Saturday, August 12, 2017

D-1 Huhulmale, Maldives 2017

Day 1 Sunday 6th Aug 2017 - As our Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur arrived at Velana International Airport, Male at around 8.15pm, there was not much to do on arrival except taking an airport shuttle bus to our hotel in Hulhumale, located about 6.6km from the airport. Our sweet dreams about Maldives start from tonight ........

1) Taking a LRT train (RM$1 senior) from SS15, Subang Jaya train station to KL Sentral station, Kuala Lumpur

2) Boarding Skybus airport bus from KL Sentra > KLIA2 (bus ticket Rm6, senior)

3) Boarding Air Asia Flight No AK 72 departing Kuala Lumpur 06.55pm arriving  Male 08.10pm (Air Asia ticket Rm783=US$183 return)

4) Dinner at Little Wok, Food Court, KLIA2 - fried rice Rm9.50 prior to the flight

5) Arriving at Male International Airport around 08.15pm, Malaysia is ahead of Maldives by 3hrs.  

6) Not knowing how much we need to spend on food, ferry rides etc for the following day, the first thing we did was to walk to a Maldives bank at the airport to exchange some local currencies. For a start, our group used a US$50 dollar note and this gave us 750 MVR local currencies, in small & big notes (US$1=MVR15) - a great start to pay for local transport & general expenses on Day 1 ! Malaysian currency exchangers do not offer Maldivian currencies so bring along a stash of clean & neat US$ dollar notes to Maldives you should be okay ! If you have some leftovers of Maldivian currencies after the visit, keep them as souvenirs at home - their notes & designs look very attractive ! 

6) Taking a Male Airport bus to our hotel in Hulhumale (MVR20=Rm5.70 one way)

7) Overnight stay (1st night) at Newtown Inn, Nirolhumagu, Lot No 10488, Male International Airport - Rm378.54 (US$88) for a Deluxe Double with an extra bed, online booking via The deluxe room was small so there were no much space to move around after an extra bed was added. After a hot shower, we retired to bed at around 22.00 eagerly looking forward for the next morning to see Maldives in daylight ! 

A great start upon our arrival !  What awaits us from tomorrow onwards is equally exciting as our group is very keen to explore and catch a glimpse of Maldives - a dream is about to fulfil  in our world of travelling thus far !  

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