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Sultan Ahmet was a six-minarets mosque constructed by a student of Sinan The Architecture. Before constructed there was one six-minaret mosque which is known Mescid-i Haram. Sultan Ahmet was accused of being proud because he had a mosque which had more minarets than The Prophet's mosque. And he ordered architecture to add one more minaret to Mescidi Haram.

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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Atmeydanı Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

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+90 212 458 44 68

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  • 9 Japan Theme Parks To Add To Your Bucket List

    The thrill and fun of a ride in a theme park brings joy to kids and adult alike. If you are traveling with friends or family, set aside a day where you can spend time with them in an amusement park. Japan is home to world-class theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studio. You might be surprised to know some medium-sized or vintage theme parks that exist in Japan and are still in operation now. Check out the list and add them in your itinerary for your next trip to Japan! (Disclaimer: Do note that currency conversion is accurate at the time of writing this article and prices mentioned are generally for adults)   1) Tokyo Disneyland Credit: Tokyo Disneyland Disneyland is no longer foreign in an avid travelers' book. I am sure it is one of the places to visit in your bucketlist. Take your time to stroll in the 7 different theme lands there and enjoy the colorful, vibrant park. Most of the rides in Tokyo Disneyland are kid-friendly! You can even bring your belongings up the roller coaster.If you stay up till night, you may enjoy the night parade and also the lighting up of Cinderella's castle.FASTPASS attraction ticket is available for those who dread the long queue. All you need to do is head to the rides with the FASTPASS machine and scan your admission ticket. You will be given an allocated time to enter the rides as reflected on the time window.I recommend going during the weekdays as it is less crowded to compare to the weekend or even a public holiday.Halal food: There isn't any halal restaurant in Disneyland. Therefore, you should pack a few snacks which will last you throughout the day.Prayer room: Head to Main Street House situated near the entrance. You may approach any one of the staff members there and they will show you the allocated Muslim praying corner. Do remember to bring your own prayer mats, prayerwear and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Maihama Station via JR Keiyo Line / Musashino Line, 6 minutes walking distance to from the station.   2) Tokyo DisneySea Credit: Tokyo DisneySea Believe it or not, DisneySea is one of a kind which you cannot find in any other part of the world. What makes it so unique is that it is an "Ocean" themed park inspired by the myths and legends of the sea. DisneySea is suitable for all ages, but personally, I feel that it caters more to adult audiences as some of the rides are much intense to compare to the ones in Disneyland. Similar to Disneyland, DisneySea consists of 7 different theme lands.If you want to experience an adrenaline rush, ride on Tower of Terror. This ride features a vertical drop in a haunted mansion. My favorite ride in this park will be Journey to The Center of The Earth. This ride will keep you wanting more and don't say that I did not warn you about the dramatic climax.If you plan to visit both Disneyland and DisneySea, consider getting the 2-day passport and make full use of it. It is available for ¥13,200 (SGD167), which is $20 cheaper than getting a single separate ticket.Halal food: Similar to Disneyland, there isn't any halal restaurant in DisneySea. So, do bring your own food.Prayer room: Head to Guest Relation situated near the entrance. Request from the staff and they will provide you a praying space. Remember to bring your own praying mats and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 1-13 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Maihama Station via JR Keiyo Line / Musashino Line. Hop on Disney Resort Line and ride for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can walk approximately 20 minutes from the station to reach the park.   3) Universal Studios Japan Credit: Universal Studios Japan One would flock to Universal Studios Japan because of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Even if you're not a die-hard Harry Potter fan, there is more to see and ride in this theme park which currently consists of 9 different themed zones. Universal Studios Japan caters to all age groups as it features plenty of kid-friendly and thrilling rides alike.Bid the crowd to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter by getting the timed-entrance ticket. Similar to the concept of FASTPASS in Disneyland, you will be allocated a timing to enter the zone. For someone who went to Universal Studios Japan on New Year's Day, I was allocated the 3:30PM time slot when I was already at the park at 7AM! (Yes! Universal Studios Japan operates for very  long hours due to the countdown party)Do take note that the price of the ticket varies depending on the dates. Please check the price calendar before purchasing the ticket if you're planning