Southeast Asia is an amazing destination with plenty of affordable places, and we mean AFFORDABLE! We have compiled a number of activities and accommodations to do for a 3D2N vacation under RM1200 in seven different awesome locations 🤓

And FYI, we’ve calculated each accommodation for 2 nights (1 room) and for 2 persons, so you don’t have to recalculate all the numbers again 🤯


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And now onwards to our budget-friendly trips!

*Flight prices are not included
*Prices are based on searches for June 2019
*Note some prices are seasonal and are subject to change (such as exchange rates and hotel rates).

1. Hanoi, Vietnam

WHAT TO DO IN HANOI

Enjoy a Water Puppet Show  


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One of the most popular attractions in Hanoi, a modern theatre puppet show performed in a pool of water as a stage at Thang Long Theatre. You’ll get to enjoy 17 short sketches of folk tales and legends such as Vietnamese ancient life, agricultural harvests and mythical dances. The performance is also accompanied by a magnificent Vietnamese orchestra.

#HHWT tip: Book your tickets early since the show tends to sell out fast.

Price: Starts at VND60 000 or RM12 (there is an additional fee to photograph or film the show)
Address: 57B Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Showtimes: Daily 3pm, 4.10pm, 5.20pm, 6.30pm & 8pm
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Explore the vibrant Night Market


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The Hanoi weekend night market is popular among locals and tourist for its busy and lively atmosphere. Browse through market items such as handicrafts, clothes, accessories, shoes and souvenirs. With a starting price of VND10 000 (RM3), it is definitely a bargain. Enjoy performances by locals in traditional outfits accompanied by traditional music too!

Price: Free (items start from RM3 onwards)
Address: Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Operating hours: Friday to Sunday 6pm – 12am

Visit the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh


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An important historical site for Vietnam! This impressive structure surrounded a scenic garden is the final resting place of Vietnam’s most iconic leader, Ho Chi Minh. His body is embalmed and preserved for display at the mausoleum. Ba Dinh Square, in front of the mausoleum, was where President Ho declared the independence of Vietname in 1945.

If you’re lucky you’ll also get to see the changing of guards that rivals that of Buckingham Palace!

#HHWT tip: Visitors’ attires need to cover shoulders and knees to enter the building and photography is not allowed inside.

Price: Free
Address: 2 Hùng Vương, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Operating hours: 
Tuesday to Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday 8am – 5.15pm
Monday 8am – 11am
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Take a free walking tour


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The most important aspect of a budget trip is to take advantage of all the free touristy offers – like this free walking tour! The free walking tour is run by a group of the local university students who provide half day and full day tours. The tours range from the Military Museum, French Quarters, Government Guesthouse, Opera House, street markets and more!

Price: Free
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Drop by the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long


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One of Vietnam’s UNESCO sites, the Imperial Citadel served as the capital of Vietnam for eight centuries. Explore grand pavilions, imperial gates, and even American military bunkers!

Interesting fact – the Imperial Citadel is still an ongoing archaeological site since there have been many relics found over the last few years!

Price: VND30 000 or RM5 – RM6
Address: 19C Hoàng Diệu, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Operating hours: Daily 8am – 5pm (closed on Mondays)

Hanoi Opera House


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A beautiful historical Vietnamese landmark that was modelled after Palais Garnier (one of Paris’ opera houses) with its European Renaissance design.

The theatre hosts many events frequently, ranging from the Vietnamese Orchestaa who perform there regularly, to the occasioanl international artist.

Price: Starts at VND100 000 or RM17 – RM18 (prices may differ depending on the show and seating type)
Address: Số 01 Tràng Tiền, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
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FOOD IN HANOI

Zaynab Restaurant


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There are many Muslim-friendly restaurants in Hanoi such as this Vietnamese food joint, Zaynab Restaurant.

Check out this list of Muslim-friendly restaurants in Hanoi for more food!

Halal status: Halal-certified
Address: 12 Hàng Lược, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm daily
Contact No: +84 93 453 07 82
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Accommodation

Cosiana Hotel


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With a halal-certified menu, staying at Cosiana definitely makes your trip convenient. Not just that, the hotel is walking distance to a number of attractions too like the Maison Center, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Old Quarter, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Museum of History and Tran Quoc Pagoda.

