Gaya Travel Magazine Issue 16.1

Gaya Travel Magazine Issue 16.1

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Issue 16.1 – Can’t Wait to Travel Again!

We can’t wait to get the chance to fly across the seas again, even if it means to only visit Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan unhindered, all located on Malaysian Borneo.

We can’t wait to get the chance to fly across the seas again, even if it means to only visit Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan unhindered, all located on Malaysian Borneo.

After over one year of having our travelling restricted to only domestic destinations due to the movement control order (MCO) and the closure of borders as a way to contain the spread of COVID-19, Gaya Travel team members are now itching to travel far and wide again, especially when many governments throughout the world have begun inoculating their citizens. All of us have already signed up to get vaccinated (just so that we can travel again) and are currently waiting for our turn, which might be any time between May 2021 and February 2022 (let’s pray we don’t have to wait THAT long). We can’t wait to get the chance to fly across the seas again, even if it means to only visit Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan unhindered, all located on Malaysian Borneo. And we can’t wait to travel internationally too, especially to the countries neighbouring Malaysia, which we love to explore to break the monotony of our daily lives. Truth be told, it feels like it has been ages since we last set foot there…

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But don’t get us wrong – we are always grateful for the chance to uncover inspiring destinations and attractions within Peninsular Malaysia that we would otherwise have overlooked, if it weren’t for the border closure. Since we are based in Klang Valley, we are lucky that the surrounding state of Selangor – despite its developed status – is still home to serene traditional villages inhabited by artisans who produce unique crafts and items (page 62), including entrancing cultural performances (page 72). On the same note, Perak – the state adjacent to Selangor – offers immersive experiences when travellers discover Lenggong, Gerik and Belum (page 34), Teluk Intan (page 42), and Taiping (page 88). Travellers who have a penchant for beaches, laidback lifestyle, traditions and craftsmanship will find Terengganu (page 52) mesmerising, while those who prefer paths less travelled can start jotting the underrated Perlis – Malaysia’s smallest state – in their bucket list (page 80). If you were seeking for ideas on how to savour an aspect of Sabah, the article on Sutera Sanctuary Lodges Kinabalu Park (page 129) might help. In short, there remains much to see in Malaysia, therefore it is best for travellers who are stuck within its borders to take advantage by learning more about this wondrous country that leaves us all the better for it, experience-wise and emotional-wise. Be sure to continue following Gaya Travel for more updates on what to see and do in Malaysia, besides other destinations, in our printed issues and social media platforms.

See you next time. Stay safe and healthy everybody!

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Gaya Travel Magazine Issue 16.1
Gaya Travel Magazine Issue 16.1

Cover illustration by: Mohd Asyraff Bin Abd Rajak
Photo by: Azreen Yunus (#RINDUSABAH Photo Contest Winner)

DEPARTMENTS
Page 14. Editorial Jottings

GAYA SPECIAL FEATURE
Page 30. 10 On 10 With Islamic Tourism Centre
Page 86. The Philosophy Behind Terengganu Woodcarvings
Page 96. Let’s Explore The Extraordinary Kelantan
Page 98. Top Places To Visit In Johor
Page 106. 9 Must-Do In Seremban
Page 108. 9 Must-Visit Selangor’s New Tourism Attractions In 2021
Page 114. 10 Activities To Do For A Fun Trip in Kenyir
Page 120. Administratively Beautiful Putrajaya
Page 125. #RinduSabah

GAYA TRAVELLER
Page 21. The Little Things We Miss…

DESTINATIONS
Page 34. Itinerary For The Adventurous: Lenggong, Gerik, & Royal Belum
Page 42. Trip to Teluk Intan & Bagan Datuk with Tourism Perak
Page 52. Terengganu: Of Beaches And Beyond
Page 62. ‘Kita Ke Kampung’ 3.0: Celebrating Handicraft Heroes
Page 72. Rentak Selangor 5.0: Combing The Threads Of Selangor’s Musical Cultures
Page 80. Perlis: Small State, Big Experience
Page 88. Taiping, A Town With Everlasting Heritage Gems

GAYA DINE & CAFE
Page 108. Kafe Kleptokrat: The Epitome of Resilience

HOTELS & RESORTS
Page 108. Sutera Sanctuary Lodges Kinabalu Park

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