to buy it online (and I suggest that you do!)Halal food: There aren't any halal eateries in Universal Studio Japan but you can find 'Red Lobster', a seafood restaurant with a Muslim-friendly menu in Universal City Walk.Prayer room: Head to Guest Service situated near the entrance. Request from the staff and they will provide you a praying space. Remember to bring your own praying mats and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: Starting from ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, 554-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Universal Studios Station via JR Sakurajima Line   4) Fuji Q Highland Credit: Fuji Q Highland The rides in Fuji Q Highland are not for the faint-hearted. The highlights of this theme park are the 4 major roller coasters, each with record-breaking holders of being the fastest and steepest! There are also haunted houses if you're in the mood for that.Not to worry if you are not fond of roller coasters, this theme park has many more things to offer. For instance, you can enjoy the view of Mount Fuji as this park is located in the Fuji Five Lake. There is also Thomas Land, an area in the park where kids can enjoy. If you visit Fuji Q during winter, you can enjoy the ice skating rink with family and friends.This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. There will be no admission ticket to the park as you will only pay for those rides that you want to take.If you are coming from Tokyo city area, consider getting the round pass from Shinjuku starting from ¥6,900 (SGD87). This package includes round trip transportation by train and a pass to the rides in Fuji Q Highland.Halal food: Doner KebabPrayer room: Newly renovated in February 2019. This room is equipped with a place to perform ablution and Qibla indicator.Admission Ticket: Rides starting from ¥400 (SGD5), All access pass costs ¥5,700 (SGD72)Address: 5 Chome-6-1 Shin-Nishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi 403-0017, JapanAccess: Highway buses available from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal   5) Tokyo Joypolis Credit: Tokyo Joypolis If you are into virtual reality and love feeling thrilled, visit Tokyo Joypolis by Sega. This indoor amusement park looks like a portal to another dimension at the entrance and makes you curious standing outside. Did I mention that there is an indoor roller coaster here?This amusement park is located in DECKS Tokyo Beach in Tokyo Bay area, Odaiba. Witness the Odaiba's Statue of Liberty and then enter this amusement park to kill time before continuing your itinerary of witnessing the infamous Rainbow Bridge.Entry is allowed for children aged 7 years old and above. You may purchase just the admission ticket and then purchase the ticket for each ride inside or get the all-access pass.Halal food: No food and drink allowed on the premises. Nearby Halal restaurant: The Oven (Aquacity, Odaiba), Sojibo (DiverCity Tokyo Plaza)Prayer room: Available in DECKS Tokyo Beach. The prayer room is equipped with a place to perform ablution.Admission Ticket: Admission only costs ¥800 (SGD10), All-access pass costs ¥4,500 (SGD57)Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach, 1 Chome-6-1 Daiba, Minato City, Tokyo 135-0091, JapanAccess: Alight at Tokyo Teleport Station via Rinkai Line or Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station via Yurikamome Line.   6) Nagashima Spa Land Credit: Nagashima Spa Land Nagashima Spa Land is worth the mention despite it being in Mie prefecture. If you are a roller coaster lover, this should be in your bucketlist. Nagashima Spaland is widely-known as the best theme park for roller coasters in Japan! With almost 12 roller coasters, it will definitely satisfy your desires for roller coasters!Not to worry for those who are not up for thrilling rides. There are over 50 rides to choose from, ranging from moderate ones suitable for children to Ferris wheels.In summer, you will be in luck as you can visit the Nagashima Jumbo Ocean Water Pool. This water theme park is packed with water slides and wave pools. It is a must for avid water theme park lovers to include this place in your itinerary for a summer vacation!Nagashima Spa Land is another part of what Nagashima Resort has to offer. Rest assurred that it will not be a wasted trip as you can visit Mitsui Outlet Park, an outlet mall. You can also enjoy nature in Nabana no Sato, a flower theme park with blooming flowers all year round. And if you are just looking for a place to wind, chill and relax like the local, you can visit Yuami no Shima, a natural bathhouse which includes day-spa and body-care services.Halal food: Mega Kebab in Nabana no Sato food courtAdmission Ticket: All access pass at ¥5,200 (SGD66)Address: 333 Nagashimacho Urayasu, Kuwana, Mie, JapanAccess: Direct bus from Nagoya Meitetsu Bus Center is available. Daily coach buses available from Osaka and Kobe (To make an advance reservation).   