Behind of Air Asia QZ 206 Flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur

Just after returning from expedition to Garut-Tasikmalaya-Sumedang, my fatigue after a week traveling in that three districts didn’t make me tired. Didn’t take a break, I prefer to complete my mission for complete South Asia exploration by visiting the remaining three countries.…Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Air Asia ticket which I bought for USD 25,8 since April 7, 2018 was able to keep my mission and my wallet to continue to travel the world. Yes, I had to caught Malindo Air on Kuala Lumpur-Dhaka route in KLIA.

During waiting period of my departure, many questions arise from work colleagues or other friends outside of work.

“Yeeee, why are you traveling to Bangladesh?. It’s not elite”

“Donny, what do you want to see in Bangladesh?”

“You will go home and sick, Donny”

“Wasting time….Better you go to Ancol (a beach in Jakarta) than go to Bangladesh”.

“Donny, Why does have to go to Bangladesh?”

I answered: “Yes, up to me … it’s my money … It’s my steps“.

Ups, I didn’t answer like that….That’s impolite.

Hahaha …. “Yes, guys, my money is only enough to travel there“….Hahaha….That’s my answer to them.

Other people don’t know about my mind about traveling….more crazy, more better….more weird, more amazing…Hahaha.

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As usual…Using DAMRI bus at Kampung Rambutan Terminal. Besides being cheap, it is also close from my home. I prepared USD 2,9 to pay the fare with departure time on 15:00 hours. 1 hour and 15 minutes trip drove me in Terminal 2F, Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

Through gate 5, I started entering first X-ray screening. Not so smooth, my backpack which became my only friend was seen flipped by AVSEC (Aviation Security) officer, smeared with wet tissue and then watched closely. No need to worry…. the important thing is no drugs in it….Hahaha. Even if denied entry, it’s calm…. this is still in my city. Just go back to home with DAMRI again….If I denied to boarding.

Hi Ms, can me get window seat, please!“, My seduction to check-in staff at Air Asia counter. God, She is very pretty and kind, always smile …Hahaha, It’s be her duty to smile to everyone. “Hello, It’s your boarding pass“, She said….I got seat 2D, yes I failed….Hahaha.

Let’s stamped a passport! …. Even though it’s an e-passport, but my habit of stamping a passport make me didn’t care about existace of autogate counter.

Immigration Officer: “Where do you go?

Me : Just mention in detail one by one of my destination, so he wasn’t be suspicious, “Penang, Dhaka, Colombo, Maldives, sir. Transit in Mumbai and Singapore“. What kind of trip trip is it? … crazy.

Immigration Officer : “Backpacker?”

Me                           : “Yes sir”

Immigration Officer : He saw my face, checking my new passport and old one. Then….He stamped it, “be careful, sir“.

Me                            : “thank you, sir….surely I will be careful”.

Immigration Officer : “You are great“.

Yuhuuu…..I’m great like he said

Then I prayed at end of corridor before entering gate. After that, I entered second X-ray screening in front gate D5….Yess, very smooth.

While I was sitting reading near charging station, came a couple of Korean. They tried very hard to use it too.

Me      :  “Hi, Sir. That’s broken. I had tried many times and failed”.

He       : “Oh yea….Why put it here if broken” ostensibly kicking charging station while smiling.

Me      : “Do you want go to South Korea?”.

He        : “Oh, Nup….I’m from California and will fly from KL”.

Me     :  “Oh Nice”.

He       : “What are you doing here? “.

Me     :  “My profession, your mean?”.

He       :  “yeaaa”

Me     :  “Sales”.

He       :  “Good money?”

Me      :  “If not good, I willn’t here to fly with you”.

He       :  “yea…yea…yea”, nodding while smiling at me.

Looked like his girlfriend was a travel vlogger. Always speak with her confidence….Great. I thought I could not be like that? It’s better to write than to talk like her.

QZ 206 finally leaned to gate. Yup ….my adventure started immediately. Thirsty made me out from gate to buy mineral water. And a little warning from gate officer to immediately back to gate. Ok, sir, instead of buying it on the plane, it’s expensive.

Airbus A320-200 with a capacity about 186 passengers.

Exactly on 19:17 hours, I started boarding.

Behind korean-american girl.

Turbulence night flights on end of December. Seen middle-aged man next to me was so tense and held tight to the armrest chair throughout flight while me and a young woman who flanked him only wryly smiled while hiding misgivings.

Cabin.

Because my latest knowledge about Ipoh and Penang was so minimal, I decided to explore Travel360 inflight magazine. Hoping to find valuable information about Ipoh and Penang tourism. And …. thanks …. I really got it.

Ipoh in Travel360 inflight magazine.
Basic information about Penang.

QZ 206 was preparing to landing. Could not sleep during the trip because focus in reading inflight magazine to find information. This time, my 5 days transit adventure in Malaysia was foolish. Traveling without enough information.

Getting ready to landing.
What is the baggage for? It maybe a flight safety equipment.

