We spent our first night in KL last night and it’s been heaps of fun so far.
We flew out of Coolangatta on the Gold Coast early Saturday morning, the quick turn north providing spectacular takeoff views of the entire Gold Coast coastline.
I have to admit that we weren’t expecting much from Air Asia X considering our flights were less than $350 return, but we were actually very impressed. The Airbus A330 was configured 2,4,2 so we got two seats to ourselves next to the window in the second row from the front (the front row, with more leg room, costs more).
We were suprised to note upon takeoff that the four middle seats next to us (front row, heaps of leg room) were empty so after takeoff I made myself comfortable on them. This meant Kitty had two seats to herself and I had four, and all of mine had no seats in front of them so I really could stretch out. Because of this, the eight and a half hour flight was a breeze, best long haul flight ever!
I slept for nearly two hours, watched a couple of movies on the personal video device we hired (MYR35, or about $11 for the entire flight) including Horton Hears A Who which was really good! The food wasn’t bad too, and it was cheap as it was in Malaysian Ringit.
KLIA-LCC to KLCC
We landed at KL International Airport Low Cost Carrier Terminal which is 20km further from the standard KLIA. We caught a cab for the 70km journey into the KL city centre (KLCC). It was hilarious to be in the back of a late seventies/early eighties four cylinder Datsun like cab driving down the tollway doing 130 kmph when the speed limit sign says 90 kmph. Plus I don’t think the cabbie indicated once, and I couldn’t count the number of times he drove across two lanes.
Traders Hotel KLCC
The hotel we booked is amazing, definitely the best I have ever stayed in. We got upgraded to a suite, which means it has separate living areas and a massive, massive bathroom stacked with a huge amount of products. First time I have seen a bidet too. We look out onto a massive park with a swimming lagoon and straight at the Petronas Towers.
The view at night was amazing. Lots of people told us to go to the SkyBar in Traders because of the view, but from our room it was just as good.
Fish Spa at Pavillion
We went for a walk to the Pavillion shopping centre which is very new and modern, but quite sterile. The food court on level one was amazing because they have just about every type of cuisine to choose from. I didn’t come to Malaysia not to eat Malaysian so I order chicken satay sticks with fried rice which were very yummy. After we ate we went to the fifth floor to the Kenko fish spa.
Basically they have large tanks of Turkish fish that you dip your legs into and they nibble off your dead skin. We didn’t know there were two different tanks, small fish and big huge fish, so we accidentally started on huge fish. It’s a very strange sensation, not entirely pleasant, but unique. All the promotional material showed a few fish nibbling, but in reality there wasn’t much surface area without a fish.
After a few minutes of discomfort you almost forget that they are there, unless you are Kitty and insanely ticklish to last more than a minute. I spent about 30 minutes having my legs nibbled and I can honestly say they feel smoother and cleaner. Weird.
Malaysian Curry for Breakfast
The hotel offers breakfast as part of the room rate. Just like the room is the best room ever, I think that the breakfast was probably best ever. They offered so much variety it was astounding. I tried lots of different things (pastries, omlettes, fruit juice) but my favourite was Malaysian curry with chicken and potatoe. I don’t think I have eaten curry for breakfast before, but it was definitely a really good thing.
Langkawi here we come
We fly to Langkawi this afternoon which means another potential dodgy cab ride to the KLIA-LCC again. Woohoo.