7) Hirakata Park Credit: Hirakata Park If you are giving Universal Studio Japan a pass but still want to get some thrill and fun, visit Hirakata Park. I am sure you will love this park as much as I do!This amusement park is nestled among residential areas. Enjoyable for people of all ages, it is one of the oldest theme parks in Japan. There's not much information on the web on this theme park but rest assured that it's worth a visit. Take note that the usage of English is limited here.The highlight of the ride here is the wooden roller coaster Elf. Don't be deceived by its material, thinking that it's nothing. I can promise you that this is one of the most exciting roller coasters I have ever ridden. You should also try Crazy Mouse - a ride so popular that it almost always has a long queue!Hirakata Park isn't only fun because of its nostalgic rides. Due to its vintage-feel, this makes the park picturesque. Furthermore, it is one of the best Cherry Blossom spots in spring. In the summer, you can indulge in the water theme park and during the winter, you can watch the prettiest illumination.This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: Kebab food truck near Red Falcon.Admission Ticket: ¥4,400 (SGD55) for all access passAddress: 1-1 Hirakatakoencho, HirakataAccess: Alight at Hirakata-Koen Station by Keihan Line, 5 minutes walking distance from the station.   8) Yokohama Cosmoworld Credit: Yokohama Cosmoworld The Cosmo Clock 21, formerly known as the biggest Ferris Wheel in the world, is the most iconic trademark of Yokohama Cosmoworld. Overlooking Tokyo Bay, it is an amusement park that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.The park is divided into 3 main zones; one which consists of rides for kids and toddlers and the other two which consists of more thrilling rides. I recommend you to try 'Vanish', which is a roller coaster that goes straight into the water at high speed, or Ice World where you can feel extremely cold. And if you are daring enough, try out the haunted house!This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: Port Terrace Cafe in JICA YokohamaPrayer room: Available in Yokohama World Porter. Request from the staff at the information counter to use the prayer room. Prayer mats and Qibla indicator are provided.Admission Ticket: Rides ranges from ¥300 (SGD4) to ¥800 (SGD10)Address: 2 Chome-8-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001, JapanAccess: Alight at Minatomirai Station by Minatomirai Line or Sakuragicho Station by JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line.   9) Tokyo Dome City  Credit: Tokyo Dome City This place is definitely not foreign to people who go to Japan for concerts or baseball matches. Whether you are waiting for a concert to start or just killing time in between shopping, check out this amusement park!Of course, the highlight of this amusement park is Thunder Dolphin. Its unique course brings you in and out LaQua and goes through the Ferris wheel, Big O. The speedy roller coaster will shake the whole mall, tempting you to get on it but if that doesn't, I don't know what else will!This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: There are no halal eateries around Tokyo Dome City. Therefore, you should pack a few snacks which will last you throughout the day.Admission Ticket: Ride prices range from ¥420 (SGD5) to ¥1,030 (SGD13)Address: 1-3-61, Koraku, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 112-8575, JapanAccess: Alight at Korakuen Station by Marunouchi Line or Suidobashi Station by Sobu Line. So there you have it! The list of theme parks that you can visit when you're in Japan. I am positive that all these theme parks will spark joy and bring about great experiences to your trip, just like how it did to mine!...

  • 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Malaysia Perfect For Your Getaway!

    Great food, a bustling city, idyllic villages, little island paradises, beautiful beaches, and amazing hilly rainforests, Malaysia has it all! If you are starting to plan for your honeymoon, Malaysia should be number one on your list! There are many ideal honeymoon destinations in Malaysia, and you definitely won’t be disappointed with what the country has to offer. Whether you love adventure or calm peaceful getaways, Malaysia has just the right place for you. via GIPHY Surrounded by luxury resorts, this country houses resorts that offer 5-star quality service right at your doorstep. While these may sound expensive, some high-end hotels and resorts have great honeymoon packages to offer which are affordable and are within anyone’s price range. So put away your travel blues and read our list of 5 must-visit honeymoon destinations in Malaysia! 1. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Where the old meets new — Kota Kinabalu is a mix of modern malls and expensive apartments surrounding old markets selling fresh seafood by the fishermen themselves. It is an exciting culinary scene which spans street stalls to high-end cuisine, along with burgeoning art and music culture! All while fiery sunsets watch over this exciting bustling seaside city. Activities and attractions If you are a couple who’s up for an adventure - exploring new cultures, trying out new things - then Kota Kinabalu will not disappoint! Yes, the beach is great but what if you want to try something different? Visit the Mount Kinabalu, a World UNESCO heritage site valued for its biodiversity. Along the way visit the Mountain Garden to gain insight of its many flora and fauna and then head on to the Canopy Walkway for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding rainforest. You can even enjoy a warm local lunch before taking a dip in the Poring natural hot springs. (Disclaimer: If you're feeling extra pumped up, trek the 13,435 ft Mount Kinabalu. Just note that it is not a few hour's hikes. Most trekkers have been trained beforehand prior to the hike. It definitely takes a lot of mental and physical strength.) Head over to Sepilok to pay a visit to the Wild Man, commonly referred to as the Orangutan, these great reddish-brown haired apes are peaceful and shy, living mostly in the treetops and are sadly critically endangered due to mass deforestation. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre offers a close-up view of the Orangutans in their natural habitat. Credit: Sabah Tourism Interested in exploring new cultures? Mari-Mari Cultural Village is the place to go. Mari Mari showcases the cultures and lifestyles of the various indigenous peoples of the Borneo region – the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus, and Dusun. You will witness their traditional handicrafts such as blowpipe making and tattooing, their different types of homes, and their culture as a tribe. You might even enjoy some tasty local nibbles along the way! Accommodation Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa Credit: Shangri-la's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa What better way to experience Kota Kinabalu than to stay at a nature resort, one of the best in the area is the luxurious Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa. Set amidst a nature reserve and overlooking the South China Sea, the resort offers the best of both sea and rainforest. Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa’s relaxing rooms are furnished with earthy toned elegant furniture inclusive of all the standard amenities such as a flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities as well as bathroom toiletries and bathrobes. Guests can choose between the rainforest view, garden view or sea view rooms, with private balconies, offering you a private calm and relaxing view to enjoy with your partner. The hotel also offers a secluded beach area as well as an outdoor pool area which offers stunning views of the sea and hotel. With a calm and relaxed atmosphere surrounding the hotel, it is the ideal resort for a couple’s retreat. You can approach their 24-hour front desk to inquire about activities such as horse riding and jungle trekking. Address: Pantai Dalit, PO Box 600, Tuaran, Sabah, 89208 MalaysiaContact No.: (60 88) 797 888 Website | Email | Facebook Borneo Beach Villas Credit: Borneo Beach Villas If you are looking for a budget-friendly vacation, Borneo Beach Villas is definitely a great option. Offering all the basic hotel facilities such as WiFi at the lobby and cafe, pool as well as a beach area with white sands, the hotel is ideal to accommodate you for your honeymoon in Malaysia. Their Spa Suites include a private steam bath and hot tub, whilst the villas include a private lap pool, all guest rooms and villas include satellite TV along with a DVD player, inbuilt bathrooms with toiletries. The room furnishings are minimal and comfy and provide sea views. The hotel gardens are well kept and lead you towards the white beach with lazy waves lapping against the sand. All the suites and villas include a fully equipped kitchen which would be ideal if you're thinking of whipping up a meal with your partner. The hotel is surrounded by seafood restaurants and groceries, this is a great option if you are trying to stick to a budget or you could order a la carte from the hotel cafe. Address: 163, Pool Villa & Locked Bag 100, Karambunai, 88993 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MalaysiaContact number: +60 16-832 9302 / +60 16 832 9340 Website | Email 2. Penang Penang is where all Eastern cultures converge to create one big melting pot of thrills. A cosmopolitan city dappled with old world charm, Penang is a perfect romantic setting for a couple looking for adventure! Activities and attractions This city has much to offer with a thriving art scene and culinary delights at almost every street corner this island has an adventure at every turn! Make your way to George Town to witness the amazing and interactive murals and wire art. Be sure to find the legendary Bruce Lee mural and snap a few badass pics with your partner! Most of the artworks can be found along Armenian Street and Acheh Street. George Town as a whole is going to be a memorable experience, with colonial buildings and old houses as well as a myriad of hawker stalls. Some of the must-try dishes are Penang Assam Laksa, Nasi Kandar and Penang Teochew Chendul which is a sweet treat! Another popular destination is the Penang Hill which is 2733 feet above sea level, and has the steepest tunnel track in the world! Take the funicular train ride to the top of the hill and enjoy the panoramic view of George Town, the day and evening views are equally stunning, however, when dusk sets in and George Town begins to light up, it adds a sense of romance – enjoy the spectacular view of Penang at night and if you want to stay longer the last train leaves the top of the hill at 11 pm! Also, be sure to explore the 1.6km nature trail of Penang Hill. It features suspended walkways amongst the canopies and, viewing platforms as well as pocket gardens. With its exquisite flora, you and your partner will not get bored. Accommodation Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion Buildings and houses in Penang have uniquely styled architecture, so where can you get the full experience of living in the colonial