Muslim-Friendly amenities: Halal-certified menu
Price: from RM116/night on Agoda
Address: 92 Đường Lê Duẩn, Văn Miếu, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
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Estimated cost breakdown (excluding transportation and food)

  • Accommodation = RM232 (RM116 per room for 2 nights)
  • Water Puppet Show = RM24 (RM12 x 2)
  • Night Market = RM0
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum = RM0
  • Free Walking Tour = RM0
  • Imperial Citadel of Thang Long = RM10 (RM5 X 2)
  • Hanoi Opera House = RM34 (RM17 x 2)
  • ESTIMATED TOTAL = RM300
  • That leaves you with RM900 for transportation, food and shopping 😉
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand

WHAT TO DO IN CHIANG MAI

Visit free temples (Wat Phra Singh & Wat Chedi Luang)


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Explore the vibrant temple where the main attraction is its large chedi (stupa) that enshrines the ashes of the father of one of the previous kings, King Saen Muang Ma. The chedi stands at 85 meters tall, and at one point was the highest structure in Chiang Mai. And amaze yourself with the other architectures within the temple 😍 Find wiharns (assembly hall) with images of Buddha, and a giant gum tree at the temple entrance. According to local folklore, a catastrophe for epic proportions will occur if the tree ever falls 😱

Built in 1345, this is probably Chiang Mai’s second most revered temple after Wat Phra Doi Suthep. This breathtaking lavish Lanna architecture is one not to be missed if you’re in town, it is one of the best well-preserved architecture of Lanna architecture that has stood through time! There are three beautiful structures for you to explore in this temple, mainly an awe-inspiring assembly hall painted with gorgeous murals of Chiang Mai’s local life during its time, hundreds of years ago – history buffs, you will love to explore this!

Price: Free
Address:
Wat Chedi Luang – 103 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Wat Phra Singh – 2 Samlarn Rd, Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 502800, Thailand
Operating hours: 6am – 5pm

Visit Wat Phra Doi Suthep

Wat Phra Soi Suthep is one of the most sacred temples in Thailand, and it’s about an hour’s drive away from Chiang Mai City. According to folklore, Buddha’s ashes were split among his followers after his cremation. It is believed that some of his relics lie inside the gold chedi. You can enter the temple by walking up 306 steps or by a cable car.

The main attraction of the temple is a giant gold chedi (stupa) that stands over 79 feet tall! Explore the intriguing temple which consists of a tranquil outer square with beautiful Buddha statue and temple bells, and a busy inner square with worshippers praying and circumambulating around the chedi.

Price: 30 baht or RM4
Address: Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Operating hours: Daily 6am – 6pm

Bhubing Palace

Bhubing Palace is the royal residence of the Thai royal family. Surrounding the residence are beautiful gardens which are open to the public 🌹 There are multiple places to pass through with flowers EVERYWHERE 🌸. Walk through the plant exhibition greenhouse, pass by a rose garden, and immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of flowers everywhere!

Price: 50 baht or RM7
Address: Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Operating hours: Daily 8.30am – 3.30pm
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Visit Chiang Mai Street Market

Shop till you drop at the market! Explore the inner and outer parts of the large market and browse through drop dead gorgeous locally made goods like Thai silk materials, stunning traditional outfits, quirky souvenirs, electronics, and tourist t-shirts! There’s something for everyone – yourself and for you to buy for friends and family back home.

Price: Free
Address: Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Operating hours: Daily 5pm – 12am

FOOD IN CHIANG MAI

Find plenty of Muslim-friendly food in Chiang Mai, especially at their Halal Town Hilal Street – their very own Muslim community in town.

One of the popular eateries there is Khao Soy Feung Fah that serves Northern Thailand’s iconic Khao Soi at Khao Soy Feung Fah! It’s a coconut curry based spicy soup served with crunchy noodles. It’s usually served with pork but the halal version uses chicken meat instead! The place even serves chicken and mutton briyani, oxtail soup, friend rice and more.

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Address:
6, Soi Charoen Prathet 1 | Chang Moi, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Opening hours: +66 81 595 7030
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Check out more Muslim-friendly eateries in Chiang Mai here.

