Malaysia

Kelantan brims with exoticism, this is reflected in the cuisine, arts, and the unique Kelantanese Malay language. Due to Kelantan’s relative isolation and largely rural lifestyle, it is also one of the remaining hubs of Malay culture. Gaya Travel Magazine team recently set foot in this east coast state to experience...

Putrajaya, considered as the Intelligent Garden City are blessed with world class infrastructure and careful planning that promise high quality of life for residents and visitors alike. The city have been progressing well over the years and already becoming destinations in their own right.

Every year, Start In Tioman (SIT), a premier scuba diving event organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Pahang Office takes place at Kampung Genting in Tioman island, drawing many divers of various levels who are grouped into different batches. This programme successfully puts Tioman on the...

Follow my journey through the #ICYDK programme in conjunction with Citrarasa Homestay Malaysia 2016 Carnival, to explore the other parts of Melaka, the land where the past meets the present.

It is interesting to learn that Selangor actually brims with colourful sights and sounds, which mostly resulted from the major influx of various influences like the Orang Asli (Peninsular Malaysia’s aboriginals), Javanese, Banjar, Bugis, Minangkabau, Chinese and Indian throughout the years due to trade and commerce,...

Though declared as a city back in 10 October 2000, Shah Alam – the capital of Selangor since 1978 – still retains its neighbourhood feel with broad paved walkways, lush green lungs and well-manicured gardens. Considered as an exemplary suburbia with an estimated population of over 650,000, the city strongly draws...

Hiking is one way of travelling and the best way to appreciate nature. And Mount Stong, Kelantan is definitely one the best places in Malaysia to experience that!

Take the step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and bring yourself to the rural area where Mother Earth is close to her children. Breathe in the fresh air, reward yourself with the peace and warmth offered by Mother Earth, which is not just about the sound of the waterfall or birds singing, but also crop...

There have been many great individuals who had fought for the country’s independence, including Pahang’s Mat Kilau whose name was so significant that his name remains unforgettable even up to today. However, not many of us really understand his actual story for as he was a private man.

Admittedly, Perak is often overlooked as a holiday destination whenever “Cuti-Cuti Malaysia mood” strikes. As the fourth largest state in the country, Perak has many things to offer visitors and its people alike. Rich with natural as well as manmade heritage, Perak could really surprise travellers. As a matter of...

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...

Gaya Travel explored selected enthralling eco-tourism attractions in Putrajaya & Pahang during Malaysian Mega Familiarisation Programme by Tourism Malaysia.

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 ;)

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,...

The 300,000-hectare Royal Belum State Park – located in Perak Darul Ridzuan and approximately four times larger than Singapore – is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world, even older than the famous Amazon. Being part of the The Belum/Temenggor Forest Reserve, Royal Belum is estimated to be 130 million...

Kuching is a beautiful city, proudly boasting a harmonious blend of colonial influence together with a unique traditional Borneo presence in many aspects, as seen through the architecture, food, lifestyle and languages of its people. Here, English is widely spoken by locals besides the usual Sarawak Malay and other...

As a travel writer, I feel blessed for the chance to explore destinations outside Malaysia that made me fall in love over and over. However, I must admit that eventhough I have been to exotic locations overseas, I still have not explored enough of my own homeland, especially the islands along Peninsular Malaysia’s...

In conjunction with Malaysia Year of Festivals (MyFest) 2015, the state of Sabah promoted one of Malaysia’s most important events held in Labuan, which was the annual Malaysia Water Festival – Labuan National Sea Challenge.

Recently Gaya Travel Magazine was privileged to join a special event called TS Day Out 2015 from 31 October until 3 November 2015, which was a familiarisation trip organised by Tourism Selangor. TS that combined destinations in Selangor and Sarawak at one go. The purpose of the trip was to increase awareness on what...

Text by: Farah Nadiah I was travelling with a group of travellers in Southeastern Anatolia Turkey, in particular, Bazda Caves, when Marco Fux of Liechtenstein asked if I had seen any caves as outstanding as Bazda Caves. While the others shook their heads, I proudly said, “I did. In fact, it was more amazing than...

Ena Ramli explores the old quarters of Penang’s George Town and discovers a romantic past and enduring charm. The founding of Penang reads like a period novel filled with treachery, romance and tragedy (see The Penang Promise). The narrow lanes, back alleys, buildings and landmarks of George Town – Penang’s capital...

In conjunction with the Discover Perak 2015 programme organised by Tourism Perak and Gaya Travel magazine held last April 2015 from the 7th until the 11th, 23 participants comprising selected media and travel agents packed their bags and headed to Perak to experience the state’s delights. In short, the participants...

In mid-April this year, just a week after turning 41, I ventured with some apprehension into the hinterlands of Malaysia’s Taman Negara Pahang, virgin jungle reputed to be older than the Amazon Rainforest. It was an experience that charted many firsts for me — my first time to Taman Negara, my first fishing trip, my...

Bamboo raft is synonymous with the earliest mode of transport on Pahang River as it is the most basic of boat design, characterised by the absence of a hull. As such, to reminisce the glorious heritage and the tradition of the people who settled along Pahang River, the National Department of Culture & Arts (JKKN)...

In collaboration with Tourism Malaysia’s Domestic Marketing Division and Tourism Malaysia Negeri Sembilan Office, Gaya Travel Magazine continued our KCC1M programme to Negeri Sembilan on the 6th to the 9th September 2014. Negeri Sembilan was first formed when the Minangkabau people of Sumatra settle in the area in...