Once arrived at KLIA2, a thoughts which immediately occurred to me were looking for a free water station, dinner, prayer, bought bus ticket to Penang and then sleeping.

You have to go to Transportation Hub on 1st floor to find cheap food. Oh yeah….Bus ticket sales counter is also there.

Come on…Got ready to go to Penang tomorrow.

Bus from KLIA2 to Penang

A connecting flight ticket to Dhaka required me to transit in Kuala Lumpur. Oh….Really, I had to set foot in Kuala Lumpur for 12th time.

You are great, Donny….

No, It’s not about how great I am, but about I am who very bored

I had to quickly rack my brain to make this trip became memorable.

Fine….Finally I decided to leave Kuala Lumpur and chose to visit Penang by extending my transit time.

Until 2017, I never visit Penang. Because my travel distance is far from Southeast Asia now. So I forced myself to stop by to Penang before starting South Asia trips.

Then….How to reach Penang from KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2)?

I’ll give you some choices,

Alternative 1. Using ETS (Electric Train Service)

Cost which be spent if you use ETS:

  1. Aerobus from KLIA2 to KL Sentral = USD 3
  2. ETS from KL Sentral station to Butterworth station = USD 21
  3. Ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal @ Penang Sentral to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal @ Penang island = USD 0,3

Overall fares = USD 24,3

Alternatif 2. Using Bus

Cost which be spent if you use bus:

  1. Direct bus from KLIA2 to Penang Sentral = USD 14,1
  2. Ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal @ Penang Sentral to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal @ Penang island = USD 0,3

Overall fares = USD 14,4

I think you know what kind of transportation which I choose?…..

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On 22:05 hours, Air Asia QZ 206 landed me on KLIA2. The meaning is clear, right….Sleeping again in airport….Hahaha.

After stamping my passport in immigration counter, I immediately headed to Transportation Hub on 1st floor of Gateway @ klia2 mall. And then I sat at NZ Curry House corner to eat “Nasi lemak” (Malaysian originally food) and “teh O” (tea without sugar) for USD 1,7 as my dinner menu….dinner in midnight.

Eating it in my midnight.
I repeated a similar menu in the morning before going to Penang.

And to secure a ticket to Penang. In midnight, I bought a StarMart Express bus ticket with its last destination i.e Penang Sentral for USD 14,1.

In midnight, that counter was very busy…. Beware if tickets sold out!…Just try to buy it on 12Go
The final destination is still listed Butterworth terminal. Before Penang Sentral was completed built, the bus stopped at that terminal.

Yessss….

Eat….Done….

Ticket….Done….

It made me can sleep very well in airport mosque at 3rd floor Departure Hall of KLIA2.

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And my journey to Penang began. That morning on 6am, I boarded into StarMart Express in Door 1-platform A01 according to the ticket.

StarMart Express was arrived in platform.
I sat in seat number 22.

Because it was a long journey, I bought a bottle of mineral water and a light snack for USD 1,2.

Going along North-South Expressway road, Starmart Express went slowly. And 3 hours 45 minutes later, I arrived at Amanjaya Terminal, Ipoh City. Ipoh itself is the capital of Perak State.

The bus dropped and took a number of passengers at Amanjaya Terminal.
Road situation when leaving Ipoh City.

On 11:00, Bus arrived in Taiping road and finally stopped at Kuala Kangsar Terminal. Passengers do toilet break for 10 minutes.

Kuala Kangsar Terminal is located right on Persiaran Bendahara street, Bandar Baru city, Kuala Kangsar District, Perak State.

On 11:55, bus stopped at StarMart Express Taiping office on Jalan Kampung Dew, Simpang area. This is the final destination of StarMart Express Bus from KLIA 2. And to continued a journey to Penang, passengers will be moved to another StarMart Express bus or other bus which in cooperation with StarMart Express.

StarMart Express @ Taiping Headquarter which is located in Laut, Matang dan Selama Districts, Perak State.

And this time, I was transferred to Eagle Bus which in collaboration with StarMart Express.

This “Green” bus is owned by Eagle Coach SDN.BHD company.

No problem for me to be transferred to another bus. The important was arrived in destination. But I didn’t know about other passengers, are they also still comfort or maybe are they annoyed … hahaha.

OK, let’s continue my story….

On 12:30 hours, bus arrived in Kamunting Raya Express Bus Terminal for 10 minutes toilet break again.

This terminal is located in Kamunting City, District of Laut, Matang dan Selama, Perak State.

10 minutes later, bus slowly left Kamunting City and showed beauty view through winding roads which splitting hills.

Perak State which is very beauty.

Soundly sleeping because of lacking sleep on last night at KLIA2. Finally, I didn’t feel that bus started to entering Penang Sentral platform on 13:54 hours.

High curiosity made me didn’t feel tired after got in bus for 7 hours 54 minutes to reach my dream destination….”Penang”

I was dropped off at this platform when I arrived in Penang Sentral.

So guys,….Who doesn’t want to see Old Town of George Town which is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site?….I think everyone want to visit it

Come on, visit it !….Just travel like me, I guarantee that it is cheap.

