Edinburgh airport

Scotland, United Kingdom

September 2017

Scotland is our road-trip destination this year. Flying Turkish Airlines form Kuala Lumpur takes 10 hours & 40 minutes to reach Istanbul with a transit time of 2 hours and 5 minutes before proceeding to Edinburgh for a further 4 hours 25 minutes of flying. It was a misty morning when we landed at Edinburgh airport at 9:45 a.m. In Scotland, road-trip will cover Glasgow, the highlands, Isle of Skye and ending our road trip in Edinburgh.

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Baggage drop at KLIA.

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Waiting for our bags at the carousel, Edinburgh airport.

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As the sign says.

First thing after arrival was to get our rented car. All car rental companies are situated in a dedicated building about 5 minutes walk from the terminal where you’ll walk under a covered walkway. Once rental documentation finalised, we were handed a 5 door Hyundai i20. Quite a nimble right hand drive, manual car. No problem driving as in our country, vehicles are also right hand driven. As my own car is also in manual drive, we just need to set our ‘HERE We Go’ offline map & GPS apps and we are set to roll.

NOTE: Malaysian driving license is valid in UK. You do not need an international driving license. If you have the new license with English translation, you do not require to obtain an official translation from JPJ.

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Way to the car rental centre.

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You’ll only see this after the ‘Airlink 100’ bus pick-up point. It’s located between the terminal exit & the car rental centre. The tram stop is close by to this location, just a little further down.

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Side entrance to the terminal.

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Approaching the car rental centre building.

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The ATC tower as seen from the car rental centre.

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The Hyundai i20

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Paperwork for car rental completed.

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A hefty price to pay.

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Starting odometer – 2328.

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Off we go.

If you require to get into Edinburgh by public transport, you could either take the ‘Airlink 100’ bus which waits just after the airport exit to your left or the tram situated further down between the exit & the car rental centre. The ‘Airlink 100’ bus would cost you £4.50 whilst the tram £5.50

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The ‘Airlink 100’ bus to Edinburgh town, located to the left of the terminal exit.

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Other buses stop to the right of the terminal exit.

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The tram stop before the rental car centre.

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An empty tram waiting for passengers.

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MH124 PER-KUL Business Class

MH124 PER-KUL Business Class

October 2016

After 10 nights in Perth/Western Australia and 7 days on the road, it’s time to return to Kuala Lumpur. Although we flew Economy into Perth, we flew Business on our return. On this flight, there were 16 passengers out of the possible 27 in Business. The check-in was a matter of walking up to the counter and be attended to immediately. Our MAS A330-300 flight departs at 3.50 p.m. and arrives Kuala Lumpur at 9.30 p.m. Perth & Kuala Lumpur is in the same time zone.

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Business class check-in, Perth T1 airport.

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On-time departure.

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Mind your business.

A short while after airborne, lunch is served. It starts with MAS signature dish, satay. Coming from a family in the satay business ourselves (previously), the chicken satay was tender and good. The peanut sauce can definitely be enhanced. For appetizer, poached prawns was served followed by the main course, pan-seared chicken breast with mashed potato and vegetables. Dessert was ice-cream (very nice), cake & fruits. And in-between, there were nuts and endless fruit juice.

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Lunch menu.

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Fruit juice and plain water served in glassware. No plastics.

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MAS signature dish, chicken satay, cucumber and peanut sauce.

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Appetizer, selection of bread and fruits. Foods served on real plates.

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The main course, chicken breast with vegetables.

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This mango ice cream originating from Australia was really nice.

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Business class seats towards the back. You get a sort of ‘mini cabin’ to yourself.

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The leg room that goes under the seat of the front passenger. This allows you to fully stretch in reclined position.

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A 1-2-2 configuration on some rows and a 1-2-1 on others. Note the leg room.

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Lights dimmed, seat fully reclined flat and time to doze off till we arrive in KUL.

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Credit:Malaysia Airlines

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Goodbye Western Australia. Perth aerial view.

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Priority luggage tagging. Luggage was already on the carousel in KUL when we came to pick it up.

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Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

Lancelin Sand Dunes, Lancelin, Western Australia

October 2016

On our return trip to Perth from Cervantes, we stopped by Lancelin sand dunes. On the way, about 45km (30mins) from Thirsty Point beach to our left, take a quick stop at the lay-bay for a panoramic view of the Wanagarren Nature Reverse. It’s a couple of minutes stop for photos and selfies. Nothing much but has a nice grass trees landscape to photograph.

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Wanagarren Nature Reserve lay-bay on your left heading to Perth/Lancelin. On the far end, there is a white sand dune similar to the dunes in Lancelin.

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Location of Wanagarren Nature Reserve.

Wanagarren Nature Reserve

This part of the reserve is just beside the Indian Ocean Drive.

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The Grass Trees.

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The panoramic expense of the Grass Trees at the reserve.

Lancelin Sand Dunes is Australia’s premier sandboarding destination. It’s 36km from the Wanagarren Reserve lay-bay and 9.2km off the junction of Indian Ocean Drive Highway. The dunes are nestled inland North-East of the township, while to the West, lies the picturesque coastal backdrop of the Indian Ocean.

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Welcome signboard to Lancelin. The sand dunes are still far off from here.

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Tourist information board.

If you are interested to sandboard, hire your boards from ‘Have A Chat General Store‘ (aka Lucky 7), 104 Gingin Road at $10/2 hrs (refundable deposit apply) and then drive up to the dunes via Beacon Road. Heading towards the sand dunes, the general store is to your left.

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‘Have A Chat General Store’ aka ‘Lucky 7’ is where you can rent sand boards.

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Route to Lancelin Sand Dune from the junction of Indian Ocean Drive Highway. Note location of ‘Have A Chat General Store’ aka Lucky 7 for renting of sand boards. Click to enlarge map.

The dune’s pure white sand looks like a snow landscape. It rises three storeys high and is suitable for 4 wheel driving, trail bike riding and quad biking among others. Entry to the dunes is free and opens every day from sunrise to sunset. You can drive your ordinary 2WD right up to the edge of the sandboarding sand dune.

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Way to the sand dunes off Beacon Road.                                                                                             Credit:lancelin.com.au

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No problem for ordinary car to drive right to the edge of the dunes.

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Sand boarders up on the dune.

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Naturally, anything that goes down must come up.

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View of the dunes from the entry point.

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Seagulls near the beach wanting to join us for lunch.

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I rather look for kangaroos than sand boarding.

We did not participate in sand boarding but rather watch others doing it. We did take a break at the nearby beach for lunch before continuing to Perth, a drive of another 161km. This concludes our 5 days road trip of Western Australia and 2 days within Perth & Fremantle. We had travelled a total of 2,177km and for the first time, actually enjoyed the long hours of drive due to the diverse landscape and good roads. Notable mention to HERE WeGo (formally HERE Maps) offline Maps & GPS App that NEVER took us to a single wrong turn.

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Final leg of our road trip to Western Australia. Tomorrow we bid farewell to Perth.

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Western Australia Road Trip

Our entire 5 days of Western Australia Road Trip. If we knew the drive wouldn’t be boring, we would have covered Esperance too.

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