… as the famous writer on spirituality and wisdom C.C. Scott once said, “the human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it”.
While Malaysia hopes to fully end the MCO by June, many parts of the world might still be reeling until December. As such, 2020 could just be a lost year. Let’s pray that 2021 will treat us better…
By the time you read this issue, 2019 is fast becoming a distant memory. In its place, many anticipate that 2020 will be an exciting year…
The lesson to be had is this: travellers are urged not only to research on the weather forecast but also the air quality or pollution index of the places they are heading to as part of their travel preparation, which becomes increasingly pertinent in this day and age.
To us travel junkies, nothing will stop us travelling internationally, with or without the departure tax, notably within the ASEAN region.
And in 2019 and beyond, Gaya Travel Magazine intends to continue inspiring readers, like what we have always done, by featuring ideas and articles that readers would find useful and enriching, come what may.
By the time we finish putting together this issue, we are already nearing the end of 2018. It also means that we are entering the period when people are starting to travel for the upcoming year-end and new year holidays – there is no better time for readers to pick up a copy of Gaya Travel Magazine or read it online.
It would truly be a shame if travellers entirely give Lombok a miss just because of the earthquake, since the island has so much to offer. Travellers will also be doing a noble cause by helping Lombok return to normalcy when they visit and spend money on the island, boosting the local economy.
The Malaysian travel and tourism industry seems to be cautiously upbeat about 2018, forecasting that business growth for the first quarter might be better than the year before. Confidence among the public to travel domestically and regionally seems to be higher than before.
For the first time ever, Gaya Travel Magazine introduces a South Pacific destination, Fiji, made accessible from South East Asia by Fiji Airways’ direct connection between Singapore and Nadi. Be sure to read Shahida’s first-hand experience when she explored Fiji courtesy of Fiji Airways.
What would be the common thread that binds the stories together from Imbak Canyon in Sabah to Switzerland, the destinations covered in this issue are varied and wide.
There is a strong reason that people should explore more of South East Asia from August 2017 until the end of the year: the La Nina phenomenon, currently experienced in the Asia Pacific, brings more rain and reduce the development of the menacing haze in the region (Editor: let’s hope we don’t speak too soon…). And why not we celebrate this phenomenon by continuing to discover more of Australasia, particularly Malaysia? Speaking of Malaysia, in this issue, we present several destinations that travellers should consider experiencing: Selangor’s Royal Town Klang (page 46), which is full of hidden gems; grandiosely planned Putrajaya (page 60) for a relaxing and family-friendly quick getaway; swimming amongst corals in Tioman (page 54); and follow the #SeaYouInSabah (page 78) trail […]
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, page 102; and Wuhan, page 66) as well as those that are already established (Taiwan, page 23; Bali & East Java, page 42; K-Drama film locations, page 48; Sichuan, page 58; Selangor traditional music and dance, page 70; Hokkaido, page 76; and Melaka, page 82). However, we hope travellers will also check out Perak (tourismperakmalaysia.com), Terengganu (beautifulterengganu. com/) and Labuan (www.pl.gov.my/home), which are all represented on this […]
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.
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).
In this issue, we originally intended to focus more on Klang Valley, hence its theme, ‘Playing Tourist in Klang Valley’.
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 make more money for their respective organisations. Whatever the reason may be, the travel should contain one element: substance. What do we mean by substance when it comes to travel? To us, it means that the travelling has to be meaningful, impactful, educational, eye-opening and allows the traveller to make emotional and spiritual connection with the people and place that they are travelling to, and not just […]
It in interesting to see that despite the economic slowdown and evident cost-cutting measures in place, the public’s appetite in travelling, as well as delicious food, remains resilient.
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.
Assalamualaikum and Happy 2016 everybody! With the new year comes the new look and material that Gaya Travel Magazine is experimenting with so as to remain current yet timelessly relevant at the same time. We hope our readers will find Issue 11.1 niftier, more succinct and easy on the eyes. This new look is our humble attempt to be in line with the design direction of many international magazines. It also represents our decision to face the future with freshness, hope and determination because too many are suggesting that the first half of 2016 would be challenging since the global economy is expected to slow down. Speaking of which, let us not allow such negativity to weigh us down in pursuing what […]
And here’s where Gaya Travel Magazine hopes to assist travellers of today: by constantly offering ideas and suggestions within its pages on where to go and what to do, come what may.
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
In this issue, we invite readers to consider visiting the various art galleries and cultural centres that are available in Malaysia, besides the usual destinations and other forms of attractions.
It has indeed been an enriching and educational 10 years – we have learned and experienced so much, not only in terms of travel but also in terms of destination promotion and branding.
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 like nasi lemak, roti canai, dchar kway teow, satay and rojak are products of influences from the Malay archipelago, China, India, the Middle East and even Europe. The multitude of Malaysian dishes reflect that Malaysia is culturally diverse, comprising citizens who are willing to consume and appreciate other people’s food. For non-Malaysian travellers who want to know what it is like to be Malaysian, simply savour Malaysia’s […]
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org