Kuala Lumpur In Top 10 Of The Top 100 City Destinations Ranking

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Kuala Lumpur In Top 10 Of The Top 100 City Destinations Ranking

Euromonitor International unveiled today the Top 100 City Destinations Ranking 2017 Edition at World Travel Market (WTM) London, the leading travel and tourism event worldwide.

The Luxury Collection Announces Stunning Redesign of The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok

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The Luxury Collection Announces Stunning Redesign of The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts today announced the reopening of The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok following an extensive renovation and transformation into a Luxury Collection hotel.

Minister of Tourism and Sports presented Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 at World Travel Market 2017

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Minister of Tourism and Sports presented Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 at World Travel Market 2017

London – Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul unveiled the latest tourism promotional extravaganza, the “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018” at the World Travel Market 2017 (WTM) held in London, from 6 to 8 November. Over 100 delegates were invited to join the WTM 2017 Thailand Networking Lunch including representatives of travel agents, media and TAT executives. To be marked officially between 1 November, 2017 to 1 January, 2019, the “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018” has been designed to further strengthen the Thai tourism industry by making it more sustainable, focus on quality tourism and the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, and maintain a balance between the economy, society and the environment. The ‘Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018’ has been designed […]

Destination France

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Destination France

Valiram travel retail brand Flying Emporium’s shop-to-win campaign Destination France comes to a close. Atout France invites Southeast Asia to explore beyond Paris and the Côte d’Azur. Representatives of Business France, Atout France, Valiram, Air France and Club Med gathered at the French Ambassador’s Residence in Kuala Lumpur in a celebration of partnerships and to introduce France’s new tourism strategy. Influential journalists were invited to the high-tea event, with refreshments sponsored by TWG Tea, by Business France and Valiram to hear about what France has to offer Southeast Asian holidaymakers beyond Paris and the Côte d’Azur. A presentation by Atout France Asean showcased the diversity and abundance of France’s cultural and natural heritage that beckon to the explorer at heart. One of […]

Alibaba launches 11.11 Global Shopping Festival 2017 in Malaysia

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Alibaba launches 11.11 Global Shopping Festival 2017 in Malaysia

Come to be known as the Festival of all Festivals, this 24-hour global shopping festival brings together over 140,000 brands offering more than 15 million products to consumers worldwide. International shipping starting from RM0 and many more incentives to give more reasons for Malaysians to celebrate this Biggest One-Day Sale event.   KUALA LUMPUR, 1 NOVEMBER 2017 – Alibaba Group kicks off the promotion of its 24-hour global shopping festival in Malaysia this year, a key oversea market for the global e-commerce giant. Apart from offering over 15 million products across a wide range of categories from 140,000 brands for this year’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, it is also set to draw attention of the world with a showcase of “new retail” […]

Seeing Double in Central Vietnam with Anantara Hoi An Resort and AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa

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Seeing Double in Central Vietnam with Anantara Hoi An Resort and AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa

Deciding between a holiday centred on cultural pursuits and one with maximum beach time can be a daunting task. Even more so when one’s destination is central Vietnam where heritage sites compete for attention with unspoiled beaches and indulgent spa treatments. Enter a central Vietnam travel package from Anantara Hoi An and AVANI Quy Nhon that ticks all the cultural boxes without skimping on coastal treasures. The ancient town of Hoi An – home to Anantara Hoi An Resort – offers a plethora of cultural activities ranging from ethnic festivals and contemporary art to centuries-old heritage wonders. Quy Nhon will woo with miles of unspoiled beaches, complete seclusion and a comprehensive spa experience. Connected by rail and a coastal road, the two […]

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang Wins Top Award from Conde Nast Traveller

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Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang Wins Top Award from Conde Nast Traveller

Penang – Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang has been listed at this year’s Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, and Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa ranked 24th among the “Top Resorts in Asia” with a score of 96.43. Conde Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated travel magazine. “We are very honoured to be recognised by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine,” said Elaine Yue, general manager of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang. “This award is a testament to the efforts and tireless commitment of the entire team who take initiative every day to ensure each and every guest feels our special kind of hospitality – hospitality from the heart. The annual Readers’ Choice Awards represent the […]

