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  • Unleash Your Inner Child At These 4 Hong Kong Attractions

    Hong Kong has a lot to offer when it comes to fun – there are many attractions to see and many experiences to have! Attractions are a major part of the Hong Kong itinerary and every tourist should tick it off their list of things to do when on the island. Hong Kong is home to some of the greatest and biggest attractions in Asia! With a multitude of rides and activities to choose from, you would be kept busy having the time of your life! So here are some of the finest attractions to unleash your inner child when in Hong Kong! via GIPHY   1. Hong Kong Disneyland Image Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland Who doesn’t love Disneyland?! And you don’t have to go all the way to the US to experience it when it’s just as good in Hong Kong especially with the East-West influences. Hong Kong Disneyland has 7 different lands that have their own attractions, rides and events. One of the main attractions at Main Street, USA is the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad – a scenic train ride that takes you through all the lands and ends at Fantasyland. Another attraction is the Disney Paint the Night Parade. A 30-minute long pageant which is an amazing LED-lit fiesta of all the Disney characters having a good time to their famous songs. A must-do is a visit to the Royal Princess Garden, where you can take a photo with your favorite Disney Princess! A must-see attraction at Adventureland is the Festival of the Lion King, a spectacular retelling of the classic Disney animation. Take the Jungle River Cruise where you will come face to face with animatronics animals. The Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, which is a typical old-school roller coaster ride, is a must-try . Image Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland The major attraction at Mystic Point is the Mystic Manor – the Hong Kong Disneyland version of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion but with a unique story surrounding the antics of Lord Henry Mystic and his monkey companion, adorable characters and immersive experience with many surprises. Toy Story Land is full of fun, especially the RC Racer - a 27 meter half pipe with a car that rides up and down – intense and thrilling! Image Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland Fantasyland is truly magical. One of the main attractions is the Mickey and the Wondrous Book, which is probably the best show at Hong Kong Disneyland – the 30-minute spectacular brings together many beloved Disney characters dancing to amazing musical mashups. The Cinderella Carousel is a must for every guest, everyone has dreamed of getting on one these classic merry-go-rounds with the prancing horses and beautiful music. The best ride at Fantasyland has to be the Mad Hatter Tea Cups – giant, spinning teacups that will leave you dizzy but excited. Image Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland Head over to Tomorrowland for fun futuristic inspired attractions and rides. At Hyperspace Mountain is a rollercoaster ride dedicated for all you Star Wars fans, dodge blaster fire to the soundtrack of Star Wars playing in the background – nothing short of epic. The Iron Man Experience is the only Marvel ride not found at any other Disneyland – soar above the Hong Kong skyline with Iron Man on this epic 3D adventure. They also have a resort where you can book your stay at and have a one of kind experience in Disney themed rooms and suites! You can choose between the three hotels – for the adventurous souls there’s the Disney Explorer’s Lodge, if you want a little bit more elegance to your hotel experience choose to stay at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, and if you are a true movie buff who loves the magic of Hollywood, stay at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel! Getting there You can get to Hong Kong Disneyland via MTR trains, the route is scenic and the trains are a cheaper mode of transportation. You have to take the Tung Chung line to Sunny Bay Station, transfer to the Disneyland Resort Line and onto the Disney Train – the train is decorated with Disney themed memorabilia. Tickets Info A standard ticket cost for 1 or 2 days start at HK$639 for adults and children 12 and above. The 2-day fun package starts at HK$719, it comes along with a HK$30 discount voucher for merchandise and offers instant park access with a Disney e-ticket. (First visit must be on or before 31st December 2019). There is also a Disney Priority Ticket + One-Day Package Combo ticket starting at HK$938 and HK$838 – refer to the website for more info. Dining and Shopping There are 2 Halal-certified restaurants within the park – The Tahitian Terrace at Adventureland and Explorer’s Club Restaurant at Mystic Point. You can get Halal certified food available upon request at the following restaurants: Chef Mickey at Disney's Hollywood Hotel Studio Lounge at Disney's Hollywood Hotel Walt's Cafe at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Dragon Wind at Disney Explorers Lodge World of Color Restaurant at Disney Explorers Lodge Room Service at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Prayer Room facilities The park offers a Prayer room; you will find a designated prayer room next to the Explorer’s Club Restaurant. The room also offers