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World Travel: What Countries have you visited

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  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • France
  • Ghana
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland (home)
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Togo
  • UK
  • USA

I want to go back to Iran and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Oman are high on my wish list. 

 

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list was not in correct alphabetical order!

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On 8/9/2017 at 1:45 AM, realizm said:

Serbia

Montenegro

Please tell us more about it. 

I was this close to going to Serbia and Montenegro for a short trip that was to be an addendum to my stay in Istanbul. But for a couple of reasons the plan couldn't materialise this time.

I was going to stay around Bay of Kotor in Kotor or some other village in Montenegro and Belgrade and Novi Sad in Serbia. How many days do you think a solo traveller needs to cover both countries? What must not be missed? Any other tips?

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On 8/10/2017 at 11:58 AM, Marbles said:

Please tell us more about it. 

I was this close to going to Serbia and Montenegro for a short trip that was to be an addendum to my stay in Istanbul. But for a couple of reasons the plan couldn't materialise this time.

I was going to stay around Bay of Kotor in Kotor or some other village in Montenegro and Belgrade and Novi Sad in Serbia. How many days do you think a solo traveller needs to cover both countries? What must not be missed? Any other tips?

:salam:

Happy to help !

I booked return trips to Serbia, landed in Belgrade and some friend took us to the region of Çaçak. From there we took the night train to Montenegro which is some old soviet style train riding through the mountains and cliffs. Being a fan of trainlines, this definitey was a great experience.

Bay of Kotor is one of the best places on earth, 3 days is nice. The rest of Montenegro coast is mostly seaside towns for tourists, nothing really interesting except Ulcinj which is a Muslim town where bikinis and mosques coexist. I think you could easily spend a full week in Montenegro adding the visit of Natural parks and canyons but I did not experience them myself.

Apart from Belgrade and the towns I mentioned above, I didn't visit much of Serbia but I found the Serbians much more sympathetic than Montenegrans, and hospitable to foreigners. That being said, bear in mind we do not look «so Muslim». Another week would be sufficient I guess. The country is quite small but the distances are lenghtened by the poor road equipment and means of transportation. But since it is all very cheap, you end up moving far without ruining yourself.

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On 8/10/2017 at 10:26 PM, realizm said:

:salam:

Happy to help !

I booked return trips to Serbia, landed in Belgrade and some friend took us to the region of Çaçak. From there we took the night train to Montenegro which is some old soviet style train riding through the mountains and cliffs. Being a fan of trainlines, this definitey was a great experience.

Bay of Kotor is one of the best places on earth, 3 days is nice. The rest of Montenegro coast is mostly seaside towns for tourists, nothing really interesting except Ulcinj which is a Muslim town where bikinis and mosques coexist. I think you could easily spend a full week in Montenegro adding the visit of Natural parks and canyons but I did not experience them myself.

Apart from Belgrade and the towns I mentioned above, I didn't visit much of Serbia but I found the Serbians much more sympathetic than Montenegrans, and hospitable to foreigners. That being said, bear in mind we do not look «so Muslim». Another week would be sufficient I guess. The country is quite small but the distances are lenghtened by the poor road equipment and means of transportation. But since it is all very cheap, you end up moving far without ruining yourself.

That sounds great. Thanks a lot.

So 10 to 12 days would be enough to cover the places I listed above plus a Montenegran national park. Whhere should one base himself in Montenegro? Kotor, Budva, Tivat or some other convenient place? I'd planned to fly out of Tivat but I wasn't sure if that's the best place to say. Either Kotor or Budva looked like good options.

What do you mean by not looking so Muslim? How do they treat brown skinned males who look typically South Asian? What about women in hijab.

Thanks.

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On 8/11/2017 at 5:56 PM, Marbles said:

That sounds great. Thanks a lot.

So 10 to 12 days would be enough to cover the places I listed above plus a Montenegran national park. Whhere should one base himself in Montenegro? Kotor, Budva, Tivat or some other convenient place? I'd planned to fly out of Tivat but I wasn't sure if that's the best place to say. Either Kotor or Budva looked like good options.

