7.5 Hours at KL Airport, What to Do…

February 11, 2011

What are you to do when you have a 7 and a half hour stop-over at Kuala Lumpur airport? Good question, my friends. Please use the following post as a guide for how to spend the sometimes frustrating hours, as you eagerly wait for a connecting flight to your originally desired location.

Yes, low cost carriers are fabulously cheap. However they do incur with them an obligation to wait umpteen hours with awkwardly sized luggage that makes casually strolling the candy isles an impossible task without looking like the Incredible Hulk and sending candy flying off the shelves in all directions. I recommend you try and avoid that situation – the staff at one particular convenience store are apparently without a sense of humour about such incidents. Instead, I suggest you amuse yourselves with the following activities.

1. Eat meal number 1, lunch…at 8am local time.

After much careful consideration (read: we were starving and ate at the first place we paid attention to) we sat down at ‘Taste of Asia’. I had chicken and fish-ball noodle soup, and Ben had a Nasi Lemak. Mine was better. A lot better. Not bad for airport food! A nice flavoured broth, good quality shredded chicken and rather delightful fish balls. I was quite pleased.

Ben’s beef was dry, the egg overcooked, and the sauce lacked depth, but what do you expect from a café called ‘Taste of Asia’ that cooks in bulk. I think that my soup was a diamond in the trough.

2. Lament the long wait – our flight wasn’t even up on the board yet – and take silly photographs to amuse yourself.

3. Wander around the foods shops educating yourself on how much Malaysians (and, as I would discover, many South East Asians) appear to love Shrimp flavoured chips and Oreos. Not at the same time…or maybe?

4. Drink beverages the size of your torso. This was Ben’s ‘medium’ café latte from ‘The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’. Haha, right. I had a green tea that was just a large, however I was over-the-moon about my huge cup – usually tea just seems so tiny and overpriced. The US $5 I spent on this cup felt completely worth it. Hang on a minute…I paid $5 for tea?!! Long waits at Airports will do that to you.

5. Make up for said costly tea by saving money on book purchases. I bought ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘ for 35 MYR, which equates to ~ $15. I immediately got lost in the pages and developed an unabashed crush on Blomkvist. And Salander. Dirch Frode was kind of cool too. I really enjoyed this book, and picked up the second in Bangkok, which I am yet to finish.

6. Diligently observe the variety of donut flavours on offer at ‘Dunkin’ Donuts’ – hello potato, sausage and green tea flavours!

7. Watch 3 episodes of Mad Men, season 1, on your laptop computer (if you don’t have a laptop with you, may I suggest spending extra time on activities 3 and/or 5).

We’re in love with this show! It took a couple of episodes for me to get into it, but now I love everything about it – the characters, the storylines, the work, the costumes. I want to be Joan, boy is she hot stuff.

But perhaps only for a day, I don’t think I could stand the rampant sexism. And is there anyone cooler than Don Draper? (disregarding the multiple affairs, and all).

8. Eat meal number 2, second lunch – at 1pm. Well this meal was far worse than the first, true story. Drawn in by the attractive ‘white picket-fence, garden’ look, we decided to eat at the aptly named, ‘Food Garden’. Come to think of it it was incredibly aptly named, as there were flies buzzing everywhere. We had the Laksa, and let’s not even go there. Bland soup, heavy on the coconut milk, with a few measly shards of chicken (or other tasteless, white meat). Ok I just went there…we ate it, though, as we were hungry.

We also had another Nasi Lemak, as it looked so yummy being delivered to fellow patrons. Looks can be deceiving, my friends. I did enjoy the ikan bilis, however. I think I just like saying ‘ikan bilis’. No, this is not true, I am certifiably in love with this stuff. I may even name my future dog “Ikan Bilis”.

9. Happily board your plane, enjoy the flight, disembark and be greeted with this:

Hello Vietnam!

Heidi xo

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  • Merowyn February 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

    AWESOME post hahaahaaha I've had v v v long stop overs in Singapore. Thank goodness they have the special lounge bit where you can shower, eat and sit around on lounge chairs. There is also a gym which is fantastic if you've been sitting for hours on end. Great post Heidi. ♥

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 11, 2011 at 10:07 am

    oh this post had me cracking up! I too have been 'THAT' girl who wanders aisles of shops killing time before my flight with too much luggage!

