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  • Stopping By Phuket For Your Holiday? We've Got 6 Shopping Places For You To Checkout!

    Forgetting to bring something you need while on holiday would be a great excuse to start shopping in Phuket. As you explore the many shopping locations scattered across Phuket, you will see that there is so much more to do in Phuket other than sightseeing. Take a look at the list we have put together of the best places to shop in Phuket where you will be able to get your hands on anything from high-end designer brands, to authentic handicrafts and interesting souvenirs from Phuket that will definitely answer all your shopping needs. Jungceylon Shopping Mall in Patong Picture Credit: Jungceylon Facebook Your journey to Phuket will definitely take you to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Patong beach. It is also one of the best places for shopping in Phuket as it is home to the largest mall in Phuket, Jungceylon Shopping Complex. The entire complex features two main stores, which are the Robinson department store and Big C supermarket, and over 200 other shopping stores making this truly a shopping lovers paradise. You will also find the chance to enjoy other entertaining activities as the complex features a five-room Cinema, gaming arcade, food court, laser shooting range and 16-lane bowling alley among many others.​ Central Festival Phuket​ Picture Credit: Central Festival Phuket Featured next on our list of best places to shop in Phuket is the second largest shopping mall in the area, the Central Festival Phuket. Located just outside Phuket town, this is could be known as the one-stop-shop for every shopping need. The area has about 120 outlets featuring anything from fashion items, electronics, cosmetics, sporting goods, books and stationery, food, international brands and so much more.​ Phuket Weekend Market Picture Credit: Phuket Weekend Market Facebook Located about a kilometer away from the Central Festival you will find the Phuket weekend market, which is a great place to visit as a tourist as it allows you to experience the true flavor of what life is like in Phuket. This amazing shopping fair which is open from 1600 to 2100 hours attracts thousands of locals and tourists due to the vibrant display of clothing and fashion items, second-hand goods and local food vendors. Phuket Walking Street Picture Credit: Thavorn Beach Villa Resort & Spa The Phuket Walking Street is one of the latest additions to the long list of attractions in Phuket Old Town. It is commonly referred to as Lard Yai and translated to ‘big market’ in southern Thai dialect. This is a must visit location for shopping in Phuket as it gives you the opportunity to enjoy southern Thai culinary treats, but you might want to double check for Halal certifications or stick to vegetarian meals that are equally delicious. It is also well known for the numerous handicraft and gift stalls where you can pick out unique souvenirs from Phuket to take back home.​ Karon Bazaar Karon Bazaar is one of the best places to shop in Phuket where you can enjoy a beachside shopping experience unlike no other. Due to the high volumes of tourists that are attracted to the area, you might want to be watchful of higher prices being quoted. But with a bit of bargaining, you will be able to get good deals on some trendy items.​ Banzaan market​ Situated just behind the Jungceylon Shopping Complex you will find the rather modern looking fresh market, Banzaan Market. This area is a great place for the Muslim traveler to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, sweets and dried goods. It is also a great place to enjoy refreshing exotic fruit juices like sugarcane, coconut and guava juice after a warm afternoon spent shopping in Phuket....

  • Getting Ready For Your Beach Holiday To Langkawi, Malaysia? 6 Things To Pack For The Sunny Island

    So you’ve decided to take a vacation to one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia, Langkawi. This destination boasts of a variety of attractions ranging from picturesque natural landscapes to famous UNESCO world heritage sites. Therefore you can look forward to having the most magical holiday experience.  For everything to run smoothly as planned, every traveler should make a note of all the things to take along with you while traveling. Based on prior experiences, we have put together a list of what to pack for Langkawi to help you plan for one of the most enjoyable holiday experiences you could hope to enjoy. 1) Light and airy clothes Langkawi is one of those holiday destinations where the weather stays sunny and bright to create the perfect setting to enjoy a tropical holiday. Since this is a very tourist orientated destination, there is actually no specific Langkawi dress code you would need to think about. Since most of the activities include exploring the great outdoors, you might want to wear loose and light clothing, ideally in breathable fabrics, to feel comfortable in the hot sunny weather. 2) Comfortable shoes suitable for outdoor adventures Next essential item on our list for what to pack for Langkawi includes a good pair of comfortable shoes. Your holiday in Langkawi will most certainly include quite a number of mountain climbing, trekking and even journeying into hidden caves. To make sure you are up for the challenge, you would need to have the perfect footwear to keep you well grounded all the way through. Running shoes are mostly recommended, but you could even make do with a good quality pair of sports sandals that can be tightly secured. 3) Sunglasses Just as you protect your skin from the sun, you would also want to make sure your eyes are well looked after too. As you wander through this sunny paradise, a pair of sunglasses would, therefore, come in quite handy. Eyewear would also provide added protection you seek when you are out in the wilderness. 4) Bug sprays and mosquito repellent Just as your adventures to the great outdoors will be quite appealing, you might want to be mindful of the tiny insects that tend to lurk in these natural settings. Bugs and mosquitoes are commonly found in this part of the world, therefore it would be helpful to pack some reliable repellent spray or lotion to carry along with you to use when required. 5) A pocket Wi-Fi device Navigating through the streets of a foreign land could be quite challenging. In such an instance having a trusted W-Fi Device would be very useful. There are so many advantages such a device can offer. These include the option of doing your own research while on the move, checking maps, and even connecting to social media to share your adventures and connect with loved ones. 6) Compact travel camera This is another essential for your list of what to pack for Langkawi. As you travel to such an amazing location, you would most certainly want to capture most of the memorable moments on camera so that you can treasure it for the rest of your life. Before you leave home, you might want to check out the different options of compact cameras available. These devices often do not cost that much and you could find good options with features like waterproof protection, video recording, connectivity options and also have good battery life....