great Wudhu facilities however a prayer mat is not provided so remember to pack your own. Address: Lantau Island, Hong KongOpening hours: 10:30am to 8:30pm Note! Timings for different attractions and rides may vary, so refer to their official website for more info. Website | Facebook | Instagram   2. Ocean Park Image Credit: Ocean Park on Facebook A sea life themed amusement park which has been putting smiles on faces since 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong should be a staple on your list. A one-stop-shop for all, Ocean Park Hong Kong is an amusement park meets marine park meets oceanarium meets animal theme park all in one! It is also home to the famous Giant Pandas – Le Le and Ying Ying – now who doesn’t love Pandas? The theme park is 915,000 square meters – roughly 174 football fields. The amusement park has two main areas: The Waterfront and The Summit, there are 8 different themed zones dedicated to activities, shows, attractions, and rides. All the guests first head to The Waterfront since it is near the main entrance, however, if you really want to make full use of your day take a cable car or express train straight to The Summit. Image Credit: Ocean Park The Summit is where you will find the thrill rides and the Polar Adventure. Ocean Park is known to have crazy rides - the popular ones are the Hair Raiser, Raging River, The Rapids and The Flash. Another must-try when at The Summit is the Mine Train – a truly unique rollercoaster ride as it incorporates VR technology as well! If you are an extreme adrenaline junkie this ride is definitely for you! After all the adrenaline rush why not do something a bit more chill, literally – head over to the Polar Adventure attraction which houses animals from the North and South Poles, you will find penguins, seals, and many more creatures. If you would much rather get up close and personal with the animal rather than just looking at them through a glass you can take part in the Animal Encounter. Image Credit: Ocean Park After you are done exploring The Summit head over to The Waterfront, the main attractions here are the Giant Pandas, the Grand Aquarium and Old Hong Kong Street. The Grand Aquarium really is grand – with 5000 fish from 400 different species, you will definitely be left in awe at the variety available. Old Hong Kong Street by Kee Wah Bakery will transport you back in time to the 50s and 70s Hong Kong. Don’t forget to visit Le Le and Ying Ying, the park’s stars! You won’t be able to handle the absolute adorableness of the two pandas rolling and lazing about in their enclosure. To end your day head over to Aqua City where you can witness the world’s first 360 water screen show – Symbio! It is a nighttime show with lights, pyrotechnics, music and animation – it will be the perfect ending to an exciting day spent at Ocean Park Hong Kong. You can even book a stay at the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, located at the entrance of the park. Getting there You can take a local or cross-boundary bus and get off after going through the Aberdeen Tunnel, from there it’s just a short walk to the park. You can also take the Citybus route 629 which runs daily from Central Star Ferry every 20-60mins. You can also catch a train on the MTR to Ocean Park station via the South Island line – be sure to get your tourist Octopus Card first. If you have a car, there is no hassle whatsoever; you just need to get there and find a parking spot as the park offers parking facilities. Ticket Info You can purchase tickets at the gate or even do an online booking via their official website. Tickets are also available at 7-11 stores. The general admission ticket is priced at HK$498 for adults including children 12 and above, whilst the child ticket is priced at HK$249. If you don’t like standing in queues for long you can purchase the Ocean FasTrack (Standard) ticket which is priced at HK$280 for both children and adults – it allows priority access to 7 rides and attractions. There are two other FasTrack options: the Deluxe (HK$400) and Grand (HK$520). Dining and Shopping There are many dining options at Ocean Park Hong Kong, from cafes to restaurants you can choose from many. There are also many food kiosks scattered around the park, so if you want to snack on something while walking around – especially if you need to restore some glucose in your system after going on their rides. You can find Halal food at Cafe Ocean, Dive into A Float (at Marine World), Panda Cafe Food To Go (at Amazing Asian Animals), and the Popcorn Cart (at Aqua City). All the dishes served at these restaurants and kiosks have been certified by the Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong as stated on the official park website. There are also many souvenir shops in the park, so be sure to get something to remember your trip to the amusement park. Prayer room facilities Prayer rooms with Qibla indication are available, they can be found at the Guest Relations Offices situated at the main entrance and at Thrill Mountain at The Summit. Address: Aberdeen, Hong KongOpening hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 7:00pm                             Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am – 9:00pm Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter   3. SuperPark Hong Kong Image Credit: SuperPark Hong Kong on Facebook An indoor sports park with a myriad of activities for