Tasty food, flashy shopping malls, beautiful beaches and rainforests. A melting pot of adventure, culture and experience.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit Malaysia differs from East to West. East is best from May - September and West is best from December - February. KL is best from May to July.
Money saving tips
My best saving tips are to download the Grab app for taxi rides, book apartments via Airbnb and make sure you have a kitchen to cook your own meals.
The daily suggested budget for Malaysia is $30-40 USD, assuming you stay in a fully serviced apartment and eat at mid-range places.
Favourite thing to do
We spent a month in Malaysia, but my favorite was Kuala Lumpur. The city is so vibrant and there is plenty to do both day and night.
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Malaysia is often said to be the ‘real Asia’ – a country famous not only for it’s capital Kuala Lumpur, but a place where you can enjoy beautiful beaches, walk around in lush forests and eat amazing local food. Start your Malaysian travels in Kuala Lumpur – a city well connected to the rest of Asia and a place you are more likely to stumble upon a sky bar than a dog. The city’s beautiful skyline (Petrona’s Towers!) and modern shopping centres might leave you wanting more, but the beauty of the country lies in its often underrated nature. Visit the tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands or trek through the huge national parks of Gunung Mulu and Taman Negara, where you may encounter incredible wildlife including tigers and orangutans. Borneo and its jungle are worth the detour if you have the time and the true adventurer ache to discover this amazing island. If you are a foodie, don’t forget to make a stop in Penang, one of the world’s capitals for street food! There is truly plenty for every budget and travel-style.
Accomodation - While this will vary depending on which location you decide to visit, accommodation in Malaysia is affordable and in KL your money gets you quite far in terms of quality and size. A luxury 80sqm apartment with kitchen, gym and pool will cost you around $200 – $400 per week (through Airbnb). Dorms cost around $8 USD per night and a private room will cost you around $17 USD per night. There is an abundance of accommodation in Malaysia and you are sure to find something fitting your budget.
Food - Street food (due to its popularity) has become rather expensive in KL, so expect to pay $2.50 USD for a simple rice and meat dish at a night market. In general, the restaurants will charge around $5 USD for their standard dishes and a big bottle of Tiger will cost you just as much. If you rented an apartment with a kitchen, expect to pay European prices for groceries (with milk products such as yoghurt and cheese costing twice as much!).
Transportation - We found it cheap and easy to travel to Malaysia. AirAsia has its HQ in KL, so flying from here will cost you much less than in other Asian countries. A flight from KL to Penang will cost you as little as $20 USD return/pp. Within Kuala Lumpur, we used Grab taxis and generally paid around $2.50 for a 20-minute ride. We stayed in the Bukit Bintang area and opted to walk a few times as well. The trains were slightly more expensive than a Grab taxi (and not worth for 2 or more people).