By Gaya Travel on September 25, 2019
At the time of writing, parts of Southeast Asia (mainly Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) are blanketed by haze due to the hot, dry weather and prevailing monsoon winds that fan the forest fires within the region. Not only this phenomenon dents travellers’ plans to explore the various parts of Indonesia and Malaysia, it is also found to be depressing.
However, fret not, because there are still parts of Southeast Asia that are less affected by the September 2019 haze such as Langkawi, Sandakan, Tawau, Semporna and Mabul in Malaysia; Brunei; Krabi and Phuket in Thailand; Danang in Vietnam; and Banda Aceh, Banyuwangi and Lombok in Indonesia. It would be best for travellers to earmark the mentioned places as alternative getaway destinations whenever the almost annual haze hits Southeast Asia. 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.
Meteorologists forecast that the haze would be gone by October 2019 when rainy season begins, making that time ideal for travellers to return to places in Malaysia like Johor Bahru for its heritage and food (page 23); Sabah for its nature and culture (page 40); Langkawi for its tropical island tranquility (page 82); Selangor for its exuberance and diversity (page 88); and Terengganu (page 116) for its East Coast idyll.
For destinations outside Malaysia, this issue shares with you our take on mesmerising Southeast Turkey (page 46); rewarding experience on board the neoRomantica Cruise (page 68) that brings passengers to vivacious ports of call in Japan and Taiwan (page 56); Muslim-friendly and welcoming Taiwan (page 62); charming Southwest Germany (page 72); highly accessible Switzerland (page 98); dreamy Moyo Island in Sumbawa, Indonesia (page 106); and creative Surakarta, better known as Solo, also in Indonesia (page 112).
It is our sincere hope that you will find the contents in this issue enriching, and look forward to meeting you again in the next issue. 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 2. Sixth Sense Of the New Bali
Page 4. Turkish Airlines
Page 44. Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
Page 60. Tourism Terengganu
Page 66. Tasik Villa Resort
GAYA LUGGAGE & TRAVEL ACCESSORIES
Page 16. 5 Reasons to Love the American Tourister Curio 29″ Spinner!
Page 23. Starting at Zero: A JB Heritage and Food Trail Walkabout
GAYA DINE & CAFE
Page 32. My Own Bakes Cafe: No Fuss, Yet So Delicious
Page 34. Dato’ Seri Aminuddin bin Harun, Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan- Polishing Up Negeri Sembilan’s Tourism Potential
Page 40. Sabah: Beauty beneath the wind, more than meets the eye
Page 46. South East Turkey’s Mesopotamian Allure
Page 56. Costa neoRomantica Ports of Call – Where the Anchor Drops
Page 62. The Other Side of Muslim-Friendly Taiwan
Page 68. A Romantic Escapade from Japan to Taiwan
Page 72. The Quintessentially Charming Region of Southwest Germany
Page 82. Langkawi, the Year-Round Island of Attractions
Page 88. ETW9: Scouring Selangor’s Top Treats
Page 98. Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with Sedunia Travel
Page 106. Moyo Island: Travellers’ Next Awe-Inspiring Secret Hideout
Page 112. Solo Immersion
Page 116. Terengganu Now and Forever
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