everyone, you can really let loose and have fun! It is a Finnish chain and has many branches globally. Their main focus is fun – so it is the perfect place to really let your inner child come out to play! Image Credit: SuperPark Hong Kong on Facebook The park is divided into 3 sections – the Adventure, Game Arena, and the Freestyle Hall. Adventure area has many activities like the tube slide, flying fox and, even a peddle car track! The game arena is where all the fun is! With exciting games like Superball, Hotstepper, and super pinball – you can really work up a sweat and not get tired for hours because you will be so preoccupied with having fun! They even have a RoboKeeper as a football goalie! The Freestyle Hall is probably the best section at Superpark – because it has a trampoline platform! Who doesn’t love jumping around?! They also have an AI controlled punching bag SuperBoxer and 8 metre climbing walls at SuperClimb! Getting there You can take a MTR train from to Olympian City and from there it is only a 15 minute walk. You can take a bus that goes through any of these routes: 13D, 43C, 87B, 701/701S, 971, N23, E21, A21. The mini bus routes are: 46, 78, 70 Ticket Info Their ticket prices are based on the days you go to the park; check their ticket calendar on the official website to catch the dates and prices. Regular Tickets One day ticket: HK$180 After 6pm: HK$120 Super Day Tickets Morning mayhem (9am to 1pm): HK$180 Middle Session (1:30pm to 5:30pm): HK$210 After 6pm: HK$150 One day ticket: HK$ 250 Dining and Shopping They have one restaurant inside the park, however it is not Halal. Prayer Room facilities Unfortunately, they do not offer prayer room facilities so bring along your pocket prayer mats and prayer garments! Address: G/F One SilverSea, No 18 Hoi Fai Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong (near Olympian City)Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 9:00pm                             Weekends, public and school holidays, 9:00am – 9:00pm Website | Facebook | Instagram 4. Noah’s Ark Image Credit: Noah's Ark on Facebook Noah’s Ark has biblical roots, however, you will find it in Hong Kong – not the actual Noah’s Ark but a theme park built around the concept of the story and even boasts a life-size replica of the Ark. Image Credit: Noah's Ark on Facebook Noah’s Ark is more educational than thrilling, so if you want a more relaxed experience this is perfect for you. The park is divided into 3 main sections – namely Noah’s Ark, Solar Tower and Nature Garden. Most of the parks focus is on animals and nature, so you will find a lot of live animals on display as well as some life-sized sculptures greeting you at the entrance. The Noah’s Ark is further sectioned into the Ark Garden, Ark Expo - houses one of the largest meteorites exhibited in Hong Kong, Adventureland is where you will find most of the fun as you can experience an obstacle course, whilst Ark Life Education House, Treasure House and e-Planet all offer interactive activities for children. Noah’s Ark also has a hotel where you can book your stay while visiting the theme park. The Solar Tower houses one of the largest professional vacuum solar telescopes within South East Asia which is open to the public. Solar Tower is mostly focused on science and technology and offers many interactive activities. The Nature Park is home to a variety of trees and greenery offering stunning sceneries which make for a great photo op. Address: 33 Pak Yan Rd, Ma Wan, Hong Kong Opening hours: The park operates from 10:00am to 6:00pm                             The Noah’s Ark Hotel and Resort operates 24 hours a day                             The Harvest Restaurant (10:00am to 9:30pm)                             The Nature Garden (8:00am to 6:00pm) Note! The last entry times vary between exhibits: Solar Tower: 5:00pm Nature garden: 5:00pm Ark Expo: 5:15pm Treasure house: 5:45pm Ark Garden: 5:45pm Getting there To get there you have to take a ferry from the Central Ferry Pier No. 2 and cross the Victoria Harbour to AMA Wan Island. The ferry ride will cost you around HK$27 and will take around 30 minutes. Ticket info You can purchase tickets at the gate or even do an online booking via their official website. The general admission ticket is priced at 198HK$ whilst the child and senior ticket are priced at HK$158. The ticket includes admission to all the attractions in the park except for Adventureland. Dining and shopping The park has two restaurants: the Harvest restaurant and Noah’s Kitchen. Harvest restaurant is more on the fancy side of the dining spectrum, they offer an international buffet. Noah’s Kitchen is more like a cafe with more focus on desserts and drinks. There is no information that states if the food served at the restaurants is Halal, however, you could always opt for vegetarian or seafood options. The Rainbow Gallery and Kid’s Deck are souvenir shops and offer soft toys, plushies and cute animal themed stationery. Prayer room facilities There is no known location at the park or the resort for prayer so be sure to bring along your pocket prayer mat and prayer garments :) Now you know which amusement/ theme parks to head to when in Hong Kong. It’s going to be a fun ride – so let loose and enjoy! Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter   There you have it, 4 Hong Kong attractions for you to unleash your inner child in Hong Kong! via GIPHY...