  • Malacca's Beautiful Budget Boutique hotels

    Thinking of travelling abroad without breaking your budget? Then you might want to consider planning a Muslim-friendly budget holiday in Malaysia. As one of the most Muslim-friendly destinations in the world, Malaysia is not only one of the most affordable holiday destinations, it also offers many ingredients that create the perfect holiday you always hoped you'd enjoy. As you spend time in this amazing country, the historic state of Malaysia, Malacca will be a destination you would not want to miss out on. While you can look forward to enjoy the cultural splendor of this famous tourist destination you might also be concerned about where to stay in Malacca. To help you get started with your holiday plans we have put together a list of the best budget hotels in Malacca where you can relax and enjoy the unique splendor of Malacca. Find Halal Food near you in Malacca Check out our Top 13 Muslim-Friendly Destinations in the World in 2018   Raymond's Boutique Traveller's Home Picture Credit - facebook.com/Raymonds-Boutique-Travellers-Home-627135777328185/ Representing the true colonial style of Malacca you will find this cozy little Malacca budget hotel, the Raymond's Boutique Traveller's Home Guesthouse. As this is a good quality budget hotel in Malacca below RM 100, it is an ideal pick for travelers looking for affordability and other desirable features like air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and close proximity to famous tourist attractions. Some of the main landmarks you can visit nearby include the Jonker Walk, Little India and the Clock Tower. The hotel also provides visitors with the option of choosing from single, double, triple or family rooms based on their requirements. Address: 63, Lorong Hang Jebat, Malacca Town 75200Contact: +60162871964, +6062814251 Facebook   Boutel-Jonker Heritage House Picture credit - www.letsbookhotel.com The Boutel-Jonker Heritage House is yet another good Malacca budget hotel near Jonker street. The hotel comprises of a 4 bedroom house and Eco Zen villa that is beautifully designed to create a relaxing setting. If you are looking for more privacy you could even book the entire house with or without the villa. Here you will be able to get the added benefit of 2 free bike rentals that you can use to explore popular attractions, like the mesmerizing Melaka River, Jonker Street and the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest temple in Melaka. Address: 39, Jalan Kampung Hulu, 75100 Melaka, MalaysiaContact: +60 16-661 3178 Facebook   Malaysia Guest House in Malacca If you take a look at the most popular Malacca budget hotel list, the Malaysia Guest House will come off right at the top. Aside from the affordable pricing, the hotels also offer guests a host of facilities like A/C, fully equipped kitchen, hot & cold shower in bathrooms and much more that allow you to enjoy a comfortable stay while on holiday. Some attractions you can check out nearby include Malacca Museum, Independence Memorial and the Dataran Pahlawan Megamall. Staying in a budget hotel Malacca near Dataran Pahlawan is quite a wise decision as you can enjoy a great shopping experience as part of your Halal holiday in Malacca. Address: Jalan P/J 16, Taman Pertam Jaya, 75050 MalaccaContact: +60 12 607 3995   Ismah Beach Resort Picture Credit - facebook.com/ISMAH-Beach-Resort-144846862243672/ Another popular pick on our list of best cheap hotels in Malacca is the beautiful Ismah Beach Resort. While the beautiful beach area will set the mood to enjoy a lovely vacation in this part of town, you can also enjoy a trip to the Padang Kemunting Sea-Turtle Sanctuary where you can witness the rare sea-turtle species, the Hawksbill turtle. The hotel offers a good range of facilities like free Wi-Fi, A/C, pool and family rooms. Address: Pantai Padang Kemunting, Pengkalan Balak, Masjid TanahContact: +60 6 384 8141, +60 12 6505852Website: http://www.ismahresort.com/ Facebook    Taipan Boutique Hotel Picture Credit - facebook.com/taipanboutiquehotel The Taipan Boutique Hotel is one of the mid price range hotels you should also consider for your Halal holiday in Malacca. For a star class establishment this stylishly designed boutique hotel is quite reasonably priced, so it is a great way to add some luxury to your Muslim-friendly budget holiday in Malaysia. The hotel cafeteria is also a great place to enjoy delicious Malaysian cuisine and various other international cuisine options. Owing to its central location you will also be close to famous attractions including the Malacca Straits Mosque, the unique floating mosque of Malacca. Address: No. 26, Jalan KPKS 1, Kompleks Perniagaan Kota Syahbandar, 75250 Melaka, Malaysia.Contact: +60 6-274 7999 Facebook These are just a few of the best affordable hotels in Malacca you can consider for your stay. Since the budget is great and there are many things you will find interesting you can guarantee your holiday will be enjoyable all throughout your stay. Check out these 7 Best Budget Destinations for 2018...

