Where to celebrate Hari Raya?
Posted on 03 June 2019
When the radio starts running those ASMR Yusuf Taiyoob ads, you know that the Raya season is upon us! Generally, the holidays brings about two kinds of travellers: those who return to their hometowns for family bonding, or those who take the break as an opportunity to do some sightseeing. If you fall into the latter category, here are 4 places you could visit with your family for a fun-filled Raya staycation.
While Alor Setar is more of a balik kampung destination, it is no short of beautiful landmarks and must-visit sites. Seated in the heart of the city is the Zahir Mosque that is often hailed as Alor Setar’s architectural masterpiece. Its iconic black domes create an impressive sight to behold, especially against the evening sky. The state mosque has ample space for prayers, a food corner, and even shops that sell non-alcoholic perfumes nearby.
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Moreover, Kedah is not known as the rice bowl of Malaysia for nothing! Venture to the paddy fields to the east of Jalan Langgar for an exquisite panoramic view of the countryside. What’s more, you can easily get to the fields by taxi.
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A trip to the Kedah State Museum or the Paddy Museum would make for an educational trip for the children. There are also plenty of galleries and exhibits dedicated to the life and times of the current Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who was born and bred in this very city!
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Beautiful beaches, stunning religious sites, and good food - you can find them all in the state of Terengganu. Kuala Terengganu is home to the Crystal Mosque, a grand structure of steel, glass and crystal that sits peacefully on the water. While parts of the building are currently under construction, you can take many amazing photos outside, or go on a river cruise around the mosque.
Source: Crystal Mosque Terengganu
Of course, it’s not a Raya celebration without kuih-muih. Gerai Kuih Gong Kapas, also in Kuala Terengganu, features an array of traditional sweet treats as well as savoury ones - perfect for a feast after the ramadan month! You’ll definitely feel #cravingsatisfied as you go over more than 100 types of kuih available here.
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Next on the #cravingsatisfied itinerary for Terengganu is obviously keropok lekor. Yes, there is more to Terengganu than keropok lekor, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stuff your face with these fishy snacks while you’re here. Whether you like them fried or steamed, the keropok lekor from stalls like Keropok Lekor 008 Kelulut and Keropok Losong Adik Beradik are light on the flour and heavy on the fish, creating a flavour unique to Terengganu.
On the other hand, if you fancy a more chillax stay, you can always retreat to one of Terengganu’s many islands. To make the planning part much easier for you, Packist offers a 3D2N holiday package at 4 Star Bubu Long Beach Resort, Perhentian Island inclusive of meals, snorkelling excursion, and return transfers.
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While Melaka can get pretty packed during the holiday season, those who dare to brave the traffic will be rewarded with a meaningful experience. Besides the unique Peranakan culture and numerous historical sites, you can now enjoy the uniqueness of Melaka through performance art. Encore Melaka: Impression Series is a stage show that tells the story of Melaka’s cultural heritage through 6 centuries in a fresh and interesting way, embracing the city’s diversity and rich history.
Source: Malaysia Truly Asia
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