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West Sumatera is a land blessed with natural wonders ranging from its mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, as well as islands and beaches. Its compelling natural landscapes are preserved through time and remain steadfast despite the strong wave of modernisation.
By Ed Junaidi on May 28, 2019
Strategically located at Sabah state capital’s bustling waterfront along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel brought forth its signature brand of hospitality that incorporates innovations and commitment to inspire travellers to “Travel Brilliantly”.
By Ed Junaidi on January 14, 2019
Set against the idyllic backdrop of green tropical rainforest mountains overlooking the blissful and pristine seashore, Berjaya Tioman Resort is a perfect choice for anyone seeking a getaway from the city or a retreat with family and friends.
By Ed Junaidi on January 8, 2019
Jungfrau is one of the regions in Switzerland. Its towns and villages are mainly located between the mountains across the Bernese Alps. The region is famous for its three iconic peaks: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, making it a great destination for high alpine experience.
By Ed Junaidi on January 8, 2019
Many of us are familiar with Japan’s famous high-speed bullet trains called shinkansen. Operated by Japan Railway Company – called JR for short – the shinkansen network consists of multiple lines, amongst which the oldest and most popular is the Tokaido Shinkansen that connects Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka, reducing rail travel time from eight hours to only three. The Hokuriku Shinkansen line was popularly known as Nagano Shinkansen because it connected Tokyo to Nagano in 1997 for Nagano Winter Olympics. Over a year ago, the service is extended to Kanazawa, which is part of the Hokuriku region. Hokuriku Shinkansen connects passengers between Tokyo and Kanazawa for only two hours and a half. Standard Class (unreserved) Standard Class (reserved) Green Car Gran […]
By Ed Junaidi on December 4, 2018
Blessed with breath-taking nature, picturesque landscape, picture-perfect settings and lovely powder snow make Hokkaido ideal for travellers to experience during winter. The destination offers many unique experiences to be enjoyed not just by the Japanese but also people from other parts of the world. Hokkaido truly offers an unforgettable Japanese white season that all travellers must experience at least once in their lives!
By Ed Junaidi on June 28, 2018
The hike that I found miserable during my previous trip somehow felt easier this time. Perhaps because I had enough rest at Wae Rebo Lodge the night before and managed freshen up and clean myself well, I felt bushy tailed in the following morning to explore the lodge’s surrounding panorama and take photos. The view around the lodge is simply breathtaking – it is surrounded byresplendent green paddy fields, layered and vast, which meet the sky. On the horizon, Mules Island stands regal, making it an outstanding photography object. Once in a while, during our hike, we passed by several locals commuting between Wae Rebo village and Denge. Sometimes we passed by one or two men walking briskly, and we passed them […]
By Ed Junaidi on May 22, 2018
It is easy to find an accommodation in Bali through the internet – just use Google and you will end up scrolling from one page to another for you to just pick and choose. However, due to the abundance of choices, trying to find the exact one that meets all your needs and requirements proves challenging – it happened to me when I was searching for a suitable place to stay on the island. Eventually, I landed upon www.peppersseminyak.com, the webpage for Peppers Seminyak, which is full of arresting still images regarding the property. True to the idiom ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, the dozens of pictures on the website speaks volumes about what I would expect if I were […]
By Ed Junaidi on May 17, 2018
Surakarta – also known as Solo – is the sister city of Jogjakarta, the off-shoot of the Mataram Sultanate after its split around three hundred years ago. Although it has similar culture and heritage with Jogjakarta, it does possess its own distinctive uniqueness. Surakarta has undergone various changes through modernisation, adaptation and integration; but compared to the other cities in Java, Surakarta still retains much of the Javanese authentic identity. The destination proves a magnet for culture vultures, heritage celebrants, history buffs and ethno-sophisticates. Side note: Many Malaysians identify Surakarta as Solo based on a famous Indonesian folk song called ‘Begawan Solo’ (‘Solo River’), which is the longest river in Java that flows through the central and eastern parts of the island. […]
By Ed Junaidi on February 14, 2018
Odisha is previously known as Orissa, and the old name can still be found all over the state. It is located on the eastern coast of India on the Bay of Bengal. Odisha is rich with tribal cultures and historical places, especially Hindu temples that are over hundreds of years old. The capital city of Odisha is Bhubaneswar, better known as The Temple City of India due to thousands of temples that has been around since ancient times. Although there are only about 50 that still remain today, these are significant archaeological and religious sites, important reminders of the Kalinga civilisations. The state of Odisha is always known for its dry and dusty environment and scorching heat during summer. Although Bhubaneswar can […]
By Ed Junaidi on September 28, 2017
Tawau has always been side-lined by travellers who usually head straight away to Semporna, a gateway to the beautiful islands on Celebes Sea that promises world class dive sites such as Sipadan, Kapalai, Mabul, and Mataking.
