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Posted on 30 November 2018
Muslim-Friendly Travel Destinations
Our Muslim friends sometimes tell us about their religious difficulties when going abroad. That is why it is good to know some of the more Muslim-friendly travel destinations. But Muslim-friendly travel destinations are so much more than a place with accessible halal food and mosques to perform prayers but is also a place that will treat Muslim travelers with respect.
So, here is a list of 5 of the best Muslim-Friendly places to travel in Asia!
#1. Xi’an, China
There is a large community of Muslims living in Xi’an - with more than 50,000 Muslims, mosques and halal food is easily accessible and a part of this part of China’s culture and custom.
In fact, Xi’an was the first Chinese city that introduced Islam due to the Silk Road that passes through the city. Islamic practices had been allowed in Xi’an beginning from the 651AD and still remains strong today! So take a stroll down to the Muslim Quarter and you will be lost in the endless array of choice of Halal street foods and restaurants. Suan La Fen (hot sour rice noodles), Yangrou Paomo (flatbread in mutton soup), and Liangpi (cold noodles); are all must tries when you’re here in Xi’an.
After you have eaten some delicious Xi’an food, make a trip over to the largest mosque in China, the Great Moseu of Xi’an. It is a place of worship and also a very popular tourist site that is not to be missed. It embraces the elegance of China and Islam and combines the elements and functionality, creating an undoubtedly awesome combination.
While you’re here, you should also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors, a collection of terracotta sculptures portraying the armies of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, and a stunning Huashan mountain with 5 peaks. Delicious Halal food, awesome Islamic architecture and unbelievable attractions - Xi’an is easily one of the best Muslim holiday destinations in China!
Singapore has much to share to the rest of the world. With a unique Malay-Singapore culture and history, here, you can pay a visit to the Malay Heritage Center Museum to learn more about the vibrant and interesting lifestyle of Muslim Singaporeans. There are also two beautiful mosques nearby, the Burhani Mosque and the Sultan Mosque where you can stop for prayers and have a quick chat with locals.
For some delicious halal food choices, Bussorah Street is perfect placed to offer you nothing but the most delicious Singaporean Halal food in the coutntry. When you’re done indulging, be sure to take shopping to a whole new level at Orchard road. Here you can find literally anything you can think about. If you want something cheap and is of good qulaity - check out the Serangoon Road (little India) and Bugis Street Market.
With a prominent muslim community and plenty of cool attractions such as Sentosa Island, Universal Studios, and Gardens By The Bay, to name a few, Singapore is totally worth your time and money.
#3. Bangkok, Thailand
It may come as a surprise, but Muslims will be pleased to know that the capital city of Bangkok is a very Muslim-friendly place! There are plenty of restaurants that serve authentic Halal Thai food.
At Sukhumvit Soi Arab, you can find a Muslim friendly alleyway with more than 40 halal Middle Eastern restaurants. The vibrance and energy of this place is truly unprecedented! A must-visit for anyone!
There are also plenty of awesome attractions for you to not get bored. Everything here is reasonably priced and you can spend plenty of time exploring this awesome city. You can even take a car ride journey away from Bangkok and find yourself in the stunning Hua Hin beach. Here you can enjoy water activities such as surfing, snorkeling, bungee jumping, wakeboard and sailing. Count us in!
#4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is located in Malaysia. Malaysia’s official religion is Islam and has a predominantly islamic population. In Kuala Lumpur, you will essentially find a Halal-holiday-haven for Muslim tourists.
There is also a lot you can explore here: including the iconic Petronas towers, Putrajaya, and Batu Caves – a age-old limestone cave that housing a Hindu temple. Since Malaysia is a multicultural society, it is an unassuming city that has something for everybody.
There is plenty to explore in KL. These include places such as Kampung Baru - a glimpse of old KL before the age of skyscraper buildings. You can walk along Raja Alang and Datuk Abdul Razak streets and pass by many of the old wooden houses (including the traditional Malay house built in 1921 known as Master Mat’s house) and rows of traditional shops. You can find plenty of delicious traditional Malay dishes all over KL, but we recommend trying some at Kampung Baru!
If you’re looking to explore the new age of Malaysia, take a wonderful stroll down Bukit Bintang or Bangsar streets. These areas are known for their youthful ambiance and are very popular amongst tourist, youths and locals. Here you can find the hub of shopping and entertainment in KL!
If you’re looking to see some of the most remarkable mosques in Kuala Lumpur you must visit the some mosques like: the National Mosque, Putra Mosque, Federal Territory mosque and Jamek mosque.
#5. New Delhi, India
India is a massively diverse country of many different kinds of people and religions. There are very large communities of Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists in India. It may even be daunting to some new visitors.
Islam is the second most practiced religion in India and therefore it is very easy to find halal food that serves traditional, authentic Indian dishes everywhere around the city. You could try some of the paratha - a plain bread that comes with a selection of filling like potatoes, eggs, cauliflower, spinach and masala. The perfect street food!
In addition, while you’re in New Delhi you should try visiting Quwattul Islam mosque and Jamek mosque. The incredible Indo-Islamic architecture here is undoubtedly some of the most stunning and insta-worthy places in all of India! If you are ever in need, there are plenty of friendly locals around that are willing to help you find any Muslim-friendly amenities!
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