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Huckleberry, a Seriously Sweet Renaissance

Dining

Huckleberry, a Seriously Sweet Renaissance

“All sorrows are less with bread” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra For a person who loves pastry so much, it frustrates me to see the lack of bakeries or cafes serving real delicious baked goods in Malaysia. Though it is understandably not an originally Malaysian culture, eating properly baked pastries can be intensely comforting, satisfying and uplifting (and let’s just not talk about guilt here) – at the very least, it is the best way to start the day. For that reason, I am always on the lookout for great places that offer marvellously baked fares. My search eventually led me to Huckleberry, Damansara Heights. Interestingly, Huckleberry possesses two different identities: Huckleberry Food & Fare during the day and Huckleberry After Dark […]

Experience Taiwan

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Experience Taiwan

Recently, Gaya Travel team got the chance to discover Taiwan. Follow this article to get to know what’s in Taiwan that captures our heart.

Hitting the Seafood Jackpot at Crab Factory

Dining

Hitting the Seafood Jackpot at Crab Factory

What could be more invigorating for a seafood lover than walking into a restaurant that offers the freshest, meatiest and juiciest shellfishes swimming with secret spices and perfect seasonings in a convenient boil-in bag? I stopped by at the Crab Factory in Petaling Jaya recently for a late lunch with my colleagues, and was impressed not just by the ambience, but also by its staggering array of treats from the sea that include king crabs, brown crabs, red lobsters, slipper lobsters and yabbies, all laid out for diners to have an infinitely delicious experience. Roughly three years ago, an avid traveller T.Y. Ooi decided to open a restaurant that embraces the Creole and Cajun cuisine after an eye-opening trip to Louisiana. Besides introducing […]

Finding Neverland at Tokyo Disney Resort

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Finding Neverland at Tokyo Disney Resort

For a girl who grew up watching Disney movies, Disneyland to me sounds like a dream, the place where one ventures into the lands of fantasy and embrace the fond memories of Disney’s films, therefore a definite must-visit. Established since 1983, Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park opened outside the United State. It comprises seven theme lands including the iconic Cinderella Castle, a Victorian-styled World Bazaar, a tropical Adventureland, a Westernland depicting America’s western frontier of the 19th century, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown and the futuristic Tomorrowland. Each land has its own distinctive attractions, but as all theme park goers would know, the chance to cover all rides within a single day is almost nil because of the crowd. But […]

Okinawa Journal : 6 Places to Shop – Part 2

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Okinawa Journal : 6 Places to Shop – Part 2

Okinawa offers extensive shopping options for shopaholics and browsers alike such as popular luxury goods, meticulous artisanal crafts, tasty snacks, cute souvenirs or exotic street products

3 Reasons why Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade is for You

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3 Reasons why Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade is for You

If you are a lifestyle traveller who prefers modern midscale boutique hotels as opposed to the conventional type, then consider staying at the newly-launched four-star Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade when being in the city.

Okinawa Journal: 6 Tourist Spots to Visit – Part I

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Okinawa Journal: 6 Tourist Spots to Visit – Part I

The Okinawan people have a wonderful rich history. It was once part of an independent kingdom called Ryukyu that acted as a key player in the maritime trade networks that reached medieval East and Southeast Asia like Malacca, Pattani, Palembang, Siam and Sumatra.

Wood & Steel: Refreshingly Original 

Dining

Wood & Steel: Refreshingly Original 

It was on a rainy Friday evening when my friend and I went to Wood & Steel in Kota Damansara, an area now regarded as one of Selangor’s currently hip neighbourhood. And if you know the Kota Damansara well, you will certainly be aware of the too many cafes around the area. Some goes the extra length to be innovative, while others remain true to the classic formula: good food, good place. Lately though, I have been hearing a few things about Wood & Steel, comments that usually went like “I eat there all the time,” or “the bruschetta they have is the best,” making me all the more intrigued. It was cold outside, so I was eager to get myself a […]

Reminiscing the Flavours of Great Instant Noodles

Dining

Reminiscing the Flavours of Great Instant Noodles

It’s hard not to feel nostalgic about instant noodles since many of us in Malaysia, including parts of Asia, grew up eating them. They have been part of the dietary staple –  we eat them during cold rainy nights at home with family; during our student days, devouring them in between long hours of study at hostels; during tight budgets; and even while travelling across the world for easy, no fuss meal.

Discovering the Land of Mat Kilau

Pahang

Discovering the Land of Mat Kilau

There have been many great individuals who had fought for the country’s independence, including Pahang’s Mat Kilau whose name was so significant that his name remains unforgettable even up to today. However, not many of us really understand his actual story for as he was a private man.