You can also get KLIA2-Penang bus ticket on 12Go travel e-commerce.

Dibalik Penerbangan Air Asia QZ 206 Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur

Baru juga pulang dari ekspedisi ke Garut-Tasikmalaya-Sumedang , lelahnya berkelana seminggu di tiga kabupaten itu tak lantas membuat tubuh lelah. Boro-boro istirahat, Aku lebih memilih menuntaskan misiku menyelesaikan eksplorasi Asia Selatan dengan mengunjungi tiga negara tersisa….Bangladesh, Sri Lanka dan Maldives.

Tiket Air Asia yang kubeli seharga Rp 349.000 sejak 7 April 2018 mampu menjaga asaku dan dompetku untuk terus berkeliling dunia. Yes, Aku harus menjemput Malindo Air rute Kuala Lumpur-Dhaka di KLIA.

Sepanjang masa tunggu keberangkatan, banyak pertanyaan muncul dari teman-teman sekantor atau teman-teman lain diluar pekerjaan.

“Yeeee, jalan-jalan kok ke Bangladesh. Ga elit bingit”

“Lo mau liat apa sih Don di Bangladesh?”

“Tar lo pulang sakit loh, Don”

“Kurang kerjaan….mending ke Ancol guwe daripada ke Bangladesh”.

“Kenapa sih Don harus ke Bangladesh?”

Jawabku: “Ya suka-suka guwelah….duit-duit guwe…kaki juga kaki guwe”.

Eh gak gitu dink….kasar beud.

Hahaha….”Ya gimana pren, duitnya hanya mampu buat jalan dimari”….wkwkwk….Itu jawaban guwe ke mereka yeee.

Kan orang lain ga tau sih isi kepala guwe about traveling…..makin gila makin aseeeekkk…..makan aneh makin nagih…..hihihi.

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Biasaaa….Nyegat DAMRI di Terminal Kampung Rambutan aja yang murah. Selain murah juga deket rumah bingit. Kupersiapkan Rp. 40.000 untuk membayar tarifnya dengan jam keberangkatan pukul 15:00. Perjalanan 1 jam 15 menit itu mengantarkanku tepat di Terminal 2F.

Melalui gate 5, Aku mulai memasuki pemeriksaan X-ray tahap pertama. Tak begitu mulus, backpack yang menjadi temanku satu-satunya terlihat dibolak-balik petugas AVSEC, dioles-oles menggunakan tissue basah lalu mengamatinya dengan seksama. Tak perlu khawatir….yang penting tak ada narkoba didadalamnya….hahaha. Kalaupun di tolak masuk, tenang brur….ini masih di kota sendiri. Tinggal balik lagi naik DAMRI….ya toh.

“Mbak, window seat donk !”, seruan memelasku kepada petugas check-in di konter Air Asia. Aduh, udah cantik baik pula, murah senyum…..eh emang tugasnye begonoh dink. “Ini mas”, sahutnya…..2D, yes gagal…..hahaha.

Yuk ngecap passport….geblek, padahal itu kan e-passport, tapi kebiasaannku mengecap passport menjadi tak peduli dengan adanya konter autogate.

Petugas Imigrasi  :  “Kemana?”

Aku                           : Sebutin aja detail satu-satu, supaya ga curiga kek waktu itu, “Penang, Dhaka, Colombo, Maldives pak. Transit Mumbai dan Singapore”. Njir perjalanan macam apa ituh….gile

Petugas Imigrasi  : “Backpacker?”

Aku                           : “Yoi pak”….eh salah, bukan begitu….”Betul pak”.

Petugas Imigrasi  : Lihat muka guwe, bolak-balik passport baru dan bekas guwe. Then….cekrek “hati-hati mas sendirian”.

Aku                           : “makasih pak….tentu saya akan hati-hati”.

Petugas                  : “Hebat nih si Mas”.

Cieeee….Guwe dipuji laki-laki….Alhamdulillah…..hahahaha. Pasti mikir guwe yang engga-engga….GUWE NORMAL KOK.

Kusempatkan shalat di ujung koridor sebelum masuk ke gate. Setelahnya, Aku memasuki pemeriksaan X-ray tahap kedua di depan gate D5….yesss, mulus.

Sedang asyik-asyiknya duduk membaca di sebelah charging station, datang sepasang perawakan Korea. Mengoprak-oprek lubang stop kontak yang sepertinya rusak.

Aku     :  “Hi, Sir. That’s broken. I had tried many times and failed”.

Dia       : “Oh yea….Why put it here if broken” pura-pura menendang pelan charging station sembari tersenyum.

Aku     : “Do you want go to South Korea?”.

Dia       : “Oh, Nup….I’m from California and will fly from KL”.

Aku     :  “Oh Nice”.

Dia       : “What are you doing here? “.

Aku     :  “My profession, your mean?”.

Dia       :  “yeaaa”

Aku     :  “Sales”.

Dia       :  “Good money?”

