No matter how many times I say it, getting there is part of the adventure, just as it was on day 125 when we had to make it from Sydney, Australia to Penang, Malaysia. When you start to count the time we actually had to leave the house until the time we got to our Penang hotel (a very luxurious and oh-my-god-this-is-awesome place), it took us around 16.5 hours!
So, is Australia really that close to Southeast Asia? Hmm… it just depends on where you’re going and where in Australia you’re coming from.
It was my first time flying Malaysia Airlines, and I can’t say it was a bad experience in the least. We got heaps of food (part of the Malaysian hospitality) and we had those little personal TV screens with a huge choice of movies, TV shows and games to keep us occupied. It was a fairly normal experience until I got our arrival cards to fill out and saw how crazy strict Malaysia can be:
What I enjoyed about yesterday was the stop at Kuala Lumpur Airport on the way to Penang. It was there that we saw how gigantic and new the KL airport is, which makes you immediately question whether or not you are in SEA at all.
In the KL airport, you can even go on a jungle walk. I had heard about it before and told Patrick, but he didn’t believe me until I brought him to the entrance that literally said “jungle walk”. It’s not very long, but it’s really hard to think that you’re still in an airport when you’re in the middle of a steamy jungle scene with a waterfall feature in the middle.
Our layover was about 3 hours long, so we bought some books and some spicy curry chips. We even stopped for freakishly cheap massage chair action in the middle of it.
Finally, we arrived in Penang at around 12:30 in the morning, tired and ready to get our stuff and go find our beds. Instead, there was an entire marching band on the plane — along with 60 boxes of marching band instruments. We waited and waited ages until finally their last box went and our luggage came up on the rack. It wasn’t until 1:30 am that we were in our posh hotel (The Golden Sands) in our luxury rooms with giant sized beds and plush bathrobes.
Hello, Malaysia. This is going to be awesome!