAddress: 179, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu , Yongsan-Gu, 04350 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: Just in front of Itaewon Subway Station   3. Eid Muslim Friendly Guesthouse Photo credit - www.hotelscombined.com Address: 67-20, Usadan-ro 4-gil, Yongsan-gu, Yongsan-Gu, 140-824 Seoul, South Korea   4. FN House Picture Credit - facebook.com/fnsquaredseoul Address: 634-8, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 135-895 Seoul, South Korea Facebook | Twitter | Instagram   5. G Guesthouse Itaewon Picture Credit - en.gguest.com Address: 131-11 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-Gu, 140-858 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: One minute walk from Itaewon Subway Station Facebook As a premier shopping destination, Seoul has quite a number of ultra-modern shopping malls, street markets and boutiques that are perfect for every type of shopping need. While you might have to resist the urge to purchase everything great that catches your eye, this sure is a great way to wander and explore all the amazing things the city has to offer in the top shopping locations like Dongdaemun Market, Lotte Department Store, Times Square Mall and I’Park Mall. In between your shopping expedition you can stop by some of the famous historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum located nearby. On your second day in Seoul you could get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beauty of the seven mountains, a great place to enjoy an adventurous hike. Among the main prayer facilities and mosques in South Korea, you should visit the Seoul Central Mosque as it is famous for being the first mosque in South Korea. Food-wise, you will have plenty of options to enjoy some great tasting Halal food in South Korea. Our top picks include: 1. EID Korean Restaurant Picture Credit - facebook.com/eid.halal.korean.food Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, SeoulOpening Hours: Tuesday - Sundays: 11.30 am - 9 pmContact: +82 070 8899 8210 Facebook | Instagram   2. Makan Halal Korean Restaurant Photo credit - facebook.com/MakanKorea Address: 52, Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea 140-911Opening Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays - Sundays: 10.30 am - 10 pm Facebook | Google+ 3. Yang Good Korean BBQ Picture Credit - Rotasız Agasshi Address: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-ro, 95 gil, 15Opening Hours: 4 pm - 2 am daily 4. Murree Muslim FoodAddress: 140-7 Itaewon-Dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-858Opening Hours: 10.30 am - 11 pm Facebook 5. Mr. Kebab Picture Credit - facebook.com/mrkebabkorea Address: 192 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm Facebook    6. Kervan Traditional Turkish Restaurant Picture Credit - www.kervan.co.kr Address: 127-3, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 11.30 am - 11 pmContact: 02-792-4767 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 7. Persian Palace Picture Credit - www.facebook.com/DrShapour Address: 110-522 9, Sungkyunkwan-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, SeoulOpening Hours: 11 am - 10 pmContact: +82-2-763-6050 Facebook   DAY 3: DMZ/JSA The De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) are very important sites every traveler should visit in South Korea. You can join a group tour which has to be booked in advance, and this is a great way to learn about the historic division of the peninsula. The tour includes stops at main attractions like the Imjingak Park, the Unification Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and Dorasan Station – the famous railway between South and North Korea. Following the tour, you can go back to Seoul and get set for the next part of your journey.   DAY 4: Jeju Island This is the largest island in South Korea, and you need to take a short flight from Seoul to get there. The island includes many amazing attractions and relaxing things to do, like enjoying a serene walk among the bonsai trees of Hallim Park, following the nature trails of Seolbong Park, witnessing the splendor of Cheonjiyeon Falls or Manjanggul Lava Tube, relaxing on the beautiful beaches, or spending time in the Seongeup Folk Village.   DAY 5: Busan Photo credit - www.goodfreephotos.com You can leave from Jeju Airport to reach South Korea’s second most-populous city, Busan. There are quite a number of fun places to visit in South Korea alone within the city, so this is a great way to end your vacation. Some of the things you can do during this time include relaxing on one of the top beaches, like Haeundae, Dadaepo, and Gwangali, or exploring Dongbaekseom Island – famous for the iconic mermaid statue, Gamcheon Cultural Village and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Before you catch your flight at Gimhae International Airport to head home, you'll be able to find some authentic souvenirs in Nampodong. The Busan Al-Fatah Mosque is located nearby for prayer facilities. To enjoy a great South Korean meal before you leave, the Busan Jib Restaurant is a great place that serves mouthwatering, spicy Halal food in South Korea: Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm dailyAddress: 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, South Korea Facebook | Instagram via GIPHY Go on a Halal Trip to South Korea with us...