ACCOMMODATION IN CHIANG MAI

Romena Grand Hotel


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Muslim-Friendly amenities: Halal restaurant on premise
Price: from RM73/night on Agoda
Address: 2 Nantaram Rd, Tambon Hai Ya, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
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Estimated cost breakdown (excluding transportation)

  • Accommodation = RM146 (RM73 per room for 2 nights)
  • Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh = RM0
  • Wat Phra Doi Suthep = RM8 (RM4 x 2)
  • Bhubing Palace = RM14 (RM7 x 2)
  • Chiang Mai Night Market = RM0
  • ESTIMATED TOTAL COST = RM168
  • That leaves you with RM1032 for transportation, food and shopping 😉

Visiting Chiang Mai for the first time? We’ve compiled an ultimate first-time guide to Chiang Mai for Muslim travellers or check out our 4D3N itinerary for an awesome trip to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai!

3. Luang Prabang, Laos

WHAT TO DO IN LUANG PRABANG

Kuangsi Falls


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You cannot visit Luang Prabang without visiting Kuang Si falls! This beautiful shallow pools of turquoise blue surrounded by lush tropical jungle is a sight to see. You would think this is a set for a fantasy movie! Change into your swimwear and have a dip in the pools or just sit back and relax under the shade.

P.S. There is also a small sun bear sanctuary at the entrance of Kuang Si falls.

Price: 20 000 Lao Kip or about RM10 entrance fee
Address: Ban Long, Lao
Operating hours:
Wednesday to Monday 8am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 5pm

Explore The Vibrant Wat Xieng Tong


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Wat Xieng Thong is an intricately designed temple in Luang Prabang that every traveller must visit! Built in 1559, the temple boasts phenomenal ornate designs on its walls. Explore over twenty structure in the area that includes shrines, pavilions, and residences. Multiple important Laotian festivities are held at the monastery each year.

Price: Free
Address: Khem Khong, Luang Prabang, Laos
Opening hours: Daily 6am – 5pm

Luang Prabang Night Market


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Unlike other night markets in Southeast Asia, you’ll be surprised to find how peaceful and calm the Luang Prabang night market is. Leisurely stroll through the market’s 300 stalls and browse through a variety of items like clothes, scarves, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

#HHWT tip: Remember to bargain your prices before purchasing!

Price: Free (item prices start at Lao Kip 10 000 or about RM5)
Address: Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
Contact: Daily 5pm – 11pm

Observe an almsgiving ceremony


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A 600-year-old tradition that takes places as soon as the sun rises in Luang Prabang. About 200 monks from the monasteries will walk the streets of town for their daily meal. The locals prepare the meals early in the morning to give to the monks. You’ll notice the locals kneeled down as a sign of respect while putting the offerings into the monks’ basket.

Price: Free
Address: Sakkaline Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
Starting time: 5.30am during summer, 6.30am during winter

Take a riverboat ride and visit the Pak Ou Caves


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Take scenic river ride down Mekong river and explore two caves set in a limestone cliff filled with over 4000 Buddha statues of all sizes. The history of these caves cate over a thousand years, and it is believed that the statues were placed in there by local villagers and pilgrims over a period of a few hundred years. Instead of throwing away their old Buddha statues, they bring the statues to the Pak Ou caves instead to show their devotion and commitment.

Price: 75 000 Lao Kip or RM 38 (including a two-way boat ride) Note that the prices for Pak Ou Caves change regularly.
Address: Luang Prabang, Laos
Operating hours: Daily 8am – 5pm

Walk across a Bamboo Bridge


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For tourists, the bridge may be a novelty with its traditional design but for the locals, it is a way of life since they have to cross the Nam Khan river every day from the village to town. It’s nice to take a walk over the bridge and explore the village on the other side. You’ll get to see plenty of locals going on with their daily life.

P.S. The bridge is a super insta-worthy spot too!

Price: 5000 kip or RM2.40
Address: 34 Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos

FOOD IN LUANG PRABANG

Wat That Restaurant


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There aren’t many Muslim-friendly locations in Luang Prabang but there is definitely enough for a 3D2N stay. Head over to the Wat That Homestay for their in-house restaurant, which serves Laos and Malaysian cuisine. Sample the Luang Prabang salad, Lao curry and pad kapou.🤤

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Address: Mekong Riverfront, Ban Wat That, Luang Prabang, Laos
Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-8PM

#HHWT Tip: Most restaurants in Luang Prabang serve pork and alcohol. Do check their menu beforehand and dine at your own discretion. You can also stick to seafood and vegetarian dishes as a rule of thumb!

Find out more things to do in Luang Prabang.

