After a rather short (too short) visit in Kuala Lumpur, the honeymoon was already reaching its end, I was sad to leave Asia. As my first time this far East, I can only say that Asia is under rated to the max, and those who don't want to go there are missing out their life big time. I cannot wait to go back and visit other countries, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, so many possibilities!!
The good news was that I Still had 3 flights to look forward to, and most importantly a return flight on my new favorite airline, in comfort class, thanks to 007, my mentor :-D And also one last night in HK + almost one full day there
We did not have the time to get acquainted well enough with KL so we decided to not take any chances and take a taxi but I was afraid of getting ripped off. The day before I had posted a message on Trip Advisor and someone gave me number for this taxi driver; I called and booked. I can say at this point in time that I was extremely grateful for such websites, not only did I get a great deal (75 RM to LCCT), but I got to meet one of the nicest, oddest; funniest and most talkative woman in my life. This drivers was in her sixties and I had never seen so much commitment in my life to such a job. Se was truly a blessing and I can only recommend you book with her if you need a taxi in KL, just contact me and I'll give you her number.
We arrived at the airport about 90 minutes before the flight. Lots of people already there.
Air Asia is the predominant carrier here and it shows, check in was seamless and our bags were tagged to Hong-Kong, we had a bit of time so we headed to McDonald's for lunch
Our flight left from the domestic terminal for some reason
I guess McDonald's is popular everywhere
I won't bore you with a picture of our selection :) We had to hurry abit as it seemed Air Asia is nothing like Cebu Pacific in the sense that their flights tend to leave on time, if not early!
Our boarding passes. Interestingly enough these were printed back in Panglao Island in the Philippines, we were a long ways from there now!
AK Territory and it shows, since they only operate 1 type of aircraft I guess differentiating the liveries was necessary
Malay is definitely an interesting language
Sweet a 747!
Here's our bird to HK!
Last few seconds on Malay soil :(
Front row seats again for a small premium, the flight would be about 70% full
Cabin filling up
We were all on board by 16:20, the doors closed and we pushed back ahead of schedule
KLIA control tower
First time my eyes lay upon an EK A380, albeit a bit distant!
The other side of the apron is Malaysian land :)
Some cargo ships
The ground looks interesting
Does anyone know if this is KL? I couldn't tell but it looked like a large suburban area so I presumed so
The captain came on to make an annoucement, in Malay first and then in English; he sounded much more normal than our 5J friend :-P
As we had lunch not long ago, and I had preordered some food on board, I Asked the FA if we could have our food later to which she responded absolutely with a big smile, sweet!
Here's what AK offers for in flight purchase. In my opinion the prices were pretty reasonable
I enjoyed looking out the window seeing the clouds pass by
The population demographic on board was mainly Asian. And right behind us were sitting 3 ladies in their 50's, who ummm seemed to have runny noses. But never did they handle the problem, except by sniffing. So for 2 hours we got to listen to each one in turn go snifffffff with a nose so full, it was really disgusting :( At some point they pressed the call button to hail the FA''s; me and my wife were thinking that FINALLY they would be asking for tissues to blow their noses, NOPE, they just wanted some water… So we got fed up and noticed that some rows behind us were empty so we packed our stuff and made our way to the middle of the bus
I remember one member on here mentioning hot FA's were keeping an eye on passengers trying to scoop a premium seat without having paid for it, I don't know if they knew we had paid or not but no one came to tell us off when we moved. At the same time I was surprised no one snagged those seats so it could very well be true, I just didn't notice it. Are they legally allowed to tell you to vacate a premium seat? I mean on an all economy fleet, I'm not sure how they could enforce this.
Second Pitch shot
I do like AK's choice in colors for the cabin
Eventually we moved to the EE rows
Seat pitch mildly better
Pretty Asia FA's ^^
Eventually it got dark and as the flight was progressing well we decided it was time to have dinner, I had selected 3 meals, chicken satay, byriani and Asia fried rice. Each meal came with a 100ml pack of water which I found to be on the small side :/
Satay Close up
Asian fried rice
Both the chicken satay and byriani were delicious, I tasted both and I really loved the flavors, the chicken was moist and the dishes were nice and spicy. Kudos to Air Asia for these awesome selections. The Asian Fried Rice however wasn't very good, the chicken was dry and the rice had a nasty fishing smell/taste, no good. Since we were just 2 of us I will be giving the final catering grade on the score of 2 of these 3 options.
While we were eating we encountered some rather severe turbulence (why does it always happen when I am eating…) and the flight remained turbulent as we approached a very stormy Hong-Kong
Apologies for the blurry photos, it was pitch black on approach
We park next to a Dragonnair A330
And there it was, 23 days later, we were back in Hong-Kong, after a triangular route across SE Asia. I was happy to be back in HK, but sad to be leaving next day.
Good old bus E11 direct to Wan Chai and the JJ hotel at Lucky Centre (Again, excellent value, cannot recommend this hotel enough)
Kuala Lumpur - KUL
Hong Kong - HKG
Air Asia was a very pleasant surprise, everything about this airline works. It's no frills so you get what you pay for. I found the staff to be very nice, efficient and professional; service with a smile and beyond. The planes are well maintained. The seats are ok, obviously for a 3.5 hour flight it's long in economy but the Exit Rows add some comfort.
Catering to me was a winner; best food I've had on a low cost and surpasses most food I've had in economy to date (except for TK)
KUL LCCT is an ok airport to transit by; there isn't much to do but the selection of places to eat is quite good.
It's always a pleasure to transit through HKG. That airport is a masterpiece, a real success.
Thanks for reading and I'll see you on board TK for our flight home as we bid our final farewells to the beautiful South East Asian world.
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