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Kuala Lumpur - One Of The Best!  
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13242 posts, RR: 34
Posted (14 years 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2707 times:

I've just spent the last few days in KUL (not all at the airport!) and I have to say I find Kuala Lumpur one of the nicest airports I have ever visited. Here's a few points . . .

- The setting is beautiful - lush greenery, lots of attention given to landscaping and plants.
- Architecture is superb; lots of glass, bright and airy atmosphere
- Excellent hotel, very good value (particularly compared to HKG) and excellent views. I had room 908, which had superb views across the runway. Acft, even of 777 size, do need a 400mm lens, but great shots nonetheless.
- A fine viewing area. I thought, particularly having heard reports about spotters being arrested in BKK, that the Malaysians would not like photography, but there's no "no photography" stickers and no security people in the observation area, to warn people against it. Better still, arriving aircraft (in most cases) taxi right in front of the terminal (over a bridge, above the satellite link railway) on their way to the international area.
- Excellent shopping.
- One of a new chain of airport lounges has opened here (I'm here now!), equipped with email, internet etc.

How does it compare? I prefer it to HKG (not by much, but HKG should have a decent viewing area), it's on a par with Changi. It's deficiency is that the pace of traffic sometimes bears a strong resemblance of paint drying, yet also - like the many varieties of Crown paints - the colours look superb when they do appear. Overall: A+

(See trip report on that forum later on: I'm flying MH to HKG, on a 777. . . )

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User currently offlineSkystar From Australia, joined Jan 2000, 1363 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

The only problem with KLIA is its location - it's so far from KL!

A nice airport? Certainly.



User currently offlineAir Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1519 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2600 times:


User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2591 times:

Nothing to do with KLIA, but just wish to clarify Kaitak's comments about photographers being arrested in BKK.

Both photographers got into sticky situation because there weren't photographing from the designated observation areas.

Senil Gupta was at a location north of the airfield and also near to the military base.

A Japanese photographer - Aichi Ochima was arrested for photographing from the fourth floor of an unused building within Don Muang Airport. He got into trouble for having an airband radio.

I have just finished a weekend's photography from the observation deck, and saw at least two other photographers . . . none of us was arrested.

For any photographer intending to come out to BKK, do leave your airband radio at home.

KC Sim

User currently offlineOla From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2587 times:

It´s really nice airport. I´ve been there four times. It´s quite peaceful but very fine. I like that train which goes between domestic and international terminals.

User currently offlineSwiss-airplane From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2584 times:

Definitly KLIA is one of the best airports in the world. I was last year in Asia and travelled through Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong airport and the airport from Kuala Lumpuer was amazing and excellent. Hong Kong airport is also very nice, same as Singapore airport.
I love those asian airports and hope to come back to aisa soon.

User currently offlineFaisZ From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2584 times:

I've been there too. It's great aesthetically, especially the glass conical thing with all the trees but the monorail system is annoying and inefficient, especially when u come out from a flight and everybody is trying to squeeze in.

User currently offlineOla From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2533 times:

FaisZ-> I didn´t have that problem with monorail. Maybe it´s because it wasn´t a rush hour.

That garden was great!

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2520 times:

Incase you didnt know KLIA was voted the #2 best airport in Asia Smile

.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

FaisZ: They will upgrade the monorail to 3 coaches from the current two if there is a need for it. But now, it's only peak hours that the train are full, i.e. early morning and evening. In the afternoon, the airport is quite empty as there the flights that depart/arrive into Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon is mostly from Asia. But there are already some airline cutting their capacity into Kuala Lumpur already as the traffic is dropping, so you might not find that many people now.

About the distance from the city, it won't be that noticeable once the new rail link opens that will connect passengers into downtown Kuala Lumpur in less than one half hour if i am not mistaken. And furthermore, it's very cheap, about $10 USD one way. It's even cheaper than other major rail link like the Heathrow Express and Gatwick Express.

It had a really nice layout and it looks even better at night with the lighting! The only setback is there's not enough international airline flying into it. Most of the airlines operating into Kuala Lumpur are Asian airlines, so not really a good place to spot, if you are into it.


User currently offlineAdol From Malaysia, joined Jul 2001, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

The new rail link (ERL) sure cut a lot of time traveling from KLIA to KL centre. You can even check-in in the city terminal (called KL Sentral) provided that your are originating from XKL, not KUL. You still have to check-in in KLIA if your ticket mention KUL. The ride will be about 35 minutes. It maybe cheap for foreigner (RM35, less than USD $10 - USD $1 = RM3.80), but it is very expensive for a Malaysian (at least for me!). Airfare from my hometown Kuching - KCH is about RM272(normal)/RM192(tourist flight); the ride will cost me extra 12.9%/18.2% of my airfare! Still, it is cheaper to use budget limosines which cost you about RM66 per car that takes up 4 passengger. The ERL can be consider cheap if your are travelling alone. Sure KLIA is a very nice airport.

User currently offlineBoeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2468 times:

I have always wanted to visit Kuala Lumpier.

It looks very beautiful there.

User currently offlineBhtchuo From Malaysia, joined Nov 2001, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2455 times:

it is the best airport n the world. i've never been to the satelite building but the main terminal building is enough to judge them the best.
the best part its all its lighting is energy saving... where the use minimal bulb but can get the most light from it by using reflexion of the light.. next time u cam to kul.. do observe the lighting system.. u'll be amazed!
if u got time, u can go up to the departing level and go out to the entrance where u can watch air craft rotating and lift off.. and smell the diesel fuming the atmosphere

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

will be there again - arriving on MH7 in a weeks time!

User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2397 times:

Been there last month! And it was great, just that it was not many foreign carriers operating there! Hopefully, with the deregulation, more airlines will fly into KUL, or at least stay for those planning to leave!


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