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how to get from kuching to bangkok?

Posted by jaclynt on 8/6/2010 at 23:37

Hey! I'll be in Kuching for a week, and I have to fly into BKK on July 9. Skyscanner tells me the cheapest way to get there is to book two separate tickets with Air Asia: one from Kuching to KL, then from KL to BKK. Is a 2-hour connection in KL enough time to make it to my next flight?

Also, is it better to book now? Or should I wait until I get land in Malaysia on July 2...

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Posted by SBE on 9/6/2010 at 00:41

Two hours should be enough time and it's best to book ASAP...prices go up the closer you get to the date.

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Posted by busylizzy on 9/6/2010 at 03:35

Sorry SBE - but I think 2 hours is cutting it a bit fine, esp on Air Asia. Two hours may be OK *IF* the first flight is on time. Don't forget that Air Asia is a point-to-point airline (I think that's the term?!) which means you cannot check your luggage straight through from Kuching to BKK. You will need to collect your bags, then check-in for the second flight.

Two hours could be OK if the flight first flight is on time. But if it's not, and you miss your flight, you will lose your $. Still, it might be worth the risk rather than planning to stay a night at/near the airport.

My 2 cents...

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 9/6/2010 at 13:36 TF writer

2 hours should be OK... You need to check in for an AirAsia flight at least 45 minutes before departure, and there's no immigration/customs to clear arriving in KL from Kuching.

So, let's say (worst case scenario) that the flight is 45 min late... there's still about 30 minutes to collect any luggage and check-in again. If it's an option, try to travel with hand luggage only so you don't have to wait around to collect your bags...

Also, if you miss a flight or something goes wrong, there's the Air Asia Tune Hotel (cheap!!) right beside the budget terminal in Kuala Lumpur (where Air Asia operates from).

Or you could try comparing Kuching --> Singapore --> Bangkok (usually cheap too, also check JetStar.com) and see if connection times are better.

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