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  • 5 Things You Can Do In Colombo, Sri Lanka

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

  • Malang, Indonesia | 3 Incredible Mosques That Are Out Of This World!

    “Verily I am Allah: there is no god but I: so serve thou Me, (only) and establish regular prayer for celebrating My praise.” (Taha, 14) As a Muslim, it is our obligatory to pray to Allah five times a day. During our travels or vacation, there is no excuse for us to leave the regular prayer. If you're looking for a heart fulfilling holiday, why not visit some mosques during your trip? The Malang city in East Java Province will be a great place to explore. Here are three incredible mosques you should never miss! Malang Jami’ Grand Mosque According to a source, the Malang Jami’ Grand Mosque was constructed since 1890. Then the second phase of construction started on 15 March 1903 and finished on 13 September 1903. Currently, the mosque is in the form of a square with a steel structure. The original building is still preserved until today. Located in the Malang town center, this modern mosque has two green towers, adding to the dashing appearance of the mosque. Within the mosque you can see the authentic architecture started from the wood ceiling to wooden pillars, creating a sacred atmosphere. Locals don't only come here for prayers but to also spend some time here leisurely. You can also play around with the water fountain, have a small picnic, or chase the doves around you. It is a safe and perfect area for you and your family. Malang Jami’ Grand Mosque is also a perfect place to take Instagrammable photos. The area surrounding the mosque is also a symbol of religious tolerance since it is near with Catholic church. Address: Jalan Merdeka Barat No. 3, Kauman, Malang City Tiban Mosque Credit: @muzamil_masrom on Instagram You will feel like in Bangkok once you see this mosque. The Tiban Mosque is famous for its Thai-inspired architecture and for its thousand doors.  Rumour has it that the mosque magically appears out of thin air! Some of the locals in the area still believe in such a rumor. However, according to Mohamad Yasik, a representative of the mosque, this building was built with the help of Islamic boarding school students.  If you're visiting this mosque, make sure to remember which door you came from and always keep your children close to you as the doors in here can get pretty confusing. In the first floor, there is an aquarium hall with exhibit variety of freshwater fish such as freshwater sharks, pomfret and wild arapaima. While, on the eighth floor, you can buy lots of souvenirs, clothing, and accessories in the shopping center. Address: Jalan Anggur, Turen, Malang Salman Al Farisi Mosque, The Taj Mahal of Malang Credit: @ady_april on Instagram Moving on to another destination in Malang, you can now imaging that you are in India when visiting the Salman Al Farisi Mosque. The architecture is almost similar to the Taj Mahal. This mosque has eight towers on each side and also three huge domes in the middle. Address: Jalan Raya Karang Ampel, Dau, Malang And there you go! The Top 3 Mosques in Malang, Indonesia, that you can't miss! Be sure to get a few snaps of the mosques and share it with us by tagging @halaltrip on your social media platforms!...

  • 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  ...

