Asia

Whether you are a globetrotter, solo traveller or a seasoned tourist, there are always different ways to explore or rediscover a place. To get to know a place well, you will need to learn about the people, heritage, cuisines and leisure offerings. Thanks to tennis superstar, Caroline Wozniacki who recently went on a...

Just a ferry ride away from Istanbul is Turkey’s fourth largest city and the Ottoman Empire’s first capital – Bursa. Settled on the coastline of the Marmara Sea and on the north-western slopes of Mount Uludağ, Bursa gained historical importance during the reign of the Ottomans and when it was made the capital of the...

Singapore is a concrete jungle where neon lights shine brightly at night, traffic runs incessantly during the day and residents mainly dwelling in high rises – the entire city is an epitome of modern economic progress, making this city-state one of the most developed nations within South East Asia. But there is also...

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...

Japan has always been known as one of the most advanced countries in Asia and the world. The futuristic yet reserved Japanese have always intrigued people from other parts of the world. As a matter of fact, Gaya Travel thinks that such paradox is what makes the Japanese and Japan special. Talking about paradox, our...

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...

Being the world’s most populated country, China is definitely leading the world in every aspect. Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are China’s three famous cities that need no introduction to the world. These cities’ roles in the growth of China’s economy are impressive and undeniable. Progressive development, skyscrapers,...

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...

Courtesy of the Republic of Uzbekistan’s government, Gaya Travel Magazine once again was able to set foot at the enchantingly ancient land of Central Asian and Islamic history: Uzbekistan. The six-day familiarisation trip organised by the government was joined by 10 delegates consisted of media and various Malaysian...

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...

Location & intro Away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and Hat Yaai, up north of Thailand is the city of Chiang Mai. Nestled snugly at the foothill, surrounded by ring of mountains, Chiang Mai offers a more picturesque and panoramic view of Thailand’s suburban living. The pace of life in Chiang Mai is refreshingly...

Last January, my colleague and I had the pleasure of flying with Cathay Pacific Airways to Hong Kong and Chengdu. The flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong took four hours. From there, it took another three hours to fly to Chengdu. I must say that I agree with Cathay Pacific Airways’ philosophy, ‘A Life Well...

Mabul Island Mention Mabul Island and visions of swaying coconut trees, idyllic water villages and fascinating marine life come to mind. And that’s just above the water. Located around 15 minutes by speedboat from the world famous Sipadan Island, Mabul is recognised as one of the best muck-diving (a term used to...

If I have to describe Bohol in three words, those would be Chocolate, Mahogany and Tarsier. These three words are so synonymous with Bohol that they become strong enough reasons for travellers to visit this island, located in the Central Visayas region and surrounded by another 75 minor islands across the Bohol Sea....

Turkey (Turkiye) means the ‘land of the Turks’. It was formerly called Anatolia, which means ‘the country where the sun rises' in Greek. It is home to 80 million people that inhabit the nation’s seven regions: Marmara, Aegean, Black Sea, Middle Anatolia, Southeast and East.

Gaya Travel team finds that it is high time for travellers who have not yet discovered Manila to start getting acquainted with the city, which is poised to become one of the up-and-coming destination in 2015.

Lying on the extreme south of India is the state of Kerala- often referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’ by travelers. The commercial city of Kochi rests right at the heart of Kerala, along the coasts of the Arabian Sea. With a rich cultural heritage, precious history, phenomenal lush green nature and ever warm...

Impressive video by a Chilean TV program called Bitácora de Viaje that was invited to shoot video in Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur in April 2014 by the crews, in conjunction with International Squid Jigging Festival 2014 that took place in Terengganu.

Far East is of increasing importance to Dubai’s inbound tourism. New attractions, events and hotels are contributing to Dubai’s reputation as THE FINAL destination instead of a good ‘stopover’.

In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014, the Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014 Secretariat, together with Gaya Travel Magazine, organised a special awareness and promotion program on VMY 2014 called Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia (C1MTA), which involves bringing selected local and international media...

What to Do with An Hour in Taipei As written by General Manager of The Grand Hyatt Taipei, Kai Speth.

Dating back from the Ice Age, Taman Negara Pahang has been in existence for over 130 million years and it is also considered as one of the oldest rainforests in the world. This slice of untouched and lush tropical wilderness is a haven for thrill seekers and nature lovers from all around the world.