Aku     :  “If not good, I willn’t here to fly with you”.

Dia       :  “yea…yea…yea”, manggut-manggut sambil tersenyum menatapku.

Sepertinya pacarnya seorang travel vlogger. Ngoceh melulu dengan pedenya….hebat. Aku mana bisa kayak gitu. Lebih baik menulis daripada ngoceh terus macam Dia.

QZ 206 akhirnya merapat ke gate. Beuh….petualangan segera dimulai. Kehabisan air membuatku lari keluar untuk membeli mineral water. Dan sedikit mendapat peringatan dari petugas untuk segera kembali ke gate. Ok dah pak, daripada beli didalam pesawat, kan mahal.

Airbus A320-200 berkapasitas 186 penumpang.

Tepat jam 19:17, Aku mulai boarding.

Dibelakang cewek korean-american itu.

Penerbangan malam yang penuh turbulensi mengingat saat itu akhir Desember. Terlihat bapak setengah baya di sebelahku begitu tegang dan berpegangan erat pada armrest chair sepanjang perjalanan sementara Aku dan seorang perempuan muda yang mengapitnya hanya tersenyum kecut sambil menyembunyikan rasa was-was.

Kabin.

Karena pengetahuan terkiniku mengenai Ipoh dan Penang begitu minim, kuputuskan untuk menjelajah inflight magazine Travel360. Berharap menemukan informasi berharga mengenai pariwisata Ipoh dan Penang. Dan….yesss….Aku sungguh mendapatkannya.

Ipoh di inflight magazine Travel360.
Informasi mendasar tentang Penang.

QZ 206 bersiap mendarat. Tak bisa tidur selama perjalanan karena keasyikan membaca inflight magazine untuk mencari informasi. Kali ini petualangan transitku selama 5 hari di Malaysia bak bonek. Ngelayap tanpa bekal informasi yang cukup.

Bersiap-siap mendarat.

Itu bagasi buat apa ya? Perlengkapan keselamatan pernerbangan kali ya.

Begitu tiba di KLIA2 tentu fikiran yang langsung terbesit di benakku adalah cari free water station, makan malam, sembahyang, tiket bus ke Penang dan kemudian molorrrrrr.

Kamu harus menuju ke Transportation Hub di lantai 1 untuk mencari tempat makan murah. Oh ya…konter penjualan tiket bus juga ada disana

Yuks….siap-siap menuju Penang esok hari.

Sudah pernah coba beli tiket di 12Go ndak?. Sekali-kali boleh kamu coba deh. Berikut linknya: https://12go.asia/?z=3283832

Bus dari KLIA2 ke Penang

Tiket ketengan menuju ke Dhaka, Bangladesh mengharuskanku transit ke Kuala Lumpur. Plisssss deh….yang bener aja, Aku harus menginjakkan kaki di Kuala Lumpur untuk ke 12 kali.

Hebat euy si Donny….

Hebat apaan, Guwe bosennnnn….

Aku harus cepat memutar otak untuk menjadikan perjalanan kali ini berkesan.

Fine….Akhirnya Kuputuskan meninggalkan Kuala Lumpur dan memilih mengunjungi Penang dengan cara  memperpanjang waktu transitku.

Hingga 2017, Aku tak pernah kesampaian mengunjungi Penang. Sementara jadwal klayapanku sudah jauh meninggalkan Asia Tenggara. Jadi kupaksakan diri untuk mampir ke Penang sebelum menghabisi Asia Selatan.

Lalu….Bagaimana mencapai Penang dari KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2)?

Kukasih pilihan deh,

Alternatif 1. Naik ETS (Electric Train Service)

Biaya yang akan dikeluarkan jika naik ETS:

  1. Aerobus KLIA2-KL Sentral = Rp. 40.000
  2. ETS Stasiun KL Sentral-Stasiun Butterworth = Rp. 286.000
  3. Ferry dari Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal di Penang Sentral menuju Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal di Pulau Penang = Rp. 4.000

Tarif keseluruhan = Rp. 330.000

Alternatif 2. Naik Bus

Biaya yang akan dikeluarkan jika naik bus:

  1. Direct bus dari KLIA2-Penang Sentral = Rp. 190.000
  2. Ferry dari Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal di Penang Sentral menuju Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal di Pulau Penang = Rp. 4.000

Tarif keseluruhan = Rp. 194.000

Sudah tahu kan Aku memilih naik apa?….

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Malam hari pukul 22:05, Air Asia QZ 206 mendaratkanku di KLIA2. Artinya sudah jelas kan….moloooorrrr lageeeee di bandara….hahaha.

Selepas mengecap passport di konter imigrasi, Aku segera menuju ke Transportation Hub di lantai 1 Gateway@klia2 mall. Dan selanjutnya Aku duduk manis di ujung NZ Curry House untuk menyantap nasi lemak dan teh O seharga Rp. 23.000 sebagai makan malamku….makan malam kok tengah malam….parraaahhhh.

Tengah malam makan beginian….
Menu yang sama kuulang dipagi hari kemudian sebelum berangkat ke Penang.

