Memory by Kalen Chee
Dinner or bfast??🤔🤔
7 months ago
⭐⭐★★★ The new airport is a far cry from what it used to be, with lively shops, quaint lounges and a live band to keep you entertained while you wait for boarding. And at arrival, I was relieved that the dreaded harassment from taxi drivers is no longer a thing. ‼️ A new rule forbids taking selfie sticks and tripods into the airport. While you can bring them into arrival, they will not pass the security check at departure. Be prepared to check-in your expensive gear, or you'll end up having to abandon it 😢 👍 Taxis from the airport are always overpriced, and even the information counter will be completely unhelpful. Here are 2 budget-friendly alternatives to consider: 1️⃣ Book an airport transfer to your hotel with KLOOK. It's half the price of a Grab. (Note: you need to book it at least 3 hours before pick-up time). ❤️ If you're new to KLOOK, you can use my referral code D7VCLL when you register to get a sign up bonus ❤️✌️ 2️⃣ Ride the Kura Kura bus (only for major tourist destinations). While it cannot enter the airport, its nearest stop is the T-Galleria, which is located at less than a 5 minute ride. After that, 5USD will buy you a day pass that could take you all the way to Ubud. Plus, this bus is so fun to ride.
9 months ago
Optimistically named "South Madrid Airport" by its developers, the airport actually lies a good 227km south of the centre of the city. Constructed at a cost of 1.1 billion euros, it never attracted many flights and operations ran for only three years before the holding company went bankrupt. A Chinese company attempted to buy the site for just €10,000 in 2015 but was rejected, as of 2019 no-one has bought the site and it remains unused.
9 months ago
A 12,000 square metre terminal building, 12 checkin counters, a capacity for a million passengers a year, and no flights. Hidden in the jungle near the city of Hambantota, the dream was for this to become Sri Lanka's second major international airport. But this underdeveloped region of fishing villages seems to have been picked because it was the home region of president Mahinda Rajapaksa rather because of any actual demand. Bankrolled by USD5 billion of loans from China, who were more than willing to help out countries in the region in exchange for buy-in on their "Belt and Road" vision, construction proceeded smoothly, but as soon as the airport opened it was clear that it would be a struggle to attract passengers. While Sri Lankan Airlines were strong-armed into operating flights, with a change of president in 2015 they withdrew operations and the airport was effectively mothballed. Ironically, real elephants can occasionally be spotted wandering on the runway tarmac of this white elephant, undisturbed by the possibility of a plane landing.
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