  • The Top 7 Reasons to Visit Canada

    Canada is often a place that tourists tend to skip over when picking vacation spots, but those people are missing out on a trip of a lifetime! Canada is a massive country with everything you could want to see and do on vacation, be it adventure or thrill-seeking opportunities, or relaxing in charming countrysides or on even on magnificent beaches. There are also many reasons why Muslims love to travel to Canada, namely, the availability of Muslim-friendly facilities and the feeling of being welcomed. Islam is the second largest religion in Canada, standing at 3.2% of the population, after Christianity. This means that there's no shortage of anything you could need to fulfil your requirements without compromising your faith Here are the top reasons to visit Canada in 2018:   1. It Has Incredible Nature & Wildlife Canada is one of the best places to witness the elegance and beauty of nature – and revel in the magnificence of Allah's creations. With brooding snow-capped mountains, incredible road trails, and craggy beaches around the country, it is any nature lover's dream come true and there is no shortage of things to do and see in Canada. Enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains that serve as a backdrop for the city of Banff, or kick back and relax on the stunning beaches of British Columbia. And let's not forget the renowned Niagara Falls in Ontario, something you definitely cannot miss on your Halal travel to Canada. And you can even see the famous natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights straight from the backyard of a home in Albert! Canada is also home to some of the world's most incredible wildlife. The vast, sprawling environments of these animals that remain unaffected by humans gives these animals a chance to thrive in their natural habitats. You can spot grizzly bears in the Great Bear Nature Tours in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, snorkel with beluga whales in Churchill, see Walruses in the Community of Hall Beach in the Arctic, and so much more!   2. There Are Festivals Galore Picture Credit - www.facebook.com/CelebrationOfLight/ Not only are there amazing natural landscapes, wildlife tours, and incredible shopping in Canada, there are also plenty of fascinating festivals that take place around the country throughout the year. Taking part in these festivities gives you a chance to mingle with the locals and learn a little bit more about the culture and traditions of this fascinating country. Picture Credit: Carnaval De Quebec From comedy and art to food, children's festivals, and county fairs, there's something happening somewhere to suit your personal interests. Some of the most famous events to take place in Canada include the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Winterlude Festival in Ottawa, the Celebration of Light festival in Vancouver, the Quebec Winter Carnival in Quebec, and so much more. Check out the local listings in the particular cities you plan to visit to see what festivals are taking place during your time of visit.   3. It Is Full of Heritage and Culture History or culture isn't exactly what a tourist think of when they think Canada, but the country has a deep a rich heritage that you can explore on your travels. The amazing part about each city in Canada is that they are all distinct and offer entirely different opportunities to explore, activities, adventure, and more. In today's world of artificially created attractions that can take away the authenticity of experiences to be had, this is truly a breath of fresh air. Explore the charm of French-speaking Quebec, which seems like a quaint town in rural France, or head to Toronto to live it up amongst the city folk. You can also experience the history of Canada by visiting these ancient Canadian attractions that have been gazetted as National Historic Sites such as Fort York and Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, Ontario, the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, Canada, Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and more. There are also many places where you can take yourself back to the olden days and participate in activities like being a soldier for a day at the Halifax Citadel National Historical Site in Nova Scotia, or experience the culture and heritage of the Anishinaabe people at the Pukashwa National Park in Northern Ontario.   