times? At none other than Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion! Credit: Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion on Facebook A beautiful 1880s mansion known for its iconic blue-hued walls which are a result of an indigo-based limewash was which common in George Town at the time. The boutique hotel has 18 personalized rooms divided into four categories – the Liang Collection, Ming Collection, Tang Suites, and Han Suites. Credit: Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion on Facebook The staff are friendly and will take you through all the amenities included in the rooms, the rooms themselves are beautiful with intricate detailing and colonial era style furniture you can experience the true essence of a time gone by. All the rooms include the basic amenities such as cable TV, attached bathroom with a bathtub, air-conditioning etc. The Tang and Han suites include direct pool access. The hotel has two restaurants, the main restaurant being Indigo, which offers a west meets the east cuisine, while the Courtyard offers anything from Nutella crepes to Nasi Lemak. Spend the day lounging with a cup of coffee at the Courtyard and make a surprise dinner reservation at the Indigo restaurant for a romantic candlelit dinner with your loved one. Address: 14, Leith Street, 10200 Penang, MalaysiaContact number: +604 262 0006 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Hotel Jen Credit: Hotel Jen By Shangri-La If you want a more contemporary stay at Penang head over to Hotel Jen, located at the bustling center of George Town, close to the commercial area of the city. Their rooms include all the basic amenities, the hotel also offers a 24-hour gym and a free shuttle service to the beach. The hotel is located close to Penang’s markets and commercial shopping centers. Address: Magazine Road, George Town, Penang, 10300, MalaysiaContact number: (60 4) 262 2622 Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. Langkawi An archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi is surrounded by turquoise waters with white sandy beaches lined with swaying coconut trees. The inland landscape is made up of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Activities and attractions Have your perfect romantic getaway in one of the three famous beaches in Langkawi – Pantai Cenang, if you are looking to try water sports, Tengah, Tanjung Rhu which is more secluded beach and great to take a walk along with your partner. Looking for something more thrilling? Why not go for a walk on the 124 meters long, 700 m above sea level Sky Bridge? It offers spectacular views of some of Langkawi’s main attractions, the only way to get there is by cable car! A little fun fact: a scene from the 2006 Bollywood movie ‘Don: The Chase Begins Again’ was filmed on this bridge. If you truly want to experience nature, hike Gunung Raya, the highest peak in Langkawi. Standing at 881m the hill offers panoramic views of the island; the legend behind the island is that it is the cursed form of the giant Mat Raya who once inhabited the mountain. The hill forest houses some of Malaysia’s exotic wildlife like the flying foxes, great hornbills, leaf monkey, and macaques as well as other forest dwellers. Once you have covered the land sky why not go for an underwater walk, and no, it does not involve diving. Head over to Underwater World, and take the 15m underwater tunnel where you can get a close-up view of sharks, turtles and other sea life. Why not have a fairytale ending to your stay at Langkawi? Visit Taman Lagenda, a folk-lore themed park which is an open-air garden museum that is sure to whisk you away from reality and would make a perfect setting for a nice romantic walk. Accommodation Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa To truly experience tropical tranquillity choose to stay at the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa in Langkawi. Their 355 rooms are clustered into wooden chalets all including private balconies which open to stunning views of the property and island. All rooms include the basic amenities that are expected at a five-star hotel. The hotel has two restaurants; Spice Market which is the main restaurant is inspired by the ancient spice route – combining the East with the West. The second restaurant called CBA will offer you the perfect tropical dining experience. The hotel grounds are beautiful and are great for an early morning walk after breakfast, before heading to the secluded beach. Address: Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, MalaysiaContact number: +60 4 952 8888 Website | Email  Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa  If you are looking for a more pocket-friendly place check in at the four-star Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa located only 15mins away from Langkawi international airport. The hotel is a vast property, offering great views of the beach and surrounding islands. All the rooms include the basic hotel room amenities. Be sure to check their romantic getaway offers on their website. Address: Lot 1698, Pantai Tengah, Mukim Kedawang, Daerah Langkawi, 07000 Kedah Darulaman, MalaysiaContact number: +60 4 952 9999  Website | Email 4. Tioman The biggest and most popular island in the Eastern Peninsula of Malaysia, Tioman Island is a thrill seekers paradise! Activities and attractions Famous for Diving and