What a day! Up early to catch Malaysian Airlines Flight Langkawi to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur Airport). This flight cost 148RM or about $52 Australian for the two of us so we were not expecting a newish plane! The cheap air fare reason soon revealed itself as the 737-800 was only half full. It seems Air Asia has cheap and more frequent flights and is hurting the national carrier.
Got in touch with NAB in Australia and they told me our daily limit was $1000 and there must be a problem with Langkawi ATM’s. We made no attempt to withdraw more cash to pay for our Melaka stay until in the KLIA arrival hall where using both our cards twice I managed to withdraw a wad of 50RM notes that were too big for most pockets. Armed with bulging pockets of cash we made the easy journey to the KLIA Bus Terminal situated right opposite. As we had nearly 2 hours to fill in before our Transnasional Bus to Melaka we settled into the terminal.
Well this terminal was not quite like the airport one and was catering for a different crowd. We ensconced ourselves complete with suitcases at a café table and Erica went off to peruse the offerings. The only two food outlets are Indian operated and Erica soon discovered they only speak Indian or Malay. Her charms however came to the fore and after gesturing at Samosas and Steam buns enquiring on their contents to no avail an Indian customer who spoke English got up and assisted her. The result was delicious a Potato Samosa, Chicken Steam Bun and Iced Coffee each for about 10RM or about$3.50 Australian. Erica took to the food with passion and soon consumed the tasty morsels saying “these are great”.
Erica settled in to wait at our table. We pulled the cases round and she positioned herself with her feet up on the case and looked very relaxed. Erica relaxing with feet up at Bus Terminal is something I had not witnessed before and while taking the pics I developed uncontrollable laughter!
The trusty Transnasional Club Class bus pulled up at 12.45 and we rushed to mount. The driver an Ethnic Malay was warm and helpful and let us board early while he had a smoke. We got chatting to him and as we were the only pick up there and he was pleased when we told him we loved Melaka and this was our second visit. When we told him that Melaka food was probably the best in Malaysia he warmed to us and gave us his favourite dish name and where to eat it and handed it to us on a piece of paper when we got off in Melaka. This trip via KLIA 2 took 2 hours but can take up to 3 hours if traffic is heavy. Cost 24RM each or $8.40 and was a comfortable ride. All up it cost us about $60 each to travel from the top of Malaysia near the Thai border to almost the bottom. Travel here is affordable for the expat retiree.
On arriving at Sentral Bus Terminal we avoided the taxi touts hailed one to the Shore. On arrival Susan Tan from KP Properties greeted us at the Tower 3 Sales Office and after handing over our “Wad” and signing a rental agreement were escorted to our condominium on the 17th floor by Susan’s assistant who showed us around and filled in the inventory sheet. She organised a technician to come and plug in all the appliances and was very helpful.
The condominium is 1320 sq feet and is brand new. The building is still not fully completed so we are real “test pilots”. It is tastefully furnished and seemed even better than the display unit we had seen previously. We are very happy campers!