ACCOMMODATION IN LUANG PRABANG

Luang Prabang Legend Hotel


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Muslim-Friendly amenities: None. Unfortunately, Luang Prabang does not have any budget accommodations with Muslim-friendly food. But there are many Muslim-friendly eateries in the area for you to try!
Price: from RM122/night on Agoda
Address: Noradech Road., Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.
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Estimated cost breakdown (excluding transportation)

  • Accommodation = RM244 (RM122 per room for 2 nights)
  • Kuang Si Falls = RM20 (RM10 x 2)
  • Wat Xieng Tong = RM0
  • Luang Prabang Night Market = RM0
  • Almsgiving ceremony = RM0
  • Pak Ou Caves = RM74 (RM38 x 2)
  • Bamboo Bridge = RM4.80 (RM2.40 x 2)
  • ESTIMATED TOTAL = RM342.80
  • That leaves you with RM857.20 for transportation, food and shopping 😉
4. Yogyakarta, Indonesia

WHAT TO DO

Visit the largest Buddhist structure – Borobudur Temple


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A truly magnificent monument, Borobudur is the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on the planet. You’ll be amazed by the scale of the place and the amount of detail you can find in the amazing structure. It’s no surprise that Borobudur was recognized as a UNESCO heritage site in 1991.

Price: IDR475 000 or RM140
Address: Jl. Badrawati, Kw. Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Operating hours: 6am – 5pm

Explore the Prambanan Temple


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Indonesia’s largest Hindu site with a deep and mystical history. There are eight small temples and eight shrines that are built on a platform that was initially built to mark the return of Hinduism in Java after a long period of Buddism. Exploring these places are a definite must for every traveller visiting Yogyakarta.

Price: IDR600 000 or RM175 (for a combo ticket of Borobudur and Prambanan)
Address: Jl. Raya Solo – Yogyakarta No.16, Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55571, Indonesia
Opening hours: 6am – 5pm

Explore Jomblang Cave


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One of the natural highlights of Yogyakarta, Jomblang Cave is a 90-minute drive from Yogyakarta city and is perfect for a day trip. The cave isn’t really a cave but instead its a part of a cave complex within  Gunung Kidul. There are three parts to the cave for tourists to see which is the large huge sinkhole, a long tunnel and the central cave (Goa Grubog). This is definitely one for the adventurous!

Interesting fact – The cave was used as a film location for the Amazing Race!

Price: IDR500 000 or about RM146
Address: Jetis Wetan, Pacarejo, Semanu, Gunung Kidul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55893, Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily 8am – 2pm

Taman Sari


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Taman Sari (or Water Castle) is one of the top places to visit in Yogyakarta. The site is the former royal garden of a Sultanate of Yogyakarta from the mid-18th century. The building architecture also shows a mixture of western and Asian design as requested by the sultanate. Explore a bathing space, resting space, underground tunnels and a hidden mosque!

Surrounding the Taman Sari is a village area with over 3000 residents. Explore the village and find plenty of local coffee shops, and stalls selling local handicrafts.

Price: IDR15 000 or about RM5
Address: Wisata Taman Sari, Jl. Tamanan, Patehan, Kraton, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55133, Indonesia
Operating hours: Daily 9am – 3pm

Kalibiru National Park


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Located 450m above sea level, Kalibiru Park is a popular destination for travellers looking for a quick getaway from the big city! The local residents took an initiative in 1999 to restore the forest and the National Park was opened in 2008 to the public. There are plenty of things to do there from enjoying scenic walks (multiple paths ranging from 1.5km to 7km), treetops with stunning views, and flying foxes. At the highest point of the national park, you can soak in the beautiful scenery of Yogyakarta City!

Price: IDR10 000 or RM3 entrance fee (on weekends) Note that there are extra fees to visit Photo Spots and certain activities.
Address: Kalibiru National Park
Opening hours: daily 9am – 5pm

Sonobudoyo Wayang Theatre


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What better way to experience traditional Javanese art than to watch a Wayang Kulit show? Wayang Kulit (or leather puppets) are an iconic part of Javanese culture. They are carved from buffalo skin and each puppet represents a character from Hindu mythologies of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The wayang kulit shows are usually held at 8pm on a daily basis.

The museum also showcases other traditional Javanese artefacts in the museum such as weapons, textiles and statues. It is the second most complete collection in Indonesia after Jakarta’s central museum.

