I must admit, I usually go to the airport just in time to catch my flight. I never even notice most things there – it’s just a transit point for me to get to my destination.
I might grab a beer before the flight and I’ll definitely get cigarettes and alcohol if I’m flying international. That would be the extent of my airport experience.
I was at Kota Kinabalu International Airport for an entire day last Saturday. I flew in on the first flight and flew out on the last flight back to KL. Here are my experiences while I was there:
Dining at KKIA
Stink or swim
This is the furthest I’ve ventured from the airport. The concept of this trip is supposed to be like The Terminal where you live inside an airport. I can definitely see that happening – there are toilets for your showers, food outlets for your dining needs, and perhaps you can even work part time. Heh!
If, for some reason a civil war broke out in your home country while you’re mid-flight and your passport isn’t recognized anymore, I can safely say that yes, you can survive and even enjoy living in an airport.
Anyway, enough about that. KKIA has more offerings that I ever thought existed…like this massage place called Ku Fong Therapy Center. I went there to check it out coz I’ve been running around the entire airport and it was pure bliss.
The herbal foot spa involves submerging your feet into water mixed with herbal powder and cleaning it. You’ll also get a full massage up to your thighs – very nice after a tiring day.
The foot scrub treatment is a pedicure of sorts. It lasts a full hour and it totally invigorated me for more exploration.
Stephanie was kind enough to offer me a complimentary back massage for 30 minutes but unfortunately I had to turn her down since I had a limited time to shop.
Shop? Huai Bin? Yes, you heard me right. There are a lot of duty free items that everyone can get – perfumes and chocolates are available for purchase even if you’re flying domestic.
Naturally, I went for liquor filled chocolates. I’m a huge fan of these things – they’re not chocolates per se but pralines. Mmm…
Perfumes and chocolates in duty free costs A LOT less than what you’ll find in retail. It’s a good reason to grab some when you’re at the airport. My friend asked me to buy a bottle of Chanel for her.
I headed over to get some food next – there’s some awesome coffee to be had at Jesselton Kopitiam at departures with a GREAT view of the runway.
That’s the best part – you’ll see if your plane has arrived just from that coffee shop.
Mr Kay was very kind – he noticed that I loved Kopi Tenom so much that he gave me some for my trip back!
It was good talking with him about how F&B in airports work and the clienteles’ different preferences in food.
The view of Kota Kinabalu from the terminal is breathtaking. I’ve been here twice – once to conquer Mt. Kinabalu and the other time just to relax at the islands.
Hey, if you find it appealing you can always head out one of their tours!
I bought quite a lot of stuff at the airport, including a jacket from Bonia that I thought looked really cool on me.
I also got chocolates (for myself) and perfumes for friends.
I really like this limited edition CK one/be that comes with built-in speakers (!!!).
The Malaysia Mega Sales is also running now so you get twice the bang for your buck! There will be additional rewards and prizes from now until the 16th of September. Spend a minimum RM 250 and get an entry to Indulge & Win Contest + a RM10 on the spot voucher which you can use immediately. If you’re a Mastercard holder you get double the chance to win (2 entry forms) in the Indulge & Win Contest. Spend RM 350 using MasterCard and get all those and an additional nifty Recycle and Indulge green bag! All purchases made using a Mastercard will get 20% off!
No worries if you’re not a Mastercard holder – you’ll still get the RM 10 voucher to spend as you like! Plus you get 15% off everything too!
The entry form is for the Indulge & Win contest which starts from now until 6th January 2011. Just spend RM 250 and above on anything at the airport (spas, shopping, dining) at KLIA, LCCT, PIA, KIA, KKIA or LIA and win fantastic prizes. You must submit the form with a maximum of 3 cumulative receipts totaling RM 250 on the same day. Mastercard owners will get twice the number of entries!
Now to the prizes!
They’re giving away 10 pairs of First Class Indulgent Holiday Packages comprising of:
– Two (2) first-class return air tickets to Cape Town, London or Sydney
– Three-nights complimentary stay at one of the following five-star hotels
– The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town
– The Landmark Hotel in London
– The Blue Hotel in Sydney
– Top-of-the-range local holiday experience at any one of these destinations
– Full-day Safari at Fairy Glen, Cape Town
– Afternoon tea at Langham, London
– Seaplane tour of New South Wales Coastline
– Every package consist of indulging dining and spa experience
OMG! Wish me luck coz if I win I’m going to choose Cape Town! 🙂
Get more details about the Indulge & Win contest here.
You know you want to join. How can you resist?