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Six Destinations where You can Score a Break from the Football Madness

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Six Destinations where You can Score a Break from the Football Madness

Not a fan of football? Here are some suggestions on where to go to escape the football madness.

A Guide to Traveling Solo as a Woman

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A Guide to Traveling Solo as a Woman

Keep reading for essential safety tips for traveling alone.

Top 5 Safest Destinations for Solo Women Travelers

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Top 5 Safest Destinations for Solo Women Travelers

Keep reading for our list of the “Top 5 Safest Destinations for Solo Women Travelers”.

4 Tips to Reduce Wastage During Ramadan and Shop Smart at a Pasar Ramadan

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4 Tips to Reduce Wastage During Ramadan and Shop Smart at a Pasar Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is about to begin. And while fasting and feasting are the cornerstones of the Ramadan festivities, it also leads to major food wastage. A 2017 NST report stated that up to 270,000 tonnes of food gets wasted in Malaysia during Ramadan. The number doesn’t represent the waste from bazaars alone but also from hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and even our households. In general, Malaysians generate about 38,000 tonnes of waste daily. Around 15,000 tonnes of this is food waste, and this can increase by up to 50% during festive periods, according to The Star. The report also said that since Malaysians love their food so much, they tend to order or buy more than they can consume, which […]

10 Places near Klang Valley to Escape Heat during Ramadan

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10 Places near Klang Valley to Escape Heat during Ramadan

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!

12 Buffet Spread Picks for Iftar in Klang Valley in 2018

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12 Buffet Spread Picks for Iftar in Klang Valley in 2018

To help you decide on where to have iftar during Ramadhan in 2018 that is to begin on 16 May 2018, here are some of Gaya Travel Magazine’s picks of scrumptious buffets in Klang Valley

Resorts with Socio-Ecological Conscience

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Resorts with Socio-Ecological Conscience

In their commitment to become responsible travellers who try to leave only positive impacts on the environment, local society and economy when travelling, travellers can choose to patronise businesses or services that are ethical and help to conserve the environment. After all, social and ecological consciousness is about the choices we make in terms of the food we eat, the activities we do, the things we buy, and the places we stay. So when you decide to embark on another exciting trip next time, why don’t you begin it by booking hotels or resorts that are deemed ecologically and socially responsible? Here are some of our recommendations that fit the bill:   1. Belum Rainforest Resort, Malaysia Price: From RM700 per night […]

5 Brilliant Points about Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel

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5 Brilliant Points about Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel

Being Marriott flagship premium brand’s first hotel in Indonesia, the 347-room Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel is fast becoming popular due to it being the ‘newest kid on the block’ with the latest state-of-the-art mod cons, delightful gastronomic options, and exceptionally attentive staff. The hotel is also connected to Hartono Lifestyle Mall, the biggest shopping mall in Yogyakarta and even in Central Java. Below are the points that make Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel a brilliant place to stay… 1. The design of the hotel is brilliantly streamlined The hotel’s design purposely removes any form of barrier or friction yet remain respectful towards guests’ need for personal space. Its public spaces and rooms are clutter-free, fuss-free, free-flowing, bright, airy, Zen-like and downright efficient. Guests should also […]

6 Reasons Why You Should Stay At Least Once At The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

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6 Reasons Why You Should Stay At Least Once At The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

For over 18 years, The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia has been a luxurious home away from home for many well-heeled guests from all over the world, including members of royal families, international celebrities, corporate leaders and heads of state. Here are the reasons why The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur is the choice among the elites and why YOU should also stay there at least once: 1. It is elegant and timeless, which brings out the classiness in you The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur is designed to impress from the start. It has luxurious modern classic character that is subtle, understated, cosy and homely. The interior comprises palette of soft neutral works and expansive windows that command views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline or […]

6 Hinterland Gems in Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu

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6 Hinterland Gems in Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu

TASIK KENYIR Nestled in the heart of Terengganu, and spanning over 209,199 hectares, Lake Kenyir is the largest man-made lake in South East Asia. This vast lake with 340 islands is surrounded by the world’s oldest rainforest with more than 14 cascading waterfalls, cooling waters, an idyllic fish sanctuary and habitat teeming with exotic wildlife. A treasure trove of flora and fauna thrive in this vast landscape where a wonder of discoveries and adventures await nature lovers. It is the place to be for freshwater anglers, jungle trekkers, mountaineers, campers, bird watchers, horticulturists, nature photographers, researches and even city dwellers. When being in Tasik Kenyir, travellers must visit attractions that are educational and eye-opening such as the Herbal Park, Orchid Garden, Lasir […]

7 Reasons Why We Love Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

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7 Reasons Why We Love Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