Price: IDR5000 or about RM1.50
Address: Jl. Pangurakan No.6, Ngupasan, Gondomanan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55122, Indonesia
Opening hours:
Mondays closed
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays 8am – 3.30pm
Fridays 8am – 2pm
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Walk along Jalan Malioboro


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A street that became an iconic location in Yogyakarta city, Jalan Malioboro is a vibrant and lively street stretching over 1km. Explore the street and find a mixture of Dutch colonial architecture, Chinese influence, and modern buildings! There are many restaurants and street stalls in the area for you to browse through. And since Yogyakarta has a large Muslim population, many of the street food and restaurants are Muslim-friendly or Muslim-owned (we advise you to check with vendors or the restaurants before purchasing to be sure) for you to eat! By nightfall, the atmosphere is livelier with street musicians, painters and artists displaying their art on the road!

And of course, browse through plenty of stalls selling clothes, souvenirs, handicrafts, batiks, sarongs, sandals and more!

Price: Free
Address: Jalan Malioboro, Yogyakarta

FOOD IN BOROBUDUR

Soto Kadipiro


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There are several Soto Kadipiro restaurants in Yogyakarta, and four at Jalan Wates alone. The original Soto Kadipiro restaurant bears a sign that says “Warung Soto Kadipiro Since 1921”.From locals and even to tourists, people would queue as early as 8am just to get a taste of the Soto sold here! So now you know to head there early if you’re ever in the area 😉

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours:
 8 AM to 2 PM daily
Address: Jl. Wates Km. 3 No. 33, Kadipiro, Ngestiharjo, Kasihan, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55184, Indonesia

There are plenty of Muslim-friendly eateries in Yogyakarta for you to try, and here are our suggested places!

ACCOMMODATION IN BOROBUDUR

Pesonna Malioboro Yogyakarta


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Muslim-Friendly amenities: Promoted as a halal-lifestyle hotel
Price: from RM121/night on Agoda
Address: Jl. Gadean No.3, Ngupasan, Gondomanan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55122, Indonesia
Website 

Estimated cost breakdown (excluding transportation)

  • Accommodation =  RM242 (RM121 per night for 2 nights)
  • Borobudur and Prambanan Temple = RM350 (RM175 x 2)
  • Jomblang Cave = RM292 (RM146 x 2)
  • Taman Sari = RM10 (RM5 x 2)
  • Kalibiru National Park = RM6 (RM3 x 2)
  • Sonobudoyo Wayang Theatre = RM3 (RM1.50 x 2)
  • Walk along Jalan Malioboro = RM0
  • ESTIMATED TOTAL COST = RM903
  • That leaves you with RM297 for transportation, food and shopping 😉
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia

WHAT TO DO IN SIEM REAP

Visit Angkor Wat


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Another amazing architecture every traveller must visit! Angkor is a spectacular temple complex structure that was constructed as a Hindu temple for its spiritual god Vishnu. It eventually transformed into a Buddhist monument by the end of the 12th century. The entrance fee is steep but it’s definitely worth it since you can spend an entire day exploring the huge complex consisting of many buildings. The amazing architecture shows the height of the Khmer’s (predecessor to modern Cambodia) fine architectural skills. Each wall inside the structure has a carving showcasing an epic Hindu story which carving detail will leave you in awe!

Price: USD37 or about RM152
Address:
Opening hours: Daily 4.30am – 5.30pm

Phare – Cambodian Show


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Cambodia’s version of Cirque Du Soleil! The circus is more than just a circus. The performers are usually young people from the streets, orphanages or struggling families who learn their acrobatic and performance skills at Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), and each performance tells a unique Cambodian story ranging from history to myths. Be in awe as you watch these dedicated performers showcase acrobatics, contortion, aerial ballet, balancing, tightrope walking, fire dancing, vaulting, juggling, music, dance, drama, mime and comedy.

P.S. Animal lovers would be happy to note that no animals are used in their performances.

Price: Starts at USD18 or about RM66
Address: Phare Circus Ring Road, south of the Intersection, Sok San Rd, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Performance time: 8pm daily

Explore the Old Market


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One of the best ways to understand a culture to know their daily routine and a market is just a place for that! Siem Reap’s Old Market or Psar Chas is frequented by locals and tourists alike. Head there in the mornings to observe the locals as they buy and sell local produce. The market is a sheltered open air space and you’ll find vendors selling vegetables, seafood, and even household items! Closer to the market entrance you’ll also find stalls selling souvenirs such as antiques, silks, t-shirts, jewellery, and shoes. Why not grab a few things for the friends and family at home while you’re there?

