10 Places To Visit, Stay and Eat in Perth, Australia

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10 Places To Visit, Stay and Eat in Perth, Australia

Perth is pretty laid back but what really impressed us was its breezy weather, stunning beaches and easy-going character. Travellers can expect variety of cafés and restaurants, cultural events and festivals that surely make you leave Western Australia with heart-warming experiences. Check out the following places to go, stay and eat in Perth that we discovered after joining a familliarisation trip organised by Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agent (MATTA) in collaboration with Malindo Air and Valentino Holidays.   Getting there: Malindo Air flies 12 times weekly from Kuala Lumpur to Perth and vice versa. Check out www.malindoair.com.my for more info. Travel essential: Gaya Travel was able to keep in touch with everyone while abroad with Samurai WiFi high-speed Internet coverage […]

6 Best Accommodations To Stay in Doha

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6 Best Accommodations To Stay in Doha

Visiting Doha, the capital of Qatar? Then why not check out the city’s world class accommodation options that meet the expectations of business and well-heeled travellers:   1. Fraser Suites Doha (doha.frasershospitality.com/en) Arriving at Fraser Suites Doha is refreshing due to its welcoming, homely, bright and airy disposition. The property is also suitable for long-staying guests and travelling families since each of the accommodation units comes with a kitchen and appliances such as automatic washer and drier. The property’s location – which is along the Doha Corniche – is enviable, allowing guests to savour the views of Doha’s seafront inundated by ships and dhows, including gleaming skyscrapers of West Bay beyond.   2.Doha Marriott Hotel (www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dohmc-doha-marriott-hotel) Though guests may notice that the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 5 Lesser-Known Hipster Cafes In Hong Kong To Explore This Summer

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Top 5 Lesser-Known Hipster Cafes In Hong Kong To Explore This Summer

Hipster cafes are aplenty in Hong Kong, but the best ones are usually the lesser-known cafes tucked away in the most unexpected places. While tourists flock to the usual coffee chains for a cup of coffee, trendy locals and long-time expat residents park themselves at the mushrooming independent cafes that allow them to spend a quiet yet pleasant afternoon without breaking the bank. Here’s a peek into the top 5 best-kept hipster secrets:   Café Hillywood Blink and you might just miss it! This hearty little café is so hidden that only eagle-eyed hipsters would be able to chance upon it. Located just across the street from Hong Kong Bowling Green Club, Café Hillywood quickly became a favourite hangout spot for locals […]

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?

3 Ways to Experience the Best of Autumn Koyo with Walk Japan

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3 Ways to Experience the Best of Autumn Koyo with Walk Japan

The Autumn Koyo (colourful leaves) season is one of the most beautiful times to visit Japan, when large groups of travellers flock to admire the dramatic changes of colour across the country.  With the Autumn season just around the corner, check out these best three experiences offered by the pioneers of off-the-beaten-track walking tours in Japan, Walk Japan, for those wanting to see the very best of Koyo away from the main busy, tourist haunts. Experience the best of Autumn Koyo with Walk Japan The Kyushu Expedition Kyushu – Japan’s third largest island, located southwest of the main island Honshu. An 8 day tour through mountains and forest trails, starting in Yufuin and finishing in Kagoshima, with accommodation in traditional Japanese inns and onsen […]

Top 10 Ways To Spend Your Honeymoon In Dubai

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Top 10 Ways To Spend Your Honeymoon In Dubai

With wedding season in full swing, many soon-to-be newlyweds are looking to find the perfect honeymoon destination that offers unforgettable experiences. As one of the world’s most exhilarating and remarkable destinations, Dubai offers a host of options for honeymooners looking to unwind, indulge and enjoy newly-wedded bliss. 1. Platinum Heritage Offering an intimate and authentic Arabian experience, Platinum Heritage’s desert tours bring history to life. The operator’s Bedouin base camp is nestled in a private royal desert retreat in the Dubai Desert Conversation Reserve. Drive through the golden dunes in a vintage Land Rover to discover the native wildlife and hidden stories of the Dubai desert. See the sands sparkle under the sun during a morning excursion, or spend the night dining […]

