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Galle is one of the most-visited destinations in Sri Lanka. Known for its history and beautiful surroundings, the city attracts several visitors around the year. The route from Colombo to Galle travels along the coast and the view is quite scenic. Both bus and train journeys take visitors along the coastline giving them beautiful sceneries to enjoy. Among the most notable features of Galle is the historic architecture of the colonial times which is quite well-preserved. \r\nThe Galle Fort is the main landmark of the city and is around 300 years old. The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and enclosed by soaring bastions, inside which is the Old Dutch town. The city is divided into two, the Old Dutch town and the new bustling town. The streets around the Galle Fort are practically traffic free and visitors can conveniently walk around and appreciate the historic architecture. The Historic Mansion Museum features a vast collection of artefacts from the colonial era. The old lighthouse and the Leyn Baan Street are the two main lookout points in the Galle Fort area. Outside the fort area is the long coastline where one can enjoy long walks and also visit the turtle hatcheries. \r\nThe Galle Fort area is also known for its shopping. There are several gems and antique shops inside the fort area. Visitors can bargain at these shops to get good prices for gems and jewellery. Those who wish to enjoy a modern shopping experience; the new town has some good supermarkets and stores....more

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Galle is one of the most-visited destinations in Sri Lanka. Known for its history and beautiful surroundings, the city attracts several visitors around the year. The route from Colombo to Galle travels along the coast and the view is quite scenic. Both bus and train journeys take visitors along the coastline giving them beautiful sceneries to enjoy. Among the most notable features of Galle is the historic architecture of the colonial times which is quite well-preserved.
The Galle Fort is the main landmark of the city and is around 300 years old. The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and enclosed by soaring bastions, inside which is the Old Dutch town. The city is divided into two, the Old Dutch town and the new bustling town. The streets around the Galle Fort are practically traffic free and visitors can conveniently walk around and appreciate the historic architecture. The Historic Mansion Museum features a vast collection of artefacts from the colonial era. The old lighthouse and the Leyn Baan Street are the two main lookout points in the Galle Fort area. Outside the fort area is the long coastline where one can enjoy long walks and also visit the turtle hatcheries.
The Galle Fort area is also known for its shopping. There are several gems and antique shops inside the fort area. Visitors can bargain at these shops to get good prices for gems and jewellery. Those who wish to enjoy a modern shopping experience; the new town has some good supermarkets and stores.

Nearby Airports

The nearest airport to Galle is the Bandaranaike International Airport. From the airport visitors can travel to the Colombo Fort and from there regular air-conditioned buses are available to Galle. The bus journey takes around 2-3 hours depending on the route taken and costs around Rs 230. Trains are also available from Colombo to Galle.

Halal Restaurants

Locating halal restaurants in Galle is not difficult. Visitors can ask around with locals or at the mosque about halal food availability in the city. Some of the halal restaurants in Galle include Indian Hut at Galle Fort, Crêpe-ology Restaurant at Galle Fort, etc.

Mosques

Galle has a good population of Muslims and there are quite a few mosques around the city. The most prominent mosque in Galle is the Meera Mosque also known as the Galle Fort Mosque or the Jama Al-Khairat Mosque. The mosque is located inside the Galle Fort. The other mosques in the city are Ya Hussain Masjid, Shekh Yusuf Sahib Valiyullah Mosque and the Baddare Mosque.

Things to Do and See in Galle

  • Galle Fort
  • Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve
  • Galle Fort Lighthouse
  • Maritime Archeology Museum
  • Historical Mansion Museum
  • Clock Tower
  • Dutch Government House
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  • Best Aesthetic & Boutique Hotels for Your Staycation in Singapore

