IATA Code: KUL – Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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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.

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Airport Tower

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Welcome to Malaysia

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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.

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Direction to Immigration and Transfer Gates

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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.

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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.

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Immigration Counter and Passport Control

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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.

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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.

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

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KL Sentral station

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KL Train

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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.

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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.

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Restaurants

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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.

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IATA Code: TPE – Taoyuan International Airport

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Taoyuan International Airport is an international airport serving the capital city of Taipei, Taiwan and the northern parts of the island. It is located in Taoyuan, Taiwan and is the largest and busiest airport of the country. It was previously known as Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport.

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Welcome to Taiwan Sign at TPE

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A 12-hour flight from LAX to TPE

TPE has 2 terminals and serves as the main international hub for China Airlines and EVA Air. It also serves flights of Asiana Airlines, Korean Airlines, Air Japan, and etc. It is a busy airport but no reports of delays when I stayed there for a whole day.

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Flight Board Status

Once traveler deplane the aircraft, the first is the quarantine. Observing every passengers for signs of increase body temperature or infection.

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Directions to the Quarantine, Immigration, Customs Check and the Arrival Hall

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Quarantine

Next to the Quarantine, passengers have to turn right and will see the immigration and passport control. It is well manned that will take the immigration processing less than 15-20 mins from the time you lined up for the queue. The counters have been split to non-citizen, ROC resident with multiple entry visa and citizen.

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Immigration and Passport Control

After immigration and passport control, it will be customs check and clearance.

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Customs Check

Once getting out of the customs check, travelers will enter the arrival hall. Arrival Hall is well equipped able to help tourists in their needs. It has the airport MRT service, tourist service center, maps and directions.

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Universaide Taipei 08/19 to 08/30

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Arrival Hall

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Taoyuan Airport MRT Service

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Terminal 2 Arrival Hall Map

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Arrival Hall Wall Decor

Taoyuan International Airport is too spacious. It is wide with a lot of stores, amenities and services.

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Gadget Store

It is also linked to different modes of transportation. It can be reached by bus by riding the Bus 1819 from Taipei Main Station or thru MRT express link also from the main station. It is very accessible that traveling in and out of the airport is a breeze.

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Bus 1819 to City just outside of Terminal 2

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MRT Taoyuan Airport Rail

It also has charging stations for mobile devices and the best service they offered is from the Tourist Service Center for they offered a free half day tour.

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Charging Stations for Mobile Devices

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Tourist Service Center

Getting off at terminal 2, the tourist service center is just located the arrival lobby. The free half day tour offered by the government of Taiwan has been provided for layover tourists to see the beautiful and rich history of the said country. Giving options for the tourists to sight-see if their layover is more than 6 hours. Tours offered are morning tours and afternoon tours. If an individual wants to take advantage of the said service, he/she can visit this site by clicking here. But transit passengers need to meet the requirements though, just read the information at my previous post, Visa to the Republic of China (Taiwan).

TPE Terminal 2 has 4 floors. 1st floor is car park and ground transportation, 2nd is arrival hall, 3rd is the departure hall, and lastly, the 4th floor is the food court.

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3/F Departure Hall

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3/F Departure Counter

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4/F Food Court

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4/F Japanese Restaurant

In summary, Taoyuan International Airport is indeed one of the best airports I have been. It is the main hub of a progressive first world country of Taiwan with too many flights going in and out but it is well planned, avoiding congestion. They also made sure that layover tourists or travelers will enjoy their stay in Taiwan even if it was just for hours. TPE looks on the travelers’ perspective and it’s a plus. Kudos to Taoyuan Internationa Airport and the government of Taiwan.

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The Beach View within the Boarding Gates

IATA Code: ATL – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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ATL or known as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a major airport hub in a capital city of the state of Georgia, Atlanta. It was only a stopover in ATL that I got to see the airport from my flight in Cancún back to Cleveland. Of course, whenever I travel in a new location, I made sure to see and roam around the site for me to explore and say something good about it.