  • Side Trip Itinerary to Visit Mount Fuji

    Are you looking for more reasons to plan your trip to Tokyo now? Well we have the got the perfect idea just for you. Why not mix a bit of adventure and excitement into your trip by including a trip the well-known symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji? Located just about 100 kilometers away from the Japanese capital, Tokyo city, you can easily plan a Mount Fuji day tour to experience the great joy of conquering this mighty mountain, and also learn what makes this site as special as it is. To help you get started on your journey we have put together a day trip itinerary to Mount Fuji, just for you. More about Mount Fuji More weekend getaways   via GIPHY Interesting facts about Mount Fuji To begin with Mount Fuji, which is located on Honshu Island, is actually the highest mountain in Japan. Standing tall at 3776 meters (12,389 ft) it is ranked as the 7th highest mountain located on any island. A striking feature of the mountain is its symmetric shape which is even visible from city areas on clear days. Owing to its captivating beauty, the mountain is often a feature in various works of art and photographs. Aside from the its natural beauty, the mountain is treated as a symbol of Japan and one of Japan's historic sites which is considered by Japanese to be a representation of good luck and good fortune. This has led to the mountain becoming one of the most visited sites by pilgrims, sightseers, and adventure enthusiasts. Another distinctive feature of Mount Fuji is that it's a giant volcano; and not just one but three volcanos layered one on top of the other. Being classified as an active volcano may sound like a scary fact but it actually has a very low eruption risk with the last known eruption dating back to 1707-1708. The mountain is also identified as one of the Three Holy Mountains along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. Owing to its amazing natural beauty, unique geographical identity, and historical & cultural value, the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list since June 2013.   Best time to climb Mount Fuji Picture Credit - Jakub Halun, commons.wikimedia.org The best time to climb this well-known symbol of Japan is during the summer which ideally falls between July to mid-September. This is the time where the weather is sunny and bright making it a great time to go for a hike and enjoy the best views from the mountain top. The exact start dates of the climbing season are announced officially based on prevailing weather conditions, and you can get more information by visiting the Official Mount Fuji website. You can also check which trial is open during the time you'd like to visit the peak. It is strongly advised to avoid climbing the peak off-season as the thick snow cover and other adverse weather conditions make the climb extremely risky.   Mount Fuji trails leading to the peak Picture credit - www.yokota.af.mil 1. Yoshida Route – Estimated time to climb about 6 hours and 3.5. hours for the descent. Since this is the most popular route and highly recommended for beginners, it tends to get quite crowded during the peak season, which might cause delays in your climbing schedule. Many choose to climb the during the night (starting around 10.00 PM) to make it on time to view the sunrise from the summit by about 5.00 AM 2. Fujinomiya Route – the second most popular route among climbers, it has the shortest ascension time of about 5.5 hours 3. Subashiri Route – This route gets its name as the surface of the trail is mainly sand (Suba translates to sand in Japanese). The ascension time of this route is about 7 hours and it takes only about 3.5 hours to descend. For this reason, many travelers choose to descend via this route. 4. Gotemba Route – Since this route has a gentle slope it has the longest climbing time of about 8 hours to reach the summit. But the less prominent slope makes it also great for those who are less tolerant of high altitudes as the risk of developing altitude sickness is much less.   How to get to Mount Fuji Because Mount Fuji is one of the most popular attractions in the country, the transport network to get to the site is highly developed and gives you a number of options to choose from. By train Picture Credit - Jakub Halun, commons.wikimedia.org To reach the Yoshidaguchi entrance you can take the Fuji Kyuko line train to Kawaguchiko Station followed by the Tozan bus which is often referred to as the mountain climbing bus and get off at the Fuji Subaru Line Go-gome stop If you are travelling from Tokyo or Osaka it is quite advisable to book a Japan Rail Pass ticket and travel from JR Tokaido main line's Mishima Station, the JR Tokaido shinkansen's Shin-Fuji Station, the Tokaido line's Fuji Station or the Minobu line's Fujinomiya Station You could also catch the Tozan bus by taking the JR Gotemba line to Gotemba Station or the Odakyu line to Shinmatsuda Station and also arrive at the climbing stations. By bus Picture Credit - shinjukustation.com There are special bus services operated by the Fuji Kyuko bus service. One option is to take the highway bus form the Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal or even catch the highway bus which travels from the Haneda Airport to Mount Fuji during the summer. By car Picture Credit - Jack Stump, flickr.com If you wish to travel by car, you will need to check access prior to travel as there are often limitations set on various routes during the peak season. Parking facilities are available at Fujihokuroku Parking lot, Mizugatsuka Parking lot and Subashiri Multipurpose Parking Lot, and you can take a shuttle bus to the entrance points.   Preparing to climb Mount Fuji: What You Need for a Mount Fuji Day Tour Picture Credit - climbing-mt-fuji.com As you plan your day trip itinerary to mount Fuji you might want to make a note of a few important points to prepare yourself for the journey ahead of you. There is quite a striking temperature difference between the starting climbing point and at the peak of about 20 degrees. Even during the summer, the temperature at the peak could reach freezing temperatures, therefore it is advisable to wear appropriate gear and weather appropriate clothing. It is best to invest in mountain climbing shoes and jacket for this purpose. Other important things to take along with you include plenty of drinking water, a torch, a towel, light snacks, sunglasses and a climbing pole to reduce the strain on your legs.   Climbing Rules and Regulations Picture Credit - www.fujisan-climb.jp Since the mountain is considered to be a scared location and protected site, climbers are expected to be mindful of their conduct when visiting the area. As general guidelines refrain from removing any natural specimens form the area and also, causing damage in any way. Paid restroom facilities are also available for climbers along the way.   What to See and Do in and around Mount Fuji Mount Fuji is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Therefore, the area has quite a number of interesting sites you can visit during your trip. So apart from climbing the mountain here are some things you can see and do during your visit Visit Hakone including the Ashi lake and hot springs Kawaguchiko Lake See the beauty of Kawaguchiko Lake - one of the Fuji Five Lakes located at the foot of the mountain Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine Picture Credit - Neworion, commons.wikimedia.org Learn more about Mount Fuji's ancient history at the Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine (formally known as Kitaguchi Hongū Fuji Sengen Jinja) Arakurayama Sengen Park Picture Credit - Manish Prabhune, commons.wikimedia.org Capture some breathtaking images from Arakurayama Sengen Park viewing point. Subashiri 5th Station Picture Credit - planetyze.com Enjoy the amazing scenery at the Subashiri 5th Station Souvenirs Picture Credit - en.japantravel.com Grab some souvenirs to remember you visit and enjoy some great tasting Japanese cuisine at the Gotemba Premium Outlets, which feature over 200 shops and restaurants Address: 412-0023 Shizuoka, Gotemba, Fukazawa 1312Phone: +81 550-81-3122Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00-20:00 Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Google+  via GIPHY Check out our solo travel ideas Find things to do in Japan...

