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Though Moyo Island might be a familiar name among celebrities, it came quite a surprise to me as it is still affordable, since the island also offers cheaper food and accommodation options that are truly God-sent for budget travellers.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on September 26, 2019
Staying true to its title as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi has long been one of Malaysia’s favourite destinations that offers wonderful natural wonders, world-class hotels and resorts, exciting water-based activities and happening events all-year long.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on August 2, 2019
Casugria is Melaka’s best kept secret that is remarkably memorable. This property best suits travellers who seek an accommodation that is beyond average and more authentically local-centric, making their experience in Melaka simply enriching and marvellous.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on June 16, 2019
While the notion ‘no trip to Siem Reap is complete without visiting Angkor Wat’ is indeed unerring, during my recent visit, I find the town, unpretentious and authentic, offering more than just ancient temples.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on February 19, 2019
Located on the east coast of Sumatra, in the province of Bangka-Belitung, this charming island is surrounded by more than 100 other islands and islets. Belitung was used as the shooting location for one of Indonesia’s highest grossing films entitled Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Troops) that was adapted from the namesake novel by Indonesia’s best-selling author, Andrea Hirata, and released back in 2008.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on February 18, 2019
Together with other members of media, we recently participated in a three-day-two-night familiarisation trip called ‘Discovery West of Pahang 2018’ organised by Tourism Malaysia East Region Office. The trip focussed on three destinations namely Janda Baik, Genting Highlands and Bentong.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on February 14, 2019
Recently, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) and Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau (KLTB), together with Gaya Travel Magazine, organised a convoy tour entitled Eat, Travel, Ride (ETR) International 2.0 involving over 100 bikers from local and international members of Kingz Motorcycle Group (MG) who snaked their way to the Peninsular Malaysian east coast state of Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur (KL) in the span of three days, covering the distance of approximately 400 kilometres one way. Beginning the ride from Kuala Lumpur Tower, the convoy stopped at multiple places of interest, including Taman Sinar Harapan in Kuala Terengganu, which is an institution that provides care, protection and rehabilitation to 65 children with learning disabilities, as part of the group’s corporate […]
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on January 9, 2019
Melaka, a UNESCO World Heritage City, is no doubt charming. Its historical gems are among the best in the region, attracting travellers around the globe. But besides historical sites, Melaka actually has more to offer that make it ideal for family vacation.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on November 19, 2018
Though it literally means ‘A Thousand Islands’, the Kepulauan Seribu archipelago located north of Jakarta’s coastline actually comprises 110 islands – only 45 of them are open for tourists such as Macan, Pelangi, Puteri and Ayer. Interestingly, the size of Seribu Islands is seven times bigger than mainland Jakarta.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on November 14, 2018
Still thinking of where to spend your time this year-end holiday? Think no further as there are a lot of attractions that families can enjoy in Putrajaya.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on November 12, 2018
Royal Belum State Park in northern Perak is a 130-million-year-old rainforest, a fact that not only put the park on the world map, but also Malaysia for having the world’s oldest rainforest. Interestingly, Royal Belum State Park was only discovered around 200 years ago by a couple of Siamese royalties. The British then took over the forest and included it as part of Perak through the Anglo-Siamese Treaty 1909.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on October 2, 2018
Strengthening its presence across major cities in Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Penang, Doubletree by Hilton Melaka recently made an epic debut in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Melaka. Check out 9 reasons why we think Doubletree by Hilton Melaka is an ideal stay!
