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  • 7 Beautiful & Affordable Muslim-Friendly Villas in Gili Islands, Indonesia, You Can't Miss

    Want to enjoy a perfect family gateway or a romantic short escape but can’t decide where to go? Then, look no further than Lombok, an island full of adventures and beautiful destinations located in Indonesia. One of the best things to be found in Lombok are the incredibly luxurious Muslim-friendly villas and hotels that are complete with spectacular ocean views. You could see the beautiful view of the great Lombok oceans and the magnificent sunrise right from your room’s balcony. Do not worry about the facilities, they provide A to Z amenities including prayer mats and halal food places and also a sports center for some crazy sports activities. Here are some excellent oceanfront choices we’ve researched for you! 1. Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa Credit: Puri Mas Traveling can be a solution to inhale your energy and exhale your stress especially when you're in comfortable and affordable accommodation with beautiful scenery. Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa is one of the iconic resorts in Lombok that provides you a place to enjoy the sunset from your room’s balcony. Within just a few minutes walk, you will find the Senggigi Beach, Klui Beach and other touristic areas. When you come to this resort, you will see its rich heritage stand strong through its architecture, sculpted archways, and manicured tropical gardens. Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa is located in Senggigi City which is just an hour drive from International Lombok Airport. To offer the perfect mix of romantic luxurious living and stylish, Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa provides you a cool and refreshing outdoor pool, a fitness center, a luxurious spa with a wonderful menu of treatments, free Wi-Fi, car rental services, restaurant with a halal food menu and dry cleaning. Address: Jalan Raya Pantai Mangsit, Senggigi, Batu Layar, Mataram City, West Nusa Tenggara 83355, IndonesiaContact No.: +62 370 693831Room Rates: Prices start from SGD 90 Website | Facebook | Instagram | Email 2. Desa Dunia Beda Beach Credit: Desa Dunia Beda on Facebook If you need a short gateway with your partner where you can fill your eyes, heart, and soul with amazing sights and immerse yourself in cultural activities, then check in to Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort would be the best choice! This resort opted for traditional constructions from Java named Joglo and Rumah Kampung, old teak houses renovated and their mission is to give full privacy and comfort to the guests. You will have access to a range of amenities for an enjoyable stay, such as garden and pool pavilions, saltwater swimming pool, Wifi, minibar, mini library, leisure corner with chess and backgammon, beach bar and grill corner, bike rental, traditional massage and many more. For those who really want to experience the crystal blue water, you can go scuba diving, snorkeling or fishing trips. And if you want to celebrate an anniversary or your partner's birthday or just want to have a private gateway then a romantic dinner on the beach side or garden area is a must! From its restaurant and bar, enjoy the fantastic view of the beach and the sunset in a natural environment, while digging into the delicious local cuisine and BBQ prepared by Indonesian chefs. Address: Gili Trawangan, Gili Indah, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, 83355Contact No.: +62 811-390-676Villa Rates: Prices start from SGD 109 Website | Facebook | Instagram | Email 3. Katamaran Hotel & Resort Credit: Katamaran Resort Need an unforgettable journey to rejuvenate with the balance of body and soul? Then, let’s try to spend a night or two in Katamaran Resort when you visit Lombok. It is located right on the beachfront of the exquisite Mangsit Beach in Senggigi, Lombok, Indonesia. There is a myriad of activities that you can do in Katamaran Resort. First, pamper yourself to an intimate dining experience in ocean beachfront. Indulge in a private butler service and enjoy delicious halal food such as Tagliolini Pasta sauteed with Crab and Tomato Sauce or Wrapped and Baked Seafood Cartoccio with Potato and Mushrooms. Second, if you have a family trip why don’t you arrange a surprise afternoon tea for your family? There is a great spot to enjoy high tea with the family in this resort and enjoy the delectable menu, featuring the Tuna Croissant, Sweet Roll Cake, and Macaroons. Moreover, if you are someone who enjoys diving, fishing, snorkeling, or sunbathing by the beach or just relaxing at a place to witness beauty of nature, you should visit Gili Nanggu, Gili Sudak and Gili Kedis. This resort makes it really simple for you by preparing a special package that is approximately SGD 191 (Rp1815,000) per pax. You can also get your boost of adrenaline in the Rinjani Trekking package which requires two days to conquer the mountain, the package price is around SGD 522 (Rp4961,000) for 2 pax. Address: Jalan Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, Batu Layar, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, 83355Contact No.: +62 370 6197 888Room Rates: Prices start from SGD 106 Website | Facebook | Instagram  4. Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel Credit: Kila Hotels on Facebook For those who love shopping, this hotel would be the perfect option! Killa Senggigi Beach Hotel is surrounded by shopping malls and markets. They offer plenty of facilities and service such as a fitness center, badminton area, tennis court, swimming pool, a whole menu of spa treatments and rooms that feature a view of the ocean. Here at Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel, your vacation will be a perfect experience! One that is filled with exquisite food, exciting activities, a retreat for the body and soul, and an atmosphere of tranquility and romance. Surely, the perfect ingredients for the best getaway! Address: Jalan Pantai Senggigi, Senggigi, Batu Layar, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, 83355Contact No.: +62 370 693210Prices: Prices start from SGD 59 Website | Facebook | Instagram | Email 5. SunsetHouse-Lombok Spend your night in this boutique hotel to catch the mountain and sea view! Just 5 minutes away from the Senggigi Beach, in front of Batu Bolong Beach and just 10 minutes walk from Senggigi Centre or 1 hour 15 minutes drive from Selaparang Airport. This hotel provides free tickets to a traditional dance that performs every Wednesday and Saturday after sunset, so you can enjoy the local experience! In the afternoon, take your time and relax in its large outdoor pool and take some time off and lounge by the pool. Then, enjoy a stroll in the hotel’s tropical garden. Surrounded by a fish pond, dine at the hotel's restaurant, serving you an international menu with Italian and Asian specialties. Address: Jalan Raya Senggigi No.66, Batu Layar, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, 83355Contact No.: +62 370 692020Room Rates: Prices start from SGD 55 Website | Facebook | Instagram | Email 6. Qunci Villas Credit: Qunci Villas Qunci Villas will make your visit to Lombok truly memorable with providing excellent accommodation and personal service. Its rooms are all located on the beautifully landscaped beachfront property and boast either ocean, partial ocean or garden views. If you just want to pleasure yourself, it has a swimming pool to make you chill out. The chic and sophisticated decoration of this hotel provides a mix of modern architecture and traditional decoration. Forget your job for a while, take a deep breath and enjoy the beautiful green mountain and palm treed, and the Lombok sea views. It has also spa treatments, bar and lounge, library and foreign exchange services. Address: Jalan Raya Mangsit, Senggigi, Mangsit, Batu Layar, West Lombok, West Nusa TenggaraContact No.: +62 (0) 370 693 800Villa Rates: Prices start from SGD 113 Website | Facebook | Email 7. Jeeva Santai Villas Credit: Jeeva Santai Villas This villa is known as the “Peaceful Spirit’ homestay offering an intimate and luxurious selection of 14 villas and suites that will surely have you relaxed in no time. It is also known as a peaceful oasis due to its simple and elegant concept, channeling a calming and blissful atmosphere. This villa offers plenty of facilities, such as a private pool, restaurant, library, and free transport to all the amenities at Jeeva Klui, located only 2 kilometers away. Want to enjoy some of the best sunsets in the world? Don't you worry! You can enjoy it from the Sunset Terrace at Pearl’s! Surrounded by Mangsit Beach, the coast of Lombok, and further across the Indian Ocean to the islands of Bali, the Sunset Terrace at Pearl’s is a popular spot for guests. Address: Jalan Raya Senggigi, Batu Layar, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, 83355Contact No.: +62 (0)  370 619 7123Villa Rates: Prices start from SGD 140  Website | Facebook | Instagram | Email We’ve done all the recommending the best Muslim-friendly with beautiful views, so all you need to worry about is booking your flight, preparing your pre-vacation glow and jet-setting off for a short escape of a lifetime!...