  • Discover KL In 3 Days Like A True Local With Fatin Days! Only The Best Places to Visit and Eat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur is unlike anywhere else in the world. It is a city where the three main ethnicities Malay, Chinese and Indian people proudly call home. A city where you can find mixed blood everywhere, everyone speaks more than three dialects and even make up our own slang by combining different words from other dialects together. And the local cuisine is a mouth-watering blend of all three cultures, Malaysia Truly Asia! Kuala Lumpur (KL) will completely exceed your expectations. Explore the multicultural city with different languages, cultures, religions, traditions and food mixed together and cohabitate peacefully, seamlessly and really create a diverse culture. Be fascinated by how in one place you can see plenty of mosques, you will also see South Indian Hindu Temples, Chinese temples and Catholic churches in the city that makes it one of the impressive multicultural cities on the planet. Whether you only have a few hours, or trying to explore Kuala Lumpur in 3 days, you can build an awesome itinerary and check out all the top things to do. Here’s everything you need to know for the best places to visit and eat in KL! DAY 1 In Kuala Lumpur: Start at the iconic landmark of KLCC #1 Admire Petronas Twin Towers You can’t visit KL without checking out the iconic Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC). Majestic by day and sparkling at night, Petronas Twin Towers is jaw-droppingly impressive. Soaring at a height of 451.9 meters, the 88-storey twin structure holds records such as the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remains the tallest twin towers in the world. If you are not up for reaching the top, you should at least see it from the ground. #2 See KL from Skybridge Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC) & Observation Deck at Level 86 For a perfect view of the KL city, come to the Skybridge and look from the tallest twin towers in the world. The tour will begin with interactive displays that showcase the KLCC journey, from idea to completion. Going up to 170 meters, the futuristic elevator will bring you to the Skybridge, connecting structure between the two towers. Ascend to the observation deck at level 86 in a high speed elevator. From the observation deck, the view of the city is really breathtaking. #3 Stroll the KLCC Park Located at the foot of the giant Petronas Towers, it is the place where you can relax by the lakeside pond, green lawns and admire the city’s skyline. Known as KL’s most popular park, the 50-acre (20-hectare) park is the city’s popular recreation destination for both locals and tourist. A perfect place for families as KLCC Park is child friendly with a well-equipped playground and large children’s pool which is perfect for cooling off on a hot day that will keep them busy while you relax. #4 Watch the KLCC Fountain Lake Light Show Get some selfies in front of KL’s beautiful fountains. The spectacular dancing water fountain is one of the main highlight of KLCC. Plan to visit these striking fountains at least twice to get the day time and night time view. Certainly the KLCC fountain show will be more magnificent and impressive at night when you can watch both towers are lit with lights and the water fountain in KLCC Park lights up in different colours and dances to the tones of the music. The KLCC fountain light show times are every night at 20:00, 21:00 and 21:45. Watch it as many times as you want. #5 Explore Aquaria KLCC Located within walking distance from the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, it is home to over 150 species of marine life. 3 main highlights in Aquaria KLCC are the Oceanarium, live feeding session show and the interactive area known as Touch Pool. Marvel the sea creatures swimming around in one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia! Where to Eat in KLCC & Bukit Bintang? Lunch at Madam Kwan’s in KLCC for Malaysian Cuisine  Eat Dry Fried Sang Har Egg Noodles at Grandmama’s in Pavilion for Malaysian Cuisine Dinner at Umai-Ya in KLCC for Japanese Cuisine  Dinner at Isabel Restaurant and Bar in Bukit Bintang for Malaysian Cuisine #DAY 2 In Kuala Lumpur: Uncover KL’s Monumental Buildings #6 Visit the Old Colonial Center & Merdeka Square Area It was a love at first sight when you hit the Big Ben of Malaysia. The name of the orange building is Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad, an Old Colonial Center. Right across the Malaysia’s Big Ben is the actual Merdeka Square. The famous Merdeka Square area is a charming district line with British old colonial buildings. Merdeka Square or Independence Square is an important landmark location in Kuala Lumpur. This is where the Union Jack was lowered and the Malaysian flag was raised for the first time on the 31st August 1957. From that moment, the Malaysian flag proudly flies here on one of the tallest flagpoles in the world at a height of 95 meters. #7 Visit Masjid Wilayah or Federal Mosque