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Bastion of Beachfront Indulgence Gaya Travel Magazine team recently experienced Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, an urbane and family-friendly property that is efficient and on-point. During our stay, we found that the property is exclusive and intimate, sporting an architectural style that attempts to bring as much natural...

Gaya Travel Magazine recently interviewed Mr. P.M. Withana, the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Bureau and the Chairman of Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority to learn more about the state of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.   Tourism as a main income earner The interview kickstarted on how the Sri Lanka’s...

Gaya Travel Magazine talks with Mr. Jack Widagdo – then General Manager of Alila Solo but now the General Manager of Alila Tianxi Lake – regarding the elegant city of Solo and the avant-garde Alila Solo. Talking about Solo, it is strategically located between Semarang in the north and Jogjakarta in the south, including...

Gaya Travel Magazine talks to Google Malaysia’s Head of Ecommerce, Travel and Financial Services Marc Woo and Malaysia Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer Arved Von Zur Muehlen about the rising interest among Malaysian travellers towards China and the country’s contribution towards tourism arrivals into Malaysia. Both...

Hong Kong presents to you a vibrant scene and festivities and celebrations in the Year of the Dog   KUALA LUMPUR, 5 February 2018 – Hong Kong is a global city that knows how to truly celebrate festive occasions, and even more so this Year of the Dog which symbolizes adventure, excitement and playfulness. Worried that...

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways’ first non-stop flight to Penang touched down last Tuesday at Penang International Airport, inaugurating the award-winning airline’s second destination in Malaysia, as it continues its robust expansion plans throughout Southeast Asia. Qatar Airways flight QR 850, operated by a Boeing 787...

The inaugural Cambodia Travel Mart (CTM) was organised in Siem Reap last 17 until 19 November 2017 at Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Centre (www.sokhahotels. com/siemreap/), involving 320 exhibitor delegates from 13 countries, 150 buyers from 31 countries, and 20 international media representatives, including a...

The Haruka Express departed for Kyoto from the Kansai International Airport (KIX) precisely at 7.29 am. “Welcome to the world of clockwork punctuality,” I told myself. As the train sped to Kyoto via Osaka, the Japanese culture consumed me with great curiosity. This was only the beginning of my five-day Japanese food...

Forget walking tours and bus rides, if you want to see the world from a different perspective, you need to think outside the box. From submarines and steamboats to dogsleds and sidecars, Expedia has pulled together 15 ways to see the world that put the tour bus to shame.   1. Tokyo, Japan — Go-Karts Tokyo, Japan Ditch...

Curated, boutique, chic, jaw dropping location, stunning interior design. No, this is not a luxury five star hotel. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. These are just a few of the words being used to describe “Poshtels” – high end hostels where you don’t need to sacrifice on your creature comforts to save money on your...

About 129 kilometres – or roughly two and a half hours’ drive by car from Bangkok – sits Thailand’s third largest province called Kanchanaburi, a land covered with timber, evergreen forests and most famous natural wonders in the country. But having said that, Kanchanaburi’s greatest yet saddest draw probably comes...

6,800 Magnificent and Ornate Decorations and Incense Displayed TOKYO – Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will host a special exhibition entitled “Hina-matsuri (Japan’s Traditional Girls’ Doll Festival)” where 6,800 magnificent and ornate...

We took a six-hour road trip over the long Labour Day weekend for something special: to hear Malaysia’s legendary jazz chanteuse Dato’ Sheila Majid sing while being surrounded by the rainforest! Well, to be exact, this exclusive showcase took place within the intimate setting of the luxurious Belum Rainforest Resort,...

“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...

Wales, or locally known as Cymru (pronounced as kumm-ri), is one of the countries that form the United Kingdom that has so much to offer but many a time overlooked by travellers. Based on my experience, I find Wales remarkably significant not only for its role in British history, but also poised to become the...

Family vacations are fun, memorable, rewarding, and a wonderful way to strengthen family bonds. Travelling also exposes your children to the world, encouraging them to embrace diverse cultures and appreciate the beauty of mother nature. Western Australia (WA) has all the ingredients to make your family holiday one to...

Nestled within the heart of Johor Bahru city is the Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD), a 250-acre area bordered by Jalan Tun Abdul Razak on the East, Jalan Seri Lalang on the North, Jalan Ayer Molek on the West and Persiaran Tun Sri Lanang on the South. Stepping foot in the metropolis arouses mixed...

SINGAPORE (10 November 2017) – Conceived as the culinary hub of the hotel, Alley on 25 is Andaz Singapore’s all-day dining venue, which aims to recreate the fluid and spontaneous experience of Singapore street dining — in the sky. Alley on 25 consists of seven individual shophouse-inspired venues — one bar, one lounge...

Malaysia set to welcome business and leisure travelers to Johor in 2018 SINGAPORE, October – Malaysia’s most anticipated new tourism development, Desaru Coast, participated at Asia’s leading travel trade show, ITB Asia 2017 which took place from 25 to 27 October 2017 at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. The premium...

Are you a modern Muslim traveller? According to a recent study by Have Halal, Will Travel (HHWT), modern Muslim travellers are young, affluent and experiment-driven. They are independent travellers who set aside part of their savings to wander around the world. Much like millennials, these travellers consistently...

Surrounded by lake and connected by bridges, Putrajaya is not just about monumental buildings and government offices but also adrenaline-pumping recreational parks, indicating that the city offers great work-life balance to its residents and visitors. The city is also a perfect getaway for those who want to escape...

Wouldn’t it be great spending time in a thematic accommodation where your imagination comes to life? Check out the following accommodations around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor to add spice and excitement during your next staycation! *Please note that prices are subject to change. *All images are from respective hotels...

Rally up the troops, we might have found the best all you can eat restaurant in town! Established over five years ago, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur’s all-day dining outlet, Latest Recipe, has built strong reputation for serving some of the finest gastronomic delights that will satisfy even the most demanding palates. The...

Beyond its reputation as the most developed state of Malaysia, Selangor has its share of beautiful destinations, marked by its tin-mining roots, existing natural attractions and over 100 years of history. Here are some spots in Selangor which are worth exploring. Island Villages of Port Klang Sungai Lima, Pulau...

A spanking new mall, glass-floored gondolas, shows, activities and a giant LED show are among the attractions that beckon KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19, 2017 – Like the tagline “Exciting things are happening at Resorts World Genting” suggests, there are indeed many new attractions redefining excellence in hospitality at the...