Don Muang Airport, Bangkok, Thailand, April 2016. Bus 555 has a little aircraft logo so I’ll flag it down and jump on. 20 minutes and 30p to the airport which is just a few miles along the main highway out of Chatuchuck but traffic is heavy, yes, even at 10 am on a Sunday morning!
I’ve been here a few times now – the coffee is awful, the food expensive and the place is insanely busy with Chinese tourists. Only 1 out of the 4 Air Asia self-checking Kiosks is actually working but once into the departure lounges all seems to calm down. yes, the Chinese intently looking out across the airfield then proceed to take a selfie – well, if keeps them quiet!
Air Asia again, back to Kuala Lumpur for a night stop then its off to the Philippines for 3 1/2 weeks. So, lets just sit back and enjoy the last remnants of Thailand slipping away some 30,000 feet below. Oh, don’t hose Islands look inviting, maybe next year.
Landing at Kuala Lumpur then, on time for once and happily in one piece! Once through the formalitles I’ll make my way by bus to Brickfields, downtown Kuala Lumpur. Here’s an excerpt from the last stopover just over a week ago.
“Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, April 2016. I’m often in transit when in Kuala Lumpur so to decrease my workload I’ll simply re-blog the text from a transit stop earlier in the month.
“When I’m in transit I’ll stay at either Tune hotel downtown or bunk down in Brickfields, also known as Little India, but it’s nothing like Mumbai or Delhi. Another option is the Tune hotel at the airport but its going to blow that backpacker budget all the way back to England!
There’s a bus about every 20 minutes from the airport to downtown Kuala Lumpur leaving from the bus station on the bottom level – just follow the transport signs. At the bus station there is a row of ticketing booths – 11 Malaysian Ringgit to KL Sentral, the city’s prime public transport hub and shopping mall. The bus’s are comfortable, modern and fast taking just 1 hour to downtown”.
Brickfields is lively, exciting and colourful and makes an ideal stopover when jetting around Southeast Asia. Good hotels and excellent cheap food in abundance, all easy to find. Malaysia of course is renowned world over for its diverse foods and cultures. Personally, when I’m here in Brickfields I like to feast on some rather tasty Indian cuisine.
A quick rundown on the cost of a Brickfields stopover: Bus from Airport £1.93, large curry meal from Jaya 88p, Single room Pods Backpackers £11.45, bus back to airport £1.93. Oh, I forgot to add tea, 28p for Tessi Kassong from Jaya”