My flight from Cancún via Delta airlines deplaned in gate F. Upon getting out of the plane, every travelers went to the immigration area to officially enter the country. Those who only have connecting flights can proceed directly to their respected gates. But since my next flight was just domestic, so I have to go through immigration process. I was nervous that time if I can go back inside my new home country since there were a lot of issues about travelers not able to get in the United States due to staying in the country illegally added with the ban that the president has signed to the 7 Arab countries. Anyway, the process of getting back to the United States was hi-tech. We were ushered by immigration officers and airport personnel to the kiosks for entry receipt. Since I am a legal permanent resident, I went to the kiosk which was a machine that scanned my green card, took a picture of me and  verified important information. After all those information, the machine generated a receipt that I have to present to the immigration officer. It took about 5 minutes while waiting on queue and it was my turn to approach the IO. He took my receipt, my green card, and my passport. He asked me how many days I stayed in Mexico and if I brought with me some things that were not approved to bring inside the US such as meat, plants and etc.  Once done with the questioning, I got in the other side of the desk and finally I can breath and say, I’m back home.

I passed through baggage claim which was really spacious. In baggage claim area, it also has restrooms and a long hallway to walk to your next boarding gates or even to the exit.

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Baggage Claim Area

Upon getting out of the baggage claim area, I was welcomed with this sign. I was overwhelmed, it felt like it was my first time to set foot in the United States. Without even second thoughts, I snapped a picture of it.

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ATL – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Travelers were then ushered by airport personnel for security check. The airport personnel were really friendly and accommodating and even made jokes with me. It was like a welcome gesture that I never had when I entered the US few years back. The security check took only about a minute. I’m already a pro on what to remove and where to place your things since I used to travel a lot.

After security check, I got to the concourse F area. I was amazed how ginormous the airport was. It has 7 concourses from A, B, C, D, E, F, and T. The reason they have trains to every concourses for passengers to catch their flights.

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Concourse F

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Airport Train

The train ride in the airport is smooth itself. It has a wide space for travelers and the interval is frequent like less than 5 minutes. On the train, you can even look on the railway if you happen to occupy the first coach.

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First Coach of the Airport Train

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Inside the Airport train

Accessibility to other boarding gates is as easy as counting. Escalators, directions, signs, and TV monitors were everywhere to help and guide guests to where they are going and where they need to be. It helped to prevent missed flight.

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The Train Gate

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Escalators going to other concourses

I was in Delta Airlines concourse and restaurants, stores and cafes were also in every corner of the terminal. Any passenger waiting for their flights won’t go hungry, bored, and misinformed. The airport also offered free access to the internet via wi-fi and if batteries of the phone is running out, don’t have to worry since there are a lot of charging stations.

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Delta Airlines in ATL

As an airport review for ATL, it is one of the better airports I have gone to. It was neat, tidy, passenger-friendly, spacious and well-equipped for travelers who need a place to wait and stay while plane and flights are on queue. For more details, you can check their site by clicking here.

IATA Code: CUN – Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún

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Cancún is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and for it to be accessed by tourists, it has to have a great hub. Cancún International Airport or IATA Code: CUN serves the purpose of that. It is considered an international airport with flights from/ to other parts of Mexico and the world.

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IATA Code: MSP – Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

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MSP or known as Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is an international airport hub located in the state of Minnesota. I got a couple of hours of layover in the said airport and I was able to explore a little part of it.

I was in Terminal 1-Lindbergh. In MSP airport, there are two terminals, Lindbergh and Humphrey. These terminals are in separate roadways but are connected by Inter-terminal transportation via Light Rail Transit (LRT) service. The trains run between these terminals round the clock, 24/7. Travelers should know what airlines go to what terminal. As for Delta airlines heading to Cancún, it was in Terminal 1.

As I was wandering around the departure area, I could really say that the airport is a little spacious. It has 7 concourses and can be accessed either utilising the walkway or the tram. MSP serves a lot of flights both domestic and international.
If you are starving, there are really good restaurants within the airport. Big food/ coffee chains such as Burger King, Starbucks and some local cafés are everywhere. Souvenir stores, duty free and so much more are scattered in every concourses that travelers won’t miss them.
If only I have sufficient time during my layover, I could have tried some Minnesotan’s dishes. Well anyway, I took a photo of a famous dog in movies and cartoon sketches and that is Snoopy. It was eye-catching when I was just looking around the airport.I was just all over the airport just for me to see some of the places within terminal 1. Instead of riding the tram to get to my boarding gate which was in different concourse, I tried to walk it and took these photos.

