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 issue’s cover.
We also feature several accommodations for travellers to experience unique stays such as the landmark Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (page 120); Thailand’s first halal hotel (page 126) and Le Meridien’s third property in Malaysia (page 109). Talking about accommodations, Gaya Travel Magazine congratulates Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson (also represented on this issue’s cover) for bagging the World Guinness Book of Records as the resort with the most swimming pools and overwater villas, thus making Port Dickson and Negeri Sembilan well known internationally.
May readers find this issue useful and enriching. See you in the next issue and safe travels!
JUHAN KAMARUDDIN @ JEREMY KHALIL
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Cover Illustration by Nasuha Ibrahim / Mohd Nor Adli Ahmad Jaafar
Page 14. Editorial Jottings
Page 16. Bulletin
GAYA SPECIAL FEATURE
Page 36. Keningau, Sabah: Official Visit by YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia to Keningau, Sabah from 30 April to 2 May 2017
Page 131. Dusit Thani Bangkok
Page 23. Taiwan, where Muslim can Travel with Peace of Mind
Page 30. From Palestine with Love
Page 34. 10 Best Hotel Swimming Pools in Malaysia
GAYA OUT & ABOUT
Page 38. H130: A Versatile Flying Machine
Page 42. Exploring #WonderfulIndonesia: East Java and Bali
Page 48. To Travel Under the K-Drama Spell
Page 58. More than Pandas and Spicy Hot Pot
Page 66. Uncover Wuhan’s Hidden Gems with AirAsia X
Page 70. Grooving the Traditional Way, the Second Time: Rentak Selangor 2.0
Page 76. Jumping Into The Snow Wonderland in Eastern Hokkaido!
Page 82. The Second Edition of In Case You Didn’t Know (#ICYDK) Melaka
Page 88. Tanjung Lesung: A Novel Getaway No More
Page 94. Enthralling Tanjong Malim
Page 102. Keningau, Hinterland Gem of Borneo
HOTELS & RESORTS
Page 108. Le Meridien Putrajaya: Unlocking the Destination, Elevating the Experience
Page 112. Princely Charm – The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioichi
Page 116. Club Med Sahoro: The Winter Haven
Page 120. Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo: Microcosm of Japan Under One Roof
Page 126. Relishing Al-Meroz, Thailand’s First Halal-Certified Hotel
Page 132. Deanna Yusoff