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  • Samarinda Islamic Center: The Place You Need To Be When You're In Samarinda

    With more than 5 islands, Indonesia is the ideal destination for backpackers. Located in East Kalimantan or so-called Borneo, Samarinda is a capital city of East Kalimantan Province in Borneo Island which the biggest island in Indonesia, making it one of the best spots for a solo travel that'll keep you pocket in tack. Oh, and did I say how picturesque the island is? It's simply beautiful. Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque Locals call it the Samarinda Islamic Center. Coming in second, just after the famous Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, the Samarinda Islamic Centre Mosque is the second largest mosque and it is easily the city's icon. The Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque stands in the banks of the Mahakam River and bridges. So if you are visiting the mosque, don't forget to take lots of photos and be amazed by the charm of the mosque. The Architecture The Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque is also known as the Baitul Muttaqien Mosque. The mosque has a vast area of 43,500 square meters with seven minarets. The supporting building area is 7,115 square meters and a basement floor area of 10,235 square meters. While the ground floor of the mosque is 10,270 square meters, the main floor is 8,185 square meters. Fortunately, while I was visiting the mosque, the mosque security allowed me to get to the main tower that was 99 meters tall. I could see the Mahakam River with colliers back and forth. From the highest part of the mosque, I was lucky enough to watch the sunset with a view of the entire Samarinda City. The highest tower with its height 99 meters refers to Asmaul Husna or the 99 names of Allah. The mosque also has six minarets, four of them on each corner of the mosque, reaching 70 meters high, while two of them are located at the front gate. These six towers symbolise the six pillars of Islam. Tip: To capture a picture of the Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque from a different angle, you could try to take pitstop on the Mahakam Bridge. How to Travel from Jakarta to Samarinda You can take low-cost airlines such as Lion Air or Citilink from Jakarta to Balikpapan. The flights are usually 2 hours long. You will transit for a couple hours in Balikpapan and continue with a propeller plane from Balikpapan to Samarinda. You can use Kalstar Airline that will take around 20 minutes of flight. During the flight, you will see Mahakam River once you arrive in Samarinda. Or, if you prefer not to take a connecting flight, take the Kangaroo Minibus once you arrive in Balikpapan. You can find Kangaroo ticketing counter on the right side of the arrival gate of Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman International Airport. The ticket fare is IDR 135,000 and the bus departs every 10-15 minutes. So what are you waiting for to start your first solo backpacking to Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque? Or invite your friends to join this adventurous holiday. Don’t forget to share your best holiday moments on the HalalTrip App!...

  • Adelaide: Your Next Halal-Friendly Escape From Reality

    Stretching from the beautiful sunny shores to the stunning foothills, Adelaide is one of the major cities in Australia – a place that is vibrant and bursting to the brim with culture, events, food, and entertainment. This cosmopolitan city is the capital of the state of Southern Australia and is home to a melting pot of people of all sorts backgrounds. Adelaide is a great place for travelers who wish to get the full taste of the arts and culture of Australia. Being known as a major creative hub, the city hosts numerous art festivals, holiday celebrations, international fairs, markets, and so many more events throughout the year. So much so, that the city has even come to be known as “The Festival City”. Picture Credit: Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash If you love exploring metropolitan cities, be it architecture, entertainment, arts, gastronomy, or the general vibe of it all – Adelaide is a great place for you to visit. But that's not to say Adelaide has nothing to offer to those that love the outdoors and nature. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, Adelaide is a great beach destination. And if you feel like “the hills are calling”, head to Adelaide’s hill to enjoy the cooler climate, cozy cottages, markets with the freshest produce, and scenic drives through the countryside. Exploring the city and all its charm – from old colonial style architecture, trendy cafes, and restaurants that line picturesque streets to museums, beaches, events, exhibitions, and so much more – Adelaide is certainly a place that is worth the visit on a trip to Australia. Attractions in Adelaide As mentioned, Adelaide welcomes all kinds of visitors and offers a taste of all different kinds of experiences. But, of course, it's mainly known for its arts and culture, with a side of food, shopping, and history thrown in there. Here are some of the most popular attractions in Adelaide that you should put on your list of places to visit on your vacation in Australia. 