Pt I: Prologue
Pt II: SIN – KUL – ICN
Pt III: Day 1 – Itaewon, Namdaemun, Myeongdong & Namsan Park
Pt IV: Day 2 – DMZ Tour
Pt V: Day 3 – Seoul Museum of History & Lotte World
Pt VI: Day 4 – Gwanghwamun, Cheonggyecheon & Bukchon
Pt VII: Day 5 – Insadong & Dongdaemun
Pt VIII: ICN – KUL – SIN
Pt IX: Epilogue
I somehow managed to qualify for a free airport transfer with my credit card spend the previous month. The service provided by the ComfortDelGro Group was pretty good; shortly after e-mailing in the reservation form, I received an e-mail and a SMS confirming the pick-up time and the vehicle and driver’s details. The taxi arrived 15 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time of 6.45pm and we were at the airport in no time.
Picked the shortest queue to drop our bags but were still held up by an Indonesian Chinese family in front.
We only bought 15kg of check-in baggage for the outbound and we did our best to utilize it.
By the time we were done the lines were pretty long. I was quite happy that we had arrived at the airport early, leaving ourselves plenty of time for dinner.
After dinner at T1’s staff cafeteria, we cleared immigration and headed for our gate.
Our plane had already arrived at the gate and boarding was fairly quick for the almost full flight.
Flight: AirAsia AK 718
Depart: Singapore (SIN) – 20:45
Arrive: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – 21:50
Distance: 185 miles (298 km)
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Seat: 21 A
It was a buck standard AirAsia flight and before we knew it we arrived at KUL.
While I had lost count of the number of times that I was at KUL low cost carrier terminal, it was the first time that the rest of my family had been there. They were surprised how basic it was and were not too impressed with the long walk from the plane to the immigration counters. To be honest we all have been spoiled by our uber-efficient SIN.
The immigration official asked how long I would be in Malaysia and he didn’t mind my answer of “three hours”. We waited for around 10 minutes in the Arrivals area before my aunt spotted us and deposited with us her girls.
By then check-in for our flight was open and we could drop our luggage there.
As we were all on separate bookings, I needed to explain to the check-in agent which took some time.
Despite having print-outs of our boarding passes, we were re-issued them in receipt papers.
Thanks to the terminal’s free Wifi, it wasn’t too hard to kill time at KUL LCCT. By boarding time, the crowd at LCCT had thinned since our flight was the last one out of it that day.
There was one last security check where the security personnel asked us some questions (who are you traveling with, why are you traveling, how many days away, etc). One of my cousins was asked “Tak ada sekolah? (no school?)”, to which she sheepishly replied “Pontang (cut classes)”.
LCCT has no aerobridges, which meant that we got up close and personal with our ride.
Flight: AirAsia X D7 506
Depart: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – 01:00
Arrive: Seoul Incheon (ICN) – 08:20
Distance: 2869 miles (4617 km)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Seat: 41 K
My seat was 41K and I didn’t leave it for the entire duration of the flight.
Before I was knocked out by fatigue, I took a picture of the safety information card.
I managed to sleep through most of the flight and the sun was already rising the next time I woke up.
The seat was no SQ’s long haul J but it felt wider than Scoot’s. We hit some turbulence when we got close to Seoul.