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on September 24, 2018
South Sumatra abounds with plenty of natural wonders and amazing historical background thanks to its geographical features. It is situated on the eastern side of Bukit Barisan mountain range, the southernmost rim of the South China Sea, close to the shipping lanes linking the Far East with Europe, said to be one of the world’s busiest.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on August 15, 2018
Gaya Travel Magazine took part in a media familiarisation trip organised by Tourism Selangor as part of the #TakeMeAnywhere campaign. The trip brought members of the media to Selangor’s three districts: Sepang, Kuala Langat and Petaling; it successfully showcased some of the state’s exciting tourism products that travellers tend to overlook.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on August 14, 2018
Because of its uniqueness, rich and complex heritage, multiracial people with warm hospitality, and exquisite dishes, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with Melaka over and over. The city – despite being small in size – is righteously proud of what it has to offer. Regarded by Malaysia as the city where it all began, the historic city now showcases a harmonious existence between the past and the present. Tourism Melaka and Gaya Travel, recently organised the second edition of In Case You Didn’t Know (#ICYDK) Melaka in conjunction with the Asia Urban Youth Assembly (AUYA) 2017. AUYA is an international event where 34 youth representatives from Asian countries are given the chance to voice out their opinions and […]
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on May 30, 2018
Selangor, without doubt, is consistently blessed with diverse crafts and artisanal products. For six consecutive years, media members, local and international have discovered and provided exposure and documentation on many of these products through an annual event held over three days called Kembara Kraf Selangor (KKS). Now entering into its seventh year, the Selangor Economic Planning Unit (UPEN), in collaboration with Gaya Travel Magazine, decided to make the programme different than before by focussing more on the artists or craftsmen themselves to acknowledge the deep passion these artists or craftsmen possess towards their respective craft and the ability to become creative despite setbacks in their lives. Hence, the theme of this year’s KKS was Crafts from the Heart. For this year, a […]
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on May 24, 2018
From 17 May 2018 until 15 June 2018 Muslims around the globe observe the month of Ramadan where they are obliged to fast from dawn until dusk. Besides refraining from eating and drinking, in many countries, especially those located on the Northern Hemisphere and near to the equator including Malaysia, they have to endure the heat. So, below is a list of places that are not too far from Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley where travellers can head to escape the heat! 1. eRYAbySURIA Janda Baik Nestled amidst lush greenery in Janda Baik, Pahang, eRYAbySURIA Janda Baik has all it takes to become a perfect place for nature enthusiasts – it is conveniently located to many natural attractions such as Ulu Tampit Waterfall, […]
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on May 21, 2018
The Special Region of Jogjakarta – also spelled as Yogyakarta – is always proud of the fact that it is the only region in Indonesia that is still governed by pre-colonial monarchy. It also possesses diverse customs and traditions that make Jogjakarta alluring to a curious traveller like me in many ways. Upon my recent visit to this culturally rich region, I discovered some of its magnificent cultural gems that me realise how unique and wonderful Jogjakarta really is. Where to Visit? Kraton Palace Formally known as Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, this palace was formerly the government centre of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta and is still used as the official residence of the Yogyakarta Sultanate. Built since 1756 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono, the palace […]
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on March 15, 2018
“Death is the greatest of all human blessings” I suppose these words by Socrates mirrors what Toraja people believe in, whereby death is the ultimate goal. From the grand departure tradition of the dead called Rambu Solo to the ceremony of changing the deceased’s clothes called Ma’nene, there is no wonder Toraja is much-publicised for having one of the most bizarre funeral customs in the world. However, upon my visit to this Land of Heavenly Kings from Makassar, organised by the Republic of Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism for The Most Unforgettable Experience Familiarisation Trip (Makassar-Toraja Overland), I learned that Toraja is more than just one-of-a-kind tradition. The land is surprisingly rich not only with unique culture, but also charming natural wonders that […]
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on January 3, 2018
Start-in-Tioman (SiT) is a premier diving event, the biggest of its kind in Malaysia. Now in its eighth year, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) Pahang Office has been successfully organising this event to put the island of Tioman on the map as the diving spot of choice among local and international divers, including as the getaway destination of choice among sun, sand and sea enthusiasts.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on September 19, 2017
It was a very serene morning at Monumen Alaf Baru, Putrajaya. As I arrived, I joined a group of balloon pilots and medias for a short briefing by the organiser, before got assigned to fly in a giant, green balloon named BBK or also known as Bradley Kooper. Never have I imagined that the next thing I was about to witness, was a breathtakingly magnificent view like from birds’ eyes people always dream to have. I considered myself lucky that day because my pilot was a highly-experienced, easy-going balloonist named Syed Karimulla, 30, from India. To date, he has been flying for 10 years within 15 countries. He praised Malaysia, particularly in Putrajaya, as a very beautiful place and he felt great […]
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on March 13, 2017