1. Rundle Mall Picture Credit: South Australian Style Magazine Standing at the center of Adelaide's downtown, Rundle Mall is a pedestrian street mall that has been in operation since 1976. It is the heart of everything retail and shopping in the city. Regardless of what kind of shopper you are, whether your heart gets pumping at the sight of bargain deals or you love the luxury of high-end retail therapy, you'll feel right at home at Rundle Mall. Basically, it's your one-stop shop for everything ranging from groceries to clothing. You can also stroll along the streets, stop and give some buskers your audience, or get a bite to eat at some of the chic cafes and restaurants. Getting to and from Rundle Mall is a breeze as there are several buses operating throughout the day. Address: Adelaide SA 5000, Australia. 2. Adelaide Oval Picture Credit: Adelaide Oval Facebook The Adelaide Oval, located in the parklands between the city center and North Adelaide, is a sports ground that is mainly utilized for cricket and Australian football. It is the headquarters of the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA), and is known as one of the most beautiful and well-constructed test cricket grounds in the world. Other sports matches held here include rugby, tennis, and soccer. The grounds have also hosted several concerts. Address: War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia.Contact: +61 8 8211 1100 3. Adelaide Botanic Garden Picture Credit: Adelaide Botanic Garden Facebook Located in the north-east corner of the Adelaide City Center, The Adelaide Botanic Garden is a 130-acre public garden in the Adelaide Park Lands. The gardens comprise of different themed areas such as First Creek Wetland, Gardens of Health, International Rose Garden, Australian Native Garden, Dahlia Garden, and more. The Palm House is a Victorian glasshouse imported from Berlin in 1875, and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany does important work in collecting and analyzing all the different uses of plants. A stroll through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens is sure to be relaxing and fascinating at the same time, and you're sure to learn a whole lot through the visit! Address: North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia.Contact: +61 8 8222 9311Opening Times: Mon-Fri – 7:15 am, Weekends/Public Holidays – 9:00 am (closing times vary throughout the year). 4. Adelaide Central Market Picture Credit: Adelaide Central Market This gourmet shopping center has been in business since it opened its doors in 1869, and is one of Australia's largest sources for fresh produce. It is home to about 80 or so retail vendors offering all different kind of food-related items from all around the world. Whatever your heart desire – fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese, bread, spices – you'll find it here. There are also several cafes and eateries where you can have some amazing food. Picture Credit: Adelaide Central Market One of the best things to do is have a stroll down Adelaide Central Market, stopping at shops that catch your eye, and check out all the different kinds of gourmet ingredients that you can pick up. If you're a foodie, there's no way your holiday in Adelaide would be complete without a trip to the gastronomic hub of the city. Of course, you'll end up leaving with heavy bags and a light wallet, but that's just a given! Address: (Located in Central Market Arcade) 44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.Opening Times: Tues – Thurs 9 am – 5:30 pm, Fri 7 am– 9 pm, Sat 7 am– 3 am, (Closed on Sunday/Monday)Contact: +61 8 8203 7494 5. Victoria Square Picture Credit: SA History Hub Victoria Square is a public square located in the center of the city, neighbored by many public institutions like the Supreme Court of South Australia, Adelaide General Post Office, etc. It is also known as Tarntanyangga (translating to “red kangaroo dreaming”), named so because the square was previously the central camp for the dundagunya tribe people, who named it Tandanya or Tarntanya. Today, the square is a large grassy open area with fountains, gardens, park benches, and plenty of shady trees. It's a great place to spend some time relaxing with friends and family, have a picnic, or just play some football. All of these attractions are situated in the Adelaide City Center, close to the Rundle Mall area, so it would be most efficient to book a hotel for your stay around the same place. If you aren't sure of where to stay in Adelaide, check our website for suggestions on Halal-friendly hotels. Address: Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.Opening Times: 24 hours, 7 days of the week.Contact: +61 8 8203 7203 Getting Around Adelaide Picture Credit: Daniel Hoult It is pretty easy