Hari Raya Getaway: 20 Must-Visit Destinations with Family and Friends

Hari Raya is just around the corner and we can’t wait to celebrate the festive season! Aside from visiting your relatives and attending your friends’ open houses, why not try something new this year? Like spending the upcoming long weekend flying to top attractions around the world or planning your next getaway further down the year!

Not sure where to go? Here are 20 must-visit destinations for your next raya getaway with your loved ones!

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Best destinations to jet off with your BFFs

1. Tawau

hornbill in sabah
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Kick off your day at Tawau Hills National Park where you will find hiking trails, hot springs, and scenic views of the surrounding rainforest. Afterward, resume your journey at Balung River Eco Resort where you can go kayaking. 

And to all chocolate lovers, here’s your chance to see where your favourite chocolates come from with an up-close look at how cocoa is processed. The Teck Guan Cocoa Museum and Village is located in Quoin Hill and stretches over 1,000 acres in size

Muslim Travel Tip: You can pray at Masjid Al-Kauthar, the largest mosque in Sabah, blessed with a view of the Cowie Straits. There are plenty of halal eateries in Tawau, so don’t worry about where to eat.

2. Sibu

Recreational field in Sibu
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Sibu, Sarawak is the place to go if you’re hoping for a relaxing vacation with your friends. To get to know more about this city, make your way to Sibu Heritage Centre. You’ll be treated to an amazing cultural exhibition as you learn more about the history of the city.

Also, stroll along the peaceful Sungai Merah Heritage Walk if you have the time, or head to the Bukit Lima Nature Reserve and enjoy bird-watching in the peat swamp forest park.

Muslim Travel Tip: Pray at Sibu An-Nur Mosque and enjoy your halal delights at Mas Corner in Kampung Datu.

3. Kota Bharu

Pasar Siti Khadijah in Kota Bharu
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Visit Kota Bharu and discover the mash up of Malay and Thai culture among the Kelantanese. Begin by immersing yourself in the beautiful architectural designs of Istana Jahar and later on, bring yourself to The Handicraft Village and Craft Museum of Kelantan for the best local artisanal experience. 

Pantai Cahaya Bulan is another inescapable attraction in the city. The beach lets you marvel at the South China Sea as you munch down your keropok or colek with your friends. Next, test your bargaining skills at Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah as you shop for local cuisines, fresh seafood, and souvenirs for your family. 

Muslim Travel Tip: There are plenty of mosques and halal eateries in Kota Bharu, but if we were to recommend some, you can pray at Muhammadi Mosque and eat to your heart’s content at Sun Two Restaurant or Yati Ayam Percik.

4. Padang

Rumah Gadang in Padang
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You’ll never run out of fun things to do in Padang, Indonesia. One of the top attractions there is the Adityawarman Museum, where you can enjoy learning about Minangkabau culture. Afterwards, stroll along the beautiful Air Manis Beach, located 15 minutes away from the museum, for some peace and quiet on your trip.

While you’re there, bring yourself to Siti Nurbaya Bridge, where you can enjoy  stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Another gem you should explore is the Anai Valley Waterfall, which promises a refreshing atmosphere surrounded by greenery.

Muslim Travel Tip: For the best experience, pray at the Grand Mosque of West Sumatera. As for tasty halal cuisines in Padang, head to RM Lamun Ombak or Ganti Nan Lamo Restaurant.

5. Seoul

Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul
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Another must-visit location during the Raya holidays is Seoul! Go back in time when you visit Changdeokgung Palace, the best-preserved Joseon palace with a breathtaking secret garden. Continue your cultural tour to Bukchon Hanok Village for its picturesque views, and later on, watch the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Another spot worth visiting is the 239m-tall N Seoul Tower which offers you the best panoramic view of Seoul. 

Muslim Travel Tip: You can pray at Seoul Central Mosque in Itaewon. As for halal eateries, make your way to EID – 이드 Halal Korean Food.

6. Ho Chi Minh City

Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
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Initially known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam is the go-to spot for those who are into historical or heritage. Start off your journey by visiting the War Remnants Museum that exhibits an eye-opening perspective of the Vietnam War in great detail. The Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon is another must-visit attraction that should be on the list as you’ll be mesmerised by its neo-Romanesque architectural design from the late 1800’s. 

For an unforgettable experience in Ho Chi Minh City, we recommend you take a cruise along the Mekong Delta and experience a small dose of rural Vietnam that includes its lively floating markets. 

Muslim Travel Tip: To pray, you may go to Saigon Central Mosque or Jamiul Islamiyah Mosque. To find halal foods in the city, try out some of the best dishes from Kampung Melayu, The Daun or Saigon Green House.

