Round The World and other travels

A frequent flyer's collection of trip diaries

This is: Singapore & Malaysia 2017

Onwards to Malaysia

We had set an alarm in good time to allow a decent breakfast and a stress-free transfer to Changi in time to catch our 1105 flight to Kuala Lumpur. Most unusually for me, I had managed 9.5hrs of solid, uninterrupted sleep. There could be no doubt that I must have been needing it, after spending the previous night in the air and traversing several time zones. We had a very nice breakfast in the 31st-floor executive lounge, bringing back memories of my solo stay in 2012, towards the end of that year's Indian Ocean trip.

A little later, we caught an 'Uber' to the airport. This proved to be quick, efficient and cheap, as well as providing a car that - in true Singaporean style - was absolutely spotless. Check-in at Terminal 2 was easy, and in no time we were airside and safely installed in the Malaysia Airlines lounge, thanks to our status with the One World Alliance. It was a nice enough place to relax before the flight, which itself passed uneventfully.

On arrival at our destination we took a busy KLIA Ekspres train to KL Sentral, followed by a sedate (but rather crazy) teksi ride to the InterContinental. Our elderly driver didn't seem able to maintain a steady course down the middle of a traffic lane, and he never did get higher than 3rd gear, despite a substantial spell on an urban motorway with freely flowing traffic!

Nevertheless, we eventually made it to the hotel without mishap, where we were delighted to receive a very high standard of service from the moment we walked through the front door. After spending less than half an hour in a temporary room while our own room was prepared, we were given the keys for a superb top-floor, end-of-corridor Executive King Suite. We both agreed that it was worth sharing a king bed in order to get the benefits of staying in a full suite, especially as this particular 'king' was the widest either of us had ever seen.

In due course, we rode the metro one stop to KLCC (which simply stands for Kuala Lumpur City Centre). We would later realise that we could just as easily have walked. The first priority was to find something to eat, and we were quickly successful in identifying a place in the mall adjoining the Petronas Twin Towers where we could enjoy some Char Kway Teow as a late lunch. Afterwards, we spent some time looking around the busy mall, where it was interesting just to observe local people going about their Saturday afternoon shopping.

Great evening!

On returning to our new base, we were in the middle of preparing a couple of loungers in the pool area when the rain came on, causing the task to be abandoned and the relaxing to be relocated to our suite. Later, we enjoyed cocktails and canapés in the executive lounge, followed by more of the same in the lobby bar.

Saturday 11 Mar

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