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Topic: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2008-07-19 02:26:51 and read 16102 times.

Low Fares, Lovely Island: Air Asia & The Best of Langkawi




Intro
Air Asia short-haul flying in Malaysia and Pulau Langkawi are featured in my latest report. Again, the focus is not just on the flights, but also on the destination - therefore I have included a wide range of pictures from that lovely place in the Andaman Sea.
All those who are interested in the background of the whole trip and the FRA-KUL-FRA flights on Malaysia Airlines' 777s simply need to click here:
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/128819/



Sunday, 15 June 2008
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Langkawi (LGK)
Air Asia, AK6304
11:25-12:25 (11:25-12:21)
Flying time: 00:56 (hrs)

Airbus A320-216
9M-AFI (MSN 2842), delivered in 07/2006
Seat 30E



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Check-in = Counter Guessing
Transferring from the main terminal to the low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) after our arrival wasn't a big deal. Signs showed the way to a bus stop and some drivers kindly told us which bus to take. After carrying our heavy luggage into an old bus and paying 1,50 Ringgit (= 0,30 Euro) we started the journey all around the airport to the LCCT.


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The building itself doesn't look very attractive in comparison but in general it's not as bad as often described. While the departure area was very crowded, there were enough empty seats in the arrivals hall. The area is air-conditioned and there are shops and a restaurant. So we killed some more time until returning to the check-in area again. There was a screen which showed all destinations and the respective counters. However, even some 90 minutes prior to departure it was still unclear where to check-in. Counters for nearly all other flights were displayed, ours was missing.
So we walked by the counters again and again, those showing all kinds of destinations, but not Langkawi. Finally we discovered two counters without displays and yes, we guessed correctly. A friendly agent soon handed out the "receipts" and added Xpress Boarding stickers to them. Our luggage weighed some 31 kilo in total, but they didn't charge anything (15 kilo per suitcase is the limit; luggage fee is 10 Ringgit per extra kilo).

Avoiding the Boarding Rush
We passed security quickly and sat down in the gate area which is not much different from what you find at European airports. After reading reports about the allegedly chaotic boarding on Air Asia flights we had opted for Xpress Boarding (10 Ringgit = 2 Euro per leg). I was glad about that when I watched people boarding at the adjacent gate. As soon as Air Asia staff showed up, almost all people jumped up and formed a long queue. Then boarding was started and even some people standing somewhere up front pushed and shoved - can that be real? There are 180 seats on the A320, is it such a drama to have maybe ten others in front?

Anyway, some time later we were asked to stand in a small Xpress Boarding queue at our gate and then could walk to the aircraft without being pushed by a crowd. The aircraft was 9M-AFI, a 2006 model.






Cabin Comfort & Seating
Ground staff on the way to the aircraft and FAs at the door welcomed us with a smile. The clean cabin was equipped with black leather seats - as usual we took the second last row.



The slim seats were quite comfortable...



...but pitch was rather limited. However, it wasn't worse than on certain European LCCs.




Boarding was completed soon due to a load factor of only some 50 per cent. Yemenia A332 and Gulf Air A343 parked at the main terminal:



Takeoff into grey skies...



...some minutes later it looked slightly better:




Nasi Lemak - Air Asia Style
The FAs in their tight red dresses soon started selling food, drinks and merchandise. When I had booked the flights in February I hadn't only added Xpress Boarding but also Nasi Lemak, a traditional Malaysian dish available for 7 Ringgit. Actually I just wanted to see what meals on AK would be like. Well, some 20 minutes of the flight had passed and I wasn't sure how the pre-ordered meals would be distributed. There hadn't been any announcements so I finally asked an FA and showed her my receipt with a kind of meal code. She just nodded and two minutes later I had the mouth-watering Nasi Lemak on my table, served in an exclusive carton bowl...

Ok, this is how it looks like in Air Asia's Snack Attack menu card. Delicious, right?



...and here is what I actually got.



