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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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Cebu to Moalboal

Cebu City to Moalboal by Bus

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Cebu City is quite a congested, noxious conglomerate. Transport from place to place moves at a snails pace. It would be quicker walking – though less safe, due to the heavy traffic. Following just one night in the city, we were ready to move on to our first primary destination. However, our bus trip from Cebu city to Moalboal would take longer than we anticipated.

Cebu City South Terminal Bus Station

After breakfast, we took a taxi across town to the South Terminal Bus Station (86 pesos). From there, we took a non-airco bus heading south to Moalboal (108 pesos per person).

Cebu City to Moalboal by Bus

Cebu City to Moalboal – South Terminal Bus Station

These buses run frequently, stopping all along the way to let people on and off. The bus trip would take just over 3 hours (though it took an hour just to get out of Cebu City).

Increasing numbers of vehicles, government failure to construct more road networks (or widen the existing roads) and the problem of undisciplined drivers are the main reasons why the roads have become so congested.

The traffic situation in Cebu is supposedly much better than in Manila, although we found the opposite to be true.

Cebu City to Moalboal by Bus

Cebu City to Moalboal: The traffic jam starts from the bus station

As we travelled. the bus got progressively fuller, until we were squeezed in like sardines. Still it was ok, with some nice retro tracks playing through the sound system.

Since we would be coming back the same way in a few days time, we resolved to take an airconditioned bus on the return journey to save time.

The difference in price isn’t huge, and we should get a bit more leg room.

Cebu City to Moalboal by Bus

Cebu City to Moalboal

The bus dropped us off when we reached Moalboal. This looked like a pleasant and animated little town. We took a trike (150 pesos, after haggling) to our lodgings by the sea – the T-Breeze Seaside Resort. The trip took around 20 minutes.

When we arrived we were looking forward to several sorely-needed cold drinks, followed by a dip in the sea. We planned to stay for 3 nights at this secluded resort, mainly to relax, enjoy the food and spend time swimming and snorkeling around the local reef.

After that we would be heading back up to Cebu City to take the ferry to Bohol.

Article originally published in 2015 and last updated in November 2018

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