  • Make Your Planning Simpler With Our Exciting 2-Day Itinerary To Mount Bromo!

    If you are planning a short escape to Indonesia but still confused about which attraction to visit, you should really consider Mount Bromo. Standing at 2,329 meters high, Mount Bromo is one of Indonesia's most popular hiking spot among both tourists and locals thanks to its peaceful atmosphere and scenic views. Are you curious about how to get to Mount Bromo? Thinking about how to find halal food around the area? Planning your hikes? No worries, we got you covered. Here are the costs, routes, and a ton of other helpful information you need to know for an epic 2-day trip to Mount Bromo! Breath-Taking Scenery From Geurutee Valley In Aceh, Indonesia How To Get There You may choose to fly through Surabaya or Malang. Here are the options! Option 1: Fly to Surabaya Take Jetstar, Scoot, Lion Air, AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Silk Air or Singapore Airlines from Singapore Changi Airport to Surabaya (Juanda International Airport). The journey would take approximately 2 hours 20 minutes. Option 2: Fly to Malang via Jakarta The cheapest way to get from Jakarta to Mount Bromo costs only around SGD 35 by train. If you want to take flight, take Lion Air or Garuda Indonesia for a connecting flight from Singapore Changi Airport to Malang (Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport) via Jakarta. The flight time would be around 6 hours. Must-pack Items There are a few items you have to keep in mind before before heading to Mount Bromo? Here are the must-pack items for your adventurous trip: 1. Warm clothes 2. Backpack! Don’t forget to include water bottles and snacks in it. 3. Mask is one of the most important things you must bring because it will be very dusty and difficult to breathe due to the sulfur fumes on Mount Bromo. 4. Comfortable sport shoes 5. Lip balm and moisturizer 6. Sunblock 7. Umbrella or raincoat 8. Don’t forget to bring toilet paper for your own personal use Day 1 1. Arrival at Surabaya or Malang Wohooo! You have finally landed, welcome to the land of cool fresh air and misty skies! Just a few minutes ride from here will take you to the mountains but there are still a couple of things we would recommend you do first. Today will be a relaxing day where you can restore your energy after an exhausting flight by indulging in some healthy food in a homey restaurant and appreciate the fresh air and stunning views. 2. Check-in at your stay If you need recommendations for a great resort near Bromo that has a nice view, Plataran Bromo and Jiwa Jawa Bromo are the perfect options. You can enjoy the city's scenery from far away through the windows of your room. When you need a moment to just chill, you can sip a glass of mango smoothie by the poolside, while enjoying sublime views of the rural beauty around agricultural plantations woven in the surrounding hills. Jiwa Jawa Bromo Picture: JiwaJawa Address: Jl. Raya Bromo, Wonotoro, Sukapura, Probolinggo, East Java 67254Contact: (0335) 541193Website: JiwaJawa Plataran Bromo Picture: Plataran Address: Tosari, Wonopolo, Ngadiwono, Tosari, Pasuruan, Jawa Timur 67177Contact: 0812-1666-9292Website: Plataran 3. Dine at Simpang Luwe What can be better to get you refreshed than starting your holiday with Malang's delicious traditional HALAL food. Our recommendation would be to dine at Simpang Luwe. The special item on the menu that you should try is Rawon Bonceng, a traditional black soup from East Java. The cost of going out to eat for lunch here may vary. Here at Simpang Luwe, you can get a Rawon Bonceng with Ice Lemon Tea for just SGD7. Address: Jl. Letjen Sutoyo No.2, Rampal Celaket, Klojen, Malang City, East Java 65111Contact: (0341) 494333Operating hours: 11AM-2AM (Daily) 4. Explore Coban Rais After a fulfilling lunch, let's start to explore one of the best places to visit in East Java. This place would be perfect for those planning to take a lot of photos. Coban Rais offers attractions, a waterfall and sight-seeing spots. Coban Rais is always crowded especially during weekends. You will need a motorcycle or a taxi to get there. With the entrance fee priced at only Rp10.000 (approximately SGD 1), it is actually quite affordable to visit the Waterfall. However, entering the Batu Flower Garden would cost you Rp25.000 (SGD 2.26). Do note that there are some exotic spots that would require you to pay for an extra ticket. Address: Dusun Dresel, Desa Oro-Oro Ombo, Batu, Malang City, East JavaOperating hours: 7.30AM - 4PM 5. Capturing Bromo Milky Way Spot at King Kong Hill Night time is the best time to shoot at Mount Bromo as the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye. Do you wish to take a beautiful shot of the marvelous Milky Way? Then you might want to get here early because it gets really crowded. To get here, it takes 2 hours to walk from town and around 30 minutes if you travel on a jeep. In the evening, the clouds would rise and cause the area to be very misty. The temperature can drop below 0 degrees Celsius so do come prepared with a thick outfit. Address: Area Pegunungan, Wonokitri, Tosari, Pasuruan, East Java 67177 Day 2 1. Catching sunrise at Mount Pananjakan After capturing the Milky Way, you can take a 30-minute ride on a travel jeep to Mount Penanjakan. You would then need for about 10-15 minutes from the parking lot to the top of Mount Penanjakan. Since the sun will usually arise at approximately 5.30AM, you must arrive at the viewing point around 3AM. From the top of Mount Penanjakan, you will see a panoramic bird-eye view of the sunrise along Mount Bromo. Address: Area Pegunungan, Wonokitri, Tosari, Pasuruan, East Java 2. Explore Mount Bromo After sunrise, you can take the jeep again and to the desert of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park which will only take around 10 minutes. When you are going up to the crater, you can choose to ride a horse or walk from where the jeep is parked. Most travelers would prefer riding at the back of a mighty horse because it feels like riding in the middle of a desert in Middle East. The price starts from Rp 50,000 (SGD 4,54) depending on the distance. However, you have to climb up 243 stairs to the crater. You can take some pictures when you arrive but be very careful with your steps. Address: Area Gn.Bromo, Podokoyo, Tosari, Pasuruan, East Java 3. Take amazing shots at the Whispering Sand Whispering Sand is located east of the crater of Mount Bromo. People call it "whispering sand" because the grains of sand will sound like a whisper when the wind is blowing hard. Don’t forget to set up your tripod and take a few pictures around here. It's a perfect spot to take some amazing photos for your next instagram post. Address: Pasir Berbisik, Kawasan Gunung Bromo Tosari, Pasuruan, East Java 4. Visit the Savannah and Teletubbies Hill You don’t want to miss exploring the Savannah and Teletubbies Hill. It is a grassy savanna region of the tropics located 1.5km north of the crater. The best view is during the rainy season, where the grass starts greening and flowering. During this peak season, the color combination of green, purple and yellow will make this place look like a shooting location for a romantic movie. The savanna grass will slowly dry up as the dry season comes. Address: Sariwani, Sukapura, Krajan, Ngadirejo, Sukapura, Probolinggo, East Java 67254 At the end of your Bromo vacation, don’t forget to buy some souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Book your trip now to have an experience of a lifetime of Mount Bromo! Read more about Indonesia...