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 light in as possible, making it brighter than many other places that we have stayed in Bali. The resort promises a contemporary vision of a tropical beachfront destination that has been developed specifically to elevate travellers’ experience when staying in Kuta. Owned by PT. Indonesian Paradise Island, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is the only 5-star beachfront resort in Kuta, conveniently attached to an upscale open-air style Beachwalk shopping mall that has over 200 retail outlets. […]

8 Ways to Embrace the Lunar New Year in Asia’s World City

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8 Ways to Embrace the Lunar New Year in Asia’s World City

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 shops will be closed during the festive season? While most government offices, banks and public utilities will be closed for the Chinese New Year public holidays in Hong Kong, most shops and restaurants in the busiest districts will remain open. Some shopping malls may even extend their service hours, where as major attractions, theme parks and public transport will operate as usual. Street markets and stalls […]

15 Wild Ways to See the World

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15 Wild Ways to See the World

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 Ditch the taxi and take to the streets of Tokyo in a novelty go-kart. Mario Kart costumes are also optional, but highly recommended, as you hop behind the wheel of this speedy vehicle for a grand prix led by a guide or off on your own. This has to be one of the most fun ways to cruise past iconic sites such as Tokyo Tower and the […]

Top 10 Poshtels Around the World

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Top 10 Poshtels Around the World

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 vacation. With millennial travelers, flashpackers and grey nomads hitting the road looking for unique experiences and a sense of community over decadence, poshtels are on the rise. Expedia has pulled together its top poshtels around the world.   1. All Stars Inn on Bealey, Christchurch New Zealand Following widespread earthquake damage to many of the buildings in Christchurch, businesses began popping up in shipping containers and temporary […]

8 Activities to Do in Wales

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8 Activities to Do in Wales

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.

9 Reasons to Spend Your Holidays in Western Australia with Your Children

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9 Reasons to Spend Your Holidays in Western Australia with Your Children

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 remember – adorable dolphins, friendly farm animals, stunning wildlife parks, white sandy beaches and more! Whether you plan to travel with your darling infants, high-energy toddlers, or even teenagers, the perfect family getaway awaits you in WA! Here are nine reasons why WA is the ideal destination for your next holiday. Play with the friendly dolphins One of the world’s top destinations for memorable and close encounters with these intelligent mammals, WA is […]

8 Ways to Play Tourist in Putrajaya

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8 Ways to Play Tourist in Putrajaya

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.

10 Best Thematic Accommodations in Kuala Lumpur & Selangor

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10 Best Thematic Accommodations in Kuala Lumpur & Selangor

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 and resorts. 1. de Art Hotel, Shah Alam www.hoteldeart.com.my Location: Situated in Sections 7, 9 and i-City in Shah Alam near popular shopping hubs and family attraction. Why we like it: When you first walk into any of de Art Hotel’s properties, you will instantly fall in love with the interior design! Guests can choose from room with specific themes such as movies, fairy tales, fantasy world and more. Interestingly, no two rooms […]

5 Spectacular Secrets of Selangor

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5 Spectacular Secrets of Selangor

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 Pulau Ketam remains a popular weekend getaway thanks to its picturesque house on stilts, fish farm, fresh seafood and eagle feeding activities. For a glimpse of an authentic fishing village, hop on the next boat to Kampung Sungai Lima and be guided by the village head instead. Royal Town, Sleepy Towns Klang is one of Malaysia’s oldest towns, dating back to the 15th century. To discover fascinating stories of the Royal Town, join a free walking tour that runs daily. For […]

Top 10 things to do at Resorts World Genting

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Top 10 things to do at Resorts World Genting

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 mist-shrouded resort. Here is a list of Top 10 things to do at the resort: 1. Take the cable car ride Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the 130 million years old rainforest when you take a ride in one of the 99 gondolas of the Awana Skyway cable car system. Thrill-seekers would enjoy being in one of the 10 glass-floored gondolas — travelling 2.8 kilometres from Awana Skyway Station to the peak in just 10 […]

6 Instagrammable Spots Around Little India, Singapore

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6 Instagrammable Spots Around Little India, Singapore

Check out our list of the most Instagrammable spots around Little India for photography enthusiasts to check out!

