Long Cheap Stay in Kuala lumpur.

I already spend a lot during my 20 days Europe trip that is why I need to save and spend as thrifty as I can during my trip in Asia.

From the Airport


It was morning when I arrived at the Kuala lumpur International Airport. They have a nice looking airport and its quite busy. I didn't stay long in the airport I just observed a bit and check  the internet for the possible scam I might encounter in the city. Thanks to the internet I've seen a ways to avoid those scammers. The airport is far from the city and your option are:

  •  KLIA Train is a train service that will bring you to Kuala Lumpur Central Terminal. From Central Terminal there are MRT and Tram with several lines that you can use to go to your Hotel. Using the ticket machine is easy as the instruction are written in English, Malay and Chinese.

  • Metered Taxi, Taxis are always ready waiting for the passengers from the airport, as much as possible always ask to switch ON the meter to avoid excessive charges and inconvenience. Some of these guys do some kind of scams.

  • Airport Budget Taxi Coupon, I used this going to my Hotel. Basically there is a counter in the KLIA  located in the exit of the departure area. From there you can buy a prepaid taxi Coupon. You just need to tell to the teller the address of your booked Hotel or house and they will compute and print the voucher then pay for it. Then go outside and look for that taxi and show to the driver the voucher and that is it.

  • Carlift.  I don't know if this exist in Kuala lumpur but it's not a good idea to use it in anyway.

The taxi brings me exactly in front of my guest house, The driver was using his mobile phone GPS during our trip and that's when I realised that google map works really well without data plan, you just need to open the google map app then search the target location while you are in a wifi zone then you're good to go. The map will bring you in the right place. I didn't give tip to the driver because he is not polite. He opens the windows of the car and start to smoke. I don't mind, i'd rather sleep than speak to him.




Accommodation


I booked the first guest house while I was in Europe, When it comes to booking a Hotel always consider to book in a location that is near to your places of interest or at least in a place that is easily accessible.  It is going to gives you conveniences and savings. If you love going to the beach then book a hotel that is near or accessible to the beach.  Like for example you are going to Phuket, for sure your main target is beach then book a hotel near or walking distance to the beach. Most of the time taxi/tuktuk drivers are scammers specially for the tourist like us, avoid that. I stay in Kuala lumpur for 20 days in different guest houses. If I like the guest house i speak to the reception to extend my stay or sometimes I book it again depending on the price.  I stay in one guest house because it's cheap and nice looking in the picture when I book it, and is accessible but I regret it because it's dirty  and I am scared because it feels that I am their only guest for 6 days. I used booking and agoda to book Serai Inn, Arenaa Star, Bullokcart Hostel and Trilogy Hotel. Anyway if the description of the hotel in booking.com doesn't is different from the actual,  you can complain and ask for a refund if you want.. just be sure to be ready for any inconveniences.

Food


Most of these guest houses and hotel provide a free breakfast, it is written on your booking. if you are new in the city McDonalds is the first options because they have the standard taste of their common food and the prices are almost similar to your home country. Most of the time I am eating in a local cheap restaurant for around 5 to 7 MYR a meal, I felt that more than 10 MYR is already expensive. For one day I spend more or less 30 MYR. I am not really a fan of Indonesian food, I am not into strong spices. Compare to Dubai food and hotel in Kuala lumpur is almost 75% cheaper. 1 meal in Dubai is ranging from 15 to 25 AED in the food court.  The value of money have small difference as of this time it is 10.00AED = 11.41MYR


Transportation


One of the good thing in Kuala Lumpur is the GOKL, GOKL is a free bus service than goes around the city, That is where I ride on my city trip, it is having several lines to cover most part of Kuala lumpur. GOKL is free for all, for locals and tourist. You can ride in a designated loading and unloading area that located in the convenience location of the city. They also have buses, MRT Train and Tram. For one ride it cost ranging from 1MYR to 3MYR. I never tried the taxi.

Parks, Attractions and Malls


Kuala Lumpur have a lot of nice Air conditioned shopping mall and this is usually my destination just to eat in their affordable food court.  Perdana Botanical Garden is one of the place that is a must to visit, its big and a lot of things to see, there are monkeys roaming around, and squirrels too. Within the area there are some museums and attractions that requires an entrance fee and are expensive specially for the tourist. The prices of the attractions in Kuala lumpur are different for the tourist and for the local, the same like Thailand. There are so many places of interest to visit in Kuala lumpur. I don't go if I need to pay entrance fee.

What to wear


Like other tropical countries in Asia, Malaysia is hot and a bit humid city so expect that you'll be sweating if you stay outside, the temperature is around 20ºc to 30ºc in the daytime. The best time to walk outside is in the morning up to 9 am and in the afternoon from 5pm up to the night as the temperature is just right. Compare to Dubai during summer. Dubai is very very hot and humid both day and night, but during winter Dubai is amazing. Remember that there are some guest houses and establishment that are not air conditioned and having just electric fan. Jacket and sweater is okay to wear inside the mall but wearing it outside will make you sweat and will be uncomfortable. I see a lot of european people wearing just a tank top and a shorts or summer trousers and a flip plop while walking around. Bring what you need depending on the purpose of your trip. Remember that rain is also common in Kuala lumpur so be ready also.

What I bought in Kuala lumpur


One month before leaving Dubai I broke my slipper and decided not to buy because it is expensive. While travelling in Europe I realised that I don't need slipper because shoes is a must while walking around the city as it is cold. When I am in Kuala lumpur the only thing that I bought there are slipper and hand sanitiser and both of those are cheap. When I left Dubai I brought with me my personal care, toothpaste, toothbrush,soap, shampoo,deodorant,nail cutter,shaver,cotton buds and for sure there are more if you're a woman. All this things are sure we need during our travel so bring it with you. We are sure that we need to pay for our hotel, food and transportation and maybe laundry at least we save time and money for having our toiletries with us. Anyway those are not heavy. It is most of the time finding a place to buy something take a lot of time.



Travel Insurance


I bought my travel Insurance from DNATA, it is one of the requirements when you are traveling specially in Europe. This is very important as it keeps you worry free about money in case of any untoward incident. Travel insurance company does not cover pre existing conditions.

Kuala Lumpur


Kuala lumpur is a diverse city, the locals are Malay, Indian and Chinese looking people. There are some european expats. They are using Malay or Bahasa, Hindi or Tamil, Chinese and English languages in most of the signboards and instructions. Almost everyone speak English. Malaysia is a Muslim country but there are Churches and Cathedral, Temple and of course Mosque.

Extra care


We need to be careful while we are travelling. The weather, the food, the water, the cleanliness and everything are not the same in our home . We don't want to be sick while travelling. Check if local water is drinkable or can be use for brushing teeth. Drink a lot of water in the daytime, wash your hand and use sanitiser before eating. Be careful from bad people.

Leaving Kuala Lumpur




I left Kuala lumpur going to Singapore using a Inter City Train. It cost only 39 MYR for 10 hours trip in a night train with double decker bed. Compare to airplane that takes only around 4 hours including the waiting time in the airport.







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