2019 is said to beset with challenges, from the slowdown of the global economy to the more severe threat of climate change. And come to think of it, the same kind of warning was also put forth beginning 2018, and parts of the world did face difficulties in some form or another.
However, the challenges faced in 2018 did not dampen people’s desire and willingness to travel. Many try to find ways to meet their demand for new experiences irrespective of the obstacles faced. Families and individuals still view travel and tourism as the chance to escape from the ordinary and a platform to be exposed to new things, constantly searching for ideas on places to go and activities to do that fit their needs and budget. Because of that, media like Gaya Travel Magazine remains relevant because the public continues to seek information on leisure and business travel so that they can make optimal decisions. 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.
For ideas on where and how to travel in 2019, turn to page 44 to learn about our Star Cruises’ experience on SuperStar Gemini vessel. Those who prefer to remain on dry land can instead explore the not-so-visible aspects yet eye-opening nonetheless like Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur (page 38), the cooler climes of West Pahang (page 42), and the four northern Peninsular Malaysian destinations namely Penang, Alor Setar, Kangar and Langkawi (page 50) at one go. Sunway Velocity (page 102), Pacific Express (page 104), Cosmo Hotel (page 106), and Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree (page 126) also prompt travellers to unearth the gems found in the respective neighbourhoods of Cheras, Petaling Street, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, and Bukit Bintang. On the same note, beach and sea lovers should put DASH Resort Langkawi (page 122) and Lanjut Beach Resort (page 128) on their bucket lists.
Regarding destinations outside Malaysia, neighbouring Indonesia brims with breathtaking spots such as East Java (page 66), Banyuwangi (page 72), Belitung (page 78) and West Sumatera (page 93). South Korea’s and Japan’s unwavering popularity as highly developed, organised and obsessively clean East Asian destinations are highlighted in this issue through our coverage on self-driving around Jeju island (page 25) and discovering Shoryudo region using the efficient JR trains (page 52), respectively. And being Marriott International ‘junkies’, it is our pleasure to present our readers our take on three of the group’s relatively new properties in Asia: Renaissance Lucknow Hotel (page 110), Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel (page 114), and Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort (page 118); each of the mentioned properties are not only great places to stay, but also serve as supernal gateways to the destinations they are based.
May you find this issue enriching. See you in the next issue, and safe travels!
JUHAN KAMARUDDIN @ JEREMY KHALIL
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Cover Illustration by Mohd Nor Adli Ahmad Jaffar
Page 14. Editorial Jottings
GAYA SPECIAL FEATURE
Page 16. Malindo Air Announces Flights to Hokkaido
Page 18. Hong Kong Tourism Board Steps Up Initiatives to attract Muslim Travelers
Page 20. Sarawak, More to Discover in 2019
Page 82. #MYLabuanStory
Page 25. Discovering Bustling Busan in 3 days
Page 34. Banyan Tree Spa KL: The Sophisticated Sanctuary
Page 36. Dato’ Haji Zazali Bin Salehudin, Yang Dipertua of Seremban Municipal Council
Page 38. Kuala Lumpur by Traits
Page 42. Discovering West Pahang
Page 44. Fun-filled Cruising Experience with Star Cruises’ Superstar Gemini
Page 48. 3 Days across Peninsular Malaysia’s Northern Region
Page 52. Riding the Rising Dragon
Page 66. Of sunrise, smallest monkey and other Javanese Beauties
Page 72. Admiring the Majestic Banyuwangi Regency
Page 78. Belitung, The Land of Laskar Pelangi
Page 93. Unmissable West Sumatera, The Land of the Minangkabau
HOTELS & RESORTS
Page 102. An Effortless Stay at Sunway Velocity Hotel
Page 104. Go Easy on the Pocket, with Pacific Express Hotel Chinatown
Page 106. Discovering Quintessential Kuala Lumpur with Cosmo Hotel
Page 110. Renaissance Lucknow Hotel: Compendium of Well Curated Confections in Lucknow
Page 114. Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel: Bastion of Unexpected Delights
Page 118. Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort: An Embodiment of Siem Reap’s Innovativeness
Page 122. Dash Resort Langkawi: Making A Run For The Best In Hospitality
Page 126. Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree: A Sanctuary for the Senses
Page 128. Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort – An Unexpected Brilliance in Kuala Lumpur
Page 132. Sizzling Suzai