10 Fun Activities In Dubai To Beat The Heat

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10 Fun Activities In Dubai To Beat The Heat

With one of the biggest indoor theme parks in the world in Dubai, who cares what the weather is like outside? Here’s a sneak peek at the brand new IMG Worlds of Adventure and, when you’ve finished there, brave the city’s other awesome indoor adventures. IMG Worlds of Adventure Opening its doors on 15 August, this behemoth is set to take the crown as the world’s largest indoor theme park, open year-round to keep thrill-seekers entertained. IMG Worlds of Adventure contains four zones: MARVEL, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard, as well as offering state-of-the-art cinemas, complete with an IMAX screen, and plenty of dining options to keep your energy up. The MARVEL zone is a must for superhero fans, […]

7 Outdoor Adventure Activities in The United Kingdom

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7 Outdoor Adventure Activities in The United Kingdom

Unknown to many, the UK has much to offer to the active and adventurous. British Airways has hand-picked six destinations in the UK for the adrenaline junkies. From kayaking in the heart of London to abseiling in Northern Ireland or galloping on horseback in Scotland, there are plenty of adventures to keep your blood pumping. British Airways’ country manager for Malaysia Vivian Tan-Loh said, “The UK have a wide array of stunning natural landscape that are made for adventurous activities. If you are looking for new and exciting experiences, an adventure holiday will definitely leave you with unforgettable memories and great stories. Malaysian travellers can easily access these destinations with British Airways extensive network in the UK. “   Kayaking along River […]

9 World-Class Golf Experience This Summer

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9 World-Class Golf Experience This Summer

Summer is well underway and golf enthusiasts are itching to test their skills on the green. As golf-happy Norwegians are making their summer travel plans, British Airways has identified some of the best courses in the UK to combine this year’s holiday with the ultimate golf experience. “Norway has over 200,000 active golfers, but it is a relatively new sport in this country. In the UK however, golf has a rich tradition and is somewhat of a cultural phenomenon. Fortunately for golf-happy Norwegians, that means that some of the world’s best courses are a quick flight away and can easily be combined with this year’s summer holiday,” says Peter Rasmussen, head of British Airways Northern Europe. Below is the list of golf […]

5 outdoor attractions to check out in Hong Kong

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5 outdoor attractions to check out in Hong Kong

Known for its vast cityscapes and exciting city life, Hong Kong is full of natural landscapes that will thrill nature seekers. Whether you’re visiting Hong Kong for the first or tenth time, there are always new and exciting experiences to be discovered. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and explore the other side of Asia’s World City for some experiences that simply shouldn’t be missed!   Hong Kong Global Geopark of China The Hong Kong Global Geopark of China is a dramatic rock landscape in the New Territories that was formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Explore its vast natural landscapes by walking tours provided by operators around the area, or by boat, starting at […]

7 Ramadan Buffets to try outside Kuala Lumpur

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7 Ramadan Buffets to try outside Kuala Lumpur

Though it is already in the middle of the Muslim fasting month Ramadan, Gaya Travel believes that many Malaysians still look forward to meet and enjoy together the wide selection of buffet spread and cuisines offered by food and beverage outlets to break fast at sunset or to have dinner. The following are a selection of 7 Ramadan buffets that diners can experience when being outside Kuala Lumpur.   [iconboxes layout=”icon-inside-left”] [iconbox title=”The Saujana Kuala Lumpur” title_color=”” icon=”cutlery” icon_color=”white” icon_background_color=”purple” link=”” linktext=”” linktarget=”_self” description_color=””][/iconbox] [/iconboxes] Theme: ‘Juadah di bawah Sinaran Bintang’ (Feasting under the stars) Description: 18 live action stalls featuring Roasted Whole Lamb, apam balik (crispy pancake with butter and peanuts filling), tandoori chicken and naan bread, Lemang Bakar (roasted glutinous […]

5 Ramadan Buffets to try out in Kuala Lumpur

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5 Ramadan Buffets to try out in Kuala Lumpur

Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from eating or drinking from Suhoor (before dawn or twilight) until Maghrib (sunset). Besides, it is also the month that provides the opportunity for family and friends to get together to break their fast at sunset with refreshing food and beverages, also known as Buka Puasa or Iftar. As such, Gaya Travel has selected 6 buffets that are worth trying out in Kuala Lumpur during Ramadan. Theme: “Selera Desa Nostalgia 60-an” Description: The Ramadan buffet at AnCasa Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur offers palatable menus to satisfy diverse taste buds such as nasi kabsah with kambing bakar (Arabic rice served with grilled lamb) and sambal udang petai (shrimp and stink bean […]

8 Things to Do & See in Lombok

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8 Things to Do & See in Lombok

Planning to go to the island of Lombok? We list down 8 things that you must do and see in Lombok to help you with your itinerary.

Top 5 Ramadhan Bazaars in Selangor

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Top 5 Ramadhan Bazaars in Selangor

With the month of Ramadhan around the corner, Muslims across Malaysia will be observing the fast from down till sunset. Besides strengthening discipline and self-control, the holy month is also a time when Ramadhan Bazaars spring up from 4-7pm for Iftar across Malaysia. Offering an array of street and home cooked food, these stalls not only attract the Muslim community but Malaysians and visitors from different cultures and backgrounds. Selangor has many amazing bazaars that cater to the food loving citizens of the state. Here are our top five picks on must-visit Ramadhan Bazaars.   [iconboxes layout=”icon-inside-left”] [iconbox title=”Stadium Melawati, Shah Alam” title_color=”” icon=”cutlery” icon_color=”white” icon_background_color=”purple” link=”” linktext=”” linktarget=”_self” description_color=””][/iconbox] [/iconboxes] One of the largest Ramadhan Bazaars in Klang Valley, with a total […]

7 Recommended Post-Vacation Stays

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7 Recommended Post-Vacation Stays

Experiencing post-vacation blues? There’s no better way to cure post-vacation blues than to get excited about the amazing trips to come.

Best Choice of 5 Most Popular Melaka Hotels

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Best Choice of 5 Most Popular Melaka Hotels

To ensure that you have a memorable visit in a historical city like Melaka, don’t hesitate to spend money on the best Melaka hotels. If trying to find the right hotel proves challenging, then all you need to do is to simply log on to Traveloka. Before you do so, check out the following 5 choices of Melaka’s most popular hotels.   [iconboxes layout=”icon-inside-left”] [iconbox title=”Hatten Hotel Malacca” title_color=”” icon=”thumbs-up” icon_color=”white” icon_background_color=”purple” link=”” linktext=”” linktarget=”_self” description_color=””][/iconbox] [/iconboxes] This 4-star hotel, which is modern and possess sophisticated ambience, is located on Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, Melaka. It has 704 deluxe rooms and suites for travelers to choose. All rooms come with exquisite amenities, including air-conditioning, 2 units of LCD TV, Internet connection, minibar, […]

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in Asia

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Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in Asia

TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Beaches. This year’s awards honour 343 beaches including the top 25 in the world and lists for Asia, Africa, Australia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, the U.K. and the U.S. Travellers’ Choice award-winning beaches were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period. “For that perfect sun and sand getaway, you may want to visit some of the world’s best rated beaches located right here in Asia,” said TripAdvisor spokesperson, Jean Ow-Yeong. “If you plan ahead, you can book a hotel at five of the ten winning beaches in Asia […]

How To Be A Minimalist Wanderlust

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How To Be A Minimalist Wanderlust

Some people says it hard to pack less for travel. Read on to fulfill your noble intention of packing less and be minimal while travelling.   H&M Basic shirts They come in various plain color & universal. Mix and match your basic shirt with any pants to double the usage! Basic shirts are interchangeable, so you dont have to bring so many clothes for traveling! The price starts at RM29.90. http://www.hm.com/my/ Packtowl Ultralite Towel This towel is light weight as it is only 15 grams. But it absorbs tons of water and dries impressively fast too. Great for outdoor and travelling, this towel comes in few colors and sizes. The price starts at RM65 up to RM210 depending on the size. http://www.rei.com/ Hypergear Adventure Dry Bag […]

7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Jordan

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7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Jordan

Jordan might not be exploding with numerous tourism objects and attractions compared to the other Middle Eastern tourism heavyweights like United Arab Emirates or Egypt. However, what Jordan has that the rest of the world doesn’t have such as Petra, Wadi Rum, Ma’in and the Dead Sea are ultimately compelling and strongly worthy in attracting travellers from near and far to visit the kingdom.

