Do you hate long layovers? I don’t. I was returning to Korea from Thailand and had to stop off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for about 10 hours. As much as I like to travel, I don’t like airports.
Luckily! I had a friend from high school who was living in Malaysia right when I was passing through. I had not seen him in about 10 years. I shot him a message saying when I was landing. Here is how the conversation went:
He picked me up from the airport, then promptly hit up the bar, got some photo shoots and shopping squeezed in.
I got a quick tour of the city, which was beautiful and clean, and even got a glimpse of a political protest nearby the twin towers. You would have seen these iconic buildings by now.
The one thing about KL which is a must do, especially if you are a football fan, is to visit a Mamak. Mamaks are cafes where you can watch matches, get curry, naan bread and other things to eat amongst one of the most delicious drinks called Bundang. It consists of evaporated milk or condensed milk flavored with rose cordial syrup, giving it a pink color. The drink is an adaptation of rose milk served in India. It is often served cold and is refreshing af, especially in the summer while having a plate of curry.
With enough time to catch a train back to the airport and catch my flight, I was able to get a taste of Malaysia in under 8 hours.
Moral of the story: 1) Stay in touch with old friends and acquaintances, you never know when you are gonna need them and, 2) Take advantage of those long layovers.