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  • Travel News Wrap: 24 August Week

    Welcome to the first-ever post of what will be a running weekly series of travel news summarised just for you! The Travel News Wrap aims to be your weekly update of relevant news gathered over the week to get you up to speed on what is happening in the traveling world. Here are some things that happened this week:   Bali Postpones Border Opening to 2021 Image Source: Photo by Niklas Weiss on Unsplash Bali has been reported to have extended its closure to foreign tourists until the end of 2020. As of the time of writing, there are no concrete dates as to when the borders will be open again in 2021. Initially, it was planned that the borders would open on September 11 but due to the current COVID-19 situation in the country, the plan was seen to be not conducive or feasible anymore.   Singapore Eases Travel Restrictions for Brunei and New Zealand Image Source: Photo by Dan Freeman on Unsplash From September 1, travelers from Brunei and New Zealand are now Exempt from the Stay Home Notice under the new reciprocal green lane arrangements. Even though the Stay Home Notice requirement has been lifted in Singapore, other safety measures such as Coronavirus tests upon arrival, following a strict itinerary are still in place. Restrictions for visitors from low-risk areas will also be eased with the Stay Home Notice Period being shortened from 14-days to 7-days. Check out our blog “Everything you need to know about Singapore's Green Lanes Travel Arrangement” to know more about the Reciprocal Green Lanes. Check with the travel advisories of the respective countries for a detailed look into the requirements and regulations.   UK adds Switzerland, Czech Republic and Jamaica to Quarantine List Image Source: Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Travelers coming returning from Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Jamaica will have to self-isolate for 14-days according to the UK government, reported BBC News. This is due to the reported increase in weekly cases in Switzerland in recent times, with similar situations in Czech Republic and Jamaica. With that said, the UK’s Foreign Office is now advising against all but necessary and essential travel to these countries mentioned above.   Dubai to Bangkok on Emirates is Now Operational Again Image Source: Photo by Mike van den Bos on Unsplash The airliner, Emirates, is set to resume their flights to Bangkok starting from 1 September. Flying daily, this is will give travelers from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific convenient access to Bangkok and Thailand again.   Indonesia and Singapore to start talks on the Reciprocal Green Lane Image Source: Photo by ekoherwantoro on Unsplash Singapore has been busy with setting up the reciprocal green lanes with several countries already in the arrangement. The latest addition to this will be with its direct neighbor, Indonesia. The two countries are planning to start the discussions on the implementation of the reciprocal green lanes for essential travel. Meanwhile, the discussion between Singapore and Thailand regarding the same matter will be expedited....

  • Planning A Trip To Dubai Soon? Here Are The 10 Best Things To Do In Dubai In 2020!

    For the last three to four months, we have spent most of our time at home during this COVID-19 outbreak due to the stay-home policy. We work and pray at home, shop online, and even learn new things like cooking or trying out some new trendy recipes. As time goes by, without even realizing, we have mastered the art of living in this strange and unpredictable situation. Even though we have adapted to this situation, as a traveler, we certainly still have that feeling of wanting to explore and travel to new places. However, to maintain the safety and health of their people, most countries around the world have issued travel restrictions or travel ban that has lasted for months since the first wave. As we wait patiently, a ray of hope has finally come. Alhamdulillah, due to the decline in the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Dubai, the officials are set to open up tourism on July 7, 2020. The government has implemented measures to ensure that Dubai will be the first to open for tourism and the United Arab Emirates will be the safest country to travel in the world. Dubai is well-known for its towering skyscrapers, advanced and luxurious architectures, fancy cars, and its incredible desert landscape. *Crossed fingers* Let’s see to believe it. Now, are you ready to travel? Time to plan your future trip to Dubai and here are the insights for the 10 best things to do in Dubai! via