  • Every Story Has A Beginning. Here are 7 Historical Places You Should Visit in 2019!

    History surrounds us, whether you're walking down the street, sitting in a cafe or relaxing at home. It can be identified and traced for almost every object. There are many iconic places around the world that are identified by their rich history that still stands amongst us in the present day. This article will explore 7 historical cities you should visit in 2019. Check Out More Halal Travel Blogs 1) Luxor, Egypt We begin with the land of the Pyramids, Om al-dunya (Mother of the world) and the Breadbasket of the Empire. Egypt is generally a treasure cove when it comes to history. From the Pyramids in Giza, to the Hellenistic influences in Alexandria and the Ottoman remnants in the daily lives of their locals. Luxor is often overshadowed by the Capital and Resort towns but for history lovers, Luxor holds an untouched candour. The town's scenery is free of skyscrapers. The Nile and Temple's pillars stand in a way that can transport you away from modern city life. The city is divided by the river, leaving the East side as the lively side and the West side as the dead side. Considered as the oldest city in Egypt, it's no suprise that history surrounds the street. The Luxor Temple and extensions to Karnak Temple are always linked back to the days of Ramsis the 3rd, the Pharoah of Musa (pbuh). Historical Places to Visit: Luxor Temple Valley of the Kings- Tutenkhamun's Tomb Valley of the Queens Karnak Temple Medinet Habu Colossi of Memon 2) Rome, Italy An obvious choice as Rome is an open air museum. When in Rome do as the Romans do. Rome as a city and an expression of life, reminds us how roman lives were like in the early centuries. From the way the roads are structured to the city centre and plazas. A casual bus ride through the city will show you an immense amount of relics, including the Colosseum and fountain of Trevi. The era of Renaissance(rebirth) aimed to link itself back to the prosperity and dominance of the Romans, hence the structures that are in Hellenistic design. It creates a neat circle of history repeating itself. Historical Places to Visit: Castel Sant Angelo Colosseum Trevi Fountain Sistine Chapel The Vatican (though it is technically a separate city) Piazza Novana St Peters Basilica Roman Forum 3) Istanbul, Turkey Where East meets West, Istanbul cannot be compared to any other city in the world. Its unique position globally, historically and socially have made it a beautiful city that's rich in history. Formally known as Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital when the Roman empire split, evolving the city into the Byzantine Empire. After centuries of conflict, the Islamic Caliphate took over and gained access to Eastern Europe. Islamic history is the most prevalent in this destination, with huge, majestic mosques and museums dedicated to sharing Turkey's islamic past. Historical Places to Visit: Topkapi palace Hagia Sophia Sultan Ahmed mosque Grand Bazaar Basilica Cistern Sulemaniye Mosque Dolmabahce palace Galata tower 4) Prague, Czech Republic Prague is a picturesque beautiful city with immense amount of uphills and downhills. This city gives us a cleaner version of what the Bohemian middle ages may have looked like. The cobbled pavements take you back into the past with every step. The sight of houses with wooden panels will make you believe that you're living in a fairytale. Prague was rich in the aspects astrology and religion and the Old Town Square is a reminder of this. An interesting fact about Prague as a city is that is often used to film historical movies and tv shows due to its intact landscape. Historical Places to Visit: Astronomical clock Old town Square Prague Castel St Charles Bridge St Vitus Church Jewish Quarter Wencaslas square 5) Jerusalem - Palestine The holy city is a beautiful culmination of the three monotheistic religion. A truly religious city with Monks, Orthodox Jews and Muslims walking past each other in almost identical modesty and submission to God. This city has undergone immense changes but the old areas will transport you back to the Middle ages. The hilly landscape and forted Walls built by Suleiman the Magnificent shelter a historical haven away from cars and modern buildings. The Al Aqsa complex is not only a place of pilgrimage for Muslims but its serenity and the lack of change show us the steadfastness of Islam throughout the years.  This city is a perfect destination to explore the history of the three religions that majority of the locals practice. Historical Places to Visit:  Ethiopian Church Dome of the Rock Al-Aqsa mosque Old city Western Wall Mount of olives Church of the holy Sepulchre Damuscus Gate 6)Edinburgh, Scotland The capital of Scotland is not only known for the helpful character of the locals but also the history that graces the city. The Edinburgh castle reflects the development of forts and castles as the centuries progressed. With intact architectures displaying the Renaissance and Jacobean eras, Edinburgh is an important state for Scotland because it represents the history of the country's rebellion and cohesion. The rocky roads, gothic buildings and old-fashioned specialist shops truly give a sense of Victorian culture. The city itself holds a historic charm with its bridges, road structures and neoclassical architecture. Hike up Arthur’s seat for a view of the whole city and its sweeping natural scenery. Historical Places to Visit: Arthurs Seat Edinburgh Castle Old Town Holyrood Castle National Museum of Scotland Princes Street 7) Delhi, India India itself is a country drowning in history, so the capital is a good place to start. The Old Delhi holds the beautiful Mughal Red Fort where you can wonder around and imagine being part of the imperial household. Not far from the Red Fort lies Chandni Chowk, a colorful market selling everything from dried fruit to silver jewellery, allowing a historical market experience. This city’s history is heavily intertwined with Hindu and Mughal identities. Visit the intricately lavish Akshardham which shows the artisanal beauty and skillmanship of Hindu artisans. There is an immense list of temples and complexes that are worth a visit because of their unique and beautiful historical influences. A recent culmination of this would be the Lotus Temple which was opened in 1986 and is open to visitors of all religions. Historical Places to Visit: Red Fort Akshardham Qutb Minar complex Laxminarayan Temple Rashtrapati Bhavan Lotus Temple Humayun’s Tomb Get more inspirations for your 2019 trips  ...