7. Taipei

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The ever-lively metropolis of Taipei has more to offer than its bustling city and night markets scene. Take the trails to Elephant Mountain and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views across the city. While you’re up there, don’t miss the chance to  get the best shot of you and the centrepiece of the city—Taipei 101

Next, bring yourself to Liberty Square of Taipei, built in the ‘70s and has since become a public gathering place. From here, you can easily get to the National Theatre, Taipei Concert Hall, and National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Muslim Travel Tip: You can pray at Taipei Grand Mosque and enjoy halal dishes from Uncle Ma’s or Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant.

8. Hangzhou

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Another top destination to explore with your buddies is Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang province. Here, we recommend seeing The Broken Bridge of the West Lake and falling into a reverie as you learn about its history. If you want to enjoy the panoramic views of the lake and the city, head to Leifeng Pagoda, a remarkable five-story tower built in 975 AD. 

For a peaceful escape from the bustling city, bring yourself to the Dragon Well Tea Plantation near Longjing Village in Xihu District. Don’t miss the chance to sample the famous Longjing tea after you take in the spectacular views of the plantation.  

Muslim Travel Tip: Pray at Hangzhou Mosque and munch down the scrumptious halal meals from Xi Bei Ren Jia. 

9. New Delhi

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New Delhi is itself a cornucopia of preserved history and culture. Have you seen a temple in the shape of a sacred lotus flower? If you haven’t, bring yourself to The Lotus Temple (Baha’i House of Worship) that was designed with 27 flower petals made of marble. Two must-visit landmarks nearby are the ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple and Kalkaji Mandir Hindu Temple.

Take some beautiful shots of you with Qutub Minar, India’s tallest minaret and head straight to the heart of Delhi where you’ll find Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in the city built during the Islamic Mughal empire. 

Muslim Travel Tip: You can pray at Jama Masjid of New Delhi and enjoy delicious, halal meals at Karim’s Hotel or Al-Namaz Restaurant. 

10. Krabi

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Krabi is a coastal paradise that’ll fulfill your craving for an awesome beach vacation like no other. As a starting point, go rock climbing over the spectacular limestone cliffs of Railay Beach. Then, take a dip in the marvelous Andaman Sea as you scuba dive at Ao Nang Islands and be amazed by the beautiful marine life underneath.

If you fancy a peaceful steam bath, make your way to Nam Tok Rawn hot spring with flowing fresh water between 40 to 50°C. Afterward, explore prehistoric caves with stunning stalactites and stalagmites in the Khao Khanap Nam Mountains before you munch down some tasty local foods in Koh Lanta Yai.

Muslim Travel Tip: Ao Nang Mosque is one of the best go-to prayer places in Krabi. As for food, you can find a wide selection of halal meals at Sareefah Halal Food.

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Best destinations to travel with your family

11. Penang

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Penang is one of the top locations for a family vacation. The funicular tram ride up Penang Hill (or known by the locals as Bukit Bendera) is a must-try as you’ll be able to take in the amazing view. 

Also, do spend some time at Penang National Park for some intimate time with nature and later on sunbathe or take a dip in Batu Ferringhi Beach. You can also have some tea at Huang Chen Tao Tea Art and afterwards, visit the Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque and be mesmerised by its spectacular architecture.

Muslim Travel Tip: There are plenty of halal eateries in Penang, but if you’re having a problem finding one (which is almost impossible), head to Roti Canai Transfer Road or Bee Hwa Cafe

12. Kuching

Sarawak Cultural Village
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One of the best destinations for a family trip will always be Kuching, Sarawak. Head to Sarawak Cultural Village where you can learn about the unique cultures of different indigenous groups in Sarawak. Also, don’t miss your chance to visit the Bako National Park and say hi to proboscis monkeys, macaques, and more fauna. 

Calling all cat lovers out there! Bring yourself to the Cat Museum and learn more about your feline friends. Heads up, you’ll likely encounter a 5000-year-old mummified cat from Egypt that resides within. Can’t get enough of the city yet? Enjoy a cup of gula apong ice cream as you admire the scenic view of Astana and Fort Margherita from afar, all made available at Kuching Waterfront.

Muslim Travel Tip: Pray at Kuching Mosque and devour the halal meals at Mom’s Laksa or Sepinang Sari Cafe. 

13. Johor Bahru

Legoland in Johor Bahru
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One of the must-experience gems in Johor Bahru is the Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street that lets you escape the heat thanks to its boutique cafes and antique shops. Perched 149m above ground is the famous JB Skyscape that allows you to witness the spectacular aerial views of Johor Bahru and Singapore all at once. 

And good news to all shopaholics out there as you can easily find branded items of your likings at Johor Premium Outlets (JPO). Also, don’t forget to bring your kids to LEGOLAND, Malaysia’s first international theme park, for some exciting rides and live entertainment.

Muslim Travel Tip: The recommended place to pray would be in Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque. For the best halal food experience, drive away to Ads Corner or Selera Senibong Seafood.

