Tomas Laboutka

Personalities

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

Hotels & Resorts

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

Hotels & Resorts

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

Kembara Cuti Cuti 1Malaysia

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

Listicles

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.

Shopback Shakes Up the Online Shopping Sphere with Its Debut in Malaysia

News

Shopback Shakes Up the Online Shopping Sphere with Its Debut in Malaysia

ShopBack, the online Cashback platform that connects both merchants and consumers seamlessly with a charming reward system, has made its way to the shores of Malaysia. It thrives on the online Cashback mechanism that is relatively new to Southeast Asia, but wildly successful in the United States. The ecommerce start-up takes part of the commission earned from the merchants for each successful transaction, and recycles it as Cashback to the consumers – effectively paying shoppers to shop. ShopBack’s Cashback mechanism adopts a ‘stacked’ approach, where Cashback is given on top of any existing discounts or credit card rebates. This means greater savings for the users. ShopBack’s all-inclusive concept differentiates itself from online group buying sites or credit card rebates, which are typically […]

Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia – Selangor 2014

Kembara Cuti Cuti 1Malaysia

Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia – Selangor 2014

Located in the north of the Klang Valley, Hulu Selangor has not always been on top of travellers’ minds. Probably the sound of a sleepy town surrounded by a thick verdant forest may not be that alluring.