I must admit I wasn't happy about seeing that bowl, and my girlfriend wasn't either. But if you believe it or not, it didn't taste as bad as it looked. The rice and the pieces of meat were ok, the peanuts were a nice addition. However, I haven't been able yet to identify these thin beige and partly silver pieces - probably pieces of fish? That stuff was a bit tasteless and quite dry. Anyway, I had to hurry with eating because we had already begun the descent. In the end the "Mission Nasi Lemak" had been accomplished when we just passed Penang:




The weather forecast hadn't been great for the next days, with thunderstorms and rain mentioned frequently, but it didn't look too bad when we passed the first islands...





This is the famous Pantai Cenang Beach...



...with our hotel, Casa del Mar, hidden between palms on the very right:



Only few moments to go:



Welcome to Langkawi...





Langkawi was accorded World Geopark status in June 2007 - actually the first Unesco National Geopark in South-East Asia.



MD-80s are quite rare at LGK...



15 minutes after disembarking we grabbed our luggage in the small, but modern arrivals hall and followed the waiting chauffeur to his car.


Lovely Langkawi...
We soon realized that Langkawi is a fantastic place to spend a holiday - you get a pretty landscape, beautiful white beaches, clean water, lots of sun and very friendly people. You can also choose from a long list of activities (nature tours, water sports) and not to forget - prices in general are reasonable.
There's also a variety of nice hotels, but some of those are quite expensive. We picked the Casa del Mar located at Pantai Cenang Beach - rated number one out of 55 Langkawi hotels on TripAdvisor. It's not cheap, but not as pricey as some of the chain hotels on the island. Location, facilities, service, food and staff were great - actually we didn't find anything to complain.

This is a part of Pantai Cenang Beach:



Nice pavilion on the hotel ground, just a few meters from our room:



Sit down and relax...



Hotel pool area and main building in the morning:



The Common Myna is, as the name says, a common bird on Langkawi. They walk elegantly, their song includes croaks, squawks, chirps, clicks and whistles - and they were really interested in our breakfast every morning...




On the second day we decided to book a dinner cruise around the archipelago. On a schooner with only about 20 people on board you can enjoy the scenery...







...drinks and barbecue are included.




Langkawi is famous for beautiful sunsets...



Evening sky with ever-changing colors:




Another Langkawi speciality we can recommend is a mangrove boat tour (or a kayak tour, for those who like it). Starting point:



We booked a tour by Devs Adventures - we were only four tourists plus tour guide and boater which means we could ask many questions and learnt a lot about Langkawi's flora and fauna.



We also met some wild monkeys while walking to a bat cave - and you really need to watch your stuff. One monkey grabbed a woman's (orange) flashlight and fled onto a tree, but our tour guide reacted quickly, jumped onto that tree almost like Tarzan and shook it until the monkey threw back the flashlight...



Well-camouflaged...and still a baby, according to our guide...



Big, but not as dangerous as some of its conspecifics: a brown jellyfish.



These are wild eagles hunting fishes. There are different theories on the origin of the name Langkawi. One suggests it’s a combination of "Lang" and "Kawi": "Lang" comes from the Malay word “helang” which means eagle. In the past, innumerable eagles used to live on the island. "Kawi" is Sanskrit for marble, which is found in excess in this part of Malaysia. Both words formed "Helangkawi" which ultimately became Langkawi.



Ever wanted to feed a stingray? That's possible at a fish farm in the mangroves.



Nice trail into the mangrove jungle:




Over 5000 fishes and other marine life, presented in more than 117 specially designed tanks, can be seen in the Underwater World Langkawi. Examples are sea dragons...



...and sea urchins:




Definitely a must at Langkawi: the cable car ride to the top of Gunung Mat Chincang, Langkawi's second highest peak.



The cars climb at an angle of 42° to the Middle Station at 650 meters above sea level. Views of surrounding green forests, the Telaga Tujuh Waterfall, the sea and the part of the 99 islands are indeed breathtaking.



View through a layer of clouds from a Middle Station platform. Our beach section is visible right in the middle:



View of the Top Station at 709 meters above sea level, equipped with two viewing platforms and a walkway to a 125 meters long suspension bridge.



The suspension bridge crosses a deep chasm and links the Top Station to the Machincang mountain range.



Views from the Top Station's main building...



...and one of the platforms. Lovely scenery...




There are many nice restaurants at Langkawi, but the best place to have dinner was our hotel's palm garden at the beach front. One evening we tried the table barbecue...