Good Taste Minus the Fancy in Kuantan

Dining

Good Taste Minus the Fancy in Kuantan

In the midst of the current craze of over-the-top food presentations, funky interiors and all things hipster, one sometimes forget that eating out, above all else, is essentially about the food – no frills, no nonsense, just simple real good taste to be enjoyed by oneself or with good company. That basic principle has never been lost with Lila Wadi, Kula Cakes and Krim by Kula Cakes, all considered as top notch eateries in Kuantan that have been winning the hearts of connoisseurs and common diners alike.

7 Places To Dine in Kuantan, Pahang

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7 Places To Dine in Kuantan, Pahang

Kuantan, to the Gaya Travel team, seems to be going on the right direction, providing friendly, laid-back dining spots that serve affordable serious food for both locals and travellers alike. The city is turning into a major culinary centre on Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast through its wide range of eateries in the forms of artsy cafes, classic kopitiams, fine dining and traditional ethnic stalls, so diners will never have any problem in satisfying their palate. For travellers who are new to Kuantan’s gastronomic scene, allow us to introduce you some of the best places to dine, where memorable meals can be enjoyed without having to pay through the nose or drive extra miles to the outskirts. Check out our best 7 spots […]

Sony α6000: Why We Love It for Travel Photography

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Sony α6000: Why We Love It for Travel Photography

Sony α6000 compact interchangeable lens camera makes a travel-friendly companion. It is lightweight, sturdy, and will certainly impress advanced shooters with its dedicated controls, speedy performance and outstanding image quality, while amateurs will benefit from the accurate full-auto options and straightforward interface.

Singapore, the All-round BTMICE Destination

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Singapore, the All-round BTMICE Destination

According to a research by BridgeStreet Global Hospitality in 2015, six out of ten travellers are more likely to take a ‘bleisure’ trip today, while 83% of business travellers use their free time to explore the destination that they travelling to for a more enriching experience. As such, Singapore – which is strengthening its position as one of the major players in the regional MICE market – intends to capitalise on those statistics by making business travellers to this city-state more aware of what it can offer besides efficient trade, commerce and logistics infrastructure. Singapore is a glamourous destination where business travellers can take advantage of its extensive accommodation options, comprehensive convention halls and facilities, unrivalled public transport system, and service culture. […]

A Night of Experience, Appreciation and Taste at Limoncello-Svago

Dining

A Night of Experience, Appreciation and Taste at Limoncello-Svago

Limoncello-Svago Bistro & Lounge is the place where patrons should abandon their diet and savour a combination of simple homemade dishes and a flavourful unique cuisine that is a blend of Asian and Italian.

Savouring The Charms Of Melaka

Melaka/Malacca

Savouring The Charms Of Melaka

According to UNESCO, Melaka is “a testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted.” Its history, strong heritage and old world charm attract both local and international travellers.

Travel Companions: Samurai Wi-Fi

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Travel Companions: Samurai Wi-Fi

In the age of social media, the thought of going abroad without remaining connected with reliable internet access can be stressful for many travellers. Besides, there are so many things that you can do when you stay online abroad such as looking up at maps when you’re lost, enhance sightseeing with audio tours, buy advance tickets and have them sent right to your phone and most importantly, keep in touch with family and friends back home. Since we all know how insanely expensive roaming can be, Gaya Travel team members instead carry along a pocket Wi-Fi when we travel. One good provider of pocket Wi-Fi is Visondata Malaysia that brings you Samurai Wi-Fi, covering a total of 108 countries and charges some […]

7 Lugging Convenience

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7 Lugging Convenience

Bags, holdalls, backpacks, knapsacks, cases – these items that become our luggage are so essential during travel that they could make or break our travel experience! Luggage serves the purpose of keeping our belongings organised without having to rearrange them over and over throughout the journey. Below, are just some types of luggage that you night just help to make your travelling easier:   Luggage – Trunki Jurni www.bloomandgrowasia.com Travelling can be a tiring affair, especially with the lack of seats and resting areas at airports, train or bus stations. So why not invest in one smart luggage, Trunki Jurni, for your own future comfort? It is a carry-on case with a pop-out pod that functions as a seat. The cases come […]

Backlane Loving

Dining

Backlane Loving

I had a very nice time out with my colleagues that night. We ate, drank coffee, played monopoly and enjoyed each other’s company at a gorgeous spot near the popular Jonker Street called Backlane Coffee. It was a Thursday evening, and the shop was not full unlike during weekends, which was completely fine by us, who appreciate the peace and quiet every now and then. Backlane Coffee is established since late December 2014 by a young lovely lady called Shu Lin whom we heard is a trained barista from Australia. The shop is decorated in a heart-warming colour scheme that feels cosy, inviting and smells oh so good that I had the feeling that not only we were about to savour great cups […]

