AirAsia ASEAN Pass Review

This is my review entry of my recent ASEAN trip using the AirAsia ASEAN Pass. It has been launched way back 2014. Before I left for the United States, I was eyeing to do an ASEAN tour and has been very interested to use the pass. I’ve been reading a lot of reviews and most of them were negatives so, I am making my own review based on the experiences I had.

AirAsia ASEAN Pass has two different kind of passes, the 10- and 20-credit passes. I bought the AirASEAN Pass for 10 credits costing USD160. Once I purchased the pass, it is valid for 1 year from the date I bought it or 30 days from the day I made my first redemption and 60 days for the 20-credit pass. Since I’ve been to Thailand, VietNam and Cambodia, the choices of countries to visit are cut in half. Thus, making it easier for me to decide since I also have a list of nation that I would love to see. I chose to visit Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore for these reasons;


Closer image of Petronas Twin Towers

Malaysia – due to the fact that it is the centerpoint of every flight and also the main hub for AirAsia. So, I can get really good flights spending only 1 credit.


Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Indonesia – for the main reason that my cousin wants to visit the famous tourist attraction, Bali, and;


Merlion Park

Singapore – because I’ve been wanting to visit this place when I was still working back in the Philippines as a customer service representative.

This is how I allotted my credits to travel those countries.klI flew from Manila to Kuala Lumpur via different airlines since I got a really good deal with Cebu Pacific Air. Once I got to Kuala Lumpur, I spent my 3 credits to get to Bali then 3 credits to Singapore and the last 3 credits back to Cebu, making a total of 9 credits. I just made sure to check my flights early so I can have more choices to choose from. Seats are really limited so the earlier the booking, the better. After I chose my flights, I just pinned my bought credits to the chosen time and date of my flight and it’s automatically booked. The sad thing about it is the credits only pays the airfare so, other fees like travel tax, airline tax and airport fees are not included and it’ll be out of pocket expenses. But those fees are not that expensive.


I still have 1 credit for AirAsia ASEAN Pass.

As as summary, the pass is really great if you plan your trip ahead of time like 2-3 months. If you’re flexible with changing itineraries, your budget, your accommodation or places to stay then, you can save and have fun traveling the ASEAN countries. It is all about planning. So for my AirAsia ASEAN pass review, it was worth it and I got to save some money while having the trip of my life. Instead of spending those hard earned cash to airline fares and transportation, I got to spend it to tours, souvenirs, foods and etc. and of course, I got to take a photo of these picturesque places.

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Quick Trip to Batu Caves

My next flight to other ASEAN country destination was scheduled in late evening. Thus, I got ample time to have a side trip. The nearest tourist destination from Kuala Lumpur is the Batu Caves, so I have decided to do a quick trip to Batu Caves.


Batu Caves’ Lord Murugan statue

To get to Batu Caves from KL Sentral station, take the KTM Komuter train route to Batu Caves. The train ride took about 30 mins to almost an hour with stops in between stations. I left the hotel at 0700H and got to the train station 15 mins after. It was an early railroad ride with few commuters. The trip was convenient and comfortable and the train was neat and clean. When I got to Batu Caves station, I just followed the signs and seen the gate with this view.


Statue of Hanuman

Statue of Hanuman welcomes every traveler at the gate. It is gigantic and magnificent. I was impressed with the details of the statue and how huge it was. Lord Hanuman is a green Hindu monkey god with golden helmet and arms held across chest. He was a devotee and an aide to Lord Rama. With his contribution to the Hindu religion, a temple was erected with his statue standing on guard the Batu Caves.


Lord Hanuman statue and the gate out to the train station.


Limestone Hill


Small temple near Hanuman statue


The view of the roof of the temple


The magnificent chandeliers inside the temple.


The temple

Lord Murugan statue is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia and the second tallest in the world. It took 3 years of construction. The Batu Caves is referred as 10th Caves or Hill for Lord Murugan. The Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples. The town nearby is also named the Batu Caves.


Closer photo of Lord Murugan


Lord Murugan statue with the stairway to the cave temple


Lord Murugan statue and the stairway


Zoom photo of the staircase

It was just a brief trip to the Batu Caves but it was worth the trip. The sceneries were just amazing. The Hindu Gods and the temples along with the limestone hill were marvelous. It was a good thing that I have decided to get out of the hotel and explore the nearest tourist attraction from KL. My quick trip to the Batu Caves was indeed a remarkable experience.