  • Your Ultimate Guide To The Asian Games 2018 In Jakarta & Palembang

    Good news for all sports enthusiasts out there! Not only do we have The World Cup in Russia this year but we also have the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia, which will be hosted in Jakarta and Palembang. The 18th Asian Games will feature hundreds of events in 37 sports, consisting of 28 Olympic sports, four Asian sports, and five additional sports from the host country. 45 countries will participate in the Asian Games 2018 this year.  Time to know more about this event! Let’s check it out in this ultimate guide to the Asian Games 2018, which will cover all things you should know about Jakarta-Palembang 18th Asian Games 2018 that will be held from 18th August to 2nd September 2018. Various preparations to assist you To support the 2018 Asian Games, Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Stadium in Jakarta claims to have complied with FIFA World Cup's five-star standard, supported by new facilities, including single seats in the color of the Indonesian flag. GBK now also features CCTV with the ability to detect faces, while the grass on the pitch has been changed to “zoysia matrella”, according to FIFA standard. Picture Credit: Asian Games 2018 Facebook At the same time, Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang has been renovating the integrated sports facility complex at several venues, including for rowing, shooting and beach volleyball. Jakabaring Sports City will also facilitate the mobility of athletes from the athlete’s village and surrounding hotels to the venues, which are all in the same area. Picture Credit: Asian Games 2018 Facebook The Logo for the 18th Asian Games is a colorful circle taken from the shape of the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, and named the Energy of Asia, depicting the strengthening spirit of the Games, participated by multicultural nations shining for the world to see. The 18th Asian Games also introduces three mascots that represent Strategy, Speed, and Strength. Each mascot wears special attire inspired by the traditional textiles from Papua, Jakarta, and Palembang What makes Asian Games 2018 special? Picture Credit: Asian Games 2018 Facebook If you are wondering what is different about the games this year, and what is so special about it, here are the facts that you should know about the 2018 Asian Games : The Asian Games is the largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.  What makes Asian Games 2018 different is some sports such as pencak silat, wushu, jujutsu, paragliding, and jet-ski as well as e-sports will be presented at 2018 Asian Games for the very first time. Indonesia will welcome around 15,000 athletes and distinguished delegates from 45 OCA member nations to host the largest number in Asian Games history. Indonesia as the host country only has 4 short years to build, upgrade and modernize all the venues and infrastructures necessary for the game, and not just in one city. Asian Games 2018 will be the only one in the history of Asian games to be played entirely south of the equator. There already has been some rapid infrastructure development in both cities, such as the construction of the Palembang Light Rail Transit (LRT), the velodrome and a certified equestrian center. What can travelers experience in the city during the Asian Games 2018 period? The government of Indonesia is hoping that Asian Games 2018 will help bring a record high number of foreign tourists to the capital this year. Don’t worry about traveling around this country, because Asian Games 2018 have English speaking staff and volunteer to guide foreign travelers. If you want to discover the natural beauty of Indonesia after watching Asian Games 2018, you can find many spots in this country. From green natural tapestry to amazing waterfalls, from rural villages to vibrant city life with its vivid culture and delectable cuisines, all these will be presented to round up your unforgettable journey. There are also festivals to enjoy while visiting this wonderful region. Jakarta as sprawling exciting city is the hyper-center of Indonesia and absolutely worth taking time to explore! If you’re game for a bit of city fun in Jakarta, you can visit some popular places such as The National Monument, Ancol Beach, Istiqlal Mosque as the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, Jakarta Cathedral, Pulau Seribu and many more! The Punti Kayu Forest Park Picture Credit: Wonderful Indonesia Palembang also has many tourist attractions to offer. There are some spots were part of Palembang's highlighted tourist destinations prepared to welcome the 2018 Asian Games in August, such as Tepian Sekanak Bersolek and Kampung Mural Gudang Bonjiet. Also, you should not miss attraction sites in Palembang like Ampera Bridge that has been an iconic site of Palembang, Musi River the Sumatra’s longest river which has floating restaurants or The Punti Kayu Forest Park as the largest downtown pine forest park in Indonesia. So, are you ready to be part of history? Support your national team to compete in the 2018 Asian Games which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang this August 2018!...

  • Still Hesitant To Travel To Indonesia? Here's 10 Reasons Why You Should Just Go For It!

    Indonesia is a unique country with its beautiful panorama and culture. We can all agree that Indonesia is an interesting and extraordinary trip. There are so many reasons why Indonesia should be your next holiday destination - here are 10 of them! 1. Indonesia has more than 300 ethnic groups and 583 languages Why does everyone keep talking about wonderful Indonesia? One of the reasons is this country has more than 300 ethnic groups and cultures, with dozens of languages, different social and cultural backgrounds influences make up the unique society of Indonesia. Also, their dialects are spoken across the country. Sports are popular in Indonesia, especially soccer, badminton and pencak silat (a traditional form of martial arts). Want to build and fly kites? This is the place to do it! 2. The largest mosque in Southeast Asia Picture Credit: Vits.com Do you want to visit the largest mosque in Southeast Asia? Let’s visit Istiqlal, the national mosque of Indonesia in the capital city, Jakarta. Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Barack Obama, and King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other public figures have admired this mosque because its location emphasizes Indonesia's tolerant philosophy and way of life among diverse religions and also the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. 3. Beautiful panorama with more than 17,000 islands Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, whose inhabitants from hundreds of unique cultural and linguistic communities. Bali, Komodo, and Gili islands are some of the most famous ones, but the fact is that Indonesia is almost entirely made up of islands of various sizes. Each island has its own charm and experience to offer. This is the other reason why you should visit Indonesia. 4.The largest gold mine and the third largest copper mine in the world Picture Credit: Seeking Alpha Looking for gold? You may be excited to know that Indonesia is also home to the world’s largest Goldmine, The Grasberg Mine. It’s also known as the world’s third-largest copper mine with a workforce of 19,000 to 20,000 people operate. It located near Puncak Jaya, Papua. 5. The most amazing places for mountain trekking Indonesia is one of the world’s most amazing places for trekking and mountain observation because this country dotted with mountains and volcanoes covered by tropical rainforest. Especially for tropical mountain trekking and volcano observation or research. You must know that this country has numerous mountains and some 400 volcanoes, of which approximately 127 are active with Ring of Fire runs through Sumatra, Java, the Lesser Sunda Islands and then up to the Moluccas. 6. The most vibrant and diversified cuisines in the world Each destination in Indonesia promises an experience filled with culinary delights with beautiful memories. Indonesia’s culinary is also one of the most vibrant and diversified cuisines in the world. From street food to high-end restaurants, each menu brings to you a certain delightful taste that will not only excite the taste buds but also convey certain stories within a certain culture. You should try to eat traditional food varies such as the extra spicy and savory Padang cuisine and the healthy gado-gado vegetable salad. 7. Indonesia Weather When is the best time to visit Indonesia? It really depends on your travel plans and weather. For your information, Indonesia weather can be split into two seasons, wet and dry, with warm tropical temperatures. In most regions, the dry season spans from May to September, with the rains falling between October and April. So, the best time to visit Indonesia is between May and September when the days are dry and sunny. 8. Luxurious relaxation retreats Picture Credit: Viceroy Bali Facebook Want to combine fun in the sun with treatments on the beach, then distress abroad with luxurious relaxation retreats? Do not worry, Indonesia has the world’s finest luxury spa. If you’re looking for that, you can find it in Java, Bintan, Puncak Bogor, Bandung and yes, Bali that makes it to the best luxurious relaxation retreats in Indonesia! 9. Friendly and hospitable locals Wherever you’re traveling, it’s the people you meet who make your trip special. It’s true that locals can make or break your trip. Because they'll make you smile, make you curse, and or make you do almost everything in between. And when you go to Indonesia, you'll meet some of the most amazing people in the world. What better way to explore and discover a country other than through its very own people? 10. Exciting wildlife If you want to enjoy an exciting safari and catch a good look of the king of the jungle or friendly monkeys, do not hesitate to get a trip to Indonesia. The best places to visit in Indonesia to explore wildlife is Gunung Palung National Park & Betung Kerihun National Park in Kalimantan and Tangkoko National Park in Sulawesi. Want to book a vacation to enjoy the best things to do in Indonesia? If you need travel guide or make planning your trip simple and affordable, Travel package to Indonesia can be a solution a. So, let’s find the perfect vacation package for Indonesia and book your Indonesia vacation today!...

