2.5 Weeks in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Taman Negara)
Food/Beverage – 510 MYR (average meal with non-alcoholic drink = 5 – 10 MYR)
Water – Bought a bottle here and there, but using this water filter was much more cost sufficient and better for the environment.
Accommodation – 156 MYR (average cost of a double room = 12.5 MYR per person)
Site Seeing and Activities – 85 MYR
Transportation – 187 MYR
Souvenirs/Gifts – 55 MYR
Other – 111 MYR (i.e. sim card, internet)
Total = 1104 MYR ($360 CAD)
The food in Malaysia has been my least favourite I have to admit. It’s a lot of rice, noodles and meat and the spices they use aren’t that great. However, the fruit is amazing! I could have definitely lived off of just fruit, and I kind of did.
Beer is fairy expensive. Expect to pay around $3 CAD for a large beer.
There are plenty of options when it comes to hotels and hostels (guesthouses) in Malaysia. For single travellers, expect to pay around 17-20 MYR for a dorm room in Kuala Lumpur. If you find a travel buddy, then you can spend as little as 25 MYR a night for a basic room (2 single beds or one large with an attached washroom). You can always try Couch Surfing too! Read about my experience with Couch Surfing.
Kuala Lumpur is a pretty cool city. The best way to see it, is to buy a 24 hour Hop On Hop Off Bus Ticket. Not only does it cover all major attractions, the tour also includes key shopping centres in the city like KLCC, Twin Towers, Bintang Walk, Merdeka Square, KL Tower, KL Sentral, Lake Garden, Petaling Street, Jamek Mosque, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and St. Mary’s Cathedral just to name a few (there are over 42 major sights and attractions). Another great place to visit is Taman Negara. Taman Negara has become Malaysia’s premier national park and the largest in the country covering over 4343 square kilometres of primary forest, If you are into trekking, jungles and getting dirty, this is the place for you! Check out my6 hour jungle trek experience with a video here.
The buses in Malaysia are really nice and inexpensive. The overnight buses are the best option for long journeys. They save you in accommodation expensive and they pretty darn comfortable and complete with air conditioning.
The shopping in Kuala Lumpur is great; especially in China Town. Chinatown is also a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise, a place where you can find all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs to imitation goods. At night, its main market area, Petaling Street transforms into a lively and vibrant night market, filled with hundreds of stalls offering all kinds of goods at dirt-cheap prices, and the best thing is, the prices can be brought lower still as haggling is the way of life here.