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  • Long Weekend? Go On A Slow & Steady 3D2N Trip To Saigon

    What's the next best thing after chocolate ice cream? Let me give you a hint; it's a trip. With this 3D2N itinerary to Ho Chi Minh, get ready to experience a trip that will make you discover and explore the history of the country as well as its gastronomy. And count on us to get you some interesting addresses. Buckle up! Here we go. Day 1 Cu Chi Tunnels Start your adventure with a trip back in time, 1948 wartime. Be in the shoes of the Vietnamese soldiers, fighting for the people of Vietnam. During those hectic days, a 120km tunnel was dug underground, having enough space for them to live. Today, the Chu Chi Tunnels is a tourist attraction which shows the lifestyle of soldiers underground. Whilst you venture inside the tunnels, you'll discover living areas and kitchens. Don't forget to keep a lookout for the deadly traps they built for their enemies. **Disclaimer: Visitors with a tendency of being claustrophobic or may experience breathing problems should abstain from going inside the tunnel. Lunch at Shamsudin Cu Chi Restaurant Credit: Halal Food - Shamsudin Restaurant on Facebook After spending all morning outdoor at Chu Chi Tunnels, it's time to fuel up and hit the road for lunch! Located 20 mins away by car, Shamsuding Cu Chi Restaurant serves Malaysian dishes such as fried rice, traditional dishes, seafood and many more. Don't worry about your prayers! There are small rooms for visitors to perform their prayers.  Address: Nhà hàng gần trung tâm Q.1 địa chỉ tại 53 Hồ Hảo Hớn, P.Cô Giang, Q.1, Tp HCM và 761A Tinh Lo 15, Ben Dinh, Xa Nhuan Duc, Huyen Cu Chi. Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamOpening Hours: 6.30AM to 10.30 AM (Daily)Contact No.: +84 90 339 94 30 Facebook After a scrumptious meal, time to head back to the hotel and freshen up! Maybe you could even squeeze in a nap before dinner and your shopping spree at the Ben Thanh Market.  Dinner at Musa Kariem Restaurant Located along Malaysia Street, Musa Kariem Restaurant is definitely our favorite halal restaurant so far! They serve a mix of Malaysian cuisine, Thai cuisine,  and the local Vietnamese cuisine as well! Expect good food at affordable prices. Not to mention, they also come in filling portion sizes. Address: 47 Nguyễn An Ninh, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOpening Hours: 6AM to 11.30PM (Daily)Contact No.: +84 28 3823 9288 Facebook Cua Tay Ben Thanh Market Shop, shop & shop! In this part of Saigon, women go craaaazy over the cheap tailoring services. When you enter the market you'll find souvenirs that you can bring back home after your holiday. However, further in, you'll find tailoring services that offer a wide range of cloth together with tailoring services that absolutely affordable. Most tourist flock to this part of Saigon to splurge on tailor mad ethnic costumes such as the traditional Baju Kurung. Now, don't be surprised! These tailors are so efficient that they will be able to deliver your completed costume the next day to your hotel! Day 2 Mekong Delta Who doesn't enjoy a boat ride? Well, at the Mekong Delta, you're going to find much more than just a regular boat ride. The Mekong Delta is a floating market where you can find all kinds of fruits and flowers. Ride along this 40,000 square km long river and discover the originality of the markets which are by the way huge contributors to the economy of the country.  