  • London Muslim Lifestyle Show 2018

    Looking to plan a trip to London? Well, the perfect time for this is just around the corner. The London Muslim Lifestyle Show 2018 is all set to take place this year, and it's happening on the 21st and 22nd April. So, get ready to enjoy the most amazing Muslim-friendly event in London which will treat you to a host of activities centred around the fashion and food of the Muslim lifestyle, guaranteed to make your trip to London an extra special one.   Book a trip to London with us Find a Halal Hotel near you in London   Picture Credit - www.muslimlifestyleshow.com   Picture Credit - www.muslimlifestyleshow.com About the Show Picture Credit - www.muslimlifestyleshow.com The London Muslim Lifestyle Show first took place in 2016, in the world-famous Kensington Olympia London and became an instant success. It came to no surprise when the show returned in 2017, bigger and better, with a wider range of shopping stalls and a host of activities matching with Muslim lifestyle. A highlight of the show was the introduction of the first-ever modest fashion shows in the fashion capital, London. Now, once again, the show is set to return for the third time in a row, and we have no doubt it is going to be a spectacular one. If you are looking to travel to London in April, you should definitely spend some time to visit the UK's biggest event for Muslim lifestyle as one of the top things to do in London during your stay. Aim of the Show Picture Credit - www.muslimlifestyleshow.com The show aims to showcase the very best products and services associated with Muslim life style on one international stage. This in turn will create the platform to enhance the growth of Halal SMEs, and also create valuable awareness on this emerging market. The event is organized by the experienced boutique consulting firm Algebra Consulting which has successfully integrated many brands across various market segments with a special focus on lucrative emerging markets such as the Muslim lifestyle sector, and the Halal economy. What’s in store at the London Muslim Lifestyle Show 2018 Picture Credit - www.muslimlifestyleshow.com Celebrating the show’s groundbreaking success, the London Muslim Lifestyle Show 2018 will take place at the world-renowned Olympia London's National Hall on the 21st-22nd April 2018. The show is expected to be the biggest yet, featuring over 200 exhibitors arriving from 14 different countries around the world. Therefore, visitors will be able to browse through a wide variety of shopping stalls showcasing a number of Muslim lifestyle products like fashion and food, finance, pharmaceuticals, travel, media and much more. This London Muslim fashion weekend will certainly be the ultimate family day out as it will feature a number of fun and entertaining activities like delicious Halal food, modest fashion shows, beauty treatments and an exciting kids' zone London, all perfect to enjoy during a Muslim-friendly tour to London. Picture Credit - www.muslimlifestyleshow.com Who is expected to be there? Picture Credit - www.muslimlifestyleshow.com As this will be UK's biggest event celebrating Muslim lifestyle visitors from all age groups, families from around the world are expected to attend, especially. Another great aspect about this show is that is has been successful in breaking down social barriers and stereotypes. This has created a unique and neutral setting welcoming visitors from even outside of the Muslim society to come and learn more about the rich culture promoting interest in what the Halal industry has to offer. Ticket packages Picture Credit - www.muslimlifestyleshow.com By now you sure must be interested in visiting this show, so here’s how you can grab your London Muslim Lifestyle Show tickets. We highly recommend you book your tickets as soon as possible before they are sold out, and also get the chance to enjoy the special early bird pricing that’s on offer. Starting price for tickets are as low as £5 with free entry for children under 12. Ticket packages are segregated under the categories bronze, silver, gold, and platinum with each offering a great range of entertainment for the entire family along with special features such as a surprise goody bag worth £50, VIP queue jump, access to the VIP lounge, VIP seating at special events, and other facilities like phone charging and use of the cloakroom. So, hurry up and grab your tickets to the enjoy the ultimate family day out at the London Muslim Lifestyle Show 2018. Date: 21st-22nd April 2018 Venue: Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX, UK Show Opening Hours: Sat 10.30am-6pm, Sun 10.30am-5pm Website: https://www.muslimlifestyleshow.com/welcome Find a Mosque near you in London Find a Halal Restaurant near you in London ...

