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  • 3 Must-Experience Festivals in Thailand

    A great time includes experiencing the best festivals in Thailand during your stay and gives you a chance to learn more about Thai culture - ideal reasons on why you should travel to Thailand. Known as the "Land of Smiles," Thailand offers a travel experience like no other - from the ever accommodating locals to the unique Thai festivals that occur throughout different times of the year represents great reasons why you should travel to Thailand for a wonderful experience – so check out a guide to the best festivals in Thailand listed below.     Credits   1) Loy Krathong And Yee Peng   Picture Credit -   The celebrations you need to experience in Thailand will include the festival Loy Krathong which is held before Yee Peng on a full moon on the 12th month of the Thai Lunar calendar – so the dates will change. Loy Krathong usually takes place in Chiang Mai coinciding with Yee Peng.   To celebrate Loy Krathong, people make offerings of boat-shaped flower baskets (which are known as krathong) that are released and float along the river - this symbolises the release of negativity. Yee Peng celebrations involve decorating home with lanterns, traditional dances and even a parade. In Chiang Mai, floating paper lanterns are released into the air to symbolise letting go of last year’s negativity– and making new wishes.   With glowing lanterns floating away into the night and bright krathongs floating in the river, these are some of the must-see events in Thailand – it’s truly a spectacular sight and making this some of Thailand's best festivals to experience.   2) Songkran   Picture Credit -   Songkran is probably the most important of all Thailand festivals and events where the largest celebrations are in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The festival takes place from April 13th to 15th every year. From parades, dancers and traditional costumes – it’s some of the must-see events in Thailand.   Major streets are closed just for the event. Prior to the commencement of the event, which is mostly celebrated by the younger generations - as a mark of respect, the practice of pouring water over the elderly's palms would take place.    The festival is extremely fun– considering a large part of the festival a huge water fight! Water guns, plastic buckets or hoses take your pick and have fun with everybody splashing away in the warm weather. The largest party is at Tha Phae Gate is where you will numerous food stalls and live entertainment.   3) Chiang Mai Flower Festival Picture Credit - The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is a three-day event held every February in Suan Buak Haad and is one of the must-see events in Thailand where beautifully crafted floral arrangements and floats are the main highlights. The park is spectacularly decorated with flowers, and stalls in the park will display vibrant colourful flowers that you can buy too. The most popular ones are the orchids, chrysanthemums and the Damask Rose which is only found in Chiang Mai.   A lively afternoon parade of traditional Thai dancers and musicians will take to the streets and a beauty contest known as Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival will be held. There will be plenty of entertainment and refreshments to look forward too as well.   Don’t miss out on experiencing a festival in Thailand, start planning your trip today! ...

  • 10 Reasons Why Thailand Should Be Your Next Beach Destination

    Thailand is the perfect destination for those looking for an amazing travel experience. Whether you’re looking to relax or bring out the daredevil in you, the beautiful sunsets of the beaches in Thailand are the ideal backdrop. Some of the best beaches in Thailand are in Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi, and Koi Samui.   Although there are more than we can count, here are the top 10 reasons to visit Thailand. Make your dream beach vacation a reality!   1) Gorgeous Beaches   Brilliant white sands, azure blue waters, colorful corals, diverse marine life, stunning cliffs and rocks make up the stunning beaches of Thailand. The amazingly picturesque beaches are the perfect place to sit back, relax, and get yourself pampered. They are also some of the most Muslim-friendly beaches in Asia, so get ready for a sunset escapade.   2) Muslim-Friendly Facilities   Muslims make up about 7% of the population, making them the largest minority in the country. Thanks to this, there are many mosques scattered all around the country, so you can have a Muslim-friendly holiday in Thailand. Some of the hotels and resorts will also be able to provide you Muslim-friendly facilities like Halal food and prayer facilities.   3) Amazing Food   Thai cuisine is one of the most loved and well-known in the world. Trying this popular cuisine in its most authentic form is one of the top reasons to visit Thailand. You’ll also find food from all over the world, either in fine-dining restaurants or street food stalls that are literally everywhere you look! Many restaurants and even street food vendors offer Halal food as well, so you can have a Muslim-friendly holiday in Bangkok.   4) Travel on a Budget   Thailand is one of the best places anywhere in the world where you can have a great time on a budget. From places to stay, eat, and see as well as activities to do, you can get away with keeping your budget as low as $50 per day!   5) Luxury Resorts   Just because Thailand is a great budget destination doesn’t mean that you can’t travel in style either! Luxury beach resorts, high-end spas, fine-dining food, and a plethora of other indulgent activities await you, should you be inclined to spend the money.   6) Water Sports   There’s a wide variety of beach sports and activities to be played here, whether it be in the water or on the shore. You can take your pick: jet skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, kayaking, and so much more. The locals might even invite you in for a game of beach volleyball!   7) Amazing People and Culture   The locals here are some of the friendliest people you will meet. You will always be welcomed with a warm smile and should you ever need help with anything, they are ever-willing to assist you.   8) Warm Weather   It’s always warm in Thailand! Even during the winter months, the temperature rarely dips under 20 degrees. That’s why Thailand is the perfect destination for a beach vacation, as no one wants to wade around the sand when it’s cold or raining.   9) Great Place to Travel with Kids   Thailand is a great place to travel with kids. Take them for a refreshing swim in the sea or the swimming pools at the resorts, or try out the many other activities available for kids there, like waterparks, kid’s clubs, surfing lessons and so much more!   10) Shopper’s Heaven   You can find almost anything here for really affordable rates. Fashion, clothing, shoes, and accessories are particularly popular here. Bargain with the vendors and browse around and you’ll surprise yourself with how cheap you can find quality products for.     Click here for more ideas on your next Muslim-friendly trip     ...