...which is an amazing experience during sunset.



On the last morning at Langkawi we concluded that time had passed too quickly - six days weren't enough. No doubt, our next stay will be longer...



Saturday, 21 June 2008
Langkawi (LGK) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Air Asia, AK6303
11:45-12:45 (11:30-12:26)
Flying time: 00:56 (hrs)

Airbus A320-216
9M-AFZ (MSN 3201), delivered in 08/2007
Seat 30A



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Back to Reality: The Loud Crowd
Check-in in LGK's modern terminal building was fast and efficient. However, we had to pay 30 Ringgit because our suitcases were 3 kilos overweight. The check-in hall with numerous shops and restaurants:



Passing security was only a matter of a few minutes and we took a seat in the gate area. Spotting possibilities were very limited - there was just one Silk Air A319 movement prior to the arrival of our aircraft. Just when the first Air Asia agents showed up, many people queued up immediately. Again, we were glad about choosing Xpress Boarding. The aircraft was 9M-AFZ today, a 2007 model.





Friendly FAs welcomed us on board and we walked through a dense vapor streaming out of the air conditioning system:





Shortly after we had taken our seats in row 30, "the crowd" stormed into the cabin. We had the pleasure to be immediately surrounded by a group of about ten pax. They didn't just chat and laugh annoyingly loudly, but also carried a large number of plastic bags and other stuff - which they had to somehow store in the overhead bins. I'm not sure about the dimensions and weight of all these bags, but you have to wonder whether AK inspects hand luggage as carefully as checked luggage...


Goodbye, Langkawi
Boarding was completed soon despite a load of about 90 percent and we started moving 15 minutes early. LGK's control tower:



Usually MH flies 737-400s to LGK, but depending on demand it may be an A330 sometimes. This is 9M-MKV, a -223 model formerly active with Sabena:



We lifted off after a rather long takeoff roll...



...and passed the Pantai Cenang Beach...



...before breaking through the clouds.



Nice scenery as we were returning to mainland Malaysia:




Going for a Walk...
The remaining flight was uneventful - this time we had decided not to be Snack Attack-ed again...
Approach under a thick layer of grey clouds...



...and over countless palm trees:



As soon as we stopped at our parking position people rushed into the aisle. However, both front and rear doors were used, so we were out fast. This time the aircraft had been parked further away from the terminal entrance so we had to walk in the heat for a few minutes - actually it was the longest ramp walk ever. At least the walkways protect from rain:



There were large crowds in the arrivals hall, but our luggage arrived quickly and we soon headed to the bus stop area to catch Air Asia's Skybus (painted in Air Asia colors) to KL Sentral station. We were lucky to get two remaining seats in a bus just about to leave, so we didn't have to wait another 30 minutes. The bus was equipped with comfortable seats and air condition, not bad for a one-way price of 9 Ringgit. About one hour later we arrived at KL Sentral and checked in at the LeMeridien.
If you want to read more about our stay in Kuala Lumpur, simply click here:
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/128819/



Conclusion
Air Asia flew us to and from Langkawi on time, using modern and clean aircraft - for a total of some 42 Euro (return) per person. Ground and flight crews were friendly everywhere which is not a given in the industry. Seating comfort is acceptable for short flights and the prices for food and drinks on board are very reasonable. However, in order to boost sales, food quality and presentation should be improved. The LCCT at KLIA is not a place where it is enjoyable to hang around for hours, but it's a temporary solution anyway. It's enough to be there two hours prior to departure, so anyone who needs to connect from the main terminal shouldn't go too early. Overweight luggage fees aren't great, but common among LCCs in these days. In the end, Air Asia's low fares outweigh the few negative aspects, so I wouldn't hesitate to fly the airline again.


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter

[Edited 2008-07-19 02:41:23]

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: Lufthansa747
Posted 2008-07-19 02:40:15 and read 16091 times.

Great reports with stunning pics especially from LGK!

Yes, those small pieces on top of the badly presented Nasi Lemak are dry fish I believe.

Regards,

Lari

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2008-07-19 02:56:37 and read 16074 times.