Halal Mekong Restaurant Hop on a tour package for today and sail your way to the Halal Mekong Restaurant. This restaurant mostly caters to large tour groups or family. They serve Malaysian cuisines that are prepared warm for you. Address: Thới Sơn, Châu Thành District, Tien Giang, VietnamOpening Hours: 8AM to 6PM (Daily)Facebook Then, head back to the hotel after spending the whole morning exploring the rural areas of Saigon. Get a quick bath and a nap before really diving into the real Ben Thanh Night Market! Dinner at Halal @ Saigon Located in District 1, Halal @ Saigon offers Vietnamese, Malaysian as well as Vegetarian Food. With dishes ranging from 50,000Đ (SGD 3) to 370,000Đ (SGD 21), Halal @ Saigon is perfect if you want a sharing meal or a one-serving meal.  Address: 31 Đông Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh CityOpening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Daily)Contact: 0901 442 773 Website | Email | Facebook  Banh Tahn Market We all travel to find unique souvenirs and discover the culture of a country. Banh Tahn Market happens to be the place to find local crafts, branded goods, and souvenirs. Don't hesitate to walk through the different stalls and discover what the Vietnamese lifestyle has to offer. And if you want to enjoy some local food, you'll find food stalls all around to enjoy the local cuisine. But the best part is at night, the whole market is magically transformed into a vibrant place at night, buzzing with life. Don't forget to get yourself a cup of Vietnamese Ice Coffee! You'll find a few sellers by the road with their mobile push cart. Day 3 War Remnant Museum If you want to travel back in time and understand those days when the war was still deeply anchored on the Vietnamese ground, look no further. Opened in 1975, the War Remnant Museum is a historical gem that has more than 20,000 documents and artifact, all providing a close look-up to the consequences of war. You will get to see films, as well as exhibits based on the theme of the day. Address: 28 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, VietnamOpening Hours: 7.30AM to 12.30PM | 1.30PM to 5PM  Contact No.: +84 28 3930 5587 Website | Email Pho Muslim After tiring walks in the sun and sightseeing, end off your day with some local food prepared with all the goodness that Vietnam has to offer. If you want to enjoy a good meal and have a culinary experience, Pho Muslim is the place to be. Get lazy and cozy at this small local restaurant which will surely maze you with its Vietnamese soups and for the more daring ones, you can order the spicy squid. Address: TK25/18 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, Cầu Kho, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOpening Hours: 6AM to 12PM | 4AM to 10PM (Daily)Contact No.: +84 90 879 71 58 Lastly, to end off your trip, explore Ho Chi Minh City and walk along its busy streets. There you go! Have fun on your Ho Chi Minh City getaway!...

