We tried to be as correct as possible
As I write this I am on my Air Asia flight to Phuket. Air Asia is a huge budget airline which is so big it basically has it's own terminal a fair distance from KLIA called the LCCT - (low cost carrier terminal). To get their i took an airport bus that went from KL Sentral (the main train/bus station in KL) direct to LCCT. It cost 8 ringit - about $3 and took one hour. If going to KLIA from Sentral, there is a high speed train service that takes 28 minutes.
Once I arrived at the terminal there were a heap of air Asia staff their to assist. I did have a blond moment when I tried to electronically check in and I couldn't read my own writing of my booking number, however, after trying a couple of combinations I got their in the end. I did have a moment that I had accidentally booked the wrong date.
Air Asia is a sleek operation where you can self check in over the net or at booths and then just drop your luggage at a counter basically. The other cool thing about it is when you board the plane you actually walk out the terminal doors on to the Tarmac and then walk up the stairs to the plane.
Now, so far my experience of "low cost" airlines has been really good. All it really means is if you want to eat or drink something you have to pay for it. The cabin crew of both virgin blue and air asia i have found to be polite and professional with the same levels of attention to detail. The seat I have seems no smaller than the seat I had on Malaysian airlines which is a full service airline.
I have arranged to be picked up at the airport and taken to my accommodation. I have also started my research on renting a big bike and it looks as if it is possible which is great. I will fill you in when I have more details early next week.
Although I like to go with the flow for much of my travels, I do like to have my first couple of days accommodation booked when I land in a new country or destination then it gives me a chance to take a breath and get my bearings as it were. I am actually looking forward to spending a few days r and r. It is funny because this is my third attempt to go to Thailand. The first time about 15 years ago my then partner and I broke up just before we had the chance to come and the second time earlier this year my now x partner and I had booked our flights and accommodation but then the wheels fell off and I didn't get here, so maybe it's a sign that I was meant to come by myself. :)
Now writing from my accommodation .....
I chose a slightly bohemian small place to stay at in the hills above Kata Beach and I bloody love it ...it's called "cc blooms" I will take some photos tomorrow in the light. At the moment I am sitting at the bar looking at the view enjoying a cocktail before I take a dip in the pool.
My new friend ...
Now, I do have a rather large dilemma though. Immigration would only give me 30 days in the country of which I can extend for one more week. The only other way to make it longer is to leave the country and then come back again, so it is a spanner in the works in terms of my time frame.
For some reason like Malaysia I thought I could automatically get 90 days. I need to find out how I can work around it. It might mean hiring a bike for three weeks and popping out over the border for a day then coming back. I am not worrying about it tonight though. I am just pleased to be here, so I will worry about it on Monday.
Anyway, I will sign off now so I can enjoy my second mojito :) hehe.
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