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By the time I am writing this, it is already the second quarter of 2018. Our team’s schedule for the past three months have been hectic, filled with travelling to various destinations within and outside Malaysia. The Malaysian travel and tourism industry seems to be cautiously upbeat about 2018, forecasting that business growth for the

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Happy New Year 2018! Though 2017 has its fair share of fun and excitement, many are positively looking forward to 2018, which is expected to be better. Beginning this year and starting from this issue (Issue 12.6/13.1), Gaya Travel Magazine will be published quarterly (four times a year). At the same time, Gaya Travel Magazine

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When we put together this issue, we were not sure what would be the common thread that binds the stories together. From Imbak Canyon in Sabah (page 44) to Switzerland (page 82), the destinations covered in this issue are varied and wide. However, we finally managed to come to one conclusion: that all of the destinations

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In this issue, we focus on East Asia through our coverage of destinations in China, Japan and South Korea, including Indonesia and Malaysia. It is indeed a privilege to be able to work with various organisations in helping to promote destinations that are just being opened up (Tanjung Lesung, page 88; Tanjung Malim, page 94; Keningau,

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This issue was originally intended to focus on destinations within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. However, as time went by, we realised that to only focus on that region would be too limiting in terms of content and opportunity. As such, besides talking about the tourism gems around Kuantan in Pahang

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The last few months, especially during November 2016, were hectic to say the least. Little did we expect to be travelling so extensively (not that we mind). We feel honoured to have been invited by various parties to participate in several familiarisation trips, allowing us to feature various destinations for the benefit of our readers.

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Editor’s Note People travel for so many reasons. When they travel for leisure, the reason is almost always about wanting to relax, unwind, quench their gratification, recharge so that they can tackle life’s challenges when they return home and be inspired. Those travelling for business seek efficiency, smoothness in travel, savings, opportunities, closing deals and

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For the first time ever, Gaya Travel Magazine features Mexico (Page 84), experienced first hand by one of our team members, Ed Junaidi. Contrary to what many people who have never been to this Latin American nation might think, Mexico is actually bursting with life (they even celebrate the dead), colour, history and remarkable heritage, evidenced by the Mexican sites that are listed as part of UNESCO World Heritage.

EDITORS NOTE: The latter part of 2015 has indeed been challenging, with Malaysia and its neighbours suffering from the persistently unhealthy haze that affected regional travel; a global economic slowdown that affects international tourism arrivals; and the fall in the value of Ringgit and Rupiah, discouraging many Malaysians and Indonesians from travelling overseas. However, despite

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The past few months have been nothing but ordinary for the Gaya Travel Magazine team. Besides collaborating with the Terengganu State Government as the Media Coordinator for the Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival 2015 held in June 2015 (page 84), we also organised the Jom Jelajah Koperasi (Let’s Explore the Cooperatives) familiarisation trip to Johor to uncover the products and services offered by selected Johor cooperatives that are related to travel and tourism (page 74); as well as running two Eat.Travel.Write programmes

Editor Text – Jeremy Khalil (Editor). Cover Illustration by Ang Yeu Jiunn. DEPARTMENTS Gaya Interview DESTINATIONS Rediscovering Pulau Pinang through KCC1M Rediscovering Traditional Arts and Handicrafts of Kelantan Behold Bohol Hong Kong to Chengdu – A Life Well Travelled Ipoh – Old and New Chinese Lunar New Year at The Pearl of the Orient Kunming

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Thank you for taking the time to read Gaya Travel Magazine Issue 9.5. In this issue, together with Tourism Malaysia, we attempt to provide a smattering of information relating to Malaysian cuisine (page 136-155). Malaysia has a rich array of culinary offerings drawn from the country’s co-existing multi-cultural population. The much loved Malaysian comfort food

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  – Jeremy Khalil, Editor. editor@gayatravel.com.my   DEPARTMENTS Bio: DATO´SERI MOHAMED NAZRI ABDUL AZIZ, Minister of Tourism & Culture Malaysia   DESTINATIONS Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia: Perak Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia: Johor Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia: Melaka Negeri Sembilan Food Trail KL Bike Tourism Kelantan Bike Tourism Jom Jelajah Koperasi!: Negeri Sembilan Kudah, Sabah Taman Negara

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The past few months have been hectic for us, as we had been heavily involved in large scale programmes such as the Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia to Central Sarawak, Kembara Kraf Selangor 2013, Malaysia Tourism Hunt (MTH) 2013, all of which are covered within the pages of this issue. Speaking of MTH, which is Tourism Malaysia’s laudable effort, it encourages international tourists to drive around Malaysia on their own and take advantage of the country’s good road systems to know more about the destinations and people. We therefore invite all travellers coming into Malaysia to consider renting a decent car (equipped with navigation system of course) and begin exploring the country independently and flexibly, allowing them to uncover more interesting facets of Malaysia along the way.

Beginning from this issue, Gaya Travel has increased its number of pages up to 176, meaning that we have more space to bring you more stories relating to travel and tourism. This issue also focuses mainly on Malaysia’s charming locations: Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Terengganu, Sarawak and Sabah, all possesing excellent offerings to travellers. Readers are welcomed to check out the various places, types of foods and accomodations that are listed in the articles such as Gaya Travel’s Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia (KCC1M) programme for Melaka and Terengganu, Discover Perak and Jom Jelajah Koperasi 2013 Selangor. We also boast on the world class events such as Borneo Jazz Festival 2013 in Miri, Rainforest Music Festival 2013 in Kuching, Sarawak and Sabah Festival 2013 in Kota Kinabalu which promise unique experience to travellers. But we do not stop there – we also feature Taiwan, Busan (South Korea) and Bangkok (Thailand) so that readers’ travel ideas will not be limited. – Jeremy Khalil, Editor. editor@gayatravel.com.my

In this issue, Gaya Travel invites readers to check out three exotic and charming locations, Lombok in Indonesia, Kathmandu in Nepal and Vientiane in Laos. Considerably close to Malaysia and Singapore, both destinations – known for their laidback pace, stunning landscapes and intriguing cultures – will surely delight those who seek escapades that are relaxing yet enriching.