  • A Muslim Traveler's Street Food Guide to Bangkok

    Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a metropolitan city that is a place of constant hustle and bustle. It is a great place to explore, and seems to have something for you no matter what your preference is. The same can be said for its food. You can find five-star high end restaurants and simple street food off a cart, both delicious in their own ways.   Some might think street food in Bangkok for Muslim travelers is not a possibility, but all you need is to do some research beforehand, find out what the names of the dishes are and where to eat Halal food in Bangkok, and you’re good to go! Here’s a starter kit of your Halal street food guide to Bangkok.   Most Common Halal Street Food Dishes in Bangkok     1) Som Tam (Papaya Salad)   A sweet and spicy dish that is made using raw green papaya. It is not only delicious but also one of the healthiest street food in Bangkok for Muslim travelers, as it is usually completely vegetarian. Sometimes it is served with some sort of meat or seafood. Soft-shell crabs are one of the best options to go for as a topping!   2) Khao Pad (Fried Rice)   Rice is one of the staples of Thailand’s cuisine, which is why you’ll find a variety of delicious rice dishes no matter where you go. From Thai-style fried rice, yellow rice, steamed rice, and even Thai-style biryani!   3) Pad Thai (Noodles)   There is a variety of noodle dishes that you can find, in varieties of chicken, beef, seafood, vegetarian, and more. The noodles used vary from egg noodles, to flour noodles, rice noodles, and even wontons.   4) Pla Pao (Barbecued Fish)   Delicious fish grilled with garlic, lime, and chili and served with a dipping sauce. The skin is usually crispy while the inside is soft, flaky, and piping hot!   5) Chicken Dishes   You can find a variety of skewered chicken dishes amongst the street food stalls, usually served with a dipping sauce. Thai Fried chicken is also a must-try Halal street food in Bangkok. It will definitely beat out KFC, hands down!   6) Soups   Soups are also quite common in Thai cuisine, and it’s no surprise that you can find them at street food stalls all around the city. As with the other dishes, you’ll have a variety of options from meats, seafood, and vegetables. Tom Yum and Thai Noodle Soup are two of the most famous varieties.   7) Mango Sticky Rice   This is a traditional Thai dessert and pudding that is made using fluffy boiled rice and sweet, juicy mangoes. It’s a classic, and everyone loves it.       Where to Find Halal Street Food in Bangkok   1) Chinatown (Yaorawat)   This is the first place any local would recommend when you enquire about street food, and rightfully so! The streets are filled with shops, people, vehicles, you name it. Lining the roads are cart after cart serving up some of the best street food in Bangkok. Not all of them serve Halal street food, though, so be careful to enquire. You can always go for the seafood and vegetarian options, which are just as good and just as mouthwatering.   2) Petchaburi Road Soi 7   Darul Aman Mosque sits at the center of this street, around which a small community of Thai Muslims have made their living. This is one of the places where you can find top Halal street food in Bangkok for Muslim travelers, with a mixed variety of traditional Thai, Arabic and Indian food.   3) Bobae Market Picture Credit -   Along Krung Kasem Road sits Mahnak Mosque. Similar to the area around Darul Aman Mosque, this is another place where you can easily find Halal street food in Bangkok.   4) Sukhumvit Soi 3   Situated near the Nana BTS station, the Sukhumvit Night Food Market is a great place to find some of the must-try street food in Bangkok. You can find just about anything here, from kebabs to award-winning pad Thais. Yum!   5) Ramkhamhaeng Street Picture Credit - The street houses a couple universities and a national stadium. You can find many Halal street food vendors here, most of them serving traditional southern-style Thai food. There are also a few other coffee shops and restaurants owned by Muslims, which you should definitely give a visit!   6) Asoke Road Picture Credit - Asoke Road is located on Sukhumvit 23, near the entrance of Srinakharinwirot University. The area is usually bustling with students gathered around a few street food stalls lining the street as well as inside the food court. This is the best place to find those finger-licking, lip-smacking Thai Fried Chicken!   7) South Charoen Krung Road   Picture Credit -   Opposite Assalafiyah Mosque, situated on South Charoen Krung Road are a few street food sellers selling a variety of sweet and savory dishes. The most popular stall here is the Hasan Roasted Duck stall, which serves 100% Halal food, mostly based on delicious roasted duck!     A Few Other Tips for Trying Street Food in Bangkok For Muslim Travelers   1) Pick the right time. Most street food vendors operate from around 6 in the evening to around 12 a.m.   2) Most local mosques are usually surrounded by Muslims, and as a result, become the best places where you can eat Halal food in Bangkok.   3) Always check with the specific vendors whether the food is Halal.   4) Make sure that even vegetarian or seafood is safe from being contaminated by non-Halal ingredients (i.e. if the stall also sells pork, it’s a good idea to avoid it entirely).   5) When ordering your food, if the option is available, always go for the “mild” choice when it comes to spiciness. Trust us, even if you love super spicy food, that’s still probably all you will be able to handle.   6) It’s a good idea to learn a few essential words and phrases in Thai, since not everyone understands English. This will help you communicate more clearly and eliminate any room for misconception. Some words and phrases worth learning are “lard”, “pork”, “alcohol”, and is “is this Halal?”       Click here for a complete Muslim-friendly guide to Bangkok     ...

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