I have traveled to many countries in Southeast Asia, and Malaysia has been the most cost-effective for my travel expenses.
Did you know that Malaysia has the cheapest 5-star hotels in the world?
You can stay in a luxury hotel such as the Hilton or Sheraton for only $30 per person!
You can easily have experiences that are out of reach in Japan!
By the way, even if you stay in a 5-star hotel, your budget for 4 days and 3 nights is only $500.
This article will introduce you to the budget required for a trip to Malaysia and the secret to having a cosy and satisfying trip.
You can travel in luxury in Malaysia for as little as $500!
- Travel expenses for four days and three nights:550 dollar
- It costs an extra 200 dollar if you want to go to Kota Kinabalu or Penang
- When you can travel to Malaysia cheaply
- Recommended Hotels for Staying in Malaysia
- Which is better, a travel agency or private arrangement?
- You can spend for local transportation
- Sightseeing fee is 20-30 dollar
- Food costs for a trip to Malaysia
- Budget for souvenirs in Malaysia
- Tips on how to save money on your trip to Malaysia
- Summary: Book early and save on your trip to Malaysia
Travel expenses for four days and three nights:550 dollar
The budget for 4 days and 3 nights is around $550 for a stay around Kuala Lumpur.
You can stay in a double room at a 5-star hotel for $30 or less per person, and you can book an airline ticket for less than 30,000 yen using LCC.
Food and transportation costs are also much cheaper than in Japan! For four days and three nights, $550 is enough to have a fun trip.
For four days and three nights, $550 is enough for a fun trip.
By the way, if you choose a standard hotel for your stay, you can expect to pay about $50 less for the hotel.
If you sign up with a travel agency, the total cost of the trip will be 550 dollar
I went by personal arrangement, but even if you book with a travel agency, the total cost of the trip will be about $550.
[HIS] had a 4-day trip to Malaysia for $398.
I compared about 5 travel agencies, and HIS was the cheapest for Malaysia trip.
If you’re looking to book the best deal with ease, I highly recommend it!
Malaysia is less expensive than surrounding countries
I like Southeast Asia and have been to Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, etc., but Malaysia is cheaper than those surrounding countries.
- Taxi 10 minutes: $2
- Chinese rice: $2
- Fancy chocolate: $1.50
I was surprised by the low cost of living, not only in the rural areas of Malaysia, but also in the center of Kuala Lumpur.
Prices in the center of Bangkok, for example, are quite high… So, relatively speaking, I was more satisfied with my stay in Malaysia.
From a Japanese point of view, I think you can have fun without worrying too much about money!
It costs an extra 200 dollar if you want to go to Kota Kinabalu or Penang
If you want to go to Kota Kinabalu or Penang, which are farther away from Kuala Lumpur, it will cost you an extra $200.
This is because you need to make a connecting flight and the price of the ticket will be higher.
Also, if you want to visit both Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, you should budget a total of $1,000 if you want to visit multiple cities.
If you want to visit both Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, you should budget $1000 in total.
When you can travel to Malaysia cheaply
The cheapest months to travel are October-November and January-March
You can go to Malaysia at a relatively low price during the months of October to November and January to March when there are no major holidays.
However, the prices are higher during the three-day weekends. If you depart on a weekday, you will be able to save a lot of money.
Also, I don’t think you need to worry so much about the best season to travel. Malaysia is a tropical country with a tropical rainforest climate. It is a country with everlasting summer.
You can enjoy the hot and tropical atmosphere no matter when you go there.
By the way, Malaysia has a rainy season and a dry season, with the following differences.
The rainy season is from November to February
The rainy season in Malaysia is from November to February. However, it doesn’t rain all day long like the rainy season in Japan.
It rains mainly in the evenings, and sometimes it rains like an overturned bucket.
If you take a break at a café, it won’t affect you much.
Also, when it rains, it sweeps away the dust and dirt, and you can see beautiful scenery.
Dry season is from March to July
March to July is the dry season, when temperatures tend to rise. Although it is difficult to get rain, it is also the hottest season in Malaysia.
The dry season does not mean that it does not rain at all, and squalls are common.
Recommended Hotels for Staying in Malaysia
Malaysia has the cheapest 5-star hotels in the world
Not surprisingly, Malaysia is said to have the cheapest five-star hotels in the world.
You can stay in a luxury hotel for 1/5 of the price in Japan!
We stayed at the Hilton, but I would also recommend the following hotels.
We stayed at the Hilton, but the following hotels are also recommended. You can compare the prices on Expedia and agoda, and book at the cheaper one to get the best deal.
The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel starts at $73 per room per night!
Recommended as a 5-star hotel that you can easily enjoy.
The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel is a 5-star hotel where you can easily enjoy your stay. The staff speaks Japanese and will make you feel at ease.
- From $73 per room per night
- $36.50 per person if two people stay together
- Five-star hotel near Kuala Lumpur Tower
The Ritz-Carlton, the world’s finest
The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur is popular for its excellent hospitality. In Japan, a stay at the Ritz costs more than $500 per person, but in Malaysia, you can stay for only $150 per room per night.
This is the cheapest place to stay among all the Ritz hotels in the world.
- From $150 per room per night
- $75 per person if two people stay together
- Five-star hotel 5 minutes walk from Pavilion Mall
The Traditional Majestic Hotel
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is one of the most authentic 5-star hotels in Malaysia.
This is a very cute hotel with a modern colonial style. Recommended for girls and couples traveling together!
- From $83.32 per room per night
- $41.16 per person if two people stay together
- Five-star hotel 5 minutes walk from Pavilion Mall
▼ My account of my stay at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur is summarized below.
