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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

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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 Mae Hong Son; Gaya Travel team managed

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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 prefectures, which are part of the total 47 prefectures

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  [iconboxes layout=”icon-inside-left”] [iconbox title=”1. Desa Banyumulek” title_color=”” icon=”tags” icon_color=”white” icon_background_color=”purple” link=”” linktext=”” linktarget=”_self” description_color=””][/iconbox] [/iconboxes] 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

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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

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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 Palembang last March 2016, I now realise

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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,

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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 collection of luxury shopping Villages –

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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 prefectures, has always attracted travellers all

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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. It’s very compelling. However, so

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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 new

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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 to catch

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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 Market This

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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 halal tourism, focusing on the Muslim market in

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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 spots like Sipadan, Layang Layang and Mabul; and

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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 Osaka. Earlier in 2014, selected Japanese journalists were

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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. Tourism Selangor selected and handpicked tourism players

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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

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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 ethnic tongues. In fact, most Kuchingites

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“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 join a familiarisation

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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 East Coast,

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