Hi, PH,

fantastic pictures about Langkawi and your trip itself.
It seems it´s a must-see place there in Malaysia.

Apart from the extra-boarding it´s free seating at AirAsia?.

Thanx for posting and best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkaw
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2008-07-19 04:24:46 and read 16008 times.

Thanks for your feedback, Lari and Markus.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 1):
Yes, those small pieces on top of the badly presented Nasi Lemak are dry fish I believe.

I had assumed it would be fish - but it's interesting to note I didn't find that stuff on other Nasi Lemak meals.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
It seems it´s a must-see place there in Malaysia.

Langkawi is a place with lots of attractions. I would recommend a visit to anyone planning to go to Malaysia.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Apart from the extra-boarding it´s free seating at AirAsia?.

Yes, it's free seating...which seems to turn certain AK pax mad regularly.  Wink


PH

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2008-07-19 07:01:21 and read 15868 times.

Hi PH,

Finally I get to read the sequel. It is enlightening to hear the comments about AK and KUL LCCT from a European point of view. The comparisons that you made against European LCCs and European airports proved that AK and KUL LCCT are not as bad as one can imagine. I only had an experience flying though the terminal once when flying D7 to OOL (I have yet to fly AK hahaha!) and I think the terminal is not that bad. All this 'horrible' and 'dreadful' words used when one is associating the carrier and the terminal pretty much deceived the readers.

I am glad you had a great time in Langkawi. After seeing grey skies in your Kuala Lumpur trip's photographs, I am a bit worried that the same might happened in Langkawi, which may ruin your vacation. Thank god the sun shone brightly in Langkawi and the skies are cerulean.

I guess you and your girlfriend choosed the tours that truly showcase the beauty of Langkawi, which is her natural flora and fauna. Most local tourists would choose the duty free shopping spree in Kuah (Langkawi's main town) over the mangrove tour anytime.

Did you go to other attractions as well, such as the Langkawi Crystal factory, Langkawi Hot Spring, Galleria Perdana, Padang Mat Sirat (the place where the burnt rice legend took place), Mahsuri's tomb and her replica house (the icon of Langkawi and her white blood legend, where the predicate 'Legendary Island' of Langkawi is derived from), island hopping to the nearby islands (Dayang Bunting island with her pregnant maiden legend and bath in the lake in between or diving/snorkeling at Payar Island marine park or visit the open safari at Singa Besar Island), Pasir Hitam beach (the beach of the black sand) and some of the new attractions in Kuah like the Dataran Lang (Lang Square with the gigantic 'Helang Kawi' statue)?

My university is situated in the same state as Langkawi so I used to frequent the island when I was a student for study camps and student's seminars. But we went there by ferry from the Kuala Perlis jetty in the mainland. I haven't been there since 2002.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, I haven't been able yet to identify these thin beige and partly silver pieces - probably pieces of fish? That stuff was a bit tasteless and quite dry.



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I had assumed it would be fish - but it's interesting to note I didn't find that stuff on other Nasi Lemak meals.

It is fried anchovies, a type of small fish. It supposed to taste delicious and crunchy but maybe they are using low quality anchovies in that Nasi Lemak. PH, anchovies in Nasi Lemak is compulsory. It is part of the original ingredient. If you see any Nasi Lemak without it, that must be a 'fusion' Nasi Lemak (usually added with chicken, prawn, all sort of seafoods and everything in between). The authentic Nasi Lemak would only consists of the rice, chilli paste, fried anchovies, fried nuts, a slice of boiled egg and a few slices of cucumber. That's it, very simple.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and over countless palm trees:

Just a note, the oil palm plantation in the perimeter of KUL is belong to Malaysia Airport Berhad's plantation division. This land will be developed when there is a need to expand KUL in the future.

And recently, during the golden jubilee celebration of the Sultan of Kedah on 16 July 2008 (the state where Langkawi is located), he renamed Langkawi as 'Langkawi Permata Kedah' (Langkawi the jewel of Kedah). So, that will be the new name to address the island. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...08/7/17/nation/21843024&sec=nation

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkaw
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2008-07-20 01:54:29 and read 15456 times.

Thanks for your detailed reply, 9MMAR!