  • Can't Wait For Your Graduation Ceremony? Here are 8 Best Places For Your Post-Grad Trip in 2019

    No more rushing for classes or staying up late to complete your assignments before their deadlines. You are finally out of college and it’s time to celebrate with a well-deserved break!  So what could be better than an unforgettable post-graduation trip with your buddies? Maybe you have exhausted your expenses for college fees or student loans and travel is the last thing on your mind. However, we have listed out some fun places to visit that won’t cause much damage to your wallet while still having a good time if you wisely balance out your expenses. 13 New Experiences To Try In 2019! 1. Thailand There are many great reasons to visit Thailand that range from delectable cuisines to fascinating sights and a rich culture - not to mention breathtakingly beautiful islands to explore. Some of the best places to travel to with your friends include the islands of Phi Phi and Krabi, especially for snorkeling in the turquoise waters or catching that gorgeous sunset on a beautiful beach. In Bangkok, you can also visit those famous floating markets and admire the beautiful temples including Wat Arun to take in the city and really explore the local culture. The best part is that you can find reasonably priced accommodation and cheap, delicious places offering a variety of seafood and vegetarian delights if Halal options are not available. When it comes to getting around, it’s better to stick with public transports or travel by train to save your cash for fun activities. 2. Bali Bali is the ideal getaway with its lush tropical greenery and gorgeous beaches where you can take some memorable photos with your friends. Whether you go trekking up Mount Batur, island hopping or enjoy some swimming and snorkeling - there is no doubt you are in for an enjoyable time. Additionally, head down to the famous Waterbom Bali park for a thrilling day out. You can get beautiful accommodation options for great prices when you travel with friends. You can also get your money’s worth by trying out the local cuisines especially if you stick to warungs that provide Halal food options. 3. Malaysia Spectacular sights and delicious street food are just some of the reasons why Malaysia would be among the best places to visit. You can find reasonably cheap accommodation and amazing Halal food options and you can shop for anything! You must climb up Petronas Tower to see Kuala Lumpur in all its glory and take some unforgettable photos. There is something for everyone in Malaysia - if you prefer an exhilarating time, consider an engaging trek up Mount Kinabalu or spend the day at the Sunway Lagoon theme park. However, if your group is looking for a beach getaway, take a trip to Pulau Besar and Pulau Kecil islands and get away from the city bustle. 4. Vietnam Vietnam is known as a budget travelers paradise that is just great for backpackers and those who are looking for excellent destinations at a lower cost. It’s not hard to find cheap accommodation options and it is also affordable to travel around the main towns when you need to go sight-seeing. Unfortunately, there are only a few Halal food options in most areas, but there are plenty of vegetarian and seafood options everywhere. Some fun places to visit include the famous Ha Long Bay which is great for hiking, scuba diving, and even kayaking. Take some awesome photos of their unique limestone cliffs during the sunset while you're there. We would recommend you to explore the fascinating culture of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon as well to have an unforgettable post-grad trip. 5. Costa Rica A trip to Costa Rica would certainly be an unforgettable one! You can swim at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, go zip lining above lush tropical forests and even take a laid-back coffee tour after all the excitement. Do drop by the Arenal National Park which is known for some excellent hiking spots and the Manuel Antonio National Park where tropical rainforests are framed by sandy beaches. Costa Rica is a the top pick among travelers with a budget due to its affordability when it comes to accommodation. Do note that Halal food will be quite hard to find, but you will have plenty of options for seafood and vegetarian meals. 6. Peru Trekking up Machu Picchu to admire the region’s amazing landscape and exploring the ancient Inca trail with a group of buddies sounds pretty appealing doesn’t it? Peru is just perfect for an adventurous post-grad trip that are not hard on your budget, especially when it comes to accommodation options and transportation. You will be pleased to know that their delicious local cuisines are pretty affordable too! You can find plenty of seafood or vegetarian options as well. To get a taste of local life, you can explore Peru’s capital city, Lima, where you will learn a lot about their culture. You can take a stroll through the intriguing city of Cusco and make a detour to the famous Rainbow Mountains as well. For a unique experience, take a trip to the sparkling blue waters of Lake Titicaca where you can step onto the floating islands made entirely of reeds. 7. Bulgaria Bulgaria is a favorite among backpackers navigating through Europe, mainly because of its affordable accommodation and food as well as its wonderful spots that does not require visitors to spend too much. Sofia is a very beautiful city with interesting museums and galleries - some of the main attractions include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Rotunda of St. George. You can experience Sofia’s landscape by going on a hike at Vitosha Mountain and even enjoy some skiing. You will find a few Halal restaurants in the city centre as well. Bulgaria is also known for its beautiful beaches such as Sunny Beach or Smokinya Beach where you can spend a relaxing day out during your post-graduation trip. Don’t hesitate to visit the old Plodiv Town and take some photos at the famous Plovdiv Roman Theater. 8. New Zealand New Zealand is just a stunning place for a roadtrip or backpackers to enjoy the fresh outdoors and take a break from their busy lives. You can preserve your cash since you will be able to find hostels and budget accommodation. There are Halal restaurants in most of the main towns as well. New Zealand is actually an ideal destination for nature lovers who are looking for a budget getaway. You can take a thrilling adventure to Queenstown to explore its natural beauty and rugged landscapes - there is no shortage of activities here from rafting, hiking to cycling, which will be fun if done with a small group. Do visit Rotorua to take a look at their famous geyser, volcanic craters and the beautiful fjords of Milford Sound with your friends. After all the effort you put in for school, you deserve a huge reward and a time away from everything. There is no better way to do it then going on a trip to celebrate with your fellow schoolmates. It's time to pack your bags and go travel! Get more inspiration for your 2019 trips  ...