snorkeling, Tioman offers the best underwater experience to tourists. Most resorts on the island have a house reef, where you can snorkel right in front of your cabana, also snorkeling is a great option for non-divers! Tioman Island almost has no roads so you’ll have to do a light trek through the jungle to get from place to another, if you are a nature lover this definitely the right spot for you. The two most popular treks are the Tekek to Juara which is two hours and the trek from Tekek all the way to Monkey Bay. For activities like kayaking, jet skiing and other water sports Tekek beach, slang beach and genting beach are your best options. Tioman also has some beautiful waterfalls and these can be accessed by a light trek or a short boat ride, one the most famous waterfalls is the Mukut Waterfall, the largest waterfall on the Island is the Asah waterfall which is a 45 minute trek away from Mukut village, if trekking isn’t your thing opt for the boat ride. Accommodation Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa on Facebook Make your Tioman Island, Malaysia, dreams come true! Choose to stay at the Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa for a luxurious tropical island experience. They also promise a great honeymoon experience so do check their honeymoon offers! They have a total of 54 villas which are built to offer the utmost privacy to their guests; you have the choice of choosing between the garden view, rainforest view and the sea view villas. The villas come equipped with all the basic hotel room amenities ensuring that you are comfortable and at home during your stay. Address: Lot 20 & 21, Sarang Burung, Kg. Mukut, 26800 Pulau Tioman, Pahang, MalaysiaContact number: +607-7668886/ 8887/8888 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Paya Beach Resort Credit: Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort on Facebook Looking for a place that offers great service for affordable prices? Opt for the Paya Beach Resort, which also offers a great romantic getaway offer for couples. The resort offers villas and chalets as well as lodges as accommodation for guests, the villas are recommended for a romantic getaway. Address: Kampong Paya, Pulau Tioman, MalaysiaContact number: +65 6733 4333 (Overseas) Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram 5. Pangkor Pangkor translates to ‘beautiful island’ in Thai, and it definitely lives up to its name. The island is mostly mountainous and has rocky history due it being a center for piracy in the past! However, these days it’s just an idyllic tropical island where the main livelihood is fishing. Activities and attractions If you are interested in water sports, head over to Bogak or Nipah beach, you can try out banana-boat rides, and jet skiing. Pangkor town is the place to go if you want to try some authentic Pangkor cuisine as many local restaurants serving the most delectable dishes can be found. Go for a jungle trek to burn off the calories after eating all that food, the best hike is the Pangkor Hill hike. If you want to do something a little more Zen pay visit to Fu Lin Kung, a Taoist temple built at the foot of Pangkor hill. You can also pay a visit to the Kali Amman temple, which is the only Hindu temple on the island. Don’t forget to check out the Dutch Fort as well, built in the 17th century to regulate tin trade form foreign ships. Another interesting historical spot is the Batu Bersurat (Tiger Rock), the large boulder has historical inscriptions referring to a child and tiger with the initials of the Dutch East India Company engraved into it as well. Book a boat ride to Pulau Jarak, a secluded island with great Marine life, and it would be a great activity to experience with your partner. You can even rent a boat for the day and explore the surrounding scenery of the island if you are more adventurous hire a canoe! Accommodation Pangkor Laut Resort Credit: Pangkor Laut Resort One of the most famous resorts in Pangkor and possibly Malaysia is the Pangkor Laut Resort, named after the island itself and ranked number 1 in the World by Condé Nast Traveller and referred to as a paradise by the late Pavarotti! Offering comfort, warmth and contemporary elegance the villas are situated amongst the hills, lush gardens and on wooden stilts over the tropical sea. The villas are fully equipped with the usual amenities found in guest rooms assuring you have all the comforts you need during your stay. They have a great honeymoon offer so be sure to check it out! Address: Pangkor Laut Island, 32200 Lumut, Perak, MalaysiaContact number: +60 3 2783 1000 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Sandy Beach Resort Credit: Pangkor Sandy Beach Resort on Facebook If you want to go for a more budget-friendly option the Sandy Beach Resort will be ideal for your stay on Pangkor Island. Nestled on the golden sands of the beach you can choose between rooms or chalets, the chalets are ideal if you are looking for privacy and they face the Pasir Bogak beach, who doesn’t want to wake up to the blue waters of the sea lapping against the sandy beach? Address: 30, Jalan Pasir Bogak, 32300 Pulau Pangkor, Negeri PerakContact number: +605 6853027, +605 6853037 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Hopefully, this list gave you some insight for planning your Malaysia honeymoon itinerary. Are you excited for your Malaysia honeymoon?!...

