Seoul Delightful Pt VII: ICN – KUL – SIN

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

We returned to the airport the same way as we came: Metro line 6 to Gongdeok and then AREX commuter to ICN.

Uneventful except that I failed to locate the toilet at Gongdeok station.

Transferring from Line 6 to AREX

Arriving at ICN

What we found was a long queue for check-in.

Almost there

The agent tagged our bags to SIN but could only issue our boarding passes till KUL.

She also advised us on how to proceed with the tax refund; we would drop our bags after showing those goods (mainly my mom and sis’s skincare stuff) to the officials and getting the stamp for tax refund. The refunded money would only be collected at the air-side.

Last pic on the land side

Both the security check and immigration control had long queues. Dislike.

Boarding pass – taken while waiting to pass immigration

There was another long wait for tax refund. Further dislike.

FIDS – taken while waiting for tax refund

Since our flight wasn’t a KE or OZ, we would need to take the shuttle to the satellite terminal. Wasted more time doing that.

Although we arrived more than two hours before departure, we only reached the gate when the flight was already boarding and we didn’t have time to have spend our remaining won for breakfast. Definitely my most disappointing experience at ICN.

This beauty gonna take me closer to home

Finished loading the bags

Boarding 9M-XXG

Flight: AirAsia X D7 507
Depart: Seoul Incheon (ICN) – 09:35
Arrive: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – 15:30
Duration: 6h55m
Distance: 2869 miles (4617 km)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Registration: 9M-XXG
Seat: 41 A

View from 41A

Parked beside AF B777

GA A330 two gates away

Engineer guiding the plane out

T’way B737-800

CX B747-400

Another CX – B777 this time

OZ A321 – Star Alliance livery

Took off

After reaching cruising altitude, the captain actually came onto the PA and informed the passengers of the flight path:-

Korean Peninsula -> Jeju -> East China Sea -> Taiwan -> South China Sea -> Pekan -> Kuala Lumpur

Very nice touch.

Blue

Sea of cloud

Midway through the flight, the meals were served and I had pre-ordered lunch for all of us.

Pre-ordered from this menu

Not the fanciest of presentation

I got chicken lasagna

Tada!

After the meal it was time for toilet break.

Tekan

I would say time passes much slowly on a day flight than a night one. Spent quite a bit of the time watching drama on my laptop and I was glad when the captain announced that we would be landing soon.

Descending through the clouds

Where is this?

The plane landed ahead of time at KUL and it was drizzling slightly when we walked from the tarmac to the arrivals area. Luckily for us, we were already under shelter when the drizzle turned into a downpour.

Instead of turning into the security for transit area, we chose to clear the Malaysian immigration with my cousins. Their parents hadn’t arrived yet and we had some food in a really stuffy Taste of Asia while waiting for them.

My aunt and uncle came and caught up a bit at Old Town White Coffee. My younger cousin had a meltdown because of a tiff with her sis. Teenage girls’ angst I suppose.

I had chosen by mistake the later flight which meant that we had almost 5 hours in transit. After my relatives left for home, I killed the time with more soapy TVB drama.

Some medical show

The flight home was a standard KUL-SIN run on AirAsia.

ASEAN livery

Boarding 9M-AFU

Flight: AirAsia AK 1821
Depart: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – 20:10
Arrive: Singapore (SIN) – 21:15
Duration: 1h5m
Distance: 185 miles (298 km)
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Registration: 9M-AFU
Seat: 18 E

Turned out my neighbor on 18F didn’t board the plane and I got to take his seat. Apparently he also pre-ordered food and the crew was perplexed when he couldn’t be found.

Landed at SIN:-

Thai A388

Yet another AF B777

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