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Flavourful Nasi Padang offerings at BEST WESTERN PJ

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Flavourful Nasi Padang offerings at BEST WESTERN PJ

Visiting Chef Awie from Medan, Indonesia arrived at Kembali Kitchen to give local diners the opportunity to taste authentic Nasi Padang flavours from December 2015 onwards. The mention of Nasi Padang may remind people of its variety of spices that give a unique taste and personality to the significant Indonesian cuisine. Chef Awie highly recommends ‘Sambal Udang Petai’, ‘Daging Bakar Air Asam’, ‘Gulai Pisang Ikan Masin’ and ‘Ayam Goreng Berempah’. But should the guests like a bit of heat, we suggest to go for ‘Ikan Keli Berlada’. Aesthetically, this is a simple dish, but vibrant and pleasing to the eye.  The fish is cooked well, with a lovely crispy skin.   Present during the launching ceremony of the promotion were the representatives […]

Swinging to a Prosperous New Year at PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur

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Swinging to a Prosperous New Year at PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur

The Year of the Monkey is being welcomed at PARKROYAL’s Chinese restaurant, Si Chuan Dou Hua, with much splendour with eight auspicious Yee Sang choices on the menu, in which each creation has been crafted specially for diners who will be with their families, friends, colleagues and clients celebrating the Lunar New Year. They reintroduced last year favourite ‘Vegetarian Goose Yee Sang’, a healthy option along its signature ‘Tropical Fruits Yee Sang’. Other selections of Yee Sang include ‘Soft Shell Crab’, ‘Salmon’, ‘Jellyfish’, ‘Abalone’ and ‘Pacific Clam’ served with specially concocted sauces like Sour Plum Sauce enhanced with a fruity flavour, Spicy Plum Sauce with Mango or the traditional Sour Plum Sauce. Priced from RM68 nett (half portion) and RM118 nett (full […]

24 Hours in Bandar Seri Begawan

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24 Hours in Bandar Seri Begawan

Due to its compact size, travellers are bound to enjoy exploring Brunei’s capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, since they can do so in less than 24 hours. The following are the places that Gaya Travel Magazine has selected for travellers to understand more about the city and its denizens. 8.30 am: Kianggeh Open-air Market This wet market where locals buy fresh local produce such as meat, fruit and vegetable has been operational since the 1960s. This is also the best place for travellers to be in touch with the community by witnessing how the locals go about their business, transacting and interacting with each other, besides learning about local ingredients and gastronomy. The market opens daily from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. […]

InterContinental Adelaide – An On Point and Go-To Travel

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InterContinental Adelaide – An On Point and Go-To Travel

The InterContinental Adelaide is a fabulous oasis in a city located along the banks of the picturesque River Torrens, within the Riverbank precinct. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by a commanding facade. Once they step inside, they may find the lobby evocative of retro glamour that comes with a dash of opulence. Its spacious central atrium is a fusion of elegance, design and comfort. Clever use of lighting, high ceilings, furniture, mirrors and stunning artworks combine to create a sophisticated effect. But the focal point of the design? It must be the impressive marble staircase leading up to the Atrium Lounge. The staff at the reception desk behaves professionally whilst the concierge personnel are helpful. Guests’ details are keyed-in swiftly. After giving […]

Airasia X Now Flies to New Zealand!

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Airasia X Now Flies to New Zealand!

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 JANUARY 2016 – Airasia X, Malaysia’s favourite low-cost airline, today launched a new service from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland via Gold Coast, Australia, which will operate daily from 22 March 2016, as part of its significantly plan to strengthen the airline’s connectivity between Asia, Australia and the North Island of New Zealand. This brand new destination was officially launched in Kuala Lumpur today by His Excellency Dr. John Subritzky, New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia, in the company of Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia and Benyamin Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X Berhad. “We are excited to be back in this beautiful country to launch this […]

Adelphi Hotel is Sweet…with a Cherry on Top

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Adelphi Hotel is Sweet…with a Cherry on Top

Adelphi Hotel not only impresses but also raises the bar on what an outstanding accommodation with a strong character should be.

