Can you believe 2022 is ending soon? It seems like it was just yesterday we were in the pandemic. While many of us are still travelling or squeezing in trips before the year ends, we're sure many of you are already thinking of new destinations to plan your 2023 vacation 😉 That's why we've come up with this list of places to visit in 2023 so you can discover some new destinations or return to familiar spots to try something new and different. Either way, we guarantee that your 2023 is going to be a year of amazing travels! Here's a list of 15 Muslim-friendly destinations that should be on your list in 2023! Are you ready to explore?
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1. Perth, Australia
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Ah, Western Australia. Often overlooked for its prime rival the East Coast, the state is perhaps the most underrated one in Australia. What most people don’t know is that this gloriously sunny state offers its own charm that would make every traveller fall in love with it on the spot! As one of the largest states in the world, Western Australia has plenty to offer! From pristine beaches to rolling green hills and native wildlife, you’ll find it all in this strikingly vibrant region 😍 Still not convinced? These 10 reasons will make sure Western Australia is on your 2023 travel bucket list! There are also plenty of halal restaurants, so check out 12 Best Halal Restaurants and Cafes For Your Next Perth Trip for the hungry (and possibly cranky) traveller.
2. Sydney, Australia
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Beautiful, diverse, sunny and oh-so picturesque, there’s so much to discover in this harbour-side city from its touristy spots to its hidden gems. Can this city really live up to all the hype? In a word: Absolutely! There are undoubtedly many reasons to fall in love with Sydney, but here are 9 Reasons Why Muslim Travellers Keep Going Back to Sydney that will leave you wanting more 😍 Also, you don’t have to worry about finding halal food here, as there are plenty of halal restaurants (that are not just kebabs!) in Sydney!
3. Hong Kong
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An island of bustling street culture, shopping paradises and delicious local food, Hong Kong is unlike any other place you’ve been. Lively and exciting, it’s no surprise why travellers would plan countless vacations to Hong Kong. From looking at the entire city from The Peak to screaming your hearts out at Ocean Park to meeting your favourite Disney characters at Hong Kong Disneyland to hopping around town for the best Insta-worthy spots and extensive halal food, there’s something for every traveller here!
Of course, Hong Kong is also famous for its shopping scene. With its mix of street markets, shopping streets and huge shopping malls, there is so much to buy here across all budgets that this city will convert you into a shopaholic if you’re not already one! If this is your first time visiting Hong Kong, we recommend this handy digital guide for Muslims.
4. Kuching, Malaysia
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Known as the capital city of Sarawak, Kuching is a playground of sights and sounds that are waiting to be discovered. Brimming with character and laid-back charm, it also earned the nickname, the City of Cats, thanks to its moniker which means 'cat' in Bahasa Malaysia. The best part is, Kuching is amazing if you’re looking for an affordable getaway! While it might be a small city, there are plenty of things to do here! From hiking the national parks to touring the Sarawak River to learning about the history and culture at the museums, there’s something for everyone! While you’re here, you simply MUST try what the late Anthony Bourdain called “breakfast of the Gods” — the Sarawak laksa! 😍
5. Tohoku, Japan
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Tohoku is known for its natural beauty filled with mountains, lakes and hot springs. Its more remote location makes it a perfect retreat for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities. But it wouldn’t be fair to say Tohoku’s attractions are just its beautiful landscapes — the region has a whole host of offerings that are calling to be explored, from cultural and historical landmarks to delicious Muslim-friendly food and one-of-a-kind experiences 😍 Don’t worry if it’s your first time in Tohoku, check out A Muslim Traveller’s Guide To Tohoku, Japan: What To See, Do & Eat!
6. Fukuoka, Japan
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Another Japanese city on the list! For a land with 47 prefectures made up of a whopping 6,000 islands, Japan definitely has a lot more to offer - like Fukuoka! This northern part of Japan’s Kyushu island is packed with ancient temples, beaches, and modern shopping malls. Plus, this underrated gem was ranked in the Top Ten Most Liveable Cities In The World by Monocle’s Quality of Life survey in 2016 😍 So, if you’re looking to go off the beaten path and avoid crowds, Fukuoka is the place for you. Do you more convincing? Here are 8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Japan’s Underrated City and to help you plan, A Muslim-Friendly Guide To Fukuoka: 10 Things You Need To See, Eat & Do.
7. Jeju, South Korea
Known as the Hawaii of Korea, the peaceful island of Jeju is home to gorgeous beaches, scenic panoramic views of the vast, open sea and the most delectable seafood dishes. With South Korea presenting itself as a go-to Muslim-friendly destination, Jeju is fast becoming one of the country’s top-visited cities. If you have yet to tick this picturesque island off your travel bucket list, then you should visit Jeju in 2023! 🤩 Check out This Is The 5D4N Muslim-Friendly Jeju Itinerary You’ve Been Waiting For to start planning your Jeju trip!