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 4):
The comparisons that you made against European LCCs and European airports proved that AK and KUL LCCT are not as bad as one can imagine. I only had an experience flying though the terminal once when flying D7 to OOL (I have yet to fly AK hahaha!) and I think the terminal is not that bad. All this 'horrible' and 'dreadful' words used when one is associating the carrier and the terminal pretty much deceived the readers.

AK and the LCCT are indeed not as bad as many people say. Both are even better than certain European LCCs and numerous facilities in Europe. My impression is AK is continuously trying to develop the brand - just read a newspaper article about the aim to make more money by selling quality snacks and meals. So we can expect improvements in terms of catering.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 4):
Thank god the sun shone brightly in Langkawi and the skies are cerulean.

Yes, we were worried after reading weather forecasts. But it seems most of these were exaggerated.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 4):
Most local tourists would choose the duty free shopping spree in Kuah (Langkawi's main town) over the mangrove tour anytime.

True, but our opinion is that you can find shopping areas everywhere.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 4):
Did you go to other attractions as well

We didn't have enough time, but we have earmarked some of these attractions for our next visit.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 4):
It is fried anchovies, a type of small fish. It supposed to taste delicious and crunchy but maybe they are using low quality anchovies in that Nasi Lemak.

Ok, now all the questions about Nasi Lemak have been answered.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 4):
The authentic Nasi Lemak would only consists of the rice, chilli paste, fried anchovies, fried nuts, a slice of boiled egg and a few slices of cucumber. That's it, very simple.

I should have tried the Nasi Lemak in our hotel - another thing to do next time!

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 4):
he renamed Langkawi as 'Langkawi Permata Kedah' (Langkawi the jewel of Kedah). So, that will be the new name to address the island.

Interesting - that name fits well!  Smile


PH

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: Leskova
Posted 2008-07-23 13:10:14 and read 14983 times.

Hi PlaneHunter,

good read about your Langkawi trip - and that you enjoyed it. Looks like a good place to spend some time.

How's the atmosphere? Relaxed? Maybe it'll be worth looking into Malaysia instead of going to the Maldives again next year...

Thanks for the good read!!

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2008-07-24 11:34:39 and read 14818 times.



Quoting Leskova (Reply 6):
good read about your Langkawi trip - and that you enjoyed it. Looks like a good place to spend some time.

Thanks, Frank!

Quoting Leskova (Reply 6):

How's the atmosphere? Relaxed? Maybe it'll be worth looking into Malaysia instead of going to the Maldives again next year...

I haven't been to the Maldives yet but I can definitely recommend to visit Malaysia. The atmosphere is quite relaxed at Langkawi, I'm quite sure you would like it.


PH

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: MAS777
Posted 2008-07-26 06:25:57 and read 14648 times.



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 4):
The authentic Nasi Lemak would only consists of the rice, chilli paste, fried anchovies, fried nuts, a slice of boiled egg and a few slices of cucumber. That's it, very simple.

I should have tried the Nasi Lemak in our hotel - another thing to do next time!

You should have learnt by now that Malaysians take food v v seriously!!!

There are various variations of Nasi Lemak but 9MMAR is correct about the basic Nasi Lemak. Most Malaysians have a favourite Nasi Lemak stall - my fave being a version which is served with Squid Sambal, Prawns and Petai (a seed which is likened to but not Broad Beans) curry, a piece of Curry Chicken and a nice helping of tender Beef Rendang - along with the Hardboiled Egg and and topped with Crispy Anchovies and peanuts.. oh and two slices of ice-cold cucumber...

mmmmmmmmmmmmm.....


ps - AK's Nasi Lemak does look a bit anaemic eww..

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: Sabena332
Posted 2008-07-27 09:36:31 and read 14535 times.

Hi there,

Another great report with stunning pictures, thanks a lot for posting!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
A friendly agent soon handed out the "receipts"

I hate these receipt boarding passes, it looks like you just came out of a supermarket.  Wink

And I hate this "print you boarding pass at home" nonsense as well, I want a real boarding pass when I fly, not a self printed one or a receipt one on thin paper.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and over countless palm trees:

Looks cool, probably a coconut-plantation?