Andaz Singapore Opens Doors as First Andaz Hotel in Southeast Asia

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Andaz Singapore Opens Doors as First Andaz Hotel in Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the opening of Andaz Singapore, the first Andaz hotel to open in Southeast Asia. Andaz Singapore furthers the brand’s mission to create inspiring, indigenous experiences that immerse guests in the local culture of each unique destination. The hotel marks the seventeenth property for the brand and joins other Andaz hotels in global gateway cities and top resort destinations around the world. Located at the heart of cultural crossroads, where Kampong Glam, Little India and the Bras Basah Bugis arts and entertainment hub meet, the locally-inspired hotel draws inspiration from its lively surroundings – intimate alleyways filled with shop houses in vibrant colours and textures – and weaves this ambience into the hotel to offer guests […]

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Hosts Autumn “Ikebana” Flower Arrangement Exhibition by Renowned Artist Hiroki Maeno

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Hosts Autumn “Ikebana” Flower Arrangement Exhibition by Renowned Artist Hiroki Maeno

TOKYO – Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, has hosted a special “Ikebana” flower arrangement exhibition in collaboration with renowned artist Hiroki Maeno from October 21 to November 5, 2017. Hiroki Maeno creates a majestic flower arrangement that measures 2.7 meters wide by 5 meters tall, using maple, chrysanthemums and other colorful flowers and plants to represent the red and yellow colors of the autumn leaves in Japan to welcome our guests. Hiroki Maeno has created beautiful “Ikebana” flower arrangements for display in our hotel lobby timed with the arrival of each new season, four times a year. As part of this autumn’s exhibition, he will also hold a complimentary live “Ikebana Performance” […]

New Zealand Inc. Brings The Kiwi Story to Malaysia

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New Zealand Inc. Brings The Kiwi Story to Malaysia

Discover Aotearoa New Zealand Festival at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur aims to showcase the country’s best  MALAYSIA, 26 October 2017: The New Zealand High Commission has launched the Discover Aotearoa New Zealand Festival at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur today to highlight the very best New Zealand has to offer in the areas of trade, education, tourism and culture. With the support of the New Zealand Government through Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s Cultural Diplomacy International Programme, the festival is held in celebration of New Zealand and Malaysia’s 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations. It also seeks to promote the best of New Zealand’s rich and varied culture, art, tourism, education and food and beverages.. In his opening speech, New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. […]

EAT.TRAVEL.WRITE & DOODLE 3.0 is Back to Celebrate Citrawarna 2017!

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EAT.TRAVEL.WRITE & DOODLE 3.0 is Back to Celebrate Citrawarna 2017!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 28 October 2017: To celebrate the Citrawarna 2017, Gaya Travel Magazine organises a media familiarisation trip called EAT.TRAVEL.WRITE & DOODLE 3.0 – Kuala Lumpur from 27th until 29th October 2017, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC) Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau (KLTB), Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) & Tourism Malaysia. The trip is participated by 30 members of media comprising journalists, bloggers, social media influencers and doodlers as well as illustrators from Malaysia, who will not only promote the festival in the traditional media but also on social media platforms through creative postings and live updates. This year, the annual Citrawarna 2017 festival takes place at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, on 28th October 2017 (Saturday), […]

ONE@Tokyo Launches “Just the Two of Us”

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ONE@Tokyo Launches “Just the Two of Us”

Following its grand opening on July 28, 2017, the designer hotel ONE@Tokyo (Location: 1-19-3 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, General Manager: Kazuhiko Saito) has launched a Suite Room Accommodation Package called “Just the Two of Us”, featuring an exclusive one-hour access for couples to the hotel’s rooftop bar with the stunning views of the Tokyo Skytree®. Free drinks including sparkling wine are also available throughout the duration. Guests can choose to stay in either the Atelier Suite (56 sqm) that imitates an artist’s atelier, or as for literary-minded guests, they can opt for the Library Suite (56 sqm), which is modelled after a private study. Both suites were created under the design supervision of the world-famous architect Kengo Kuma. The package will be available […]

Citrawarna@Kuala Lumpur 2017 Themed ‘The Sunrise, The Green and The Echo Within’

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Citrawarna@Kuala Lumpur 2017 Themed ‘The Sunrise, The Green and The Echo Within’

KUALA LUMPUR – Citrawarna @ Kuala Lumpur is back again this year with the theme of “The Sunrise, The Green and The Echo Within” which will feature a mix of musical and dance performances set against the backdrop inspired by the tropical rainforest and the beautiful seas of ​​Malaysia. This year, the event will be held on 28 October 2017 (Saturday), at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, and is taking the inspiration from the World Tourism Day’s theme: “Sustainable Tourism — A Tool for Development”, which was celebrated last month. Speaking at the media session in conjunction with the launching of Citrawarna @ Kuala Lumpur 2017, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia said the ministry hoped to […]

HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro Scored 97 points for DxOMark

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HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro Scored 97 points for DxOMark

Making it the one of the best smartphones tested thus far KUALA LUMPUR, OCTOBER 24, 2017 – HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro, the flagship product by the world’s No.2 smartphone maker, scored an overall 97 point in DxOMark, outperforming most global brands in the mobile industry. DxOMark is the trusted and leading source of independent image quality measurements and ratings for smartphone, camera and lens since 2008. This further reaffirms the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro’s standing as a smartphone with outstanding photography features. Boosted with the New Leica Dual Camera with SUMMILUX-H lenses, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro is recognised by DxOMark for excellence in still photography. It delivered a spectacular photo sub-score of 100 points. Inside the cameras, it combines 12-megapixel RGB + […]

Win a Trip of Your Lifetime to New Zealand

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Win a Trip of Your Lifetime to New Zealand

One lucky individual will have the opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of the Land of the Long White Cloud simply by participating in a Facebook competition organised by the New Zealand High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, in partnership with Tourism New Zealand and Malaysia Airlines. Launching on 25 October 2017, the Facebook competition is in celebration of Malaysia and New Zealand’s 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations. The winner will receive an all-inclusive 5-day 4-night travel package for two to New Zealand on Malaysia Airlines. The package includes trips to the famous Hobbiton and Waitomo glow worm caves, as well as cultural activities such as participating in a hangi – a traditional Māori method of cooking food. To stand a chance at winning, interested […]

5 Spectacular Secrets of Selangor

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5 Spectacular Secrets of Selangor

Beyond its reputation as the most developed state of Malaysia, Selangor has its share of beautiful destinations, marked by its tin-mining roots, existing natural attractions and over 100 years of history. Here are some spots in Selangor which are worth exploring. Island Villages of Port Klang Pulau Ketam remains a popular weekend getaway thanks to its picturesque house on stilts, fish farm, fresh seafood and eagle feeding activities. For a glimpse of an authentic fishing village, hop on the next boat to Kampung Sungai Lima and be guided by the village head instead. Royal Town, Sleepy Towns Klang is one of Malaysia’s oldest towns, dating back to the 15th century. To discover fascinating stories of the Royal Town, join a free walking tour that runs daily. For […]

Grammy Award Winner David Morales to Play at Marini’s on 57

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Grammy Award Winner David Morales to Play at Marini’s on 57

KUALA LUMPUR (19 October 2017) – House music legend David Morales is set to drop the beat at the Marini’s on 57 Moto GP party on 27 October 2017. Guests attending the event, which is also the next instalment of “It’s All About House Music” will get to experience the Grammy Award winner’s brand and style of music. Morales is considered by many to be one of the first true superstar DJ’s and is also known as one of the most versatile DJs currently on the scene. He has remixed and produced over 500 releases for artistes including Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Eric Clapton, Pet Shop Boys, U2, Whitney Houston, and Jamiroquai. In 1996, he was nominated for […]

​​A Shocking Afternoon with Samsonite Lite-Shock

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​​A Shocking Afternoon with Samsonite Lite-Shock

In October 2017, Samsonite Malaysia embarks on an extensive month-long advertising campaign to highlight the innovative features of the Lite-Shock: the lightest Samsonite hardside collection to date. Consumers can expect to be engaged through exciting visuals across billboards and outdoor displays strategically placed at highly visible busy locations including print, digital and social media. Amazingly, the Lite-Shock cabin size Spinner 55 weighs only at an extraordinary 1.7 kilograms. This lightness is achieved by using a combination of Curv® material, which is exclusive to Samsonite in the luggage arena, and a selection of components that  have been engineered for maximum strength and minimum weight. Throughout the brand’s history, Samsonite has paved the way for luggage design and the Lite-Shock collection is no exception. Inspired […]

When Art Meets Music

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When Art Meets Music

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics,” esteemed businessman Victor Pinchuk who was one of the “2010 Time 100 – The World’s Most Influential People” in Time Magazine once said. And the folk in Warner Music Malaysia, thinks so too. Hence, in celebration of such power of fine art and creativity, Warner Music Malaysia has partnered with mapkl in organising a charity art jamming initiative on October 15th, 2017, at the Publika, with the theme “Sun Comes Up”, inspired by Rudimental’s new track featuring James Arthur under the same name. The song is all about the band and the various struggles they’ve been through to overcome adversity to get to where they are today, making it an apt metaphor […]