8. Taipei, Taiwan
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Oh, Taipei! The land where stunning natural beauty meets modern cities. Just imagine standing between mountainous landscapes and stunning architecture, one would say it’s truly a charm of its own. It may be small, but it has a big heart, with some of the world's most hospitable locals. Taipei is a great city to explore some of Taiwan's amazing attractions! Be prepared to be mesmerised by the iconic Taipei 101, beautiful natural landscapes like Yangmingshan Park and historical monuments like Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall 🤩
Check out The Ultimate Muslim-friendly 5D4N Itinerary For Your First Trip To Taipei and 8 Awesome Muslim-friendly Eateries In Taipei For Authentic Taiwanese Cuisine to start planning your trip!
9. Da Nang, Vietnam
You want the European vacation, minus the cost. Just take a flight in under three hours to Da Nang, Vietnam and explore this French-inspired town. Located approximately 22km southwest of Da Nang, Ba Na Hills can be reached by their Swiss-made cable cars! There’s a variety of activities to do once you reach the top: You can visit Linh Ung Pagoda, a peaceful temple featuring a huge statue of Lady Bodhisattva, cross the newly renovated Golden Bridge held by the hand of the Buddha, or get your dose of adrenaline Fantasy Park, a large indoor entertainment park featuring rides, 4D and 5D cinemas! 😍 And yes, there are plenty of halal dining options in Da Nang. Check out 6 Muslim-Friendly Eateries You Shouldn’t Miss In Da Nang to plan your trip!
10. Khao Yai, Thailand
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If you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, you need to visit Khao Yai! Just three hours away from Bangkok, the picturesque town of Khao Yai can't be more different from Thailand's bustling capital. Apart from quirky European villages and sprawling sunflower fields, Khao Yai is also home to Thailand’s largest national park where wild elephants roam free 😍 Do you need more reasons to visit Khao Yai? Let these 8 Reasons To Explore Khao Yai, The Secret Thai Wonderland Only Locals Know convince you!
11. Cebu, the Philippines
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If exhilarating nature escapades and thrilling water activities float your boat (pun intended), then head on to Cebu for a weekend getaway! Cebu is a little over 3 hours away by flight from Singapore, which is perfect for a quick vacay of fun! For instance, have you ever heard of canyoneering? 😱 Pass over canyons, slide with the flowing waters, leap into pools, and the highlight; jump off from a 50 feet high cliff into the clear waters of Kawasan Falls and scream your lungs out with your family! Kawasan Canyoneering offers canyoneering gear and skilled tour guides to make your adventure safe and fun. If you’re up for some adrenaline-pumping activities, this definitely has to be on your list! 😉 If you like being up in the air, dive right into the extreme sport that’s gaining popularity in Cebu – skydiving! Jump off an airplane and enjoy the magnificent view of the blue ocean or admire the busy urban scene from the top! This is only a glimpse of the endless fun Cebu offers, so what are you waiting for? 🤩
Hands up if Switzerland is on your travel bucket list because you watched the popular K-drama Crash Landing On You! We understand why. With 60% of the country rippled by the Alps, the landscapes and towns look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale book. With glacier-capped peaks, waterfalls and lakes in the most surreal shade of blue and fairy tale castles, there’s plenty to love about Switzerland. The real wonder of this country, however, is just how wonderfully accessible it is. Switzerland is a breeze to get around by train, on foot or by taking a scenic road trip. Not sure where to head to in Switzerland? Check out 5 Amazing Cities In Switzerland You Should Visit For Your Future Holiday and 12 Muslim-Friendly Eateries For Your Switzerland Food Adventure to start planning your trip!
13. New Zealand
Postcards come and go, but there’s nothing more mesmerising than wandering through the scenic splendours of New Zealand. Dotted with magnificent mountains, emerald lakes and birds whistling, the country’s natural wonders are simply out of this world. Whether you’re driving a campervan on a winding road or leaving footprints on various hiking trails, check out our first-timer’s guide to planning an ultimate getaway to New Zealand! Once you’re ready to go, prepare to be swept away by these breathtaking nature spots in New Zealand.
14. New York
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Where dreams are made of, right, Alicia Keys? Some travellers come to New York for the bustling city life and sightseeing adventure, while others come for the thriving art scene and lip-smacking food. Whatever your reasons may be, New York is a city that has made its way into the bucket list of many Muslim travellers. The melting pot of a city has plenty of halal dining options and if this is your first time in NYC, check out these 6 Essential Tips For Muslim Travellers In New York.
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Singapore may be geographically small, but you can’t deny the fact that the country is an awesome holiday destination. Home to iconic cityscapes, delicious food and world-class attractions, Singapore is a great place if you want to experience it all! While there's plenty to do in Singapore, there are a handful of activities that are an absolute must-do for those who visit the country. Whether you're a first-time or a repeat visitor, here's the ultimate travel bucket list for Singapore that you have to tick off! Looking for halal dining options? Fret not, Singapore has plenty of those too!
That rounds up our 14 best Muslim-friendly destinations you should visit in 2023. Whether it's an underrated region of Japan, gorgeous nature spots or big city life, we've got it all covered! Time to start planning your best travel year yet!