Destinations

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...

My journey in Mexico brought me from the Federal District of Mexico City to the south, where I discovered Puebla, Oaxaca and ended in Yucatan Peninsula. It was really an eye-opening experience, whereby I stopped by at Chiapas, Palenque, Merida, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, along the way culminating in Cancun.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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 ;)

We have been to Taiwan a couple of times prior to this visit, but we never got pass the airport doors. Taipei for transit is quite a common thing. It is not surprising, since Taoyuan International Airport is the world’s 5th busiest airport in terms of international freight traffic. Our recent visit was in conjunction...

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...

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...