Discovering Bustling Busan in 3 Days

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Discovering Bustling Busan in 3 Days

It was hardly a ‘free-and-easy stopover’ like we had originally anticipated because it turns out that Busan is filled with interesting places!

Phenomenal Prague

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Phenomenal Prague

Indeed, this capital city of Czech Republic has plenty to offer her visitors, at a very affordable cost. The Gaya Traveller duo had spent 5 nights in Prague recently, and wished that we had stayed longer.

Braving Budapest

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Braving Budapest

Budapest, is one of the foreign exotic sounding names we had came across while flipping the beautiful magazine pages when we were kids. Now all grown up and in our mid-30s, the dream to set foot on Budapest has been materialised.

Chasing Auroras in Iceland

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Chasing Auroras in Iceland

Iceland is synonym to the incredible natural phenomenon, Aurora Borealis, that was the main reason why we head to this far-flung Nordic nation.

Belum Beckons in Harmony

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Belum Beckons in Harmony

We took a six-hour road trip over the long Labour Day weekend for something special: to hear Malaysia’s legendary jazz chanteuse Dato’ Sheila Majid sing while being surrounded by the rainforest! Well, to be exact, this exclusive showcase took place within the intimate setting of the luxurious Belum Rainforest Resort, located on Banding Island, Perak, which is within the vicinity of one of the world’s oldest rainforests: the 130 million-year-old Royal Belum State Park. About Banding Island Banding Island is a 243-hectare inland island encircled by the Temengor Lake. The island is surrounded by a man-made lake created in the late 1960s through the construction of the Temengor Dam to generate hydro-electric power and deprive communist terrorists then of one of their […]

How to Shop Like A Pro at Ho Chi Minh’s Market, Vietnam

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How to Shop Like A Pro at Ho Chi Minh’s Market, Vietnam

On our mission to complete all other ASEAN destinations (we have yet to visit the Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar and Laos by the way), we picked Vietnam and decided to visit Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is more popularly known.

Perak Glitters in 2017!

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Perak Glitters in 2017!

Admittedly, Perak is often overlooked as a holiday destination whenever “Cuti-Cuti Malaysia mood” strikes. As the fourth largest state in the country, Perak has many things to offer visitors and its people alike.

Issue 11.5 : Jalan-Jalan KL

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Issue 11.5 : Jalan-Jalan KL

The tagline for Tourism Malaysia’s domestic campaign “Dekat Je” really hits home this time. We’ve been bogged down with work that it was almost impossible to go for an overnight getaway. The mind needs a rest and a refresher, so we thought why not explore our beloved Kuala Lumpur, affectionately known as KL? The light rapid transit (LRT) service – which is part of the Klang Valley public transport infrastructure called RapidKL – has started plying the route close to our home and connecting us more conveniently to KL by rail since 30 June 2016. We also notice that our friends have been sharing their commuting experience on their social media accounts. After enduring almost two years of bad traffic due to […]

Waking Up to Langkawi

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Waking Up to Langkawi

After a year since our last visit to Langkawi, we managed to come back to this legendary island again. The main reason for our return is of course the Langkawi International Laksa Carnival (LILAC) 2016, which is already in its fifth year.

Issue 11.3 : Time for Taiwan!

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Issue 11.3 : Time for Taiwan!

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 with the 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival, courtesy of Taiwan Tourism Bureau Office in Kuala Lumpur, which invited us to attend this wonderful festival that is already in its 27th year running. A week in Taiwan sounds like a nice holiday, doesn’t it? We are pleased to find out that Malaysia has the most number of visitors to Taiwan among the South East Asian countries. Our trip to […]

Issue 11.2 : Blooming Japan: Best Places to Go During Spring

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Issue 11.2 : Blooming Japan: Best Places to Go During Spring

Mention springtime in Japan, we bet the first image that comes to your mind would be the sakura (cherry blossom)! This flower is taken very seriously in Japan, and we were quite amused when we noticed that news reports on where the sakura blooms are treated as importantly as the weather forecast.   Spring time in Japan peaks in April till May – for those who want to travel to Japan during that time should be mindful of the Golden Week, which is a series of public holidays when the locals take opportunity to visit the most popular spots due to the week-long break. It could get very crowded that time, therefore it is best to find out the dates when planning […]

Hello 2016!

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Hello 2016!

As we step into a brand new year, our minds are very much occupied with endless possibilities of travelling to various destinations. It is always an exciting time for us, brainstorming and dreaming about our 2016’s travel plans. We’ve been keeping a mental note of our friends and family members’ travel photos throughout 2015, for our future reference. Truly, travelling requires a lot of research and planning, but of course the most important factor to consider is cost! With our Ringgit depreciating and cost of living increasing, we must be smart in stretching our ringgit. 2015 have seen the rise of travelling buddy groups, allowing like-minded budget travellers to discover faraway and exotic destinations at affordable rates. People are travelling now like […]

Laid Back Langkawi

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Laid Back Langkawi

Langkawi is the only island in Malaysia that has an international airport. This island welcomes a steady flow of local and foreign visitors throughout the year. It is especially crowded during the school holidays and whenever there are big international festivals happening on this enchanted island. One of the main attractions of Langkawi is its duty free status – shopaholics can never resist good bargains offered on the island. Besides its retail offerings, Langkawi is also home to many natural and man-made attractions. Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) – the body that is responsible in planning, promoting and implementing development initiatives on the island – helps in making the island into what it is today. It has been two years since Gaya Traveller […]

Escape to Putrajaya

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Escape to Putrajaya

Putrajaya somehow escapes the mind when it comes to short weekend getaway choices. Which is quite unfortunate, really! Putrajaya should be the first destination that comes to city folks’ mind when deciding where to go for a quick rejuvenating trip.