You don’t need to know any Muslim to visit the mosques. Non-Muslim visitors are welcome to visit the mosque with free tours from 10am to 6pm daily, except on Friday 12pm to 2.30pm. Come to Entrance B and there are volunteers excited to show you around mainly explaining about the architecture, Islamic teachings, Muslim way of life and to answer any questions you might have about the Islamic faith. The Majestic Wilayah Mosque is a blend of Turkish and Malay architectural styles, heavily influenced by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. The mosque can hold 17,000 people and the prayer room inside really beautiful. #8 Discover Thean Hou Temple This prominent temple is a huge and important Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur. A massive six-tiered Chinese temple, it is set on a hill and offers wonderful views over Kuala Lumpur. The temple is a blend of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian elements can be seen from the temple’s traditional design featuring majestic pillars, spectacular roofs, carvings and embellishments. During Chinese New Year, tourists make their way to see the temple decked with festive lanterns and lights. #9 Explore Batu Caves Batu Caves is an important religious landmark by Hindus. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and it really does feel like you are stepping into Southern India. Don’t forget your hiking shoes to climb up the 272 steps to reach the main temple. Cathedral Cave is the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves which houses numerous Hindu shrines. The enormous standing guard at the front of Batu Caves is 42.7 meters tall statue of Lord Murugan. #10 Eat Best Durian in KL Spend some time to eat durian in KL. Durian will be cheaper if you visit Kuala Lumpur during the main durian season. If you can’t do that, these are the five places for all year round durian dining experience in Kuala Lumpur. Durian King, TTDIThis place is so popular among local. It is your neighborhood durian stall. Durian SS2  You can easily spot this durian stalls thanks to the multiple white tents by the roadside. Durianity, Puchong You can find cool durian-inspired dishes such as durian pizza, cheesy durian French fries and musang king durian ice cream on their menu. DurianBB Park, Imbi Serve durian platter, it’s a safe choice for beginners to durian and a perfect place for Instagrammers! City Durian Specialist, Jalan Alor Located at strategic location within Bukit Bintang, a place to hang out for locals and tourists. Where to Eat in Petaling Jaya? Eat Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng, Ipoh Hor Fun Soup and Assam Laksa at Village Park  Lunch at Sambal Hijau TTDI for Malay Cuisine  Lunch at Crab Factory for Asian-Western Fusion Cuisine Dinner at Fatty Crab for Chinese Cuisine  Dinner at South Sea Seafood for Chinese Cuisine #DAY 3 In Kuala Lumpur: Pamper Yourself #11 Take Yoga / Pilates Class in KL Picture Credit: Hot Yo Studio Facebook Whether you are a yogi or trying yoga or Pilates for the first time, KL has one of the best yoga or Pilates class for everyone. Most of the yoga studios run by dedicated and professional have English speaking instructors. If you are shy, you can take ladies only class by Siu Lim. Currently she is an instructor at Urban Spring Pilates at Bangsar and Hot Yo Studio at Desa Sri Hartamas. #12 Relax at Massage Spa in KL If you love massage or spa as much as I do, deep tissue massage at Urban Retreat Spa is a must! Urban Retreat Spa has also been awarded 2018 Certificate of Excellence! I also had an amazing Moroccan Massage at Hammam Spa. Hammam Spa is one of the first Moroccan Spa in South East Asia! Every time I fly to Thailand, I never miss to have a massage session in Bangkok or Phuket. The good news is KL now has many selections of Thai massage places such as at HealthLand and at Thai Odyssey. #13 Get your Caffeine Fix at Coffee Shops Don’t be shocked by the amount of coffee shops in KL. Depending on where you are staying, there are some great options all over the city. I really treasure my casual coffee session in Bangsar. There’s PULP by Papa Palheta and APW Bangsar to name a few. However, it gets quite crowded during the weekends and a visit during weekdays is much more pleasant. #14 Shop at Pavilion Picture Credit: The Duck Group Facebook Finally, end your trip to do some shopping at Pavilion. I have a love hate relationship with Pavilion, particularly when the traffic gets crazy. It is walkable from KLCC or you can take a short Grab ride to get here. Go shopping at dUCk store, our popular home grown brand and choose dUCk KL Collection with KL city skyline on the scarf and on the tote bags for the perfect souvenir. Where to Eat in Bangsar? Lunch at Sri Nirwana Banana Leaf for Indian Cuisine Dinner at Pince & Pints for Asian-Western Fusion Cuisine Make sure to check out my recommended eating places and it could be your favourite eating place too! ...

  • 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!...



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