  • 5-Day Itinerary for Solo Travel in Korea

    If you're looking for a place to enjoy a solo trip, you might want to consider travelling to South Korea alone. As this nation boasts a rich history, amazing cultural splendor, endless sightseeing options, and a wide array of modern-day luxuries, a vacation in South Korea could be the perfect way to spend some time on your own. To help you get started, we have put together a few tips for planning your first solo trip to South Korea, including a 5-day travel plan, but before we get down to it, let’s take a look at the top reasons why South Korea is awesome for solo travel. Find a Halal Restaurant near you in South Korea via GIPHY   Unique Cultural and Historical Splendor South Korea is one of those nations which boasts a proud history, dating back over a thousand years. Whether you are a history enthusiast or not, this is great, 'cause it ensures you will have lots to learn that will make your solo travel to South Korea much more meaningful. This historical splendor extends to regal palaces, royal tombs and beautiful places of worship, some of which have even been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is truly amazing to see how a mix of age-old traditions blend in with modern-day luxuries, which makes for the perfect setting for a rejuvenating holiday experience.   Beautiful Nature and Vibrant City Life While the hectic lifestyles of vibrant cities like Seoul and Busan might dominate your itinerary, you should also make some time to enjoy the scenic, natural surroundings of South Korea. Even among the city landscapes, you can find well-preserved countrysides, majestic mountain ranges and pristine-quality beaches, perfect for relaxing during your solo trip to South Korea.   Trendy Stores and Boutiques In recent years South Korea has gained much popularity for the unique trends it has introduced into the fashion world. So, as you explore the many wonders of South Korea alone, you can treat yourself to a very enjoyable shopping experience in their glamourous shopping malls and shopping streets. This is also a perfect time to grab gifts for all your near and dear ones, who surely must be missing you while you are out on an adventurous holiday in South Korea. You might notice that South Koreans have also mastered the art of maintaining flawless and radiant skin, so you might want to keep an eye out for some of their popular make-up and skin care brands that are some of the best, internationally renowned products available.   Enjoy Exciting Korean Cuisine Picture Credit - http2007, www.flickr.com South Korean cuisine is known to be one of the most exciting culinary options from around the world. Be prepared to enjoy a variety of dishes made from fresh ingredients that'll most certainly tantalize your taste buds. For this reason, we've also included some of the best places to enjoy Halal food in South Korea as part of your South Korea solo travel guide. via GIPHY Now that you know plenty of reasons why South Korea is awesome for solo travel, you might want to make a note of the following useful tips for planning your first solo trip to South Korea. Make the most out of the public transport system – the public transport system in South Korea is known to be very efficient and cost-effective. especially around the busy city areas. Try and download a few transportation apps that provide information on the subway and bus systems and you're good to go! Taxis, too, are a great way to get about quickly, and to avoid the crowd during the rush hour. Get yourself a T-money card or Hanaro card to pay for transport and other amenities. Be mindful of your luggage and carry around identification wherever you go.Dial 1330 for South Korea’s 24/7 hotline maintained to provide information for tourists.Take a look at this 5-Day Itinerary which could be a great inspiration for your vacation in South Korea.   DAY 1 – 2: Seoul Picture Credit - Deiameth, en.wikipedia.org What better way to kickstart your holiday than exploring the wonders of one of the best-known travel destinations in the world, Seoul. You will have the choice of landing between two of Seoul's premier airports - Incheon International Airport or Seoul Gimpo Airport. Once you're there, you'd probably want to first settle down at your hotel and freshen up before you begin your journey. Here are some of the best Muslim-friendly hotels you could consider for your stay. Follow our airport guide to Incheon International Airport   1. BoA Travel House Picture Credit - www.boatravelhouse.com Address: 510-14 Changcheon-Dong, Seodaemun-Gu, 120-836 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: 5-minute walk from Hongik University Subway Station   2. Hamilton Hotel SeoulAddress: 179, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu , Yongsan-Gu, 04350 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: Just in front of Itaewon Subway Station   3. Eid Muslim Friendly Guesthouse Photo credit - www.hotelscombined.com Address: 67-20, Usadan-ro 4-gil, Yongsan-gu, Yongsan-Gu, 140-824 Seoul, South Korea   4. FN House Picture Credit - facebook.com/fnsquaredseoul Address: 634-8, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 135-895 Seoul, South Korea Facebook | Twitter | Instagram   5. G Guesthouse Itaewon Picture Credit - en.gguest.com Address: 131-11 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-Gu, 140-858 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: One minute walk from Itaewon Subway Station Facebook As a premier shopping destination, Seoul has quite a number of ultra-modern shopping malls, street markets and boutiques that are perfect for every type of shopping need. While you might have to resist the urge to purchase everything great that catches your eye, this sure is a great way to wander and explore all the amazing things the city has to offer in the top shopping locations like Dongdaemun Market, Lotte Department Store, Times Square Mall and I’Park Mall. In between your shopping expedition you can stop by some of the famous historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum located nearby. On your second day in Seoul you could get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beauty of the seven mountains, a great place to enjoy an adventurous hike. Among the main prayer facilities and mosques in South Korea, you should visit the Seoul Central Mosque as it is famous for being the first mosque in South Korea. Food-wise, you will have plenty of options to enjoy some great tasting Halal food in South Korea. Our top picks include: 1. EID Korean Restaurant Picture Credit - facebook.com/eid.halal.korean.food Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, SeoulOpening Hours: Tuesday - Sundays: 11.30 am - 9 pmContact: +82 070 8899 8210 Facebook | Instagram   2. Makan Halal Korean Restaurant Photo credit - facebook.com/MakanKorea Address: 52, Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea 140-911Opening Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays - Sundays: 10.30 am - 10 pm Facebook | Google+ 3. Yang Good Korean BBQ Picture Credit - Rotasız Agasshi Address: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-ro, 95 gil, 15Opening Hours: 4 pm - 2 am daily 4. Murree Muslim FoodAddress: 140-7 Itaewon-Dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-858Opening Hours: 10.30 am - 11 pm Facebook 5. Mr. Kebab Picture Credit - facebook.com/mrkebabkorea Address: 192 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm Facebook    6. Kervan Traditional Turkish Restaurant Picture Credit - www.kervan.co.kr Address: 127-3, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 11.30 am - 11 pmContact: 02-792-4767 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 7. Persian Palace Picture Credit - www.facebook.com/DrShapour Address: 110-522 9, Sungkyunkwan-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, SeoulOpening Hours: 11 am - 10 pmContact: +82-2-763-6050 Facebook   DAY 3: DMZ/JSA The De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) are very important sites every traveler should visit in South Korea. You can join a group tour which has to be booked in advance, and this is a great way to learn about the historic division of the peninsula. The tour includes stops at main attractions like the Imjingak Park, the Unification Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and Dorasan Station – the famous railway between South and North Korea. Following the tour, you can go back to Seoul and get set for the next part of your journey.   DAY 4: Jeju Island This is the largest island in South Korea, and you need to take a short flight from Seoul to get there. The island includes many amazing attractions and relaxing things to do, like enjoying a serene walk among the bonsai trees of Hallim Park, following the nature trails of Seolbong Park, witnessing the splendor of Cheonjiyeon Falls or Manjanggul Lava Tube, relaxing on the beautiful beaches, or spending time in the Seongeup Folk Village.   DAY 5: Busan Photo credit - www.goodfreephotos.com You can leave from Jeju Airport to reach South Korea’s second most-populous city, Busan. There are quite a number of fun places to visit in South Korea alone within the city, so this is a great way to end your vacation. Some of the things you can do during this time include relaxing on one of the top beaches, like Haeundae, Dadaepo, and Gwangali, or exploring Dongbaekseom Island – famous for the iconic mermaid statue, Gamcheon Cultural Village and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Before you catch your flight at Gimhae International Airport to head home, you'll be able to find some authentic souvenirs in Nampodong. The Busan Al-Fatah Mosque is located nearby for prayer facilities. To enjoy a great South Korean meal before you leave, the Busan Jib Restaurant is a great place that serves mouthwatering, spicy Halal food in South Korea: Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm dailyAddress: 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, South Korea Facebook | Instagram via GIPHY Go on a Halal Trip to South Korea with us...

