Kuala Lumpur is the most famous tourist city in Malaysia with modern shopping centers, amusement parks,… so the cost of traveling in this city is not cheap. However, if you follow these tips below, you can have an enjoyable trip in Kuala Lumpur while still saving a lot of money.
Getting around by public transport and free buses
Public transportation in KL is cheap and convenient so you can feel free to discover the city without wasting too much money.
Most of famous attractions, hotels, entertainment and shopping centers are close tram or high-speed train stations; one-way fares just around 1.2RM (less than $ 0.5) so it is very convenient to visit the city. Especially during peak-hour traffic congestion, public transportation will be the best choice for you.
Kuala Lumpur also offers GOKL and KL free bus service so if you want to discover the city without paying any fee, you can travel by these free buses.
Dining at local restaurants and eating street food
To save cost for dining, you should choose to eat at local restaurants or street food instead of luxury restaurants. The traditional Malaysian dishes such as Nasi Lemark, grilled meat satay, fried noodles … are available for sale on many streets and markets. Only about 15RM, you will have a delicious meal with full of main dishes and drink.
Buying Kuala Lumpur ticket
If you don’t want to waste much time to find the way and move around, Kuala Lumpur ticket offered by KL PASS is an ideal choice for you. This is a way of traveling Kuala Lumpur that you can save both money and time.
The two-storey bus will take you to the 22 most popular attractions in KL and with Kuala Lumpur ticket, you also will receive vouchers and discounts from more than 70 dining and shopping venues, all you need to do is showing your ticket.
Enjoying drinks at Happy Hour
Compared to most cities in Southeast Asia, the price of wines in Malaysia is more expensive because of the higher import tax. However, bars and nightclubs in KL usually offer discounts for guests called Happy Hour on weekdays. You can save a lot if you enjoy drink at that time.
Bargaining when shopping at local markets
Kuala Lumpur is considered a shopping paradise with a variety of brands from the expensive to the popular. You can easily buy many exciting things at a reasonable price if you have a little bit negotiation skill. Petaling Street is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city with hundreds of stalls selling clothing, handicrafts, accessories and jewelery and local food.
Taking the free walking tours
If you want to explore Kuala Lumpur like a local, taking a free walking tour is the best way. Heritage Walk is a free walking tour in which you will visit the historic sites in the vicinity of Merdeka Square.
The tour are usually offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays every week and lasts about 2,5 hours. All thing you need to do is visiting KL City Hall on the above days to register.
Be careful of cheating in Kuala Lumpur
Like any city in the world, Kuala Lumpur also has scams such as cheating or theft. Although this is just unlucky case, you still should be careful to keep your wallet and property safe.
Exploring the attractions and activities for free
For those who prefer to travel alone, there are plenty of free attractions as well as unique recreational activities in the city center such as Thean Hou Temple, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, Kuan Yin Temple,… And if you love nature, you also can visit KL Forest Eco Park – the only tropical rainforest preserve located in the heart of the city, next to the Merana Tower.
Staying at the budget hotels
Finding out and booking in advance the hotel to stay will help you save money as well as have the most comfortable stay during your trip. Fortunately, Kuala Lumpur has a large number of guesthouses, hostels and hotels offer reasonable prices and convenient location near bus stops, train stations for you choose. Only $50 per night, you will be stayed in the room equipped with basic facilities, free WIFI and breakfast.
Say no to taxis without meters
Be careful with taxis without meters because you often have to pay the higher price than usual. To avoid being cheated, you should find out in advance the cost of the road you are going to go or use reliable taxi apps like MyTeski or EasyTaxi to book taxi.
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