  • 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...

  • Check Out These 9 Cities With The Best Outlet Shopping If You Are Shopaholic

    Shopping and travel is undoubtedly a wonderful combination for a shopaholic who enjoys exploring new destinations and looking for good bargains. Different cities have their own things to offer in terms of brands and prices, and some places simply standout from the rest. So you might be wondering – what are the best shopping places abroad? Shopaholics on a budget who love their designer brands will not be disappointed either since most of these destinations offer something for everyone. 1. Barcelona, Spain Shopaholics should not leave Spain without enjoying a shopping spree in Barcelona, which is also where the well-known brands Mango, Zara, and Stradivarius originated from. Some of the most popular shopping malls are home to a wide range of designer and sports brands, while Passeig de Gràcia a well-known shopping street is no exception either. Barcelona is where you can enjoy some of the cheapest clothes shopping in Europe and still get great quality too. Your other stop should be Avinguda del Portal de l’Angel to satisfy your shopaholic dreams and conserve your budget where you will find awesome mid-range brands too. 2. Bangkok, Thailand Picture Credit: Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash Bangkok should be your next stop for the best shopping in Southeast Asia for reasonable prices and where you can get designer items quite easily. However, if getting the real deal is what you are after, it’s always better to visit a few popular stores to avoid great looking designer knock-offs. From Chinatown to the famous Central Mall and Siam Paragon – you will have a great choice, ranging from mid-range to high-end brands such as Versace, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger or even Mango. Another shopping mall worth visiting is Terminal 21, where you will get nice international and local brands without compromising on quality. 3. Hong Kong Picture Credit: Annie Spratt on Unsplash Hong Kong has got to be one of the best destinations in Asia for shopaholics who love a good bargain. Ladies’ Street should be one of your first stops for a variety of affordable clothes, and you can bargain as much as you like. Do drop by Times Square as well, which is a shopaholic’s delight with over 230 stores to choose from – and where you will find a wide range of brands to suit your budget. Don’t forget to visit Harbour City, which is one of the most popular shopping malls in Hong Kong where you will find everything from Burberry to Dolce & Gabbana or Puma and Reebok. 4. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City is also among the cheapest shopping destinations in Asia where you can get some pretty decent items for lowered prices. You can take your pick from the high-end brands to mid-range brands and satisfy your inner shopaholic by visiting some popular shopping spots. This includes the Vincom Center where you can find sportswear and your favorite designers from Hugo Boss to Armani. You can also find some amazing fashion options in Nguyễn Trãi Street as well, and while sifting through designer items and mid-range options – and get a great bargain too. 5. Berlin, Germany Picture Credit: frederik danko on Unsplash Berlin is another shopping gem that shopaholics should not miss out on. If you are looking for branded sportswear Germany's most popular brands include Adidas and Puma, while you can get your fair share of items from Hugo Boss and JOOP! as well. The Kurfürstendamm is not only a famous historical spot but is a must-visit where shoppers can spend a few glorious hours going through many stores. Alexanderplatz is another popular shopping mall worth dropping by, and where you find brands such as H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara and Quiksilver to name a few. Shopaholics should spend some time at the Mall of Berlin where you get your fix for mid to high range designs from more than 270 stores. 6. Paris, France Picture Credit: Earth on Unsplash It's no secret that Paris is a fashion capital that is known for the best designers in the world. However, you need not break your bank to get your hands on those lovely designer clothes since there are small affordable shops to stop by and get great deals combined with quality. Do watch out for the big winter and summer sales where you can get gorgeous clothes. Shoppers should not miss out on Champs-Elysees. You'll fing the Forum des Halles mall where brands such as Esprit, Levi’s, H&M, Zara and more can be found. Another mall you should visit includes Les Quatre-Temps where stores such as Promod, Mango and Lacoste can be found. 7. London, United Kingdom Picture Credit: Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash London is undoubtedly another hotspot for fashion at a reasonable price depending on where you shop for branded clothing. While there are luxury brands and expensive places in London, spots such as Oxford Street and Regent Street have a nice range of places to shop until you drop. Some popular mid-range brands to watch out for include H&M, Zara, Topshop and River Island all of which have chain stores in the city. But London has no shortage of places to satisfy a serious shopaholic. Westfield London and Canary Wharf Shopping Centre are some of the best places for shoppers on a budget or those who are looking for high-end options too. 8. Istanbul, Turkey Picture Credit: Gabriel Garcia Marengo on Unsplash While Istanbul is popular for its bazaars where bargaining is the key to pretty good discounts, those who are looking for good deals on designer clothes won’t be disappointed when visiting the local shopping malls either. This includes the popular Akmerkez mall where you can check out brands such as Hugo Boss, Nike, and Zara. Eco-friendly shopping mall, Istinye Park is another go-to spot for branded shopping with stores such as Adidas, Stradivarius, Dolce & Gabbana and Mango too. Shoppers should also drop by City’s, which is a well-known mall that boasts of a variety of stores with some great selections. 9. Lisbon, Portugal Picture Credit: Joel Filipe on Unsplash While Lisbon might not be the first place that comes to your mind as a shopping destination, you can enjoy shopping from amazing outlets for much less than you would spend in more popular destinations. Some outlets you must check out include Fashion Clinic where you will find designs from high-end brands such as Prada, Balmain, and Givenchy to name a few. Better yet take a stroll down Avenida da Liberdade where you can shop from a range of designer shops. If you are hoping to stock up on items from your favourite designers at great prices you won’t get at home – consider visiting any of these cities for your next big trip!...