  • Finding Mosques in Bali

    Bali, the ideal holiday destination to rejuvenate your thoughts. A land where nature meets culture, with jaw-dropping views, spectacular waves and stunning sunsets. Enter into a very exotic and warm atmosphere that will leave you breathless. While Bali is renowned for its beauty and staggering beaches, visiting its mosques will plunge you into a spiritual realm that is otherworldly. More on Bali Find a Halal Hotel in Bali   1. Masjid Ibnu Batutah Picture Credit - duniamasjid.islamic-center.or.id Located in Nusa Dua, the Masjid Ibnu Batutah shares ground with a Hindu temple as well as a Christian church.The Masjid comprises 2 levels: the first one is used for educational purposes and Qur'an recitations, while the second floor is dedicated for praying. Location: Puja Mandala, Jalan Kuruksetra, Nusa DuaTel: +62 (0)361 771 010 Facebook   2. Masjid Agung Sudirman Picture Credit - www.masjidagungsudirman.com Masjid Agung Sudirman is situated in the city center of Denpasar. Known for being the largest Masjid in the island, the Agung Sudirman Masjid has gained popularity amongst the locals as well as tourists for its original architectural structure. Designed with an almost wall-less feature, the Masjid is highly appreciated by Muslims for its natural ventilation, making it an ideal place to pray the night prayer or organize Islamic events. Location: Jalan Slamet Riyadi, Dauh Puri, DenpasarTel: +62 (0)361 264 595   3.Masjid Ar-Rahmat Picture Credit - Sylvia Nurhadi, vienmuhadi.com Found in Kuta, Masjid Ar-Rahmat is one of the most visited Masjids in Bali. It is very popular amongst Muslim tourists, which makes it a place where different nationalities and ethnicities meet. During the Friday prayers, the Masjid is filled with Muslims who come from different countries and nations. Location: Jalan Raya Kuta No.75, KutaTel: +62 (0)361 224 435   4. Masjid Nurul Huda Gelgel Picture Credit - situsbudaya.id With its 17 meters tall minaret, it is impossible not to notice the Nurul Huda Gelgel Masjid. Built during the 13th century, this Masjid is the oldest Masjid found in Bali. It is located in the center of one of Bali's largest Muslim communities. The history of this Masjid dates back from the times of a Hindu King whose 40 soldiers converted to Islam while returning from a royal meeting. Location: Jalan Waturenggong, Kampung Gelgel, Klungkung   5. Masjid Nurul Huda Tuban Picture Credit - phinemo.com The Nurul Huda Tuban is another Masjid which is international in nature. Situated in the vicinity of the Ngurah Rai International Airport, the Nurul Huda Tuban Masjid welcomes Muslim travelers, tourists as well as staff of the airport. Location: Jalan Ngurah Rai, Tuban   6. Masjid Besar Al Huda Picture Credit - bimasislam.kemenag.go.id Located on the main road of Tabanan, Majid Al Huda can barely go unnoticed with its imposing green dome. With a capacity of up to 2,000 people, the Masjid is divided into 2 sections, where the first section is dedicated to praying and the second one, to Quranic studies. Due to its accessibility, the Masjid is visited daily by locals as well as Muslim tourists for prayers. Location: Jalan Ahmad Yani, Kediri, Abian Tuwung, TabananTel: +62 (0)857 3700 2959   7. Masjid At-Taqwa Picture Credit - indoplaces.com Another edifice that Muslim tourists will notice easily, with its twin minarets facing the main road and imposing structure. Found in Denpasar near the Bali Police Head Quarters, Masjid At-Taqwa is daily visited by a number of worshipers, including members of the police force as well as the public. Location: Komplek Polda Bali, Jalan WR Supratman, Denpasar   8. Masjid Raya Ukhuwwah Picture Credit - simas.kemenag.go.id Found near the Kumbasan Night Market, the Raya Ukhuwwah Masjid is principally occupied by shop owners. Located in the commercial part of Bali, the Masjid rents out spaces to the traders, whereby the money of the rented places is invested in the Masjid. Location: Jalan Kalimantan No.19, Dauh Puri Kangin, DenpasarTel: +62 (0)361 248 868   9. Masjid Baitul Makmur Picture credit - www.cendananews.com Unlike the other Masajids who are imposing and easily found, the Baitul Makmur is found away from the main road. The Baitul Makmur Masjid is, however, a well-maintained building with the capacity of welcoming up to 700 worshipers daily. Quranic lectures are held on a weekly basis in Baitul Makmur Masjid, and foreign preachers are sometimes invited. Location: Jalan Gunung Merbuk No.4, Tegal Kertha, West Denpasar, Denpasar   10. Masjid Agung Al-A'la Picture credit - ayra_jo5, flickr.com Being the central place of worship of Gianyar , Masjid Agung Al-A'la is situated a few kilometers away from the Gianyar Night Market. It is known amongst the locals as "Gianyar Masjid. Tourists can stop by to pray if they are in the vicinity or just want to relax a bit. Location: Jalan Kesatrian No.16, Gianyar Facebook   Find a Mosque near you in Bali Find a Halal Restaurant near you in Bali...

  • 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!...

