When I asked fellow travel bloggers for their recommendations on majority Muslim countries to visit in 2017, I had an overwhelming response. The first part of this; 17 Muslim Countries to Visit in 2017 shared a variety of countries. Consider this the addendum with nine more great countries to add to your bucket list.
Pakistan is an adventurer’s wonderland… With towering peaks, untapped white water rafting, mystical suspension bridges, ancient traditions and some of the world’s most hospitable people, Pakistan is a truly incredible place to go backpacking. For backpackers on a budget, Pakistan can be explored for just ten bucks a day and it’s easy to hitchhike and Couchsurf across the whole country. Despite garnering a lot of negative media attention in recent years, Pakistan is a very safe destination and Pakistanis are extremely welcoming to tourists… But don’t tell anyone; the longer we can keep this amazing country a secret the better!
Will of The Broke Backpacker
“East meets West” is perhaps the most cliche description, but there is no other destination that deserves it more than Turkey. After all, it is part Asia and part Europe. I have visited many countries, but there is no place like Turkey because many of the destinations here are otherworldly. Cappadocia with its Mars like landscape, Pamukkale with it’s “cotton castle” hot-springs, Istanbul with it’s fantastic mosques.. and many more destinations within Turkey gave me goosebumps. Being a solo female traveler, I never faced any problem while traveling here. By the time it was time to leave, I had fallen hopelessly in love with Turkey.
Sonal from Drifter Planet
The tiny country of Brunei is a great destination to visit in the Muslim world. There are many interesting things to see and do in Brunei, especially in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei’s capital and home to two of the most beautiful mosques in the world. Surrounded by an artificial lagoon that acts as a reflecting pool, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is beautiful both in the day and at night when it is all lit up. Built to commemorate the current reigning Sultan, Jame’ Asri Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is the largest mosque in Brunei and is another mosque worth visiting. Other attractions in or near Bandar Seri Begawan include night markets, a large park, the world’s largest residential palace and a large network of stilt villages. I found Brunei to be one of the safest and most pleasant countries I have visited and the locals friendly and welcoming to tourists.
Matilda of The Travel Sisters
Kyrgyzstan is a country like none other. While it is a Muslim nation, it is also post-Soviet and populated by the traditionally nomadic ethnic Kyrgyz folks, as well as the largely agrarian Uzbeks. Put it all together and Kyrgyzstan’s culture and it’s national identity is enchanting for any adventure traveler to explore. Not only is the culture fascinating and completely unique, but Kyrgyz people are so welcoming, being invited as a guest into random homes is not uncommon! Warning: Be prepared to eat and drink vodka! Beyond the cities, Kyrgyzstan is a true outdoors playground. With epic hiking (including the most accessible 7,000+ peak in the world), horse trekking, skiing, yurt camping, jeeping and more, Kyrgyzstan’s beautiful mountains and high elevation pastures are pristine and largely untouched. Not for the faint of heart, but still a very safe place to be, even as a solo traveller!
Emily of See Her Travel
Did you know that Europe has not one, not two, but three Muslim majority countries in it? Albania is one of these three (the other two are Bosnia and Kosovo), and it’s simply stunning. It has an amazing coastline, nicknamed the Albanian Riviera, stunning mountains that are perfect for hiking, gorgeously serene lakes, Roman ruins, and amazing Ottoman-era “museum cities.” Plus, Albanians are some of the most hospitable and caring people you’ll ever encounter anywhere! About 60% of Albanians identify as Muslims. However, it’s also a secular country as a result of many years of imposed anti-religious communism, so you won’t see many women in headscarves, and alcohol is available everywhere. Still, mosques dot the cities and towns everywhere you look, and religious tolerance is key to Albanian identity. There is also a sizable Orthodox Christian population, and interfaith marriage is common due to the country’s history of tolerance.
Allison of Eternal Arrival
I was unexpectedly plunged into Uzbekistan after driving into its hot beating sun from the border of crazy ass Turkmenistan on the Mongol Rally. I had no idea what was there, what the people were like and what I would find. The gift of travel randomness gave me an absolutely exquisite playground of jaw-dropping Islamic architecture, furry Soviet hats, waves of varying calming blue tones throughout its scenery and an infamous amount of Uzbekistani Som currency wedged into my pocket. $1 = 6550 som on the black market. That’s a LOT of paper money! From Khiva to Samarkand, this central landlocked Asian nation will spoil you rotten with ornate, mosaic-covered splendidness dating back to the 15th century. Soak it all up after drinking a cup of fine tea and devouring a plate of Plov (the national dish of rice, carrots, onions and mutton!)
Alice of Teacake Travels
People say that there is nothing to see in Kuwait, but that is not entirely true. There are plenty of places you can spend the day aside from the mall. The key to enjoying Kuwait is in immersing yourself in the day-to-day activities and finding out how Kuwaities enjoy themselves there.
On top of all the paintballing and movie theatres, you could try smoking a traditional sheesha, or hukka pipe, go shopping at one of the souks, discover a perfect deserted Kheiran Beach next to the Saudi border and even go wild camping in the desert! If you really want some good old fashioned tourist entertainment, then there’s still a few museums and a house of mirrors to visit! Give Kuwait a chance, you’ll be glad you did!
Kach of Two Monkeys Travel
Why should you add The Gambia as one of your travel destinations in 2017? The Gambia is one of the smallest countries in West Africa. If you’ve never been to Africa, then this should definitely be an experience you should do! I highly enjoyed my last trip to Africa. People are very cheerful, friendly and they are always dancing. Plus yes! They do speak English. The nature and landscapes around the country is definitely spectacular for day trip visits. You can visit the jungle and watch different animals like crocodiles. There are nice and long beaches. Local food is great with a lot of fish and seafood. As a Muslim country, it should be nice to visit at the end of the Ramadan, like I did. People will invite you to join and enjoy their parties. You can enjoy as locals do – praying, cooking and eating local food, playing Djembe and of course, dancing.
from Ruben of Gamin Traveler
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