to get around the city of Adelaide, thanks to the various facilities and amenities that are available. With well-constructed pedestrian ways, walking is always a good option for when the distance is short enough. If you're traveling farther, you always have the option to book a cab. There are several ride-hailing apps you can download. Of course Uber is one of the most popular options, but other services that are available include Taxify, GoCatch, and GoGet. Another rideshare app, Shebah, is now available in Adelaide and the best option for women traveling solo or by themselves with children. This company focus on women's safety, employing only women drivers and catering only to women and children (you can even request a vehicle with a car seat for kids). Picture Credit: Adelaide Metro Public transport is another option that is very reliable. Adelaide has a great variety of public transport including buses, trains, and the tram. You can pick up a visitors metro card that'll give you unlimited travel for 3 days. Trams operate within the city center and the suburbs, but trains are probably your best choice in the case of longer travel to places outside the city. Picture Credit: Wikiwand There is also a free City Connector bus service in Adelaide that runs on a loop throughout the week that'll be most useful for travel within Adelaide's downtown area. Furthermore, almost all public transport is designed to cater to differently-abled persons as well. Praying in Adelaide Of course, as Muslims, another major concern we have when we travel is to find places where we can pray. If you're looking for where to pray in Adelaide, fret not, because there are several places where you can do so. Here are some of the mosques and prayer places in Adelaide: 1. Central Adelaide Mosque Picture Credit: Islam Maps Address: 28/20 Little Gilbert St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.Contact: +61 8 8231 6443 2. Islamic Arabic Centre & Masjid Al Khalil Picture Credit: Islamic Arabic Centre & Masjid Al-Khalil Facebook Address: 596 Torrens Rd, Woodville North SA 5012, Australia.Contact: +61 8 8268 1944 3. Imam Ali Mosque Address: 27 Langford St, Pooraka SA 5095, Australia.Contact: +61 468 923 440 4. University of Adelaide Musallah Address: Union House, Victoria Drive, Adelaide, South Australia 5005.Contact: +61 8 8313 5240 5. Sahara Pizza House Address: Adelaide: 372 Sturt Road, Clovelly Park, South Australia. 6. Lazat Pizza Address: 216 Days Road, Adelaide, South Australia. 7. Nawab Tandoori Address: 403 Grange Road, Shop 3, Seaton, South Australia. 8. AlSham Address: 253 Diagonal Road, Warradale, South Australia. 9. Mekong Thai Restaurant Address: 68 Hindley Street, Adelaide, South Australia. Halal Food in Adelaide If you are wondering where to eat on your Muslim-friendly trip to Adelaide, there's no need to worry as there are many restaurants that serve Halal and Muslim-friendly food. Here's a list of some of the best Halal-friendly restaurants in Adelaide: 1. Australia's Pizza House Picture Credit: Australia's Pizza House Facebook A good no-nonsense eatery with affordable Western-type fare that tastes really good. Burgers, pizza, hot dogs – whatever your heart yearns for. Cuisine: Italian, Fast Food, Pizza.Address: 26 Bank St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia.Opening Hours: Sun - Thurs 11:00 am - 11 pm, Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 am, Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 amPrice/Price Range: Low – ModerateReservation: Not necessaryContact: Website: http://www.australiaspizzahouse.com 2. Beyond India Picture Credit: Beyond India Facebook Experience all the vibrancy of Indian food culture in an open dining room with beautiful décor and even better food at this award-winning Indian restaurant in Adelaide. Cuisine: IndianAddress: 170 0’Connell Street North Adelaide, SA 5006.Opening Hours: Sun - Thurs 12 - 3 pm, 5 - 10:30 pm, Fri - Sat 12 - 3 pm, 5 - 11 pmPrice/Price Range: Moderate-HighReservation: RecommendedContact: 8267 3820Website: http://www.beyondindia.net.au/ 3. Burger IT Picture Credit: Burger IT Facebook A convenient and super affordable stopover for whenever you feel that pang of hunger. The place is best known for its gourmet burgers. They also have gluten-free options as well. Don't forget to get that extra side of fries! Cuisine: Fast Food, American.Address: 110 O'Connell St, North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia.Opening Hours: Sun-Mon 11:30 am - 9:30 pm, Tue 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Wed 11:30 am - 9:30 pm, Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pmPrice/Price Range: LowReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 8 8267 2612Website: http://www.burgeritadelaide.com.au 4. Jerusalem Sheshkabab House Picture Credit: Broadsheet Adelaide A restaurant that has been around for a long time, serving good quality Middle Eastern food. The red fiberglass booths and orange tables are an eclectic feature that has been around since the opening of the restaurant. Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Vegetarian-FriendlyAddress: 131B Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000, AustraliaOpening Hours: Tues - Sat 5:30 pm - 10 pm, Sun 4:00 pm - 10 pm (Closed on Mondays)Price/Price Range: LowReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 8 8212 6185Website: http://jerusalemrestaurant.com.au/ 5. Knoodle Junction If you're looking for Halal restaurants in Adelaide that specialize in Asian fare (mainly Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai), then the Knoodle Junction is a great option that is very budget-friendly. Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Fast FoodAddress: 21 Pulteney St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia.Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 10 am - 7:30 pm, Fri 10 am - 5 pm, (Closed on Sat and Sun)Price/Price Range: LowReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 8 8223 5759Website: http://rundlemall.com/business-directory/knoodle-junction/ 6. Nando's Picture Credit: Nando's Facebook The international chain and its world-famous peri-peri chicken need no introduction, and the good news is that they serve Halal food in their Adelaide store! Cuisine: Portuguese, Fast FoodAddress: 33 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.Opening Hours: 11 am - 10 pm dailyPrice/Price Range: ModerateReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 1300 626 367Website: https://www.nandos.com.au/eat/restaurants 7. Pondok Daun Picture Credit: Pondok Daun Facebook Another great option for an Asian meal is Pondok Daun. It is one of the best budget-friendly Halal restaurants in Adelaide, with a great reputation all around for their service and quality of food. Try their Indonesian fare like the Rendang. Cuisine: Asian, IndonesianAddress: 94 Currie St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11 am - 8:30 pm (Closed on Sundays)Price/Price Range: LowReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 8 8212 1449Website: http://pondokdaun.cafeleader.com 8. Salsa's Fresh Mex Picture Credit: Salsa's Fresh Mex Facebook If you're craving some Halal Mexican food in Adelaide, Salsa's is one of your best options. They also have gluten-free options. Cuisine: Mexican, Fast FoodAddress: Rundle Place 77-91 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia.Opening Hours: 11 am - 10 pm dailyPrice/Price Range: Low – ModerateReservation: Not necessaryContact: +61 8 8232 3971Website: https://www.salsas.com.au...

  • Top 10 Muslim-Friendly Travel Destinations for Muslim Millennial Travellers in 2018

    Millennials are described as those born in the 1980s or 1990s, and are known to be responsible for a lot of the changes occurring in today's world – be it technologically, politically, or socially. In the same way, they are also changing the way people travel. Unlike those that came before, Millennials look for something different when it comes to choosing holiday destinations. Experience is what is most important to them, rather than the destination; it's the journey that matters, and it doesn't hurt if it's picture-worthy either! In fact, Millenials specifically look for places that are unique and exciting, including places with social media worthy food, interesting cultures, internet-friendly facilities. But Millennials who follow the Islamic faith have a further hurdle to overcome as they are not only looking for the best experiences but also where they can find Muslim-friendly facilities like Halal food and prayer places, as well as not be discriminated against in general. The MasterCard-HalalTrip Muslim Millennial Travel Report 2017 (MMTR2017) lists the top 10 tourist destinations in the world for 2018 for Millennial Travelers. It based on the 3 A's: Authentic (local culture, food), Affordable (accommodation, transport, experiences), and Accessible (technology, information, sharing). The 3 A's are what a Muslim Millennial looks for when he/she is shopping for the best holiday destinations in the world. Here are the top 10 Muslim-friendly travel destinations for Muslim Millennial Travelers in 2018:   1. Malaysia Malaysia is the top holiday destination for everyone from Muslim families and elders to young Muslim couples and even non-Muslims! This multicultural Muslim country is an amazing place that has something to offer for anyone who wishes to visit it, which is why it's very popular with Muslim Millenials. It also helps that it is one of the best places for a cheap Muslim-friendly holiday as most things in Malaysia are pretty affordable. Millennials are down for anything that saves them a buck while being a great experience! Not only are there many mosques all around the country and plenty of Halal food to go around of all cuisines, price ranges and themes, Malaysia is also one of the most advanced countries in Asia. This means that there are adequate technological facilities, good public transport, and a horde of unique experiences. Marvel at the iconic buildings in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, visit