Golden Sands Resort, Penang Creates the Largest Floating ‘Kolam’ in Malaysia

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Golden Sands Resort, Penang Creates the Largest Floating ‘Kolam’ in Malaysia

Penang – Golden Sands Resort, Penang by Shangri-La today hosted a record-setting event by creating the largest floating kolam (mural) in Malaysia in line with the Deepavali celebrations. On hand to officiate and verify the record-setting attempt were officials from Malaysia Book of Records. This floating kolam is a unique cultural, artistic and community effort which required days of preparation, design and construction. Although Deepavali is a festival observed by those of the Hindu faith, the largest floating kolam involved the contribution of volunteers from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. Volunteers of this community project hailed from members of Penang Hindu Association and hotel employees from various departments. The realisation of the largest floating kolam involved days of pasting dried coconut flakes and […]

Bali Tourism Workers Being Unnecessarily Hurt By Volcano Speculation

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Bali Tourism Workers Being Unnecessarily Hurt By Volcano Speculation

Mt Agung is far away from Bali’s main tourism centres; tourism cancellations are ‘unwarranted’ – tour operator; #IaminBaliNOW launched to help Bali’s tourist sector combat cancellations Tourists should keep visiting Bali as it is perfectly safe to do so. That was the recommendation made by Herman Hoven, General Manager of Khiri Travel Indonesia today. Mr Hoven said there had been at least a 20% drop in tourism bookings in the Bali tourism sector at large, since the 3031m (9944ft) Mt Agung volcano started to show increased signs of activity in the third week of September. “There has been no explosion. There may never be. And the vast majority of Bali’s tourism activities take place between 30 and 60 kms [18 and 37 […]

Ji Terrace By THE SEA Introduces Signature Contemporary Japanese Bento – Seaside Lunch Series

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Ji Terrace By THE SEA Introduces Signature Contemporary Japanese Bento – Seaside Lunch Series

Bali, 10th October 2017 – Bento boxes began to be used in Japan almost a thousand years ago. During the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), people began to pack dried meals, called hoshi-ii, when going out to work or hunt. “Bento” during this time was merely a small bag used to store dehydrated rice that was either eaten dry or rehydrated. The Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1568 – 1600) was when the typical wooden lacquered bento boxes appeared, though instead of packing lunches, they were used mainly for storing food at gatherings and parties. During the Edo Period (1603-1868), bento boxes become common, people have not only sought to use bento for entertaining, at tea ceremonies, and at Buddhist memorial services, but also for travel lunches. In line with Ji’s mission – […]

PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur Radiates Light And Ignites Hope This Deepavali

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PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur Radiates Light And Ignites Hope This Deepavali

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 OCTOBER 2017 – Located in Bukit Bintang, Malaysia’s renowned hotel PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur  launched this year’s Deepavali (Hindu Festival of Lights) celebration with the message of providing hope to all Malaysians and non-Malaysians through traditional and cultural elements. Officiated by PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur General Manager Mr Guy Charles Owen, the celebration put spotlight on Indian personalities and performances such as Thanuja, Pushpa Narayanan, Datin Seri Shaila Nair, Bala Ganapathi Williams and Jasmine Michael, peacock dance group KUNA of Vehaara Arts, dancer Kunaratnam Velautham, and kolam-maker Velindran Palaniandi of VJ MayaKanna Arts and Design, including PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur’s own Engineering Head Mr Sree Murugan and son on the sitar and tabla. “Deepavali is a festival that celebrates the glory of light that brings hope and new beginnings. This year, PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur […]

Fear Unleashed in Sunway Lagoon!

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Fear Unleashed in Sunway Lagoon!

Nights of Fright 5 kicks off with guests running for their lives Bandar Sunway, 9 October 2017 – Nights of Fright 5 (NOF 5) hosted by Sunway Lagoon opened its gates of horror with the flag off of its Nights of the Undead Run. More than 1,300 participants ran for their lives to the finishing line by completing obstacles such as Outbreak, Spider Web and Survivor at various stations. From 7th till 31st October at 7:30pm, Sunway Lagoon will be the gathering hub for ghosts, ghouls, and sinister creatures. It unveils the most outrageous, eerie, hair-raising haunted houses in the nation. If you are easily frightened, think twice before you enter. Start to feel the fear by experiencing THE ISLAND OF THE […]

Almost 80% of Malaysian Parents Would Rather Have Holidays with Kids

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Almost 80% of Malaysian Parents Would Rather Have Holidays with Kids

Malaysian parents take their family vacations more seriously and are likely to highly value the memories made on these trips.

