Prices in Malaysia: Food, Drinks, Hotels and Transport
If you are going to the new country, you try to understand, how much money it takes you this time. Of course, it is really important to know how much money you spend by travelling one or another country. It is highly important to realize price policy for exotic countries. This article speaks about the prices for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It does not matter that you are going to visit Langkawi or other Malaysian city. The prices are almost the same, plus or minus.
The official hard currency in Malaysia is ringgit (RM). Remember that changing money in the airport is not wise decision. Of course, the prices and currency rates jump up and down all the time. So, try to find actual information from the official websites before your travelling starts.
It is better to start with comparing prices in Malaysia and Thailand. It can often happen that tourists go to Malaysia after they’ve visited Thailand before. If not, you should visit this beautiful country as it is close to Malaysia by nature, traditions and life style. So, the most of people prefer home-made food. There is no problem to go to eat in the cafe. Thai people cook fast, tasty and hot! It is true, you can always choose hot and spicy food. You can meet cheap street cafes at every street, every corner. Street food is very popular here. So, this kind of business is mostly acceptable for Thailand. What about Malaysia?
Speaking about cheap food, everything is not simple in Malaysia. The average check in the cafe is twice expensive than the check for same food in Thailand. Price is not the main problem. It is difficult for tourists decide what dishes are worth eating. It often happens that the most of street food dishes are not attractive to eat. Or, for example, you can order chicken with rice that is must be farang safe food. Malaysians cook this dish in different way to make it too hot and wild to eat. The meat sauce is bitter, sour and bad smelling all together. So, it is better to see what you eat!
The average check in MacDonald’s, KFC and other fast food cafes is 3 $.
The price for grilled chicken is 0.9 $.
Nevertheless, you can find a lot of posts about good food establishments in Malaysia. Of course, the food can be tasty, but you have to find it first. If you could not find something attractive to eat in the local cafes, you can always visit traditional MacDonald’s or KFC.
Malaysia is country of surprises. It is difficult to find fruits in this tropical country. Again, comparing the situation with fruits in Thailand, you can buy them at every step. There are two places to buy fruits in Kuala Lumpur – not far from KLCC metro station and China Town. The prices are little higher than in Thailand.
Apples – 1,8-3 $.
Mango – 4,7-5 $.
There is way out! All budget cafes make tasty fruit shakes. You can try to buy it instead of fruits.
There are few words about alcohol in Malaysia. It is cheap to drink here for tourists. The local government imposes taxes on alcohol here. You can see the sign at every shop that says: alcohol drinks are not sold to Moslems. It is strange. Nevertheless, Langkawi is expectance of the rules. This is duty free zone, free from taxes. So, alcohol is cheap here. Traditionally, you can buy hot alcohol in the airport, Duty Free shop that is free from taxes.
The price for Carlsberg beer 0,5l is 3,4 $.
The bottle of gin, rum or tonic costs 18-25 $.
You know many websites to book a hotel. It is not a problem to meet prices there. The hotel prices in hot season are high as experienced tourists try to book budget hotels beforehand. For example, if you decided to book a hotel a week before your trip, you can find optimal price for double suit for 50 $ in the city region that is not attractive for living. The hot season price in a good center region is 100 $ per night. If you want to book a hotel beforehand, you may use websites like Air BNB. It is not difficult to find a room for 12 $ in a hot season. What is the point of it?
You can find websites to hire not only hotel room, but apartments or room in a private house. It is a nice opportunity to hire a room with the safety guarantee and commission. You can try to hire a room with your own efforts on arrival. Nevertheless, travelling with kids or if you just want to have guaranteed accommodation on arrival in order to spend your first night in Malaysia in comfort, you should use website opportunities. Thus, the price for night in Kuala Lumpur is 12-50 $ for normal but not lux conditions, depending on season.
Public Transport Prices
The public transport in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) is divided into several groups:
Touristic Buses Hop On – Hop Off
The metro in the city has its own specific. It is not the easiest way of travelling in Malaysia. The different metro brunches belongs to different companies. So, it is not easy to change one line to another, especially if you use travelling ticket. The price for metro ticket depends on the amount of stops. So, it costs for 1-3 RM, the ticket for one day is 10 RM, for 3 days – 25 RM, for week – 50 RM.
It is very inconvenient to take taxi in Malaysia. Malaysian taxi is full of surprises. It is much better to hire a car in Langkawi or Kuala Lumpur to get from city to city or street to street with comfort. If you go somewhere in peak-hour, you should also use car, metro or bus (2-5 RM). It takes you the same time as you spend, using taxi, but cheaper.