Dan untuk mengamankan satu tiket menuju Penang. Di tengah malam itu pula, Aku membeli tiket bus StarMart Express dengan tujuan akhir Penang Sentral seharga Rp. 190.000.

Tengah malam pun konter sangat ramai….Awas kehabisan tiket!….Coba deh beli di 12Go
Tujuan akhir masih tertera terminal Butterworth. Sebelum Penang Sentral selesai dibangun, memang bus berhenti di terminal itu.

Yessss….

Makan sudah….

Tiket sudah….

Menjadikan malam itu nyenyak beristirahat di surau (mushola) Departure Hall lantai 3 KLIA2.

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Dan perjalanan menuju Penang pun dimulai. Pagi itu tepat pukul 06:00, Aku menaiki StarMart Express di Door1-platform A01 sesuai tiket.

StarMart Express sedang merapat di platform.
Aku duduk di seat nomor 22.

Karena ini perjalanan panjang maka kubekali diriku dengan membeli sebotol air mineral dan snack ringan seharga  Rp. 15.500.

Menyusuri jalanan North-South Expressway, Starmart Express berjalan dengan santai. Dan 3 jam 45 menit kemudian, Aku tiba di Terminal Amanjaya, Kota Ipoh. Ipoh sendiri adalah Ibu Kota Negara Bagian Perak.

Bus menurunkan dan menaikkan sejumlah penumpang di Terminal Amanjaya.
Suasana jalan ketika meninggalkan Kota Ipoh.

Pukul 11:00, Bus merangsek ke jalan Taiping dan akhirnya berhenti di Terminal Kuala Kangsar. Penumpang melakukan toilet break selama 10 menit.  

Terminal Kuala Kangsar terletak tepat di jalan Persiaran Bendahara, kota Bandar Baru, Distrik Kuala Kangsar, Negara Bagian Perak.

Pada jam 11:55, bus berhenti di kantor StarMart Express Taiping di Jalan Kampung Dew, daerah Simpang. Ini adalah tujuan akhir Bus StarMart Express dari KLIA 2. Dan untuk melanjutkan perjalanan menuju Penang,  penumpang akan dipindah ke bus StarMart Express yang lain atau bus yang bekerjasama dengan StarMart Express.

StarMart Express @Taiping Head Quarter terletak di Distrik Laut, Matang dan Selama, Negara Bagian Perak.

Dan kali ini, Aku dipindahkan ke Bus Eagle yang bekerjasama dengan StarMart Express.

Bus “Hijau” ini dimiliki oleh perusahaan Eagel Coach SDN.BHD.

Tak menjadi masalah buatku untuk dipindahkan ke bus lain yang penting sampai tujuan. Tapi tak tahu dengan penumpang yang lain, apakah mereka biasa juga atau mungkin ada yang sewot…..hahaha.

OK lanjut yaaaa….

Jam 12:30, Bus tiba di Terminal Bas Express Kamunting Raya untuk melakukan toilet break kembali selama 10 menit.

Terminal ini terletak di kota Kamunting, Distrik Laut, Matang dan Selama, Negara Bagian Perak.

10 menit kemudian bus perlahan meninggalkan Kota Kamunting dan mempertontonkan keindahan alam dengan melalui jalan yang meliak-liuk menembus perbukitan .

Cakep banget dah alam Negara Bagian Perak.

Terlelap dengan pulas karena jam tidur yang kurang pada malam sebelumnya di KLIA2 hingga akhirnya tak terasa bus mulai memasuki platform Penang Sentral pada pukul 13:54.

Rasa ingin tahu yang tinggi membuatku tak terasa capek menaiki bus selama 7 jam 54 menit untuk mencapai destinasi impian….”Penang”

Aku diturunkan di platform ini ketika tiba di Penang Sentral.

So guys,…..Siapa sih yang ga mau melihat Kota Tua George Town yang menjadi Situs Warisan Budaya UNESCO ?

Ayolah datang kemari….ngeteng aja sepertiku, dijamin murah meriah.

Tiket bus KLIA2-Penang bias Kamu dapatkan juga di e-commerce perjalanan 12Go

MRT from Kaohsiung International Airport to Downtown

The Southeast Asian LCC giant with flight number AK 0170 smoothly landed me at “Asia Little Dragon” land, through its front yard i.e Kaohsiung International Airport precisely on 1:05 pm.

Thanks Sir. Tony Fernandes, for always providing many cheap tickets to travel around Asia

Taiwan which I have only heard as a country that always opposed China’s superiority. The country which became third destination for Indonesian worker to earn incomes after Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Taiwan is also known as “A little country with many airports”. Imagine it!, this small island country has 37 airports with Taoyuan International Airport as its best airport. It shows that Taiwan is a very busy country.

And finally on December 27, 2016, I was allowed to visit it.

My arrival in Taiwan was a stopover visitation, before I headed to my main destination, Japan and South Korea. I could say that it is a prestigious trip in my 6th year as a backpacker.

