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 JAKARTA TO KUALA LUMPUR:
There were a ton of options when it came time to book our flights from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur including the Indonesian carriers Lion Air, Batik Airlines, Malindo Air and of course the national airline Garuda. Other options included the Malaysian carriers Air Asia or Malaysia Airlines and then there was the outlier, KLM. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has a fifth freedom flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur. Fifth freedom means that KLM can sell seats between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur even though the flight is ultimately destined for Amsterdam routine Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur-Amsterdam. The opportunity to fly a fifth freedom flight combined with the low fare ($50 per person for the one way) meant that flying KLM was a no brainer.
KLM JAKARTA-KUALA LUMPUR:
You can checkout the full video fllight report here:
You can check out the full video flight report here:
Don’t forget to check out part 1 of my southeast Asia adventure HERE.
Don’t forget to check out part 2 of my southeast Asia adventure HERE.
Don’t forget to check out part 4 of my southeast Asia adventure HERE.