You might have heard about halal tourism these days. Several countries around the world try to market halal tourism campaign to attract Muslim travelers. Muslim community is very large in the world so this just makes sense to provide proper facilitate for them. It includes providing halal foods, prayer facilities (mosque, mushollah, etc), and many more. Among so many countries that claim to be Muslim travelers-friendly, Indonesia is a great one. It is because Indonesia itself is the largest Muslim countries in the world. The majority of people in Indonesia are Islam believers. Therefore, Indonesia has made quite a name among Muslim travelers around the world.
What makes Indonesia great destination for Muslim travelers
Muslim travelers have different needs because they live by following Islamic rules. For example, they can only eat halal foods and not every travel destination can provide it. Muslim travelers also have routine prayer five times a day. Some of countries in the world still don’t have proper facility to accommodate Muslim travelers for prayer. So what makes Indonesia a great travel destination for Muslim travelers?
Indonesia is a country with high diversity in culture, tradition, as well as religion. People with different cultural background and religious beliefs can live in perfect harmony in Indonesia. That’s why this country is such a great destination for every traveler from all over the world. As for Muslim traveler, Indonesia is a perfect destination because everything Muslim travelers need can be accommodated very well. The majority of foods in Indonesia are halal especially in Java. Even so, places with Muslim as minority still provide halal foods such as in Bali. You can find restaurants that also offer halal foods on their menu. Finding halal foods won’t be an issue for Muslim travelers in Indonesia.
The locals are respectful and welcoming even to foreign tourists especially when you are in touristy areas. That’s why interacting with the locals will be such a pleasant experience. The locals won’t discriminate you from what you believe. Muslim travelers can have friendly conversation with the locals even if they are not Muslim themselves. You can ask the locals for help or direction easily without so much a fuss. To get friendly interaction or conversation, you can learn some phrases in Bahasa such as ‘apa kabar?’ (how are you) or ‘terima kasih’ (thank you). Most of people in Indonesia will be able to response when Muslim travelers greet them with ‘assalamualaikum’.
Since the majority of Indonesia’s population are Muslim, it is not hard to find mosque or mushollah for Muslim travelers to do their routine prayers. In fact, mosques are also available in rest area scattered in several points of tolls. Big mosques provide everything Muslim travelers needs for comfortable prayers. The facilities are sufficient and convenient. That’s why there won’t be any issue for Muslim travelers to do their routine prayer when travelling in Indonesia. There is always mosque in almost every corner of the city with direction. Or, you can just ask the local for direction.