LEGOLAND in Johor Bahru, or the beaches of Penang. You'll have the time of your life and get amazing pictures to prove it! Find nearby Halal food places in Malaysia  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malaysia   2. Indonesia Indonesia is one of the top tourist destinations in Asia and one of the most popular Muslim countries frequented by Asians and Westerners alike. Indonesia is home to picture-perfect beaches that are the ideal backdrop to your vacation selfie, amazing Halal food restaurants to fill your tummies, and nature trails and tours where you can take a break from the technology-driven world. Indonesia is a Muslim country, and visitors should have no trouble finding Halal restaurants. Make sure to try out the seafood in Indonesia as well! There are many mosques all around the country, and most hotels offer Muslim-friendly facilities like prayer mats, Qur’an, etc. Indonesia is also one of the top 10 tourist destinations in the world in 2018, especially for Millennials as it is easy to travel on a budget. And for those of us who are looking to get the best experiences for the cheapest price, this fascinating country is a dream come true! Find nearby Halal food places in Indonesia Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Indonesia    3. Japan Japan is one of the most exciting countries to visit in the world because it seems to seamlessly combine the traditions and reminders of the olden days with the modern world. Millennials might be more attracted to the new-world aspects of this unique country, but you'll also enjoy exploring the history and beauty of the country's past. Japan also home to incredible nature as well as awe-inspiring modern architecture; it truly is the best of both worlds! Although the number of Muslims in Japan is very small, there are pretty prominent communities in certain cities. The Japanese government has also made an effort to encourage Muslim tourism. As a result, there are plenty of Halal-friendly facilities like Halal restaurants (or Muslim-friendly menus at eateries), and prayer places. Find nearby Halal food places in Japan   Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Japan   4. Thailand Thailand is another Asian country that is a popular vacation spot for Muslim Millenials. It's not hard to see why; with friendly locals, a fun-loving atmosphere, incredible nature and scenic beaches, it's a place that draws people in. Thailand is also a great place for budget-friendly shopping, so that's a definite bonus! About 5% of the population in Thailand are Muslims, and recent times have seen an increase in Muslim-friendly conditions like more food manufacturers and restaurants making the switch to Halal. Thailand is also home to many mosques. Places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Samui are the most Halal-friendly in the country. Find nearby Halal food places in Thailand Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Thailand 5. Australia Australia is perceived as one of the most Muslim-friendly places to visit in the Western world. The country of kangaroos is on the top of the list of Muslim Millennial travellers because of the people's hospitality, advanced technology/infrastructure, and laid back nature. Australia is also well known for its amazing nature, sea and wildlife. Surprisingly, you can have a budget-friendly vacation in Australia too, as there are plenty of cheap, Muslim-friendly activities to try (some even free!), like free guided tours in Melbourne and budget-friendly theme parks in the gold coast! The country is also known for having amazing food, and luckily, it's not too difficult to find Halal restaurants in Australia. Swanky eateries, street food, and high-end dining – you can take your pick (and then take that perfect food 'pic')! There are also many mosques in Australia, and communities of Muslims thrive in many areas. Find nearby Halal food places in Australia  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Australia   6. Singapore Singapore is one of the top destinations that Muslim Millenials like to travel because it is one of the coolest places in the world! Singapore offers unique experiences and has an infrastructure that is very convenient. Public transport is impeccable and technology is pretty advanced. There are also fun things to try in Singapore that Millennials are sure to get a kick out of like dining in the dark, or amongst wildlife, unique watersports, and even underwater hockey! Singapore is also a dream shopping destinations, one of Millennials' favourite activities. Singapore is home to a multicultural population and has a strong Muslim community. There are many Halal restaurants to try, including trendy eateries with cool concepts. There are also many mosques in Singapore. That's why Muslim Millennials are sure to feel right at home! Find nearby Halal food places in Singapore Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Singapore   7. The United Arab Emirates Muslim Millenials love travelling to UAE because