Magnetic ‘M Boutique Hotel’

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Magnetic ‘M Boutique Hotel’

Gaya Travel team were deeply fascinated by one of the latest and boldest accommodations in Ipoh, the M Boutique Hotel, which is a confection based on Malaysia’s colonial past infused with modern and whimsical contemporary décor. There are times in life when you visited interesting places that left a prominent mark in your heart, making you inspired upon leaving. These places might be the exotic countries that travellers often go for an adventurous journey, or even hotels and resorts that instantly sweep us off our feet. And the M Boutique Hotel did just that. Standing outside the hotel’s impressive brick-cladded façade, we immediately sensed the special experience that awaited us. M Boutique Hotel’s lobby somehow made us feel like stepping into a […]

How to ‘Do’ Kanagawa, Japan in Six Days

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How to ‘Do’ Kanagawa, Japan in Six Days

YOKOHAMA Takashimaya Attention, ladies! Takashimaya is one of Japan’s most famous department chain store specialising in classic and contemporary clothing, housewares, designer makeup and elegant high-end gifts. And just like many other Japan’s leading department store retailers, the company started with a humble beginning when the founder, Shinshichi Iida, opened the first store in 1831 at the tender age of 27 with the sole intention of providing good tailored kimono to his community in Kyoto. But today, it is the symbol of luxury and elegance, almost like the Japanese version of the prestigious Saks Fifth Avenue in New York (as a matter of fact, Takashimaya used to have a branch at the Big Apple as well but already closed). Yes, the products […]

Kuching: The Door To Borneo

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Kuching: The Door To Borneo

Kuching is a beautiful city, proudly boasting a harmonious blend of colonial influence together with a unique traditional Borneo presence in many aspects, as seen through the architecture, food, lifestyle and languages of its people. Here, English is widely spoken by locals besides the usual Sarawak Malay and other ethnic tongues. In fact, most Kuchingites can speak two other languages besides their mother tongue. Despite their differences, these people have been living harmoniously and easily assimilated with other cultures without losing their identity – a lovely way of life that makes Gaya Travel team members personally find Kuching inspiring. In conjunction with Jom Jelajah Koperasi (JJK) programme organised by the Co-operative Commission of Malaysia and Gaya Travel Magazine, a group of 27 […]

How To Do Tokyo, Japan in Six Days!

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How To Do Tokyo, Japan in Six Days!

“Incomplete,” said a fellow friend of mine when asked about not including Japan as a must-have in a standard travel bucket list. The reason is simple: Japan is really meant for everyone from adventure seekers and bold trendsetters to families with small children. So, when Gaya Travel Magazine received an invitation to join a familiarisation trip to Japan courtesy of Kanto Transport Bureau and Relation Japan Inc. last September 2014, I simply jumped for joy. The fact that Japan itself is considerably large with many worthy attractions, it is near to impossible to explore all of them in such a short period. Therefore, how on earth did I make the most of my recent visit to Japan? Thanks to Kanto Transport Bureau […]

Escaping to Paradise that is Tioman

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Escaping to Paradise that is Tioman

As a travel writer, I feel blessed for the chance to explore destinations outside Malaysia that made me fall in love over and over. However, I must admit that eventhough I have been to exotic locations overseas, I still have not explored enough of my own homeland, especially the islands along Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast, particularly Tioman. When Tourism Malaysia Pahang Office invited Gaya Travel Magazine to experience the tropical island from 13 until 15 May 2015, I straight away agreed. There were 10 of us comprising media representatives and travel agents who joined the trip. My first trip to Tioman was such an eye-opener and make me realise that there are so many fascinating spots in Malaysia that I still have […]

Mövenpick to Manage 5-Star Landmark Hotel in Kota Bharu

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Mövenpick to Manage 5-Star Landmark Hotel in Kota Bharu

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 09 December, 2015 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is to manage an iconic new 30-storey hotel of Islamic design with eco-friendly credentials in Kota Bharu, the state capital of Kelantan in the East Coast of Malaysia. The five-star landmark Mövenpick Hotel Kota Bharu is Islamic in architectural design and décor symbolising Islam that is progressive, competitive and forward looking. Positioned as a world-class venue for international gatherings and events targeting high-yield travellers, the hotel is set to bring a new wave of development in the state. Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts President & CEO, Jean Gabriel Pérès, signed the management agreement at a formal ceremony today with Ms. Masila Datuk Mohamed Ariff, CEO of Usahasama Seri Cemerlang Sdn Bhd, the […]

QT Sydney, Hotel Redefines Hip

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QT Sydney, Hotel Redefines Hip

