Pt I: Introduction [Planning]
Pt II: SIN-KUL-HAN [Flights]
Pt III: Essence Palace Hotel [Accommodation]
Pt IV: Hanoi Sights [Sightseeing]
Pt V: Eating in Hanoi [Dining]
Pt VI: Bloom Microventures Tour [Activity]
Pt VII: HAN-KUL-SIN [Flights]
Pt VIII: Epilogue [Review]
Malaysia Airlines’ first flight out of SIN departs at the ungodly time of 6.40am and it meant that we had to be up by 4.30am. My dad offered to give us a ride to the airport and we arrived at Changi Airport T2 slightly after 5am.
It was comforting seeing the T2’s mechanical FIDS still in operation. No queue at the counters and we got our boarding passes in no time.
We grabbed some breakfast at the T2 air-side food court. Sadly, the overpriced bak chor mee had too much vinegar.
For the first time in my memory, I got a bus gate at SIN.
Can’t help but wonder if this was part of Malaysia Airlines’ cost cutting measures?
Flight: Malaysia Airlines MH 602
Depart: Singapore (SIN) – 6:40
Arrive: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – 7:40
Distance: 184 miles (296 km)
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
I got settled down in my seat (9F) and Ying had 9D. No one took 9E.
I realized that inflight sales magazine was no longer in the seat pocket.
We took off at around 7am, 20 minute past scheduled time.
Like my previous experience on MH 602, peanuts and drinks were offered.
With no headphone, the IFE was of limited use. I just flipped through the inflight magazine.
Very soon we descended into KUL.
It was a long taxi to the terminal.
KLIA wasn’t the most exciting airport but luckily there was free wifi. We spent most of the time connecting with the world and were amongst the last few to board.
Flight: Malaysia Airlines MH 752
Depart: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – 9:45
Arrive: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – 12:10
Distance: 1307 miles (2103 km)
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
We used the same tactic of choosing the window and the aisle; the middle seat remained empty again.
The person in front of me reclined the seat and the crew didn’t make him put the seat up before taking off.
Our flight path was over Putrajaya and I had a good view of it.
The middle seat’s screen was permanently switched to flight information.
My movie of the flight was Stand by Me Doraemon. An entertaining 90 minutes on the plane.
The crew came around to distribute the meals and we could choose between omelet and nasi lemak. Both of us went for the Asian breakfast.
It was clearly downsized from last year’s. No bun, yogurt or fruits. Nasi lemak was still yummy though.
After Doraemon, I managed to squeeze in two more shows before the headphones were collected.
One of the things that annoyed me was the unnecessary amount of advertisement before each movie/video. Probably wasted five minutes every time I began a new show.
After around three hours, we were approaching Hanoi.
The new airport terminal was definitely much better than the previous one. There was not much queue at the immigration although our flight coincided with the arrival of KE flight from ICN.
We exchanged 100 USD for 2,132,000 VND at the moneychangers located at the arrivals area (turn left after passing customs). I had arranged the car with Hanoi Transfer Service and we spotted a guy holding a sign with my name on it after we exchanged the money.
The car used was a pretty new Honda Civic.
It went by the six-lane expressway between the airport and Hanoi until after the new Nhật Tân Bridge.
It was a smooth ride and Ying was very happy about it. She suffered from motion sickness on her previous trip and vomited at the end of her ride from the ride. The new expressway definitely helped and total transfer from airport to our hotel in the Old Quarter took us around 45 minutes in total.