Malaysia -Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia Flight D7 196

Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, Sepang, Malaysia June 2016. Another Air Asia flight today, this time an extra long flight to Kathmandu. Air Asia X operates the wide body Airbus fleet from KLIA2 and today”s flight at 5.30 PM is on their Airbus A330 aircraft. I’ve taken this flight several times now, a flight usually full. Full of migrant workers mostly with a few tourists to make up the numbers!.

So, another hour long ride on the Skybus from KL Sentral to the KLIA2 transport hub for 11 ringit, about £1.83. A pleasant journey in the carpeted, air conditioned bus on a hot and sunny afternoon. A little time then to reflect on the facts and figures of a Brickfields stopover:

Sleep: Pods backpackers Brickfields, 65 ringitt, £10.83 per night Pod room, 20 Ringitt Key deposit.

Eat: Jaya canteen opposite PODs Backpackers, Brickfields. Indian cuisine with veggie meals around £1.10 with tea, meat meals around £1.70  -good size portions.

Free Sightseeing: Walk around Brickfields and savoir the culture and cuisine of Little India.

Cheap Sightseeing: Ride around on the elevated transport systems to get breathtaking views of the city. Only pay for the next station along but return to your origin. Average price 25p.

Total Brickfields Stopover cost comes in at around £25 for the 2 nights, no alcohol.

Now its time to board D7 196 at gate Q4. But wait, somethings amiss here, the usually crowded waiting lounge is deserted! Yes, a heart sinking eerie silence as I try to figure out where its all gone wrong! Oh the gate is actually Q8, much further along and yes, there are crowds of Nepali migrants, in loose formation trying to cram through the narrow door into the departure lounge. 4 hours to Kathmandu as the sun begins to set. Routing up towards Penang and Langkawi then over towards Bangladesh and then Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal.


Here’s a look at Penang and Langkawi from 30,000 feet.


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