6 Muslim-Friendly Graduation Trips You Need to Take in 2019

Con-grad-ulations! You’ve survived those four years of countless studying hours, not-so-exciting lectures and of course, 2,000-word essays. Before you start the next phase of your life, why not embark on a much-deserved vacation? Whether it’s with your best friends or beloved family, start planning your graduation trip to these Muslim-friendly cities now.

1. Krabi, Thailand

Nestled in Thailand’s west coast is the Muslim-friendly city of Krabi. You can expect cerulean blue waters, rocky limestone cliffs and hundred offshore islets. Spend a day soaking up the sun when you scoot off for some island hopping. Phi Phi Islands, Railay Beach and Chicken Island are just some of the stunning islands you could visit in Krabi.

Be sure to book yourself a relaxing spa day to experience the real-deal Thai massage. Moreover, Krabi is an incredibly budget-friendly city with plenty of affordable halal restaurants serving up fresh seafood especially in the Ao Nang area. Or simply enjoy Thai street food in Krabi Town. Check out the beautiful Ao Nang Mosque while you’re there!

Also read: Halal Food in Krabi, Thailand: 12 Places to Visit When You’re Hungry

2. Cebu, Philippines

When most Muslim travellers think of the Philippines, they might only know the capital city of Manila. There’s no better city to start your tropical adventure in the Philippines than Cebu. Cebu is an up and coming Muslim-friendly travel destination that boasts a rich culture and unlimited natural beauty. There are also increasingly more halal restaurants sprouting up here.

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Visit some of the pristine beaches such as Moalboal beach and Basdaku White Beach where you can even go kayaking, snorkelling and kite-surfing. Plenty of fun in the sun and fresh Muslim-friendly seafood awaits you on this island paradise.

3. Perth, Australia

Venture down under to Muslim-friendly Perth where you’ll find scenic coastlines and adorably friendly wildlife. As the capital of Western Australia, Perth boasts tons of exciting sights and sounds that cater to Muslim millennials. From Insta-worthy spots such as the Blue Boat House to sandboarding down the Lancelin Dunes, you’ll never have a dull moment here.

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Shopaholics can get their fair share of retail therapy at popular shopping spots like Fremantle Beach and DFO Perth. Or sample the famous Margaret River chocolates which are Muslim-friendly and alcohol-free.

If you’re an animal lover, don’t miss out on a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park where you’ll be able to interact with Australia’s native furry creatures such as koalas and wombats. Don’t forget to get that #quokkaselfie at Rottnest Island.

4. Osaka, Japan

Japan’s tourism has increasingly been more inclusive of Muslim travellers in recent years. Besides the ever popular Tokyo, Osaka is always a close second favourite city in Muslim-friendly Japan. For those adrenaline seekers, you simply have to head to Universal Studios Osaka for an exhilarating experience. Potterhead Muslim travellers must tour the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

If you prefer a more calming travel experience, Osaka is home to plenty of historical and cultural sights. The most famous historical landmark is the Osaka Castle which dates back to the 16th century. If you head to the top of the castle, you’ll be treated to a panoramic view of the city.

There’s also plenty of shopping and delectable Japanese street food to sample along Dotonbori. Plus, Osaka is a great location to set up home base if you’re planning to head to neighbouring cities like Kyoto and Hiroshima.

5. Sabah, Malaysia

There’s no better way to begin your next chapter in life than stepping out of your comfort zone. Sabah is full of breathtaking sights and bucketlist-worthy activities. Challenge yourself by scaling up the impressive Mount Kinabalu.

Standing at 4.095m tall, this mountain is the highest peak in Malaysia. Also, there are plenty of beaches and wildlife sanctuaries for Muslim travellers to explore, perfect for those who can’t get enough of nature.

Go diving at Pulau Mantani to spot vibrantly colourful corals. Or watch the night sky come to life when you go stargazing at Mabul Island. The best part of your Malaysian graduation trip is that you won’t have to worry about halal food since Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country.

6. Xi’an, China

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As the first Chinese city to embrace Islam, it is no wonder Xi’an is an increasingly popular Muslim-friendly travel destination. Stroll along Huimin Jie or also known as Muslim Street where you can savour some authentic Chinese street food.

Also read: Halal Travel in China: Exploring Xi’an and Xinjiang

Get yourself a bowl of the hand stretched noodles or a plateful of Ou Jia Mo, a kind of Chinese flatbread stuffed with meat. If you have a sweet tooth, indulge in persimmon pancakes, a local speciality. Visit the unique Great Mosque of Xi’an, beautifully decorated with Chinese and Arabic Calligraphy.

Besides its rich Islamic history and gastronomic halal Chinese cuisine, Xi’an is littered with many stunning sights. A must-visit attraction is the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum where you’ll be able to photograph the famed collection of terracotta sculptures.

Alternatively, hop on the highspeed train to Huashan where you could either hop on the cable car or bus towards the peak. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the surroundings once at the top.

Also read: 19 Muslim-Friendly to Visit in 2019

Before starting your next chapter whether it’s post-grad or working life, treat yourself to a much-needed holiday. It’s time to embrace the world and all it has to offer outside of your stuffy lecture rooms. You’ve done all the hard work so it’s now time to treat yourself to some well-deserved adventure and relaxation.

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