10 Destinations to Find Inspiration

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10 Destinations to Find Inspiration

Cliché as it sounds, travel is indeed therapeutic – a journey to somewhere foreign tend to transform, change, mature or even inspire oneself. So here are the top places found in the region that we believe are both inspiring and educational. 1. Sipadan Island, Malaysia Situated off Borneo’s south coast and just an hour by boat from Semporna lies the tropical island of Sipadan, a designated national marine park blessed with colourful coral reefs and spectacular marine life. But did you know that Sipadan was also created out of an extinct volcano? The island is made up of essentially coral that has been growing from the cone of the volcano, developed over thousands of years. This volcanic history contributes to its world […]

10 Best Glamping Spots in South East Asia

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10 Best Glamping Spots in South East Asia

Glamourous camping, or glamping as it is known, is a trend that is increasingly popular, allowing travellers the chance to connect with nature through luxury and comfort. It is interesting that under the ‘glamping’ category there are so many sub-categories for travellers to choose such as eco lodges, huts, tents, tipis, villas and tree houses. Below are our top choices of glamping spots in South East Asia that readers are welcome to check out: 1. Canopy Tribes, Malaysia www.canopytribes.com Nestled in the rustic Kampung Sungei Melayu, just 10 minutes from Legoland, Johor, lies a bell-tent-styled accommodation luxuriously furnished with Queen Bed, side table, storage bench, ice cooler and a patio with relaxing chairs. The resort also provides ample activities such as flying […]

Top 10 Colonial Heritage Inspired Accommodations

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Top 10 Colonial Heritage Inspired Accommodations

The presence of colonial power and European mercantile in South East Asia started when the Portuguese came to Malacca in 1511. Since then, other colonial powers and merchants like the Dutch, Spanish, French and British followed suit and left indelible marks throughout the region that still can be seen today. Below is the list of Gaya Travel’s choices of colonial heritage inspired accommodations in the region that bring back romance into travel that might interest our readers: 1. Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang (www.eohotels.com) The Eastern & Oriental Hotel represents the true essence of colonial history, especially when it is located in Pulau Pinang. The hotel possesses elegant colonial charm and characteristics. Built in 1885, the property marks the beginning of the […]

Five Reasons to Embark on a Wild Japanese Adventure

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Five Reasons to Embark on a Wild Japanese Adventure

JULY 2017 – With a wild side so diverse and a fascinating culture to match, the far rural corners of Japan provide an adventurers paradise. From the rugged landscapes of Hokkaido to the sub-tropical reefs of Okinawa, Japan makes the top of travel bucket lists throughout the year, and here are five reasons why: 1. Stunning scenery Japan’s stunning landscapes offer breathtaking seasonal views. From treks across Hokkaido’s fresh powdery snowscapes with the Hokkaido Snow Tour, to the summer Hokkaido Hike journey from Lake Akan through central Hokkaido to the Daisetsuzan National Park and onto Lake Shikotsu-ko, the vast regions of Japan present us with wonderful experiences against some iconic backdrops. Travellers on the Hokkaido Hike trek across Japan’s wilderness, passing through remote verdant forests to mountain peaks to witness […]

9 Places and Attractions in Kuantan & Pekan, Pahang

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9 Places and Attractions in Kuantan & Pekan, Pahang

In conjunction with the launch of Visit Pahang Year 2017, Gaya Travel Magazine visited Pahang’s capital city Kuantan and Pahang’s royal town Pekan. Pahang – the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia – is rich with boundless nature, history and great food, which should be savoured by all travellers. The following are the places and attractions that are recommended for travellers to experience when being in Kuantan and Pekan.   WHAT TO EXPERIENCE Kompleks Tenun Pahang DiRaja Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Sungai Soi (Tenun Pahang Gallery) As we all know, Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast is well known for the region’s hand-woven fabric called songket, which has now become part of the Malaysian culture used mainly during formal occasions. Pahang is known to produce […]

Shopping Guide in ASEAN

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Shopping Guide in ASEAN

Buy local, support local – this is one of the basic principles that every traveller should embrace whenever visiting foreign countries. The purchases made do not only support the economy of home-grown artisans and businesses, but also help to maintain local traditions and craftsmanship. Below are Gaya Travel’s picks as wonderful souvenirs – fashion pieces to be exact – that travellers can hunt when being in the ASEAN region.   1. Woven sedge bag in Malaysia Since weaving is one of Malaysia’s important heritage, travellers can discover arrays of highly crafted hand woven products across the nation, including songket in Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast, pua kumbu in Malaysian Borneo, and those made from local plant fibres such as mengkuang leaves and rattan. […]

Gaya Travel Picks – Where to Enjoy Iftar in Klang Valley in 2017

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Gaya Travel Picks – Where to Enjoy Iftar in Klang Valley in 2017

When you have been abstaining from eating and drinking all day,a satisfying meal during Iftar is a must.Follow the list below to find out our selected pick to conduct (or even celebrate) Iftar in Klang Valley this year

Top 5 British Airway’s Summer Destinations

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Top 5 British Airway’s Summer Destinations

Sun’s out, it’s time for Summer! If the usual beach holidays cannot satify your inner adventure desire anymore, you can consider some of unique destinations recommended by British Airways

6 Places to Dine for Vegetarians in Kuala Lumpur

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6 Places to Dine for Vegetarians in Kuala Lumpur

Being the sole vegetarian in a family of staunch meat-eaters had its drawbacks, but it wasn’t entirely without its perks.

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