I have a hate/love relationship with klia 2 (aka the low cost terminal) in Kuala Lumpur. I love the sleeping spots, and cheap food but I hate  the illogical parts. It’s like airport was thrown together by drunken people with a random parts generator. Don’t believe me? Here’s some things you’ll see at klia 2 in Kuala Lumpur that will make your brain go “does not compute” and blow up.

  • Walkways that go one way on both sides! You’d think with mobile walkways one would go one way, and the next one going the other way. Nope. Both going in the same direction.
  • Multiple checkpoints. After landing you go through a check point like you would normally, but the gates have another one. So do not go to your gate right away. There is nothing past the final gates but waiting. ALL the good stuff LIKE the movie lounge, food areas and sleeping spots are in this sandwich hole of security.
  • No trolley areas. They designate the elevators no trolley areas. So you have to take your luggage off at one elevator, use the elevator then walk around looking for another one. Strangely there aren’t trolleys next to both the top and bottom. Usually it’s nearby, but still if you are carrying a heavy carry on bag this can suck.
  • Little bonus rooms outside of the actual gates for people who are taking the flight. Kind of makes sense? But what doesn’t make sense is that these room are sealed until close to departure time. Or DOES IT? This is a tip I wish more airports would adopt. The point of these private rooms is that at the entrance they check your passport/ticket before the plane lands. This speeds up that line tremendously during the actual boarding
  • Lots of charger outlets but all of them are the Asian outlet. Not 1 is North American or Euoropean. No usb chargers either. Bring a travel charger!
  • They announce every flight that is ready to board over the entire airport. So yes, it’s every few minutes. And in 3 languages. This doesn’t annoy me till I tried to sleep.
  • They also announce gate changes over the same system so it’s like having to filter through all this audio spam in case you have a gate change messages. And yes they make final calls too on this system.

While there are many illogical things about klia 2 it’s not horrible. It doesn’t compare to Changi in Singapore or the Hong Kong airport, but it’s not bad. I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!)