22.03.2009 - 22.03.2009
Woke up in sweat at 4:40 a.m. After the alarm rang twice. Earlier I have booked a room in the newly opened TuneHotels.com at RM16.18. It's 7 minutes away from the LCCT and brand new. It was only a day old when I checked in. The hotel operates just like AirAsia, it gives you the basic and you pay for the extras. My room came with a bed, fan and bathroom with hot shower. You pay if you want air-con, or towel, or hair-dryer.
Anyway I slept less than 3 hours in that room so it doesn't really matter much. Kok Meng (a brother from Tampin who went to KL to visit his grandma) and I arrived at the hotel 11 p.m.+ last night, we threw our bags in, took a shower, and went to KLIA for a walk. The airport is pretty small compared to the one in Singapore, and certainly not as busy. Every corner looked the same and we lost our way while going back to the car. We wanted to pay our parking fee at the automated machine, but it did not accept our chip (the parking ticket). After trying all the machines to no avail, we pressed the "Help" button. Only then we realised that there are several parking blocks and we can only pay our parking fees at the respective wings. The reason was because KLIA had four parking complexes side-by-side, C and D are together while A and B are separated. So we had to find our way back to the correct complex, which is not very easy considering everywhere looked alike. Eventually we managed and returned to the room to catch some sleep.
Ok, back to 4:40 a.m. My flight is 6:30 a.m. so I have to check-in latest by 5:45 a.m., which I do not dare to try. So quickly got ready and set off to LCCT at 5 a.m. First thing upon reaching LCCT is to check in my luggage. Sent the luggage through the X-ray machine and checked in my luggage. Nearly 12kg. I got my boarding pass and went for breakfast. Everything is expensive here, a McDonald's McMuffin with egg breakfast set costs RM9.50 which is almost double the usual price! I am gonna bring my own bread the next time I come here.
Soon it's boarding time. Everything went smoothly, it's a Manchester United plane! Now AirAsia assigns seat to passengers, I got 11A, which is a window seat. 6:30 a.m. the plane took off. As I mentioned earlier, I got a window seat, but too bad it's on the wrong side of the plane! Sunrise was on the other side of the plane! This experience taught me that if ever I am going to take a sunrise flight again, make sure I get the window seat on the right side of the plane, even if that means paying RM5 more!
There were many Vietnamese on the flight, maybe they are returning home after fulfilling their work contract in Malaysia? The plane landed perfectly at 8:30 a.m (Vietnam time is one hour behind Malaysia). Didn't even feel the plane touching the ground. No problem with immigration clearance and I am officially in Vietnam now. I expected the sky to be blue, but no, it's quite grey and not very sunny. What a difference from the sunny days with blue skys we had in Malaysia!
First thing upon arrival of airport is to get some water. So I bought a bottle of Lipton Honey Tea and went out of the airport to get transportation into Hanoi. Got into the USD2 minibus, waited for quite a while before the van is packed with luggage and 13 passengers. Once on the road, the driver started honking away several times a minute on average. Welcome to Hanoi!