GIPHY   1. Explore Burj Khalifa Image Credit: Shot by Cerqueira on Unsplash; You don't want to miss out on this iconic building, Burj Khalifa when you're visiting Dubai! You do not want to miss checking out this building when you are visiting Dubai. Imagine seeing the clouds from a different point of view, because this Iconic building stands 828 meters high. Burj Khalifa is recorded as the tallest tower in the world. Furthermore, this building has an out-of-this-world architectural design that is surely hard to miss. Burj Khalifa is surrounded by beautifully designed gardens and a man-made lake where you walk around in the afternoon and then enjoy a fountain show in Dubai fountain in the evening. These building exteriors are certainly pleasing to the eye, can you imagine how great it would look inside? This building offers 360-degree observation decks at levels 124 and 125 where the world’s fastest elevator will take you up for 10m/s. Here you can explore at your own leisure. Craving for some intimacy with your partner? Book a fancy table at At. Mosphere, Burj Khalifa at level 122 as it is one of the best-rated places that serves fancy Halal food in Dubai. Also worth mentioning is The Lounge, Burj Khalifa, another world’s tallest, well, this time, it is the tallest lounge that covers levels 152, 153, and 154! Now, we must admit that there are a lot of things to do in Burj Khalifa itself. Website 2. Have a Shopping Spree in Dubai Mall Image Credit: The Dubai Mall on Facebook Shoppers around the world must visit this mall of grandeur, Dubai Mall. Perched next to Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall offers more than 1,200 shops and more than 150 restaurants. You do not have to worry about Halal food in Dubai because most of the food they serve is Halal or Halal-certified. Walking around this mall will require days! Well, you can always revisit the next day. Hence, if you love shopping, it is best to book a hotel near the mall for more time to shop! Dubai mall provides small prayer rooms for Salah on most of the floors so you don't have to worry about missing the prayer timings. Download Halal-Trip here for prayer times. Website 3. Experience Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo Image Credit: Moon on Unsplash; Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo offers you the sensation of being surrounded by sharks in the largest suspended aquarium in the world. Located on the ground level of Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo offer you the sensation of being surrounded by sharks (well, not literally!). Variety types of fish including sharks are kept inside a 10-million liter Aquarium tank as it is the largest suspended aquarium in the world. There are over 140 species tanked! Over 300 sharks and rays will swim all around you. Exciting isn't it?  Website 4. Enjoy Dubai’s Desert Landscape Image Credit: Matthew Foulds on Unsplash; The best idea of all is to go camel riding in the desert! You surely do not want to miss enjoying Dubai’s desert landscape. There are a lot of things to do in Dubai’s desert. One of the first things that we would like to recommend is to embark on a desert safari. This will certainly fulfill your adventurous thirst! Here you can ride the dunes with various types of vehicles. Have a thrilling adventure by riding ATV, motorbiking, or 4x4 wheel driving on the dunes. Too cliché? Leave those vehicles behind and go sandboarding. Yup, sandboarding! If you are feeling luxurious, put on your fancy sunglasses and try a royal desert experience with a vintage open-top Land Rover and Hot Air Balloon Flight by Platinum Heritage. But we say the best idea of all is to go classic which is camel riding and camping in the desert! 5. Take a Ride on the Cruise on the Dubai Canal Image Credit: E Ishizuka on Unsplash; Hop on to a cruise for a romantic and unforgettable journey with your loved ones. Craving for some romantic quality time with your partner? Fall back in love and hop on to a cruise journey. There are cruises that offer you sightseeing only and other cruises that offer tables and serve food for your romantic dinner on the Dubai Canal. Just imagine the ambiance. How slow time will go by as you enjoy the glimmering view of the city's landscape with the fingers loved ones intertwined with yours. Other information worth mentioning is that yachts and boats are available for rent. 6. Get Lost in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood Image Credit: Dianne Policarpio on Unsplash; Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is Dubai's well-preserved heritage that is worth adding to your itinerary. Walking around Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood will take you back to what Dubai was like hundreds of years ago in the mid-19th century. Dubai’s well-preserved heritage is surely worth adding to your to-do-list in Dubai. Imagine walking on an old pathway and alley surrounded by traditional buildings that was built with stones, gypsum, sandalwood, teak, fronds and palm wood. Located in the Dubai Creek, this area is filled with arts, museums, and cultural heritage. Over here lies unique restaurants, cafes, and shops like the Arabian tea house for instance, and many more for you to discover. 