With flights taking around 13 hours, holidays to Malaysia are usually several weeks long. But you can still keep costs down with backpacker-friendly accommodation and a good exchange rate. Those looking for a little more luxury won’t be disappointed either.
The country of Malaysia is spread across 2 main areas – the peninsula on mainland Asia has a mix of architectural and cultural influences ranging from Malay to Indian. Plus the high-rise capital city Kuala Lumpur is here. Across the South China Sea, you’ll find wild jungle landscapes across the northern region of the island of Borneo.
Malaysia is becoming more and more popular with the backpacker crowd. Hostel dorms are cheap and plentiful, and most activities won’t break the bank either. Daily spend: £15-20
Private rooms at middling hotels could cost between £10 and £50 per night. The higher prices are usually in the capital Kuala Lumpur. You can choose cheaper domestic airlines to get around the country, too. Daily spend: £50-80
4- and 5-star hotels are in the major cities. And eating 3-course meals at sit-down restaurants will also bump up your budget. On most of the islands, you’ll also find exclusive resorts and spas. Daily spend: £80-120
Prices are approximate and subject to change.
Money saving tips for Malaysia
Agree on taxi fares. The taxis here aren’t metered, so agree on a price before driving off.
Don’t drink alcohol. While drinking is permitted here, it’s certainly frowned upon. Authorities keep the price of alcohol high to dissuade people.
Check if you need to tip. Many hotels and upscale restaurants include a service charge of 10%.
Banknotes come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.
The term ‘dollar’ is sometimes used instead of ringgit.
The exchange rate is around 5 to 1 against the pound.
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