  • It's Time To Welcome 2019! Here Are 17 Destinations For Your New Year Celebrations!

    If you haven’t already gotten into planning mode, now is the perfect time. As December dawns, you must be wondering where to spend the New Year’s Eve. We have curated a list of 17 destinations that comprises of the most popular, attractive and liveliest of places around the world for you to welcome 2019! 10 Muslim-friendly destinations to visit in 2019 The U.S.A. When you hear about a New Year celebration in the USA, the first thing that pops up in your mind must be the iconic Miley Cyrus song. Eventhough America is known for their wild parties, we’re giving you a list of places that won’t make you feel terrible the next morning. Here are the best places to go on New Year's Eve in the USA. 1) San Francisco Surprised to see this on the list? Besides the regular fireworks displays, San Francisco is made up of very multi-cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It would be an eye-opening experience when you to wander around the different neighbourhoods and have the option to celebrate New Year's whichever way you like. 2) Chicago Most of their top hotels have special New Year’s Eve packages. You can also opt for a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. Even though it might be very expensive, it is one of the best ways to watch the firework displays. 3) Orlando If you’re travelling with your family, what better place to spend New Year’s Eve than at the wonderful Disneyland Florida?! They have some of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations with Disney characters that starts at 8pm. You know your kids will love you for giving them the celebration of their lifetime! It is ranges from parades, performances and pageants galore! 4) New York City Well, You knew this would be on the list, didn’t you? Well, how could it not?! Possibly the most vibrant place in the world during New Year's Eve! This is where you can witness the iconic ball drop at the New York Times Square together with thousands of others. Need we say more? Europe Tour Here are the best places to spend New Year’s in Europe! 5) Barcelona, Spain Besides the usual revelry, you can ring in the New Year in a more traditional way – Spanish style, that is. In Plaça d’Espanya, the celebrations are centred around the Magic Fountain that looks incredible on a normal day, let alone when it is dressed up for a special event. Be prepared for a spectacular light show with music and special effects. 6) Rome, Italy First, pinch yourself because the beauty of Italy will make you feel like you're in a fairytale dream. You will find yourself staring at historical monuments that were built thousands of years ago. Second, have a feel of its rich history by having a ‘cenone’, which is a big dinner that you can have at a restaurant or at a friend’s house. That’s how the Italian tradition of ringing in the New Year begins. Then, head to the biggest celebration in town at the Piazza del Popolo. Take your own fireworks if you can get your hands on some and have a blast– it’s all in the experience! Of course, the city does put on its own professional display as well. 7) Venice, Italy What you can’t find in Rome are the plentiful Gondolas floating on the rivers that make Venice what it is. Imagine spending a peaceful night on a gondola by yourself or with a loved one, hidden in the fog, waiting for the light from the fireworks to cut through it. You can also join the huge crowd in Piazza San Marco as you count down the seconds until 2019 arrives. 8) Prague, Czech Republic Prague is a very popular city, to say the least. Imagine starting your New Year in such a magical place. Such a picturesque old town deserves some celebration. There is no specific place where everyone would gather so take a walk around and decide which part you want to revel in. Charles Bridge offers the best vantage point for the firework display set against castles and the river. 