Destinations

Text & Images by: Lily Riani Blessed with heritage-rich Kyoto and food-heaven Osaka, together with lush green mountains and deep blue sea, Kansai Region has it all, including the bragging rights as the region with the most UNESCO World Heritage Listings and Sites in Japan. Kansai, comprising seven beautiful...

Ask most people where they want to go in Taiwan and they will likely reply without hesitation: Taipei.  Well, what’s not to love about the city – it is rich in heritage, embraces diverse traditions, has vibrant shopping scene and convenient transportation system, besides populated by welcoming and easy-going people....

Cover Photo Credits: Mijas Tourism Spain – there can never be any doubt about it – is a beautiful country, blessed with a strong character defined by its culture, history, architecture and of course, people. It has always been my dream to visit Spain, so there I was, making my dream come true. It was November, the...

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...

Gaya Travel team members continue their journey exploring Jordan, a peaceful Middle Eastern country that should be in all travellers’ radar due to its amazing wonders  – Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqabah – that can never be experienced elsewhere:. Petra The jewel in the crown for Jordan’s tourism and renowned as one of the...

Follow Ena Ramli as she checks out what Lisbon has in store for travellers, particularly shopping enthusiasts. Lisbon, I realised, is not made for high heels. Nicknamed as the City of Seven Hills, it is spread out over steep slopes, intimate alleys, and cobbled streets. But you’ll hardly complain because as you stop...

Due to its compact size, travellers are bound to enjoy exploring Brunei’s capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, since they can do so in less than 24 hours. The following are the places that Gaya Travel Magazine has selected for travellers to understand more about the city and its denizens. 8.30 am: Kianggeh Open-air...

Words and images by Lily Riani unless stated Kansai, comprising seven beautiful prefectures, has always attracted travellers all over the world, luring them through its unique culture, gastronomy, and eco-tourism, which includes landscapes and outdoor activities. Taking it to the next level, Kansai has now embarked on...

Exploring Redang’s Underwater Wonders Diving in Malaysia is simply an outstanding experience since awesome marine life and corals can be found in particular places throughout the country. The country itself is separated into two distinct regions that offers great diving experience: the Malaysian Borneo with diving hot...

Gaya Travel team, together with other Malaysian journalists, recently had the opportunity to join a four-day familiarisation trip to Osaka by the invitation of Osaka Government Tourism Bureau (OGTB), Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines. This trip was part of the media exchange programme between Kuala Lumpur and...

On the 15th until 17th November 2015, Tourism Selangor and Selangor State Economic Planning Unit’s (UPEN) Tourism Division held a Business-to-Business (B2B) table top session in Batam, Indonesia. The objective of the B2B session was for Selangor to promote itself as a tourism destination to the Batam market. ...

Known for the likes of the tough Xterra and Ironman Triathlon Races, Langkawi is also home to South East Asia’s first Global UNESCO Geopark, where travellers would be able to find over 700 species of birds and butterflies, and 99 islands. Besides the main island of Langkawi, the second largest of these islands is Pulau...

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...

“Incomplete,” said a fellow friend of mine when asked about not including Japan as a must-have in a standard travel bucket list. The reason is simple: Japan is really meant for everyone from adventure seekers and bold trendsetters to families with small children. So, when Gaya Travel Magazine received an invitation to...

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...

Gaya Travel Magazine finds that there’s no other better time for than now for Asian travellers to visit Jordan, a reassuringly safe and secure country despite being located in a tumultuous region. Poor in natural resources but rich in history and heritage, the nation of Jordan had hosted various civilisations...

Part II DAY 4 We woke up early to catch the sunrise; however, due to the thick fog, we could not see any sunrise but were still amazed by the dreamy scenery of Dongchuan Red Land. We drove to several popular spots in Dongchuan Red Land to take photographs. Photographers who thirst for ‘postcard-perfect’ shots often...

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.

After savouring the delights of Zermatt, Gaya Travel team continued its journey in Switzerland by travelling to Lugano, located in the canton of Ticino, close to the Italian border. From Zermatt to Lugano To reach Lugano from Zermatt, travellers are required to take the three-hour train ride to Andermatt on the train...

Krabi’s Trivia The 132 islands offshore Thailand in the Andaman Sea fall under Krabi’s jurisdiction. The province covers a total area of 4,709 square of kilometres. Several of those islands such as the Lanta Islands, Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Jum, are actually inhabited. The province itself is split into eight...

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...

Prior to being known as Ceylon given by the British (the name derived from the name of the native population ‘Sinhala’), this island nation with 22 million population was officially declared as Sri Lanka since 1972. In the past, the island was also called Toprabane by the Greek geographers and Serendib by the Arabs,...