Air Asia A320/200 from Suratthani to KL plus 3 nights budget accommodation in KL, less than 100Great British quids.
This version of the aircraft has 186 passenger seats, but on this flight only 12 passengers and 4 cabin staff. No alcohol in flight and only snacks and soft drinks for sale on board
On arrival at KLIA2 the newer airport, they have well staffed immigration counters and apart from photo and fingerprints it's all over quickly. Through duty free and on to the arrivals terminal with the odd cabbie cruising for a fare. He only wanted MYR180 for the trip downtown. I will use local currency from here on and for those who want a rough idea of the cost in Thai baht just add a zero on the end.
No thanks cabbie instead of lining your pockets, I will take the airport express for MYR35 and 33 minutes. Better than an hour and a half in a cab, plus funds are saved for drinking.
My two new Australian pals. On the airport express which runs from KL to the city. Air conditioned and no overcrowding. About 27km from downtown KL Sentral.
The guy on the left is from Iran and the other guy is Malaysian.
Hotel Kita is in Chow KIt about 6km from KL Sentral so I haggle for a cab, MYR30 from Sentral to hotel.
Cabbie wants to sell me an English woman called Doris. No thanks mate I'm only here for the beer and the sport.
The room is small but clean and quiet with aircon and TV. Most staff and guests are muslim and helpful and inobtrusive repectively.