  • What Every Parent Should Know When Training Their Children To Fast This Ramadan

    Ramadan is an event of great importance to the world's Muslim community, involving a change in the daily routine of a Muslim. The act of fasting is an expression of their deep belief in God. Muslims look forward to Ramadan as an opportunity to develop their inner strength and their spiritual selves. While fasting during Ramadan can be seen as one of the exciting periods in the Islamic calendar, children may view fasting as a chore.   First of all, let's admit it: fasting is not easy. When it comes to training our children to fast during the month of Ramadan, we cannot simply advise them to have patience. As a parent, you'll definitely hear this all day: Ugh, I’m thirsty! When is the iftar time? I can't take it! I think I'm about to faint! It’s true that fasting for the first time is not easy. However, we always have to make sure that our children continue to challenge themselves to overcome the hunger. We have gathered 5 Essential Steps to get your child started to fast during Ramadan. Step 1: Part-Time VS Full-Time As a stepping stone, we can encourage them to fast from Suhoor to noon. This can be considered fasting part-time. This is to familiarise themselves with fasting. After a few days, they can start fasting full-time just like everybody else. This way, children are able to gradually get used to fasting rather than to jump straight to fasting from Subh to Maghrib. Step 2: Stories of Islam It is important that during the month of Ramadan we constantly remind them why we fast. Parents could read them stories of our prophets to expose them to the history of Islam. This could also be one way to inspire them to continue fasting throughout the month of Ramadan. We should also explain to them that fasting is one of the ways for Muslims to remind themselves of the lives of others that live in poverty and hunger. That way, they are able to appreciate the things around them. Step 3: Praying Together Try to pray together and get them to lead if they can. This will make them feel special. This gives them a strong understanding of the importance of the 5 daily prayers. Take your children to the mosques for prayers if you can, especially during weekends for Tarawih as it builds a sense of community and togetherness. Praying on time will help them take their minds off the hunger for a little while! At the same time, keep them occupied with activities and naps to make sure that they are well rested and are always engaged. Step 4: Celebrate! To continue encouraging them to fast, parents could prepare a special menu for them during Iftar. This automatically assures them to look forward to Iftar. These Iftar treats can be sweet, savory or even fun desserts that could excite them to fast for the day. Another way to encourage them to fast is to also get them excited for Eid! Get them involved in decorating the house and making Eid snacks for guests to keep them active. Step 5: Giving and Receiving One way to make Ramadan extra interesting is by encouraging them to donate every day. You could set up a coin bank for them to save throughout the month of Ramadan. They could start with collecting coins every day and use the amount collected to buy snacks for the orphans by the end of Ramadan. This allows them to know what it feels like to donate to the less fortunate. At the same time, you could also explain how Allah rewards us much more in Ramadan by doing good deeds. Ramadan is an opportunity for us to train our children patience. Of course, Ramadan is a very challenging period for parents too. May God bless our family with patience and perseverance this Ramadan and grant us strong Iman and knowledge that can lead them through this life and the hereafter successfully....

  • Top 7 Things to Do in Paris With Your Significant Other

    Paris. One of Europe's most enigmatic and romantic country. There's a lot to love in Paris! Whether you are planning a romantic weekend getaway or looking for Paris honeymoon ideas, here’s our pick at the most romantic things to do in Paris as a couple to ensure you have the perfect date! Check out these 7 romantic things to do in Paris and enjoy your time in this beautiful city with your significant other! Find Halal Restaurants in Paris Find Mosques and Prayer Places in Paris   1. Climbing the Eiffel Tower Looking for special things to do in Paris? Challenge yourselves and climb the Eiffel Tower with your Partner In Crime! Climb the stairs to Floor 1 and 2 and embrace the beauty of the Eiffel Tower. While many would opt for the elevator that will take you straight to the second floor, you should try giving a pit stop at Floor 1 where you'll find the newly redesigned immersion gallery and the vertigo-inducing see-through floor. Then, continue your climb to the second floor for some pastries and ice creams. Don’t miss the panoramic view from the second floor. The admission fee to the second floor by stairs is 10€ but if you want to continue to the third floor (by lift), that would cost you 19€. Do keep a look out for their opening hours and other ticket prices on their website. Else, you can appreciate a calmer atmosphere as well as the incredible illuminations at night. Especially if you visit Eiffel Tower after sunset, you will see the view romantic paris at night, this tower sparkles with thousands of lights and is open till midnight!   2. The Louvre Museum One of the romantic things to do in Paris during the winter season is visiting the museum. Other than its stunning architecture, the museums often does not have  queues and sometimes even no fees during winter. Lourve is not only one of the best art museums in the world, but also one of the biggest. There are 35,000 exhibits on display out of a collection of 380,000 in the Louvre Museum. While seeing it all in one visit is simply not an option, simply prepare a list of exhibitions that would interest the both of you. The Winged Victory Samothrace Statue, the Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss Statue or even Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa Painting could be some of the exhibits that both of you could enjoy. Take this time to know each others' interest on art.   3. Admire Sunset at the Top of Arc De Triomphe Don’t miss another symbol of the travel French power, the Arc de Triomphe. It was ordered by Napoleon Bonaparte to commemorate the victory of the Battle of Austerlitz in 1806. Arc de Triomphe also overlooks Paris, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in particular, known to be the most beautiful avenue in the whole world for an unforgettable adventure in this French city. Gathering the best French and international brands, the Champs-Elysées is also great for shopping! Address : Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France   4. Cross The Bridges of The Seine Planning romantic activities to do in Paris while on a budget? If you are just looking to take a few relaxing days out wandering the streets and finding a great way to save money, The Seine would be a great place for you.  Also, this bridge over the River Seine has always played an important role keeping the heart of this capital city running smoothly. Also, if you're looking for a Halal restaurant in the area, pop by Restaurant Sahil for a Pakistani-Indian cuisine at the Gare de I’Est. the Restaurant Sahil has all sorts of curries, masalas, briyanis, tandooris, and more. When it comes to Prayer Places in Paris, there are more than 70 mosques and prayer places all over the city of Paris. Such as The Grand Masjid of Paris at Place Puit de l’Ermite in the 5th arrondissement. Address : 104-106 Rue du Faubourg Saint Denis 75010 ParisContact Number: +33 142478453Opening Hours: 12PM to 11PM (Everyday)Price: Starting from 6€Website :  sahil.unblog.fr Grand Masjid of Paris Address : 2bis Place du Puits de l'Ermite, 75005 Paris, France   5. Enjoy a Captivating Cabaret in Au Lapin Agile Picture Credit: www.flickr.com, Paris Montmartre Watching a Cabaret show is a must when you visit Paris. The history of cabarets in Paris goes back well over 100 years and they remain a favorite among tourists and locals. It is also complete with live orchestra and lively dancers, a perfect end to a day in Paris. If you want to prefer a smaller place wth more intimate venue, try Au Lapin Agile in the beautiful and bohemian Montmartre district.    6. Getting Lost in The Historic Gardens of Paris, Tuileries Garden There are so many hidden romantic places in Paris. If you want to spend quality time with your spouse and just want to relax, give the Tuileries Garden a visit! This garden was one of the direct witnesses of the history in France. During the uprising of 1789, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette took refuge in the palace after the revolutionaries had taken them back to the palace of Versailles. Go on an adventure in the beautiful Tuileries Garden, where you’ll encounter deep green lawns, regal statues and a rainbow of color with your significant other. The tour then takes you to the gardens of the Palais Royal, featuring fountains, flowerbeds and tree-lined pathways that seem tailor-made for an enchanted stroll in the garden.  Address : 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France   7. Taking Time Out For Hot Chocolate ala Paris Other romantic things to do in Paris is taking time out for hot chocolate. Dress up in your best outfits and hit the town like a local and sip your hot chocolate at Paris legendary cafés and tea salos. Enjoy the luxuriously chocolate drink as you nibble on a selection of delectable pastries. The elegant setting of the cafes are the perfect place to unwind and catch up with one another after a day of sightseeing. Get up and go on an adventure with you loved one to this beautiful and stunning city and make this trip to Paris one of the memories you will always want to look back! Go on a HalalTrip with us!...