14. Langkawi

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Langkawi is another top family-friendly destination. Bring your family to Eagle Square (or known by the locals as Dataran Lang) and commemorate your vacation on the island with some worthy shots in front of the 12m eagle statue. Next up, head to the Langkawi Sky Bridge where you get to experience the world’s steepest cable car that gives you the best vantage point to oversee the island. 

Your trip to Langkawi is incomplete without going to Pantai Cenang, a stunning beach blessed with over 2km stretch of white sand. 

Muslim Travel Tip: To enjoy some of the best halal foods the island has to offer, make your way to Seashell Restaurant or Laksa Power Pantai Airport. When it’s time to pray, head to the Al-Hana Mosque.

15. Kota Kinabalu

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Kota Kinabalu offers a diversity of cultural attractions for you and your family. BBe sure to explore the Mari Mari Cultural Village that displays Bornean ethnic culture in the form of a living museum. 

You can also bring your kids to the highlands of Kundasang and enjoy the spectacular view of Mount Kinabalu from there. Here, you can find the Alpaca Club where your little ones will have fun feeding the adorable animals! Also, bring them to Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and enjoy the alpine scenery at the ‘Little New Zealand’ of Sabah.

Muslim Travel Tip: To pray, you can go to Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and later on savour the halal meals from Sri Melaka Restaurant or Borenos Fried Chicken.

16. Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disneyland
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The high-rise metropolis of Hong Kong has some of the dreamiest attractions for tourists of all ages. Bring your little ones to Ocean Park for fun rides and mini zoos or Disneyland for the most enjoyable theme park experience. Don’t let the fun end there; spend more quality time with them at the famous Victoria Peak, where you can find even more unique attractions and sceneries. 

If you want to take in the 360-degree views of the city, hop on the indoor observation deck of Sky100 Hong Kong

Muslim Travel Tip: Pray at the Jamia Mosque or Kowloon Mosque and fill your belly with tasty halal dishes from Warung Malang.

17. Gold Coast

Gold Coast
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If you’re looking for a spot that’s ideal for long sandy beaches and water sports, Gold Coast is the answer. To take in the spectacular views of the city, you can head to Skypoint Observation Deck. Not only will you be blessed with uninterrupted scenery of the Gold Coast and its entirety, but also the brilliant vistas of its hinterlands.

If you prefer coastal views, you can take a boat cruise along the Nerang River that lasts for an hour and a half. Apart from enjoying the lovely beaches, you can cruise out into the Pacific Ocean off the Gold Coast and watch humpback whales in the water.

Muslim Travel Tip: You can pray at Gold Coast Southport Masjid and indulge in tasty halal food from Amin’s Butcher and Grill of Farah Restaurant.

18. Jakarta

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Jakarta, the densely populated megalopolis of Indonesia is the next best spot for a family vacation. One of the top attractions here is the Taman Mini Indah Indonesia that features traditional Indonesian houses and local crafts. 

Apart from that, you can wander  around Jalan Surabaya Flea Market and grab some authentic handmade souvenirs for the people back home, or better yet, shop til you drop at the Grand Indonesia Mall in Central Market. 

Muslim Travel Tip: In Jakarta, you can  pray at Istiqlal Mosque and devour every bit of your halal dishes from Nasi Padang: Pagi Sore Restaurant.

19. Singapore

Merlion Statue in Singapore
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What better way to spend the long holiday than to fly to Singapore with your family? Start off your journey by visiting Merlion Park where you can easily find the 28-foot Merlion statue (a half-fish, half-lion stone) that has become the iconic symbol of The Lion City. 

For a more vibrant side of the city, head to Haji Lane in Kampong Glam and spice up your IG feed with Insta-worthy buildings and cafes there. The explosion of colours from each mural in the street will definitely brighten up your day. Next, cheer up the young ones by bringing them to the famous Universal Studios Singapore and see them scream with joy as their favourite characters come to life.

Muslim Travel Tip: You can get some halal dishes at Egg Stop or eat away at Tok Tok Indonesian Restaurant. To pray, head to Hajjah Fatimah Mosque or Malabar Muslim Jama’ath Mosque.

20. Balik kampung! (Go back to your hometown)

That’s right. There’s no place like home. Whether you’re returning for a Raya celebration or want to spend quality time with your loved ones, home is the place to be. Nothing beats mom’s cooking; what’s more, when you dig into the delicious meals with your siblings!

Whatever it is, go home while you still have one. *wink*

Embark on an epic getaway this Raya and beyond when you book your flights using the airasia Super App! Book now and enjoy 20% OFF All Seats All Flights to destinations like Penang, Langkawi, or Kuching, and international hot spots like Seoul, Taipei, Beijing, and more! 

In addition, you can save up to 20% when you book AirAsia’s Value Pack (includes 20kg checked baggage, standard seat selection, an in-flight meal, and travel insurance!) during the promo period! 

 Booking Period: Now – 2 Apr 2023

Travel Period: 10 Apr – 14 Dec 2023

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