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However, Food deliveries such as Grabfood do deliver to Sentosa.   The Scarlet Singapore Image Source: The Scarlet Singapore Located in Chinatown, The Scarlet Singapore is classy on the outside and lavish in the inside, the Scarlet Singapore has to be one of the oldest hotels in this list. Housed in one of the oldest conservation buildings in Singapore, The Scarlet Singapore pampers its guests with modern-day comforts fit for royalty. Especially if you go for one of the seven themed suites that they offer, there’s even one with an outdoor jacuzzi. With a good blend of heritage and style, it comes to no surprise that The Scarlet Singapore has numerous awards and accolades to their name. 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With a great offering of amenities such as a Roof Terrace, Garden Deck, and Dipping pool, Lloyd's Inn looks to be interesting to stay for your next staycation. Location: 2 Lloyd Road, 239091 Website Mosque(s) Nearby: Masjid Al-Falah, Masjid Bencoolen Halal Food Options Nearby: Check out the different Halal Eateries Nearby here!   Hotel Soloha Image Credit: Hotel Soloha Quoted as following the concept of an Urban Chic Jungle, Hotel Soloha is a clear contrast to the previous listing, This is the hotel to go to if you are a fan of colorful displays and art. Decked with beautiful artwork and wide pop art murals by local artists, the hotel will definitely have you snapping away when you are there. Another major plus with the rooms in Hotel Soloha is that the rooms are equipped with digital conveniences such as Spotify and Netflix access and smart room controls. Location: 12 Teck Lim Road, 088387 Website Mosque(s) Nearby: Masjid Jamae Chulia, Masjid Abrar Halal Food Options Nearby: Check out the different Halal Eateries Nearby here!   If you’re looking for other hotels and attractions to visit on your Singapoliday Staycation, check out our blog on the ongoing SingapoRediscovers campaign by the Singapore Tourism Board here! So there you have it boutique and aesthetic hotels that are definitely photogenic and pleasing to the eyes. Tell us what are your favorite aesthetic or boutique hotels in the comments below!...

  • 8 Things to do in Singapore this August

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To celebrate Singapore’s 55th Birthday, Asia Online Run is holding an online Running Challenge where participants can clock their distances with the help of running apps and pedometers. All in the hopes of achieving an accumulated distance of 55,000KM this year. Registrations close on 10th August. Visit spacebib for more details on the event. Image Source: Image by Spacebib on Facebook   Star Wars Virtual Run Southeast Asia Another virtual running event happening now till September is the Star Wars Virtual Run event. Similar to Run for Singapore, participants can clock in their distance with the help of running apps and pedometers. With a choice of 5.4KM and 40.0KM, finishers will be awarded a medal based on the distance and the side they choose to run for. Visit Star Wars Virtual Run website for more details. Image Source: Image by justrunlah.com Whether you choose to enjoy August online or offline, there are more things for you to do, especially since it is National Day month. You could even go Island-Hopping on the Southern Islands or go international with Virtual Tours from the different museums around the world. Just remember to always abide and practice the safety measures during this pandemic. Ensure adequate social distancing and always wear a mask when you are outside. Have fun! via GIPHY...