What do you mean by not looking so Muslim? How do they treat brown skinned males who look typically South Asian? What about women in hijab.

Thanks.

:salam:

I think 10-12 days would be good indeed.

Forget Budva, it is filled with rich Russians and Serbians, no charm, only clubs and Casinos. 

Tivat is the airport town from what I understood, so you could just fly in and out from there, it is quite close to Kotor anyway. Definitely stay in Kotor and Ulcinj which are nice places. Plus there are many muslims, including Turkish tourists with hijabi women. Personally I am very light skinned so I do not have those issues while travelling.

Other towns in Montenegro are not of interest if you ask me. Even Podgoriça, the capital is said to be quite common and boring. But lake Skadar, Tara canyon and other national parks are said to be wonderful.

But Serbia, I don't know brother... Our group of friends included a Senegalese brother and a Laotian girl. They were both asked by relatives of our host to have selfies with them - we went there for a wedding so the mood was cheerful, of course this probably does not happen in the street but that gives you an idea of the mentality. Not naughty, but not used to seing foreigners. Belgrade is more cosmopolitan, no idea about Novi Sad though. 

Overall, if being annoyed is a concern, which I could totally understand, you might consider visiting Bosnia or Croatia  instead. Both are close to Montenegro and will probably avoid you some cringe moments. My humble suggestion.

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The first halal hotel has opened in Bangkok, Thailand. It has halal food and there is a special prayer room. Looks like the staff who are women wear hijab. 

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http://abna.cc/7vKXy

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On 7/30/2018 at 9:18 PM, Laayla said:

@Marbles

So that's where you have been!

Yes! I have travelled quite a bit this year. Already planning my next move :)

I returned home well before Eid and have been catching up on work since then. How are you and your family? I hope all's well in your part of the world.

Ws

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On 3/28/2018 at 9:27 PM, Marbles said:

Add..

Saudi Arabia (first umrah)
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Montenegro
Albania

I'm thinking about Albania and/or one/some of these former Yugoslavian countries for next year - how are they? 

Or I might go to Oman

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Just now, Klanky said:

I'm thinking about one/some of these former Yugoslavian countries for next year - how are they? 

Or I might go to Oman

My sis just came back from Albania. She does not recommend it and actually regretted going there. There was some beautiful nature there she admitted though. 

Everyone has their own taste.

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2 minutes ago, Klanky said:

The MEK are there now too, maybe I could have a tour of their compound

What is MEK?

All this talk about Yugoslavia makes me wanna call my Bosnian Sunni friend and make plans to go there... *addiction kicking in*

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1 hour ago, Carlzone said:

How was Ireland (i wish to see the cliffs of moher) and Pakistan? 

The rest I have been to alhamdolillah weshokorr :)

I have been to Ireland a couple times.

The west coast of that country is beautiful, especially the Aran Islands and Killarney National Park. It's like a paradise.

Eventually, I want to go to Iran. Only the vast distance is keeping me away (I am in the US)

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14 minutes ago, Silas said:

I have been to Ireland a couple times.

The west coast of that country is beautiful, especially the Aran Islands and Killarney National Park. It's like a paradise.

Eventually, I want to go to Iran. Only the vast distance is keeping me away (I am in the US)

Oh wow that's sounds amazing. InshaAllah I'll go there some day.

 

I really liked Iran. There's cities, there's ziyarat Imam Ali Al Ridha a.s., there's beautiful nature. 

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8 hours ago, Carlzone said:

How was Ireland (i wish to see the cliffs of moher) and Pakistan? 

The rest I have been to alhamdolillah weshokorr :)

Ireland Coastal sites are good but i find London and British Wales much better to view and easily accessible if someone is living in UK be the best so far.

Not visited Cliff of Moher but a must go place.

Dublin is quiet dirty and a very stinky river but you can walk around in town centre and have very few halal shop. Beaches are good but not a rushy as rest of the Europe.

