With borders reopening in many countries, travel is back, baby! ? Whether you’ve missed the adrenaline rush, or you want to venture out of your comfort zone after hibernating for the last two years, we’ve got you covered with 5 Muslim-friendly destinations, which won’t break the bank! ?
1. Miri, Sarawak
There are many amazing attractions to visit in Miri, known as the second-largest city in Sarawak, Malaysia. Well-loved for its breath-taking flora and fauna, this city has just about everything an adventure seeker will love! Hike up the highest mountain in Sarawak (which also happens to be one of the toughest to scale in Malaysia ?), Mount Murud, dive amongst beautiful coral reefs and diverse marine life at Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park, or even explore the world’s largest and longest cave passages at the Mulu National Park as a family! ? Can’t wait to check these natural wonders out? Hop on a Scoot flight, which now connects you directly to Miri from Singapore, without the need for a transit at Kuching! Moreover, Scoot offers some of the most affordable and competitive prices to Miri, starting from SGD 70, tax inclusive?! ?; Proof that you don’t need to burst your wallet to have amazing adventures!
2. Hat Yai, Thailand
Immerse your senses in the hustle and bustle of Hat Yai, with its mouth-watering street food and famous night markets! ? You can take a longboat ride through the wetlands at Thale Noi Waterbird Park, where you can catch amazing wildlife like herons, storks routinely flying overhead and even water buffaloes, which will surely captivate your little ones. If you’re visiting between January and March, you’ll be able to catch the lotus in full bloom too! ?
To turn up the adventure strap on your walking shoes and take a hike up Ton Nga Chang Waterfall, a seven-tier waterfall located within the Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary and be treated to breath-taking views of nature all around you! ? You may even go for a dip in the lakes to cool down.
You’ll definitely work up an appetite with all that activity! Thankfully, there are many Muslim-owned restaurants and eateries around the city; giving you more reasons to explore this underrated Thai gem! Head on over to Scoot and start booking a flight to Hat Yai now! Oh wait, did we mention that prices to Hat Yai are starting as low as SGD 73 from Singapore and RM 180 from Kuala Lumpur, tax inclusive? ?
3. Surabaya, Indonesia
If you think your Indonesian adventure only lies between the popular spots of Bali and Jogjakarta, well, think again! Surabaya boasts many scenic sights and amazing attractions that promise an exciting adventure like no other. Did you know that Mount Bromo, one of the most iconic (and active volcanic site) mountains in Asia, is situated a few hours away from Surabaya? ? A unique experience would be for you to go on the Bromo Midnight or Sunrise Tour and share an unforgettable and beautiful sunrise atop this mountain with your loved ones by your side.
Another experience awaiting you in Surabaya is the natural phenomena you'll witness if you were to take an overnight hike to the Ijen Crater. Set out on your hike at 1am and marvel at the starry night sky and blue flames that appear around the crater just before sunrise. As the clouds lift, you'll be rewarded with a clear view of the blue lake. ? With flight tickets starting from SGD109 from Singapore and RM 296 from Kuala Lumpur, tax inclusive for a once-in-a-lifetime experience? We’re sold! ?
4. Cebu, Philippines
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 clear waters of Kawasan Falls and scream your lungs out with your family! Kawasan Canyoneering offers canyoneering gears 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, move from a Scoot flight and 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? ? Book a flight from as little as SGD 174 and RM 500 from Kuala Lumpur, tax inclusive today!
P.S. From budget-friendly eateries to first-class fine dining, you’ll be able to find halal and Muslim-friendly choices in Cebu.
5. Gold Coast, Australia
Surely the place that takes the gold medal for promising adventures is Gold Coast, Australia (it’s in the name)! Picturesque, diverse, sunny and oh-so-beautiful, Gold Coast is the ultimate place for a fun-filled vacation. From its beaches to theme parks, there’s so much to discover in this coastal city! ? There’s a reason why Gold Coast is the fun and adventure capital of Australia - you’ll find plenty of things to enjoy not just by yourself but with your loved ones too, such as their famed Warner Bros. Movie World theme park! Start with DC Rivals HyperCoaster, the longest, fastest, and tallest hyper coaster in the southern hemisphere! Yes, we’re talking about high speed and crazy heights. Imagine dropping at an 89-degree angle, how’s that for a thrill? ?
While river cruises are slow, lazy boat rides; the quick and fun alternative, Paradise Jet Boating proves otherwise. It takes you around the waterways on a speedboat where you’ll experience 360-degree spins and high-speed drifting! A unique way to explore the city, truly! ?
There are family-friendly activities which are less intense, such as a farm stay experience at Cedar Glen Farmstay, a family-owned farm which has been hosting guests for over 40 years. Enjoy this peaceful escape; a thing we city kids might not be able to do so easily! ? Scoot has some of the best prices in town with flights from SGD 197 and RM 799 from Kuala Lumpur, tax inclusive that you absolutely have to check out!
P.S. Did you know Scoot is only international airline that flies straight to the Gold Coast Airport from anywhere apart from New Zealand? No more stopovers!
Sometimes, a fun adventurous vacation doesn't mean travelling to either touristy or far-flung destinations. There are so many hidden gems that are simply waiting to be discovered. With Scoot flying over 73 destinations at competitive prices, your next getaway is never far away! ?
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