  • 11 Best Places To Visit In Greece For First-Timers

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As first-time travelers, we were overwhelmed with everything there is to do and see in Greece, including Greek island and beach hopping. After much research, this is what we have on our agenda for the Greek Islands as first-time travelers to this popular holiday destination. Let's dive in! via GIPHY Athens Image Credit: Photo by Adrian Dascal on Unsplash The capital of Greece is our first choice of cities to visit in this historically rich nation. Not only does Athens have a plethora of significant ancient Greek archaeological wonders, but the city is also a bustling business hub filled with modern-day attractions such as amusement parks, shopping squares, and of course the Greek food culture. While in Athens, these are some of the places to visit. Acropolis of Athens Hadrian's Library Parthenon Theatre of Dionysus Museum of Islamic Art Syntagma Square Temple of Olympian Zeus Old Temple of Athena Acropolis Museum Mount Lycabettus Piraeus Harbour National Garden Monastiraki Flea Market Omonia Square Central Municipal Athens Market Marina Zeas Allou! Fun Park Athens being a cosmopolitan city of Greece, there are several HALAL food restaurants serving a choice of cuisines.   The Greek Peninsula Mainland Greece, while being home to its capital city of Athens, is divided into the six regions of Thrace, Macedonia, and Epirus to the north, and Thessaly, Central Greece, and the Peloponnesus to the south. So, the Greek Peninsula does have much do and see as well. Delphi Image Credit: Photo by DiChatz on Unsplash A town nestled in the mountains of Central Greece, and home to many archaeologically significant sites of ancient Greece including the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury, the Castalian Spring and the Delphi theatre and hippodrome. Ioannina Image Credit: Photo by Hippo FromEarth on Unsplash in the region of Epirus is home to the only inhabited lake-island in Greece and offers a chance to stay in the castle or the mini-city of ‘Kastro’ while enjoying the stunning views of mountains and lake. Olympia Image Credit: Photo by James Lee on Unsplash in northwestern Peloponnese is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. An iconic village where the Olympic Flame is lit every two years and visiting the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity is a must. Thessaloniki Image Credit: Photo by Digio Lab on Unsplash is the capital city of the Macedonian region of Northern Greece and considered the second largest city after Athens. Like Athens, this city offers both the wonders of the ancient worlds and the modern attractions of today. Check out the city’s Byzantine walls, White Tower and Turkish baths, museums, art galleries and of course the lively food markets.   Santorini Image Credit: Photo by Heidi Kaden on Unsplash Next on the agenda is what we consider one of the best places to visit in Greece. Santorini, a part of the Cyclades island group, is one of the most visited Greek Isles, and no wonder! With its volcanic history, whitewashed houses clinging to the cliffs and the rugged landscape shaped by the volcanic eruption, this gorgeous island is a treasure of this Mediterranean country. While at Santorini, we plan to swim in the clear blue oceans, take in the intrinsic beauty of the villages and enjoy some fabulous Santorini cuisine. We also plan to take in the two main towns of Fira and Oia, where we can enjoy the unique features of each. Fira is known for its shopping and is also the capital of Santorini, while Oia is considered to be the more luxurious town offering many romantic restaurants and high-end shopping to take home that memorable romantic date. While HALAL food maybe a bit difficult to come by, there are many seafood and vegetarian options to choose from. Here are some of the sites and beaches to check out at this lovely Greek Island. Red Beach Paralia Vlichada Ancient Thera Períssa beach Corfu Image Credit: Photo by Karolis Puidokas on Unsplash Corfu is a popular Greek Island with numerous beaches and oceanside activities. Our plan for this Greek Island revolves around beach hopping, soaking in the true Greek beach culture, and enjoying some watersports. Some of the best beaches on this Greek Island include Porto Timoni beach, Agios Georgios of Pagoi, Ermones, Ampelaki beach, Alipa beach, and Platakia beach. 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Heraklion Image Credit: Photo by Evangelos Mpikakis on Unsplash As the capital port city of Crete, Heraklion is a mix of ancient ruins, picturesque old towns, restaurants, lots of places to shop, as well as traffic and a large population. Some of the places to visit are the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Vrondisi Fountain, Venetian Fortress, Natural History Museum of Crete, Palace of Knossos, and the Karteros beach. Agios Nikolaos Image Credit: Photo by ERROR 420 on Unsplash As one of the more popular tourist destinations of this Greek Isle, Agios Nikolaos has much to offer from a range of beaches, cafes and boutiques to breathtaking views of Mirabello Bay. A trip to this midsized town will surely be filled with lots of beach-type activity and sunscreen. Lake Voulismeni is also on our must-visit list with a day trip to the Cretan Olive Farm not too far away to learn all about olive oil. Balos Lagoon Image Credit: Photo by Krzysztof Kowalik on Unsplash Crete is renowned for some of the best beaches in Greece. While there are many beautiful beaches on this large Greek Island, Balos Lagoon takes the cake. Its pink sand and turquoise waters, it is not to be missed. Nestled between the island of Imeri Gramvousa and Crete itself, Balos Lagoon is located in the region of Chania near the town of Kissamos. Samaria Gorge Image Credit: Photo by Rinke Dohmen on Unsplash Visiting Crete would not be complete without a visit to its Samarai National Park in the White Mountains. The popular Samarai Gorge which starts in Xylóskalo is 16 kilometers in length, and renowned as the longest gorge in Europe and one of the most extraordinary gorges of Greece. This downhill hike concludes at the Agia Roumelli on the black sand beaches off of the Mediterranean sea. At an altitude of 1,230 meters, the Samarai Gorge is home to over 450 species of flora and fauna, of which nearly 70 are endemic to Crete. The 10-mile one-way hike takes you through rugged cliffs, ancient cypress and pine forests showcasing nature at its best. For your return trip, consider hiring a boat to Chora Sfakion, a remote and sparsely populated town where you can enjoy a rest before continuing your Greek holiday or returning home. A first-time visit to Greece must include Athens and some of the closer towns and places in mainland Greece as well as one or two Greek Islands such as Santorini and Corfu. Crete is an adventure all on its own and can be combined with sightseeing in Athens, Greece. So, while we plan this extended Greece holiday visit, take your time, do your research and put together a holiday plan that best suits your time and budget.  Point to note, as HALAL food and MOSQUES are difficult to find in most Geek towns and Isles, plan ahead and do your research, bring a prayer mat and use our Qibla Directions and Halal Restaurants feature on our app and you are all set to enjoy your Greek vacation.  As a bonus check out the Halal Trip article on Tips and Advice for HALAL food in Greece. via GIPHY...