8 Zen Retreats in Southeast Asia

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8 Zen Retreats in Southeast Asia

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could bring that peacefulness found during vacation back home with us? For stressed-out city dwellers, silent retreats could be one of the best ways to completely remove every shred of stress from the system, leaving us travellers at peace, calm and back on track. For that reason, below are our picks of selected Zen retreats in Southeast Asia that are bound to rejuvenate you!   Regis, Langkawi, Malaysia Price: From RM2,083 per night Location: Poised at the southern tip of Langkawi with a private beach for guests to enjoy Features: Swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, restaurants, bar, butler service, family programmes, airport lounge service and Bentley experience Why we like: Pure luxury experience at the most […]

Northern Thailand Charms

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Northern Thailand Charms

Once ruled by the Lanna kingdom from the 13th until 18th century, Northern Thailand has long been regarded as Thailand’s most interesting region. It continues to be rooted in Thai tradition yet economically up-to-date. Its provinces include Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Uttaradit, Phrae, Nan, Phayao, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son; Gaya Travel team managed to visit the first three during the recent Thai Travel Mart Plus 2016 on early June 2016.   Northern Thailand is signified by Buddhist temples, hill tribes, verdant forests and emerging creative art scene that draw both local and international travellers to come and visit. The locals’ laid-back attitude constantly puts travellers at ease, beckoning them to slow down and stay longer than intended. The region’s peak […]

Costa Asia in Set for Halal Kitchen Certification and Sailings Departing from Penang

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Costa Asia in Set for Halal Kitchen Certification and Sailings Departing from Penang

Europe’s number 1 cruising company Costa Cruises is set to obtain certification for a Halal Kitchen onboard Costa Victoria, offering Muslim passengers a hassle-free vacation at sea without any dietary concerns, and an unique “Italy at Sea” cruising experience at the same time . The certification is expected to be achieved and will be fully ready before the inaugural Costa Victoria Southeast Asia sailing kicks off in Singapore, and in Penang for its first time, in October this year.

Malaysia Broke The “Guinness World Record” For “Most Led Lights Lit a Relay”

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Malaysia Broke The “Guinness World Record” For “Most Led Lights Lit a Relay”

Only World Group Holdings Berhad (OWG or the Group), a company that involves in the leisure and hospitality industry, via its subsidiary, Escaperoom Holdings Sdn Bhd (EHSB), is organising an event named “The Nightscape of Light Sensation – Love Series” with the collaboration of Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, (MAEPS).

Celebrate Every Occasion with New-and-Improved Party Packs from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

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Celebrate Every Occasion with New-and-Improved Party Packs from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

When life gives you a reason to celebrate, look no further than The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® (CB&TL) for a selection of 15 different party packs to suit every occasion. Eliminate the fuss and elevate the experience with selections from Party Classics, Party Signature or Party Premium!

Malaysia Received Two More PATA Awards 2016

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Malaysia Received Two More PATA Awards 2016

PATA Malaysia Chapter received the Spirit of PATA Award 2016 today in recognition of its active participation in organising programmes to support the tourism industry in Malaysia.

Melody Sweeps Over Macao with The 30th Macao International Music Festival

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Melody Sweeps Over Macao with The 30th Macao International Music Festival

In the month of October, the city of Macao will be engulfed with music from the 30th Macao International Music Festival (MIMF) organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau.

Impiana KLCC Offers Exclusive Floor for a Girlfriend Getaway

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Impiana KLCC Offers Exclusive Floor for a Girlfriend Getaway

Impiana KLCC is setting aside a floor “The Orchid Floor” with special key access and amenities that women typically prefer.

5 Best Getaways for Long Weekends in Malaysia

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5 Best Getaways for Long Weekends in Malaysia

Have you planned a long week of leave during Hari Raya Haji and Malaysia Day this September?

Trading Up for a Luxurious Stay in the heart of KL – Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur by Shangri-La

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Trading Up for a Luxurious Stay in the heart of KL – Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur by Shangri-La

The list of ‘Hotels.com Loved by Guest Awards 2016’ winners conveniently saves time for travellers to use as reference in choosing the hotel to stay when being in a particular destination, therefore relieving travellers from the stress of having to do hotel search.

Costa Cruises Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Asia

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Costa Cruises Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Asia

Costa Asia recently celebrated a decade of excellence with its Malaysian industry partners in an event hold at Le Meridien, Kuala Lumpur.