7. Experience the Local Culture by Visiting the Gold and Spice Souk Image Credit: PAULA BARRECA BARNES on Unsplash; Visit Spice Souk and Gold Souk to get a taste of the local culture in Dubai.   Your cultural journey in Dubai will not be complete if you haven't come to Dubai's Gold Souk and Spice Souk. Souk can be translated to a traditional market and they say the best way to know the local’s culture is to jump right inside its traditional market. Like its name, in Dubai’s Gold Souk, you will find a range of gold jewelry; from tiny ones to huge ones. Treat your eyes by window shopping or even purchasing some of their uniquely designed gold in Dubai’s Gold Souk. They say that Dubai’s Gold Souk gold prices are cheaper than in most countries, so make use of that during your time in Dubai! Aside from Gold Souk, there is Spice Souk. Various types of Middle Eastern spices such as saffron, dried flowers, turmeric, thyme, clove, sumac, cardamom, cinnamon, chili, pepper are being sold here in all varieties and types. Various colors and aromas of the spices that are neatly arranged outside the store by the seller will definitely leave you spoilt for choice. Important note: Bargaining skill is highly needed if you decide to make purchases at Souk. 8. Watch Camel Race in Al Marmoom Camel Race Track Image Credit: Dubai Camel Racing Club on Facebook; Learn and enjoy Dubai's local and traditional heritage by watching the Al Marmoom Camel Race. Enjoy Dubai’s tradition by watching camel race in Al Marmoom. This event is held annually and in this race, you can watch the camels run at full speed; up to 65km/h. Unbelievable! To allow tourists to enjoy this heritage, the locals' have all worked hard on raising awareness and preserving their culture. Hence, if you would like to experience local culture in a fun way and give your gratitude to the locals on their effort at the same time, then Al Marmoom Camel Race is certainly the best place to visit! Website 9. Take a Barefoot Walk on Jumeirah Beach Image Credit: Jason Peter on Unsplash; Jumeirah Beach is a must-visit when you're in Dubai! Are you a beach addict? If you are, then Jumeirah beach is the perfect place for you! This white sand beach is a must-visit when you're in Dubai. The water is really clean and so is the white sand. Here, you can enjoy the skyline where the water meets the aqua-colored sea. Furthermore, visiting a beach can be a therapeutic experience, especially if you walk around barefoot. Imagine listening to the sound of the waves. This place can be the answer to your adventurous call after being home for a long time. In Jumeirah beach, you can also go to the kite beach area where people fly their big colorful kites and go surfing. There are also resorts available for you. And the best part about the beach is that it's absolutely free of charge! 10. Visit Jumeirah Mosque Image Credit: Mitesh on Unsplash; Visit the iconic Jumeirah Mosque to perform your Salah.  As a Muslim, what can be more therapeutic than visiting a mosque? After an adventure on Jumeirah beach, you can go to Jumeirah Mosque and perform Salah. This mosque is located in close proximity to the beach. The mosque is so big that it can contain up to 1,200 jemaat. It was built completely from white stones, preserving traditional Middle Eastern building style. There are twin minarets that are perched symmetrically on the sides of the main building. The interiors are very well decorated and unique. This mosque is open to the public; both for Muslims and non-Muslims.  Also worth mentioning is The Frame, where you can take pictures and take a selfie with the giant rectangular frame, as well as Ski Dubai, where you can experience a cold Indoor ski and snowboarding in Dubai. We hope that with this article, you've gotten a little insight of what Dubai is like. We can assure you that there is not a single thing you cannot do in Dubai. Most of all, Dubai is definitely Muslim-friendly. So, for Muslim travelers, what are you waiting for? Put Dubai in your bucket list! To better plan for your trip to Dubai, download the HalalTrip App for more information and come visit Dubai once it is open again on July 7th! via GIPHY...

