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Air Asia Inflight Experience

AirAsia Inflight Experience

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Following a few days in Phuket, we planned to take a short AirAsia flight south to the tropical island paradise of Langkawi. We were curious to see how the AirAsia inflight experience compared to other budget Asian airlines such as Lion Air and Jet Airways.

Although there is a boat that runs between Phuket and Langkawi, the cost is about the same as a budget flight. Also the flight – including a transit stop in Kuala Lumpur – is actually quicker.

Our AirAsia Inflight Experience – Booking tickets

We booked our AirAsia flights online, 2 months earlier. Their booking website is very user-friendly, and you can get some great bargains if you book early enough. We paid the equivalent of €58 each for single flights travelling from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur and then onwards from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi.

Departure from Phuket

Count on at least 45 minutes to get to the airport from the main beach areas of Phuket (early morning or late night). At any other time the journey can take twice as long. You can anticipate long queues at the airport. If you’re short on time, the whole experience can be quite stressful.

Make sure you still have your embarkation card: If not, you’ll lose your place in the queue and will be facing even longer delays.

AirAsia Inflight Experience

AirAsia inflight experience – Departure from Phuket

Our AirAsia Inflight Experience – Free Snacks!

Our flight from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur was short and comfortable. Unlike equivalent European budget airlines such as Ryanair or Easyjet, we were offered complimentary warm snacks and drinks.

AirAsia Inflight Experience

AirAsia inflight experience – complimentary samosas and soda

In-transit through Kuala Lumpur and Arrival in Langkawi

We had a couple of hours at the airport in Kuala Lumpur to find our connecting AirAsia flight. The transit went smoothly, and we were soon on our next flight for an even shorter hop over to Langkawi.

We were suitably impressed with the service and efficiency of AirAsia. Additionally they offer a Big Loyalty scheme to all customers for even greater savings.

AirAsia Inflight Experience

AirAsia inflight experience – Arrival in Langkawi

It was raining when we arrived in Langkawi, but the AirAsia staff had anticipated this. We had a covered gangway down from the aircraft to the tarmac where we were offered colorful red umbrellas for the short walk over to the terminal.

Quite a different experience from European budget airlines, who allow you to get soaked in the freezing rain while inefficiently be made to wait to embark/disembark the plane.

Despite the rain on arrival in Langkawi it was warm, and we were looking forward to a week of tropical relaxation.

We would be staying at 2 locations on the island. The first of these in the capital – Kuah, the second close to the popular beach areas around Pantai Cenang. Our first objective after passing through customs was to get some local currency, followed by a taxi to our hotel in Kuah.


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Colorful Filipino Currency

Colorful Filipino Currency

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Check out the colorful Filipino currency. These notes are brightly colored like Euros (though the equivalent amount goes a lot further).

It can sometimes be difficult to get the locals to change the larger denominations (500 or 1000 peso notes), so we took every opportunity to keep a big stash of lower denomination notes.

1 Euro converts to approximately 60 pesos, and 1 US$ will get you around 53 pesos.

For our 20-day trip around the Philippines, we were on a daily budget of 1,800 pesos per day, excluding accommodation (€35). For accommodation, we budgeted around €30 per night, giving us a total daily budget of €65.

1-peso coin vending machine fraud

The 1-peso coin has the same size as the 1 United Arab Emirates dirham coin, which has led to vending machine fraud in the U.A.E. Similar frauds also occurred in the US, as the 1-peso coin is roughly the same size as the quarter. Newer digital parking meters are not affected by the fraud.

Demonetization of Filipino currency in 2015

If you already visited the Philippines before 2015 and are still hanging on to old peso paper currency, these old notes will no longer be accepted. Following the demonetization process for the old peso bills in 2015, the old bills will no longer be accepted for payment starting January 1, 2016.

Discontinued Filipino currency

Colorful Filipino Currency – Discontinued Banknotes

It was possible to exchange old bills for the new generation currency bank notes at banks and BSP offices and branches around the country for a while afterwards. However, this grace-period ended at the beginning of 2017.

So if you still have the old notes, you can keep them as souvenirs.

New Filipino currency

Colorful Filipino Currency – New Banknotes

Before starting our trip to the Philippines, we had planned a budget of €1,600 (96,000 pesos) per person for the entire 20-day trip with flights. This also included a 2-night stay in Rome.

Check out Our Philippines Impressions to find out how much it actually cost.

Article updated in December 2018  (originally published in 2015)

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