5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur

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5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur

Whether you’re a frequent business traveller or out on a family holiday, finding the perfect place to stay is often difficult, especially in cities offering a kaleidoscope of choices. If you’re planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, here are 5 insider tips to keep in mind: Traffic jam can be a nightmare: Stay somewhere with easy access Many cities in Southeast Asia are known for their traffic jams, and Kuala Lumpur is no exception. Nothing is more frustrating and time-wasting than being stuck in meandering traffic. For work trips or city tours within the Golden Triangle, the heart of modern Kuala Lumpur, consider hotels that allow you to hop on and off the light rail transits (LRT) and monorail stations for easy […]

10 Reasons To Visit Bhutan in 2016

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10 Reasons To Visit Bhutan in 2016

Sandwiched between India and China, Bhutan wasn’t unified until the 17th century and four hundred years passed before the country’s doors were officially opened to tourists in 1974. Even today numbers are closely monitored. The result of this historical anomaly is that there are millions of little justifications as to why one would want to visit the eccentric, landlocked nation: from the population’s smiley disposition to an absence of chain stores; from its laws (which ban smoking but not alcohol), to its assortment of unusual animals. With so many calling cards, Insight Vacations has selected ten of the greatest reasons to visit Bhutan. 1-By far the most popular attraction, Paro Taktsang (also known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’) was built into a cliff side […]

Top 10 Traveller’s Choice Hotels in Asia

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Top 10 Traveller’s Choice Hotels in Asia

TripAdvisor®,  the world’s largest travel site*,  announced winners of its Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels. Travellers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. Now in its 14th year, the Travellers’ Choice awards have recognised more than 7,000 properties around the world, with lists covering 97 countries and eight regions worldwide. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value “We congratulate the properties around the world that have won Travellers’ Choice Hotel awards,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Travellers considering their next trip can book confidently selecting from these award-winners that have already delighted millions of members of the TripAdvisor community.” The average nightly rate of Travellers’ […]

6 Things That Might Surprise You About Coach Tours

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6 Things That Might Surprise You About Coach Tours

Trafalgar shares with you 6 things that may certainly surprise you about coach touring, or as we like to say, guided holidays.

TripAdvisor Names Japan’s Best Ryokans

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TripAdvisor Names Japan’s Best Ryokans

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced Japan’s best ryokans or traditional Japanese-style inns, according to reviews1 from TripAdvisor’s global travel community. Unique to Japan, Ryokans are known for their distinctive cultural hospitality experience, featuring tatami floors, futon beds, Japanese style hot spring baths and exquisite local cuisine. “A stay at a ryokan can provide a window into age old traditions that the Japanese take a huge amount of pride in,” said Janice Lee Fang, TripAdvisor’s Communication Director for Asia Pacific. “Travellers looking for a truly cultural experience should take advantage of TripAdvisor as a resource to research, plan and book their upcoming holidays, as well as to find interesting things to see and do whilst they are in Japan. Best […]

10 Unique Things About Kansai

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10 Unique Things About Kansai

Kansai, comprising seven beautiful prefectures, has always attracted travellers all over the world, luring them through its unique culture, gastronomy, and eco-tourism, which includes landscapes and outdoor activities.

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 […]

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. […]

6 Hot Spots for Families Visiting Johor Bahru

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6 Hot Spots for Families Visiting Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, the gem located at the south of Peninsular Malaysia, offers many amazing and thrilling attractions available for local and international tourists.