Being selected by the company to be trained for fire fighting in Malaysia is an opportunity to travel at no costs.
The group left Dammam to Colombo at 10pm by Sri Lankan Airways and to Kuala Lumpur after two-hours plane transfer. We arrived in Malaysia at 1:30pm.
The Kuala Lumpur airport was so huge and was named as the best airport at two consecutive years. We directly headed to the immigration building after riding an airport train. The immigration officer asked us about our purpose of entering the country and the place we will stay. Only one guy answered and the officer stamped our passports as she found out that we were in a group. However, our Indian colleagues had troubles because they needed visa upon arrival with a fee.
The tourist bus which will bring us to Awana was waiting for all the members of the group. After more than an hour of waiting, we finally left the airport at 4pm and arrived at the hotel at 10pm.
Location: Awana, Terengganu, Malaysia
Where I Stayed: Awana Kijal Resort / Terengganu Safety Training Centre
Buddies: Big Group (30+)
The Awana Kijal Resort is the only ranked five star hotel in the province. They have very accommodating staff. The best place for a peaceful dreaming and my temporary shelter for two weeks. The luxurious hotel prices ranges from MR350- MR400, depending on the season. It has wide rooms and has most comfortable toilet. Since this is a company paid training, I’m enjoying it for free.
The buffet meal is flooded with wide selection of western and asian foods. I supposedly gain a lot of weight here because I availed all the three heavy meals. However, due to daily training, swimming on the pool, and beach volleyball, I maintained my skinny figure.
They are offering activities for both jungle and beach. Golf and archery are also available. Beach activities are seasonal. Besides, the waves on the beach side are so disturbing due to monsoon.
Transportation is also available by booking.