  • 5 Amazing Halal Restaurants In London

    Planning a visit to London? Alternately, you may be moving to London for study or work. As a person looking for Muslim-friendly Halal food in London, you need to not look too far. There are many choices available from fine-dining restaurants serving Halal food, to informal cafes and diners serving varied international and local Halal cuisines. So, finding the best Halal food and restaurants in London, UK is not all that hard. Listed below are 5 Halal dining places that will allow you to enjoy a sociable meal with friends and family to accommodate your budget. Credit - giphy.com   Stax Diner | Soho Picture credit - www.fluidlondon.co.uk Located at Kingly Court in the heart of Soho at the West End of London, Stax Diner is the first of the Feed Your Soul family of diners in London. Serving patrons authentic home-style cooked cuisine native to the American Deep South, the menu consists of a variety of Halal burgers and sandwiches with side dishes and drinks. Their meats are Halalmaking Stax an ideal place for the Halal conscientious traveler. Stax is a great place to grab a quick bite between a visit to Soho, but can be crowded and do not accept reservations. Due to limited space, they are also unable to accommodate strollers or pushchairs. Note: Stax Diner and its sister restaurant – Boondocks near Old Street Station - offers ‘The Ultimate Burger Eating Challenge’ for just £25. Opening Hours: Sunday & Monday - 12 noon to 10:00 pm (last orders at 8:50 pm)   Tuesday to Thursday - 12 noon to 11:00 pm (last orders at 9:50 pm)   Friday & Saturday - 12 noon to midnight (last orders at 10:50 pm)   The Meat Co. | Westfield Picture credit - www.idealmagazine.co.uk A British style steakhouse located in the Westfield shopping mall in London has branches in the Middle East and South Africa. With a striking décor, this steakhouse is suitable for groups, a family with children and business meals. The Meat Co. has a specialist Halal menu comprising of entrees, salads, main dishes and desserts. Their steaks are a must try, it is after all their speciality, however, their beef ribs and skewers are supposed to be fabulous dishes as well. Point to note, it is not an exclusive Halal restaurant, however, with a reservation, you can ensure to be seated in their dedicated Halal service area. Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday - 12 noon to 11:00 pm (Last orders 10:30 pm)   Thursday to Saturday - 12 noon to midnight (Last orders 11:30 pm)   Guanabana | Camden Town Picture credit - www.visitlondon.com A Caribbean-themed restaurant, Guanabana claims to be a 100% Halal restaurant located in Camden Town, London. Serving a wide range of Latin American and Caribbean dishes, they offer a menu that consists of burgers, grills, steaks, a range of house dishes, salads, sides, and desserts. Diners can also choose from their range of non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails. Guanabana has a special steak offer on Thursday. They also have a brunch menu to suit many palates and is offered from Tuesday to Sunday! The restaurant is suitable for couples, groups and family. Opening Hours: Sunday & Monday – 10:00 am to 11:00 pm   Monday – Closed   The Great Chase | Islington Picture credit - feedthelion.co.uk/ Serving a menu comprising of British and international cuisine, this fine-dining restaurant serves 100% Halal food and drinks. The cuisine comprises the traditional with a contemporary twist served in an atmosphere that is relaxing yet sophisticated. The restaurant offers Halal Brunch, Lunch and Dinner menus prepared with fresh Halal ingredients. Opening Hours: Monday – Closed Brunch & Lunch Sunday – 10:00 am to 03.00 pm   Tuesday to Saturday – 11:00 am to 03.00 pm Dinner Tuesday to Saturday – 06:30 pm to 10:00 pm   Sahara Grill | Whitechapel, Leyton and Ilford Picture credit - www.saharagrill.co.uk The Sahara Grill chain with three branches around London offers patrons Halal Lunch and Dinner menus comprising of appetizers, burgers, grills, steaks and fish with side dishes. The restaurant also has a choice of Halal desserts and drinks. Only the Whitechapel Branch of the Sahara Grill is open for breakfast with quite an extensive selection to suit many palates. Offering a comfortable and casual atmosphere the for spur of the moment dining suitable for groups and couple, the restaurant is also known for its romantic low lighting seating area for couples and friends celebrating special occasions. Whitechapel Branch, Opening Hours: Breakfast Monday to Sunday - 7:30 am to 10:00 am Lunch & Dinner Monday to Thursday - 12 noon to 11:30 pm   Friday - 02:00 pm to midnight   Saturday & Sunday - 12 noon to midnight Ilford and Leyton Branches, Opening Hours: Lunch & Dinner Monday to Thursday - 12 noon to 11:30 pm   Friday - 02:00 pm to midnight   Saturday & Sunday - 12 noon to midnight   The price range for these eating places vary and can accommodate different budgets from relatively cheap lunches and dinners to an exotic experience for a special occasion dependent on what one orders. Thus, visit their websites to take a look at the menus and prices before making a final selection. For Muslim travelers looking for Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Turkish and other forms of cuisines there are Halal restaurants and cafes like Bombay Spice, The Iskelé, Halal Restaurant, The Banc, The Pie Factory, House of Ho, Hoppers, etc., to choose from. Take a quick peek at the Halal restaurant reviews in London and make your choice. And if you are looking for a dessert place try the Wafflemeister on Oxford Street in London for a sweet treat!   ...



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