If you don’t know where is Taiwan. You san imagine it: if we are on traveling, it will be further away from Hong Kong but closer than Japan. Well, have you imagined it, right? … If not, then try to see Dora’s map … hihihi

Okay …. In the previous article, I told my story when staying at Kaohsiung International Airport before leaving Kaohsiung towards Tokyo.

If you forget it. See the story here:

https://travelingpersecond.com/2018/03/04/menginap-di-kaohsiung-international-airport-taiwan/

Well … Then what will I tell about Taiwan this time?

Better….I’ll show you how I reached Kaohsiung downtown after landing.

Let’s start it, guys.…

Before landing, procedure of every airline in general, they will give you a arrival card and you can fill it during the flight.

Couldn’t wait to enjoy the beauty of Taiwan, my eyes kept stealing glances at plane’s window when landing. Swiftly sweeping the simple architecture of Kaohsiung International Airport from Air Asia cabin.

Once passed an aerobridge, I was faced with a long hallway with various wallpapers with “Welcome to Kaohsiung” theme.

a simple corridor … smart way because its wallpaper makes it beautiful

For your information, Kaohsiung is second largest city in Taiwan after their capital “Taipei”, so you should visit it if you have chance.

After walking down corridor for 10 minutes, I started entering immigration counter area.

let’s stamp my passport

My attention is on Indonesian students. They cheerfully queued….I saw them carrying their passports and e-visa sheets. “Great, Indonesian students have more chance to visit abroad now”, I muttered.

I quickly completed immigration process because I have shown Taiwan e-visa and Japan waiver visa. Oh yes, you must know that Indonesian tourist only need a free e-Visa if they already have a Japanese visa.
Exit from immigration counter, I started to walk down this Arrival Hall:

small and modern minimalist interior

Near Arrival Hall exit, you can find brochures which can help you to explore Kaohsiung. You will also easily find ATM and local SIM Card selling counter in this hallway:

This is last space of arrival hall before you actually leave the airport..

Have you taken some brochures yet? Want to buy a sim card first? Do you want to exchange your USD to eat?

I decided to get in MRT towards downtown. It means I had to find MRT station location.

Heiii.…don’t rush out of arrival hall.…just stop for a moment near exit gate, then look at your front, there is a access building to MRT. There is it.…

Well…that building is at front….

After using lift, I found Kaohsiung International Airport MRT station

I bought a two day pass for my 3D2N journey in Kaohsiung.…MRT had came… let’s see its interior:

Enjoying smooth sound of MRT, I headed to Houyi Station where Paper Plane Hostel where I stayed during traveling to Kaohsiung was located. Within 30 minutes I finally arrived at Houyi Station:

From MRT exit gate, I just walked to its back then turn right around 50 meters to find my hostel:

Swear … this hostel is cheap and cool.

I stayed for two nights and got new friends at dormitory, He is Vietnamese and his friend is from Bandung but live in USA (well, they are in the photo above). They are study in same college in USA and they are traveling together to Taiwan.

After checked-in that afternoon, I immediately went to biggest street culinary market in Kaohsiung….where is that?….wait for the next article!

MRT dari Kaohsiung International Airport ke Tengah Kota

Raksasa LCC Asia Tenggara bernomor terbang AK 0170 itu mendaratkanku dengan mulus di tanah “Naga Kecil Asia”, melalui halaman depannya yaitu  Kaohsiung International Airport tepat pada pukul 13:05.

Terimakasih om Tony Fernandes yang selalu menyediakan tiket murah untuk keliling Asia

Taiwan yang selama ini hanya kudengar sebagai negara yang selalu menentang kedigdayaan “Tirai Bambu”. Negara yang menjadi tujuan ke-3 para pahlawan devisa Indonesia untuk berburu nafkah setelah Malaysia dan Saudi Arabia. Negara yang juga terkenal dengan sebutan “Si Kecil” pemilik banyak bandara. Bayangkan, negara pulau kecil itu memiliki 37 bandara dengan Taoyuan International Airport sebagai bandara terbaiknya. Ini menunjukkan bahwa Taiwan adalah negara yang sangat sibuk.

Dan akhirnya pada 27 Desember 2016, Aku diizinkan untuk menyambanginya.

Kedatanganku di Taiwan adalah sesi singgah, sebelum Aku menuju destinasi utamaku yaitu Jepang dan Korea Selatan di sesi akhir petualanganku kala itu. Boleh dikatakan ini adalah perjalanan prestisius di tahun ke-6 ku menjadi backpacker.

Kalau Kamu ga kebayang dimana Taiwan, Taiwan itu kalau Kita sedang jalan maka akan lebih jauh dari Hong Kong tetapi lebih dekat daripada Jepang. Nah udah kebayang kan?…..Kalau belum, ya coba lihat peta si Dora…hihihi

Okay….Pada artikel sebelumnya Aku menceritakan kisah ketika menginap di Kaohsiung International Airport sebelum meninggalkan kota ini menuju ke Tokyo.