4. The Locals are Friendly The friendliness and hospitality of Canadians is often a popular theme in pop culture and TV shows, but the best part is that this theory is actually rooted in reality! Canadians are some of the most welcoming people in the world, and who better to represent this than their prime minister Justin Trudeau, who not only allowed refugees into the country but welcomed them at the airport by saying “You are home”. Not only does Canada have an incredible infrastructure, it is also one of the safest countries to travel with a relatively low crime rate. As Muslim travelers, you would not have to feel out of place because of the significant Islamic population who live here as well. You can allow yourself to be completely yourself on your Halal holiday in Canada!   5. There's Amazing Halal Food With a large population of Muslims scattered all over the country, there is no doubt that you will be able to find amazing Halal food all across the country. Obviously, there will be more options in cities with a dense population of Muslims like Ontario, but you should have a few choices no matter where you go. You can find a range of cuisines from local food to Middle Eastern, Asian, and more at food trucks to fine dining in Canada. Make sure to try the unique dish “Poutine”, which has even been touted to be the National dish of Canada, although not officially. Here are some of the top Halal restaurants in Canada:   Affy's Premium GrillTry their premium grills and steaks, and also their non-alcoholic daiquiris and coladas.(Address: 2200 Brock Rd C2, Pickering, ON L1X 2R2, Canada. Phone: +1 905-239-5415, Website: www.affysgrill.com/) BachirA Lebanese restaurant raving reviews for their delicious shawarmas, falafel, and Middle Eastern desserts.(Address: 54 Boulevard René-Lévesque O, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 2A4, Canada. Phone: +1 418-523-8383) Chinese Halal Restaurant This charming Chinese restaurant is known for its delicious Halal Chinese food in Canada. Make sure to try their lamb dishes!(Address: 101 Ravel Rd, North York, ON M2H 1T1, Canada. Phone: +1 416-498-9800) Al-Watan Tandoori Halal Restaurant This simple restaurant in Vancouver might seem unassuming, but is one of the best Halal eateries in Canada serving amazing Indian and Pakistani cuisines.(Address: 6084 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5X 3T3, Canada. Phone: +1 604-324-6378) 7 Peppers GrillThis is a Syrian Halal restaurant in Nova Scotia has incredibly friendly service and even better food!(Address: 6290 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A5, Canada. Phone: +1 902-431-2727) Get more information on Halal food in Canada through the website: www.canadianhalalfoods.com/   6. You'll Have Plenty of Places to Pray Picture Credit - baitunnur.org As we've already mentioned, Islam is the largest minority in the country, which means there are plenty of prayer places in Canada. Not only are there many mosques scattered all over the country, many places also accommodate Muslims by having prayer rooms and even specially designed restrooms to suit the needs of Muslims. Here are some of the most famous mosques in Canada: Baitun Nur Mosque Address: 4353 54 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T3J 4L3, Canada. Contact: +1 403-243-1600 Jami Omar Mosque(Address: 3990 Old Richmond Rd, Nepean, ON K2H 8R5, Canada. Phone: +1 613-828-2222) Outaouais Islamic Centre (Address: 4 Rue Lois, Gatineau, QC J8Y 3R1, Canada. Phone: +1 819-776-1831) Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque (Address: 3810 Eastgate Dr, Regina, SK S4Z 1A5, Canada. Phone: +1 306-359-1713)   7. Maple Syrup! Ask a random person anywhere in the world what Canada is most famous for and chances are, they'll tell you its maple syrup! This popular sweet condiment is made from the xylem sap of various types of maple trees. Canada is the largest manufacturer and exporter of maple syrup in the world (most of it concentrated in Quebec), which shouldn't come as a shock to anyone. There's no doubt that Canadians love maple syrup, I mean, the maple leaf is even on their national flag! Anywhere you go, you should be able to find maple syrup-themed goodies and treats, from cookies and cakes to maple-treated meats, and so much more. Make sure to try them all, and maybe even stock up on a few of them to bring back as souvenirs! For more destination ideas on where to travel in 2018, check out our travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic Travel App to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you....

