1. 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
“You should go (to Seoul), too. In Seoul, there are so many things that you’d like. For example, really delicious specialty restaurants since you love eating so much. Also, there is a place called Han River. In the fall, they have fireworks there. I watch it from a good spot in 63 Building. It’s incredibly
Aceh is Indonesia’s western-most province, the gateway for those coming from the South and West Asia such as Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and even the Arabian Peninsula to the Straits of Malacca and the Malay Archipelago. It is rich with resources like minerals, especially uranium and natural gas. It also boasts high quality beef
Surakarta – also known as Solo – is the sister city of Jogjakarta, the off-shoot of the Mataram Sultanate after its split around three hundred years ago. Although it has similar culture and heritage with Jogjakarta, it does possess its own distinctive uniqueness. Surakarta has undergone various changes through modernisation, adaptation and integration; but compared
First and foremost, let us tell you that Chiba is definitely where the fun begins! Being the home to Narita Airport, Chiba is the strategic international gateway into Japan. Located just next to the world renowned Tokyo, the prefecture is the closest destination for locals and foreigners to escape the bustling metropolitan life through its
Prepare the bib, and get ready to get messy – again! Yes, we love the Crab Factory – so much so that we can’t stop talking about it. In case you missed it, we’ve published a review about this marvellous seafood joint in our previous Issue 11.6/12.1. But this time around, I’d like to invite
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 encounter within the
“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 much-publicised for
Once served as the capital for the state of Selangor, Klang is a charming city that many of us overlook since it is often overshadowed by other major urban centres like Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya, besides being some distance away from Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. After undergoing the fifth edition of the
Most national parks offer varying degrees of wilderness, but very few offer the true and unexplored kind of wilderness like the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA). Located at the central interior of Sabah, it takes one whole day of travelling on a four-wheel-drive along treacherous, unpaved and muddy tracks to reach Imbak Canyon from Kota
Odisha is previously known as Orissa, and the old name can still be found all over the state. It is located on the eastern coast of India on the Bay of Bengal. Odisha is rich with tribal cultures and historical places, especially Hindu temples that are over hundreds of years old. The capital city of
Tawau has always been side-lined by travellers who usually head straight away to Semporna, a gateway to the beautiful islands on Celebes Sea that promises world class dive sites such as Sipadan, Kapalai, Mabul, and Mataking. Most of the time, travellers – especially divers and snorkellers – would just take a shuttle from Tawau International
It all happened so fast – from the moment I got the text from my editor asking me whether I possess an international passport to the moment when I was in flight to Surabaya for a familiarisation trip called ‘The Most Unforgettable Experience Fam Trip’ organised by The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Indonesia,
Believe it or not, Tanjong Malim – a town situated in the Muallim District in Perak – is actually enthralling. Designated as one of the four youth towns in Malaysia, I always look forward to visiting this destination, which offers various youth-friendly attractions and activities. Together with other representatives from the media organisations and travel
Famed as the ‘Chicago of Asia’ due to its role as central China’s major transportation hub and communication centre, Wuhan stands as the capital city of Hubei Province and blessed with abundance of cultural elements, ancient tales and natural wonders. Recently, Gaya Travel team, together with several selected Malaysian media members, were privileged to experience
Taipei is vibrant and progressive, don’t you agree? Great care has been taken to make this place truly liveable for its citizens and convenient for travellers of all backgrounds – regardless of race, belief, age, financial status and interest – to roam around and explore the city and beyond. Now, allow us to introduce
I was given an opportunity to unearth the hidden gems of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, under a special invitation from Hokkaido Tourism. After undergoing this exciting trip, I learned that this magnificent and under-the-radar Japanese island is a place worth visiting due to its delightfully dry and powdery snow, high-quality fresh food and drink, slow-paced lifestyle
On our mission to complete all other ASEAN destinations (we have yet to visit the Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar and Laos by the way), we picked Vietnam and decided to visit Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is more popularly known. The only thing that passed through our mind when we choose Ho Chi Minh City, SHOPPING! Time allocated:
Located on the east coast of Borneo Island, Sandakan is a town that is rich in history and the gateway to many eco-tourism destinations due to its proximity to unique wildlife attractions. As a matter of fact, the richness of wildlife and nature here is one of the major reasons why travellers from all around
First and foremost, let us tell you that Chiba is definitely where the fun begins! Being the home to Narita Airport, Chiba is the strategic international gateway into Japan. The prefecture is the closest destination for locals and foreigners to escape the bustling metropolitan life through its endless fun offerings like natural wonders, amusement parks,
Kelantan brims with exoticism, this is reflected in the cuisine, arts, and the unique Kelantanese Malay language. Due to Kelantan’s relative isolation and largely rural lifestyle, it is also one of the remaining hubs of Malay culture. Gaya Travel Magazine team recently set foot in this east coast state to experience what it has to offer, especially in terms
Putrajaya, considered as the Intelligent Garden City are blessed with world class infrastructure and careful planning that promise high quality of life for residents and visitors alike. The city have been progressing well over the years and already becoming destinations in their own right.
Gaya Travel Magazine continues travelling using bullet trains and buses around the Hokuriku-Shinetsu region, located on the northwestern part of Japan’s Honshu island. The entire experience introduces the writer to the legendary Japanese efficiency, excellent customer service and obsession with hygiene and cleanliness that all of us should emulate. The region is also teeming with pristine nature, inspiring landscapes and quintessential Japanese culture.
Every year, Start In Tioman (SIT), a premier scuba diving event organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Pahang Office takes place at Kampung Genting in Tioman island, drawing many divers of various levels who are grouped into different batches. This programme successfully puts Tioman on the international map as a commendable diving spot, besides creating awareness among the public on the importance of protecting the marine life and ecosystem.
Follow my journey through the #ICYDK programme in conjunction with Citrarasa Homestay Malaysia 2016 Carnival, to explore the other parts of Melaka, the land where the past meets the present.