Kalau Kamu lupa. lihat disini kisahnya:

https://travelingpersecond.com/2018/03/04/menginap-di-kaohsiung-international-airport-taiwan/

Well….Lalu apa yang akan kuceritakan tentang Taiwan kali ini….

Gini aja….akan kutunjukkan bagaimana ketika aku mulai mendarat hingga mencapai tengah kota Kaohsiung.

Kita mulai ya, gaes….

Sebelum mendarat, maka prosedur setiap maskapai pada umumnya, mereka akan memberikanmu arrival card dan Kamu bisa mengisinya selama flight.

Tak sabar menikmati keindahan Taiwan, mataku terus mencuri pandang ke jendela pesawat ketika mendarat. Menyapu dengan cepat arsitektur sederhana Kaohsiung International Airport dari dalam kabin Air Asia.

Begitu melewati aerobridge, Aku dihadapkan pada sebuah lorong panjang dengan berbagai wallpaper bertema “Welcome to Kaohsiung”.

sederhana ya koridornya….pintar, wallpaper itu membuatnya indah

Sekedar informasi buat Kamu bahwa Kaohsiung adalah kota terbesar kedua di Taiwan setelah ibu kotanya Taipe, jadi Kamu harus mengunjunginya jika ada waktu.

Setelah berjalan menyusuri koridor selama 10 menit, Aku memulai memasuki area konter Imigrasi.

yuk….ngecap passport

Perhatianku tertuju pada siswa-siswi asal Indonesia. Mereka mengantri dengan bercanda riang….Kulihat mereka menenteng passport dan lembar e-visanya masing-masing. “Hebat, siswa zaman sekarang, mainannya keluar negeri, zamanku boro-boro, piknik ke kota sebelah aja langka”, gumamku sedikit ngiri…hihihi

Menyelesaikan proses imigrasi dengan cepat karena aku telah menunjukkan e-visa dan visa waiver Jepang. Oh ya, sekedar Kamu ketahui bahwa untuk memasuki Taiwan kamu hanya memerlukan free e-Visa apabila sudah memiliki Visa Jepang.

Keluar konter imigrasi maka Aku mulai menyusuri Arrival Hall ini:

kecil dan bergaya modern minimalis

Didekat pintu keluar Arrival Hall, Kamu bisa mendapatkan segala brosur untuk membantumu mengeksplorasi Kaohsiung. Kamu juga dengan mudah akan mendapatkan ATM dan konter penjualan SIM Card Local di selasar ini:

Ini adalah ruangan terakhir arrival hall sebelum Kamu benar-benar meninggalkan bandara.

Udah ambil brosur belum? mau beli sim card dulu? Apa mau tuker dolarmu buat makan?

Aku sendiri memutuskan menggunakan MRT untuk menuju ke tengah kota. Berarti Aku harus menemukan dimana letak stasiun MRT nya ya….hahahah

Heiii….jangan buru-buru keluar dari arrival hall….diamlah sejenak dekat pintu keluar, lalu lihatlah di seberang depan ada bangunan lift menuju ke MRT. nih……

Nah….bangunan kaca didepan itu tuh…..

Setelah menaiki lift itu maka Aku menemukan stasiun MRT Kaohsiung International Airport

Aku membeli two day pass untuk kunjungan 3 hari 2 malamku di Kaohsiung….MRT datang nih…yuk lihat interiornya:

woiii…jangan berdiri di sambungan kereta. Danger tau !

Menikmati halusnya suara MRT, Aku menuju ke Stasiun Houyi dimana Paper Plane Hostel tempatku menginap selama berwisata ke Kaohsiung berada. Dalam waktu 30 menit akhirnya aku sampai di Stasiun Houyi:

hampir mirip ya seperti gate MRT kita

Dari pintu keluar MRT ini, Aku hanya perlu berjalan ke belakang lalu berbelok ke kanan sekitar 50 meter untuk menemukan hostelku:

Swear…ini hostel murah dan keren bingit.

Aku tinggal selama dua malam dan mengenal teman-teman baru di dormitory, satu orang asal Vietnam dan satu lagi mahasiswa asli Bandung tapi besar di Amerika (tuh, mereka ada di foto atas) . Mereka adalah teman kampus yang sedang jalan-jalan berdua sepertinya.

Sore itu juga selepas check-in, Aku segera menuju pasar kuliner jalanan terbesar di Kaohsiung…dimanakah itu?….tunggu ya tulisan selanjutnya!

Wattay International Airport….A Small Gate of Lao Tourism

Visiting Vientiane was a special gift. How can?, a trip that had got cancellation on 2014 due to my leave letter was refused by my office. And finally I waited for 4 years  to made it really happen.

Air Asia flight AK 552 landed smoothly at Wattay International Airport on 09:14. Seeing airport area from plane that was taxing to airport parking lot reminded me to Adisumarmo airport (Solo) in last 2004 ….. very small.

Even Air Asia AK 552 became the one and only international flight that landed in that morning.

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airport parking lot

Within 7 minutes after plane stopped perfectly, I got out through aviobridge. I took time to captured some pictures above.