If QT Sydney Hotel is a man, it would probably be Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl – fun, seductive and absolutely classy. From the moment I walked in and greeted by the charming staff, I knew I have walked into something special. There is a wow factor and amazing ambiance to this hotel that sets it apart from anything I have been to; everything in the property just screams ‘sexy’. With its sleek rooms, sensual day spa and intimate restaurant, mixed with strategic location, QT Sydney promises to be perfect for girls or guys seeking a stylish mini-break. Set in upscale trendy neighbourhood of Market Street within the historic Gowings and the State Theatre buildings, QT is really a high end hip. […]

Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Introduces “Braille Menu”

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Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Introduces “Braille Menu”

Putrajaya, 3rd December 2015 – Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside has become the first 5-star hotel in Malaysia to have menus in braille, starting January 2016 onwards. The hotel has introduced a menu in braille for its visually impaired guests in conjunction with the International Disability Day in an event attended by people with disabilities, their representative organisations from Malaysian Association for the Blind, Hospital Putrajaya, Social Security Organisation (SOCSO), Human Resources Department and members of media. “Our challenge is to provide all people with the equality of access they need and deserve,” said General Manager Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside, Christophe Bernard Keramaris. “Ultimately, this will create better services for all,” he added. Apart from the introduction to the menu, the event also served as […]

100 Celebrities and media Join Samsung’s Gear S2 Movement

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100 Celebrities and media Join Samsung’s Gear S2 Movement

Samsung Malaysia Electronics introduced one of the most compelling smartwatches yet, the Gear S2, to the Malaysian market which allows wearers to stay connected even when they are away from their phone. This smartwatch does not only receive texts, e-mails and notifications but also equipped with S Health features and Nike+ Running integration to track their health and fitness. Before the watch is officially launched to the public, the company held a fitness movement in a series of exhilarating fitness challenge on 26th November 2015, co-hosted by Serena C and Mark O’Dea, curated to demonstrate specifically the intuitive health and fitness tracking functionality of the Gear S2. Speaking at the session, Mr. Lee Jui Siang, Vice President of Mobile, IT and Digital […]

Concorde Hotel Shah Alam Offers an Unforgettable Christmas Gastronomic Experience

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Concorde Hotel Shah Alam Offers an Unforgettable Christmas Gastronomic Experience

Celebrate the festive season in a magical atmosphere, with exceptional culinary offerings to delight the senses at the award-winning Concorde Hotel Shah Alam. Patrons will be spoilt for choice with many gastronomic delicacies being offered on the Christmas Eve at Melting Pot Café, featuring festive dinner spread including Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Grilled Lobster Salad, Creamy Glasgow Potatoes with Dies Chicken, Oven Baked Lamb Leg with Yorkshire Pudding and Coffee Lamb Jus, cakes and pastries, and the Traditional Baked Beef Wellington with Rosti Corn Potatoes and Green Pepper Reduction Sauce. Then end the meal with delicious Tiramisu and Blueberries Chantilly, Miniature Franzipan, Pistachio Almond Mousse and Ginger Bread Pudding. The Christmas Eve buffet dinner is priced at RM120.00 nett per person. […]

Caffeine Fix with Melbourne Feel at Garage 51

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Caffeine Fix with Melbourne Feel at Garage 51

Over the past few years, Malaysians, who are generally avid drinkers of local coffee, are now elevating their experience in enjoying coffee by patronising hip and trendy coffee shops that are now sprouting throughout the country. But these coffee shops are not only about offering ambient drinking atmosphere but they are more about educating the Malaysian public about what constitutes excellent coffee. One such coffee shop is Garage 51, which has been opened since 2013 by brothers Choong Kar Wai and Choong Kar Heng. A perfect spot for dining with family and friends in a hidden alley surrounded by auto workshops in Sunway area, Garage 51 intends to bring the Melbourne vibe and coffee experience to the city, and the strong crowd […]

Club Med Bali, An All-Inclusive Oasis in the Island of the Gods

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Club Med Bali, An All-Inclusive Oasis in the Island of the Gods

Nestled on a tropical beach front in the heart of Nusa Dua, Club Med Bali boasts spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. This is an authentic Balinese-style property with modern functionality woven into the fabric of its buildings that employ intricate traditional Balinese carpentry, replete with wonderful splash of colours in their details. The rooms are, as you’d expect, spacious and cosy. The beds offer uber-comfortable sleep, especially after a long flight, and the cosiness is enhanced with the addition of a daybed in front of the windows, allowing guests to admire the outdoors while reclining in the comfort of their personal space on a lazy afternoon. A flat screen television, high-speed Wi-Fi and the usual perks to be found in the […]

