Destinations

The Federal Territory of Labuan is rich with marine life and flora. Located off coast Sabah in East Malaysia, Labuan is known for its natural beauty, clear blue waters, free duty shopping and friendly population attract many travellers. Interestingly, there is also another aspect of Labuan that attract international...

Luang Prabang is a sizeable town that is yet to achieve city status, located in northern Laos, a region that is mountainous. Situated 700 metres above sea level, the town feels cool during early morning and night, especially during northern hemisphere winter. Due to its French Indochine flair, Luang Prabang is ideal...

Gaya Travel went back to Japan; this time to the Central region. Ed has a different experience because this time he went discovering Japan on highway bus using a bus package called Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket. Sounds like fun, yes? Central Japan is also called Shoryudo, hence the package name. Shoryudo means rising...

Although many tourists outside Java island might not yet be familiar with Kota Wisata Batu, this district in East Java province located three hours from Surabaya is home to the domestically popular Jawa Timur Park (also known as Jatimpark) that is full of attractions ideal for the whole family, from children to...

  According to a research by BridgeStreet Global Hospitality in 2015, six out of ten travellers are more likely to take a ‘bleisure’ trip today, while 83% of business travellers use their free time to explore the destination that they travelling to for a more enriching experience. As such, Singapore – which is...

Jakarta – being the capital and largest city to a country with the largest economy in Southeast Asia that creates employment opportunity to millions of people – continues to flourish as a tourism hotspot, especially in anticipation of the completion of its new airport, scheduled to be ready by 2017, and the mass...

Perth is pretty laid back but what really impressed us was its breezy weather, stunning beaches and easy-going character. Travellers can expect variety of cafés and restaurants, cultural events and festivals that surely make you leave Western Australia with heart-warming experiences. Check out the following places to...

Have you watched the new James Bond movie, Spectre? If you did, I believe you had been enthralled by the epic opening sequence that depicts the fascinating Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade in Mexico City. Although staged, the scene was so spectacular that it really deserves credit for making the parade...

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is renowned for its outstanding ecological value and significant natural preservation consisting of a magnificent underground river hidden beneath St Paul Mountain and listed as one of the World’s New Seven Wonders of Nature. It is also inscribed as a UNESCO World...

Western Europe is renowned for its numerous ancient buildings, alluring landscapes, diverse cultures, solid world-class infrastructure, and up-to-date upscale lifestyle. Embarking on a journey to this part of the world is certainly a dream of every traveller, including mine. When Selamat Bercuti invited me to follow...

1. A Gem of Palace – Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah    If you are a history buff, be prepared to be awed by this iconic attraction in Kuala Kangsar. Strategically located at the heart of this serene Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar, Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah showcases enthralling anecdotes of the late Sultan Azlan Shah...

Ever since the 2012 Olympic Games, London has been blessed with a wonderful Olympic Park. Inside the old Olympic village, it regularly holds events across a myriad of different locations for tourists and locals to attend, as well charity events raising awareness on many global issues. For the rest of 2016, as London...

Malaysia – 17 October 2016 – Some travel destinations are best explored during a particular season, when the blossoming of flowers or pleasant temperatures highlight the country’s already-exciting attractions. Hotels.com identifies 4 cities in South Korea and Japan that transform into a haven of red and scarlet leaves...

According to UNESCO, Melaka is “a testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted.” Its history, strong heritage and old world charm attract both local and international travellers. Its accessibility from Klang Valley and Singapore also makes...

A heritage trail brought Lily Sidariani through Vietnam’s past, starting from the central region and ending at Ha Long Bay up north, spellbinding her all the way with its graceful culture and rich history. Vietnam is generally divided into three regions. Northern Vietnam is the oldest of these three since the...

Ambon – an island that is part of the Maluku archipelago east of Sulawesi and north of Timor in Indonesia – was never on my travel list until I was recently invited to it. As part of the Maluku region famed for its crucial role as the source of spices coveted by the Europeans since the mediaeval ages, Ambon was one of...

After the resounding success of Eat Travel Write 1.0 and 2.0, the Selangor State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN Selangor) – in collaboration with Gaya Travel Magazine, Tourism Selangor, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, and Tourism Malaysia – organised Eat.Travel.Write Selangor International Culinary Adventure...

Once ruled by the Lanna kingdom from the 13th until 18th century, Northern Thailand has long been regarded as Thailand’s most interesting region. It continues to be rooted in Thai tradition yet economically up-to-date. Its provinces include Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Uttaradit, Phrae, Nan, Phayao, Chiang Rai and...

Blessed with abundance of breathtaking natural wonders, Malaysia entices visitors to its uniqueness in varied gastronomic and cultural offerings. The country’s diversity also extends to its natural landscapes and lush rainforests that lend to its success as one of the world’s favourite eco-tourism destinations. Gaya...

Last November 2015 (autumn season), Gaya Travel received an invitation to join a familiarisation trip to Japan organised by Hokuriku-Shinetsu Ministry of Tourism & Transportation, coordinated by Relation Japan Inc. The trip gave me the experience in covering Tokyo, Saitama, Gunma, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui and Osaka...

  1. Desa Banyumulek Though the majority of Lombok population (85%) are farmers, they are also proficient in making pottery manually using clay. What makes Lombok’s pottery special is because the product is rubbed using volcanic clay after being dried slowly to give it an impressive shine. Desa...

Gaya Travel has participated the Malaysia Mega Familiarisation Trip, organised by Tourism Malaysia, in conjunction with Pahang Eco Fam Trip 2016, to discover the eco-tourism destinations in Pahang and some in Putrajaya. Let's embark on this short journey to see what these beautiful states can offer ;)

Prior to visiting South Sumatera, I thought the province was only about ancient history and gastronomy. After undergoing a seven-day and six-night media familiarisation trip organised by South Sumatera Culture and Tourism Bureau to learn more about the province in conjunction with the Total Solar Eclipse Festival in...

Text & Image: Nadya Rizal Raptor Watch 2016 – the event that monitors raptor migration activity – flies back to the shores of Tanjung Tuan on 12 March 2016 at the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve! Tanjung Tuan is 20 kilometres away from Kuala Linggi and is listed as an important raptor site by BirdLife International,...

During the World Travel Mart 2015 held from 2 until 5 November 2015, Gaya Travel Magazine caught up with Mr. Marcelo Molinari, Director of Group Tourism for Value Retail, a company that specialises in the development and operation of luxury outlet shopping destinations. Booming business Value Retail operates a...