Which is better, a travel agency or private arrangement?
If you want to go easy and save money, go with HIS.
If you want to make a reservation with ease and without much hassle, I recommend using a travel agency.
- Easy to book
- Short trips of up to 5 days
- I want someone to take care of me when I have a problem
I found a plan that included round-trip airfare (with surcharges mixed in), hotel, and breakfast for $398!
If you’re looking to book a plan that’s easy and affordable, I highly recommend it!
Independent travel that can be a good deal depending on your arrangements
If you don’t mind making your own hotel and air ticket reservations directly, I recommend independent travel.
In Malaysia, you can choose any luxury hotel you want for less than $100, and sometimes you can even get a plane ticket for $100.
Depending on your arrangements, I think you can have a highly satisfying trip with good cost performance.
- People who don’t mind making their own reservations
- People who like to make arrangements
- Can deal with sudden problems
- People who want to stay more than 6 nights
I’ve included below the booking sites I always use and recommend!
The one we use most often is “Expedia“. It is like an overseas version of Rakuten Travel
It claims to be the world’s largest comprehensive online travel company and allows you to book airline tickets and hotels around the world.
It has a solid Japanese-language site and Japanese-speaking customer support, so you don’t have to worry in case something goes wrong.
The site also features free members-only sales, discounts for booking hotels and flights together, and many other great deals.
Check out Expedia and see how much you can save on flights and hotels.
The world’s largest lodging site, booking.com.
You cannot book airline tickets, only hotels, but it has the largest number of hotels listed in the world.
It also has a large number of reviews, which can help you choose a hotel.
You can book a hotel at a very reasonable price because they have limited sales every day.
You can spend for local transportation
Grab is a great way to get around in Malaysia.
A 10-minute ride on Grab costs about $2, and if two people ride together, they can get around for only $1 each!
For 4 days and 3 nights, you only need to budget about $25 for transportation.
- You can see the fare before you board
- You can specify your destination in the app
- You can know the identity and rating of the driver
- A major service in Malaysia
Of course, there are trains and buses, but waiting for a train in hot Kuala Lumpur and walking from the station to the tourist spots can be tough…
Many of the famous tourist spots were also a bit of a walk from the station.
Grab is cheaper than regular cabs, and since the price is fixed in advance, there is no need to argue with the driver.
SMS verification (phone number required) is required for registration, so be sure to download and register while you are in Japan.
For your first ride, try using the coupon code below.
Coupon Code: GRABSEKAKIMI
Sightseeing fee is 20-30 dollar
We did not spend much money on sightseeing in Malaysia.
Because Malaysia’s famous tourist attraction, the “mosque” is free to enter.
Tourists can also get in for free by renting a robe.
By the way, the following tourist spots in Kuala Lumpur are free!
- Pink Mosque
- Blue Mosque
- National Mosque
- Batu Caves
- Merdeka Square
- KLCC Park
- Central Market
- Tianhou Temple
On the contrary, the following spots will cost you more for sightseeing.
- Sunway Lagoon: $50
- KL Tower: $25.48
- Petronas Twin Towers: $25.48
- Museum of Islamic Art: $11
Tips to reduce the cost of tourism
If you book in advance, you can often get a discount on admission tickets.
You can save money on your trip, especially if you use KKday, a website that offers great deals on local tours overseas.
You can save money on your trip by using KKday in particular.
▼ Sunway Lagoon admission discount of $20
[Kuala Lumpur] Sunway Lagoon Discount Admission Ticket $32.89
It is also convenient to book in advance for tourist attractions that are located a little farther away from Kuala Lumpur.
If there’s more than two of you in Malacca, I’d say car charter is a better deal!
Food costs for a trip to Malaysia
The cost of food is very cheap in Malaysia. It was cheaper than in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and other countries.
You can usually get a full meal for around $2. Even if you add a drink, it was usually in the $3 range.
- Nasi Lemak: $2. 86
- Chicken balls & rice: $2.90
- Fried rice: $3.12
- Wok fried rice: $3.12
The most expensive thing I ate in Malaysia was a pasta lunch at Peter Ho.
A set of iced tea and pasta was $6. That’s still cheap, lol.
Meals can be kept cheap!
Budget for souvenirs in Malaysia
Souvenirs are also cheap in Malaysia. I was able to buy a famous Malaysian brand of chocolate called “Belize” for $1.50.
You can also get souvenirs to give away cheaper than in other countries.
If you are a woman who wants to shop at Peter Ho, I recommend that you have a larger budget.
Sundries by the famous Malaysian designer Peter Ho are a bit expensive.
The popular cushion covers were about $20 each.
The price is high, but the detailed patterns are beautiful and very beautiful embroidery.
▼ For more information about souvenirs from Malaysia, click here.
Tips on how to save money on your trip to Malaysia
Book three months in advance
To get the best deal on a trip to Malaysia, it is important to book early.
Hotels and air tickets sell out fast, starting with the most popular ones.
At the last minute, only products with poor conditions or expensive products remain.
It is advisable to make a reservation at least three months before your departure date.
I tend to start looking six months in advance!
Rental WiFi is recommended
Malaysia has free wifi spots.
But if you don’t have internet access in the first place, you may not be able to register for WiFi or connect well with Japanese people.
When traveling abroad, where troubles are bound to occur, it is safer to rent WiFi.
Summary: Book early and save on your trip to Malaysia
The earlier you book your trip to Malaysia, the more likely you are to get a good deal.
Have a great trip!
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