Kuala Lumpur has a good airport

Kuala Lumpur Airport - KLIA

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Travelers from Europe land in the satellite terminal from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, short: KLIA. If you have an international connecting flight, you will also find your gate in the satellite terminal. Everyone else has to switch to the main terminal and take the airport train over to the other building.

At the other end of the short train connection, both the gates to connecting flights within Malaysia and the baggage claim area are clearly signposted. This also applies to the express train that connects the KLIA directly with the center of Kuala Lumpur

Hours of stay at KLIA

Kuala Lumpur Airport is 44 kilometers south of the capital. On our return flight, we stayed at KLIA for over seven hours. It's too short for a trip to the city. Far too long to sit around, however. So we were able to take a good look around there. In other words: Annette and I wandered senselessly through the various shops at the airport for hours.

We looked in vain for normal-sized picture postcards, marveled at the rich selection of chocolate and other sweets and got bored in the airport perfumery. Ultimately, we turned the leftover ringits into cappuccino and a better rum. A few of these bottles are already stored in the cellar at home, but exchanging them would hardly have been worthwhile.

The Kuala Lumpur International Airport, or also Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur, is the largest Malaysian airport. But as with the vast majority of large airports, you will look in vain for special shops and restaurants in the KLIA. In addition to the perfumery and liquor store, there is also a bookstore, a shop with suitcases and bags and travel accessories.

In addition, a handful of shops with souvenirs and one or the other clothes shop. The gastronomy is dominated by international chains such as Burger King and Starbucks and a few Malaysian restaurants (which also mainly offer fast food). The only special thing is the Jungle Walk in the main building, a small green oasis with a waterfall under the open sky.

A real rainforest in the middle of Kuala Lumpur Airport - KLIA

The rainforest in the airport is really something special. The airport's architect, Kishō Kurokawa, had a glass cylinder built in the middle of the main building. Tropical plants and rainforest trees should grow and flourish in it. This forest should set the passengers on the country Malaysia with its fascinating flora. And give us a little review. To do this, a piece of nature was brought back into the built-up world. Because this tropical rainforest was not planted. Most of it was transplanted from the existing rainforest. However, it is not explained whether this was only allowed to make room for palm oil plantations there. At least this piece of nature wasn't just cut down. The forest offers us something more meaningful activity than strolling through the shops and looking at the umpteenth bar of Swiss chocolate.

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