5 TIPS TO TRAVEL CHEAP IN KUALA LUMPURThe city Kuala Lumpur offers a remarkable fusion of Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures that can be explored at any price range. Whether you are looking for affordable luxury or value for money, Malaysia’s capital is one of the cheapest cities in the world in which to enjoy an amazing holiday. Kuala Lumpur literally means “mud estuary”, but today it’s far from that. It’s an exciting city that has the best local cuisine, shopping and nightlife. 

A holiday to Malaysia is never complete unless you’ve spent a day or two touring and eating your way through the city. It can be more expensive than other parts of Malaysia so here are some tips to help you travel cheap and save a few ringgit.

TIP 1 : AirBnBs & Budget Hotels

You can find lovely budget hotels that start around RM55 per night that have Wi-Fi, air conditioning and even free breakfast. If you want a hotel with a pool, the prices would most likely start at RM100 or more a night. AirBnB is also available in the city, with shared accommodation that starts from around RM60 per night. If you prefer the entire apartment, expect to pay about RM100 or more. Best to stay around the city center’s Chinatown, as it is one of the cheaper neighborhoods for lodging and is relatively close to many attractions.

TIP 2 : Street Food & Happy Hour 

Many Malaysians would agree that street stalls offer some of the best cuisine in the country. Indian, Chinese and Malay influences create a unique blend of local food that is truly Malaysian. The markets and roadside stalls are great places that serve amazing food at very reasonable prices. A delicious, fulfilling meal from a hawker stall costs RM10 or less. At a mid-range restaurant, a meal with a drink will cost around RM35. If you want to experience something a little more lavish but not burn a hole through your pocket, then head to Marini’s on 57. It’s a gorgeous rooftop bar, restaurant and cocktail lounge that has an old world Italian charm. Here, you can indulge in the best city views and the finest Italian cuisine. Happy hour is during the ‘sunset hours’ (from 5.00pm to 9.00pm daily) so get your perfectly mixed Marini’s cocktail to start your night.


TIP 3:  Buses & Trains

The best way to see the city is by Kuala Lumpur’s excellent public transportation. Bus tickets start as low as RM1, while the LRT train (Light Rail Transit) or monorail costs between RM2 to RM35, depending on the distance travelled. To travel to other countries like Singapore, it will cost you around RM70 by bus, while a train to Bangkok is about RM200. If you are feeling adventurous, then travel on foot within Chinatown and Little India as these areas have the most tourist sites and are right next to each other. They can easily be explored in a day without spending a cent on transport.

TIP 4: Bargain Shopping & Entrance Fees

The majestic PETRONAS Twin Towers are a must see when you are in the city. Savor the incredible view from the deck on the bridge, which joins the towers on levels 41 and 42. Entrance to the towers is RM85 for adults and RM35 for children. The National History Museum is a great place to immerse yourself in Malaysia’s history and culture. The artifacts in the museum include a 40,000-year-old human skull and an eight-sided gold coin dating back to the 15th Century. Entrance to the museum is RM5 for foreign adults, and children under the age of 12 enter for free. As for bargain shopping, be sure to visit the city’s many markets to get some amazing deals. You’ll find clothes, electrical goods and everything but the kitchen sink at two of the city’s best markets, Central Market and Petaling Street. Markets are open day and night, with the daytime markets known as ‘Pasar Tani’ and the evening ones ‘Pasar Malam’.

TIP 5: Reasonable Travel Insurance 

Besides the need to travel cheap and score fantastic deals, you also need to think about protecting yourself and your loved ones during your marvelous Malaysian adventure. For as low as RM26, AIG will be there to ‘jaga’ you through flight delays, loss of baggage, accidents or any other mishaps covered within the policy. It’s incredibly easy to get a quote by clicking on AIG’s Travel Insurance for Malaysia page. Why travel with worries when you are supposed to be relaxing and enjoying yourself? Get yourself a comprehensive plan at a reasonable price rather than emptying your wallet later over some unforeseen circumstance.

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