After months of nominations, research, surveys and voting by our community, Crescentrating is pleased to announce "CrescentRating's Halal Friendly Travel (CRaHFT) Ranking 2012" of the Top 10 Halal Friendly Holiday Destinations in non OIC countries for 2012.
Great explorers such as Ibn Battuta and Ibn Fadlan have traveled across vast lands and recorded their expeditions in great detail. Crescentrating now travels across vast land to bring you the top ten Halal friendly Holiday Destinations in non OIC countries:
1. Bosnia & Herzegovina
BiH is considered one of the most exotic vacation destinations in southeast Europe and with 50% of the five million people who reside there being Muslim, there are definitely many facilities for Halal-conscious travelers who visit the country. The historic crossroad where east meets west, Bosnia & Herzegovina offers beautiful architecture in the streets of Sarajevo, picturesque sites in Mostar, breathtaking masaajid in Bihac, refreshing waterfalls in Martinbrod, and amazing ski destinations and mountain peaks in Sutjeska. This is definitely a destination to check out in 2012!
Endless shopping, delicious dining, and attractions which are fun for the entire family - where else could it be other than Singapore? For the Muslim traveler, Singapore is a treasure-trove of food, shopping, and entertainment; even the most particular traveler will enjoy themselves in this environment which has something fun for everyone. Thrill seekers, nature lovers and foodies - explore Singapore in 2012 and make memories that will last a lifetime.
3. South Africa
A favorite of the adventurous traveler, South Africa has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty. It is home to the second highest waterfall, the third largest canyon, and various mountains, plateaus, wetlands and subtropical forests. Vacations to South Africa encompass unforgettable safari experiences, an up close look at the wildlife in one the many national parks, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a busy and bustling city life. It also offers a wide variety of Halal friendly facilities including masaajid and Halal restaurants. If you're looking for a adventurous vacation in 2012, South Africa is definitely a destination to consider.
4. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one of those rare destinations which provide an opportunity to experience an unforgettable vacation. Imagine sun-kissed beaches, clear blue waters, and tons of fun water activities such as banana boating and jet skiing... sounds like every other island holiday doesn't it? Now imagine that within hours of each other, you can also experience an up-close encounter with a leopard in a nature reserve, go for a morning hike on the mountains of Kandy, or experience the cool chilly climate of Nuwara Eliya. Masaajid can be found island wide and Halal food options are available in most restaurants and grocery stores. Sri Lanka was a must-add on our list of holiday destinations.
5. Gold Coast (Australia)
What started as a small beachside holiday destination now welcomes over ten million visitors a year; the Gold Coast is the epitome of a tourist holiday destination. And don't worry; the Gold Coast definitely has their Muslim tourists in mind with prayer rooms and Halal restaurants. Visit during the month of Ramadan and you will also find a score of Ifthar, Suhour and night activities scheduled for Muslim visitors. Filled with attractions, theme parks, and beaches this is an ideal vacation for those looking for the ultimate adventure park experience.
6. Delhi (India)
A cultural experience if ever there was one, keep Delhi in mind when planning a getaway in 2012! This amazing destination has so much to offer: art, history, shopping, dining - Delhi has reinvented itself as a modern city with historic touches and this has made it one of the best Halal friendly travel destinations for this year. Delhi is famous for its street food and since Muslims comprise the second largest community in Delhi, you will be sure to run into some fabulous Halal food stalls and restaurants. The pleasant weather and the even more pleasant people are something to truly look forward along with the many historic locations that Delhi has to offer.
7. London (UK)
What could be better than a British getaway this year? Doesn't a vacation in a dynamic city with an unrivalled mixture of cultures sound perfect for 2011? London has a mixing pot of people of different ethnicity and of food from all over the world, including a large collection of Halal certified products and Halal restaurants. Other than restaurants and shopping, there is always something to see or do in London and we think that it well-deserves its place on our Top Ten Halal Friendly Holiday Destinations list for this year!
8. Bangkok (Thailand)
Considered to be one of the world's leading tourist destinations, Bangkok is a mixture of old-world charm and modern convenience. The economic, cultural and culinary capital of Thailand, Bangkok has so much to offer its visitors. Not only do they guarantee the best street-food experience but a trip to Bangkok is also economical and great for a budget conscious travelers. Muslim visitors will find easy access to Halal Food and prayer places. There are some amazing attractions for the entire family including Lumpini Park, Safari World, Siam Square and of course, the Grand Palace - making Bangkok a must-list destination on our list!
9. Munich (Germany)
In 2010 Munich was ranked as the world's most livable city... and now in 2012 it is being listed as one of our Top 10 Holiday Destinations... and with good cause! With over 4 million Muslims residing in Germany, Muslim travelers will not find it very difficult to find a mosque, Halal restaurants or a prayer room at the Airport. Munich is a great holiday destination and is perfect for that relaxing getaway which distracts you from work and all that other day-to-day stress. If you are planning a European holiday, check out Munich this year's summer vacation!
10. Vienna (Austria)
With warm summers and cool winters, Vienna was chosen as one of the top Holiday Destinations for its great atmosphere. From the rising Alps to the lush Danube Valley, Austria has numerous attractions. Home to the oldest zoo in the world, there are many family friendly attractions such as museums, botanical gardens and historical structures, making Vienna a great destination to visit in 2012. Muslim ravelers will be able to locate some Halal Restaurants and Masaajid there.
The Reader Ranking, which was compiled according to the voting from the Crescentrating community, listed the Top 10 Halal Friendly Travel Destinations in non OIC countries as follows: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Gold Coast, Singapore, Munich, London, Sri Lanka, Bangkok, Barcelona, South Africa and Vienna.
And that concludes the Top 10 Halal Friendly Holiday Destinations in non OIC countries for 2012! If you've visited one of these locations, be sure to leave a review!