  • 10 Stylish & Elegant Swimwear for Muslimahs

    You’ve got your dream beach vacay planned – the perfect resort, a great itinerary and the best group of people to enjoy it with – but there’s one slight problem. What are you going to wear to the beach or pool? We all want to look great and feel great during a beach holiday or while lounging by the pool, an old oversized t-shirt, leggings and a scarf won’t do! Don’t worry ladies, we have got you covered with a list of 10 stylish and elegant Muslimah swimwear. From sporty to stylish, this list covers all – you are going to be spoilt for choice!   1) Madamme BK Credit: @madammebk on Instagram One of the most famous luxury swimwear lines out there, Madamme BK will not disappoint. Designer Vanessa Lourenco realised that there was a need for modest swimwear within her entourage, and decided to put her fashion education to use by creating Haute Couture Coverage swimwear. Her brand emphasises on the stylish and elegant –bringing together western and eastern sentimentalities into her creations to make every woman feel sophisticated.If you are a minimalist, you would love their Tunisia, Oman and, Dubai three-piece swim suits. Simple swimwear yet absolutely stylish and sophisticated – they come in muted, neutral tones. All three swimsuits come with equally stylish and matching headpieces.Looking for something a bit more fun and colourful to really bring out the holiday spirit, opt for the Agadir or Amélie Teal Burkini. The Agadir swim suit is another three-piece suit with a long, skater skirt cut tunic with a big tropical print in a muted red and white, whilst the Amélie swim suit is in a beautiful teal colour with pink detailing at the hem and collar.Website   2) LYRA Swimwear Credit: @lyraswim on Instagram A brand with a more personal back story, LYRA has a fit for every woman. Created due to one woman’s struggle to find the perfect swimwear which suited her modest lifestyle, this brand has something for everyone. Beautiful contemporary designs, with minimalistic detailing and elegant shapes – you will not be disappointed. The brand emanates classic Hollywood with a side of Moroccan beach coolness and minimalism. The swimsuits are created with light weight, fast dry, premium quality Italian Carvico fabric, along with high UV protection. You can purchase them as separates or a full set. Each set comes with a matching turban style head covering, leggings and long sleeve tops allowing you to create the fit that you want. The brand also closely practices ethical work conditions and empowers their tailors. They are an active member of the #ThisGirlCan campaign. Their swimwear has been worn by prominent figures such as news anchor Noor Tagouri and Olympic fencing champion Ibtihaj Muhammad. LYRA has three collections – SOFIA, RAYA, ASRA – all three have minimalistic, contemporary designs with some differenes between them. This ensures that you can find the perfect fit for you! SOFIA has more sporty designs; RAYA goes for a more feminine look, while ASRA is more elegant.Website   3) Nasira Marbella Credit: @nasriamarbella on Instagram A Spanish brand, Nasira Marbella offers simple but exclusive modest swimwear. If you are looking for something simple and well made then Nasira Marbella will be perfect. Their swim suits are made with 50+ UV protection and all appliqués are hand sewn, the material used is quick dry. All swim suits come with a turban style cap and is produced by the brand Flexfit. They have a variety of classic black swim suits with fabric appliqués to add a fun element to the piece. However, if you are looking for something with a little bit more oomph you can opt for their brightly coloured swimsuits – like the cherry pink suit that will definitely make you stand out at any pool party.Website   4) East Essence Credit: East Essence Are you a sucker for prints? If so, East Essence has got you covered! But it’s not just prints; East Essence has got it all! Unlike the other brands on the list they have a wide range of swimwear in different designs and colours. They’ve got simple one colour swim suits for women who like to keep things minimal and, a more glam collection with sequin detailing to really get you in the mood for a glam holiday! Who doesn’t like some sparkle?! From feminine designs to more sporty designs they have something for every woman. They even have a collection specifically for beach sports and are more wear and tear resistant – these would also be ideal if you are going for a swim at a river or waterfall. So don’t miss out on any of the adventure! They even have UV resistant beach wear abayas in colourful prints – so if you aren’t overly fond of swimming you could just lounge on the sand while