Monday August 7th, 2017
As we had a 12:40pm flight to Bali, we were up by 8am and in a taxi just after 9am en route to the airport. It’s definitely a little easier to get moving when you’re excited about your next destination! I The Ho Chi Minh airport was pretty nice and it was easy to kill the extra couple of hours we had given ourselves. I spent my last 115,000 VND ($6.39) on interesting airport snacks such as jackfruit chips, green bean cakes, and dried squid. Although our flight was supposed to depart at 12:40, we surprisingly boarded early and took off before 12:30pm. The flight was short, less than two hours to our layover in Kuala Lumpur. With a one hour time difference ahead, we landed just after 3pm.
After collecting our shared checked bag (full of shopping), we cleared immigration and customs relatively quickly. As our flight to Bali wasn’t until 8:20pm, we had a couple hours to kill before we could even check in. Good thing the Kuala Lumpur airport was exceptionally nice. It almost seemed like a mall! Everything seemed new and clean and there were plenty of fast food, snack and restaurant options, clothing, make up and accessories stores (even H&M), grocery stores, gadget stores, etc. Waiting around was truly not so bad. Around 6pm, we checked in, went through security, and found our gate. The inside of the airport was just as nice, very well organized, and huge! We later walked by a sign that said it is the second largest airport in the world.
Our 8:20pm flight departed on time and went smoothly. We landed in Bali at 11:20pm. By the time we collected our bag and made it through immigration and customs, it was almost 12:30am. As our next hotel is over an hours drive away and is our most expensive accommodation of the trip, we had decided in advance we would spend the night at the airport and make our way to the airport in the morning. Luckily, the Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali was also very nice. We found a restaurant area upstairs with couches and booths where we could stretch out and get some sleep. It also had outlets to charges our devices and the airport had wifi, so we were set! It seemed like other travellers had the same idea, because when I woke up around 3:30am the whole restaurant area was filled with sleeping bodies.
40,000 VND ($2.22) – my share of taxi to airport
115,000 VND ($6.39) – airport snacks
$1.50 – coffee
Total = $10.11
Running total = $2257.88