Day 99 – Unchained melody

And yet again it is airport time, yay!

By the end of this trip I think we could make a good start on a Rough Guide to Airports.  If we do, KL airport is not likely to score that highly.  Basic (though obviously not by Bolivian standards – though the bus shelter at the end of the road would compare well to a Bolivian airport) and relatively lacking in very much to do, but post card writing and looking at watches I cannot afford pass the time until we board the plane.

For the second time on the trip (but unlikely to be the last) we fly Air Asia.  This is the SE Asia equivalent of the European low cost airlines such as Ryan Air, Jet2 and Easyjet, and we read in their brochure that they have recently introduced ‘compression clothing’ for their cabin staff to help reduce the impacts of flying on the body.  From what we can see it is currently only being issued to young attractive female cabin staff.

We agree that Air Asia are probably a bit better than any of the European low cost airlines and this is backed up by the fact that today we are informed that they have just won the “World’s Best Low Cost Airline Award” for the 5th year running.  What makes this more memorable is that one of the cabin crew celebrates this fact by singing “Unchained Melody” live and unaccompanied over the intercom.  Based on his ability to hit the high notes he might want to request some compression clothing before trying again.

A mild panic at the airport over our visa application forms and desperate looking for some random flight information on the internet to fill in the card before we managed to safely get into Thailand .  A crazy taxi cost battle follows before the the longest ‘airport to hotel’ journey of the trip so far through Patong, the Blackpool of Thailand (home to lady boy and ping pong shows…) and then arrival at the hotel for a relaxing afternoon and evening.

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