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 first quarter might be better than the year before. Confidence among the public to travel domestically and regionally seems to be higher than before, probably due to the stronger performing Ringgit. Such trends bode well for the industry and travelling public as a whole, and may they continue throughout the rest of the year.

In this issue, Gaya Travel Magazine brings you Malaysian destinations that travellers may find rewarding: Pekan, the royal town of Pahang (page 35), which offers its own brand of charm;  Kuala Terengganu and Besut (page 40) via the #TerengganuMolekDoh programme, in conjunction with Terengganu Expo 2018; Kuala Lumpur’s hidden gems (page 46);  Ipoh, Kampar and Taiping (page 54) through the  #Road2SUKMA familiarisation trip to give travellers ideas on what to see and do when they come to Perak during Malaysia’s biannual inter-state games called SUKMA to be held in Ipoh in August 2018; and ecotourism attractions within Jelebu district in Negeri Sembilan (page 84).

As for the destinations outside Malaysia, be sure to follow GayaTraveller’s experience in Morocco (page 34);  A new urban integrated resort on Jeju island called Jeju Shinhwa World (page 62); Hokkaido during winter (page 68) to witness the popular Sapporo Snow Festival; New Zealand Part 2 (page 86), which is the continuation of the story in Issue 13.1, this time focussing on South Island; South Sumatera (page 96); and Jaipur (page 102), in line with AirAsia X now flying directly to the destination from Kuala Lumpur.

May all of you find this issue enriching and inspirational. See in the next issue; happy travels!

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


Cover Illustration by Emila Yusof

Front Cover Issue 13.2 - To Travel is to Savour Life's Rewards

Front Cover Issue 13.2 – To Travel is to Savour Life’s Rewards

DEPARTMENTS
Page 14. Editorial Jottings

GAYA SPECIAL FEATURE
Page 16. #SayangMalaysia

GAYA SPECIAL REPORT
Page 22. Germany Increases Tourism Marketing Activities in South East Asia for 2018

GAYA INTERVIEW
Page 24. Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah: Cementing Malaysia’s Position as a Tourism Powerhouse

GAYATRAVELLER
Page 27. M is for Morocco

DESTINATIONS
Page 36. Pekan Sojourn
Page 40. #TerengganuMolekDoh Fam Trip to Kuala Terengganu
Page 46. This is Kuala Lumpur, Lah!
Page 54. Keep on Eating, Playing & Staying in Perak
Page 62. Jeju Shinhwa World: The New Beacon from the Land of Morning Calm
Page 68. Experiencing Hokkaido in Winter
Page 84. Into the Wild Jelebu
Page 86. Becoming Bilbo Baggins – Part II
Page 96. Embracing the Wonderful South Sumatra
Page 102. A Passage to Jaipur

HOTELS & RESORTS
Page 113. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort: Bastion of Beachfront Indulgence
Page 116. Tribeca Serviced Suites Bukit Bintang: A Home Away from Home
Page 118. Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel #TravelBrilliantly
Page 124. The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur: The Epitome of Personalisation and Timeless Elegance
Page 128. Andaz Singapore: A Temple of Design and Practicality

TRAVEL ANECDOTES
Page 132. Kerol Izuan

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