Patrick

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2008-07-27 11:35:41 and read 14518 times.



Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 9):
Looks cool, probably a coconut-plantation?

It's oil palm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_Palm , which produces palm oil http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_oil

Malaysia is the world's second largest producer (used to be the largest) of palm oil. It's Malaysia's golden crop.

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: Contact Air
Posted 2008-07-27 13:07:53 and read 14500 times.

Hi PH,

fantastic report of Air Asia and of Langkawi which seems to be a real tropical paradise. Must be really worth a visit.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
we had opted for Xpress Boarding (10 Ringgit = 2 Euro per leg)

Definately well spent money on a free-seating flight.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Friendly FAs welcomed us on board and we walked through a dense vapor streaming out of the air conditioning system

Looks somehow frightening...

Regards
Christoph

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: Sabena332
Posted 2008-07-28 05:03:14 and read 14394 times.



Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 10):
It's oil palm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_Palm , which produces palm oil http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_oil

Malaysia is the world's second largest producer (used to be the largest) of palm oil. It's Malaysia's golden crop.

Thanks for the information, very interesting!

Patrick

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2008-07-30 12:13:30 and read 14282 times.

Thanks for all new comments!

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 9):
And I hate this "print you boarding pass at home" nonsense as well, I want a real boarding pass when I fly, not a self printed one or a receipt one on thin paper.

True, but at least for flights from Germany it's very comfortable to check in at home already.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 11):
fantastic report of Air Asia and of Langkawi which seems to be a real tropical paradise. Must be really worth a visit.

Thanks! It's indeed a tropical paradise!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 11):
Definately well spent money on a free-seating flight.

Yes, one can't complain about these prices.


PH

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: Airbuseric
Posted 2008-07-31 08:51:21 and read 14224 times.

Hi, PlaneHunter,

nice report! Well written with a good eye for details.

Watching at your Langkawi pictures, there is no doubt anymore to visit this place myself as well, for a good holiday!

Cabin on AK seems very well ok and in good shape. And food is almost never presented in the same nice setting as we see on the menucards. As long as the taste/quantity is good, I wouldn't have problems with it.

Cheers,
Eric

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2008-08-02 01:01:44 and read 14100 times.



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 14):
nice report! Well written with a good eye for details.

Watching at your Langkawi pictures, there is no doubt anymore to visit this place myself as well, for a good holiday!

Thanks Eric! I'm sure you would enjoy Langkawi!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 14):
Cabin on AK seems very well ok and in good shape. And food is almost never presented in the same nice setting as we see on the menucards. As long as the taste/quantity is good, I wouldn't have problems with it.

AK has announced plans to improve catering, so let's see how the meals look in the future.


PH

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: OneWay
Posted 2008-08-10 14:10:20 and read 13868 times.

Hi PH !

When I travel with AK, I never took the Xpress Boarding and I always had good seats near window but this option is not too expensive, so ...

I really enjoy your TR, I went to Malaysia last year and I now had some memories of my trip !  Big grin. Malaysia is a very nice country !

Your AK Nasi Lemak looks very delicious and just for only €1.60 : NO HESITATING ! lol

Good pictures, it's a professionnal job !
See you, Florian

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2008-08-11 08:39:38 and read 13764 times.



Quoting OneWay (Reply 16):
I really enjoy your TR, I went to Malaysia last year and I now had some memories of my trip !

Thanks Florian, nice to hear.

Quoting OneWay (Reply 16):
When I travel with AK, I never took the Xpress Boarding and I always had good seats near window but this option is not too expensive, so ...

If you're at the gate early it's not necessary, indeed. But by adding Xpress Boarding you can avoid the (sometimes extreme) shoving.  Wink


PH

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: DALCE
Posted 2008-08-12 01:33:15 and read 13663 times.

Hi PH,

Another top notch quality report from your hand. Amazing pictures aswell.
Must have been a great trip.
But watch out that you are not being snack-attacked too often.....that food looked terrible......

Thanks for sharing again.
Viele Gruesse,
Joost ( D-ALCE )

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: OHLHD
Posted 2008-08-12 02:49:18 and read 13647 times.