sipping on a cool drink and just enjoy the waves crashing in, all while looking absolutely fab!Website   5) Veilkini Credit: Veilkini A modest swimwear brand based in the UAE, Veilkini will not disappoint. With options ranging from regular, sports and, even plus size – no woman will be left out from having a fun pool vacation or beach holiday. May it be simple designs or colourful prints; you can easily find what suits your preferences the best. All swimwear by the brand are three piece swim suits with detachable head pieces. The fabric used is a 80% nylon – 20% spandex mix, with low water absorbency which allows you longer pool hours and the swim suit dries quicker. The swimsuits come with a 50+ UV protection rating and are also resistant to sea salt. They suggest that you order one size smaller if you want a tighter fit as the sizes given on the website are excluding stretch.Website   6) Adasea Credit: Adasea A Turkish family run brand that has been around since the 1970’s, they offer a variety of swim suits to fit your preference, Adasea is definite contender when looking for the best fit. Choose from their many fully covered or not fully covered – yet modest swimwear styles which come in minimal, sporty designs as well as in elegant prints. Their designs have a lot of attention to detail, with delicate floral patterns and frill details at the ankles of the leggings. Adasea is another brand which offers plus size modest swim wear, in classic sporty styles and patterns. Not all of their swimwear comes in three pieces; however, the headpiece might not be detachable in some swimsuits. They also offer a LYCRA range of modest swimwear. They also have other beach/ pool wear such as beautiful kimonos in printed chiffon and, lace.Website   7) Mayovera Credit: Mayovera The second Turkish brand on this list, Mayovera swimwear is groovy and stylish! With a few patterns inspired by the 60s and 70s it has a vintage look but with a bit of modernity added in. The swim suits come as a three piece, which includes the head cover which is styled as a classic 70s headscarf. Their swim suits are not tight fitted, and are more on the loose side. However, that does not mean they are any less stylish. The design is very reminiscent of 60s fashion with loose tops paired with flared pants. If you love vintage fashion, this brand will definitely have you looking groovy! They even have matching beach bags for the swim suit as well. They have a variety of bags to choose from if you want to accessorise your beach/pool look – ranging from clutches to totes. They also offer plus size modest swimwear.Website   8) Hawaii Beach Wear Credit: Hawaii Beach Wear Hawaii Beach Wear is based in Malaysia, they offer swimsuits for everyone; however, they do have a small modest swimwear collection. The company has been around since 2008 and has a lot of experience within the swimwear industry, so you can’t go wrong in selecting a swimsuit by Hawaii Beach Wear. They offer vibrant floral prints paired with classic minimal black burkinis. Their swim suits come as swim tops - which include a head cover – and as swim dresses. You can choose between minimal, sporty designs and colourful but elegant floral designs.Website   9) Riva Mera Credit: Riva Mera If you are into sporty chic, Riva Mera definitely delivers that aesthetic! Their swimsuit designs are the classic burkini with sporty but colourful detailing in colour blocks and stripes. The swimsuits come as three pieces with a turban styled head cover or attached hijab. The fabrics used for the swimsuits are polyester and Lycra. They also offer styles similar to Mayovera and have floral prints as well, so you really would be spoilt for choice. You can choose from their fully covered designs or their half covered designs based on your preference.Website   10) Mayo Bella Credit: Mayo Bella Last but not least on this list, Mayo Bella offers up some classic fully covered burkinis. Their swim suits come in plain black and in fun prints; you can choose between something which has more of a minimal print or go for a pretty floral print. Most of their prints are in muted colours, while you will find a few single coloured swim suits in colours like bright pink and blue. The fabric they have used to create the swimwear is light weight polyester.Website   Hopefully this list will help you find the perfect fit for your beach vacation – but remember these swim suits are not only limited to the beach or the pool, you can even wear them to swim in fresh water rivers or lakes! Looking great is important on holiday, but having fun and enjoying every bit of your trip is equally important! Adjust your head cover, wear those shades and, step into the water, girls!    ...