Pakistan is good country and my birth place so i will recommend you to have a visit there and it is full of good places from North to South.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=pakistan+northern+areas&rlz=1C5CHFA_enGB773GB773&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5rIv5sJjdAhWFLMAKHXr0Cy0Q_AUICigB&biw=1200&bih=780

 

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10 minutes ago, Zulfiqar1472 said:

Ireland Coastal sites are good but i find London and British Wales much better to view and easily accessible if someone is living in UK be the best so far.

Not visited Cliff of Moher but a must go place.

Dublin is quiet dirty and a very stinky river but you can walk around in town centre and have very few halal shop. Beaches are good but not a rushy as rest of the Europe.

Pakistan is good country and my birth place so i will recommend you to have a visit there and it is full of good places from North to South.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=pakistan+northern+areas&rlz=1C5CHFA_enGB773GB773&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5rIv5sJjdAhWFLMAKHXr0Cy0Q_AUICigB&biw=1200&bih=780

 

I have been to London five times. It rains so much there. One feels like one is starving for sun and a blue sky. 

London reminds me of Brussels which I loved although it rains every other day there as well but it clears up fast though. 

I can recommend you guys to visit the European parliament - the halls of power. The royal palace was extravagant. Atomium was cool. The church Sacre Coeur is beautiful. I attended a sunday mass there and people were so friendly. There are also many other beautiful churches there and lots of cool art museums (I'm a sucker for art, not creating it, but looking at it). And many beautiful parks.

Don't forget to eat waffles while you're there, although my own waffles are tastier :)

Oh and remember to eat and buy lovely Belgian chocolate. 

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36 minutes ago, Zulfiqar1472 said:

Ireland Coastal sites are good but i find London and British Wales much better to view and easily accessible if someone is living in UK be the best so far.

Not visited Cliff of Moher but a must go place.

Dublin is quiet dirty and a very stinky river but you can walk around in town centre and have very few halal shop. Beaches are good but not a rushy as rest of the Europe.

I live in Dublin and I agree that it is a bit dirty and not very beautiful but most visitors to Ireland fly into Dublin and maybe it is worth spending a day looking around while you are there, some people seem to like it a lot.  People who like theater say it is a good place for that. There is a lot of live music and nice pubs  which I like but I guess they are not suitable for you guys. Alcohol is quite a big part of life here. Also there are some beautiful places not far from Dublin such as Wickow, Carlingford Lough area, Newgrange. The west coast is where the real beauty is, along the atlantic coast. It is as beautiful as anywhere in the world. It will probably rain and it will look like this

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18 minutes ago, Zulfiqar1472 said:

missed Turkey :(

Oh don't get me started on Turkey! Istanbul is amazing!!! Although we were lucky to not be killed. 

The day after we arrived 240 people were killed at the airport in the same hall we arrived at. After we travelled home the whole coup thing started. 

But we still had an amazing trip and wish to go back there again. So much good halal food to eat that we normally don't get to eat in the west. 

We were there during Ramadan so that was also special.

The blue church is very beautiful. And Hagia Sophia is cool and top capi museum too, but there were clothes there that they claimed belong to Ahlul bayt and hairs from the prophet a.s. I don't know if I believe that thats true though. 

There are nice bazaars and beautiful waters and bridges. We walked over from Asia to Europe on a bridge just for fun and as a symbol.

People are very friendly there. They all believed we were turks :)

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3 minutes ago, Klanky said:

I live in Dublin and I agree that it is a bit dirty and not very beautiful but most visitors to Ireland fly into Dublin and maybe it is worth spending a day looking around while you are there, some people seem to like it a lot.  People who like theater say it is a good place for that. There is a lot of live music and nice pubs  which I like but I guess they are not suitable for you guys. Alcohol is quite a big part of life here. Also there are some beautiful places not far from Dublin such as Wickow, Carlingford Lough area, Newgrange. The west coast is where the real beauty is, along the atlantic coast. It is as beautiful as anywhere in the world. It will probably rain and it will look like this

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Do you have sea trips one can take to see sharks and whales? I did that while I was on Iceland - one of my absolute favourite countries (almost all of them are though...)

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