  • Top 10 Things to do in Amsterdam for Muslim Travelers

    If you have set your mind on travelling to one of the most photogenic cities in the world, Amsterdam, then you are definitely in for the time of your life. Amsterdam most certainly lives up to the expectations in terms of picture postcard worthy natural sceneries perfectly complemented by all the modern day luxuries such a leading nation can offer. But if you are wondering ‘is Amsterdam Muslim friendly’, we have put together the ultimate Muslim visitor guide to Amsterdam, the Netherlands to help you plan out the perfect holiday in the most Halal friendly manner. Read on to discover some of the best things you should do while on holiday together with how to find mosques and prayer places near you in Amsterdam. Credit - giphy.com   1. Start your journey with a lesson on history at the world-renowned Anne Frank House Picture Credit - www.thinglink.comThe story of Anne Frank and her family is one of the most documented stories in history. But a trip to the Anne Frank House itself will take you on one of the best ways to truly understand the gripping journey of survival during World War II. The home is well preserved depicting the true nature of how things were for the family during this dark era and it also features a very thought-provoking museum in part of the house. As this is one of the most popular tourist attractions you might want to plan your visit early or closer to the end of the day and you can even make your bookings online through their website.  Location: Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands Prices: Adults: euro 9, Age 10-17: euro 4.50, Age 0-9: free Online ticket: euro 0.50 surcharge Opening hours: 1 November to 1 April 2018: Monday - Friday 10:00 to 20:00; Saturday 9:00 to 22:00; Sunday 9:00 to 19:00. 1 April to 1 November: Daily 9:00 to 22:00   2. Catch a glimpse of all the famous people who have ever lived at Madame Tussauds A First Timer's Guide to Amsterdam for Muslim Travelers will not be complete without a visit to the super-famous Madame Tussauds wax museum. Get set to grab some amazing pictures as you pose next to famous celebrities, sports figures, artists, scientists, politicians and much more as you spend time here. The museum is located on Dam Square which is quite close by to Anne Frank House, so you can try to cover these two locations on the same day. Location: Dam 20, 1012 NP Amsterdam, Netherlands Tickets: Online booking of tickets on their website is highly recommended to beat the crowds and also get some great deals. Phone: + 31 (0) 20-5221010   3. Treat yourself to some luxury in some of the finest hotels in Amsterdam While you might be tempted to roam around the city to Discover Amsterdam and the many wonders it will unfold at every turn, you would need to get some rest and relax too. As one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the world, Amsterdam is known to be home to some of the most luxurious hotels ideal to make you feel pampered during your stay. If you are on the lookout for a halal hotel Amsterdam you might want to check out any of the following: Hilton Amsterdam – starting from £150 Hotel Golden Tulip Amsterdam West – starting from £80 Novotel Amsterdam City – starting from £100 4. Visit the many mosques in Amsterdam As you wander around the city it would be a primary requirement to find mosques and prayer places near you in Amsterdam. This is not a challenge because there are quite a number of mosques located in most parts of the city. Among the most notable mosques, you should try to visit as a Muslim traveller is the Westermoskee mosque which is the biggest mosque in Amsterdam and in the Netherlands. It is located on the bank of the river Schinkel which creates an amazing view of the surrounding. The Blue Mosque Amsterdam, Netherlands is another noteworthy place of worship known for its unique architectural style which blends modern and traditional elements. The mosque derives its name from the blue bricks it is built from and is prominent as it lacks minarets and other symbols which are commonly featured in such places of worship.   5. Cycle around the city Cycling is one of the most common modes of transport in Amsterdam and has gained such popularity for so many good reasons. Firstly the city roads are designed to be quite cycle-friendly and secondly, of course, there is so much to see while you pedal around. There are plenty of bike hiring spots around the city to rent out one and enjoy a healthy way of sightseeing in this beautiful city.   6. Take a canal cruise A canal cruise is an absolute essential we recommend to you as part of this Muslim visitor guide to Amsterdam, Netherlands. The city is known for its UNESCO protected canal ring and is one of the best ways to enjoy a unique perspective of the city from afar. Guided boat tours are on offer so you can learn many interesting facts about the city as you feast your eyes on the spectacular beauty in front of you. You can opt to go on a cruise during the night or day, and each option will treat you to a very different and amazing experience. These cruises can be booked online and you can pick from a variety of options based on your requirement.   7. Enjoy a perfect picnic in the park You probably must be wondering what you can do in the city for free. Well, there are actually many things that you can enjoy here for free. One such great activity is to plan a picnic in one of the amazing parks in the city. Since there are more than 30 parks in the city, you will also have plenty of options on where to plan your picnic. Vondelpark is the largest of them all covering an area of about 47 acres and during the summer the park features quite a number of entertainment and attractions as well. Other parks you can visit include Westerpark, Sarphatipark in De Pijp and Rembrandtpark in the West.   8. Go on a tour of Museums and Galleries around the city Did you know that there are over 400 museums in Amsterdam! This alone could keep you occupied during most of your stay. If you plan on visiting as many museums as you can, you might want to get yourself a Holland Pass which offers a wide range of deals and fast track entry to some of the most crowd-pulling attractions in the city. The list of places you can visit are virtually endless but some of the top picks include the Rijksmuseum – dedicated to arts and history and also houses the largest research library, the Van Gogh museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. You can also witness some rather unique attractions at the FOAM photography museum, Tropenmuseum, Maritime Museum, and the Willet Holthuysen.   9. Indulge your taste buds with delicious Halal meals Since Amsterdam has quite a large community of Muslims, you will have no problems to find Halal food places near you in Amsterdam. There is a wide range of restaurants which specialize in very different international cuisines like Arabic, Ethiopian, Indian and Middle Eastern so you can try our various cuisine options as you wish. The following are some of the most popular eateries you could look out for. Bazar Amsterdam – serves light snacks and main dishesAddress: Albert Cuypstraat 182, 1073 BL Amsterdam, NetherlandsPhone: +31 20 675 054Opening Hours: Open daily from 10 am to 12 pm The Halal Food Restaurant – Turkish menuAddress: Damrak 54 – 1012 LL Amsterdam NetherlandsPhone: +31 020 – 638 32 22 / 06 25 09 72 94Opening Hours: Monday – Friday – 12 pm – 12 am, Saturday and Sunday – 12 pm – 3 am Warung Spang Makandra – Javanese cuisineAddress: Gerard Doustraat 39, 1072 VK Amsterdam, NetherlandsPhone: +31 20 670 5081Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 pm – 10 pm, Sunday 1 pm – 10 pm 10. Shop to your heart’s content Amsterdam is full of various shopping areas covering high-end fashion items to bargain shops. So get set to treat yourself to some much needed retail therapy as you roam around this shopping lover’s paradise. Nine Streets is a location where you will find plenty of boutique shops to cater to your every shopping need. The Albert Cuyp Market is the largest street market featuring authentic gift items, fresh fruits and vegetables, food, clothes and accessories and also plenty of flowers where you can surround yourself with the ‘tulips of Amsterdam’. For more destination ideas on where to travel in 2018, check out our travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic Travel App to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you....