  • 10 Unique Accommodation Options for Muslim Travelers in 2017

    Don’t miss out on visiting some of these unique places to stay in 2017 for some amazing and memorable experiences. These unique accommodation options for Muslim travelers in 2017 will not disappoint those who are looking for some unique Muslim-friendly hotels or accommodations.    1) Desert Resorts – Dubai, UAE Unique accommodation options for Muslim travelers in 2017 cannot be complete without including a stay at a desert resort in Dubai. Visitors can have the unique experience of being in a luxury environment in the middle of a desert - some popular resorts include Al Maha, Bab Al Shams and Qasr Al Sarab.  Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the desert landscape, sunsets and sunrises too, from these unique Muslim-friendly hotels. Desert resort rooms and suites are decorated to complement the environment of the desert.   There are also plenty of fun activities and some great Halal food to be enjoyed as well. Muslim travelers on the lookout for some of the top Muslim-friendly resorts should try staying at a desert resort at least once.   2) Cave Hotels – Cappadocia, Turkey Staying in some of the unique cave hotel in Turkey is one of the uncommon hotel options for Muslim guests in 2017. These accommodation options are becoming quite popular and each cave hotel has something unique to offer in terms of ambience and experience.   Cappadocia is especially popular for cave hotels – some well known cave hotels include Cappadocia Cave Suites, Ottoman Cave Suites, Aydinli Cave House Hotel and AREN Cave Hotels. Staying in a Fairy chimney inspired suite is where you can enjoy beautifully furnished and lit up rooms. It is great way to appreciate what makes Cappadocia special.    3) The Mirrored Airbnb – Pennsylvania, United States   The Mirror House is a airbnb located in Pittsburgh that is covered with mirror work – with mirrors even decorating the unique interior, complete with mirror sculptures. Every brick outside is covered with mirrors and with framed mirrors decorating the walls and ceiling inside the dining room.   There are 15 rooms  - each of which have been decorated differently with retro, modern artistic furniture and colour schemes. With a great home theatre system and a beautiful garden, this is one of the more unique Muslim-friendly budget accommodation options.    4) The Cube Houses – Rotterdam, Netherlands These houses are definitely some of the more unique accommodation options for Muslim travelers in 2017. Designed by architect Piet Blom in the 1970’s, the design concept is that each house resembles a tree in an urban forest, where the tilted cube-shaped house is built on a hexagonal pylon.   The houses are located in Overblaak Street and contain three floors with uniquely shape rooms such as a triangular living room. The bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the second floor, and there is usually a garden on the top floor.   5) Tsala Treetop Lodge – Pletternberg Bay, South Africa This breathtakingly beautiful lodge is located in an indigenous forest off Pletternberg where the guests can choose from the luxurious Treetop Suites for an amazing view of the forest and nature from the viewers’ deck. Treetop Villas built above a tree canopy also come with a great view and modern, unique interior décor. While it may not come cheap, guests will get to experience a luxurious accommodation and be surrounded by the natural beauty of the forest.   Treetop Lodge is one of the unique Muslim-friendly hotel options where Halal or vegetarian dining options can be arranged – making Tsala Treetop Lodge a top Muslim-friendly resort.   6) Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya Giraffe Manor has to be one of the most unique accommodation options for Muslim travelers in 2017 where guests will get to interact with wildlife – namely giraffes. This exclusive boutique hotel located in Langata in Nairobi is where visitors will see giraffes visiting the lodges and where they can even feed them treats. Despite the stylish rooms and beautiful décor, guests can also get immersed in the natural surroundings with each lodge offering something different.   7) Historical Fort Hotels – Rajasthan, India Spending part of your vacation in a historical fort hotel is some of the uncommon hotel options for Muslim guests in 2017 to consider. Not only will you get a taste of what it was like being Rajasthan royalty, but an amazing cultural experience in cuisine and environment. Some great hotels to get an experience like no other include the Rambagh Palace, Taj  Umaid Bhawan Palace , The Raj Palace and more to choose from.  Rambagh Palace is especially popular as a historical monument.   8) Adrere Amellal Desert Ecolodge – Siwa, Egypt Adere Amellal located at the foot of the White Mountain differs from your regular desert resort. The ecolodge is built out kershef – a mixture of stone, mud and saltwater, with 40 hand-built rooms with furnishings to match the desert landscape and atmosphere. Adrere Amellal also has a spa and pool for those who want to relax. There is no electricity but the ecolodge is lit up by beeswax candles and is an ideal place to getaway from the bustle of modern life.   9) Woodlyn Park – Waitomo, Hamilton, New Zealand Woodlyn Park is another unique accommodation option for Muslim travelers in 2017. This is where Muslim travelers who are looking for something different will be spoilt for choice with the interesting and unusual accommodation choices. Visitors can choose to stay in a 1950s Bristol freighter plane, the Waitanic Ship or Waitanic Express Train motel units. For Lord of the Rings fans, there are two Hobbit motels units to choose from.   There are a few Halal restaurants located in Hamilton within driving distance and a number of mosques as well.    10) Free Spirit Spheres – Vancouver Island, Canada One of the most uncommon hotel options for Muslim guests in 2017 include the Free Spirit Tree houses in British Columbia. This interesting type of accommodation consists of a suspended wooden orb that can be reached by steel bridges or spiral staircases. The cabin will contain built in beds and electric heating as well with showers and kitchen facilities located on the ground level camp. It is a great way in interact with nature and do some bird watching too.      Click here for more of HalalTrip's Best 10 lists for 2017!   Explore cheap Muslim-friendly holiday packages before you plan your next Halal travel     ...

