Kuala Lumpur and Bali

We decided to give the Far East another chance after our honeymoon there, this time we decided to again fly to Kuala Lumpur with Royal Jordanian, and rest the night and catch an Air Asia flight to get to Denpasar Airport, Bali. That relatively simple plan failed. The flight was relatively easy all the way to KLIA were a shuttle was supposed to pick us up. After an hour of waiting the shuttle needed all of 20 minutes to get to a rundown inn in a despicable area. I was lucky it had wireless which allowed me to contact my cousin and salvage the 12 hours we had in Kuala Lumpur.

The next morning a cab took us from my cousins place to the Low-cost Carrier Terminal where we caught out low-cost airline flight to the beautiful Island. The first impression of most of my visits anywhere starts from the airport, Bali was no different. I could tell that new investments weren’t forthcoming in Bali but that it is a popular destination for tourist from everywhere. Direct Flights from Amsterdam, Doha, Japan, New Zealand and Australia could be seen. Malaysia, China and Australia were heavily represented.

A 3,000 m runway was very scenic if you arrived in a good visibility day, I knew we were going to eat on a street parallel to the coast while we were 2,000 ft in the air. A highly efficient though extremely outdated single-level arrivals and departures reminded me of the design philosophy used in almost of the all 1970s and 1980s airports, beige colours and dropped ceilings prevailed to give that outdated feeling you get in Baghdad Airport or even in QAIA in 2012. The airport managed to handle 12 million pax per year at that time using its 17 gates to maximum efficiency. 

The short walk to where the hotel representative was waiting was only a prelude of a hectic drive to our hotel…

TBC…