  • 6 of the Most Beautiful Sights in Langkawi

    There is a never-ending array of best attractions in Langkawi that wait to delight all those who set their eyes on these spectacular wonders. From breathtaking natural wonders, to numerous man-made wonders that span across a cluster of 99 islands, we take you through some of the most beautiful Langkawi attractions that you should definitely add to your list of must-see places in Langkawi.   1. Amazing view of the Langkawi Sky Bridge and SkyCab ride Leading the list of what to see in Langkawi is the breathtaking view of the Langkawi Sky Bridge. A very enjoyable cable car ride waits to take you on one of the most exciting journeys to reach the Sky Bridge at the end. This journey is by no means for the faint-hearted, because you will find yourself travelling along one of the steepest cable car ropes in the world. But gathering enough courage to embark on this journey will be truly worth it once you are captivated by breathtaking 360 degree view of the beautiful islands and the Andaman Sea below. 2. Majestic Dataran Lang or Eagle Square Picture Credit -  www.flickr.com This is by far one of the most famous man-made Langkawi attractions you could come across during your trip. The reddish-brown majestic eagle structure in Dataran Lang bears much symbolic meaning with how Langkawi got its name. The folklore is associated with the two Malay words ‘helang’ meaning eagle and ‘kawi’ meaning reddish-brown, coming together to form Langkawi. Since this is one of the best attractions in Langkawi Best attractions in Langkawi you will find there are many restaurants and shops located in the vicinity. Click here for more information on Eagle square   3. Highest peak in Langkawi - Gunung Raya Picture Credit - naturallylangkawi.my Out of all the must-see places in Langkawi, the Gunung Raya Mountain has gained much popularity in recent years. Reaching an amazing height of 881 meters, this amazing location is surrounded by dense forest cover. This acts as a safe haven for wildlife and therefore is a great place to witness many rare species of fauna and flora such as sea eagles, great hornbills, macaque monkeys, flying foxes and many others. A 30-minute drive to the peak of this mountain will take you to one of the quietest and serene locations in Langkawi.   4. Langkawi Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise Picture Credit - naturallylangkawi.my As you look for more options of what to see in Langkawi, the option of this amazing wildlife park and bird paradise will instantly come up. Launched in 2002, this complex covers over 10,000 sqm and features over 2,500 exotic bird species. The complex also features a souvenir store where you can get some lovely knick-knacks to take back home.   5. Pulau Payar Marine Park Picture Credit - www.malaysia.travel The Pulau Payar Marine Park is another of the popular Langkawi attractions located 30km south of the main island. This area is well known as one of the best locations for snorkelling and diving activities. As you engage in such exciting activities, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent beauty of the colourful coral gardens.   6. Langkawi Arts in Paradise 3D museum Picture Credit - artinparadise.com.my The largest 3D museum in Malaysia and the second largest in the world, Langkawi Arts in Paradise 3D museum too is another of the must-see places in Langkawi we highly recommend. Featuring over 200 pieces of amazing artwork, it would make your photos literally come alive due to the amazing 3D backdrops. For more destination ideas on where to travel in 2018, check out our travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic Travel App to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you....