  • Markets Around the World you Have to Visit at Least Once

    Looking to find the heart and soul of the country? Most of the time, your best bet is to head to a nearby or unique market to experience how locals shop, gather and spend their days. Unusual markets around the world invite tourists to indulge all of their senses, make them as must-see iconic markets around the world, from taking in the colourful sights of fresh produce to smelling the wafting scents of fresh and traditional dishes. Markets have been a part of city life for centuries, and have now evolved to be popular tourist attractions and destination. Locals visit their city’s market to pick up fresh produce, meats, seafood, and spices to stock their home kitchens, while tourists can visit local markets to learn about the culture by sampling the local and traditional fare and also to know about must-see iconic markets around the world. Markets around the world vary in the products they sell, and many are home to vendors selling produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, bread, spices, flowers, artisan goods, and local handicrafts like pottery and jewellery.   So, HalalTrip listed the interesting markets around the world based on the unique side, how reflective they are of the local region, and the importance of food and drink at the market and cheap clothes and also the iconic markets around the world. Whether you are looking for photography, souvenirs to take home, a quick dishes, or a full traditional meal, these markets offer a unique taste of culture. And don’t worry, you can also check night markets in Asia you have to visit and market that where to buy cheap clothes in Asia. Let’s check these interesting markets around the world you have to visit once! Credit - Giphy.com   Grand Bazaar, Istanbul Have you ever checked best affordable markets to visit in Istanbul? Yes, Grand Bazaar market is the colourful and the heart of İstanbul's Old City and has been so for centuries. You know, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar hosts more than 3,000 stores and show just why more than 250,000 people visit every day. Grand Bazaar grew to cover a vast area as lanes between the bedesten, neighbouring shops and hans (caravanserais) were roofed and the market assumed the sprawling, labyrinthine form that it retains today even though it started from a small vaulted bedesten (warehouse) built by order of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461. Sounds wonderful, right? FYI, when here, be sure to peep through doorways to discover hidden hans, veer down narrow lanes to watch artisans at work and wander the main thoroughfares to differentiate treasures from tourist tack.   There is a labyrinth of arcades and passageways, where it is easy to lose your sense of direction in Grand Bazaar. If you want to search for unique things, the great news is the market heaves with shoppers for Turkish carpets and kilims, jewellery, backgammon boards, trinkets, leather goods and mother of pearl inlaid boxes. Grand bazaar’s stalls are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather, gold jewellery and the like. Also, it's obligatory to drink lots of tea, compare price after price and try your hand at the art of bargaining. When you have the plan to visit places and markets in Asia, we recommend Grand Bazaar to your list. Allow at least three hours for your visit; some travellers spend three days, fantastic!   Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan Picture Credit - www.japan-guide.com Plan to visit Tokyo and looking forward to getting some food and eating well? Then you’ve been told not to miss Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo’s central fish market that the largest fish market in the world. From being the focus of such popular movies as Jiro Dreams of Sushi to being the backdrop of pop music videos, the iconic market has become synonymous with Japan's world-famous food culture. Tsukiji is one of the unusual markets around the world to visit and it more interesting than Indian spice markets. Outside the wholesale market lies an additional dimension of restaurants and shops, serving everything from kitchenware, dried seafood goods, Japanese knives, and sweets. About visitor, Tsukiji has up to 42,000 people pass through in a day. That’s why it is one of the must-visit street markets around the world that we recommended.   Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand Picture Credit - www.youtube.com Who says Thailand just has beautiful temples? Thailand also has the most unique and unusual market to visit, The Maeklong Railway Market. This market was moved in 2013 after it became too large for its previous location, also became one of the must-visit street markets around the world. There is one market, however, that actually sits atop train tracks. As the train comes charging down, the market is transformed to allow it to pass. If you are in Bangkok and have an entire day without plans, head to the Maeklong Railway Market — here is everything you need to know before you visit. You will hear the train long before you actually see it.   Before the train comes, a charming little warning bell goes off over the speaker system just a few minutes. Then vendors pull back their specially designed awnings before the train comes, sometimes only moments before. That’s why the market is locally known as the Talat Rom Hoop which translates into “Market Umbrella Close.”   The quality of this market lies in its novelty and the train that passes through, not necessarily its goods. It is here where you will find mainly food for sale. While there will certainly be some clothing and accessories available, the bulk of this market is made up of Thai sweets, meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits and drinks. If you were expecting a plethora of souvenirs, think again.   Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam Picture Credit - www.asiaexplorers.com   Asia has a lot to offer travellers, from vibrant cultures and traditions to amazing food and breathtaking architecture, whether modern skyscrapers, sacred temples or ancient palaces and fortresses. Another thing you can and should experience across the continent is the plethora of markets. What they sell and what purpose they serve varies. Now, there are day markets, dry markets, wet markets, fish markets, food markets, textile markets and more, but the night markets are among the best that’s why people love to walk around night market not only for shopping.   One of the best night markets is the Bến Thành Market, is located at the top of most Ho Chi Minh City must-see lists. It is huge, famous, and smack dab in the centre of the biggest tourist district in the biggest city in Vietnam. At the night the streets begin filling with vendors and outdoor pop-up restaurants even though it has an indoor day. The surrounding area is massive and sprawling, with clear views of enormous skyscrapers and the giant Bitexco Financial Tower. This market feels bigger than the Shilin Night Market in Taipei, but a bit more spread out. Food, clothing, and other goods are everywhere and nowhere. Instead of one main street, the market wraps around several blocks. It’s sort of difficult to get your bearings, but damn if it’s not exciting.   So, what are you waiting for? Let’s make a plan and visit markets around the world. You can also enjoy travelling with your family when you guys getting around the markets. Else, don’t forget to take some photos!   ...



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