Overnight layovers can be stressful. Fortunately for budget travellers flying AirAsia to or from Kuala Lumpur, we get to transit at KLIA2 which is one of the best low-cost carrier airport terminal in the world. You can find everything there ranging from Nandos, Famous Amos, Subway and even Uniqlo. However, like every other mall out there the shops don’t stay up this late in the night. So you’re pretty much left with fast food joints, Malaysian restaurants nearing its closing time and sleeping backpackers taking up all the tables at all the other available places. So how did I survive my 8 hour long overnight layover?
Be handsfree and carefree
First thing I did was drop my heavy luggage at the Luggage Storage for RM$18-38/per bag so I could roam freely around the spacious @Gateway airport mall without breaking a sweat. You can then make use of such facilities like the free wifi (hopeless signal and speed), massage chairs and mini art exhibitions dotted around the terminal so before you find a place to sit, drink, eat and sleep, look around and explore your options.
Experience Malaysia through food
Unfortunately for overnight layovers, the trains services to the city ends at 12.55pm and won’t run until 4.55am, but that shouldn’t stop you from experiencing great Malaysian food. Upon my arrival, I found a great place to eat a classic Malaysian dish called Nasi Lemak at Kluang Station Cafe. Then there is a cheap Malaysian food buffet near the airport entrance where the pilots, air stewardess and shopkeepers come to eat. I forgot the name of the place but I did remeber having some roti canai paired with thick flavoursome chicken curry. I could go on because I ate so much in that space of 8 hours, because Malaysian food is so delicious and isn’t food the best part of travelling? See full list of shops and restaurants here.