Hop On, Hop Off in Malaysia, Truly Asia

I got a 3-week vacation so, I made sure to make it worth. I decided to go back to my roots but before landing to my birth country. I had a side trip to one of the most progressive countries in Southeast Asia, Malaysia. Good thing about Malaysia is their mode of transportation is well developed and organised that getting around the capital city of Kuala Lumpur is easy breezy. Though I did my research before coming over, I heard about this bus that tours around tourists for a good price of 55 Malaysian Ringgit. Other developed countries have it too, thus, I took advantage of the bus service. It was my hop on, hop off in Malaysia, truly Asia.

Since I only have a limited time in Malaysia and I wanted to see the key points of the country’s history and tourist spots, I did book a ticket for a KL Hop On Hop Off Experience for 55 Malaysian Ringgit. I have seen and talked to my friends who have done it and they’ve told me it’s worth it. Thus, I made sure I’m doing it. Malaysia is also 10th on my list.

Updated List of Countries That I Would Love to Visit

I arrived in Malaysia at around 1000H via AirAsia. I already did find out on where the stops are. Thus, planning where to join was easy. After I got out of the plane from Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2, I took the KL Express that will bring me to KL Sentral. KL Sentral is like the center-point of all ground transportation such as the KTM Komuter, LRT, Rapid KL Bus and both KL Express and KL Transit. This also include KL Sentral as one of the stops of the hop on hop off bus.


KL Sentral station

KL Sentral is the 11th stop of the KL Hop On Hop Off Bus. It is widely used for transportation within Kuala Lumpur and around Malaysia. KL Sentral is Malaysia’s largest transit hub and is the city’s integrated rail transportation service. It is a transit-oriented development which houses the main railway station of Kuala Lumpur and the main intercity railway station in the country. The location is always jam-packed since it is the rendezvous to all travelers, foreign and local alike.


View on the way to KL Sentral


KL Sentral

The 12th stop is the National Museum. In Malay, it is called Muzium Negara. It is a museum located on Jalan Damansara and its facade comprises the elements of traditional Malay and modern features. Now, it serves as a repository of the country’s rich cultural and historic heritage.


National Museum


Muzium Negara


Tanks outside the Muzium Negara

13th stop is the National Palace. It is also called as the Royal Museum and in Malay, Muzium Diraja. It is situated along Jalan Istana. It stands on a 13-acre site located on a commanding position on the slope of a hill of Bukit Petaling overlooking the Klang River. The National Palace was majestic and grandiose.


National Palace


Closer View of National Palace

The bus also stopped at 14th, 15th and 16th which were the Lake Garden, Bird Park, and the National Mosque. 17th to 21st were Independence Square, Medan MARA, Raja Laut, Bulatan Pahang and Titiwangsa.


15th Stop Bird Park


A unique and eye catching view near National Mosque at bus stop 16


Near National Mosque


On our way to downtown KL


View of KL Tower from afar


View of the Twin Towers from afar


Amazing details of a Malaysian building


18th stop at Medan MARA


Medan MARA, standing tall with intricate details


21st stop is Titiwangsa with Palace of Culture

22nd stop was back to downtown KL, the Ampang Park. The tour goes back to the first stop after the last stop at the most visited location, the Petronas Twin Towers.


downtown KL


Kuala Lumpur

The 23rd and last bus stop is the Petronas Towers. The Petronas Twin Towers are the twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the most visited site in the city and one of the most famous buildings and a landmark of the country. It was once called as the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 but remain the tallest twin tower in the world.


Last stop: Petronas Twin Towers


Closer image of Petronas Twin Towers

Back to the first stop again, the first stop was the MaTIC or they called Malaysia Tourism Center. I stayed in the bus until it’ll take me to nearest stop to my hotel. Running the same route, we passed thru other bus stops. Bus stop no. 2 was the KL Tower. KL Tower or the Kuala Lumpur Tower is a telecommunications tower which features an antenna that increases its height and is ranked 7th of tallest freestanding tower in the world. The tower below has a stairwell and an elevator is used to climb to the upper area. At the upper area, it has a revolving restaurant which provides a panoramic view of the city for the diners.