By Ed Junaidi on September 26, 2017
First and foremost, let us tell you that Chiba is definitely where the fun begins! Being the home to Narita Airport, Chiba is the strategic international gateway into Japan. The prefecture is the closest destination for locals and foreigners to escape the bustling metropolitan life through its endless fun offerings like natural wonders, amusement parks, culture, heritage, shopping, and cuisine. Chiba is also blessed with mild climate all year long, suitable for growth of blooming flowers in most months of the year. Check out some of the attractions that travellers need to explore when in Chiba. Natural Wonders Nomizo Falls Stepping into the grounds of Nomizo Falls gives you the surreal feeling of entering a fantasy world portrayed in the popular […]
By Ed Junaidi on April 20, 2017
In last post, I began my journey in Mexico City then heading outwards to the Teotihuacan Pyramids, the magical town of Puebla and Oaxaca, the state that has a great number of different ethnicities. Throughout the way, I learned a great deal about the people of Mexico, the charms of its small towns and impressive UNESCO heritage sites. Follow me as again as I continue to Chiapas, Merida, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen. Chiapas It took me eleven hours on bus from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de Las Casas, a town located in the Central Highlands, considered as the cultural capital of Chiapas. The climate here is colder than Mexico City and can get as low as -8 degree Celsius especially […]
By Ed Junaidi on March 1, 2017
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 dragon, coined from its shape on the map that resembles a rising dragon, which in Japanese culture symbolises wealth and power. There are five prefectures in Central Japan: Aichi, Gifu, Ishikawa, Nagano, and Toyama. Central Japan has a lot to offer through its vibrant mixture of modern urban cities and fascinating culture and history as far back as the Edo era. Forget about Mount Fuji. Instead, check out the Japanese […]
By Ed Junaidi on December 16, 2016
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.
By Ed Junaidi on November 9, 2016
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 Heritage Site.
By Ed Junaidi on November 1, 2016
All travellers should add this new gadget in their backpacks, which is a great companion for those who love to travel and involve in outdoor activities such as hiking, snorkelling, diving, and rafting. is new companion niftily captures and records all travel experiences complete in high de nition video captures and amazingly vivid still photos. Sony Action Cam HDR-AS200V brings great advantages for active travellers like the Gaya Travel team members. Sony Action Cam HDR-AS200V comes in a sophisticated slim design equipped with splash-proof and waterproof casing, suitable for surfing and snorkelling. Sony mainly markets this device for active purposes, with battery life estimated to last almost two hours and video resolution shot at 1080p/60fps, coupled with SteadyShot and wind/noise reductions. It […]
By Ed Junaidi on February 15, 2016
Last January, my colleague and I had the pleasure of flying with Cathay Pacific Airways to Hong Kong and Chengdu. The flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong took four hours. From there, it took another three hours to fly to Chengdu. I must say that I agree with Cathay Pacific Airways’ philosophy, ‘A Life Well Travelled’; when you travel well, the trip becomes more memorable, more meaningful and more rewarding. You see, travelling well is an essential part of living well. The experience of flying from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong was great. The breakfast meal was delicious and uplifted my senses, which have not yet awoken for the early morning flight. I was glad that Cathay Pacific Airways offers halal […]
By Ed Junaidi on September 8, 2015
If I have to describe Bohol in three words, those would be Chocolate, Mahogany and Tarsier. These three words are so synonymous with Bohol that they become strong enough reasons for travellers to visit this island, located in the Central Visayas region and surrounded by another 75 minor islands across the Bohol Sea.
By Ed Junaidi on September 3, 2015
Riau Island Province (comprising the Riau Archipelago, the Tudjuh Archipelago and the Lingga Islands) is located south of Singapore and stretches afar to Lingga Island, parallel to the Sumatran coast.
By Ed Junaidi on June 15, 2012
It was such an amazing experience to visit and to explore Labuan, the Pearl of Borneo. This island, known for its status as an offshore financial centre offering international financial services, is also gazetted as one of the three Federal Territories of Malaysia (the other two being Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya).
By Ed Junaidi on March 30, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – March 8, 2012 – TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its annual Travellers’ Choice®Beach Destinations awards. This year, 181 topbeach locations were named around the world, covering 21 regions including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Middle East, South America, South Pacific, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, U.K. and the U.S.
By Ed Junaidi on March 23, 2012
Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Sdn Bhd has introduced a new blend to its roast coffee family after more than four decades of expertise in sourcing, roasting and blending to create this perfect blend.
By Ed Junaidi on March 8, 2012