  • Find Mosques and Prayer Places in Tokyo

    Been dreaming of travelling to Japan? This country is one of the hottest travel destinations lately, and for good reasons. Perhaps some people might think that adventures to Japan on their own might be difficult with regard to language, food, directions, or getting confused about how to find mosques and prayer places nearby. In fact, it’s not so difficult to navigate anymore, with access to the internet and Japan Map. Never doubt how to find mosques and prayer places near you in Tokyo, because they can be found easily. Also, you can visit the largest Mosque in Japan and take some pictures. So, I'm going to list a couple of Mosques and Prayer Rooms in Tokyo and Japan. Check these out! Find a Halal Restaurant in Japan Find a Halal Hotel in Japan via GIPHY Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center Picture Credit - instagram.com/tokyocamii/ What comes to your mind when you think of Mosques in Tokyo, Japan, with Turkish architecture? Would you believe that there's a Tokyo Mosque known as Tokyo Camii or Tokyo Jama Masjid, located in the Oyama-cho district of Shibuya ward in Tokyo with an adjoining Turkish Culture Center made by Turks? Yes, this mosque's ornamentation was based on Ottoman religious architecture, and it was completed in 2000. It’s 734 square meters in area, with the main dome being 23 metres tall, supported by six pillars. This mosque is Tokyo's largest mosque, and also the biggest in all of Japan. So, how do you get to Tokyo Camii? It's located just a few stops away from the bustling Shinjuku Station. So, if you're searching for a Mosque in Shinjuku, the best answer is Tokyo Camii. Just alight at Yoyogi-Uehera, walk for about 5 minutes and you’ll see the marble Turkish architecture slowly starting to emerge. Address: 1-19 Oyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0065, JAPANTel : 03 5790 0760Opening hours: 10:00 to 18:00 everyday including Sundays and Holidays Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube Don’t forget to find halal food near Camii Tokyo, here’s a Halal restaurants that you can try: Maharaja Biryani Halal Restaurant Address: 4 Chome-33-11 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031, JapanOpening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11 AM - 3 PM and 5 PM - 11 PMContact: +81 3-3468-4540Website: https://www.halalgourmet.jp/restaurant/399062   Otsuka Masjid Toshima Picture Credit - Abasaa あばさー, commons.wikimedia.org Have you heard about Otsuka Masjid Toshima? Otsuka Masjid Toshima is the most famously unique mosque in Japan. It's located in the center of Tokyo and just one stop away from Ikebukuro Station. The unique side of this Mosque is that it actively serves as the centre for Muslim activities such as seminars, Islamic lectures and Arabic language classes. You can go there with your family to encourage them to go to the mosque, because Islam wants Muslims to get together in a congregation, get to know one another better and build up rapport. Location: 3-42-7, Minami Otsuka, Toshima-ku, TokyoContact: 03-3971-5631Website: http://www.islam.or.jp/en/masjid/ Facebook   Asakusa Mosque (Darul Arqam Mosque) Picture credit - Nesnad, commons.wikimedia.org If you're in Asakusa and you want to pray, there’s Asakusa Mosque, also known as Darul Arqam Mosque in there. It located 13 minutes away from Senso-ji temple or 20 minutes walk from Tokyo Skytree. Asakusa Mosque is also near from Asakusa Station on The Ginza Line and Minami Senju Station on JR Loban Line and Hibiya Line. Most tourists looking to pray in Asakusa will visit this Mosque. Location: 1-9-12 Higashi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoOpening hours: Everyday 10.00am - 5.00pm (except Tuesday and Saturday) / Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pmContact: 03-3871-6061 or 090-7256-3528Website: http://masjid-asakusa.ucoz.com/index/0-5   Ohana Chaya Mosque (Makki Masjid) Picture Credit - facebook.com/makkimasjidtokyo If you haven't visited Ohanajaya Area, let’s visit Ohanajaya Park, then! What’s Ohanajaya like? You can see so many residents here and parks, and it's highly accessible to the rest of the city with plenty of shopping locations. FYI, “Ohanajaya” or “Ohana Chaya’ means “flower tea house”. It's just 15 minutes away from Nippori Station, or 20 minutes from Ueno. In Ohana, you can find Ohana Chaya Masjid, also known as Makki Masjid, a 7-minute walk from Ohanajaya Station. Location: 5-22-11, Yotsugi, Katsushika-ku, TokyoContact: 03-5670-7426 Facebook   As-Salaam Mosque, Okachimachi Picture Credit - assalaamfoundation.org Do you like visiting museums? There are some museums in Okachimachi, such as Shitamachi Museum and Quark Museum. The Okachimachi Mosque is located in Taito, and this makes it easier for visiting during your travel in Tokyo, just 7 minutes away from the Okachimachi Station on the Yamanote Line. Location: 1F Assalaam Building, 4-6-7, Taito, Taito-ku, TokyoContact: 050-3644-1045 / 090-3332-3639   Shibuya Prayer Room: Noa Dogenzaka Picture Credit - Herriy Cayhadi, maps.google.com With so many awesome things to do in Shibuya beyond the famed pedestrian scramble that makes tourists excited. Shibuya is also a good place for backpackers who want an introduction to Tokyo’s more energetic or spiritual side. How to get to Shibuya Prayer Room? Just leave Shibuya Station by the Hachiko exit then, cross the crossroad in the direction of 109 stores so you can find Noa Dogenzaka or Shibuya Prayer Room. Address: 2 Chome 15-1 Dougenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043 JapanTelephone: +81 (0)3-6712-7066Website: http://www.shibuyamosque.com/ Twitter   Prayer Room Harajuku: JR East Photo credit - JR East, halalmedia.jp As the centre of Japanese youth culture, the unique fashion boutiques in Harajuku takes centre stage, filled with shopping & dining options. This area also encompasses many backsteets such as Takeshita Street and Cat Street spreading from Sendagaya. If you want to find Prayer Room Harajuku or Prayer Room Tokyo Station then JR east Prayer Room is best choice. This prayer room was opened in June 2017, and is the first such room at a JR East railway station, though there are some available at airports and hotels in the Kanto region. Sounds great, huh? Address: 1 Chome-9 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan   Prayer Room Akihabara: Laox Akihabara Picture Credit - halalmedia.jp What do you often do during a trip? When you visit Akihabara, let’s try shopping! Yup, shopping is the crucial thing to do when you visit the most lively district of Tokyo. One of the Stores that you should visit is Laox. Now, because of the increasing number of Muslim visitors, Laox has opened a good prayer room. It's on the 7th Floor, 1-2-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo and near Akihabara Station. Address: 1-2-9 7F Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, TokyoTel: +81 3-3253-7111Website: http://www.laox.co.jp/en/stores/akihabara/ So, do not worry because these are only some of the beautiful mosques and prayer rooms in Japan. Some Japanese airports are now labeled as Muslim-friendly and have prayer rooms, including Narita Airport. To get more information about destinations, travelling tips and Halal Travel, check Halal Trip and have a wonderful trip! via GIPHY Find things to do in Japan Go on a Halal Trip to Japan with us!...

