Flying to Malaysia via AirAsia
My friends and I went to Malaysia and Singapore for a 5-day trip. Our tickets were booked a year ago via AirAsia’s seat sale promo, PHP 2,341.00 for a round trip ticket from Clark to Kuala Lumpur inclusive of add-on Sky Bus transfer from LCCT to Kuala Lumpur. It was my first international trip, and I was happy that I got stamps on my passport before it got expired.
I planned the trip for about two months and even printed maps for easy direction of the places we’re about to go to.
24 hours before our trip, I already web checked in since I got a message from Air Asia that they charge PHP 150.00 conventional fee for counter check in, while web check in is free. It was my first time to try the web check in portal and I must say it’s pretty convenient since I don’t need to line up in the counter check in queue anymore and it’s free. In less than 5 minutes, I already had my boarding pass!
Our flight schedule to Malaysia was still at 12:05 PM but since AirAsia’s terminal is still located in Clark, we left Manila as early as 6:30 AM. We rode a Philtranco bus from SM Megamall to Clark Diosdado Macapagal International Airport for PHP 400.00 fare. It would be cheaper if we take another route via Dau Terminal.
Clark is 2 hours away from Manila. At 09:00 AM, we were already at Clark DMIA. The AirAsia counter was still closed so we paid our travel tax first. Travel tax cost PHP 1,620.00.
It was around 10:00 AM when AirAsia counter had opened. Though we already web checked in, we still had to line up for our luggage and for documents check. We also paid for the terminal fee of PHP 600.00.
Since my companions were still settling their terminal fee I went to the immigration first. The consul asked me questions and I panicked a bit because I wasn’t prepared and my documents are scattered inside my plastic envelope. It was my first time to travel abroad, so the immigration officer asked me if it was and I said yes. They even asked for my company ID and the nature of my work and if I’ll be travelling solo, then I said I have companions. Then my friends came. When it was their turn, the immigration officer didn’t ask more questions anymore because she already knew that we’re just all in the same group (so ako lang ang na-pressure).
We were too early for our flight, so we ate first. It was around 11:45 AM when the gate opened. We boarded the plane. The plane was pretty big and there were only few passengers on board. I didn’t even have seat mates. The plane departed on time. I felt so sleepy so I just slept for the entire trip. I don’t know but plane ride makes me sleepy every time.
After 3 hours, the cabin crew woke me up for landing. Here’s my first look of Malaysia. Welcome to Malaysia!
We arrived at LCCT, Malaysia around 03:30 PM. It was 34 Degrees Celsius when we arrived (parang lagnat lang). The sun was up and the weather was too hot (taas ng araw)!
At the terminal, we had our passport stamped then we proceeded to Money Changer to exchange our Philippine Peso to Malaysia Ringgit. Afterwards, we went to Platform 1 (outside LCCT), and boarded the Sky Bus to KL Sentral. It was a 1 1/2 bus ride from LCCT to KL City Air Terminal.
From there, we rode a Putra Line train from the KL Sentral Station (which is in KL City Air Terminal) to Pasar Seni Station, going to our accommodation in China Town. It was already 6:00 PM and the sun was still up. I then realized that daytime in Malaysia starts at 7:00 AM and ends at 7:00 PM.