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. . . )