One of my favorite airports in south east Asia to hang out at is Kuala Lumpur’s International Airport, otherwise known as KLIA. One of the best airports in the world, there’s no worries about finding things to do here if you’re waiting for a flight. KL International Airport is huge, it has shops, cafes, restaurants and more and enough things to do to provide several hours of entertainment.
Send a Postcard or Letter – Once I get to KLIA and have checked in, the first thing I usually do is head to the small post office. Located just past the check-in desks, here you can buy postcards, letter paper and stamps and send those cards or letters you didn’t get around to while you were on holiday.
Children’s Play Area – If you have kids, KL International Airport has some fabulous children’s play areas. Located on Level 5 of the Main Terminal Building (MTB), you’ll find huge colorful slides, climbing frames, karts to play on, games and other fun activities. You can’t just dump your child here and wander away though, as there is no supervision – you’re expected to do that yourself.
Use the Business Center – KL International Airport (KLIA) has a top-notch business center. If you find you’re still needing to finish that letter, send an e-mail or make some calls, you can do all that plus more from the business center. Called the Plaza Premium Lounge, you can get secretarial help, do some printing and photocopying, fax documents and mail or courier letters and packages. The cost is 88 ringgit or $27 for two hours, or less per hour the more time you spend there. The Plaza Premium Lounge is located in the Satellite Building.
Relax in the Plaza Premium Lounge – Even if you’re not a business person, you can still use the Plaza Premium Lounge as it’s basically a lounge area set up like the airlines’ lounges that anyone can use for a fee. For $27 for two hours or $40 for five hours, you can watch movies, get on the internet, drink free beer, free coffee and cappuccinos and eat free food, relax in comfortable chairs, and even use a massage chair. They’re open 24 hours a day and children are welcome for a small fee, if between 6 to 12 years old, and free aged five or below.
Watch Planes and Trains From the Viewing Gallery – At the end of the Main Terminal Building (MTB), you’ll find a huge Viewing Gallery. Here, you can watch planes taking off and landing, as well as the comings and goings of the airport’s aerotrain.
Sleep at the Airside Transit Hotel – If you really need to sleep while waiting for your flight, take a room at the Airside Transit Hotel. Room rates are cheap starting at only $42 for a six hour stay in a standard room. Rooms include a TV , in-room safe and a bathroom, a fitness center, a business center and Wi-Fi internet. If you don’t want to use a room, but would love a shower, that’s also available for a $6 fee.
Shopping and Eating – Of course, don’t forget shopping and eating at KLIA. The airport has hundreds of shops selling t shirts, books, chocolate, medicines, alcohol, perfume, duty-free goods and loads more. You’ll also find a variety of cafes and restaurants serving everything from traditional Malay food to Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian and American food, to name just a few.
KL International Airport (KLIA) is one of my favorite hotels in the world. It’s a fun airport to fly in and out of, the design is beautiful and there’s so much to see and do, you can spend hours here and never get bored.