Ascott Sentral – The Travellers’ Ideal Pied-a-Terre

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Ascott Sentral – The Travellers’ Ideal Pied-a-Terre

Ascott The Residence is renowned worldwide for its top-notch service and luxurious long-term stay properties among travellers, especially professionals. The hotel group’s latest addition in Kuala Lumpur, Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur, further strengthens its presence in the Malaysian hospitality industry.   When the award-winning Ascott brand decided to open its second serviced residence in Kuala Lumpur called Ascott Sentral, the response was nothing but overwhelming. Today, the demand for serviced residences is growing due to the increasingly-mobile global workforce that drives business travel and relocation activity. The fact that Kuala Lumpur’s role as an established international business destination ensures that demand for serviced residences will not wane any time soon. Gaya Travel team recently had the opportunity to stay at Ascott Sentral […]

Sentosa Villa, Where Peace and Privacy Meet

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Sentosa Villa, Where Peace and Privacy Meet

Upon entering Sentosa Villa, guests are quickly enveloped in a serene setting where the faint burbling of moving water and whistling sound of crickets tickle the senses, giving hint to the body and brain to hurry up and hit the relax button. So take a deep breath and take it all in – this charming retreat at the foot of Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) is the perfect base for a relaxing getaway. Sentosa Villa is a breath-taking property that preserves the natural beauty of its landscape while providing guests a perfect setting in which to relax and embrace Mother Earth. Inspired by nature, its interiors feature rock and wooden elements, bringing the splendour of the tropical outdoors in. Also, thanks to its […]

Highland Escapes

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Highland Escapes

When the heat wave strikes the city, there is no better place for travellers alike to escape other than the highlands that offer tranquillity, soothing and lush green landscapes and cooler climate. The following are Gaya Travel’s selection of 10 Highland Escapes in South East Asia that readers can check out: Awana Genting Hotel, Pahang, Malaysia www.rwgenting.com/hotel/awana-hotel Located roughly 3,000 feet over sea level, the hotel offers a wide range of facilities for personal challenges and team-building alike. The natural landscape is especially suitable for activities such as jungle-trekking and obstacle courses, with steep cliffs and inclines ideal for abseiling and rock-climbing. Also, golfers can enjoy the award-winning 18-hole championship golf course while taking in the cool crisp air. Idaman, Pahang, Malaysia […]

Discover Perak 2015: Perak in Multiple Perspectives

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Discover Perak 2015: Perak in Multiple Perspectives

In conjunction with the Discover Perak 2015 programme organised by Tourism Perak and Gaya Travel magazine held last April 2015 from the 7th until the 11th, 23 participants comprising selected media and travel agents packed their bags and headed to Perak to experience the state’s delights. In short, the participants found the whole four-day and three-night programme enriching. Follow us as we take you to all of the interesting places covered during the programme. IMMERSIVE ATTRACTIONS Yasmin at Kong Heng Museum When Yasmin Ahmad died on 25 July 2009, the entire nation was devastated as Malaysia lost one of its much admired luminaries – an advertising big-wig, film-maker and philanthropist rolled into one – who captured the hearts of many by breaking […]

Uzbekistan, The Gateway To The Ancient Silk Route

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Uzbekistan, The Gateway To The Ancient Silk Route

Courtesy of the Republic of Uzbekistan’s government, Gaya Travel Magazine once again was able to set foot at the enchantingly ancient land of Central Asian and Islamic history: Uzbekistan. The six-day familiarisation trip organised by the government was joined by 10 delegates consisted of media and various Malaysian travel agents. So why should all travellers visit Uzbekistan and its mesmerising ancient cities at least once in their lives? For us, it is due to its numerous historical accounts and amazing detailing of its architecture. Or perhaps, the Uzbek slow-pace lifestyle is a good enough reason for us to escape from hectic Kuala Lumpur. Either way, we truly believe that Uzbekistan is a perfect getaway for those who are constantly hungry for lessons […]

Gaya Travel’s Choice of 10 Malaysian Centres for Arts, Crafts and Culture  for Travellers to Experience

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Gaya Travel’s Choice of 10 Malaysian Centres for Arts, Crafts and Culture for Travellers to Experience

Though Malaysia is strongly bent towards becoming more developed and urbanised, the country still preserves unique local cultures, arts and crafts by creating centres or specific spaces not just for posterity but also for educating the public, including travellers, regarding the ethnic groups that make up the country and their respective traditional cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles. Gaya Travel therefore has selected 10 venues that are all destinations in their own right and worth checking out by travellers due to their enriching and eye-opening content. Mah Meri Cultural Centre, Pulau Carey If you fancy unique aboriginal cultural experience, the best place to head to is the Mah Meri Cultural Village in Pulau Carey, just 20 minutes from Klang, the Royal Town of Selangor. […]