Price: Free (item prices starts at about RM4)
Address: Street 09, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact: Daily 7am – 9pm

Landmine Museum


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The Cambodian Landmine Museum was established in 1997 by ex-child soldier Aki Ra. He returned to the villages that he planted thousands of mines and removed and defused them with homemade tools. He founded a relief centre for children affected by land mines and the Cambodian Landmine Museum to educate others about the effects of war. Among the items displayed are hidden mines, mortars, booby traps, guns and other ordnance recovered from different parts of the country.

Price: USD5 or around RM20
Address: The Museum is approximately 25 km north of Siem Reap (30 minutes by tuk tuk), just 7km south of the Banteay Srey Temple complex in Angkor National Park. 
Opening hours: 7.30am – 5.30pm

FOOD IN SIEM REAP

Muslim-Friendly Kitchen


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There are a few Muslim-friendly eateries in the area to visit, and one of them is the halal-certified Muslim Family Kitchen! Drop by here for a quick refuel after a day of exploring.

Check out more eateries and things to do in Siem Reap in our 4D3N itinerary!

Halal status: Halal certified
Address: #069, Steung Thmei Village, Svaydangkum Commune, Siem Reap City, Cambodia.
Opening hours: Daily 7am – 9pm
Website | Facebook

ACCOMMODATION IN SIEM REAP

eocambo resort and spa


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Muslim-Friendly amenities: None. Unfortunately, Luang Prabang does not have any budget accommodations with Muslim-friendly food.
Price: from RM109/night on Agoda
Address: BBU Road, Vihear Chen Village, Sangkat Svay Dangkum 3 floor, 17252, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Website | Facebook

Estimated cost breakdown (excluding transportation)

  • Accommodation = RM 218 (RM109 per night for 2 nights)
  • Angkor Wat = RM304 (RM152 x 2)
  • Phare Cambodian Circus = RM132 (RM66 x 2)
  • Old Market = RM0
  • Landmine Museum = RM40 (RM20 x 2)
  • ESTIMATED TOTAL COST = RM694
  • That leaves you with RM506 for transportation, food and shopping 😉
6. Redang Island, Malaysia

WHAT TO DO

Trek


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Many of us know that Redang Island is an amazing place for underwater activities, but did you know that you could trek through the tropical jungles too? Not to mention the amazing view once you reach the top!

Price: Price starts at RM10 (depending on resort operator)

Snorkel


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One of the best parts of Malaysia’s East Coast islands is that you can snorkel from the shore of your very own resort! You can either head out island hopping with resort operators or rent your own gear and take your sweet time and snorkel around your resort.

Price: RM70 for a day trip depending on the resort operator (or you can rent your own gear at a lower price and snorkel around near your resort)

Visit the marine park


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You can also arrange with the resort operators to take you on a trip to the marine park to see more beautiful corals and colourful tropical fish.

Price: RM45

Chill on the beach


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What’s more relaxing than chilling by the beach by the beach and slowly falling asleep with the ocean breeze? Nothing. And it costs nothing too.

Price: Free

FOOD AT REDANG ISLAND

There’s plenty of Muslim-friendly options on the Island since its largely run by Muslims. However, alcohol may be served on premise. Check out our Malaysian East Coast Guide for more eateries and things to do!

ACCOMMODATION AT REDANG ISLAND

Redang De Rimba Resort


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Muslim-Friendly amenities: Halal food
Price: from RM171/night on Agoda
Address: Lot 171 Kampung Baru Pulau Redang, Redang, Terengganu
Website | Facebook

Redang accommodations

Estimated cost breakdown (excluding transportation)

  • Accommodation = RM342 (RM171 per room for 2 nights)
  • Trekking = RM20 (RM10 per person) Note that some resorts need a minimum number per group.
  • Snorkelling day trip = RM140 (RM70 x 2)
  • Marine Park = RM90 (RM45 x 2)
  • Chill on the beach = RM0
  • ESTIMATED TOTAL COST = RM592
  • That leaves you with RM608 for transportation, food and shopping 😉
7. Kota Kinabalu – Sabah, Malaysia

WHAT TO DO IN KOTA KINABALU

Visit the Filipino night market at Kota Kinabalu


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The place for bargain hunters! There is plenty of Muslim-friendly street food to try, and a wet market with fruits and vegetables, and a separate wet market to explore. Definitely a foodie haven, and a photographers place to be.

