Features of the Month

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...

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 Odisha is...

“Look, it’s a shooting star!” There are millions of small rocks colliding with the Earth’s atmosphere every night (and day), each resulting in bright flash of light across the sky, which is also referred to as the shooting star. Such sightings are fairly common on every cloudless night – if only one has the patience...

With the arrival of spring, Victoria’s gardens, parks, paddocks and pastures burst to life with seasonal blooms flowering in the golden sunshine. From visiting botanic gardens within Melbourne to heading further afield on a wildflower viewing road trip, springtime is the right time to visit Victoria. 1. Tesselaar...

Gaya Travel Magazine team were in Istanbul during the 7th Istanbul Shopping Fest held from 1 until 16 July 2017. During our visit, we savoured the city’s delights, especially its retail and dining scene, besides admiring the city’s wondrous heritage that spans over two millennia. Due to the more favourable exchange...

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,...

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...

Global travel authority Lonely Planet has today revealed its 2017 Best in Asia list – an agenda-setting collection of the continent’s 10 best destinations to visit in the year ahead. For this second-annual Best in Asia list, Lonely Planet’s in-house Asia experts have named “blissfully well-connected” yet “underrated...

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...

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...

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 the world...

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

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...

Being 45 storeys high, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo was the first skyscraper hotel in Japan with 1,437 rooms. Though the hotel is already 46 years old (it first opened on 5 June 1971), it is still excellently maintained and remain strongly relevant. What we love about Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is the fact that it invites...

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...

Last December 2016, Gaya Travel Magazine team members discovered Sichuan for the first time in our lives. Made internationally famous because of the Kung Fu Panda animated movie, Sichuan – a province located in the South West of China, north of Yunnan – is more than just pandas, tai chi and spicy cuisine. Loosely...

Though declared as a city back in 10 October 2000, Shah Alam – the capital of Selangor since 1978 – still retains its neighbourhood feel with broad paved walkways, lush green lungs and well-manicured gardens. Considered as an exemplary suburbia with an estimated population of over 650,000, the city strongly draws...

Okinawa offers extensive shopping options for shopaholics and browsers alike such as popular luxury goods, meticulous artisanal crafts, tasty snacks, cute souvenirs or exotic street products

In last post, I began my journey in Mexico City then heading outwards to the Teotihuacan Pyramids, the magical town of Puebla and Oaxaca, the state that has a great number of different ethnicities. Throughout the way, I learned a great deal about the people of Mexico, the charms of its small towns and impressive...

I still vividly remember the first time when I set my foot in the Land of the Rising Sun three years ago; I paused my step while strolling along the vibrant streets in Shibuya and realised that I am deeply in love with Japan due to its remarkable history, colourful culture, polite people to brilliant innovations,...

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...

Luang Prabang is a sizeable town that is yet to achieve city status, located in northern Laos, a region that is mountainous. Situated 700 metres above sea level, the town feels cool during early morning and night, especially during northern hemisphere winter. Due to its French Indochine flair, Luang Prabang is ideal...

Gaya Travel went back to Japan; this time to the Central region. Ed has a different experience because this time he went discovering Japan on highway bus using a bus package called Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket. Sounds like fun, yes? Central Japan is also called Shoryudo, hence the package name. Shoryudo means rising...

Western Europe is renowned for its numerous ancient buildings, alluring landscapes, diverse cultures, solid world-class infrastructure, and up-to-date upscale lifestyle. Embarking on a journey to this part of the world is certainly a dream of every traveller, including mine. When Selamat Bercuti invited me to follow...

1. A Gem of Palace – Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah    If you are a history buff, be prepared to be awed by this iconic attraction in Kuala Kangsar. Strategically located at the heart of this serene Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar, Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah showcases enthralling anecdotes of the late Sultan Azlan Shah...