How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok? Is it worth taking a train from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok or is flying from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok a better idea? To me it is worth paying a couple dollars more for some more comfort and therefore I booked a flight with Malaysian Airlines.

Visiting Kuala Lumpur

First of all I have to tell you how much I love to visit Kuala Lumpur. Most people compare it to Bangkok and come to the conclusion that visiting Bangkok is way cooler. But why would you compare them? Kuala Lumpur has its own charm! On my visit I sat outside on a helipad on the 65th floor, I went to a rooftop pool on the 60th floor of another skyscraper, went for a run on the running track in the KLCC park with the Petronas tower looming large above me, tried loads of different street food and mingled with locals and expats in Bangsar. Kuala Lumpur is  great city to visit and don't forget to try the street food. Eating is a thing in Malaysia and the locals love it! When you meet a local and you ask them what they had for lunch, you will straight away make friends.

Flying Malaysian Airlines to Bangkok

When I told friends I was flying Malaysian Airlines they obviously could not resist making horrible jokes. With the tragic accidents happing over the last years the number one airliner in Malaysia is seriously suffering a bad imago. I have been using their service a lot of times in the last years, but this was my first time after the accidents happened.

First off let me tell you that there is no need to be afraid of anything getting on a Malaysian Airlines flight. Obviously the airliner is doing everything in their power to lever their image. Their service is still as amazing as it has always been. Flight attendants are super friendly, check in is smoothly and service is reliable and on time.

I chose to fly on the MH788 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Although my flight to Bangkok was only 2 hours there was still service included and a hot meal and drinks were served free of charge. The traditional Thai meal chicken sweet and sour was a delicious and warm welcome to Thailand. On top of that there was an inflight entertainment system provided. I could not complain about my seat at all as I was granted a window seat in the exit row with no one next to me. Smiling friendly at the girl at check in always works I think. Or at least that is what I am experiencing. Just be nice to people and people will be nice to you! Spread love…

Another reason I chose to pay a couple dollars more is because this flight arrives at BKK airport instead of DMK airport. There are Airasia flights too, but when you don’t book in advance there is not much price differences. Prices are pretty equal just a couple days before the departure date. An Air Asia flight is simply not that comfortable. Check in is not that smooth, your suitcase is not included, you will have less space and you arrive in DMK airport, which is not connected to the public transport network.

Don’t assume that taking a cheaper airliner automatically turns out to be the cheapest way to get from A to B! It is not hard to review Malaysian Airlines: thanks for the pleasant journey!

For more tips for your first time visit to Kuala Lumpur click here. Looking for accommodation in Kuala Lumpur? I stayed in Bukit Bintang, the bustling heart of the city in a boutique hotel with a rooftop pool: KL Journal.

 

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