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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.

5 Captivating Cities for Travelling on a Budget

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5 Captivating Cities for Travelling on a Budget

SINGAPORE – Travelling with cost in mind doesn’t necessarily have to limit what you get from a destination. While some cities are renowned for setting travellers back more, others have just as much to offer even the most cost conscious of travellers; you just need to know where to go. No matter the budget or destination, Europe has long been an attracting factor for many wanting to know and discover centuries of history, exploring the most beautiful landscapes and tasting the finest of food and wine. Here’s Trafalgar’s pick of the five most captivating European cities that are ideal for those travelling on a budget, and for connoisseurs of history and culture. 1. Prague Named the city of a hundred spires, the Czech Republic’s […]

5 Head to Toe Travel Gears

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5 Head to Toe Travel Gears

There’s such a thing as travelling the right way, and that means having the right travel gear. Here are some tried and tested accessories that can help make our long journeys more comfortable, packing more manageable, memories easier to record and overall experience more enjoyable! 1. SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick (www.lazada.com.my) The benefits of having a flash drive during travel are many: to back up photos, serve as extra entertainment storage and even store encrypted important documents. Travellers can choose any flash drive brand available in the market, but SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick gives you more, allowing users to share content anywhere wirelessly and simultaneously up to three devices. Now you can even stream HiRes video together with your friends while on the […]

10 Airline Cabin Crew Uniforms to Look Out for when Flying Internationally

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10 Airline Cabin Crew Uniforms to Look Out for when Flying Internationally

Cabin crew uniforms are crucial to identify them as airlines’ employees and front-line ambassadors, making them easily recognisable from afar. Go through Gaya Travel Magazine’s list of selected airline uniforms that travellers can have fun spying on when flying internationally!   1. Thai Airways www.thaiairways.com This is what it looks like when traditional meets modern – Thai Airways uniform embodies traditional Thai characteristics that are gentle to live up to the airlines’ motto “Smooth as Silk”. The female cabin crew uniform use Thai silk woven fabric and a flower brooch attached on the left chest makes it authentic and elegant. On top of that, Thai Airlines is one of the few airlines that has in-flight uniform change policy, therefore passengers will get […]

British Airways’ Top 10 Street Food Picks

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British Airways’ Top 10 Street Food Picks

British Airways announces its top picks on street food in Europe and North American in 2017. Travellers can now take advantage of the MATTA FAIR® special fares and travel to selected destinations to try out these mouthwatering street food. The special return fares start from RM2,588* in World Traveller economy class to London. Customers will land at the airline’s home – the award-winning London Heathrow Terminal 5 and from there they can enjoy stress-free onward connection to various cities across the UK, Europe and North America. Bookings must be made by 27 March 2017 on ba.com or at the upcoming MATTA fair for travel from 06 March 2017 to 31 December 2017. Vivian Tan-Loh, British Airways’ country manager for Malaysia, said, “One […]

10 Best Hotel Swimming Pools in Malaysia

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10 Best Hotel Swimming Pools in Malaysia

With Malaysia’s hot weather, it almost feels like it’s summer all year long and nothing beats the heat better than taking a dip in a pool with views of verdant upland hillsides, tropical beaches or towering cityscapes. The pools themselves could become destinations in their own right where travellers can bring their families to. Here’s a list of hotels and resorts with best swimming pools and mesmerising surroundings.

10 Terengganu Classic Experiences

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10 Terengganu Classic Experiences

Gaya Travel Magazine team will never get tired of Terengganu due to its bucolic, laid-back, fishing village vibe. In conjunction with Visit Terengganu Year 2017, why not travellers take the opportunity to visit and engage in activities that can only be experienced in Terengganu?   1. Combing and basking on Terengganu’s legendary beaches With a coastline that runs for 244 km, Terengganu’s beaches are some of the best. Along the way from the south, Teluk Bidara in Dungun is a bay near Tanjong Jara Resort where one can explore the cave and lighthouse on Tanjung Api Hill at low tide. Kuala Abang and Kemasik beaches have some interesting sea-side rock formations on which to perch and enjoy the miles of blue, while […]

Aman 2017 Highlights

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Aman 2017 Highlights

Aman is delighted to announce a series of beguiling and enriching experiences for 2017, set to charm guests across the globe. With each experience comes an insight and connection into the destination like no other – from saffron farming in Marrakech to pearl farming in the Philippines. For those looking to achieve a sense of escapism and wellbeing that only Aman destinations can bring, crystal sonic healing and restorative yoga in the captivating canyons of Southern Utah, Zazen meditation in Japan, In Pursuit of Happiness in Bhutan, and the recently unveiled Spa Houses at Amanoi pave the way for the wellness offerings from Aman for the year. Visit http://www.kesemhamaga.co.il/ for more relaxing Spa Houses. Amankora, Bhutan Combining the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ […]

7 Places To Dine in Kuantan, Pahang

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7 Places To Dine in Kuantan, Pahang

Kuantan, to the Gaya Travel team, seems to be going on the right direction, providing friendly, laid-back dining spots that serve affordable serious food for both locals and travellers alike. The city is turning into a major culinary centre on Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast through its wide range of eateries in the forms of artsy cafes, classic kopitiams, fine dining and traditional ethnic stalls, so diners will never have any problem in satisfying their palate. For travellers who are new to Kuantan’s gastronomic scene, allow us to introduce you some of the best places to dine, where memorable meals can be enjoyed without having to pay through the nose or drive extra miles to the outskirts. Check out our best 7 spots […]

16 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do On TripAdvisor Most

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16 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do On TripAdvisor Most

Most often turn to TripAdvisor for the wealth of reviews you can easily look up so you feel more confident of where you want to stay, what you want to eat, see or do when you’re on a trip. Aside from researching your options, making reservations and bookings are a lot easier now and something you can do directly on the site or through its mobile app. But how many of us truly know how to travel like a pro? Here are some hacks so you can use TripAdvisor to feel like a Jedi traveller – read on and go forth to conquer new destinations. It is your destiny.   1. Try an airline you’ve not flown with before, recommended by millions All […]

7 Unique Features Of The Brand New Moto M

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7 Unique Features Of The Brand New Moto M

When it comes to choosing style or performance in a smartphone, you don’t have to compromise anymore. Introducing the magnificent new Moto M. Marvelously encased in fine metal, Moto M is a powerful smartphone that reflects your personality, attitude, speed and makes you look good, no matter what you’re doing. This majestic smartphone that’s all metal and mettle, is available in stores now. Read on to know what are the seven unique features that you should know about Moto M   1. Power Meets Style With its gorgeous full-metal unibody and vibrant 13.97cm (5.5) Full HD display, Moto M offers an elegant design and a gorgeous display that’s perfect for viewing photos and movies. With the blazing-fast 2.2 GHz Octa-core processor and up to […]

14 Places To Visit In Jakarta

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14 Places To Visit In Jakarta

Jakarta – being the capital and largest city to a country with the largest economy in Southeast Asia that creates employment opportunity to millions of people – continues to flourish as a tourism hotspot, especially in anticipation of the completion of its new airport, scheduled to be ready by 2017, and the mass rapid transit systems, slated for completion by mid-2018.   The following are the places that travellers can choose to explore when being in this sprawling megacity: WEST JAKARTA 1. Kota Tua Jakarta (Jakarta Old Town) Jakarta Old Town is a popular meeting point. It is a historic place developed during the Dutch period, whereby most of its buildings are among the oldest in Jakarta. Travellers may ride colourful bicycles with […]

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 […]

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