I Love KL Tower Sign


KL Tower


Standing proud and tall, KL Tower


Another attraction in KL Tower is the 1st KL Upside Down House where everything is upside down.

The next stops were the KL City Walk at 3rd, KL Convention Center and Aquaria at 4th, 5th in Karyaneka, Bintang Walk at 6th, Tengkat Tong Shin, China Town, and Central Market at 7th, 8th and 9th, respectively. I hopped off of the bus at stop 9th which was Little India. Little India is known as the Brickfields. It is a neighborhood located at the western flank central KL. This area has a high percentage of Indian residents and businesses. Once in Little India, travelers can tell they are in an Indian town with its smell of curry and spices.

Central Market


Little India

It was my first time to try a hop on hop off bus and it was great. The company made sure that the stops were significant to the history and relevant to what is Kuala Lumpur now. It was entertaining as well as informative. The cost was a bit mid-range but it was worth it if you just want to see the city in your own pace. My hop on hop off bus experience in Kuala Lumpur was a success and memorable. So if you happen to be in Malaysia, Truly Asia, try the city bus sightseeing and you’ll never regret riding it.

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IATA Code: KUL – Kuala Lumpur International Airport

International Air Transport Association (IATALocation Identifier uses a 3-letter code to identify locations of airports throughout the world.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is located in Kuala Lumpur in the state of Selangor. It is located about 30 mins train ride from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur International Airport or so coded as KUL for its IATA. The airport is the main hub of the country of Malaysia and is one of the major airports in Southeast Asia. KUL is the biggest and busiest airport in Malaysia. The airport is operated by Malaysia Airports (MAHB) and serves flights for Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Malindo Air, UPS Airlines and Gading Sari.


Airport Tower


Welcome to Malaysia


Tourism Malaysia

KUL has 2 terminals but easily accessible by KL Express and KL Transit. Since I took advantage of the ASEAN Pass, I’m flying thru AirAsia. AirAsia usually utilised terminal 2 of the said airport. We landed at KLIA2 in the morning. It was a smooth ride and after deplaning, went out and follow signs to immigration and passport control.


Direction to Immigration and Transfer Gates


Good thing about the airport coz it has terminal maps just right after you get out of the plane. Along with directions, travelers won’t get lost when in KUL.


KLIA2 Terminal Map

Few minutes of walking, I was able to locate the immigration counter and passport control. The immigration counter has been categorised to 3; resident passport, ASEAN passport and foreign passport. The whole immigration experience took about almost half an hour. There were a lot of passengers on queue to get to their Malaysian destination.


Immigration Counter and Passport Control


Passport Control

Once I got my passport stamped, I went out to the arrival area. I was amazed with a bountiful of stores, local and foreign. The airport was ginormous. It looks like it has its own mall, airport train station, airport lounges, restaurants and food courts. It was clean and well lit with unique artistic and architectural design. The only disadvantage of the airport is because of its large land area, it’ll take you time to locate your boarding gates if you are not familiar with it and you need to walk all the time just to get to the area you wanted to be. But it is disabled and handicapped friendly facility, though.


Shopping Stores

The departure area is accessible thru KL Express and KL Transit from train stations located in Kuala Lumpur and other train stop locations via KL Sentral. The departure area has a lot of airline counters to better serve the tourists.


KL Express and KL Sentral Platform in KLIA2 bound to KL Sentral


KL Sentral station


KL Train


Departure Counters

Upon getting your boarding pass, you can directly proceed to immigration and passport control. This time it took me about an hour to get to the Immigration Officer, it was the worst time since my trip was during the SEA Games or Southeast Asian Games, thus, having more guests and travelers in one spot.


Immigration and Passport Control, Departure Side during SEA Games 2017

Passing thru immigration and passport control, more stores will surprise you. Again, more walking, checking the flight board, airport maps, list of restaurants so, you’ll have a wide selection of cafes and food stores if you find yourself starving. The departure area also has Wellness Spa that provides rest, spa and shower services.




Wellness Spa and Shower

My whole stay while I was in KUL was exhausting. It was my first time to ever walk that much and that far while in the airport. My energy was drained that fast that I have to re-energise by eating, replenish the lost water by drinking, and doing all those stuff means that I have to spend more. But not to take it against the airport, KUL is indeed one of the best airports in Southeast Asia.