  • Five Female-Only Beach Getaways Every Girl Need

    The time has come, ladies! Say hello to sun tanning by the beach, lounging by the pools, going for a good workout at the gym and winding down at the spa. And did we mention the endless outdoor activities and Halal cuisine all in one place? via GIPHY These female-only beach getaways were simply a dream back in those days. Today, women from all backgrounds, hijabi or not, can now experience being in their element in these female-only resorts and islands. In recent years, the travel industry has catered to the needs and wants of family travelers, solo travelers, and couples and now the time has arrived to cater to the new and upcoming market of women travelers. Image Credit: Nicola Fioravanti on Unsplash This is exceptionally exciting for Muslim women who cover and practice modesty the Islamic way. Time to get rid of those nasty hijab tan-lines and let the golden tan spread all over. Female only tourism will allow women to finally experience getaways in a way that could only dream of doing. From mental health, physical health and pure delight, here are 5 Reasons Why You Need To Give Yourself A Good Ol' Beach Getaway. 1. Soak In All That Vitamin D Image Credit: Jordan Wozniak on Unsplash Booking an all ladies experience can be a great time to allow your body to fuel up on Vitamin D. Letting your hair down and tanning in the sun can allow you to get that much needed Vitamin D which maintains the internal and external health of our bodies, from our bones, nervous system, lung system and so much more. 2. Be The Productive You Image Credit: Jacob Postuma on Unsplash We often forget the importance of relaxation, but practicing mindfulness, meditation and relaxation can be great benefits to our mental and physical health. Our busy lives filled with family, work, and responsibility will often strain our bodies and it’s not too long until our bodies start to ache and pain as a way to tell us to slow down, breathe and relax. It is healthier and more productive to relax and enjoy some me-time before you get to that critical stage. 3. Appreciating Others Image Credit: Ifrah Akhter on Unsplash Whether you are traveling with your family, friends or even just your little-self. It is undeniable that this new type of experience will be liberating. It would allow you to bond with sisters all around the world, whilst simultaneously absorbing in some sun, sea, and satisfaction. You can connect with those around you in a different way, without worrying too much about daily life concerns. 4. Invest In The Growing Market Image Credit: Christian Lambert on Unsplash Although, these types of holiday experiences are just starting to appear in the travel market. Muslim ladies showing their interest and appreciation of these types of resorts, spas, hotels, and all-ladies experiences, will allow more to appear all over the world, making them more affordable and accessible for the future. 5. Health Is Wealth Image Credit: Tim Goedhart on Unsplash You may have thought that this experience is a privilege or a splurge but these reasons have shown you why women need to experience halal female-only holidaying. Not only is it healthy for your mind, body, and soul but it’s great fun! It is important to remember this is a relatively new opening in the market and its popularity can only mean we will be blessed with many more options in the future. With that, we have a few recommendations for your next Halal beach getaway! Turkey Angel Marmaris Resort Image Credit: Angel Marmaris It’s not always guaranteed that resorts can offer a strip of beach for women only, often resorts focus on swimming pool and spa experiences. However, Angel Marmaris offer you the natural experience of swimming in the Azure seawater, giving you a chance to come in contact with the natural healing properties of aqua. All the rooms face out to the sea, giving you a beautiful view and depending on your budget, some rooms called villas with private pools are available. The Resort prides itself on not selling Alcohol a huge component to halal-holidaying. Website | Facebook | Instagram Wome Deluxe Image Credit: Wome Deluxe on Facebook A 5-star resort in Antalya, Turkey that includes a women’s only area within the grand resort. Private pools, a private beach, pergola, hammocks, and sun terraces, this option is great for family holidays or mixed group holidays, where the females can sneak off to enjoy women only deluxe me-time then rejoin their children, brothers or other males when they are done for the day. In case you were to forget you were in Turkey, the full authentic Turkish Hammam experience is available for women too! Website | Facebook | Instagram North Africa and the Middle East Sharjah Ladies Club Image Credit: Sharjah Ladies Club Dubai is a touristic Hub and Sharjah a 10 minutes drive from Dubai will transport you to another world. Countless massage, facials, spa treatments are available for every sort of problem you want to be treated. It is a club for people who live in Dubai but they have created tourist packages to allow you to enjoy the gym and fitness classes as well. Website | Facebook | Instagram Europe SuperShe Island Image Credit: SuperShe on Facebook Nestled in Scandinavia near to Finland is an 8.4-acre acre, exclusively private island. This experience is something else entirely with features spas, amenities, saunas, fitness classes, nature activity, farm to table dining and so much more. Supershe describes themselves as a 10 person island with 4 renovated cabins, meaning if you ever wanted to truly feel like you were alone in the world then this is the place to be. Let the Supershe abandoned on island luxury experience begin! Website | Facebook | Instagram Southeast Asia Pooltara Resort Krabi Image Credit: Pooltara Resort Krabi on Facebook Nestled in a rural fertile land of Krabi, Pooltara Resort was initially built as a family vacation home in 1993. Today, the area has evolved into a 10-rai vacation getaway for travelers from all over the world. Operated by women, the resort is surrounded by the trees that were carefully planted and nurtured by the family. At Pooltara Resort, the Halal menu will be specially catered and cooked by the local Muslim community of Krabi for Muslim guests.  Website | Facebook | Instagram via GIPHY There you have it, ladies, there is something for everyone. Now that you’ve been let into this rising holiday secret, go ahead and book what could be the best holiday of your life!...