Great report with very nice pics! Well done, makes me wanna go there.  Smile

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 9):

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
A friendly agent soon handed out the "receipts"

I hate these receipt boarding passes, it looks like you just came out of a supermarket.

And I hate this "print you boarding pass at home" nonsense as well, I want a real boarding pass when I fly, not a self printed one or a receipt one on thin paper.

Me too. I collect my boarding passes but lately my box looks like a supermarket dustbin.

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: Vivekman2006
Posted 2008-08-12 04:39:57 and read 13626 times.

Excellent trip report. Brought back memories from my trip in 2006 on the KUL-PEN-KUL sector on Air Asia.  Smile I was lucky to fly on 9M-AFC, Air Asia's Man Utd. liveried A320  Wink

- Vivek

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2008-08-13 07:50:57 and read 13520 times.



Quoting DALCE (Reply 18):
Another top notch quality report from your hand. Amazing pictures aswell.

Thanks, Joost!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 18):
But watch out that you are not being snack-attacked too often

Definitely, yes...

Quoting OHLHD (Reply 19):
Great report with very nice pics! Well done, makes me wanna go there.

Thanks! Nice to hear you like the pics.

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Reply 20):
Excellent trip report. Brought back memories from my trip in 2006 on the KUL-PEN-KUL sector on Air Asia.

Thanks, Vivek.

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Reply 20):
I was lucky to fly on 9M-AFC, Air Asia's Man Utd. liveried A320

Congrats for that!  Wink


PH

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: OneWay
Posted 2008-08-13 09:52:52 and read 13498 times.



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):

No, you don't need ... I arrived just 1 hour before departures at all my flights and 5 minutes before starting boarding, I stay near the gate to be first ! lol

Congratz again for your TR !
Florian

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: Ryanair!!!
Posted 2008-08-13 22:18:31 and read 13448 times.

Thank you for this report. It just reminds me of how very affordable is it to fly domestically in Malaysia, even on Golden Club Class with MAS - let alone an LCC like Air Asia.

Hahahaha.... Pantai Cenang... I drove my rental car on to the beach for some down-time and relaxation. I ended up getting the tyres stuck in the sand! Thankfully some people there helped me push the car out. Very embarrassing situation there.

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: BA319-131
Posted 2008-08-16 13:34:27 and read 13317 times.

Good report PH!

Really enjoyed this trip, especially the picures of your vacation, sure looks a great place to visit.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Ok, this is how it looks like in Air Asia's Snack Attack menu card. Delicious, right?



Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and here is what I actually got

- Wow, not the same for sure! - Kind of reminds me that a Big Mac looks nothing like the pictures!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
we walked through a dense vapor streaming out of the air conditioning system:

- Great shot!

Regards

Mark

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2008-08-17 12:35:42 and read 13250 times.

Thanks for your further comments!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 23):
Thank you for this report. It just reminds me of how very affordable is it to fly domestically in Malaysia, even on Golden Club Class with MAS -

Yes, we might try MH for the domestic legs when we return to LGK. At least if they keep offering the (more recent) cheap fares.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 23):
I drove my rental car on to the beach for some down-time and relaxation. I ended up getting the tyres stuck in the sand! Thankfully some people there helped me push the car out. Very embarrassing situation there.

What a mess! I'm not sure whether it's still allowed to drive down there. Can't remember seeing any cars, except for our hotel's off-road vehicle.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 24):
Really enjoyed this trip, especially the picures of your vacation, sure looks a great place to visit.

Thanks, great to hear.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 24):
- Wow, not the same for sure! - Kind of reminds me that a Big Mac looks nothing like the pictures!

Exactly - the fast food stuff often doesn't meet expectations either...


PH

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: akhmad
Posted 2010-12-12 09:00:01 and read 11028 times.

Hi PH,

Thanks for directing me to this report of yours. I did not know that you have been in Malaysia as well. Langkawi is on my wish-list and I am gladly surprised to find your installment about the island.