of everything it has to offer. The UAE is one of the richest countries in the world – and it shows! From massive, elegant shopping malls, jaw-dropping skyscrapers, and magnificent mosques, to great dining, desert safaris, and incredible shopping, there's no shortage of incredible experiences that last a lifetime! Of course, as UAE is a Muslim country, there is no shortage of anything a Muslim would want, from amazing Halal food, mosques and prayer places, to Muslim-friendly accommodation, tourist attractions, and Islamic sightseeing spots. The ability to travel so freely without any concern for not fitting in is also a great draw for Muslim Millennial travellers. Find nearby Halal food places in UAE Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in UAE    8. United Kingdom The UK is a country that everyone has heard of, and they certainly have made their mark on a fair share of countries around the world! But today, it is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. You can visit iconic locations like the London Eye and Stonehenge, or you can try out the lesser known activities of the UK like visiting Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree in Lincolnshire, the Alnwick poison gardens in Northumberland, or skiing in the gorgeous snowy mountains of Scotland. The UK is another of the countries in the Western world where the most Muslim-friendly facilities are available. With a population of about 5 million Muslims, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding Halal food restaurants, especially in places like Wales, London, Bradford, and Birmingham where there is a higher concentration of Muslims. There are also many mosques in the UK. Find nearby Halal food places in the United Kingdom Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in the United Kingdom   9. The United States of America The United States of America is a global superpower and one of the most famous countries in the world, so it's no wonder that Millennials are flocking to the land of opportunities! The American experience is a combination of so many things that range across the spectrum of experiences from quiet getaways in the countryside to loud and proud cities like New York. Despite what the media might portray at times, the vast majority of Americans are accepting and respectful of Muslims, whether it's their neighbours or tourists. Muslim-friendly facilities will be easier to come by in big cities than in rural areas, but cities like Texas, New York, Michigan, and Los Angeles have a larger concentration of Muslim, ergo more accommodating affects. Halal restaurants and eateries are also not difficult to find. There are over 2000 mosques in the USA, but some states have more than others. For instance, New York and California have 257 and 246 mosques respectively. Find nearby Halal food places in the United States  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in the United States   10. India India is a place that many Millennials love to travel because it has everything that they are looking for in a travel destination. India has so many interesting opportunities and unique experiences that range from the richest of the riches to slumming it in the streets, from skiing the slopes of the Indian Himalayas to shopping in Mumbai or surfing in Goa; and Millenials love that! India is also the home to 1.5 billion people of different races and religions, and everyone and every place has a story to tell. As the country with the largest Muslim minority population in the world, there is also no shortage of Muslim-friendly facilities. Halal food is pretty easy to come by, be it on the streets, trendy Instagram-friendly cafes, or high-end restaurants. There are hundreds of mosques all over the country, some with long and important histories, and others that are brand spanking new! India is also one of the top destinations in the world where you can travel on a budget. Most things, including food, accommodation and transport are pretty affordable. Find nearby Halal food places in India   Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in India   ...

  • Be One With Nature In Gold Coast! 7 Places to Get Real Close to Nature in Gold Coast, Australia

    There are countless interesting things to do on the Gold Coast for nature lovers who enjoy being surrounded by the amazing flora and fauna of Australia. The Gold Coast is well-known as a surfer’s paradise for its golden, sandy beaches and great surfing spots. However, this region in Australia is also popular for some of the most breathtaking natural attractions in the world. So read and find out what to do in Gold Coast to get in touch with nature – and have a fun trip.   1.Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223, Australia Picture Credit - www.theweekendedition.com.au   The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is owned by the National Trust of Queensland and is one of the top-rated tourist attractions on the Gold Coast to observe the animals in their natural surroundings. The wildlife sanctuary is the best place for nature lovers and bird-watching enthusiasts alike – visitors can also interact with koalas, possums, echidnas and even feed crocodiles. This is an ideal spot for a family day out too. Some fun highlights include a Segway Safari which features a guided tour and the engaging Free-flight Bird Show.   