  • 5 Things You Can Do In Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is an island paradise, surrounded by the Indian Ocean boasting of rich nature, wildlife and culture. A lot of tourists head over to the sea side towns or the hill country, but its commercial capital has much to offer as well.With 5.6 million making up its population, this rising cosmopolitan city is quickly making its mark on the international map. Skyscrapers, luxury hotels, a new harbour port, however, Colombo's charm doesn't lie in these modern buildings, it can be found in the beautiful colonial era buildings and it's people - a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures which gives the city it's character.Historical or otherwise, Colombo is a kaleidoscope of activity. Being the commercial centre of the Island, it attracts everyone and has something for anyone! From street food to art and music – this is a city that will not bore you.Here are 5 interesting things you can experience in Colombo, keep reading!   1. The Gangaramaya Temple Credit: @GangaramayaTemple on FacebookStarting at the heart of Colombo, this temple is full of character with interesting things to see. The Temple is over 150 years old, and is the perfect place to head to if you want to escape the din of the city.You will be greeted by a row of golden statues at the entrance, and once inside get ready to be swept away by the temple’s charm. The Temple houses a museum of artefacts that you won’t find at any other temple – quirky statues and ornaments, old coins, rare artwork and a lot more. You will also find a collection of vintage cars, gifted to the Chief Monk at the time.The Seemamalakaya found on the Beira Lake is a part of the Gangaramaya Temple. Designed by the renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa in 1979, it was built as an assembly hall for monks. The floating structure offers incredible views of the surrounding city from the lake and makes for some incredible photos.You have to purchase a ticket at the gates and remove your shoes before entering the Temple. They provide a separate and safe place for you to keep your shoes till you pick them up at the end of the tour.A peculiar temple but with lots of charm! It will definitely leave you with a sense of wonderment.Address: 61 Sri Jinarathana Road, Colombo 2 Website: http://gangaramaya.com/Operating hours: 6:00AM to 10:00PM (Daily)   2. Dutch Hospital – Shopping Precinct Credit: @DutchHospital on FacebookDutch hospital is a colonial era building refurbished into a shopping complex with restaurants and cafes – it has a little bit of everything.If you are in Colombo and want to cool off and relax for a bit after all that walking, Dutch Hospital is the place to be. There’s a myriad of restaurants and cafes, but a must try is the Ministry of Crab which serves authentic Sri Lankan Crab dishes – you will not experience this taste anywhere else.You will also find a Spa Ceylon branch, a luxury spa specialising in using aryuvedic healing techniques to soothe the body. You can even purchase natural beauty products and get a massage to ease your aching feet.There's also an Art and Jazz Festival as well as a Street Food Festival hosted annually so if you are in town during that time do try to pop in. These festivals are great for families on holiday in the city.Be aware that there are also pubs and bars at the venue which serve alcoholic drinks, however you can easily find non-alcoholic drinks almost anywhere.Bonus tip: The Dutch Hospital is very close to the hotel strip on Galle Road so don’t forget to check out hotels like The Kingsbury and, Galle Face Hotel – it overlooks the Galle Face Green, a great spot to enjoy the sunset from and has some great street food stalls.Address: Hospital St, Colombo 1Operating hours: 10:00AM to 10:00PM (Daily)   3. Shopping Credit: @colombocitycentre on InstagramShopping and eating makes up an important part of Colombo life, there are plenty of high end stores and shopping malls as well as numerous restaurants!As there are many places to shop in Colombo, there are a lot of seasonal sales in the city, so if you are a shopping addict – Colombo is definitely the place to be! Also, if you are looking for places to eat in Colombo there are a lot of options – Upali’s for Sri Lankan cuisine, The Bay Leaf for Authentic Italian and Black Cat Cafe for good coffee amongst many others, just Google and you will be spoilt for choice.Note: According to the workers at Black Cat Cafe, they are unable to confirm if everything on the menu is