By: Idries J. Abdur-Rahman, MD, FACOG
SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVENTURE:
I truly believe that travel is cathartic for the body and the soul so we try our best to take at least two family vacations every year, one in the summer (or during Spring break) and one during winter vacation. This winter vacation we opted for Southeast Asia for a few reasons. First, we always try to escape the harsh Chicago winter for warmer climes. Second, we were traveling with my in-laws and my wife (and her sister) wanted to take them to experience a Muslim majority country outside of the Middle East. Third, since we last visited Bali in 2008, I’ve always wanted to return. So, Southeast Asia it was and in particular Jakarta, Indonesia followed by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and lastly my lovely Bali, Indonesia. So come on along for our 16 day journey through Southeast Asia.
FLYING CHICAGO TO JAKARTA:
I don’t even have to keep telling you all that I am a United/Star Alliance guy, so when it came time to book flights from Chicago to Jakarta I had quite a few options. I considered Turkish via Istanbul, ANA via Tokyo, Asiana via Seoul and EVA via Taipei. When I came across a roundtrip fare of $710 on united.com, I jumped on it. The routing was via Tokyo/Haneda in both directions which meant that all flights were on ANA (United only flies from O’Hare to Narita). United/ANA have three daily JV roundtrips between Chicago and Tokyo with two flights to Narita (one UA, one NH) and one flight to Haneda (NH).
ANA CHICAGO/ORD TO TOKYO/HND:
You can checkout the taxi and take-off in this video trip report right here. If you leave just remember to come on back:
Don’t forget to check out the full video report right HERE:
ANA TOKYO/HANEDA TO JAKARTA/SOEKARNO-HATTA
If you want to see the taxi and takeoff, check out my video trip report here. Just don’t forget to come back:
If you want to check out the video trip report including our Jakarta landing, check it out right HERE:
-Check out part 2 of our adventure exploring Indonesia’s capitol city Jakarta right HERE.
-Check ot part 3, flying KLM to KUL HERE.
-Check out part 4, Exploring Malaysia HERE.
-Check out our video diary exploring Jakarta right here:
-If you haven’t done so yet, check out the full video trip reports for both flights right HERE: