Features of the Month

Luang Prabang is a sizeable town that is yet to achieve city status, located in northern Laos, a region that is mountainous. Situated 700 metres above sea level, the town feels cool during early morning and night, especially during northern hemisphere winter. Due to its French Indochine flair, Luang Prabang is ideal...

Gaya Travel went back to Japan; this time to the Central region. Ed has a different experience because this time he went discovering Japan on highway bus using a bus package called Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket. Sounds like fun, yes? Central Japan is also called Shoryudo, hence the package name. Shoryudo means rising...

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...

Have you watched the new James Bond movie, Spectre? If you did, I believe you had been enthralled by the epic opening sequence that depicts the fascinating Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade in Mexico City. Although staged, the scene was so spectacular that it really deserves credit for making the parade...

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...

1. A Gem of Palace – Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah    If you are a history buff, be prepared to be awed by this iconic attraction in Kuala Kangsar. Strategically located at the heart of this serene Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar, Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah showcases enthralling anecdotes of the late Sultan Azlan Shah...

According to UNESCO, Melaka is “a testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted.” Its history, strong heritage and old world charm attract both local and international travellers. Its accessibility from Klang Valley and Singapore also makes...

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...

Blessed with abundance of breathtaking natural wonders, Malaysia entices visitors to its uniqueness in varied gastronomic and cultural offerings. The country’s diversity also extends to its natural landscapes and lush rainforests that lend to its success as one of the world’s favourite eco-tourism destinations. Gaya...

Have some spare time before or after the show? Fret not, as there are plenty of activities that visitors can enjoy to kill the time! Discover the local gastronomic scene featuring delicious delights through more than 30 food trucks available at the Panggung Budaya’s area. Great food and great time, you sure don’t...

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...

With wedding season in full swing, many soon-to-be newlyweds are looking to find the perfect honeymoon destination that offers unforgettable experiences. As one of the world’s most exhilarating and remarkable destinations, Dubai offers a host of options for honeymooners looking to unwind, indulge and enjoy...

Gaya Travel team was recently invited to experience a hideaway gem called Mangala Resort & Spa in Gambang, Pahang, located only two hours and a half drive from Kuala Lumpur. The two-night stay at the resort proved worthwhile because the team did not just feel relaxed, but also reconnected with nature. Mangala Resort...

Founded by the charismatic Bapak Ben Subrata and led by his sprightly daughter who is also the group director Emily Subrata, Sudamala Resorts comprising Sudamala Suites & Villas Senggigi in Lombok and Sudamala Suites & Villas Sanur in Bali focus on elements that are essential, leaving guests totally rejuvenated,...

Unknown to many, the UK has much to offer to the active and adventurous. British Airways has hand-picked six destinations in the UK for the adrenaline junkies. From kayaking in the heart of London to abseiling in Northern Ireland or galloping on horseback in Scotland, there are plenty of adventures to keep your...

Emirates unveiled special fare offers for families visiting their loved ones in London, one of its most popular destinations outside of Dubai.

With travellers becoming increasingly demanding and in search of new, culturally immersive and unique experiences, Viator’s Asia Pacific team of travel veterans unveil a list of their top five picks, created especially for those wanting to explore the region in style: An Exclusive Private Tour to Mount Fuji and...

Immerse in awe-inspiring Islamic architecture of beautiful domes, majestic mosque structures and learn more about Islam in Malaysia’s most developed state

  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...

To ensure that you have a memorable visit in a historical city like Melaka, don’t hesitate to spend money on the best Melaka hotels. If trying to find the right hotel proves challenging, then all you need to do is to simply log on to Traveloka. Before you do so, check out the following 5 choices of Melaka’s most...

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,...