halal. Hence, we advice that you consume at your own discretion.Head over to the newly opened Colombo City Centre for a more high end shopping experience which houses international brands like Armani Exchange, Swarovski, U.S. Polo Assn. and more! They also feature local high end brands, boutiques and, stores like Odel and Aviraté. If you want to watch the latest blockbuster head over to the multiplex cinema and grab a bite at the food court – The FoodStudio - which serves a variety of cuisines.If you want a real Colombo experience hop on a tuk tuk and head to Pettah. A labyrinthine mix of wholesale shops, historical sites and cheap eateries serving authentic Lankan streetfood – the language spoken here is haggling and it will make for a more thrilling experience.When in Pettah you have to try a Faluda – perfect for people with a sweet tooth (Sri Lankans love their sweets) or if you are more health conscious opt for a Thambili (Coconut water) – nature’s isotonic drink – these can be found on almost every street corner. You don’t have to worry about not being able to find Halal food because most of the restaurants and eateries are owned by Muslims, since they make a better part of the Pettah community. Almost all restaurants, cafes and hotels are Muslim-friendly as Sri Lanka has a population of about 1.9 million Muslims.   4. Festivals Credit: @cinnamonlifecolombo on Facebook  Sri Lanka is a melting pot of different cultures and religions, and Colombo is the epicentre.There are many cultural and religious festivals you can witness while in Colombo. One of the biggest festivals is the Vesak Poya holiday, the Buddhist festival of lights which brings everyone together to enjoy beautiful light and lantern displays, as well as pandols. The Sinhala Tamil New Year is also a major festival enjoyed by all ethnicities and religions; it is similar to a spring festival which celebrates the new harvest of the season. Deepavali, which is the Hindu festival of lights is also a event that should not be missed.Apart from the religious or cultural festivals, Colombo hosts many festivals pertaining to art, music and street food.Be sure to head to the festival hot-spots like Dutch Hospital which hosts an exciting Art and Jazz Festival, Green Path for Foodies On The Street - a festival dedicated to street food and also the many free film and cultural festivals hosted by the different international embassies and organizations in the country. The city also holds music festivals like the Cinnamon Life Colombo Music Festival.Colombo also hosts many shopping festivals, with the largest being the CMB Shopping Festival held annually at the BMICH. Find clothes, accessories and many other things for competitive prices. Colombo is fast becoming a top shopping destination like Bangkok and Dubai, so remember to add Colombo to your list.   5. Food Credit: @mydinemore on FacebookLast but not least, everyone's favourite part about travelling - food. Colombo offers many options for places to eat and drink; almost all restaurants, cafes and, hotels are Muslim-friendly or Halal certified, as Sri Lanka has a population of about 1.9 million Muslims.You can choose between a range of expensive or cheap eateries. One of the budget friendly local fast food joints in Colombo is Dinemore, that serves up a variety of dishes, their most famous being their submarine - the restaurant chain is Halal certified. It's the perfect spot to grab a quick bite and escape the Colombo heat. You can find branches in Colombo 2, 3 and 6.Real Lankan street food is hidden in Pettah. A Pettah staple is Faluda – perfect for people with a sweet tooth (Sri Lankans love their sweets) or if you are more health conscious opt for a Thambili (Coconut water) – nature’s isotonic drink – these can be found on almost every street corner. Try the many types of Achcharu and the local cotton candy - Bombai Motai.You don’t have to worry about not being able to find Halal food, most of the restaurants and eateries are owned by Muslims as they make a better part of the Pettah community.Travelling in Colombo is very affordable!Bus tickets are very cheap, also with the advent of Pick Me and Uber, you can easily get around the city!Tip: avoid normal meter tuks that don’t belong to any taxi service company which may charge more, always opt for Pick Me or Uber or any other private taxi company.Now you know what to do and where to be in this fun, fast growing city! Put on your shades, hop in a tuk tuk and enjoy Colombo!...



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