Scoot Air TR 457 from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (KUL-SIN)

SCOOT AIR….Low Cost Carrier (LCC) from Singapore, which its stocks are owned by Singapore Airlines.

Scoot Air TR457 flight path. Source from

Scoot is 22nd airlines which I have ever used. Through flight number TR 457 on regular route Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Singapore (SIN), I firstly used Scoot Air service on March 31st, 2018. On that time, I boarded an Airbus A320 aircraft with 168 passengers in capacity.

Even though I ever used Tiger Mandala Airlines on November 26th, 2013 while heading to Bangkok and Tiger Air on January 11st, 2015 when I returned from Vietnam. Now the two airlines have merged into Scoot Air.

Look that ! Tiger Air identity in Scoot Air TR 457 plane.

Ambiguity of terminal where I would depart (whether from KLIA terminal 1 or KLIA terminal 2) made me a little nervous because departure list usually publishes 2 hours before flight. And of course, it takes time to move from KLIA2 to KLIA.

For international flights, I always start towards airport on 4 hours before flight time. So I left Westree Hotel on 05:30 and rushed to Skybus/Aerobus shelter which located in KL Sentral. Because distance from hotel to shelter is only 40 m, I only needed to walk for 3 minutes towards shelter.

Indian descent hotel security sharply watched me in inner door of lobby….Because I stood for a long time in middle of lobby door….I was seriously watching around….So quiet, I had to make sure that there wasn’t suspicious thing along road which I would pass towards KL Sentral.

Yesss….There aren’t any people on road….Fast walking. Like an racewalking athlete, I started to stay away from hotel. I arrived in shelter when bus was ready to leave.

With USD 3.1, I arrived at KLIA2 on 6:30. I immediately headed to information center to ask about terminal where TR457 would take off. On early morning, I disturbed information center officer with some questions because departure board didn’t display yet an information about TR457, so She had to pull keyboard and searching information for me….very kindly officer.

God… eyes glared while chewing Nasi Lemak (original food from Malaysia) with fried egg in corner of NZ Curry House….Look like a goat which was ruminating. It was a sign that I wasn’t ready to get early breakfast.

Yes, there wasn’t other choice, it was better to have breakfast in Indian restaurant with cheapest price before heading to 3rd floor for check-in, immigration and departure processes.

Departure Board in Departure Hall
Information Centre in Departure Hall
Departure Hall Area
Check-in counter no Z2-Z3 for Scoot Air TR457.
After passing immigration counter, I headed to waiting room at gate L3.

I entered waiting room on 08:05. In boredom of waiting, Vietnamese came to me and ask something:

Vietnamese: “Hi, Can you explain to me about my cigarette (while showing a pack of cigarettes which have been smoked two stumps). Can I bring it when entering Singapore?

Me : “Do you bring another one  or just this opened pack?. If you just bring it, you can savely entering Singapore.

Vietnamese: “No, I just bring it. So it’s savely. Thanks you.

Me: “You are welcome”.

Waiting room in front of gate L3.
After waiting for 20 minutes, finally boarding process begins.
Where was seat 14D?

Scoot Air is identical with yellow. The charm of young air crews was very fresh when their appeaybrance is clad in yeloow t-shirt and shallow.

Fly over Malacca Strait
The sky is really clear, very comfort to fly without turbulence.

After fllying about 1 hour and 15 minutes, I landed at Changi International Airport Terminal 2. Trying to leave Changi as soon as possible to go to Greendili Backpackers Hostel in Race Course Road and then ready to explore Singapore for 7th time.

Searching MRT map before entering Changi International Airport immigration counter.
Catch the MRT ! towards downtown.

Let’s go to Mustafa Center for lunch before exploring.

Tan Son Nhat, Viet Jet and Noi Bai

I’ll tell you about 8 hours of exploring Ho Chi Minh sometime. City with 4 million motorcycles and hot weather, also keeps many histories of Vietcong soldiers battle with their underground tunnels.

But for a moment I will tell you how my heart was pounding before flying with Viet Jet. Why?

Yes … At that time, Viet Jet became famous because often demonstrate flight safety procedure by flight attendant in bikini (unusual thing for Indonesian like me). But evidently when I waited for it after all passengers on board, the show didn’t happen that night … Passengers were disappointed …hahaha

Several hours before…..

Came back from Cu Chi Tunnel … At 6:27 a.m, I started to bargain a taxi to Tan Son Nhat Airport … For your information, Vietnam’s taxis prefer to price bargaining  than using a taximeter. Therefore, if you don’t want to over budget when you travel there, You must dare to bargain for taxi price there.

Finally, I got deal for 30,000 Vietnam Dong (VND), Taxi drove me and friends to airport in 25 minutes. We were dropped off in front of departure hall.

Tan Son Nhat Entrance Gate

Departure gate

I arrived in18:48 and my boarding time was 22:00. It was better to got out from airport for looked for cheap dinner outside.

I crossed the Truong Son Road quickly because the “red sign” on traffic light was briefly lit. I thought everything was OK, but actually my friend “The Fat” was defending his sling bag form 2 motorized pickpockets about 15 metres behind me … I knew that his sling bag contained a passport and VND. Luckily two pickpockets gave up and released the bag.

Restaurant near Tan Son Nhat

Restaurant owner

Back to airport and waiting for checked-in. I saw some passengers was arguing loudly with ground staff … either of missed or delayed ….

Departure Hall Tan Son Nhat

Departure Hall and crowded passengers in front of me.

After checked-in, I stepped to ticket inspection section. Local passengers showed ticket and ID card while tourists show ticket and passport. The inspector closely looked my face when matching my face to my photo in passport. Worried … but just relax, most importantly I followed the procedure.

Entering Gate 16, I waited for Viet Jet plane arrived. Nothing to did, I just idly counted local passengers and observed Vietnamese behavior. Even my friends talked about beautiful Vietnamese who was sitting in front of us…She seemed to understood what we talked about until She smiled at us …

Anggi and Boarding Gate

Anggi in Gate..sstt…She is still single !!!

Backpack and Ticket

Travel around Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam with such small bags

Exactly I started to boarding at 22:00. I saw some unusual behavior. Rear passenger legs appear between my seats, some of them still using WhatsApp when air crew gave order to turn off all electronic device, and also some legs got up on the seat when take-off … Funny

I thought the pilot was europeans like I saw on airline website but actually they were both local pilots.

Grateful, my 2 hour flight was smooth without turbulence and landed well at Noi Bai


Viet Jet at Noi Bai

Drizzle and felt cold when got off the plane

I chose night flight so I could sleep at Noi Bai International Airport until morning … I could save lodging budget. My experience of sleeping there, I will tell you later … The fact, Noi Bai was the best protection that night from outside temperature about 8 degrees Celsius.

Thanks Viet Jet and Noi Bai …