Traveling to Malaysia During Ramadan - Things to Do
Updated: Jul 4, 2019
You're traveling to Malaysia this Ramadan and you are nervous? Some people would be due to the fact that Malaysia is a Muslim country and some afraid that it not fun to travel here during this fasting month. Worry not and look at the bright side. There is more you can explore during this fasting month. All entertainment, place of interest and all business are open as usual.
Malaysia is a multi–ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society, and the many ethnic groups in Malaysia maintain separate cultural identities. During this Ramadan month, you can see closely about Malaysia and Muslim tradition. There is basically nothing to worry if you plan to visit Malaysia during Ramadan. In fact it is a great time to visit Malaysia.
Before I share the fun thing happening in Malaysia during Ramadan, get to know the meaning of Ramadan first okay?
Ramadan fasting is an Islamic religious fast strictly observed every year in the 9th month of Islamic Calender throughout the world for about 30 days. In Islam, fasting for a month is an obligatory practice during the holy month of Ramadan, from dawn, until the dusk. Muslim are advised to stay away from foods or water for the whole day, to stay away from sex, misconduct and a bad behaviour.
Here I gonna list something extra but fun things if you're traveling to Malaysia during Ramadan.
The Ramadan bazaar is where various types of food are sold for breaking fast. The food sold there consist of kuih-muih (dessert), ayam percik (chicken soak in gravy), murtabak, side dishes, tomatoes and so on. Apart from food, there is also a lot of attention to the variation of drink such as Khatira, sugar cane juice and Lai Chi Kang which sometimes only sold during the month of Ramadan. There is definitely a food that makes your saliva melt.
When Ramadan came, you can find the bazar Ramadan literary everywhere. They usually open at 4pm till 7~8pm.
Ramadan Buffet at hotel and restaurant
Oh Buffet..Buffet..Buffer.. Take all my money, please!
After a long day of fasting, you might consider eating at Ramadan Buffet because it is special for this month only. Many types of Malaysian cuisine are featured at this time. And good news to Gourmand, there is so many Ramadan Buffet offer this month that you can eat at every different place every day. Here is SOME of the list of Ramadan Buffet in 2019.
Most of companies and friends also use this time to gather around, break-fast and eat all they can in this buffet. Make sure to reserve your spot earlier before getting to the Ramadan Buffet.
Traditional Clothes Shopping
After fasting for a month in Ramadan, there will be Eid Fitr where people celebrate the end of Ramadan. So most of Muslim will wear traditional clothes to celebrate this special day. Thus there will be a lot of pop up, booth, shop and etc selling a very nice Malay's traditional clothes.
You can find the traditional clothes by fashion designer, local artist and some local entrepreneur.
Kueh Raya Testing
Kueh Raya is a cookie that also has only during Ramadan and Shawal. It is cookies serve in almost every Muslim house in Malaysia for their guess in Syawal. Thus, during Ramadan, a lot of people are selling cookies. Usually, there are varieties of cookies sold. So the seller gives tester for the potential buyers to try. It really is a good time to try Malaysian's cookies. It totally different from typical cookies you would can buy from a supermarket. It is irresistible. Trust me on this !
I don't think I need to explain this but it will be discount everywhere on everything. You just have to prepare a lot of money to shop.
Break-fasting at the Park
Malaysian rarely do picnic but when it Ramadan, people picnic at the park to break- fast together. There is a lot of places that you can break- fast together. The feeling of break-fast together with thousands of people really exciting and fun. Some of the most popular place to break-fast picnic style are Padang Putrajaya, Dataran Merdeka, Dataran Shah Bandar, Padang Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan, and Padang MBSA Dataran Shah Alam.
You can bring your own food from home or you can buy food from the nearest Bazar Ramadan.
PS : Please clean the park after you break-fast okay? Do not litter.
Free Break-Fast / dinner at the mosque and Surau
This is not a rare thing for a Muslim to eat free food during break-fasting in Mosque or Surau. So this is a MUST TRY for a newbie to Malaysia. Visit your nearest mosque and surau to know more about it ! And, you can thank me later.
Fast like a Muslim
Do you know that there are many research that supports the fact of fasting in Ramadan has not only been spiritually beneficial but it has physical, psychological, social and health benefits.
So this is the time to try and join the local who is fasting. Who know you will love the benefit you get from fasting.
Related article : Benefit of Islamic fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Have you ever visit Malaysia during this Ramadan Month and are you enjoying it? Come share your experience with us. !
So isn't it fun to visit Malaysia during a fasting month, Ramadan as you got the know the culture better.
Ps : Get ready of the massive traffic congestion especially in the morning and before 7.30pm as every one rushing to be somewhere before dusk.