  • A Muslim's Travel Guide to Wakatobi Islands, Indonesia

    Looking for an escape? Feel bummed out and burned out? After a prolonged period of stress or a broken heart, maybe you should relieve yourself by having something to look forward to: a few hours to explore the world. So, if you're dreaming of travelling to paradise to get an escape, here's a solution: book a trip to Wakatobi.  If you're thinking, "but is Wakatobi Muslim-friendly?" Don’t worry, Halal Trip is here to help you find what you need! More islands to explore More honeymoon ideas   Clear Your Mind at Kampung Bajo Mantigola Picture Credit - travel.detik.com If you are a culture and nature lover, then you should visit Kampung Bajo Mantigola. Ideal for relaxing, this place will help you get to know yourself better, to listen to yourself and to find yourself. Here, you can watch the beautiful sunset as the tide goes down, and this results in an amazing, postcard-like scenery. The locals are friendly, the food is good, and there’s an endless list of places to go to. Before you book a trip to Wakatobi, you should get a Wakatobi Map and learn about the accomodations, so you won’t get confused.  More beach experiences More nature experiences If you aren't planning to spend the night in Kampung Bajo, there are resorts and hotels nearby. Check out these Hotels in Wakatobi! Sahid Patuna Hotels & Resorts Picture credit - www.sahidhotels.com Address: Jl. Ir. Soekarno No.1, Wangi-wangi, Wakatobi Islands, 93791 Wanci, IndonesiaContact: +628114002221Website: http://www.sahidhotels.com/patuno-resort-wakatobiEmail: info@wakatobipatunoresort.co.idPrice: Rp.600.000,- (Based on average rates for a standard room) Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Hoga Homestay Picture Credit - hoga-kaledupa.com Address: Hoga Island, Kaledupa, Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, 93791Website: https://hoga-kaledupa.com/kaledupa-island-homestay/Price: Rp.660.000,- (Based on average rates for a standard room)Contact: +62 811 4003 473   Snorkeling and Diving to lift your spirits Picture credit - www.wakatobi.com What helps lift your spirits when you're feeling down? Shopping, singing? Why not try new experiences like snorkeling and diving - solo - in Wakatobi. Sounds great, right? Wakatobi is an ideal place for snorkellers and scuba divers. Can you imagine, Wakatobi's House Reef is a beautiful snorkelling spot offering views of myriad marine creatures, and many dive sites have exquisite shallows on the coral tops. Snorkeling and diving can have a calming effect, reminding us to slow down, take deep breaths and soak up the glory of the present. Furthermore, along with with the stunning sunsets, wonderful beaches and incredible cuisine, Wakatobi can be an ideal romantic holiday destination, too. Wakatobi Dive Resort Address: Lamanggau, Tomia, Wakatobi Regency, South East Sulawesi, IndonesiaContact: +62 361 759669Opening hours (Office): 6am to 12amPrice Range: USD $110 - 225 Facebook | Tumblr | YouTube If you feel hungry after snorkeling, here's where you can find some Halal Food near you: WarKop Sombu Dive Picture credit - dilokasi.com Address: Jl. Poros Sombu | Sombu Dive Plaza, Southeast Sulawesi, IndonesiaContact: +62 821-9324-1116Price: Rp.20.000-Rp.100.000 (Based on menu)   Wasabinua Resto Picture Credit - facebook.com/wasabinuahotelresort Address: Jl. Poros Sombu Bandara No.5 Desa Wangi-Wangi, Wakatobi District, Southeast Sulawesi 93791Contact: (021) 8972618Website: Open: 24 hoursPrice: Rp.150.000 - Rp.200.000 Facebook Kopi Paste Coffeeshop Picture Credit - instagram.com/kopipaste_corner Address: Jl. Ahmad Yani, Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, IndonesiaContact: +62 821-9077-9533Open: 24 hoursPrice: Rp.25.000-Rp.200.000 Facebook | Instagram Kayak, Sail and Kite Surf Picture credit - wakatobi.com Want to get more experiences when travelling alone? You should try Kayaking, Sailing, and Kite Surfing. All the activity equipment can be rented. Don’t be shy, just ask the locals about the water activities and enjoy every second of your Wakatobi travels. You can also try these activities for family holidays, it'd be fun! Many of Wakatobi's visitors often realise that Wakatobi has landscapes that you’ll find only in fairy tales. From beaches to lush green fields, Wakatobi is a dream-like paradise offering a fantasy-like experience. Watch Dolphins play Picture Credit - indocelebandnews.blogspot.sg Wake up early and watch the dolphins! Yes, you can see the cute dolphins swimming around the Wakatobi Marine Park. You can ask the locals to predict when they are coming, but most of the time they’ll be swimming close to the islands between 6 AM to 7 AM. Else, you can smell the fresh air, watch the sunrise, embrace the quiet. There is no doubt that Muslims who travel to Wakatobi Islands will find that Wakatobi is a fascinating destination. What's more, you can find mosques and prayer places nearby in Wakatobi: Masjid Keraton Liya Togo Address: Liya Togo, Wangi-Wangi Selatan, Liya Mawi, Wakatobi District, Southeast Sulawesi, 93795 Masjid Nurul Haq Picture Credit - tribratanews.sultra.polri.go.id Address: Mandati II, Wangi-Wangi, Wakatobi District, Southeast Sulawesi 93795 Pamper yourself on a trip to Wakatobi, along with more opportunities to process your thoughts and feelings. Step out into that beautiful world of Mother Nature that surrounds you and allow yourself to take in all her majestic beauty and wonders. Always check Halal Trip for more wonderful insights and ideas for Halal Travel! More family trip ideas Discover Indonesia...