MITA Travel Fair 2018 – Malaysia’s Largest Tourism Fair is Set to Become the World Class Icon Event for Malaysia

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MITA Travel Fair 2018 – Malaysia’s Largest Tourism Fair is Set to Become the World Class Icon Event for Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Hailed as Malaysia’s Largest Tourism Fair, MITA Travel Fair 2018 will be showcasing a wide variety of travel and tourism offerings with an expected number of 1,000 booths available for industry players to promote and sell their travel related products. It will be held at the newly-opened Malaysian International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC), the latest convention Centre in the city fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. MITA Travel Fair 2018, the brainchild of inbound industry experts at Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA); will be the third edition held since its inception in 2016. MITA Travel Fair has grown from 150 booths (2016) to 650 booths (2017). This year the event will take place from 19th-21st January 2018 and anticipates at […]

Malaysia Tourism Awards 2016/2017

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Malaysia Tourism Awards 2016/2017

The Minister of Tourism & Culture Malaysia, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, recently announced the call of nominations for the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2016/2017. Held once every two years, this prestigious award ceremony is now in its 20th edition to recognise and honour local and international tourism industry players for outstanding and innovative products and services. It also acts as an incentive for participants to strive for the highest level of professionalism and quality in both products and services. As such, members of Malaysia and international travel trade, writers, bloggers, tourist guides and media, including tourism related business/premises owners, are invited to submit their nominations under the relevant categories, which are outlined below: 1.BEST LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR Inbound Tour Operator Domestic […]

AirAsia Treats Young Flyers to Free Inflight Meals

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AirAsia Treats Young Flyers to Free Inflight Meals

AirAsia introduces a brand new inflight meal, Lil’ Star Combo, specially created to suit the taste buds of young flyers. To celebrate the launch, all kids aged 2 to 12 flying with AirAsia on 28 September 2017 will receive a complimentary Lil’ Star Combo meal, while stocks last. Guests travelling with their little ones on other dates are able to pre-book the meal for only RM10 on airasia.com.  The combo meal comprises of a wholesome mini chicken pizza smothered in rich tomato sauce as well as tasty chicken slices, topped with creamy mozzarella and cheddar cheese. The delicious meal comes with a drink and a special snack box filled with treats guaranteed to delight the little travellers. The Lil’ Star Combo meal is […]

It’s Time to Feel the Fear

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It’s Time to Feel the Fear

Nights of Fright 5, Malaysia’s largest festival of fear by Sunway Lagoon comes back this October Bandar Sunway – Time to bring out the garlic, holy water, black tourmaline and onyx as Sunway Lagoon unleashes hell with the return of Nights of Fright 5 (NOF 5)! Known to many as Malaysia’s biggest and scariest festival, it will bring a brand-new slate of fear-infused attractions and experiences for thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies and the courageous, with classics such as Pontianak vs Pocong, The Ghostbusters Adventure LIVE!, Zombie Apocalypse and Horrorwood Studios. From the 7th till the 31st of October 2017, Sunway Lagoon will play host to a horde of ghosts, ghouls, and sinister creatures. It unveils the most outrageous, eerie, hair-raising haunted houses in […]

Issue 12.4 – No Haze, Will Travel

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Issue 12.4 – No Haze, Will Travel

There is a strong reason that people should explore more of South East Asia from August 2017 until the end of the year: the La Nina phenomenon, currently experienced in the Asia Pacific, brings more rain and reduce the development of the menacing haze in the region (Editor: let’s hope we don’t speak too soon…). And why not we celebrate this phenomenon by continuing to discover more of Australasia, particularly Malaysia? Speaking of Malaysia, in this issue, we present several destinations that travellers should consider experiencing: Selangor’s Royal Town Klang (page 46), which is full of hidden gems; grandiosely planned Putrajaya (page 60) for a relaxing and family-friendly quick getaway; swimming amongst corals in Tioman (page 54); and follow the #SeaYouInSabah (page 78) trail […]