Price: (items start at RM10, seafood prices are seasonal)
Address:  Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Opening hours: Daily 9am – 10pm

Visit Kota Kinabalu City Mosque


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A beautiful mosque that looks like it’s floating on the water during high tide. It’s a perfect place to drop by to take some photos and have a prayer too.

Price: Free
Address: Jalan Pasir, Jalan Teluk Likas, Kampung Likas, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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White Water Rafting Kiulu


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One for the adrenaline junkies! Kiulu white water rafting is the longest white water rafting trip in Borneo. Enjoy a 2-hour session going through the 10km stretch for an epic adventure.

Price: RM190
Address: Tamparuli, Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia 89357
Opening hours: Daily 8am – 3.30pm
Contact: 011-3152 9677
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Visit Tanjung Aru beach


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With sunsets like these, Tanjung Aru beach is one of the most scenic places to unwind after a day of exploring Kota Kinabalu. There are plenty of stalls within the area to have a drink or grab a meal while enjoying a beautiful sunset.

Price: Free
Address: Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Visit Sabah museum


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Between its beautiful rainforest and amazing diversity, Sabah is a place that we would want to know more about! And the Sabah State Museum is just the place for that. The place consists of a museum building as well as an ethnobotanical garden and a heritage village. There are a number of galleries within the museum that showcases Islamic civilizations, archaeology, history, natural history, ceramics and plenty more! The museum is large enough that you’ll probably spend a good 2-3 hours here.

P.S. Photos aren’t allowed inside the museum.

Price: RM2 (Malaysian) and RM15 (non-Malaysian)
Address: Jalan Muzium, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Opening hours: Daily 9am – 5pm
Website

BONUS: Hang with Orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (requires a flight to Sandakan)


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A day trip that you’ll never forget! Learn about conservation programs for orangutans and meet and greet these beautiful creatures too. Orangutans are critically endangered species and conservation programs such as these are necessary to help them from going extinct in the near future.

Please note that you’ll need to travel to Sandakan (where the centre is located), which is about a 45-minute flight from Kota Kinabalu (with airfare prices averaging around RM100 based on AirAsia prices). Alternatively you can take the bus for cheaper, however, it’s a 5-6 hour drive, so flights would probably be the easier way to go!

Price: RM5 (Malaysians) and RM30 (Non- Malaysians)
Address: Sabah Wildlife Department, W.D.T. 200, Sandakan, Jalan Sepilok, Sepilok, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah
Opening hours: Daily 9am – 11am, 2pm – 3pm

FOOD IN KOTA KINABALU

Kampung Nelayan


Credit: Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Market Restaurant 渔村水上海鲜餐厅 on Facebook

There are plenty of Muslim-friendly eateries in Sabah, but when you’re in there, a seafood feast is a must! And Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Market is just the place for that. Savour drool-worthy fresh seafood for an epic dinner to give your trip and extra oomph!

Halal status: Halal certified
Address: Silverado Corporation Sdn. Bhd., Jalan Kolam, Bukit Padang, 88790, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am – 2pm, 6.30pm – 11pm
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We’ve also compiled a 3D2N itinerary for you to conquer Sabah!

ACCOMMODATION IN KOTA KINABALU

Kinabalu Daya Hotel


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Muslim-Friendly amenities: Halal food available
Price: from RM111/night on Agoda
Address: Lot 3 & 4, Block 9th, Jalan Pantai, Opposite Wisma Merdeka Shopping Complex, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Website | Facebook

Estimated cost breakdown (excluding transportation)

  • Accommodation RM222 (RM111 per room for 2 nights)
  • Filipino night market = RM0
  • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque = RM0
  • White Water Rafting Kiulu = RM380 (RM190 x 2)
  • Tanjung Aru Beach = RM0
  • Sabah Museum = RM4 (RM2 x 2)
  • ESTIMATED TOTAL COST = RM574
  • That leaves you with RM900 for transportation, food and shopping 😉

Please note that this excludes the day trip to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre – to add this on you’ll need an additional RM10 for the entry fee (for 2 people) and around RM200 for the airfare to Sandakan (for 2 people).

And there we have it! A 3D2N trip with activities and accommodation under RM1200 😁 And now what are you waiting for? It’s time to grab that travel buddy of yours for an epic weekend getaway that won’t break the bank.

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