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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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Kuching Image Credit: Farizal Resat on Unsplash Experience the beauty of what Kuching has to offer by renting a Sampan down the Sarawak River. Kuching is not only about the stunning waterfront, but also a city full of cultural and historical aspects. Go on a museum hop with your significant others like the Sarawak Museum. Discover places to shop at and dine in at the Waterfront after taking a relaxing walk. Also, don't forget to view the Kuching Mosque and marvel at its incredible architecture. As Kuching means "cat" in Malay, you should not miss out on the Cat Museum. To add up a little bit of adventure to your honeymoon getaway, how about hunting down the cat statues around the city? But let me break it to you that the city's name might not be derived from the Malay word. Then again, it is worth discovering all these cat elements around the city. 7. Malacca Image Credit: Tammy on Unsplash Being one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malacca has so many to offer to everyone. Considering Malacca as your honeymoon destination won't be a disappointment. Explore the historical landmark with your spouse and discover various museums that you can visit. After a long day walking around the town, hopping from one museum to another, it's time to hunt down for food. And isn't it fun to hunt down food with your loved ones? Malacca has arrays of food stalls ranging from local, Westerns, Chinese to fusions. Beat the heat by getting your sweet tooth fix at Klebang Original Coconut Shake or Cendol Kampung Hulu. No matter how long you are planning to stay in Malacca, the choices of Halal or Muslim-friendly food are endless! 8. Lake Kenyir Image Credit: MOHD HAFIZ YAHYA on Unsplash Believe it or not, Lake Kenyir is a man-made lake, said to be the largest in Malaysia. Located in Hulu Terengganu, this destination is set for couples who love outdoor, and definitely those who are not scared of water. Fishing is one of the popular activities here as river fish has adapted to its ecology. You can also go for jungle trekking and caving and experience the nature around. Lake Kenyir offers a once in a lifetime experience to spend a night on a houseboat. There are some other resorts and chalets that you can choose from, but why not go for something different and create special experiences with your significant other. 9. Kuala Lumpur Image Credit: Izuddin Helmi Adnan on Unsplash Lastly, in this list, let's not forget about the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. This metropolis city has so much to offer. There are endless options to shop, various food stalls to eat at, and so many things to discover. Of course, one of the touristy things to do is to witness the Petronas Twin Tower. If you are craving some local street food and want to experience the feel of a night market, there is Tapak Street for you to check out. You can also take a walk at the KL Forest Eco Park, suitable for anyone as it is not as rugged as any hiking trails. Kuala Lumpur might be deemed as an overrated city to visit, but if you look at every nook of what this city has to offer, it is worthwhile. After all, you are visiting with the love of your life, so there is nothing that can beat that! Do you believe it now that Malaysia owns some of the best honeymoon destinations? These 9 destinations might not seem romantic at first glance, but now that you know they are, isn't it time to start planning? And once it is safe to travel, set off with your significant others for an incredible journey together. via GIPHY...

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

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



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