We went to Istanbul with Qatar Airways. Bought the tix during the 3 days sale. The tix was rm1900++ all in. Cheap eh? The cheapest i found so far. If u guys read my last last last new year's eve post entitled 12 places i want to visit, Istanbul n Rome were in my wishlist.
Anyway, we departed in the morning..Sapa yg nak naik Qatar Airways from KLIA, i advise u to do online check-in beforehand. Bukan apa, Q for those yg x online check-in, mak aii, 3km long... Serious..! I think it will take almost 2 hours...Ada lebih kurang 100 umat yg berator. On the other hand, if u already have yr e-tix, u will walk calmly, with no hassle whatsoever to the designated counter, with no one, i repeat no one queuing in front of u.. Heavennya rasa waktu tu... I told myself.."pak arab2 ni sumer, x reti nk online check-in ke..? Sanggopla berator berejam..." We sent our bag, p makan, lalu semula kat counter, my gosh, the Q was longer... Oh, we got 25kg each for luggage..x guna habis pon...travel light kan...?
How's Qatar Airways? Patotla menang skytrax award... They were great! Dah rasa mcm ular kembung dlm flight... X sempat nak lapar...x makan, minum, x minum, makan... Tngk movie...ada bnyk movie die...lebih dr MAS rasanya...Pekerja smiling 24 hours...aman hati rasanya... Patotla gaji air hostess mereka mahal, coz 24 hrs bekerja.... Cuma waktu balik, i had a complain..but will tell u all later ah, waktu balik...
Top: Blanket, kit2 dlm pouch n small pillow.
Bottom right: food, food n food, bottom left: layan Adele...la..la..la...
|Ni biskut favourite. Tiba2 dapat banyak masa dalam flight.|
Process at the airport was smooth. We took the metro. Signboards were everywhere. One would surely not get lost here.
|This is the metro at the airport. Havalimani means airport in Turkish|
U need to buy a jeton (3TL) for each ride regardless of
the distance (above). So, untungla sapa naik jaoh2...
The journey from the airport will take u about half an hour to reach Sultanahmet. From the airport, u need to stop at Zeytiburnu, cross the street to the other side, buy another jeton and get on the next tram. Sultanahmet, Sirkeci and Eminonu are all on the same line which is the line to Kabatas. U can also buy Istanbulkad at the designated kiosks. The only kiosk I knew was the one at Eminonu. I think there's one at Sirkeci too. If u have the card, u will only have to pay 1.95TL per jeton/ride. Cheap, isn't it..? It's just like our touch n go card where u have to reload it (at the designated kiosk i had mentioned) once the money finishes.
Ini rupanya Sultanahmet! We reached here at about 6.30pm. Winterkan..gelap awal..Ahhh..hate that! Not good
for travellers like us!
From GoogleMap, our hotel is just 10 minutes walk from the tram station but in reality...kalau bwk bag, jalan atas jalan batu2 jarang2 mcm kat Istanbul ni, mau 1/2 an hour... But, we did find a short cut later on during our stay... Silap kami jugak p bwk bag troli..But, how on earth would we know that the walkways are like that? jarang2 mcm gigi rongak...x ada pulak tngkp gmbr batu2 jalan tu...or else i can show u... i think those who were already been there would understand what i meant...
After asking people, we arrived safely at the hotel...Ahhh...bahagia tol rasa dah sampai... Turks are very helpful. They are always willing to help u even though they are not so good in English/couldn't speak at all...kadang2 mcm itik ngan ayam, kita pon anggok beria mcm la paham...they showed right but they uttered left, mcm2 lah... The weather at the time we arrived was 13 degree celcius..Ok la, not so cold... From our room, we could see the Blue Mosque di sebalik cabang2 Astro Turki nyer aerial...Ha..ha...
|Tu...! Nampak x?|
OKlah folks, guess i'll stop here...I will tell u about our hotel in another post...:)