i'm flying to cambodia, on the 22/05/12; i have a 7 hour layover in kuala lumpur... ...and then another one, for 8 hours, on my way back to london, on 05/06/12... ... ... i was hoping someone could give me some ideas of what to do, while i'm there?
#1 TravellerX has been a member since 26/4/2012. Posts: 6
I wouldn't bother going into town, not worth the hassle and you don't really have enough time. You'll be jet lagged and tired after your long flight from London. I presume you're using Air Asia to get to Cambodia? Better to book a room at the Tune Hotel (within walking distance from the LCCT where Air Asia leaves from) so you can have a shower and get some sleep. Or sleep and shower at the Transit Hotel at KLIA (the International airport where you'll be arriving) and then head over to the LCCT. You'll be able to get on with your holiday in Cambodia sooner than you would if you arrive totally knackered.
On the way back you've theoretically got an hour longer but Air Asia flights are often delayed. You 'll have to change terminals both times you're in KL and that takes 35 minutes on a bus. (Buses leave every 20 minutes so it could take almost an hour to travel between terminals if you just miss one) Then there's check in queues, immigration, collecting bags etc. All that takes time and you'll have luggage with you.
Anyway, on the way back you could use the transit hotel at KLIA and either sleep there or just use the gym, sauna and shower. There's a massage place at KLIA too and some airlines like Emirates have lounges for their customers.
I was in a similar position last year with about 8 hours to kill, and given that I was arriving on an overnight flight, I figured I would want to crash out in Tunes to get a good sleep. However I latched onto the idea of going in to nearby Putrajaya, as suggested by another TF'er - and was glad that I did.
Putrajaya is an administration town with interesting architecture, a beautiful mosque worth visiting, and a pretty decent food hall. You can get there easily by getting a bus/train to the local train station then a taxi for a quick ride into the main town. There is a luggage place at LCCT airport where you can leave your bags... it's just outside the door and to the right as you exit the immigration area into the public area.
I posted some useful info previously here: http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/malaysia/16842_alternatives-to-kl-for-24hr-layover
As SBE points out, you will need to plan your time carefully to allow plenty of time to get back to the airport to check in etc before your next flight - and it's only going to work if your incoming flights are on time. I had everything well researched and printed out (in terms of costs, luggage storage location, and bus/timetables). I think I had about 4 hours in the central town/mosque area which was a nice little excursion. If you're not coming in/out of LCCT you can probably do it from KLIA as well, but I'm not sure of logistics/times.
Something to consider. Of course, a sleep and shower is also good!
Thanks SBE and BusyLizzy,
I appreciate what both of you have told me ... ... ... ... ...I'll be flying with malaysia airlines, into and out of terminal M. From what you've said here, and what I read on the other feed, I guess Putrajaya is probably my best bet... ... ...but perhaps I should, heed your advice and, choose to go there on my way back to London because I'm sure that more than 12hours, in economy class, will be very exhausting... ... ...this will be my very first trip outside of Europe and I'm looking forward to it so, so much!!!
I think it's going to be a life changing experience, for sure... ... ... ... ... ... ...I've packed myself a survival kit (for a worst case scenario situation), and I've also been planning to take a bowie knife (with an eight inch blade), because on other camping expeditions it has been an invaluable tool... ... ...I've checked that I can have it on board the aircraft (in my checked-in luggage) and I am allowed; however I was wondering if you might know if there is any restrictions, which might prohibit me from having it with me, inside Cambodia and/or Malaysia. obviously, as I have said, the purpose of having it is for various valid reasons, while I'm camping and trekking in rural areas etc. I'm under no illusion that it'd be ok to have it strapped to my waist, while I'm in Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Phen or other town areas.
#4 TravellerX has been a member since 26/4/2012. Posts: 6
Ah, I didn't realize you were flying all the way to Cambodia on Malaysia airlines. In that case they should be checking your luggage all the way through to final destination so you won't have to worry about that and you won't have to change terminals either. Might be worth checking with Malaysia airlines to see if they offer any free/reduced price transit facilities for economy passengers with very long layovers seeing as KLIA is their main hub. No guarantees that they do as most airlines are busy trying to cut costs these days, but worth a phone call. You should have plenty of time to check out Lizzy's good suggestion too on the way back.
Re the survival kit and an 8 inch blade knife. What's in the "survival kit" and why do you reckon that great big knife will be useful?
Rule #1 in backpacking is to travel light and eliminate any useless excess weight....and that's useless excess weight IMO, especially for just two weeks in Cambodia.
I'm female, old enough to be a grandmother (sigh), and I regularly travel to SE Asia for months on end, usually all on my own, and very often to remote places where you don't see another tourist for weeks on end. I have camped, hiked mountains and trekked jungles and cannot recall ever thinking: "Darn I wish I'd brought a survival kit and an 8 inch blade with me". I find a compact swiss knife comes in quite handy though .... mainly to open bottles of beer but I sometimes use the blade to peel mangos or cut bits of string too.