Malaysia Budget

We were in Malaysia for 20 days and spent a total of $2,327 for an average of $116 per day. We averaged $59.75 per night on accommodation. This is warped a bit by a 3 night stay at the Le Meridien in Kuala Lumpur — Kat needed one more stay to get another year of Starwood Gold status. Even so, the Le Meridien was only $104 per night, which is a bargain for a 5 star hotel in a world class city. Ironically, our favorite place that we stayed was also the cheapest — $33 per night at Gerard’s Place in the Cameron Highlands. It was a guesthouse that felt more like a homestay (complete with a cute dog named Amy!). We were only there for two nights and were really sad to have to leave.

We spent about $100 or so shopping for some new clothes. A day tour around the Cameron Highlands was $35. Five hour bus rides from KL to Cameron Highlands and Cameron Highlands to Penang only cost about $10 per person each way.

Overall, I was surprised by how relatively inexpensive Malaysia was. I was expecting Singapore prices and was pleasantly surprised. The only thing that was outrageously expensive was alcohol. You really couldn’t get a beer for less than $6 — and that was at “happy hour.”

It's about 3 ringgitt to $1 USD. The 20 ringgitt notes were the most useful but, for some reason, they were as rare as a white elephant. I always did a happy little dance when I got one.

It’s about 3 ringgit to $1 USD. The 20 ringgit notes were the most useful but, for some reason, they were as rare as a white elephant. I always did a happy little dance when I got one.

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