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My side trip to Kuching was originally a round trip SIN-KCH-SIN in MH J. About a month before the trip MH sent a schedule update that rerouted the trip as SIN-KUL-KCH-SIN with a 4 hour layover in KUL. No thanks. The ticket was booked with Avios so I rang BA and they, of course, dropped the SIN-KUL-KCH leg and refunded some money and Avios and there was no charge for the change. I bought a $45 Air Asia Y ticket and the schedule was right again.
I arrived at KCH around 9:00. Turns out it's a compact airport and not very busy so I could have come closer to departure time.
There was no wait for a boarding pass or security and immigration.
To access the lounge is a bit of an odd procedure as I guess it's in the domestic side of the terminal. At fist I could see it but it was partitioned by glass and I could not access that area. After asking an airport staff I was directed to a glass door where I was allowed to pass to the other side. Interesting.
The lounge is basically on large room. It's a bit run down and could use a refresh in the style of the KUL lounges.
Food and beverage are at the back of the room.
Guests can order hot sandwiches from the staff.
Restrooms and showers.
Staying out of the hot sun.
The aircraft to SIN.
Boarding was announced in the lounge and I proceeded to the gate.
I selected 4A. I like the last row when possible as I like to observe the goings on in he cabin. The seat is a plush recliner akin to US domestic F a decade ago. There is a leg rest however I don't think it adds much value. A pillow and blanket were on each seat.
Decent pitch, certainly superior to US domestic F.
Leg rest and recline controls and leg rest.
Ahhh, air vents…
The cabin was 11/16.
Lots of glare on the IFE screen.
I enjoyed some water and a cold towel before departure. There were two juice options as well. Seat 4B remained empty so I had direct aisle access.
Pushing back slightly ahead of schedule.
It's a short taxi to the single runway.
The nose of the aircraft has already arrived in Singapore! It's a straight route.
Out over the South China Sea.
[div]Servie starts very quickly on this 60 min. flight. There were 3 choices of hot lunch. On a 60 minute flight! I was really surprised. The choices consisted of spicy chicken with rice, seafood noodle, or fish with potato. [/div]
Base tray with garlic bread.
The cake and salad are covered in plastic wrap so there is a glare.
Some water and tea to drink.
Unfortunately the seafood noodle didn't appear very appetizing. I only managed a bite or two.
Tiny F lav.
Short final to Changi.
[div]My home for the one night stay was the Hilton Kuching. The hotel is right on the Sarawak River with lovely views. Another Suite upgrade on a one night stay. The Hilton isn't quite as posh as the Conrad but the spacious room is always appreciated.[/div]
I was out the door on walk about as fast as I was able. It was really hot and steamy in KCH during my visit. Noticeably more than Singapore. It's a beautiful walk on the river.
Stopped for some satay and a beer. It was pork, surprisingly.
I has a pleasant time walking aimlessly.
Beautiful mosque built over the river.
An excellent pedestrian bridge over the river to the State of Sarawak legislative assembly house.
When you are in Kuching you must enjoy the kolo mee.
Sunset from hotel room.
BBQ seafood dinner a short walk from the Hilton.
Bitcoin accepted here amused me.
I opted for some midin, a wild fern and Sarawak delicacy, and some razor clams.
Light show in front of the State House.
I wasn't about to leave without a taste of Sarawak Laksa. I was up early and skipped the Hilton breakfast for a Laksa walk. I had trouble finding a place that was open and had to settle for my second choice.
So very worth the foot mileage. The sour, spicy, fishy, soup is so unique and a joy to experience.
The Ground Service: Quick check in and boarding pass. No luggage to check. In fact I left my main bag in Singapore and took only a backpack to Kuching.
The Lounge: While in need of some modernizing it's a rather well equipped lounge.
The Cabin: Comfortable seat with good pitch. Excellent for a one hour flight. They use these on some flights approaching 6 hours, including red eyes. No thanks there.
The Crew: Perfectly fine crew. They have so much to do in so little time I was impressed with how well the pull off the service.
The Food and Beverage: A one hour flight with a choice of 3 hot main dishes. I was impressed with the selection however the quality left something to be desired.
Overall: A good flight experience and a great use of BA Avios.