Mabul’s 52 Shades of Blue

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Mabul’s 52 Shades of Blue

Even the name Mabul sounded very exotic and far. A check on the Malaysian map confirmed it.

Charming Magnificent Sultanate of Oman

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Charming Magnificent Sultanate of Oman

  Oman has been a dream destination for the Gaya Traveller team since we were schoolgirls, but the lack of direct connectivity from Malaysia to Oman delayed the dream. When we heard the news that Oman Air will soon fly into and out of Kuala Lumpur in 2010, we were ecstatic! Can you imagine how over the moon we were when Oman Air invited us to experience Muscat in September 2013?  ——————– About OMAN AIR Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an Official 4 Star Airline (Skytrax 2011). Founded in 1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting […]

Hyatt Regency – Bandung

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Hyatt Regency – Bandung

Surrounded by lush forest, Bandung is known as the city of flowers and is the centre of the region’s textile industry. Hyatt Regency Bandung is pleasantly located in the heart of the city, offering a wide range of elegant accommodation, dining, fitness and corporate meeting facilities, making it ideal for leisure and business travellers.

Handrio Utomo – General Manager Grand Royal Panghegar

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Handrio Utomo – General Manager Grand Royal Panghegar

Being the first Sundanese owned hotel establishment in Bandung, the hotel initially started off as a 3-star property, tapping into the business market, renowned for its excellent location. Due to brisk business, the owners decided that it was appropriate for the hotel to be upgraded into a 5-star establishment. Since The Grand Royal Panghegar’s rebirth on November 2011, apart from satisfied business guests, the hotel has also been welcoming a fair share of leisure travellers. The Gaya Travel team had the honour of sitting down with its General Manager, Bapak Handrio Utomo, the man responsible for steering The Grand Royal Panghegar through the transition process. Pak Handrio, as he is affectionately known, had studied in an international hotel school to better equip […]

Part I: Istanbul, Bursa & Pamukalle, Turkey

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Part I: Istanbul, Bursa & Pamukalle, Turkey

Turkey indeed has fantastic natural landscapes, beautiful ancient architecture, fabulous food, fascinating history and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk!

Part II : Konya, Ankara & Cappadocia, Turkey

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Part II : Konya, Ankara & Cappadocia, Turkey

Konya is known for its pious inhabitants and strong Islamic leanings. Celaleddin Rumi, also known as Mevlana, was the founder of the Mevlevi dervish sect – better known as the whirling dervishes.

Garut : The Road Less Travelled

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Garut : The Road Less Travelled

This hidden gem of a destination is replete with volcanoes, pine forests and lush countryside. Travel further down to the south coast and you will be greeted with some fine, deserted beaches. To discover Garut, it is best covered to spend at least one day and night.

LANGKAWI in 12 Hours, The Gaya Traveller’s Way

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LANGKAWI in 12 Hours, The Gaya Traveller’s Way

Blessed with 99 islands, Langkawi promises to be an unforgettable holiday destination. This island has been declared a duty-free island in 1987, and locals especially, flock to Langkawi to shop for chocolates and crockery! Langkawi is truly a tourist destination, so much so that the Government relocated all existing factories to the mainland, in order to keep the Langkawi air clean. So gone are the factories, except for one – the humongous Lafarge cement factory, which cannot be relocated due to the nature of its operations. We figured Langkawi has something for everyone – the laze around type, the shoppers, the business travellers, and even the adventure seekers. But no matter what type of traveller you are, The Gaya Travellers would like […]

California Dreamin’

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California Dreamin’

Our travel guide book describes California as “impressive for both its size and its sway over modern culture, symbolising United States’ diversity and sense of prosperity. Here can be found towering forests, high mountain peaks, deserts within half a day’s drive of ocean beaches and two of the world’s foremost cities, San Francisco and Los Angeles.”

Majestic India – Agra & Jaipur

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Majestic India – Agra & Jaipur

The drive to Agra from Delhi was around five hours. The Indian countryside was beautiful. Fields full of blooming yellow mustard flowers with sights of horse-carts and camel-carts carrying big loads of hay took our breath away.

Majestic India – Kashmir

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Majestic India – Kashmir

Kashmir is the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. It is a disputed territory, claimed by both India and Pakistan, with some areas also claimed by China.

Klang Heritage Walk

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Klang Heritage Walk

There are 18 attractions altogether within the Klang Heritage Walk and they are all within walking distance. However, Gaya Travellers being Gaya Travellers, we did not walk. Armed with the brochure entitled “The Royal Town of Klang Heritage Walk” obtained from Tourism Selangor Information Centre office in Section 14 Shah Alam, we drove around instead, following the specified routes.

Majestic India – Delhi

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Majestic India – Delhi

If there is one word to describe Delhi, it is chaotic. Honking is everywhere and drivers driving as if they own the road. It’s dusty, it’s unruly, it’s awesome! If asked to describe India in two words, it would be “wonderfully chaotic”.

GAYA Travellers FINALLY SET FOOT IN SABAH!

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GAYA Travellers FINALLY SET FOOT IN SABAH!

Gaya Travellers is proud to declare that we now have officially visited all states in Malaysia and we have Tourism Malaysia to thank for that final tick on our checklist!