On my way from Thailand to Bali I had a 16-hour layover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 16 hours surely it’s possible to do a quick sightseeing trip to the city but since I arrived around midnight I decided to get some sleep first.
At klia 2 which is the Air Asia terminal there is a transit hotel and a couple of lounges. When I checked the prices for the rooms I was shocked. Rather than spending $60 for some hours sleep I’m looking for a quiet corner or have a nap in one of the massage chairs in the ´Rest ‘n’ Go´ areas.
But then something else caught my attention: capsule by container hotel.
First impression: strange but interesting. This hotel is different. Caution: not in transit. You must pass the immigration. The capsule hotel offers single beds in form of containers, showers, lockers and Wi-Fi – everything you need for a relaxed layover. The hotels website claimed ‘fully booked’ so I checked booking.com and was happy to find available rooms. Single bed in a container for 12 hours, shower, Wi-Fi and locker for $22. Booked!
On arrival the receptionist welcomed me friendly. I paid the deposit of $12 for towel, key card and locker key and got a nice bag with towel and a bottle of mineral water complimentary. So I made my way to my bed number 310. The area is futuristic and tight but kind of cozy and comfortable too. I can’t recommend this hotel for people who suffer from claustrophobia. The beds are clean and comfortable. In your ‘box’ you have light, air con (no temperature regulation just on/off), a power plug, a small table and space to put your shoes. Even a curtain is there to get some more privacy.
I had a really good sleep in the container hotel. Earplugs are important to bring (also available at the reception) because there are no doors between the beds – snoring alarm! And unfortunately I realized in the morning that there were a couple of mosquitos in there. The bathrooms are ok: male and female, each with 2 toilets and 3 showers, even hair dryers.
The hotel also offers a small reading area with books and tables. Lockers and showers can be used even if you are not booking a room. Fee: $6 for a hot shower incl. towel. Locker for 6 hours $5. Wi-Fi is in all areas available (good and stable connection)
- rooms can be booked for 3, 6 or 12 hours
- all you need package for a reasonable price
- much more comfortable than napping on the ground of the arrival hall
– – – Cons
- space is compact not recommended for over weighted people
- no double beds, only single bed, say good bye to your hon for a night
- mosquito bites the next morning
All in all I really recommend to stay in the capsule by container hotel. It’s easy and comfortable. Exactly what you need on a layover.
It’s 9.27 am and I’m sitting in a small hotel in Thailand. I finally found enough time to start my own travel blog. Here I am my laptop and a cup of tea in front of me trying to figure out what the first blog entry should be about. Who will be my audience? What do they expect? What is different to other travel blogs?
Well, at first I would like to say WELCOME. Nice to have you here. In this blog Iwant to share my travel experience. Since I was born with the travel bug I love travelling. For me it’s all about discovering new places, dipping into other cultures, meeting interesting people and of course having fun and getting inspired. INSPIRATION is the most important thing when it comes to travel. I got heaps of it and I would like to share. Let me be your source of inspiration by giving you new ideas about destinations, showing different perspectives and letting you escape the daily routine by watching my gallery. It doesn’t matter if you are at home, in the office or on your own adventure in a foreign country – follow me and get the ‘inspiration benefit’.
Now, here are some facts about me that give you an idea about my travel style and what’s important to me if I hit the road.
I always try to avoid touristic places. Sorry about that but the Lonely Planet is not my favorite travel guide. I’m not a fan of travel guides at all. Sometimes it’s nice to have a quick read just to get an overview. But if I am travelling I prefer to drift with the flow. People you meet, your own interests and your intuition will guide you the way.
I am not the typical low budget bus traveller who is staying in the cheapest hostels and having party all night. Well this is not the whole truth. I am not that kind of traveller now but I was when I was younger. During my studies there was not a big budget for travelling but even with some chump change you can go for an adventure. When I was 22 I started working, saved some money and my travel style changed a bit. I still do not like to spend money for unnecessary things but a bit more comfort when it comes to accommodation, a bit more flexibility when it comes to transport, a bit more health and variety when it comes to food. You will see what I mean in my posts 😉
I always try to respect the culture, nature and history of the respective country. Interpersonal sensitivity is the key. Travelling makes us to visitors in other countries, in other people homes. It’s a basic rule to be friendly, respectful and open minded, isn’t it? I’d like to plunge a bit deeper into cultures, get more information about the life, the traditions and the problems of the locals – go backstage.
That’s the new travel blog and let me tell you: No, it’s not just another travel blog. To get an impression of my last adventures in New Zealand and Thailand please visit my Instagram account and follow if you like what you see.