Negeri Sembilan, A Striking Legacy

Negeri Sembilan

Negeri Sembilan, A Striking Legacy

In collaboration with Tourism Malaysia’s Domestic Marketing Division and Tourism Malaysia Negeri Sembilan Office, Gaya Travel Magazine continued our KCC1M programme to Negeri Sembilan on the 6th to the 9th September 2014. Negeri Sembilan was first formed when the Minangkabau people of Sumatra settle in the area in the 15th century. During the migration process, the Minangkabaus brought along their traditional custom called Adat Perpatih, a matrilineal system of inheritance and administration. According to Adat Perpatih, women’s status is considered high as can be seen in the role of a wife as the head of household and inheritance is passed from the mother to the daughter. When one explores Negeri Sembilan, it is similar to being immersed in the unique Minangkabau culture and state […]

Tomas Laboutka

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Tomas Laboutka

The best things in life are often unplanned and unexpected. And the same goes for travelling. There’s nothing more thrilling and rewarding than surviving spontaneous trips. But like all good things in life, spontaneous travelling unfortunately does not come cheap. The plane tickets and hotel rates are especially expensive if travellers decide to book at the last minute. Thankfully, this is where HotelQuickly comes in. Promoting last-minute hotel booking, HotelQuickly helps spontaneous travellers by offering them decent hotel options at amazing discounts. HotelQuickly is founded by five incredible talents, including a serial entrepreneur named Mr. Tomas Laboutka. Often described as focussed, driven and intelligent young man, Tomas inspires his colleagues and others to keep on innovating and shaking up industries. With three […]

Amanusa, A Deep Lasting Impression

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Amanusa, A Deep Lasting Impression

Well heeled travellers who love to be surrounded by sophisticated and elegant luxury will find Bali’s finest resorts perfect for their getaways. One of the top notch resorts that having been putting Bali on the luxury travellers’ map for over twenty two years is the legendary Amanusa.   Amanusa, which offers not only posh suites and gourmet dining but also impeccably unobtrusive service, offers guests an absolute privacy away from Bali’s madding touristic crowdedness. Rumour has it that due to its exclusivity, international stars and celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis also had stayed here. Gaya Travel team experienced first-class treatment from the moment we were greeted by Amanusa’s amiable driver, who picked us up using a Wi-Fi enabled multi-purpose vehicle. […]

Peeking into the Bagasta Boutique Guesthouse

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Peeking into the Bagasta Boutique Guesthouse

There is something particularly alluring and unexpected about the building that stands in the middle of a Kampung Baru neighbourhood called the Bagasta Boutique Guesthouse – once guests step inside this unassuming edifice, they are bound to be pleasantly surprised by the guesthouse’s aesthetic value. Opened in June 2014, Bagasta Boutique Guesthouse celebrates the idea of the tranquil kampung (traditional Malay village) experience since the owner, who belongs to an ethnic group called Mandailing (a sub-ethnic Batak group from North Sumatera who converted to Islam and intermarried with the Minangkabaus and the Malays), reminisces the days when he used to live in his kampung. The name ‘Bagasta’ comes from the Mandailing language, which means ‘My Home.’ Mandailing people originated from Sumatra and […]

Rediscovering Pulau Pinang Through KCC1M

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Rediscovering Pulau Pinang Through KCC1M

From the 4th until the 7th of February 2015, 21 participants including media and travel agents participated in a programme called Kembara Cuti-cuti 1 Malaysia (KCC1M) organised by Gaya Travel in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia’s Domestic and Marketing Division and Tourism Malaysia Pulau Pinang Office. As readers might have known by now, the main objective of programme is to update the participants on the latest tourism products available in Malaysia while offering them the chance to gain first-hand experience so that they will be able to effectively promote the visited destination. The trip to Pulau Pinang was actually the last leg of the KCC1M 2014 series, which unfortunately had to be held in early 2015 due to unavoidable circumstances. For the first […]

6 Most Inspiring Stays with Strong Malaysian Style

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6 Most Inspiring Stays with Strong Malaysian Style

For the past few years, boutique hotels and resorts have become one of the most desired accommodations among travellers, which may due to its well designed architecture, personalised service and strong local identity and characteristics.