Whenever we travel abroad, one of the things I look forward to is arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The moment we reach the airport, I'd be on immediate vacation mode; anticipating the wonderful in-flight entertainment on my flight and another exciting adventure with B by my side. We always try to get to the airport early to try secure the best seats on the flight and after checking in our luggage, B and I would go around the airport to browse through all the cool duty-free stores.
On our last vacation in Japan, we were fortunate to have airport transfer service provided for us upon arrival. So the moment we got through the Immigration Counter, we were greeted by our designated driver from our hotel. There was no need to go out and hail for a cab or figure out directions to our hotel in a strange country. Of course this was all pre-booked and arranged by B's company.
Our weekend getaway in Bandung was a whole different story altogether. That trip was last-minute so I did not put much planning into airport transfer, which I regretted to this day. No offense to my Bandung friends but B and I were a little pissed off for being short-changed by our cab driver who drove us from the airport to the hotel in Bandung.
We got a cab at the airport to take us to the Grand Preanger Hotel and were told that it would cost us 40,000 Rupiah (Rp). I remembered thinking the price was reasonable but had a complete change of mind when the cab driver short-changed us of 5,000 Rp for this journey. He seemed like a dependable professional guy but this cab driver took us for a ride alright!
Two days later, we left Bandung to head back to KLIA and were upset once again when our cab driver (a different one this time) demanded 100,000 Rp for the ride to the airport instead of the 40,000 Rp initially quoted. So that's twice cheated! Shame on us for not booking proper airport transfer prior to the vacation and shame on the cab drivers there too for taking advantage of tourists!
That's why we now place emphasis on proper airport transfer for our getaways. I don't mind putting in more effort by arranging for airport transfers now rather than to arrive at our destination on a bad note if we fall victims to irresponsible cab drivers again. For your next vacation, ensure you don't get cheated. Book proper airport transfer from reputable companies like Shuttle Direct. It will save you a whole lot of mental fatigue and strain, trust me!
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