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 is also expanding its digital platforms further to complement the printed magazine for wider and more global reach. Do follow all of Gaya Travel Magazine digital platforms such as www.gayatravel.com.my, www.facebook.com/gayatravel, www.instagram.com/gayatravel, and twitter.com/gayatravel to get more enriching travel and tourism information and ideas!

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 (page 102) courtesy of Fiji Airways.

On top of that, for those who yearn to see the Aurora Borealis, Gaya Traveller team offers advice on how to do so from Iceland, a far-flung destination that should be visited at least once by all intrepid travellers (page 27) due to its awesomely dramatic landscapes. But be warned: travellers need to brave the destination’s trying temperatures when they visit it outside summer months.

This issue is also filled with various other exciting destinations that we hope would make it into our readers’ bucket list in 2018 and beyond: Selangor culinary adventure (page 86); cultured Surakarta (page 40) and Yogyakarta (page 46); Kansai gastronomic haven (page 52); Hong Kong hiking trails (page 58); cruise to Macleods Islands in Myanmar (page 72); Central Switzerland (page 76) and surreal New Zealand (page 94).

So don’t stop and keep on travelling in 2018!

JUHAN KAMARUDDIN @ JEREMY KHALIL
Email your comments to jeremy@gayatravel.com.my


Cover Illustration by Emila Yusof

Front Cover Issue 13.1 – Keep on Travelling in 2018

DEPARTMENTS
Page 14. Editorial Jottings

GAYA SPECIAL FEATURE
Page 8. Putrajaya International Convention Centre
Page 16. #SayangMalaysia
Page 124. Hotel Equatorial Melaka

GAYA INTERVIEW
Page 24. Thomas Gassner, GM of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

GAYATRAVELLER
Page 27. The Magical Aurora Borealis – Our Encounter

GAYA DINE & CAFE
Page 36. Taste of the Sea with Barbecue and Beyond

GAYA TECH
Page 38. Nikon D5600: Instagrammers’ Best Friend

DESTINATIONS
Page 40. Going Solo @Surakarta
Page 46. A Cultural Jaunt at the Special Region of Jogjakarta
Page 52. Exploring Kansai Through the Stomach – Part I
Page 58. Fjallraven Classic Goes Tropical in Hong Kong
Page 72. StarCruise’s Inaugural Voyage to Myanmar
Page 76. Doing MICE in Switzerland Part II: Lucerne and Bern
Page 84. MOTAC Promotes Biker Tourism through Eat, Travel, Ride
Page 86. #EatTravelWrite #ETW6 #ngetehETW #DiscoverSelangor Culinary Adventure
Page 90. The Colourful Citrawarna Went Green
Page 94. Becoming Bilbo Baggins – Part 1
Page 102. Sparking All Senses on Fijian Shores

GAYA SPECIAL REPORT
Page 68. The French Connection, Atout France Style
Page 110. CTM Boosted Cambodia’s International Appeal

HOTELS & RESORTS
Page 116. Living Up the Villa Life at Peppers Seminyak
Page 120. Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara – Magnifique Life Personified
Page 126. Silka Johor Bahru, where Families Meet
Page 128. G Hotel – G is for gorgeous

TRAVEL ANECDOTES
Page 132. Adrian Sameli

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