Halal-friendly travel and holiday packages to Australia    2. David Fleay Wildlife Park, Loman Lane, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, Australia Picture Credit - www.bremnervisual.com.au Located in Burleigh Heads, this heritage park is one the best parks and natural attractions on the Gold Coast to observe wildlife to learn more about Australia’s native animals and more from different parts of the world. The park was established by Australian naturalist, David Fleay in 1952 where animal conservation and creating natural habitats for the animals has always been a top priority. You can enjoy some fascinating daily wildlife shows with the rangers or stroll along the boardwalks through the rainforest – lookout for platypuses, cassowaries, kangaroos, crocodiles and much more. 3. Lamington National Park, Binna Burra QLD 4211, Australia Picture Credit - www.daytours.com.au Lush greenery of rainforests, interesting wildlife and cascading waterfalls is what you can expect if you drop by Lamington National Park. This is the best spot to marvel at a Gold Coast national park waterfall, there are over 500 waterfalls in the area such as Elabana Falls and Coomera Falls. Wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers will have an amazing time – be on the lookout for the regent bower bird, parrots or the red-necked pademelons. You can also get closer to nature by going on O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk on the many suspension bridges over the rainforest to admire the magnificent scenery. 4. Tamborine National Park, Cedar Creek QLD 4207, Australia Picture Credit - www.visitbrisbane.com.au Nature lovers cannot miss out on one of the best parks and natural attractions on the Gold Coast – which includes Tamborine National Park. There is so much to do here. You can spend time exploring the lush green surrounding of Tamborine mountain, and get to see the beauty of a Gold Coast national park waterfall – from Curtis Falls, Witches Falls, Cedar Creek Falls to name a few. Maybe go for a Rainforest Walk along the sturdy walkway above the rainforest landscape to marvel at the amazing view. The glow worm caves are another unique attraction to check out for an ethereal experience.   5.Springbrook National Park, Springbrook Rd, Springbrook QLD 4213, Australia Picture Credit - www.thousandwonders.net Springbrook National Park is a fascinating place to visit for many reasons. The national park is home to a part of the ancient Gondwana Rainforest and is among the most fascinating natural attractions in the world. It’s also home to different types of birds and wildlife. Watch out for bower birds, rosellas, parrots and Albert’s Lyrebird that is native to Springbrook. As for top attractions, the Natural Bridge over Cave Creek is a unique sight to check out – with a waterfall cascading into a cave. A colony of glow worms also reside in the cave and visitors can enjoy night tours too. From hiking, swimming to taking in the impressive view from lookout points in the area, nature lovers will never get bored here 6.Sea world, Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4210,Australia Picture Credit - www.wyunaapartments.com.au Learn about the wonders of the ocean and go on some thrilling rides at the largest marine park in Australia. Visitors can also enjoy live shows of performing dolphins and sea lions which are quite fun to watch. There is something for everyone and even plenty of entertainment for young children too. Some of the most popular attraction include the Polar Bear Shores – stop by to see the polar bears in action. Shark Bay is another favourite where you can observe not only sharks but stingrays and other deep-sea animals you won’t see elsewhere. Don’t miss out on the lively penguins at Penguin Point either. 7. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, 708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069, Australia Founded in 1927, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s largest and oldest koala sanctuary and is among the top-rated tourist attractions on the Gold Coast. You should definitely visit the sanctuary if you enjoy interacting with wildlife – and for an unforgettable experience in Australia. Lone Pine is home to other kinds of Australian wildlife too. Not only will you get to hold a koala here, but visitors get to feed the kangaroos, wallabies and lorikeets in the sanctuary. The Free Flight Raptor Show is must-see too with owls, kites and eagles – and do check out the Sheep Dog Show too.      Don’t miss out on the best parks & nature attractions in the Gold coast. Add these amazing places to your travel itinerary when planning your next Muslim-friendly tour to Australia!...

