Located thirty-five kilometres east of Bali lies the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara province, which is an accessible-yet-not-crowded piece of heaven, wooing travellers near and far to its gorgeous sandy beaches with luminous blue waters, majestic Mount Rinjani, unique local culture and crafts.
Founded by the charismatic Bapak Ben Subrata and led by his sprightly daughter who is also the group director Emily Subrata, Sudamala Resorts comprising Sudamala Suites & Villas Senggigi in Lombok and Sudamala Suites & Villas Sanur in Bali focus on elements that are essential, leaving guests totally rejuvenated, refreshed and inspired.
The past few months have been hectic for us, as we had been heavily involved in large scale programmes such as the Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia to Central Sarawak, Kembara Kraf Selangor 2013, Malaysia Tourism Hunt (MTH) 2013, all of which are covered within the pages of this issue. Speaking of MTH, which is Tourism Malaysia’s laudable effort, it encourages international tourists to drive around Malaysia on their own and take advantage of the country’s good road systems to know more about the destinations and people. We therefore invite all travellers coming into Malaysia to consider renting a decent car (equipped with navigation system of course) and begin exploring the country independently and flexibly, allowing them to uncover more interesting facets of Malaysia along the way.
Beginning from this issue, Gaya Travel has increased its number of pages up to 176, meaning that we have more space to bring you more stories relating to travel and tourism. This issue also focuses mainly on Malaysia’s charming locations: Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Terengganu, Sarawak and Sabah, all possesing excellent offerings to travellers. Readers are welcomed to check out the various places, types of foods and accomodations that are listed in the articles such as Gaya Travel’s Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia (KCC1M) programme for Melaka and Terengganu, Discover Perak and Jom Jelajah Koperasi 2013 Selangor. We also boast on the world class events such as Borneo Jazz Festival 2013 in Miri, Rainforest Music Festival 2013 in Kuching, Sarawak and Sabah Festival 2013 in Kota Kinabalu which promise unique experience to travellers. But we do not stop there – we also feature Taiwan, Busan (South Korea) and Bangkok (Thailand) so that readers’ travel ideas will not be limited. – Jeremy Khalil, Editor. email@example.com
In this issue, Gaya Travel invites readers to check out three exotic and charming locations, Lombok in Indonesia, Kathmandu in Nepal and Vientiane in Laos. Considerably close to Malaysia and Singapore, both destinations – known for their laidback pace, stunning landscapes and intriguing cultures – will surely delight those who seek escapades that are relaxing yet enriching.
“Lombok was not as famous as Bali and nobody had faith in Lombok like I did,” Stephan Servin, the General Manager of The Santosa Villas and Resort in Lombok, Indonesia, who is also the Chairman of Lombok Hotels Association, said to me about the island just next to Bali called Lombok, part of the Nusa Tenggara Barat province.