From aviobridge I turned right into arrival corridor that looked elegant with carpeted floor and minimalist modern style.

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arrival corridor

At the end of corridor I turned left to immigration processing hall. The toilet is on left of hall entrance access. There are 14 passport control service counters there. It only took 17 minutes from starting to queue until passport had stamped. Immigration officers spoke english less fluently but quite understandable.

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passport control service counter

Out of immigration counter, I was immediately confronted to 2 units of conveyor belt in baggage claim room. Since I didn’t bring checked luggage then I rushed to exit gate into arrival hall.J

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baggage claim area

But before I actually got out, I stopped in front of small room to right side of gate. There is an official money changer belonging to BCEL (Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao). This made me easy to immediately exchanged USD to Lao Kip.

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BCEL money changer

After that I really got out on arrival hall. There are only two counters in the hall, local SIM card sales counter and Taxi ticket counter. Although I saw an airport bus signage in counter, but airport bus tickets weren’t sold here. It will be paid directly to bus conductor.

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arrival hall

Exit from arrival hall, by crossing street you will be directly faced on the car park area. The uniqueness of parking area can see on its roof in the form of solar cell sheets as electricity source for airport lighting. It was cooperation project of Japan and Lao government. I could easily find its cooperation inscription in parking area.

If you turn right from exit door about 25m, you will find airport bus shelter to downtown.

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parking area and airport exit

So … When arriving in Laos, Don’t rush to leave the airport …. Make the airport as one of your destinations.

Congratulations for landing at “The Little Pretty” Wattay International Airport.

Wattay International Airport….Gerbang Mungil Wisata Laos

Menginjakkan kaki di Vientiane adalah sebuah anugerah tersendiri. Bagaimana tidak, trip yang sempat mengalami pembatalan sejak 2014 karena ditolaknya cuti oleh kantor tempat Saya bekerja, akhirnya membutuhkan waktu 4 tahun untuk mewujudkannya.

Penerbangan Air Asia AK 552 mendarat dengan mulus di bandara Wattay International Airport pada pukul 09:14. Melihat area bandara dari dalam pesawat yang sedang taxing menuju airport parking lot mengingatkanku pada bandara Adisumarmo (Solo) tempoe doeloe sekitar tahun 2004…..sangat mungil.

Bahkan penerbangan Air Asia ini menjadi satu-satunya penerbangan International yang landing di pagi itu.

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airport parking lot

Dalam 7 menit setelah pesawat berhenti sempurna, Saya mulai keluar dari badan pesawat dan menelusuri garbarata. Saya menyempatkan diri untuk mengambil beberapa foto diatas.

Dari garbarata Saya berbelok ke kanan memasuki arrival corridor yang terlihat elegan dengan lantai berkarpet dan bergaya modern minimalis.

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arrival corridor

Di ujung koridor Saya bebelok ke kiri menuju immigration processing hall. Toilet ada di sebelah kiri dari akses masuk ke hall. Ada 14 passport control service counter di bandara ini. Hanya membutuhkan waktu 17 menit dari mulai antri hingga distempelnya passport. Terlihat petugas imigrasi berbicara dalam Bahasa Inggris dengan kurang fasih tetapi cukup dimengerti.

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passport control service counter

Keluar dari konter imigrasi, Saya langsung dihadapkan pada 2 unit conveyor belt di ruang baggage claim. Karena saya tidak membawa checked luggage maka bergegas menuju pintu keluar ke arrival hall.

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baggage claim area

Tetapi sebelum benar-benar keluar, langkah Saya terhenti pada ruang kecil di sebelah kanan pintu. Ada sebuah money changer resmi milik BCEL (Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao). Hal ini memudahkanku untuk segera menukar USD ke Lao Kip.

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BCEL money changer

Barulah kemudian Saya benar-benar keluar di arrival hall. Hanya ada dua konter di hall ini yaitu konter penjualan sim card lokal dan konter pembelian tiket Taxi. Walaupun ada logo airport bus di konter ini tetapi tiket airport bus tidak dijual di konter ini, melainkan akan langsung dibayar ke kondektur di dalam bus.

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arrival hall

Keluar dari arrival hall, dengan menyeberang jalan akan langsung dihadapkan pada area parkir mobil. Keunikan dari area parkir ini adalah pada atap area parkir yang berupa lembaran-lembaran solar cell sebagai sumber listrik untuk penerangan bandara yang merupakan kerjasama pemerintah Jepang dan Laos. Saya bisa menemukan dengan mudah prasasti kerjasamanya di area parkir ini.

Sedangkan belok ke kanan dari pintu keluar sekitar 25m akan ditemui shelter airport bus menuju ke pusat kota.

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area parkir dan pintu keluar bandara

So…Ketika tiba di Laos jangan buru-buru meninggalkan bandara ini ya….Jadikan bandara sebagai salah satu dari sekian banyak destinasi wisata kamu.

Selamat mendarat di “Si Mungil” Wattay International Airport.