  • Attractions in Seoul

    The top things to do in Seoul 2017 – how can you have an unforgettable time in South Korea? There are numerous things to do and places to go in Seoul that would give you a wonderful experience and keep you coming back to an intriguing city. However, there are some things you just cannot miss. To find out more about the best attractions in South Korea and what places you should include in your travel plans – especially if you are wondering what to do in Seoul for 3 days.     Credit - giphy.com   1. Gyeongbokgung Palace Gyeongbokgung is also known as the Northern Palace, is one of the top attractions in South Korea and the most impressive of the five palaces in the country. This historical palace was constructed in 1395 and was the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty - it was damaged during the 20th-century Japan-Korea war and has been restored since. The Gyeonghoeru Pavilion is quite spectacular and do drop by the Hyangwonjeon Pond as well. The two museums located within the palace include the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum which are ideal places to learn more about Korean culture. Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul     2. Bukchon Hanok Village Picture credit - http://iamontheroad.net Bukchon Hanok Village is among the must-visit attractions in Seoul if you are looking for great cultural experience in South Korea. This village is located within Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and the Jongmyo Shrine. Bukchon is a residential area that consists of charming hanok houses as well as tea houses, craft workshops and more, that will give visitors a true experience in Korean culture. This is an original Hanok village and was not built for Korea tourism purposes – making it ideal for an authentic experience. Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul     3. Children's Grand Park Seoul Picture credit - http://visitseoul.net Despite the name, the Children’s Grand Park is enjoyable for everyone and can be a good place for a family day out when you visit Seoul. Spending the entire day at this park is among the top things to do and places to go in Seoul. Visit the zoo to see kangaroos, polar bears and tigers or maybe the petting zoo to feed ponies and goats – or just enjoy nature by going for a garden stroll. The park is ideal for a group visit where you can spend time at the amusement park or water park with kids too. Address: 216, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul     4. N Seoul Tower The N Seoul Tower or Namsan Tower is definitely one of the must-see attractions in Seoul that is also a popular landmark. The tower is always beautifully lit up, and taking in the view of the glittering city is one of the best things to do in Seoul at night – you can take rides up to the observation deck in the Namsan cable car. The interesting thing about the Seoul Tower is that its colours change according to the weather conditions, informing the public of good or bad weather. Drop by the digital observatory as well, or make wishes at the Wishing Pond– all proceeds to building schools in underdeveloped areas. Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul     5. Myeondong If you want to indulge in shopping, drop by Myeondong and experience some of the most fun things to do in Seoul on your very first visit. Some popular stores to visit include Lotte Department Store, Myeong-dong Migliore and Shinsegae Department Store to name a few. Not only can you get some great bargains on clothes and interesting fashion – but this is one of the go-to spots for Korean beauty products. From accessories to shoes, Myeondong is lined with countless stores as well as cafés and restaurants. Address: Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul     6. War Memorial Of Korea As one of the top attractions in South Korea, this site also symbolises the importance of peace. The War Memorial Of Korea is built upon the army headquarters and this is where visitors can view warplanes, tanks, and weapons on display. The museum is home to at least 33,000 Korean War artefacts and 10, 000 are currently on display. There are six indoor halls that feature different themes related to the war, including the Memorial Room and Large Weapons Room. Address: 29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul     7. Hongdae Free Market Picture credit - http://www.theseoulguide.com A visit to the Hongdae Free Market should be one of the things to do and places to go in Seoul if you want to take back some crafts or quirky souvenirs. This is also an excellent place to get immersed in Korean culture and get some artistic items at reasonable prices. The market is usually open every Sunday from March to November. Address: 19-3, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul     8. Seoul Forest Picture credit - http://visitkorea.or.kr Seoul Forest is one of the ideal places to visit in Korea during summer for walks or to simply nature. Seoul Forest actually consists of five parks - Culture and Arts Park, Eco-Forest, Experiential Learning Park, Hangang Riverside Park and Marsh Plants Garden. Seoul Park is one of the most beautiful places in Korea for its gardens, sculptures, animal habitats, skating park and so much more. Each park has something to offer and you can have a good time exploring each one. Address: 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul     9. Lotte World Picture credit - http://visitkorea.or.kr A visit to the Lotte World has got to be among the fun things to do in Seoul on your very first visit – there is something for all ages too.The engaging amusement park section, Lotte World Adventure is where you get to go on exciting rides, try ice skating and even do some shopping. Drop by the Magic Island outdoor are too. Lotte World is also one of the best places to visit in Korea during winter for skiing, sledding or snowboarding. Address: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul     10. Cheonggyecheon Cheonggyecheon has become one of the must-visit attractions in Seoul – because of the twenty beautiful bridges over the Cheonggyecheon stream and artistic statues that decorate the area. Dropping by Cheonggyecheon stream is one of the best things to do in Seoul at night because of the fantastic laser light show. Address: Taepyeong-ro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul     You can plan a more engaging holiday now that you know the best things to do & places to go in Seoul – so don’t miss out on the top attractions in South Korea!  ...



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