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Frankly speaking, when it comes to finding a secret hideaway that is far from the hustle and bustle of the city, Pahang, the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, is one of my ultimate choices.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on January 1, 2020
They say that Tokyo represents Japan’s epitome of an ultimately-advanced urbanisation and Osaka is Japan’s food capital – both metropolises shape how we view Japan. So why not experience both while you are already on Japan’s Honshu island? Or even better, how about experiencing more of Japan by discovering the less-explored destinations between the two destinations, which would leave you more enriched and fulfilled? There a few options on how to get from Tokyo to Osaka by land. The more popular one that connects Tokyo and Osaka is called the Golden Route, where travellers can expect to see the conventional side of Japan along the way. But there is another alternative that can bring travellers to a different, more rural, less-crowded side […]
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on December 20, 2019
Terengganu continuously brims with exciting offerings for travellers. Compared to other parts of Peninsular Malaysia, Terengganu is less crowded and its rural areas are almost unperturbed and sleepy, which explains how local culture and traditions remain intact.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on November 11, 2019
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
MOTAC and 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!
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
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.
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).
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on May 24, 2018
Here is a list of places that are not too far from Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley where travellers can head to escape the heat!
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on May 21, 2018
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.
By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on March 15, 2018
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.
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