  • 5 Things to See and Do in Raja Ampat Islands

    Want to explore an exotic tropical location during your Southeast Asian honeymoon? Or, want to go on a romantic vacation and dive with your partner? Then, the beauty of Indonesia's Raja Ampat islands is the best choice for you! Perhaps, Indonesia is more well-known for the beauty of Bali Island, but when you explore Raja Ampat you will feel like it’s literally heaven on earth! Obviously, diving here is out of this world. Not only that, Raja Ampat is ideal for a honeymoon, family trip, or to do some soul-searching. So, let’s check out these unique things to do in Raja Ampat for once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable experience! Woohoo! More islands to explore Discover Indonesia   1. Dive & Explore the Marine Life Picture Credit - Buena Ventura, commons.wikimedia.org Have you ever thought of diving in Raja Ampat? Prepare your calender for Raja Ampat travel! You will see the magnificence of its biodiversity, no less than 1511 species of fish, 699 invertebrate species, 5 rare species of sea turtle, 13 species of sea mammals, and 57 species of mantis shrimp. You can also do something different and unique during your Raja Ampat honeymoon: explore the corals and take a selfie with your partner! Located in Indonesia West Papua province, Raja Ampat comprising of 1500 small, wonderful islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and one smaller island of Kofiau. Don’t worry about the locals, they are friendly and you’ll feel right at home talking to them. They’ll be surely glad if you hand them candies or areca nut. Share jokes, small talk or ask them anything! It'd make for a nice vacation, right? And don’t forget to prepare your special wrapper for your camera to enable you to capture underwater pictures, or bring an underwater camera instead. More coral reefs to explore More islands to explore Searching for Halal Hotels and Resorts in Raja Ampat? Want to see paradise from your hotel? Check out these hotels and resorts! Papua Paradise Eco Resort Picture Credit - www.papuaparadise.com Address: Arefi, Birie Island, Selat Sagawin, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua 98484Contact: (0361) 701001Website: https://www.papuaparadise.com/Price: Rp.1950.000-Rp.3.306.000 (standard room) Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort Picture Credit - rajaampatbiodiversity.com Address: Yenanas Beach, Yenbeser Village, Besir, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, 98482, Yenbeser, Waigeo Sel., Besir, Papua 98482Website: rajaampatbiodiversity.com/en/Price: Rp 1.370.000 - Rp 2.055.000 (Standard Room) Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Flickr | YouTube | Vimeo |  Waisai Beach Hotel Picture Credit - rajaampatlodges.com Address: Waisai, Waigeo Selatan, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua 98482Price range: From Rp.551.862Website: http://rajaampatlodges.com/waisai-beach-hotel-waiwo-beach-waisai-waigeo-island-raja-ampat-papua.html  Facebook   2. Dance the night away at Pasir Timbul Beach Photo credit - drifterplanet.com No matter whether you love dancing or not, dancing is still one of the most romantic things to do with your spouse during your honeymoon. And, dancing the night away on Pasir Timbul Beach, the "floating sand island" would be truly a unique and unforgottable moment, but take note that the sand bar only appears for a few hours a day, during the low tide. You both will feel blessed and happy like a cherry on the cake, bringing your hearts closer and allowing you to spend more intimate quality time with each other. So sweet, huh? Before you go, taking anti-malaria medicine and mosquito repellant cream with you on your journey is strongly recommended. And bring a present for your spouse. Maybe your spouse will give you a surprise, too!   3. Go on a Forest Adventure Picture Credit - Lasthib, commons.wikimedia.org Beside diving in Raja Ampat and exploring tourist spots in West Papua, you should take adventures in the forest, see the colorful clustered limestone, various kinds of rare plants, and turtles nesting on shore. Besides that, how about trying the Papuan traditional fishing gear, or learning to make the traditional wooden sculpture of the Asmat tribe? Sounds great, right? See the typical West Papuan Red Paradise birds along with 3 other special of birds of paradise birds in the Gam archipelago. More Nature Experiences Beside that, if you need to find prayer places nearby you can visit these places: Nurul Haq Mosque, Waisai Raja Ampat Picture Credit - kak yudi, maps.google.comAddress: Jl. Nurul Haq, Waisai City, South Waigeo, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua 98482 Facebook   4. Hike for the view atop Pianemo Picture credit - www.tourrajaampat.com Hike Pianemo for a 5-Star View in Raja Ampat! Yup, Pianemo is one of the most epic and instagrammable spots in Indonesia and the world. Many wanderers have been waiting for years to tick this spot off their Bucket List. FYI, Raja Ampat is a bit isolated, so it’s important to know and research the logistics and travel tips before you go. Once you've reached the top maybe you won't be able to wipe the smile off your face. The beautiful view is out of this world. It seems like something exciting from a movie. You'll let the pictures from the camera and drone do the explaining, seems wonderful?   5. Dig in the Local Cuisine Picture Credit - rajaampatbiodiversity.com After you're satisfied exploring the tourist spots in Raja Ampat, let’s enjoy Raja Ampat local culinary. Because of the people in West Papua traditionally work as fishermen and farmers, the most available cuisine is Seafood. Otherwise, the staple food in Papua is rice, sago, taro roots and kau kau which are generally prepared with chicken, seafood, pork (take note of that!) and a large variety of greens. Some of their dishes are Mumu, Chicken Barapen and Papeda. Finding Halal Food nearby? Visit these Halal Restaurants: Rumah Makan Ratu Sayang Picture Credit - facebook.com/RumahMakanRatuSayangSorong Address: Jl. Komodor Yos Sudarso no. 31 | Kampung Baru-Lido, Sorong 98413, IndonesiaCuisine: SeafoodOpening Hours: 10 AM - 2 PM, 6 PM - 10 PMPrice/Price Range: Rp.50.000-Rp.100.000 (SGD 5-10)Reservations: availableContact: +62 951 321184 Facebook M-Grill Resto & Cafe Photo credit - instagram.com/mgrillsorong Address: Jln. Kalimantan | Kampung Baru, Sorong 98413, IndonesiaCuisine: American, Steakhouse, EuropeanOpening Hours: 9 AM - 10 PMPrice/Price Range: Rp.50.000-Rp.100.000Reservations: availableContact: (0951) 3173296 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Kitong Papua Resto Picture credit - facebook.com/Kitong.Papua.Resto  Address: Bar., Klakublik, Sorong City, West Papua. 98412Cuisine: Seafood, SoupsOpening Hours: 9 AM - 10 PMPrice/Price Range: Rp.25.000-Rp.100.000Reservations: availableContact: +62 951 317556 Facebook | Instagram So, plan your trip carefully, decide where to stay and plan things to do! Make your vacation in Raja Ampat wonderful and unforgettable! Check out our Halal Travel Blogs and our Halal Holiday Packages to find inspiration for your next Halal adventure! More honeymoon ideas More family trip ideas...