9) Paris, France Looking for a more romantic destination to spend your New Year’s Eve? Nothing beats Paris! With the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop, your photos will look as though it was straight out of a movie. If you desire for something even more romantic than watching the fireworks by the Eiffel Tower, you can bring your partner to a luxurious dinner at one of the few high-class muslim-friendly restaurants in town as you welcome the new year. Off the Beaten Path If big celebrations and crowded cities are not what you are looking for, fly off to the less travelled destinations and have a more unconventional New Year’s Eve. These are the more relaxing destinations for New Year's: 10) Iceland You can alway end the year without any fireworks if you want. An alternative would be heading north in Iceland to watch the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis. What's a better light display than a stunning natural one? 11) The Caribbean If just the thought of cold weather makes you shudder, and you can’t quite make up your mind on where you want to go, why not take a cruise to The Caribbean? If money is not a problem, you can go island-hopping and experience different food and cultures. At the end of the night, or should I say the year, you can just chill in the sand while enjoying the breeze. 12) Tasmania Known for their incredible rustic beauty, Tasmania is the perfect place to hike around if you’re an adventure junkie and want to start your New Year fit. If you need a hit of adrenalin as well, you can go white water rafting on the Franklin River. Best Places to Travel in 2019 Want to ring in the New Year right? According to experts, these are some of the top destinations to visit in 2019, so why not get a head start on them? 13) Dubai A whole category in itself, Dubai is iconic in its firework displays. It's New Year’s Eve show has constantly been one the most spectacular ones in the world for a few years now. Crowds gather from many hours ahead to watch the Burj Khalifa light show and fireworks, but if you don’t want to get caught in the stampede, the beach is the best option. Have dinner at any one of the malls or restaurants nearby before heading to the beach, or pack up a little picnic to keep yourselves full. The weather in December can be a bit chilly by the seaside – even though you’re close to the desert – so bundle up a bit. The firework display that is visible from the beach may not be the Burj Khalifa display, but Atlantis and The Palm put up some breath-taking shows as well. 14) Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen has always been a tourist spot but the city is constantly developing. 2019 is definitely a great year to travel to this state now that more attractions are available. In addition to the perfect balance between their old and new architecture, the growing food industry gives you a solid reason to visit Copenhagen. 15) Shenzhen, China Picture: The Independent Everyone knows how popular China is as a tourist destination. Shenzhen is said to be the Silicon Valley of this famous country, with its immense new technology. Besides its technological rise, it has also developed its arts scene in line with the likes of London. You might be happy to know that it has a wide range of new cafes and spots to hang out as well. 16) Mexico City, Mexico A country steeped in their history and culture makes for a beautiful city architecturally. Mexico City won the award for The World Design Capital in 2018 – a nod to the way centuries-old buildings worked so well with modern structures. 17) Zadar, Croatia On the coast of Croatia lies a city that has taken its horrific past and used it to turn into the strong cosmopolitan city it is today. The ancient Roman ruins and buildings are reminders of what was, while its biggest attraction – the waterfront promenade – is a representation of what can be. As the locals gather at the promenade, be drawn into the culture of this small city. If you didn’t have any exciting plans for the New Year’s Eve, we hope this list inspired you to get moving now. If you take us up on any of our suggestions, or even if you decide to do something completely different, do tell us about your travel adventures via our HalalTrip App!  HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE! Get inspirations for your 2019 vacations...

  • Let's Welcome 2019 With A Blast! Here Are 7 Places To Catch The New Year Fireworks In Singapore!