  • 7 Halal Restaurants in Bristol - A Muslim’s Guide to Eating in Bristol

    Hunting Halal food in Bristol can be quite a task. Bristol, the most populous city after London in Southern England holds within it historic cities of Bath and an inspiration for art. For Muslims, here is your guide to Halal eating in Bristol with a list of seven restaurants with Halal accreditation:   1) Las Iguanas Famously located in The Venue at Cribbs Causeway and many more corners in Bristol is the restaurant for the best Halal food in Bristol, Las Iguanas. They offer a choice of menus - Halal, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. Their chicken (excluding kids Chicken bites), lamb and duck are all Halal-certified. Eaters at Las Iguanas only have positive reviews of the Halal food; taste your new favorites and be welcomed with the warmth of South American hospitality. However, take note that Las Iguanas also offers a non-Halal menu (including beef and chorizo) and alcohol.    2) Subway Enjoy Halal food in Bristol at the all famous fast-food chain of restaurants that offers American fast food dishes; Subway. Out of 2,000 Subways in UK, about 200 of its outlets have attained Halal accreditation from the Islamic Foundation of Ireland. There are two Halal outlets in Bristol - at Hamilton Court and Stapleton Road. While you're there, some of the Subway specials that you must try include toasted submarine sandwiches, deli-style sandwiches, salads and freshly baked cookies and muffins.    3) Afendi Restaurant and Cafe Afendi serves Halal food in Bristol that is inspired by the Lebanese cuisine. The Middle Eastern specialties are prepared in an elegant manner, with the most popular dishes being Lamb Shawarma, Tabouleh, Biryani, and the oh-so-delicious Baklava. In addition to all the traditional cooking, you can also enjoy a hearty chunk of Bristol Halal chicken which you can share a platter with friends or family.   4) Wok to Walk Hot and quick Halal Food in Bristol can be enjoyed at Wok to Walk, located at 39 Park Street, Bristol. All the meats offered are Halal certified and they also offer vegetarian options. All of Bristol’s Halal restaurant Wok to Walk branches are popular among young, active individuals who need a fast eating option that fit their busy lifestyle. Devour some of their Asian specialties on the spot or enjoy them on the go with their take-away option.   5) Nando’s At Nando's you can enjoy Halal food in Bristol cooked in Portuguese style. Out of their hundreds of oulets, 72 outlets are Halal - with one being located at the Aspects Leisure Park, Bristol. This restaurant offers Halal chicken for its all famous Peri-Peri dishes, which you can choose the level of spice from Plain...(ish) to Extra Hot. This Afro-Portuguese chain restaurant is popularly known for serving flame-grilled chicken in spicy chili sauce and is one of the reasons for numerous positive reviews of Halal food in Bristol.   6) Urban Tandoor A great curry house right in the center of Bristol is Urban Tandoor, offering great Halal Indian food in Bristol. Proudly running through the menu is a list of flavorsome curries, tandoori mixed grill, sweet and sour pickle tray, lamb shank, paneer, prawns, you name it; but most importantly, the mouthwatering Butter Chicken Masala. Along with Halal food to die for, excellent service and friendly staff await you at Urban Tandoor.     7) Sands Restaurant (Closed) Sands located on Queens Road in Clifton, serves some of the best Halal food in Bristol. This Lebanese restaurant treats meat-eaters and vegetarians alike with their delicious delicacies and wholesome dishes. Enjoy your meals in a natural setting with their outdoor dining or feel elegant and cozy in their stylish interiors. Not many Halal restaurants in Bristol offer entertainment, although at Sands the last Thursday of every month is an exception.   You may also use the Halal Food Spotter feature on the official HalalTrip Mobile App to discover more Halal restaurants near Bristol . Click on the below links to download the free App:   Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/halaltrip/id680194589 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.halaltrip.app   ...



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