HOW EXPENSIVE IS MALAYSIA
Malaysia is a fantastic place for a vacation. Tropical, clean, safe and quite affordable. The expenses in Malaysia can be quite high but by following a few simple tips, you can keep your expenses under control while travelling there. So, let's get to know the tips and tricks.
Hotel prices are different depending on your location. The costliest area is KLCC area (Kuala Lumpur City Centre). The concept of cheap hotels is not available in my opinion. If you get a less costly hotel, then be prepared to either stay in a very very small room or in a room where there are no windows present. It can get quite claustrophobic in this case.
It is therefore recommended to book an AirBnB while travelling to Kuala Lumpur. There are many apartments available in KLCC area which are just a stone's throw from the beautiful Petronas Twin Towers. These apartments are available for as low as INR 1000 to INR 1500 per night which is an excellent deal.
Food prices are quite high compared to India. Expect it to be minimum 1.5 times the prices in India for the same standard restaurant. You can therefore have your food at fast food chains like KFC, Mc Donalds' or you can eat from the street vendors which are available in all places. If you eat in fast food restaurants, then expect your bill to be around INR 700 to INR 1000 for a meal of 2 persons. The same quantity of meal will cost you upwards of INR 2000 in a fine dining restaurant.
However, that does not mean that you should only try out fast food or street food at all times. Remember that Kuala Lumpur is a fusion for food. There are many restaurants from all over the world serving various cuisines to suit your tongue. Try having a meal at some of these restaurants just to experience a different taste.
There are many modes of transportation in Kuala Lumpur. You can use Cabs, City Bus, LRT, Monorail etc for your daily commute. Cabs are obviously very costly and is the last choice. But a thing to keep in mind here is that Kuala Lumpur is not a huge area and thus sometimes it may be more convenient to just board a cab instead of travelling to the metro station.
Another great thing to note that the city buses called Go KL buses in Kuala Lumpur is free. Yes, you heard me right. They are totally free to board and travel. In case you are getting bored, just hop on to a Go KL bus and see the sights of Kuala Lumpur for free.
Attraction tickets are high but significantly less than neighboring Singapore. Expect to pay around Rs 1000 - Rs 2000 on an average per ticket for any attraction ticket which is quite ok for a foreign country.
I had visited Petronas Twin Towers top, KL Tower, Aquaria KLCC on paid tickets. Other than that I visited Batu Caves, Bukit Bintang, Chinatown, KLCC Park, Merderka Square and a few other places.
The country is very clean and systematic. You will surely love your vacation here because there are many things to do here. However, if you plan to visit Singapore after visiting this country, then you can surely skip a day or two at Kuala Lumpur because Singapore is a much more developed country compared to Malaysia.
5. FLIGHT TICKETS
Flight tickets are very cheap from India to Malaysia. You may be able to get a great deal for as low as INR 3000 per ticket one way. Air Asia has a lot of flights from India to Malaysia offering great fares. However, their fares are cabin baggage only, meaning you will have to pay extra for luggage exceeding 7 kg.
6. ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Alcoholic drinks, be it whiskey or beer is quite costly in Kuala Lumpur. It is therefore advised to bring the bottles from duty free area at the airport or you can bring from Langkawi Island in case you go there. Prices at Langkawi are very cheap compared to the Kuala Lumpur price.
I have detailed my Malaysia journey in my YouTube channel. Please visit my YouTube channel here.
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(Last updated 22/02/2020 at 02:06 hrs)