  • 7 Reasons to go to Yogjakarta For Your Next Solo Adventure

    Planning a solo adventure? The good news is, you’re not alone. On average, around half the members of a small group adventure will be travelling on their own. Numbers may vary from one holiday to the next, but more people are heading off on solo adventures – and why not? Then, when thinking about a location for solo adventures, what do we look for? A city with sights our eyes have never seen, and a destination so unique, it’ll leave us with memories that’ll last forever, agree? Yogyakarta should be the best place to visit. With such an enormous selection of things to do, it is no wonder that Yogyakarta features on many travellers' itineraries. With fantastic transport links all around java, and a well-connected airport, truly, it is a place to experience. This is reflected also in the variety of choices on offer, from budget dorms that cater to backpackers, to finely decorated boutique hotels offering very personalised services, there is something to be had for everyone who visits Yogyakarta, the heart and soul of Java. Halaltrip explores some of the amazing things you can do there: 1. You Don’t Need To Visit Africa To See Sand Dunes Picture Credit - www.yogya-backpacker.com Have you ever wanted to try sandboarding? Save yourself from planning an expensive trip to Africa! Simply travel to Yogyakarta for a more accessible alternative. What makes Parangkusumo sand dune unique is the Barchan sand dune. Besides that, the occurrence of sand dunes or sand banks is considered an unusual phenomenon in Yogyakarta, an area that has generally very high rainfall. The sand dunes here are different from other sand dunes in the world. Based on studies conducted by experts, this sand dune comes from the eruption of Mount Merapi whereby the sediments are carried by rivers to the south coast of Central Java. Sounds unusual right? So, when you want to find Yogyakarta tourist attractions for your solo adventure let’s try visit Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo. Beside that, Parangkusumo Beach is one of the popular Yogyakarta beach and is a must-visit! 2. Enjoying Merapi Lava Tour Picture Credit - www.forestravelling.blogspot.comThe Merapi Lava Tour is an off-road adventure on the slopes of Merapi Volcano with a serious backstory. The tour is held around the region most affected by the last volcanic explosion. During the tour, you are driven around on a 4×4 jeep through a beautiful landscape. You will also visit some of the villages that were abandoned following the last eruption. This is definitely one of the interesting things to do in Yogyakarta when you are visiting the city. And yes, you can do it for your next solo adventure! Maybe you'll find something unique when you're travelling alone. Curious about the modern food in Yogyakarta? Who says you just can eat traditional food? Want to find Halal food near you in Yogyakarta? Then, you can visit The Captain Urban Lounge that offers lots of mouthwatering snacks such as nachos and tacos. It located in Damai Street Number 41, Yogyakarta. If you’re looking for a heavier meal, the pasta here can never go wrong! Wanna try? 3. The Cultural Experience in Yogyakarta Picture Credit - www.peterloud.co.uk Yogyakarta has a long history of acculturation between cultures, a process whereby dominant cultural influences supersede, borrow or modify ideas and practices from other cultures.  So, you'll find not only an eclectic mix of traditions, but multiple religions and cultures living in harmony among a predominantly Muslim population - a rare and incredible example of tolerance for our day and age.  You can even experience many of the traditions each group has preserved, especially in rural areas.  Yogyakarta is filled with cultural tours and events celebrating Javanese culture on a large scale, and some of these traditions cannot be found in other parts of Indonesia. The most popular cultural artefacts and performances are batik designs, shadow puppets, Javanese dance, Gamelan music, kebaya dress and so on, are very easy to find throughout the city. Don’t worry about finding mosques and prayer places in Yogyakarta, there are several popular prayer places such as Masjid Gedhe Kauman, St. Fransiskus Xaverius Church, Pura Vaikuntha Vyomantara etc. Also, Muslim-friendly tours to Yogyakarta are available, so prepare yourself and find whatever you need on Yogyakarta travel blog.   4. Meditate at The Luweng Sampang Picture Credit - www.indonesia-tourism.com Find a calm place to sit and meditate behind a watery curtain, where you will find beautiful, exotic scenery dazzling your eyes.  Wow, that would be great for your solo adventure! You'll feel like you're in the Grand Canyon, because what lies in front of you are carved rocks, naturally arranged, forming a great picture of natural beauty. The rock formations appeared by the natural process of water erosion. The site is found in Juminahan street, Sampang Village, Gedangsari Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta. Even though the best time to visit Yogyakarta would be from mid-late August for its ideal weather, you can still visit this place any time of the year, so don't worry about the weather. 5. Abseil 6 Stories Down Into The Earth Picture Credit - www.xplorea.com Looking for a Halal tour to Indonesia with a great adventure? Visit Jomblang Cave! The climb into Jomblang cave can be difficult and muddy, and maybe you’ll wake up with sore arms and legs the next day, but it is so worth it! Capture the "light from the heavens" on camera, and you need to capture it immediately, because it only lasted for a few seconds when we were there. Abseiling down 6 stories might seem daunting but it’s a thrilling adventure you wouldn’t want to miss. Take the leap of faith and step into a another world in this collapsed forest-turned-cave. A short trek through darkness would take you face to face with one of the most spectacular views ever. Wear clothes that you no longer want anymore, so that you can throw it away immediately. Bring a pair of socks for the boots, a shower cap for the helmet and a clean set of clothes to change into. Put your phone into a waterproof bag which you can hang around your neck, and use your phone as a torch, as the cave can be very dark at some points. It was such a great experience for us! 6. Yogyakarta Is a City With Many Prehistoric Relics Picture Credit - www.javabalitrips.com Did you know that Indonesia is a country that has many prehistoric relics? One proof is one of the world's oldest human fossils have been found in this country. If you’re keen on prehistory, you should visit Yogyakarta, as many prehistoric relics were discovered there, around the city. Two of them are the famous Borobudur Temple (largest Buddhist temple in the world) and Prambanan Temple (largest Hindu temple in Indonesia). There is even a temple recently discovered, currently being excavated and studied. So this place could be a paradise for archaeologists. Otherwise, you can go shopping in Yogyakarta. Just visit Malioboro, major shopping street in Yogyakarta, located in the heart of the city, this is the main street and was once the ceremonial avenue for the Sultan to pass through on his way to and from the Keraton. Don't ever feel reluctant to bargain when you're about to shop in there, the final price is usually determined by your bargaining skills, and your final offer. 7. Cheap and Good Food For The Soul Picture Credit - www.bristolindonesiansociety.wordpress.com As you may know, each region of Indonesia has its own special delicacy. In Jogja, the most-wanted dish is the Gudeg, which tastes very distinct from any other Indonesian dishes. Gudeg is made of Jack fruit, cooked with coconut milk and spices, which gives it a sweet and spicy taste, as you can guess. In addition, it is usually prepared with cow skin, eggs, soya cake, and chicken, definitely a must-eat in Yogyakarta! You may go to Gudeg Bu Tjitro on Janti street or at Gudeg center in the area of Wijilan. You can however, find it in many places, or ask a local that you meet during your trip to give you a good address. So for all you food lovers, you should also visit Yogyakarta. Leave your mundane city life behind and head out to new, great adventures with this Yogyakarta itinerary. Finally, one of the greatest lessons you’ll learn while solo traveling is that people are open and welcoming no matter where you go, as long as you are, too. So, when it’s easiest to head straight for your tent, grab your headlamp and book, and curl up in your sleeping bag, give a thought to the conversations you may be missing fireside. Pretty quickly, if you were shaking in your sandals before your trip, you'll realize that although it’s true you came alone, you've never been more surrounded by good company. It's easy, just remember to read HalalTrip Travel Tips to prepare for your solo adventure! 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