  • Hannah February 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Haha great post! The noodle soup look delicious! I remember a stop over we had at a Chinese airport (forget the exact place) and just eating heaps of oreos to kill time…
    Hannah x

  • Poptartlr February 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Not to mention the fact that Malaysians adore Milo! I was there a few weeks ago for work, and there was milo everywhere…more so than in Aus.
    I did have a good Roti Channai at that airport..

  • Taryn February 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

    The KL lolly shop is AMAZING!

  • shu shu February 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Good post! I don't mind the odd stopover after a bit of browsing I'm usually fast asleep in the most uncomfortable position. The joys of being able to sleep anywhere!

  • Hannah February 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Oh gosh, interminable hours at airports… I've had a few of those on my travels! Hurrah for Mad Men – I love the latest season (season 4) in particular, so I can't wait for you to get up to that! Well done for fitting so many different activities into your 7.5 hours 🙂

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds February 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Airports can be the most soul-sucking environments. Lucky you had Mad Men and Stieg Larsson to keep you occupied! The second Dragon Tatto book was my favourite.

    And I want to be Joan Holloway too – she kicks ass.

  • grace February 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    eat, eat, eat, and eat–that's definitely how i'd spend my time! (and i'd be dead broke by the end of it…)
    i LOVE mad men, although the sexism is a bit disconcerting. i can't help it–don's a stud. 🙂

  • Michelle Chin February 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    You are naming your dog ikan bilis? Sheeh, why not name him asam laksa!

  • Anna Johnston February 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Well done Heidi & Ben for keeping a sense of humour, I'm afraid long lay-overs in strange countries make me totally loose my attitude, I just turn into this ridiculously ridiculous idiot & sulk…. I know, I know… ridiculous right 😉

  • penny aka jeroxie February 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Had a couple of those when we travel Europe. We were in Changi Airport… so a lot of eating, drinking and shopping!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    hehe what a cute post! Do you remember the episode of Kath and Kim where Kath and Kel spend heaps of time at the airport? I think you spent the time well! 😀

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) February 12, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Ugh, such a long waiting time! I usually browse the airport stores when I have to wait for a flight, but fortunately I never had a 7 hours stop! "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is awesome, I read all three books in a row last summer. So look forward to another two to come! 😀

  • cyclicalunemployment February 12, 2011 at 2:04 am

    what amazing food stuffs you have! I would go crazy in the airport like that and just walk around in circles 🙂

  • Heidi February 12, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Merowyn – thanks so much 🙂 a gym would have been fabulous!! And then a nice hot shower, how lovely. A girl can dream.

    Lisa – tehehe, glad to know I'm not alone!

    Hannah – yes, stopovers and oreos go hand in hand…

    poptartlr – yes, they do love milo! it was everywhere! I had a hot milo coming home on the plane from KL with Air Asia, it was lovely – reading, all snugged up with a hot milo 🙂

    Taryn – I restricted myself and didn't end up buying many lollies, I just window shopped 🙂

    shu shu – that is a gift. I recall sleeping on Athens Airport's floor twice when I travelled Europe – I seemed to develop that skill too, out of necessity.!

    Hannah – why thank you! And yes, I'm super pumped to get further into Mad Men. We're a little into Season 2 now, and I'm loving it!

    Julia – high five for the Joan Holloway love! I am really enjoying the second book of the series! I'm about half way.

    grace – oh such a stud 🙂

    Michelle – hmm, not a bad idea…hehe, no I just love saying ikan bilis! It may just take over our original name choice of Humphrey Bogart. We'll see…

    Anna – not ridiculous! It does take some deep breaths and caffeine to get through 🙂

    Penny – and trying on different perfumes, pretending to be legitimately looking! 🙂

    Lorraine – No, I don't recall that episode, shame. Forget Don, Kel is a stud! 😛

    Kath – there are two more coming?! How fabulous!

    Katherine – yes, there was a bit of circle walking and crazy talk 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Daniel @ TickleMyTastebuds July 3, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Thanks for the ideas, we’re stopping over at KL Airport on our trip from Melbourne to Phuket tomorrow night – only, we’ve got 5.5 hours to spare; might have to find a winning Laksa to tell you about! haha

    • Heidi July 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

      haha, love it. Glad to provide some entertainment! Have a great flight & a great trip 🙂

  • Ally December 22, 2013 at 5:06 am

    In your post you said this is the KL Airport, or KLIA, but from the pictures it looks like LCCT which is the Low cost carrier terminal. Anyway, LCCT is horrible. Glad you managed to somewhat entertain yourself.