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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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Jakarta Takes Mansion

Jakarta Takes Mansion Hotel

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For our short return visit to Jakarta, we opted to stay in the Jakarta Takes Mansion hotel, close to the center of the city. The hotel is just a 20-minute walk across the park from Gambir train station, and not far from a central shopping area.

Jakarta Takes Mansion

Jakarta Takes Mansion is close to the action in the center of town

Jakarta Takes Mansion Hotel

Takes Mansion is a medium sized hotel located in central Jakarta. It is within easy walking distance of the central park and Independence monument.

We chose this hotel because of its proximity to Gambir train station, where we were arriving from Semarang. It was also one of the few hotels in this price range (€25) that featured a rooftop swimming pool.

The hotel comprises 2 buildings: The original Takes Mansion plus a newer, more modern block.

Jakarta Takes Mansion
Jakarta Takes Mansion
Jakarta Takes Mansion
Jakarta Takes Mansion
Jakarta Takes Mansion

 

We were given a room in the older building. The room was fine, if a little worn and faded. It included airco, TV with decent film channels in English, and a kettle.

Importantly, the bed was large and comfortable.

Our room rate included a good buffet breakfast, with Asian and Western food options.

Within a 20-minute walk of the hotel, we found an area with lots of eating options. There was also a large shopping mall with a supermarket on the ground floor. This was the first shop we’d found in Indonesia that stocked an excellent variety of fresh fruit as well as bottled booze.

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Some irresistible treats in the nearby shopping mall

Those IDR 50,000 bottles of Bintang beer could be picked up here for just IDR 30,000.

Getting to the Airport from central Jakarta

Our return stay in Jakarta was just a 1-nighter. This was to ensure we got back in good time to catch our flight home the following day.

The next morning we took one of the recommended Blue Bird taxis from in front of our hotel. The taxi was running on a meter, and our fare came to IDR 138,000 plus IDR 16,000 for 2 toll booths along the way (a total of €11).

Jakarta Takes Mansion – Always take the Blue Bird taxis

The journey took just 40 minutes, travelling around 12 pm midday.

In the rush hours, the journey can take twice as long.

Another option is to take the Airport Bus from the central Gambir train station. They run regularly and cost just IDR 280,000 per person (€4 for 2 people).

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Jakarta Takes Mansion – Toll booths on the way to the airport






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