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I was heading to my boarding gate for my next flight and it took me about 30 mins to get there due to some stops and photo snatching I’ve been doing.

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Walkway in between concourses

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View outside the boarding gate

All I can say about Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is it is a great airport.  It maybe way up north of the country but the place and vibe is warm and accommodating. Travelers like me won’t starve and will always be comfortable whatever the season it may be. To check the airport thoroughly, you can visit their site by clicking here.

IATA Code: YYZ – Toronto Pearson International Airport

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YYZ or famously known as Toronto Pearson International Airport is an airport hub serving the biggest city of Canada, Toronto. It is the largest and busiest airport in the country. It is the main hub for Air Canada and is one of eight Canadian airports with facilities for United States border preclearance. Over 75 airlines operate from Toronto Pearson to more than 180 destinations across all six of the world continents.

Toronto Pearson International Airport has two active terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Both terminals are designed to handle all three sectors of travel from domestic, transborder to international.

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Terminal 1 Check-in Hall

Terminal 1 is the largest terminal at Pearson Airport and is among the largest buildings in the world. It has 58 gates that serve airline companies for both U.S and international flights. For international departure in Terminal 1, passport control checkpoints and immigration checks are located in Pier F.

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In boarding gates with Foreign Exchange Automated Machine

The arrival area is wide and grandiose. Upon de-planing the aircraft, it took about few minutes to get to immigration counter. Since it is not allowed to take photos in immigration counters, I will describe how it looks. The counters are divided into two. The Canadian and US passport holders are on a queue for first group of counters and the other line is for non-Canada and US passport holders. It only took about half an hour including from the queue until I got to pass the immigration officer. It was easy since I am a US permanent resident so, the officer just asked me some questions such as how long I’m staying in Canada, where I’m staying and do I have relatives who live in Canada. After that, I got my customs declaration stamped and went directly to baggage claim area.After I got my baggage, I went out to the arrival area. In Toronto  Pearson International Airport, there are a lot of modes of transportation to get to downtown Toronto.img_4950img_4948One of those is thru taxi or limousines. Taxi and limousines offer either flat rate or fixed rate. A passenger needs to ask the driver though, if he chose the latter. You can also even pre-arranged a pick-up service so when you arrived in the airport, the driver is waiting for you.img_4949Other option is thru renting a car. Within the arrival gate, rental car companies are visible. There are also local bus services, just check this site by clicking here to view and know the route and loading areas within the airport. And lastly and the most affordable ground transportation to and from the airport is through the use of UP Express or Union Pearson Express. UP Express is a direct air-rail link that speeds travelers from YYZ to downtown’s Union Station. I took the UP Express. I just followed the signs to get to Train to City.Finally, I got to this gate to Union  Station. I just needed to get to the train for me to see the city. Union Station is the heart of downtown Toronto.I was already in the UP Express station in Terminal 1 and I saw a vending machine to purchase ticket. It cost me CA$12.00.img_4954I got inside the train and waited for it to start its engine and I was en route to downtown Toronto.img_4955The ride was fast and the trip took about 25 minutes passing two stations of Weston and Bloor. Train runs between 0530H and 0100H with 15-minute interval. To know more about UP Express, visit their site for Toronto airport or UP Express itself. It is really convenient to ride the UP express train since it offers free wi-fi connection and has charging outlets in every seat. It is a great way to get around Greater Toronto Area and the airport.

As a summary, YYZ or Toronto Pearson International Airport is a well-planned and spacious major hub in the country of the north, Canada. Even though it is miles away from downtown city but it can be accessed easily. It is labeled as the busiest airport in Canada but it is big that it is not crowded. Toronto Pearson International Airport is indeed a great airport with stunning architectural design and incredibly friendly hub.