  • 8 Things You Must Do During Your Visit to Krabi Island

    Krabi Island is now becoming one of the most prominent tourist destinations in Thailand. This is because it is a location filled with amazingly beautiful natural landscapes that create the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the most exciting family-friendly activities in Krabi. With the island getting its own international airport, you should definitely consider travelling to this location for your next family adventure. We have put together a list of top activities in Krabi Island, especially with all you family travellers in mind. 1. Island Hopping Yes, island hopping is one of the top activities in Krabi Island, which is exactly as fun as it sounds. Krabi province comprises of a cluster of islands, namely, Poda Islands, Hing Islands and the Phi Phi Islands. As the breathtakingly beautiful coastline of Krabi greets you, you can hop on a speedboat to ride to any one of these islands. Due to the lesser number of crowds gathering to this part of Thailand you will be able to enjoy the untouched natural splendour of these exotic islands.   2. Visit Krabi Emerald Pool Picture Credit - www.krabi-tourism.com Located in the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, a visit to the Emerald Pool is definitely not to be missed. In order to reach the area, you would need to embark on an exotic nature trek. The journey is a great way to witness rare species of fauna and flora including the once extinct Pitta Gurney bird. This is one of the most ideal family-friendly activities in Krabi, especially if you are travelling with children, as it will create a true appreciation of nature.   3. Take a tour of Krabi Town Picture Credit - www.yourkrabi.com A tour through the charming and laid back Krabi Town will definitely be a rewarding experience your entire family will enjoy. It is a great way to witness the splendour of daily life in Krabi and learn more about the Thai culture and its amazing hospitality. Click Here for more information on Krabi Town 4. Explore the Ao Luk mangrove and caves The Ao Luk mangrove and caves is a great place to enjoy a lovely family adventure. Located about 40 km from Krabi Town, this is one of the best-preserved natural ecosystems in the country. One of the top activities in Krabi Island you can enjoy while in this area is to go kayaking where you can journey through a mangrove forest surrounded by lush green landscapes and limestone cliffs. Click Here For more Information on the Ao Luk Mangrove and Caves 5. Enjoy an elephant trek Picture Credit - commons.wikimedia.org An elephant trek joins the list of top activities in Krabi Island as one of the oldest tours available. Being able to get close these amazingly beautiful gentle giants is an experience anyone would love. As you visit the elephant bank you all can enjoy a host of family-friendly activities in Krabi like elephant baths and rides through the jungle.   6. Spend time at Koh Hong Koh Hong features one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Apart from spending some relaxing family time together, you all can create some fun memories engaging in super fun beach sports like sea bathing, snorkelling, scuba diving, sunbathing and so much more.   7. Enjoy a unique shopping experience Picture -krabi-magazine.com Krabi Island is a well-known location for hosting many different types of markets including night markets, morning markets, food markets and even second-hand clothes markets. Exploring all these markets is definitely one of the top activities in Krabi Island as you will be able to get your healthy dose of retail therapy and pick up some authentic goods at reasonable prices. 8. Treat your taste buds to unique Thai cuisine This could be by far one of the most enjoyable family-friendly activities in Krabi you all will enjoy. Although you may have tried out food claiming to be Thai dishes, you would only be able to taste the very best of Thai cuisine when you visit the restaurants in the area. Street food vendors are also great stops to grab some delicious treats. For more destination ideas on where to travel in 2018, check out our travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic Travel App to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you....

  • Take on these 5 Adventurous Sports in Hokkaido!

    Hokkaido could be identified as the winter wonderland of Japan; hence it is one of the great places to enjoy some of the best winter sports activities in Hokkaido. Due to the amazing level of good quality snowfall experienced in the area, it has become one of the popular locations where many winter adventurers gather to enjoy the best winter experiences they could ever dream of. Here are some of the top adventure sports we recommend you to try for unforgettable winter experiences you must complete in Hokkaido and the best spots to enjoy adventurous travel during Hokkaido winter.   Niseko When you explore all the must go adventurous places in Hokkaido winter season, Niseko ski area is one stop not to be missed. The entire area has many resorts located nearby giving you ample amounts of opportunities to pick the most exciting activities to engage in. Skiing and snowboarding are by far some of the most famous things to do in Hokkaido in December and as you visit the Niseko village you would be able to obtain a single pass to enjoy time in Niseko Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri, which are collectively known as Niseko United. Since the area is used to welcoming many foreigners arriving for their adventurous travel during Hokkaido winter, you would not have to worry about language constraints and there are several areas that rent out all the equipment you would need. There are also plenty of accommodation options and restaurants to choose from making such a visit one of the best winter experiences you must complete in Hokkaido. Click Here For more Information on Niseko   Furano Furano is a beautiful location that is well known for being covered by beautiful lavender fields in the summer and creamy snow cover during the winter. As the area receives heavy snowfall during winter it is another great spot to enjoy winter sports activities in Hokkaido. For those of you who are looking for an adventure mixed with a traditional Japanese experience, this would be the ideal stop for you.   Rusutsu Rusutsu is one of the largest ski resorts in Hokkaido. The entire area spans over the East Mountain, West Mountain, and Mount Isola. Since there are numerous courses, you would not have to worry about having to stay in line to enjoy your favorite winter sports activities in Hokkaido. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, you can also enjoy other activities like snowshoeing and horseback riding as well.   Sapporo Winter Sports Museum Taking a break from all the adventurous travel during Hokkaido winter you could take time to visit the Sapporo Winter Sports Museum where you can learn so much about the history of winter sports. There are several exhibits and resource area where you can learn about the Sapporo Winter Olympics as well. It is also one of the must go adventurous places in Hokkaido winter as you can have so much fun in the interactive areas where you can try out simulations of winter sports like ice hockey, speed skating and ski jumping among many others. Click Here for more Information on Sapporo Sapporo Snow Festival Visiting the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri or snow festival is one of the best winter experiences you must complete in Hokkaido. Held annually during a week in February, the festival comes alive with huge ice and snow sculptures decorating the entire area and there are several food stalls and entertaining games you can look forward to enjoying. Be sure to download the HalalTrip Islamic Travel App for your Halal travel to Japan,, to help locate Halal restaurants and Mosques nearby....

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