KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
When we flew to Khota Bharu on April 4th, we decided to store one of our suitcases at the hotel instead of dragging it all over the east coast. We planned to rent a car and knew that it would be tight to carry three passengers and three suitcases along with our carry-on bags.
Then, while we were in Khota Bharu we got an email from Air Asia alerting us to a seat sale; they were promoting a 20% sale on all flights to all destinations. We sat down and spent almost an entire day booking seats on seven different flights and then making hotel reservations at each of the places we planned to visit.
To make a long story short, we realized that we didn’t have a great deal of time to travel from the airport outside of Kuala Lumpur to pick up the suitcase between the time we arrived on our flight from Borneo and the scheduled departure of our flight to Bangkok.
For that reason, rather than return to the east coast after visiting the Taman Negara National Park, we carried on westward towards the capital to make a quick in and out of the city, to rescue our poor orphan suitcase. Fortunately, the weather was beautiful, but unfortunately, we arrived in KL at rush hour and once we left the ring road, we were plunged down into the nightly gridlock traffic.
I don’t think we could have pulled it off if Anil and I hadn’t spent as much time as we did in the city in 2007. We had a pretty good idea of how the traffic flows on the one-way streets around the hotel where we stayed. We crawled along for what seemed like forever before we were able to pick up the suitcase, but getting out of the city again was a relative breeze and before long, we were on the expressway crossing the width of Malaysia once again.