    Another year is coming to an end. 2018 may have been a blast or maybe not so much, but a new year is on the horizon so it’s time to get excited and usher in all the good vibes of 2019! What better way to do it than to celebrate the New Years Eve in Singapore with a fireworks display! It is going to be a spectacular night and everyone wants to be in on the fun. The crowds are going to be coming in and places are going to be packed. Want to know the best spots to witness the fireworks in Singapore and how you can get the perfect viewing experience? Keep reading to find out! 13 New Experiences To Try In 2019 1. Waterfront Promenade @ Bay East Garden Picture: Gardens By The Bay The waterfront promenade connects East Coast Park to the Barrage and has a stretch of 2km where you can view the fireworks over Marina Bay. The best part about the garden is that it is open 24 hours a day and there is no admission fee. Make sure you get there at least 2 to 3 hours early to avoid the crowds and remember to take some snacks with you. If you don’t want to stand for hours, waiting for the fireworks display to begin, take a folding chair along with you as well. You can get to the location via the Bayfront MRT station and then proceed to follow the underground linkway. Due to the crowds from the MRT, it is recommended to rent a bicycle so that you can zoom past the masses! If going by car, parking is provided at Gardens by the Bay. Address: 18, Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953 2. Marina Barrage The Marina Barrage overlooks the Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands. It is also a great picnic spot so feel free to set up a picnic with your friends or family to watch the fireworks display across the waters. Again, get there as early as possible to reserve a good spot. You can get there via the Marina Bay Station, where you can then take the SBS bus number 400 from Marina Bay Financial Centre. A car park is available as well. Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951 3. The Esplanade Roof Terrace Viewing the fireworks from ground level is great but why not turn it up a notch and watch it from a rooftop garden! The Esplanade is located right by the bay area, so you just need to take the elevator up to the rooftop garden to view a stunning fireworks display against the backdrop of the Singapore skyline. You can access the location via City Hall MRT station. Address: 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981 4. Marina Bay Sands Promontory, Merlion Park This is the most famous location to watch the New Year fireworks so do expect the place to be crowded – very, very crowded, like people packed in sardine tins! However, if you want to brave the storm and get the best seating at One Fullerton and Jubilee Bridge, you have to get there very early! You can take the MRT to Raffles Place or park your vehicle at One Fullerton. Address: Located at One Fullerton, near the Central Business District 5. Helix Bridge Another well-known spot to view fireworks is the Helix Bridge, which is conveniently located next to the floating platform where the countdown celebrations are held. Since this is another place that attracts most of the crowd, it is recommended that you go there early to secure the perfect spot. To get there, take the MRT to Esplanade and then head over to Raffles Avenue Exit. Once you have left the MRT station, walk straight to the Youth Olympic Park and turn right. The bridge is connected to the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall. Address: Linking between Marina Bay and Marina Centre, Singapore 038981 6. The Lawn at Marina Bay Picture: We Are Spaces Located at the heart of the central business district, this patch of green is the perfect laid-back spot to enjoy the fireworks. However, you will not be able to see the lower level firework displays from here. Because of the large empty space, you can head down here if you're celebrating the new year with a huge group. Just remember to bring a rain coat in case it rains as the nearest sheltered area will take you a few minutes by foot. You can also watch the parade on the giant LED screens set up in the area. You can access it by train via the Downtown line. Address: 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940 7. Prudential Carnival @ Marina Bay Picture: The Scribbling Geek Now, who doesn’t like carnivals?! Celebrate the last day of 2018 at this fun-filled carnival which is sure to bring out your inner child. The carnival boasts 40 family-friendly rides and games from all over the world and it's open from 4:00 pm till 2:00 am! Be sure to have fun to your heart’s content while you watch the fireworks over the bay! You can get there through Bayfront MRT, Promenade MRT, and the Downtown MRT. If you are coming here by car, you can find parking lots at the Red Dot Design Museum (Wilson car park), Marina Bay Financial Centre and OUE building. Tickets for rides and games can be purchased on site but the admission is free! Address: Bayfront Event Space, Singapore Bonus Location! Supply and Demand, Esplanade Picture: Chope All the above options are free but you might want to know which hotels are best to see the countdown fireworks in Singapore. There are many hotels that host the New Year countdown but they can be quite expensive and most of them serve alcohol. If you are looking for a more chilled and intimate New Years Eve with family and friends, then Supply and Demand Esplanade will be the best place. It is a chic Italian Bistro which offers a great celebratory New Years Eve dining package for $78/pax. You can tuck into their exquisite three-course Italian inspired dishes whilst enjoying the waterfront view and witness the spectacular fireworks display over the Bay. Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, #01-13 Esplanade Mall, 039802 Now that you know which places to go to if you want to see the amazing New Year’s Eve fireworks in Singapore, it's time to start making those exciting end-of-the-year plans with your family and friends! Have a blast and a very Happy New Year from us! Read more about 2019 travel inspirations...

  • It's Time To Start Planning For Your 2019 Long Weekend Escapes From Singapore!