Your photos are absolutely stunning. A real feast in the eyes. The beach, the nature, the accommodation, the airport, everything! Nice to see you have been using TripAdvisor back then.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The building itself doesn't look very attractive in comparison but in general it's not as bad as often described. While the departure area was very crowded, there were enough empty seats in the arrivals hall. The area is air-conditioned and there are shops and a restaurant. So we killed some more time until returning to the check-in area again. There was a screen which showed all destinations and the respective counters. However, even some 90 minutes prior to departure it was still unclear where to check-in. Counters for nearly all other flights were displayed, ours was missing.
So we walked by the counters again and again, those showing all kinds of destinations, but not Langkawi. Finally we discovered two counters without displays and yes, we guessed correctly.

Hmm, good to know that the authority has LCCT better organized nowadays.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Avoiding the Boarding Rush
We passed security quickly and sat down in the gate area which is not much different from what you find at European airports. After reading reports about the allegedly chaotic boarding on Air Asia flights we had opted for Xpress Boarding (10 Ringgit = 2 Euro per leg). I was glad about that when I watched people boarding at the adjacent gate. As soon as Air Asia staff showed up, almost all people jumped up and formed a long queue. Then boarding was started and even some people standing somewhere up front pushed and shoved - can that be real?

I am glad that Air Asia has adopted the pre-boarding seat assignments which make boarding more civilized.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
This is 9M-MKV, a -223 model formerly active with Sabena:

I have been on it in 2004 on the way from KUL to DPS.




Thanks again for sharing. When will I see PH traveling around in Indonesia?

Cheers,
Suryo

[Edited 2010-12-12 09:37:52]

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: ptrjms
Posted 2010-12-18 22:54:13 and read 10361 times.

Hi PlaneHunter,
thanks for putting this on here, I was in Langkawi in November and I LOVED it, flew airasia as well and had a rejected landing as there was a bit of weather around.
I loved the cable car as well.
An Amazing place and would love to go back!!
thanks for sharing

Peter

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: dmerinop
Posted 2010-12-18 23:40:17 and read 10328 times.

Good and nice report!!! Just read it a bit late (2 years after...).

I was in Langkawi a few years ago and I also stayed in Casa del Mar. Nice hotel and superb service from the staff, they make you feel as your ar at home.
Mind you, I did use the Pelangi beach resort just beside to have a few dinners and watched the live shows they had, also a very nice hotel.

When I flew to Langkawi, I did it ex-LHR direct to Langkawi on a MH 747, they seem to stop that service, is that right?

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: lychemsa
Posted 2010-12-19 07:06:37 and read 10120 times.

Very nice pictures. Did you need to have shots / vacinations for Malaysia?

Topic: RE: Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2010-12-24 02:52:44 and read 9696 times.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 26):

Your photos are absolutely stunning. A real feast in the eyes. The beach, the nature, the accommodation, the airport, everything!

Hi Suryo, many thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 26):
Langkawi is on my wish-list and I am gladly surprised to find your installment about the island.

You should go there soon - and have a look at the Casa del Mar!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 26):
I am glad that Air Asia has adopted the pre-boarding seat assignments which make boarding more civilized.

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 26):
When will I see PH traveling around in Indonesia?

I visited Bali back in 1997 and really liked it. No doubts, I want to visit Indoesia again. The question is when.

Quoting ptrjms (Reply 27):
thanks for putting this on here, I was in Langkawi in November and I LOVED it, flew airasia as well and had a rejected landing as there was a bit of weather around.
I loved the cable car as well.
An Amazing place and would love to go back!!
thanks for sharing

Hi Peter, good to hear you liked Langkawi, too.

Quoting dmerinop (Reply 28):
Good and nice report!!! Just read it a bit late (2 years after...).

Hola Daniel, thanks for your comments. Better late than never...  

Quoting dmerinop (Reply 28):
I was in Langkawi a few years ago and I also stayed in Casa del Mar. Nice hotel and superb service from the staff, they make you feel as your ar at home.

Exactly my thoughts. The food was awesome, too, wasn't it?

Quoting dmerinop (Reply 28):
When I flew to Langkawi, I did it ex-LHR direct to Langkawi on a MH 747, they seem to stop that service, is that right?

Yes, MH stopped these operations some years ago.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 29):
Very nice pictures. Did you need to have shots / vacinations for Malaysia?

Thanks for your feedback. We didn't need any vaccines for Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur. But you may need that for other parts of the country.


PH


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