    As November looms around the corner, we are already on the homestretch of 2018! It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a fantastic year or not because we can always look forward to a new year full of hope and possibilities! Some of you have probably booked a flight for your year-end trip and just counting down the days to that long-awaited vacation. While waiting, you should try planning for great weekend getaways in 2019!  Great news: There are FOUR LONG WEEKENDS spread out across the year, making sure you'll always have that well-deserved break! Plan for your long weekend trips with our travel inspirations: 10 Muslim & Children Friendly Destinations To Visit in 2019! GOOD FRIDAY (19 - 21 April) Krabi, Thailand This is the perfect time to visit Krabi because it is just before the monsoon season where blackouts are a norm. This is your chance to relax on the beautiful beaches, go island hopping, indulge in dirt-cheap body massages, and feast on awesome Thai street food! If you prefer to live near Ao Nang beach, Ao Nang Princeville Resort is the place for you! Completely Muslim-friendly, this resort offers halal dining options so you never have to worry about finding halal food. Definitely a great place to stay because of its central location! In fact, this resort offers convenient Spa services, a restaurant, outdoor pool, hot tub, and a sun deck—perfect for lazy days! Address: 164 Rural Road Krabi 1010, Krabi Chang Wat Krabi 81180, ThailandContact: +66 75 637 971 VESAK DAY (18 - 20 May) Jakarta, Indonesia Picture: University of Melbourne Jakarta is a beautiful, bustling city that is great for a quick weekend getaway. Sometimes, we all need a shopping holiday and this is just the perfect place to get everything done under one roof! The iconic roundabout at the Selamat Datang Monument is the place for all things convenient because right beside it lies Plaza Indonesia, a shopping heaven for locals and tourists alike! For accomodation, you can stay at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta right next to Plaza Indonesia. Take as much rest as you can in their classy rooms so you have sufficient energy to shop till you drop right after. This grand hotel is decked with luxurious furnishings that will make you feel like royalty. They have all the amenities in place to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your stay. They offer a fitness center, room service, outdoor pool, laundry service, a spa, and even an airport shuttle! Address: Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.Kav. 28-30, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10350Contact: +62 21 29921234 NATIONAL DAY & HARI RAYA HAJI(9 August - 12 August) Bandung, Indonesia  Picture: OhFact! Coincidentally, National Day and Hari Raya Haji fall on the same weekend so this means that we are rewarded another long weekend. However, this time it's an even longer one that lasts for FOUR DAYS! Bandung is definitely perfect for a four-day getaway because it has so much to offer. Since we have covered beach destinations and shopping paradise so far, let’s head for some nature time as you bask in the beautiful landscapes that Bandung has to offer! Bandung is home to magnificient mountains, gorgeous green landscapes and many more natural tourist attractions such as Lake Patenggang—a picturesque lake with stunning views. Picture: GH Universal Hotel Bandung You’ve probably seen the GH Universal Hotel circulating around the internet—an architectural beauty right in the heart of Bandung with European-style (more accurately, Italian Renaissance) furnishings. You should try staying at this hotel at least once. You will feel like royalty from the moment you step into this beautiful plush accomodation. This hotel is fully equipped with an outdoor pool, a spa, a fitness center, a patisserie (yes, desserts!), a rooftop bistro offering majestic panoramic views of the city, and yes—airport shuttle! Address: Jl. DR. Setiabudhi No.376, Cidadap, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40143Phone: +62 22 2010388 DEEPAVALI (26 - 28 October)  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Picture: Consolato Generale Take a step back into history during your trip to this city. Ho Chi Minh City has so much to offer in terms of historical monuments. Make sure you set aside a day to see the Cu Chi Tunnels (and crawl in one too!) that the Vietnamese used during the Vietnam war. You should also visit Mekong Delta and marvel at the beautiful rivers while sipping a fresh coconut drink on a small boat. For café-lovers, this is a city filled with affordable cafes! Simply take a stroll down the city and you will find great cafes offering really refreshing coffees (yes, Vietnamese coffee) for your caffeine needs. Do visit the Café Apartments along the Saigon Walking Street. This historical building used to be a home to government and military personnels (also the only building that wasn’t bombed) but is now a hipster haven full of eclectic cafes. You will be greeted with majestic views of the city from the café balconies as you sip some good old Vietnamese coffee. Perfect for a late-night wind-down. Picture: Ostrovok This is a crowd favourite hotel because it is right next to Ben Thanh Market (The place to go to for your grocery needs and night market!) as well as the Malaysian Street. The Malaysian Street is packed with halal food options from Malaysian food to authentic Vietnamese food. You will be happy to know that some diners even offer free food delivery services right to your hotel! The hotel offers a spa, a fitness centre, and airport shuttle for your convenience. There are also a few major mosques nearby. Address: 289-291 Lý Tự Trọng, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamContact: +84 28 3828 2888 Start planning and get yourself ready to explore all these amazing getaway destinations in 2019! Read more about destinations to visit in 2019...

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